May 13th, 2008
11:11 AM ET
6 years ago

Carville: Obama likely to win nomination

James Carville is supporting Hillary Clinton's White House bid.
James Carville is supporting Hillary Clinton's White House bid.

(CNN) - James Carville has been one of Hillary Clinton's most energetic defenders, but on Monday he all but declared Barack Obama will become the Democratic nominee for president.

Speaking to students at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, Carville argued Clinton should stay in through the final nominating contest in early June, but said the Democratic tide appears to be moving in Obama's direction.

"I still hear some dogs barking," Carville said, according to The State newspaper. "I'm for Senator Clinton, but I think the great likelihood is that Obama will be the nominee."

"As soon as I determine when that is, I'll send him a check," he added.

Asked about who might share a ticket with Obama, Carville floated Clinton's name, as well as that of Clinton ally Gen. Wesley Clark. Carville also mentioned Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg as possible running mates, according the Greenville News.

soundoff (374 Responses)
  1. Sean

    This is very good news.

    May 13, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. cj-delhi ny

    finally

    May 13, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. Helena

    Finally, he admits what everyone else has already known for some time. Thank you James Carville.

    May 13, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Kel in Auburn, AL

    The man that once called Bill Richardson "Judas", now calls Barack Obama The Nominee.

    May 13, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Over the Hill(ary)

    OK Hillary fans, what more do you need to hear? Carville is one of Hillary's staunchest supporters, and he now sees the writing on the wall, when will you?

    May 13, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Hmmm, a pat on the back from Carville?! Barack better check for dagger wounds!!!

    May 13, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. JPK

    James Carville, you are a good man. However conceeding would have been better. Please run tell the Clintons, there are in a different planet.

    May 13, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Justin -NC

    Thanks Carville,

    But you really shouldn't have called Bill Richardson a Judas. Clinton can win all of W. Virginia but it won't help close the 173 delegate lead. I mean really. 173-28=145. Wow! She's really back in this thing!

    May 13, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. elvis presley & freddie mercury

    »»HURRAH!...Obama WON!!...GOODBYE ANNOYING Clintons!!...

    May 13, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. pam

    Thank you Sir! It is about time.

    May 13, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Sonny Liston

    President Obama 2009-2017.

    May 13, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. Mark K

    James, We will look for the check in the mail. Thanks Obama'08

    May 13, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. HC

    Thanks you for your honesty!!

    May 13, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. Ah !!

    So...
    Carville huh???
    Who comes next?
    Bill Clinton ????

    May 13, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. Marc in Quebec

    CNN will likely ignore this comment as it has every other one I have made, but here goes anyway.

    Carville, like Hillary, are in a complete state of denial. First, it was Michigan and Florida. Next, it was the superdelegates. Now, he realizes that Obama will win the nomination but still believes that Hillary will become the President, after being the VP.

    Sheesh. He needs to wake up and smell the demise of the "Clinton Dynasty" and move on. Oh wait, he can't. Not after all of the comments that he's made during the course of this campaign. He's no longer relevant.

    May 13, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. JBY

    Democratic Primary Popular Vote not including the Iowa, Nevada, Maine and Washington caucuses:

    Obama: 16,003,521
    Clinton: 15,266,942

    Obama's up 736,579 votes.

    Michigan Vote
    Obama: 0
    Clinton: 328,309

    Florida Vote
    Obama: 576,214
    Clinton: 870,986

    So even WITH the Florida vote and the Michigan vote where Obama wasn't even on the ballot, the vote is:

    Obama: 16,579,735
    Clinton: 16,466,237

    So using every metric that is in Clinton's favor, not using caucuses and counting the Florida vote and the Michigan vote when Obama wasn't even on the ballot, she's STILL losing the popular vote.

    So I really have to ask Clinton supporters...
    What election is Obama "stealing"?
    The raw numbers don't support that argument.
    Now, if you're basing your summations on emotion and anger. I understand.
    Just don't pretend that your argument has any kind of factual basis.

    May 13, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. Greg, NY

    Sebelius would be ideal. A superstar female Democratic governor that managed to win a heavily Republican state by a land slide.

    Was able to beat back a 1.1 billion dollar deficit that she inherited from her Republican predecessor, all without raising taxes.

    Also named one of 8 female politicians that could run and win the presidency in 2008.

    Obama/Sebelius '08

    May 13, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. bp

    Thanks for keeping to your word Mr. Carville. I don't agree with 99% of what you said during the primary process and think that your labeling of Gov. Richardson was downright unacceptable, but you are taking the lead on mending the Democratic party. For that I say thank you.

    May 13, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. Douglas -- Rochester, MN

    Could it be possible? An inkling of sanity and common sense from Hillary's Camp??? Someone has the audacity to publically proclaim the obvious?? Miracles do occur!!

    May 13, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. Bridgette-PA

    At least he's one of Hillary's energetic supporters that has some sense! He's being honest because he does the math according to the rules! Can't wait until we get his check!

    OBAMA-08

    May 13, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. Larry

    You think???

    May 13, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. Carmen

    Well that is kind words coming from him. That goes to show that everyone can change.

    May 13, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. George

    When did Carville escape from Area 51 and isn't it time he goes back?

    May 13, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. rusty

    "Likely" is not the same as "Surely" or "Absolutely" or "definitely".

    Definitely and absolutely HILLARY 2008!!!

    May 13, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. mitchell from arkansaw

    i've waited 16 months to hear him say this.now,please drop out,hillary.

    May 13, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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