May 13th, 2008
11:11 AM ET
11 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. Sick of Hillary

    Finally some voice of reason and acceptance from a Clinton supporter! Now only if Hillary could take a cue from Carville and start making some type of effort to begin uniting the party. As a former Clinton supporter (I've now switched to Obama), I have been constantly disappointed with her antics. Clinton had tried to change the rules so many times, she has been oblivious to the idea of right versus wrong. She has mismanaged her campaign, pandered, lied, changed her lies, returned to old lies, I can go on and on, I have totally lost all respect for her.

    May 13, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. matt n ohio

    well if this happens this democrat and many like me wont vote for him. Just can't do it. and wont!

    No Hillary = No Vote

    May 13, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    Finally, some sense from some of Clinton's people.

    May 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Colie Brice

    Bill Richardson for VP!

    May 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. jane in CA

    At least one person in Clinton's camp knows the math. You are a reasonable man when you are not on the negative track.

    May 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. Mark, Berwyn, PA

    News flash: Obama won the nomination before the PA primary. The past month has just been a Hillary lovefest for the news agencies. The "math" that everyone is now touting has not changed in substance since before PA, so let's all get a grip and unite behind one candidate NOW, not in June. It's Obama, so be it. Let;s just end this reign of Clinton/Bush family monarchies!!!

    May 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Kent

    Finally. They eyes of the blind are being opened. Go quickly and tell the Clintons.

    May 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Chris

    Hillary Supporters....Lets start a movement to Have Hillary run as an Independent. Obama doesn't know what he is doing and recent polls have shown that 50% of Democrats that voted for Hillary will not vote for Obama. Obama and his fans are just hateful!!

    Hillary Clinton 2008 Independent!

    May 13, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. E. C., Houston, Texas

    WELL...PERHAPS THERE WILL BE MANY MORE DOGS BARKING AFTER AMERICANS SEE OBAMA ON YOUTUBE......MAKING A SPEECH IN OREGON ABOUT " VISITING 57 STATES....." THE NOMINEE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY? YES, THAT SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT. LET'S HOPE CARVILLE HAS TO EAT HIS WORDS!

    May 13, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. harvey in va

    Carville is a true Dem and I respect him but I will never never never vote Obama. If not Hillary then McCain PERIOD

    May 13, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Alexis

    ***************ATTENTION MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA VOTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*********************************************

    STOP BLAMING OBAMA, FOR YOUR VOTES NOT COUNTING IN THE PRIMARIES, YOUR STATE BROKE THE RULES, AND LIKE EVERYBODY IN THE GREAT U.S!!! YOU HAVE TO SUFFER THE PUNISHMENT! YOUR STATE KNEW WHAT WAS AT STAKE IF THEY DECIDED TO MOVE THEIR DATE UP, AND THEY STILL DID IT ANYWAY!! YOU ARE AND NEVER WILL BE AN EXCEPTION TO THE RULE! SO THERE....................... STOP LEAVING STUPID LITTLE COMMENTS ON HERE, AND MAKE YOUR COMMENTS TO YOUR DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN YOUR STATE! ( SENATOR), WHATEVER!!!!!!

    THANKS,

    A VERY ANGRY OBAMA SUPPORTER!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Ding

    Go OBAMA !!!
    I'm sure EVERYONE will ultimately rally around him..
    The whole WORLD will embrace him as US president!!!
    Friends and foes,men and women,black and white..no matter what Kind they are...
    Every earthling will LOVE him and Reach out their hands..

    May 13, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. XME

    Now if only he could help Hillary face that reality so we can move on...

    May 13, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Jan from Boca Raton Fl

    Obama most likely will win the nomination, but he will not win the
    election. West Virginia is making a stand to let the super deligates
    know they will not vote for Obama in the general election, nor will
    Penn, Ohio, Tenn, N.J., Calif, Ky, Ind. There are going to be millions
    ov voters that will not vote, vote for McCain or write Clintons name on the ballot.

    I know myself and many people I talk to Will Not vote for Obama and are going to write Hillary on the Ballot.

    Somebody had better wake up or we will loose the democratic
    Presidency.

    May 13, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. Clinton Supporter

    I've decided to give my support to the Democratic
    Nominee..Barack Obama!

    Last night i donated $100 dollars to his campaign! why?

    Though i believe clinton would be a better president, i am a loyal
    democrat (unlike, it seems, a lot of other clinton supporters).
    To vote for McCain just because your preference lost is very childish!

    Another reason.. H. Clinton would not like her REAL supporters voting
    for McCain!

    A vote for McCain is a stab in Clintons back!

    (47 y/o white female, WV)

    May 13, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  16. Cecilia, GA

    I hope that Hillary does stay in until a nominee has 2025 even though she will get the nomination this will show Obama his strengths and weaknesses to work on for November and hopefully he will with the support of Hillary Clinton and all of her supporters. We need a DEM in the white house.
    Obama for President!

    May 13, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. sue

    Clinton would ruin any chance for a Democratic win. We are as Americans too polarized on our choice of candidates. There was a woman being interviewed in Fairmont, WV this am, that said Obama was Muslim. Now I know why Clinton appeals to the uneducated. They don't read!!!

    May 13, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. Indiana Voter

    WOW! This is a great sign of the Democratic primary phasing out! Let's all take a hint from Carville, and let the nasty remarks that have peppered the blogs become more constructive and conciliatory. The country has a great deal at risk this fall and we need to put aside our individual differences, forgive each other, and move forward. McCain and the Republicans are very vulernable this year. I would hate to see them win the election and destroy our country because we cannot get our act together to overcome our differences and form a coalition to improve this country for our children and future generations!

    May 13, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. An American in Canada for David

    WILL OBAMA LIKELY TO WIN THE NOMINATION???

    OBAMA DEFINITELY WILL NOT WIN THE PRESIDENCY...

    H.R. CLINTON SHOULD AND WILL BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE, EVEN

    IF WE HAVE TO WRITE IN HER NAME IN, ON THE BALLOT COME

    NOVEMBER......

    THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES WILL GO DOWN AS THE MOST CONTESTED, CORRUPT AND PRE-BROKERED ELECTION IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN POLITICS.

    THE CORRUPTORS LAUNCHED AN OUT AND OUT ATTACK ON H.R. CLINTON RIGHT FROM THE GET GO,

    THEY (THE CORRUPTORS) BLINDED SIDED HER, BUT WHAT GOES ROUND, COME ROUND.

    BUT THE PEOPLE WILL HAVE THEIR FINAL SAY COME NOVEMBER, NEVER FORGET THAT....

    May 13, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. Dee

    Carville said Obama likely to win the nomination?
    WOW!

    SHOCKED – This is coming from the man with the AK -47 tongue?

    I like to him repeat that Bill- Hillary story that happened in Charleston, WVa.

    May 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. shelly in IL

    It's people like Carville that made Hillary's campaign so nasty and look bad with the attacks against Senator O. Oh how her supporters forget so quickly how her campaign began with the nastyness.

    So is Carville changing sides now and is he a judas? Sure she should stay in the game til the end. We still have more states that need to be heard!

    May 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  22. Tim,Seattle

    I think Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius would make a great VP. Obama would do well to pick her. A strong woman, a governor with executive experience, well admired and respected in dem circles, a centrist and from the Midwest that Obama puts in play for the dems.

    Wesley Clark is not sesoned politically enough, but Bloomberg might be a good second choice.

    At any rate, its nice to be able to move on at last to the general election anf let Hillary play in the exhibition contests while we get on with McCain.

    Thanks James, be sure to make that check out to Barack Obama, democrat nominee for president of the United States.

    Obama/Sebelius 08'

    May 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. Venus

    Well, well, well...

    The monster is out of his cage!

    Start writing that check Judas-Carville!

    This race was over back in February!!!

    Go President Obama!

    May 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. Grant

    He may be controversial, but Carville is no dummy, he sees the writing on the wall..The Clintons are in this to recoup some $$$ and CNN is helping by trumping the importance of WVA and KY to keep the story alive, bottom line, voter turnout in WVA will be low, she will net about 8 delegates best case scenario. Obama will continue to pick up Supers, she is 2 in the hole today already, thus her net gain in the delegate count will 1 or 2 at the end of the day....As CNN is reporting gleefully, she has a big lead in KY, however they conveniently forgot to add to the story, that she is losing just as big in ORE which has more delegates!!! Thus Obama will likely gain a few more here on the 20th,,She also trails in Montana and SD, but leads in PR, she will lose more delegates to him on a net basis. Sorry CNN this is over, start reporting the facts, not spin for the Clintons

    May 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. CW in DC

    *thumb* <–the sound of my jaw hitting the floor

    Bet nobody saw this one coming!

    May 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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