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. Bob Mold

    Honestly, you Dems have no idea how foolish you are. Obama got all these votes in the primary/caucases BEFORE the world knew about Rezko and The Reverend Wright connection. They will not support him now - guaranteed. He isn't the right choice. He will not beat McCain. Plus, 50% of Clinton voters are polling that they will not vote for him and will vote for McCain as well.

    You're ruining your chances again based on poor decisions, which is exactly why I will vote Republican. Because the Dems just don't have it together.

    May 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. Dominique

    This is not surprising. Carville sees the political reality. I do wish folks would stop floating Clinton as a potential VP. Although their policy positions are similiar, their views on politics and campaigning are polar opposites. The quickest way for Obama to lose a lot of support is to add Clinton to his ticket. Sebelius or Webb would be better choices.

    May 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    If Carville has taken time out of his busy schedule at the Crypt Keeper to say that Obama will trounce Hillary, then it must be gospel. Now, if only Hillary would go quietly back to her own crypt, we'd all sleep a lot sounder.

    May 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. ObamaRican

    You posters from Canada....why don't you stay the heck out of this...EH?

    May 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Mike Birmingham, AL

    (stomping my feet)

    Wahhh, wahhh, wahhhh ... my candidate didn't get nominated, wahhh, wahhh, wahhh.... I'm going to vote for McCain, wahhh, wahhh, wahhh.... I'm going to do my best to ruin this country out of spite, ... wahh, wahhh, wahhh....

    May 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. proud army and navy mom

    hillary supporters are you proud of yourselves?
    you would write in Hillary's name as if that would help the economy or BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. the very soliders that are making it possible for you and your candidate to spew those ridiculous scenarios of Hillary's "momentum, even though there is no way to fix the math to give her a win.

    you ought to be ashamed of yourselves. you are bitter and will be as responsible as George w for the soliders that are dead and injured because of this illegal war.

    For the Hillary supporters that sees reason and looks at the bigger picture, I respect and applaud your patriotism. thank you for your greater concern for our troops and this country than your own feelings

    May 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Go ahead, Hillary supporters, you know you want to say it: JUDAS!

    How much you want to bet that the check he sends Obama will be attached to a resume? Carville is nothing if not an opportunist.

    May 13, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Shelagh

    It's a good day for America when honesty and integrity win the day. We so need this now! Obama for president! Yes!

    May 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Kaye Martin

    So glad to hear. There's a lot of work that needs to be done to "bring the party together". Whatever differences we may have between us as Democrats, those differences pale in comparison to differences with the Republicans.

    Let's put "the people first" again in this great nation.

    Obama 08

    May 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Joe, Maine

    Don't cash the check right away...it'll probably bounce.

    May 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Tracy

    I am with most people when I say that it is time for the Democrats to unite against McCain in the fall. Most of what I think has already been stated so I won't belabor the point.

    However, one piece of election law needs to be put out there for those who are beginning a campaign for Hillary as a write-in candidate. According to US election law, anyone who wins a write-in vote that HAS NOT declared their intention to run as a write-in candidate WILL NOT WIN. So, if Hillary does not declare her intention to run for the presidency as a write-in candidate, all of your votes will be WASTED.

    Just a thought. However, since it makes sense, is based on fact and not fear, does not "fire" up people's emotions or cause further divisions within the Democratic race, CNN will not post it. I know: your comment is awaiting moderation.

    May 13, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. Eric

    President Obama 2009-2017.

    If the country isn't decimated by '17.

    May 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Anthony

    Just make sure every OBAMA supporter goes out to VOTE IN WEST VIRGINIA...even if we all expect him to win.

    May 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. A.M. Saqib

    James Carville, back out please; enough is enough. Though I strongly believe in politics that those who bark never bite, and it is so much true in your case. Still you are not being a true democrat, my friend.

    Check out your guage of paryty loyalty, if you do not mind.

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texas

    May 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. elvis presley & freddie mercury

    »»ENOUGH of LIES!...ENOUGH of SEX Scandals inside the White House!!!...ENOUGH of Imaginary Snipers(?!) Attacks!!?!...ENOUGH of CLINTONS!!...GOODBYE Hillary "trying to MANIPULATE the poor and the LESS educated" Clinton!!...Bye!! GO OBAMA!! »»VICTORY!!VICTORY!!...

    May 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. JC

    It looks like the end is near.
    What is CNN going to do after Hillary finally has to quit?
    Send everyone on your staff to Disney for a vacation?

    May 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. MikeF

    All of you that think you can win a nomination by writing in a candidtate's name are OUT OF YOUR MINDS.

    It absolutely cannot happen. Never. Never ever. If she can't win the nomination you think you can organize enough people for her to WIN the general? With her supporting Barack?

    OUT OF YOUR MINDS. Sorry you're so mad she didn't get the nomination, but even Carville is going to support Barack. Grow up and get the Democratic nominee elected.

    May 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. Dee

    Carville better send Clinton a check to pay off her bills too! LOL!

    May 13, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. elaine

    HILLIARY SUPPORTERS....YOU MAY VOTE FOR MCCAIN IF YOUR LADY LOSES....BUT...ALL YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS...IF HILLIARY LOSES THE ELECTION THAN LETS ALL OF US SUPPORT MCCAIN...WHATS GOOD GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE GANDER(hILLIARY). DON'T LET HILLIARY STEAL THIS ELECTION...I FOR ONE WILL NEVER VOTE FOR THE LY ING,MANUPULATING AND VERY RICH WITCH.

    May 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Adam C

    If Obama can come from no where and beat the Clintons Machine, he can certainly beat John McCain.

    May 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. No Radicals in the White House

    I'm a moderate Democrat and if Hillary doesn't get the nomination, I'm voting McCain! No radicals in the white house!!!

    May 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. mary nagata

    I can't beleive this! we are still arguing about michigan and florida!!! Last time I checked the news this morning, Obama was supporting the proposal submitted by MI DNC to seat michigan delegates and it's the Clintons who are opposing it! How come CNN doesn't even cover it? and some of the ignorant Clinton supporters are reversing the blame 180o to Obama!

    May 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. simone from Michigan

    You Obama supporters may have gotten your wishes with Barack closing in on the democratic nomination. But enjoy this while you can, the man will not win the GE.

    Hillary had the better political record and backbone to become President. It's sad that yet another election year will be filled with power hungry men.

    May 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Inevitable

    HAD TO TALK UP >> I'M TIRED OF THIS NON-SENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Looks like Clinton supporters support the person and the party ......
    they act like Clinton is entitled the presidency .... why??

    becuz Clinton lost they say they will support Mc Cain .. i cannot see the logic in this ........

    Obama played fair & square ... and won ... Clinton & her supporters should accept this ....

    Obama supporters i know would have accepted the defeat but you all are acting like sore losers ....

    very immature/childish behavior coming from the Clinton supporters ...

    May 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. fred

    Why wouldn't the write in votes count????

    May 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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