May 13th, 2008
11:11 AM ET
7 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. Amin

    3:00 a.m. at Hillary's house: ring ring . . . .

    Hillary: Hello?
    Caller: This is the democratic party. I am afraid you have lost Hillary . . .
    Click. Hillary hangs up the phone
    Bill (Yawns) . . Who was that Hillary?
    Hillary: Wrong number . . . go back to sleep . . we have a long day ahead tomorrow . .

    May 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Democrat in Germany

    I bet those of you sying they woulöd vote for mccain comes november, or write hillary's name on the ballot (which si a silly and stupid thing to do, what a waste), are not democrats, but republicans trying to do some propaganda here and divide our party...

    I have been a hillary supporter, but if obama is the nominee, i will vote for obama of course, as he is representing my party!!!!!

    OBAMA'08 all the way...

    May 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Stephina

    McCain will be able to do so much because if Clinton does not become the nominee, her supporters, like myself, will vote straight Republican Tickets in November!!!

    Ted Kennedy and all the other Clinton haters are going to be voted out of office very soon!!!

    It is going to be McCain/Romney in 08 and there will be plenty of newly elected Republicans to vote through McCain's agenda's.

    Republicans will sweep it all in November!!!

    May 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. elvis presley & freddie mercury

    I knew it :- VICTORY!...The great,charismatic Barack OBAMA already DEFEATED that ANNOYING,FAKE Woman!!...Goodbye LiARS!...Goodbye CLINTON!!... Go OBAMA!!... All right.This is the WAY.

    May 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Pappu

    If Obama is the nominee, I'm quitting the party and voting McCain.

    May 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. joann

    Oh boy, sounds like the good Mr. Carville is turning Judas too. To even whisper that Obama looks like the winner – before Hillary announces anything sounds like a traitor to me.

    May 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Lisa Gross

    I am very proud of all of you Clinton supporters who say that you will support Obama, you are all doing the right thing! There is so much at stake this election and if you choose McCain, don't complain when things continue to go down the drain for america! We need a change of the guards in the white house, we need someone who listens to the american people's need: and who isn't arrogant and stubborn. I know that we have fences to mend. Lets stand up for american and put aside your selfishness and support Obama and lets change america into the great place that we know that it can be!

    May 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Kenneth M

    It is odd that Slick Hillie is crying sexism while at the same time trying to emasculate the Obama and the Democratic Party for scorning her and electing Obama.

    May 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Alan in Fla., don't count my vote

    and write in votes are not wasted, they send a signal to the others that were not wanted.

    May 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Yankee Dog

    James Carville ran a brilliant campaign for BC in 92, but that was then and this is now. Frankly, I question his real motives in politics and found his remarks on Bill Richardson discusting. I also have difficulty with his marriage to one of the worst neocon appologists of all times! Love conquers all, but please - Mary Matlin! Oh well. Let him send a check to Obama, then go quietly in the night..... He bet on the wrong horse.

    May 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Debby

    Were has Carville been of course Obama is the winner. Its how he won that is sickening. If the Wright issue came out before Iowa you would still be sending those checks to Hillary. Can you imagine a Dem. nominee that touts experience in foreign policy and he hasn't even been to Iraq.

    May 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Variable Finish Line

    I am tired of you Hillary supporters choosing whatever stat that she may come in first place with as the parameter for what should be used to determine the nomination. First it was she is winning all of the big blue states, than it was let the super-delegates vote, now it is she may win the popular vote. Y'all are poor losers. Y'all need to let it go and accept your defeat.

    May 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. McCain 08

    McCain is putting out the welcome sign for all Hillary supporters. I guess Carville would call them Judas followers.

    May 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. Anne

    Is there any loyalty ANYWHERE in politics?

    It's digusting. As long as Hillary is not giving up,
    then neither am I. Obama is not electable.
    If Hillary quits, we may as well inaugurate McCain.

    May 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Swiss in Canada

    Fred: Wer all know you would never vote for a black man....Do you have to repeat yourself over and over again? IT IS BORING!

    May 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Ro

    I would really like a Clinton supporter to detail just how this nomination was 'stolen' from her. Without blaming the FL & MI problem on Obama. Just because more people have voted for Obama than Clinton, doesn't mean anything was 'stolen'.....it just means that the people have spoken, and more people wanted Obama.

    May 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. UpperMich

    This'll be a crazy election. Conservatives will vote for Bob Barr, Hillary supporters will vote for McCain, and true Democrats and liberals will vote for Obama, and he'll win states in the Electoral College with just 40% of the popular vote.

    Landslide Obama!

    May 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Me

    It appears Mrs Carville has finally heard the fat lady singing!!!

    May 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Venus

    To poster above--Lynn , Georgia

    Give this country to Muslim World?
    Remember when this country belonged to the Native Americans? How many Native Americans did your great grandfather kill? How many slaves?

    This is why you and some Americans are hated around world!

    We Muslims in this country have done every thing we could to try and get along with people like you! How dare you!

    We like Obama because he ask us to get along and believe!

    By the way – where do you think you get your oil from?

    May God be with you Mr. Obama!

    May 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. nj voter

    I agree Katheleen Sebillus would be the best VP

    May 13, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. rumpusgoopus

    To Joyce:

    What, grown-ups don't do math?

    May 13, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Randy - Denver

    She needs to stay through the end of the selection cycle and then concede. I suspect this is her plan. She can then say, with all truthfulness that the people ahve spoken, that it was close but that he has won. The last seleection will be in June and so the DNC will already have ruled on FL and MI satisfying those whining cheaters and disenfranchising those who did not vote in those states, who followed the rules, and setting the DNC up for future problems from whiners and cheaters. that being said I think she will make a GREAT keynote speaker.. now if only her followers would be as mature as she is.

    Thank you Ms. Clinton for a well run race and doing the right thing!

    May 13, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. gerald strother

    This should tell Clinton it is over !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you cannot win you got bet that is the TRUTH !! YOU ARE NOT GOING TO OVER RIDE THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE NOT HEAR IN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. An American in Canada for David

    navy mom May 13th, 2008 10:18 am ET

    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

    *******************************************

    I SEE IGNORANCE IS BLISS. CLINTON WANTS TO BRING HOME THE SOLDIERS IN IRAQ, UNLIKE YOUR BARACK.

    CLINTON MAY NOT WIN THE NOMINATION BECAUSE OF THE BROKERS ELECTION EVEN BEFORE THE PRIMARIES STARTED AND THAT FACT WILL BE CORRECTED COME THIS NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION.

    NOW IT WOULD BE A BETTER IDEA IF YOU, COME NOVEMBER WRITE IN H.R. CLINTON FOR PRESDIENT, BECAUSE WE CARE ABOUT THE ECONOMY, HEALTH, EDUCATION, THE WAR AND MANY OTHER GREAT POLICIES THAT CLINTON HAS PUT IN PLACE..

    SHE WILL BE THE BEST PRESDIENT, IN THIS TIME AND IN THE ELECTION....

    May 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. joann

    Hey Alexis, go away – the people who voted in Florida and Michigan shouldn't be punished so you don't make a good point. It is beyond me why the Democratic Committee would punish their own candidates just because they wanted an early primary. Nothing about the rules for the democrats makes any sense – if they just did what the Republicans did "winner take all" – we wouldn't be having this conversation because Hillary would have won in 2007 – but noooo. The democrats are the only ones breaking up the democratic party – no one else.

    May 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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