May 29th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Murdoch predicts McCain will lose

Rupert Murdoch is chairman of News Corp.'
Rupert Murdoch is chairman of News Corp.'

(CNN) – Rupert Murdoch offered a dire prediction Wednesday for John McCain's chances in the general election.

He will lose in a landslide, the News Corp. chairman said at a California conference, according to Reuters.

"You have got the Obama phenomenon, Murdoch said. "You have got, undoubtedly, a recession ... The average American is really getting hurt financially and that all bodes well for [Obama].

"You have probably the making of a complete phenomenon in this country," Murdoch continued, referring to what he thinks will be an overwhelming victory for the Democratic presidential candidate.

The News Corp. chairman, often viewed as a messenger for the Republican Party given his holdings include several media organizations with a conservative bent, also showered praise on the Illinois senator, calling him a "rock star."

While calling himself a friend of McCain, Murdoch said his lengthy stint in Congress has led the Arizona senator to make so many compromises that it is not clear where he stands on the major issues. He also called McCain "unpredictable," and questioned his knowledge on economic issues.

News Corp's holdings include Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post. The Post endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton earlier this year.


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soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. David Goldman for OBAMA

    THERE IS A YOUNG GREAT MAN.

    May 29, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Beltway Insider

    Smart people already know Obama will be our next president.

    We knew the nomination was already won in February and we know the presidency is already won now.

    Why are morons so resistant to listening to their intellectual superiors? Senseless.

    May 29, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Sebastian

    This from Mr. Fox News himself !

    The straight talk express is loosing it's wheels.

    May 29, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Chamorrita60

    NEED we say more? I mean if Mr. Murdoch "gets it" then it looks like McCain is going to end up back in Nevada.

    Based on his "crooked talk express" he's done.

    May 29, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Independent99999

    I agree.

    Obama will WIN by a LANDSLIDE like Reagan did.

    John McCain's best outcome will be with Huckabee as VP and endorsing FairTax. And distancing himself from Bush. Barring such a scenario, McCain will be a TOAST!

    May 29, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. ha-ha

    Yes We Can!
    Obama 08

    May 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    IF WE WERE YOUNG AN GORGEOUS WE WOULD

    PROPOSITION MURDOCH. BEING THAT WE ARE NOT

    WE THANK HIM VERY MUCH.

    May 29, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. NickNas

    WOW.......I am surprised he said that...NOT that it isn't TRUE but the Media has been fanning the Flames and stirring up this whole thing to make ad dollars.

    McCain will go down hard but the Media will drag this thing out and hide the facts just as they ALL did in the Hillary scam filled primary,

    Carrying the Loser longer = HUGE $$$$$

    May 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Stacy Clarks

    Im not sure what to make of this, but all i know is

    OBAMA WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT!!!

    GOD BLESS HIM, AND GOD BLESS THE WORLD!!!!

    May 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Eunice

    If Obama gets the nomination, then Hillary Clinton should go independent and lets' see what happens. She will win the general election out ot the 3 candidates.

    May 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. CNN loves Hillary

    Awwww, and no mention of little Hill-billie...I thought she was most electable!!

    May 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Bukky

    You people must be trolling Huffington post for news... this was there headline this morning.

    Plus how can you have a ticker about Clinton leading in PR when it wont in the GE, but not say anithing about Obama Leading in the Last two contests in the US by double digits and they WILL count in the GE.

    The Bush admin has made it OK to overlook media neutrality

    May 29, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Edwin K C

    Murdoch

    We all know you are smart and smart people know what they say and mean what they say.

    It will be true .

    May 29, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Alex B.

    This statement is true if McCain runs against the STRONGER CANDIDATE (Hillary Clinton). Not true if his opponent is THE LIBERATION THEOLOGY DISCIPLE (Barack Obama.)

    GO HILLARY, WE ARE STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO YOU!

    May 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Adam from NY

    Wow...go Obama!

    May 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. Obama for President

    NO KIDDING.
    I actually agree with a republican? Amazing.

    May 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE!!!!!!

    WELL IF HILLARY DOESN'T GET THE NOMINATION WE ARE ALL SCREWED!

    OBAMA DOESN'T KNOW CRAP ABOUT WHAT TO DO IN OFFICE!
    HE HAS BEEN IN THE SENATE BARELY TWO YEARS!
    THIS IS A DANGEROUS MISTAKE, GOD KNOWS WHAT HE WILL DO OR NOT DO!
    THE TERRORISTS WOULD LOVE THAT BECAUSE THEY KNOW HE IS INEXPERIENCED AS WELL!

    I AM HOLDING OUT HOPE THAT HILLARY GETS THE NOMINATION. OR I WOULD RATHER HAVE McCAIN AT LEAST HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING!
    GO HILLARY 08!

    May 29, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Mary in CT

    So, Clinton has Rove, and Obama has Murdoch. Let's call it a wash. I do like the "phenomenon" comment, though.

    May 29, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Chris

    WELL THAT WAS THE BEST NEWS COMING FROM THE OWNER OF THE RIGHT WING BIAS MEDIA FOX CORPORATION THAT I HAVE EVER HEARD!!!
    FINALLY NO SPIN!!!!

    May 29, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Griff

    You lost mister!!!!! Joh McCain is Guraranteed to be Elected in 2009... Some people are just too stupid..... It's a Fact now....

    May 29, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. What if?

    Mr. Murdoch, your right, Obama will win in November.

    May 29, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. Rich

    He will lose! No more Bush-like politics and lies and blood shed! America is ready for PEACE NOT WAR!

    May 29, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. john williams san diego, ca.

    i don't care who wins as long as it's not that proven pathological liar.

    May 29, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. cnn rocks

    tell it like it is dude,you just earned my respect.

    May 29, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. MCD

    HA

    I love how CNN can't actually bring themselves to write "OBAMA will Win" instead of "McCain will lose"

    May 29, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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