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. TAHARI in CT 4 OBAMA

    Now this is an endorsement I think ALL Americans can sway with!

    May 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. After further review,Texas

    The play stands as called"game over".Crying towels can be purchased at the door on your way out .Thank you.

    May 29, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Nando, Florida

    This man is no fool, he knows Mccain can not unite the Republicans thay will stay home they just don't like him they never have. They just picked him to save Romney for 2012

    May 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    THE MEDIA LET THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DOWN BEFORE THE INVASION OF IRAQ. NOW THEY ARE LETING US DOWN AGAIN BY NOT FOCUSING ON THE REAL ISSUE HERE!

    1.In my opinion Dick Channey is the main culprit here; he pressured the CIA to come up with false and misleading rational to invade this country! Every time the CIA could not verify that Saddam Hussein had WMD’S, he told those involved that information was not good enough. Dick Channey should resign immediately from the Vice Presidency or Congress should start a formal investigation with hearings just like they did in the Water-Gate investigations.

    2.The MEDIA has to remember here a crime was committed pure and simple. We have to remember that over 4000 Americans Solders have died unnecessarily in this conflict. Over 30,000 more have had there lives changed for ever with causalities.

    3.Further John McCain, Hillary Clinton as well as the other members of Congress should apologize to the American people for there votes to allow this tragedy to happen. Those in Congress can redeem there creditability with formal hearings and pressuring Dick Channey to resign.

    4.Those families that have lost loved ones in this war should compensated for the lost of there loved ones. Further, those that have suffered causalities should be receiving compensation also.

    5.The MEDIA should have done substantive investigating pre-invasion of Iraq. Checked the information the White House putting out and verified the sources. The Media today has lost its way. Back in the 60’s, 70’s and even in the 80’s the MEDIA did not back down from White House pressure. Now they are easily intimidated by FOX News, Right Wingers and the current administration!

    May 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Gregory H. Brooklyn New York

    Mr. Murdoch for Sen. Obama' veep. Keep talking..

    May 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Really?

    Way to go Uncle Rupert! Finally, I can brag about working at Fox and not be afraid of being connected to just the Fixed News teams.

    Obama O-8!!!

    May 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. NEVER HILARY

    THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE OUT THERE WITH COMMON SENSE. WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE USA IS NOT A JOKE, DIVIDED WE FALL, UNITED WE STAND, THE WORLD IS WATCHING AND I AM SURE THEY ARE HOPING FOR A DISASTER. WE NEED NOT LET THAT HAPPEN AND UNITE BEHIND OBAMA!!!!!!

    TIME FOR CHANGE. VOTE OBAMA 08

    May 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. rachel

    I think he's wrong and I wish people would stop trying to push obama on people. If they love him so much get poster of him in jeans and stick him on your wall and worship him leave us wise people alone.

    May 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Cindy,CA

    Hillary and McCain are the only ones that have a chance at the election. Obama has too many radical and questionable ties that will soon be known as soon as he clinches the nomination.

    May 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. KMAN

    He's right ... every day between now and November McThuselah loses more and more supporters to dementia, Alzheimers and various other natural causes ... where as Obama picks up potential support every time someone turns 18 in this country! If you think Obama drew a lot of new support during the democratic primaries ... wait until the general election campaign starts ... there will be a ground swell of new voters when given the choice of the failed past and a hope for the future. There was never a time in McThuselahs lifetime when he could have ever appealed to young people! Old men don't have great appeal in our current culture and his 'experience' is not a good card to play when he was wrong on Vietnam, wrong on Iraq and wrong when he flip-flopped on tax cuts for the wealthy!

    May 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Deb

    Alex B – you better take a seat or else you will be standing a very long time next to Hillary awaiting nomination.

    May 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Fred

    We all know Obama will be the next U.S. President. Make us proud Obama!! Woo hooooooo!!!

    May 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Linda31

    Can Murdoch talk to Fox News? He's just speaking the truth that the majority of America knows. :)

    May 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Marc Wise

    Mr. Murdoch is no fool. Fools can't see past their prejudices.

    May 29, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Franny Hernandez OR

    Thank God for Barak Obama and the hope he brings this nation in its attempts to treat its own people better and improved the severly tarnished reputation of the GREAT USA around the world.

    No more liars and cheats in the Whitehouse! She had her chance and blew it!

    May 29, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. ???

    Even FOX can see that the writing is on the wall for the Republicans this year. Too bad we'll probably lose some good ones in the flood too.

    May 29, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Words of Caution

    Alex B. How can you spin this Murdoch comment? Nice try but Murdoch is one of the wealthiest men in the world and a ruthless businessman! He may be ruthless but he's not stupid! Obama is the reason, it's clear from the piece.

    May 29, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Concerned Democrat

    Wow, this must be music to the ears of Obama supporters.

    Most of them will probably embrace Rupert Murdoch's prediction of an Obama victory in November and return to ranting and screaming like lunatics at Hillary Clinton, who is a great leader of the Democratic Party.

    Maybe they just don't recognize political tactics when they see them. Why slam the lightweight in June when you can lull his supporters with a false sense of security and then slam the lightweight in October?

    Obama fans give me a headache.

    HILLARY CLINTON '08

    May 29, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Bill 08

    Fox News: GOP Sen. Hagel’s Wife Contributes to Obama

    May 29, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Latha

    I wonder why he'd say this......is it to actually piss off the Republican base and get them energized to prove him false?

    May 29, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. proud army and navy mom

    smart man

    May 29, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. SlimSista

    TO ALEX...

    PUT A SOCK IN IT.....STOP HATING....

    May 29, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. JJ-Orlando

    Well if us angry 2.7 million democrats do not get all their votes counted, and I mean not this 50/50 stuff, we will vote Mc Cain just in protest in the November election. What is 4 more years of republicans when your vote never counts to begin with. We can be heard one way or the other.

    May 29, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. GERALD STROTHER

    GO OBAMA 008 (CNN) – Hillary Clinton has hinted that she is prepared to take her fight to fully seat Florida and Michigan all the way to the party's convention in late August, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that's not going to happen.

    May 29, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Earl Ray

    Why is it every time i look at Hillary i want to smile, and every time i look at pelosi i want to puke.

    May 29, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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