August 19th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Rendell voting for Clinton

Rendell says he's voting for Clinton at the convention.
Rendell says he's voting for Clinton at the convention.

(CNN) – Perhaps Ed Rendell's name can be officially scrapped from the list of potential VPs.

The Pennsylvania governor and fervent Hillary Clinton backer said Monday he's planning to vote for the New York senator at the Democratic convention next week.

Rendell, who has been credited with helping to deliver his state to Clinton, told a Pennsylvania blog Monday that a vote for Clinton is not meant to show disunity.

"It honors the hard work of so many people who supported Sen. Clinton," he told PolitickerPA. "Many of the Pennsylvania delegates worked their heart out for Sen. Clinton, and they're excited to cast a vote for her. From my vantage point, that will be closure for them."

"Early on, I said I would cast my ballot for Sen. Clinton," he also said. "I'm going to cast my ballot for her, and then the moment I cast my vote, I'm going to continue to enthusiastically support Sen. Obama. It's going to be a good release for all of us."

Rendell has long said he would make a bad running mate, noting in an interview, "If I'm asked a question, I answer it and I tell the truth,” he said last February. "That probably isn't a good idea for someone who is the No. 2 on the ticket."

soundoff (539 Responses)
  1. Jon

    Rendell is the man and I hope he run's in 2012.

    August 19, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Fed Up

    It never ceases to amaze me how many idiots we have in this country. If Obama loses this election because of the Clinton Idiots, please make sure that you continue to write on these blogs without complaints about how happy you are that the country has completly gone to hell. What exactly do you think Hillary is so capable of doing? She was the wife of a president. The last time I checked that doesn't qualify you to be president. WAKE UP AMERICA....................!!!!! Stop popping your pills to go to sleep and to wake up in the morning. Get off the medication and wake up! Please for your childrens future, swallow your pride and do the right thing! What are you going to tell your children when they ask why there are no jobs in America?

    August 19, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. for Obama

    This kind of thing has always happened at conventions. It's no big deal!

    August 19, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. M in MN

    Uh...William...even Hillary said she is casting her vote for Obama. Why would you negate her vote with yours?

    Your "c'est la vie" attitude will negatively affect millions of lives should McCain be elected. Please don't do that to those of us who would have happily voted for Hillary had she won the nomination.

    August 19, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Stephanie

    This is no surprise. Like Hillary, Rendell also said Obama could not win. Got news?

    August 19, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Let's say it again.

    Even if Hillary were to be named the nominee at the convention, the Republicans will chew her up and spit her out. Why? Two reasons:

    1) Campaign debt. If she can't run her campaign finances properly, how will she run the country's finances properly?

    2) PUMA's. Your divisiveness and bitterness is perfect fodder for the Republicans. How will she unite the country to move forward and fix the mess we're in if she can't even get her SUPPORTERS to give up the ghost?

    Like it or not, Obama is the nominee and the best option we have to get this horrible Republican administration out.

    Vote SMART, please, for the sake of your country and our sons and daughters.

    August 19, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. suzyq-philadelphia

    I have lost respect for you Rendell and to think I thought you and Obama would make a great team as vice and pres.

    August 19, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Elana, Melbourne Florida

    Thanks Ed...have fun with President McCain. You are unbelievable- what did the clintons promise you???? Obama needs pennsylavania- i thought you were a democrat- isnt that whats important- getting a democrat in the white house? Politics arent always fun and sometimes people's feelings get hurt but you have to look at the bigger picture. You disgust me.

    August 19, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. kel

    this is big Ed right but he had better be one of first to rally support for the lawually selection of Obama to repersent the Dems this Nov.

    August 19, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  10. Miss C

    Both of you should stick your heads in a toliet
    If she runs again,she will never get my vote.

    August 19, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  11. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    Rendell, you've said and done some really stupid things in your past but this grandstanding vote for Hillary at the convention is perhaps the worst one yet.
    Thanks for the party unity support there Big Guy – Are you a secret repug PUMA operative by any chance?

    August 19, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. mary, older white lady from NJ

    Hillary wouldn't have incurred any debt if she would have just managed her ship better than she did, she could even make the decision to run the 3AM AD!!!! Why would you continue to vote for a loser let alone contine to be LOYAL!!!!!

    Obama will turn this ship around!!!

    President Obama 08

    August 19, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  13. KMAN

    "It honors the hard work of so many people who supported Sen. Clinton."

    Now, would that be those "people" who so ardently supported her campaign except for the necessary financial support?
    If she really had 18 million supporters, then why don't they help her pay off her campaign debt. Action speaks louder than whining!

    August 19, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. tom

    William
    You can also write a donkey and put your vote there who cares, what you want is not gonna happen go barry yourself, enough of this crap

    August 19, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. Kevin

    Brilliant!

    August 19, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. Israel MN

    You Hillary supporters need to stop talking and get to paying up. My goodness what happened to all that love? This should've been a done deal since the primaries were over months ago. Please pay up so she can shut up.

    if Hillary has such strong supporters that need to be heard at the convention, let them help her with her debt.
    Thank you.

    August 19, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. SJ CA

    All hail Hillary, yet again.... All hail the Clinton dynasty (that won't be thank God)! Ooh, ooh, Chelsea 2016!! (BARF)

    August 19, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. anjelica delsanto

    no Hillary now.
    no Hillary ever.

    enjoy it while you can, but understand that we won't forget.

    August 19, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  19. Scott, West Chester, OH

    Way to go, Ed! This convention should not be a coronation. Obama won by a whisker. PUMA!

    August 19, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  20. Republican for Obama

    I'm very disappointed in the fact that you hide behind an excuse of "this is not disunity". You should be supporting Obama AND voting for him. No excuses.

    August 19, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. M. Jan, Exton, Pa.

    If democrate does not win the prsidency this time, then they will never again because all the blacks including myself( I am not black) will never vote for a democratic president.

    August 19, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. Obama Is God

    Ed Rendell is a loser and so is Hillary Clinton. . . These old politicians deserve each other!! Nothing will STOP Pres. Obama though.

    August 19, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. David

    Just another example to show my son of how NOT to grow up.....of what being "selfish" and "sore loser" is all about.... Sad, isn't it? The Governor is supposed to be a leader, not cry baby.

    August 19, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. Tampa resident

    Who care's if this lone governer endorses Obama? His loyalty belongs to Hillary Clinton. Who knows what shwe has done for him over the years. He has the right to vote how he pleases. By now everyone is aware of the overall mentality of individuals from Pennsylvania. You would be hard presses to find individuals that are comfortable voting for a black candidate (it would'nt matter if it was a black man or women). Obama had trouble with Pennsylvania in the primaries and many of the polititions there are indebted to "The Clintons."

    BOTTOM LINE.... IT IS NO SURPRISE TO ME....

    AND IT'S STILL OBAMA 08......

    August 19, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  25. CB2

    Ed Rendell is a clown!!! "It honors the work of so many people that supported Sen Clinton..."Let it go already. Obama won the nomination and how about honoring the people that support(ing) Sen Obama.

    Can you say that Ed Rendell is a ...Loser!!!

    August 19, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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