August 19th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
10 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)

    if she would realy help the winner OBAMA she might see some help but untill then I WOULDNT GIVE HER A TOKEN LESS A $$$

    August 19, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. cathy

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Of course it does not show party disunity to vote for a candidate other than the nominee…what were we thinking?
    BTW CNN why are you and the rest of MSM (other than NPR) not covering the Cindy McCain invisible sister story??:??
    I know… this one will be awaiting moderation…..forever.
    OOOO even better, I bet you close this article to comments!!

    August 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. Billy

    Thanks...but no thanks. It's losers like this who just can't see the forest for the trees. Get over it so we all move on.

    August 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. Calvin Broadus

    In the immortal words of Dick Cheney: So?

    August 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  5. Arthur

    Take that Dean and DNC! Go Hillary we love you. Democrats for McCain. We are Americans first and not democrat robots.

    August 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. Proud Army and Navy Mom

    He should, the Great people of PA voted for her as should the loosers Ted Kennedy and John Kerry who states went for Hillary as well......I am glad I am not a democrat where my vote is over ridden by Pelosi and Dean

    August 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Ian

    I'd laugh if the Dems called an audible at the convention and went with Clinton.

    August 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. Carl from MI

    Is there any way he can be more of a suck-up??

    Still, McCain is the bigger loser by comparisan... he went from Anti-Bush (rememeber the push-polling by Rove in the Carolinas?) to our nation's biggest Bush suck-up.

    He really is going to extend Bush's failed policies and keep our nation heading right into the ditch. What a suck-up!!

    Vote for the smart person, vote Obama... WAKE UP, AMERICA!!!!

    August 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  9. Greg, NY

    aware August 18th, 2008 11:54 pm ET

    If the Democrats want to win they will vote for Hillary Clinton 08. Obama is a loser!

    Let's try a little logic here today sir. If Obama won the primary and that makes him a loser, what does that make Hillary since she lost?

    Don't try to use the 'she won the majority vote' excuse because it's been shown that she hasn't if you include the caucus votes. We have to count the caucus votes because Hillary said herself that 'every vote counts' and caucus voters are still votes that count.

    So, what have we learned here? Obama won, so he's a loser. Hillary lost so she must be a super loser or something.

    August 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  10. angie - dallas -28

    i agree Dan,
    how come her rich supporters and PUMA supporters want everyone else to pay off her debt. Yet they do nothing to help.
    Obama supporters have been loyal since day one why should we give to her just because he says so. It would be like the PUMA'S voting for Obama because Clinton said to..

    HEY WAIT A MIN........ i keep saying double swords Clinton and Obama supporters need to unite and get over the b.s. i'm sick of seeing constant bickering. no one has anything useful to say about how AWESOME it will be to get rid of the bush administration. AND FINALLY get the democrats back in the WH.

    August 19, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. Joe in NY

    I hope McCain wins and tells Hillary and all of her democratic friends once and for all where to stick all of her brilliant ideas!
    Barr in 08!

    August 19, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  12. Marc in CC Texas

    Good for him. There will be no unity.

    August 19, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  13. Mark G

    If you are serious about seeing your party win the white house, you have no business voting for Clinton. All that does is show that you are hanging on to the past and you think Clinton is a better candidate...but the bottom line was she wasn't. I know this may ruffle some feathers, but Obama got the nomination. I would hope that the 18 million would stop trying to silence the voice of those who legally and fairly made their choice. It's time for the Clinton's and the Clinton supporters to put their money where their mouth is and stop playing at unity. If Obama is such a loser, then a loser beat Clinton fair and square...wht does that say. Have the dignity and respect Clinton enough to recognize how hard a victory against her was, and what caliber of a candidate it took to beat her. are doing a disservice to yourselves, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic party, and this country if McCain wins because of the petty bickering.

    August 19, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  14. Freida, NYC

    Obama is done!

    August 19, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. Sharon Kitchen

    yeah, right........bettter watch "all" the going on' any Clinton.

    August 19, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. Jim

    I cannot wait until the next generation goes out to the polls to vote, and shuts these older insane Puma's and republicans up for good. Boy I can't wait, these older generatons that think they are entitled and could care less about the money being borrowed for free have another thing coming.

    It's time for the next generation to take over, and be a real voting block, and such these pos political gangs up. The days of lobbiests and special interests will be answered by the people, by the next generation.

    August 19, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  17. Neutral

    Pay Hillary's bills Rendell

    August 19, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  18. Brando

    The Democratic Party NEEDS a MAJOR! OVERHAUL!. Forget about 2008 (Barack's gonna fell out short, i.e no 270 EV for him come Nov.) or 2012 (The electoral college's gonna change because of the 2010 Census). So start thinking about 2016. You got 8 yrs. You've! been! warned!.

    August 19, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. JDC // Ohio

    Rendell knows Obama cannot win!

    August 19, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. Ian

    "...It's going to be a good release for all of us." Yep, just like taking a good

    August 19, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. AA Michael

    I have ZERO respect for either of the Clintons at this point. ZERO. Obama is being too gracious with these losers – it's not their party any longer – time for HillBilly to pack it in.

    August 19, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. Ted:Canada

    Hillary and Ed

    If the Democrats really wanted to – "together" they could blow away Johnny Nuke McCain and the BEER Queen and send the repubs back to the previous century. Actually Johnny would be alright with that as he is still back there fighting in Vietnam. Can somebody remind him that the war is over!!!

    The Democrats plan should be to lead America into the 21 century.

    This message is endorsed by the “free world”. Well – maybe it is more of a plea!!!!!

    August 19, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  23. Jim

    Aware is abviously a republican in disguise and wants to split the party. The Puma's are good little republican sheep doing the republicans bidding, they just don't know it. It was because of the republicans that Florida cheated, they did this on purpose to split the party, and it worked.

    August 19, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. pops

    Hey Aware,
    Your a loser for that comment. Ignorance is you must be bliss.

    August 19, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  25. Joshua Zimmerman

    This is the most ridiculous "show of support" I have seen. Clinton lost. Get over it and get behind a candidate that can actually win the presidency.

    August 19, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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