April 1st, 2008
07:10 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton backer: Obama will win

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/01/art.cleaver.gi.jpg caption="Cleaver, a supporter of Clinton, said he'd be stunned if Obama didn't win."](CNN) - A key Hillary Clinton supporter appeared to be a bit off message during a recent interview with a Canadian radio station.

"If I had to make a prediction right now, I'd say Barack Obama is going to be the next president," Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said in a Canadian public radio interview this weekend. "I will be stunned if he's not the next president of the United States."

Cleaver, an African-American, endorsed Clinton's White House bid last year and formally remained aligned with the New York senator even as other black leaders shifted their support to Barack Obama.

But after his district voted for Obama in the February 5 primary, Cleaver did indicate he would consider voting for the Illinois senator at the party's convention if the delegate count was extremely tight between the two candidates.

In the Canadian radio interview, Cleaver made clear he doesn't expect Clinton to overtake Obama, comparing his support of the New York Democrat to that of his hometown losing football team.

“Even though I don't expect the Kansas City Chiefs to beat the Indianapolis Colts, I cheer for the Kansas City Chiefs,” he said.

He also pushed back on the notion Clinton should take her fight for the party's nomination all the way to the August convention - though he acknowledged that is not the position he is supposed to take.

"If I do the party line, I'm supposed to say - and maybe I'll say, just so if anybody hears it they can say well, 'Cleaver did the party line before he told the truth' - we believe that a contest going all the way to the convention is good for America."

But, he added, an actual convention fight would be a “tragedy of tragedies.”

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (365 Responses)
  1. D-Whiz

    Ken in RI:

    You're so intelligent, great mindset…… "Trole."

    Clinton supporter's… oh nevermind, whats the use. Keep on believing her lies.

    April 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. INDY for OBAMA

    I don't expect the Chiefs to beat the Colts either! Obama all the way, our next President!

    April 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. E.C.Rossi

    I think Rep. Cleaver is right. But, there's still a chance we might be
    wrong. Let's see what PA tells us.

    April 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Chipo

    With friends like this..... typical back handed supporter of BHO

    April 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Mike Birmingham, AL

    Ken in RI –

    don't you have a conscience? you would rather destroy this country out of spite than have Obama win? what is wrong with you?

    anybody but McCain in '08

    April 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. SaneTexan

    You Obama supporters just don't get it. Hillary is not perfect but Obama is not what he claims to be. We just DON'T like, believe or trust him! I am a Democrat and I will NEVER vote for him. McCain would be better for the US. Obama may get the nomination but he WON'T win the general election. You Obama supporters can start crying in your spiked Kool-Aid right now!

    April 1, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Deb - Canada

    People like this have no integrity. He's voting for race instead of ability. I hope people will remember him when Hillary wins. Disgusting.

    April 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. thomas Scully, St.Petersburg, Fl

    Obama is ahead and more than likely unless something very dramatic happens between now and the convention he will be the nominee but he will never be elected president. The Republicans will tear him apart and rightfully so for staying committed to Rev Wright and his sick,racist,anit-american rhetoric. I at one time considered voting for Obama when I felt that Hillary even though I know the smarter of the two was not going to be able to pull it off. But after these recent revelations of the kind of spirtual leader Obama puts his faith in I would vote for anyone but him. If by some freak chance Obama is elected it will be the beginning of the worst race wars we have ever seen in this country and I believe will eventually lead to the collapse of American life as we know it today. God Help America if He is elected!!!

    April 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Chipster

    "It' s unffair for the rest of the states not to cast for many candidates as they desire instead of just 2 people.To drop out when other states have not voted is unamerican."

    There's nothing unfair about the primaries. Voters can write-in any name they want. Anything could happen between now and the convention. Why are Obama supporters so anxious. If you're really confident of victory, then lighten up. You all sound frantic.

    April 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. Obama supporter always

    All you Hillary supporters are not true democrats if you think the best solution besides Hillary is crazy, old, war-hungry McCain. Being that this nation is falling from grace in a speeding manner and you dont want to fix it because your "Sniper-shooting" Hillary will not win is unpatriotic!

    You all deserve to have your homes foreclosed.

    Obama 08!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Jamaal Kansas City, Ks

    To all the hilary supporter if you vote for mccain in the fall you were never a Democrat to Begin with! All we Obama supporter have to say is Good Bye Haters!!!!!!!!!!!!! HA HA HA AH

    April 1, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. SUE, Michigan

    And now Obama is lying in another ad about no oil money-NOT TRUE, says factchecker.com. "No lobbyist money" also not true. So all you people you supposedly hate Hillary for lying, better get off the Obama bandwagon too. He's a smooth talker, but a liar.

    April 1, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. prakash chand

    Obama is not experienced ,if he is the nomanee this will be a failure of democratic part and they will miss agolden oppurtanity in Nov 08.


    April 1, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Duane Dunn

    Hillary is noting more than a fraud...she exaggerates her experience Just like Micheal Brown did for FEMA....Hopefully the next time she's ducking sniper fire its the super delegates wizzing by her head going to OBAMA.

    GO OBAMA!!!

    April 1, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Powered by the People

    heart and loyalty says Clinton

    Mind says Obama

    Hillary Clinton's support divided will not stand.

    Loyalty or being bullied

    it will be over in 21 days

    Obama 08

    April 1, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Kevin

    This guy might as well join Obama's campaign. How can you be a Clinton supporter but say Obama will win, etc??!!??? It's disappointing...

    I am sure I am speaking for many other Clinton supporters in saying, "SHAME ON YOU, REP. CLEAVER".

    I suggest looking in the dictionary to find out what the meaing of the word SUPPORT is!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    There is plenty of agreement that this race must run its due course. That said, I am confident that a final decision will be made before the convention in August. I aslo feel confident that the voice of the people will be heard and that Barack Obama will be the Democratic candidate and the next President of the United States.

    God Bless the United States of America!

    April 1, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Matt

    Cheryl is such an idiot. Again she has proven she has no clue. Clinton may win Pennsylvania, and maybe Indiana, but she will still LOSE THE NOMINATION!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. FAH

    Nothing like "jumping the gun!" Can't you wait til
    all the votes are counted???
    Doesn't sound like you're a very loyal backer there!
    Some "friends" make better enemies.

    April 1, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. russell

    Anyone and I mean anyone " uNCLES sAM " ,needs to have their head examined if they would be silly enough to vote for Mcsame ,I guess the people that would vote for Mcsame enjoy having our soldiers killed ,paying a lot more for food and likes to spend all of that extra money you earn buying super high priced gasoline .......well vote for Mcsame and watch your home be pulled out from under you....and that's the reality of that......

    April 1, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. trellskig

    Oh please, Obama has so many ideas compressed in his brain, he can't think straight. Furthermore, I will take Obama any day over someone talking loud just to become president and has nothing to offer the people (Bush).

    Obama "08"

    April 1, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. stinky feet, indy

    Mr. Cleaver, you're a honorable person. I'd wish your canidate had such a clear focus. Then, do the stately thing FOR YOUR SO CALLED PARTY.

    ...AND ALL OF YOU BILLARY SUPPORTERS think of this, who do YOU want picking supreme court judges for (PRO LIFE) the next term? "McCain"

    If the answer is Yes, remember... "The last laugh, laughs best!"

    Obama 08 & 12

    April 1, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    A realistic approach indeed. Too bad the Clintonites can't grasp the inevitable truth.

    April 1, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Al

    What I don't understand is how could any democrat vote for McCain? I voted for Obama in the Primary, but if for some reason he doesn't win the nomination, I will vote for Clinton. I will not put McCain in office. Obama has flaws as does Clinton, but they will surround themselves with the right people to get the job done. I'm not only voting because of my interests, I'm voting for my kids interests. We cannot have four more years of Bush policy. Any real democrat will vote for our nominee, whether it's Obama or Clinton!

    April 1, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. A DEMOCRAT '08

    "If you are a Hillary supporter and vote for McCain because you don't like Obama, you just chose to send our soldiers to die in Iraq over petty dislikes. You might as well be charged with 1st degree murder.

    YES!! Exactly!! When will the "I'll vote for McCain if Hillary loses" IDIOTS wake up and realize this. My friend, you are a genius.

    April 1, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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