April 3rd, 2008
04:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton denies telling Richardson Obama can't win

Clinton said Thursday she never said Obama can't win.

Clinton said Thursday she never said Obama can't win.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton on Thursday disputed a report that she once told Bill Richardson she didn't think Barack Obama could win in a general election.

"I have consistently made the case that I can win because I believe I can win, and you know sometimes people draw the conclusion I'm saying somebody else can't win," she said at a Burbank, California press conference.

Pressed further if she had said Obama can't win, Clinton said, "That's a no."

Earlier Thursday, citing sources with “direct knowledge of the conversation,” ABC News reported Clinton once told Richardson, "He [Obama] cannot win, Bill. He cannot win."

UPDATE: A Hillary Clinton staffer tells reporters covering her campaign that the New York senator did not correctly hear the follow up question about whether or not she once told Bill Richardson she didn't think Barack Obama could win in a general election. The aide said Clinton thought she was being asked if she would divulge the private conversation that she had with Richardson and answered no.


Filed under: Bill Richardson • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. Terry from VA

    And you believe her?

    April 3, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. kc

    HMMMM.. Why don't I believe her. Whatever..

    April 3, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Ceci

    I do not think he can win the general election either.

    April 3, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. 58 old white ladies

    WE ARE TIRED OF PEOPLE CALLING THE CLINTONS LIARS.

    THEY ONLY LIE WHEN THEY OPEN THEIR MOUTH.

    April 3, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. My belief not yours

    Yeah and she probably told someelse that Richardson couldn't win. Who cares!!!!!!!!!! Put some real news on.

    PS. If this is all that Richardson can bring to Obama then he's in trouble. Richardsons endorsement is a joke.

    April 3, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Maria F

    Liar, liar, pantsuit on fire.

    April 3, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Truth - NY

    Wasn't it Hillary who said McCain would make a better president! (democrat sellout). You know she said it! Wasn't she the one offering Obama who is ahead in all aspects a spot as VP? Please Hillary just admit it. If she didn't it would be uncharacteristical of her.
    Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. ellianna

    Hillary Clinton Journal - Page ??????? Another day - Another lie!!! Same Song - Different Verse!! Poor Hillary - so many more lies to tell - too little time!!

    April 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. joe

    Richardson is lying sleaze bag and I hope he gets what he desreves...nothing.

    April 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Lee WV

    I quote Hillary "I remember well the conversation with Gov.Richards,there was sniper-fire and we were running for an armored car."

    April 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Dallas

    She probably did say that,,it's interesting how she has amnesia when she's busted,,urgh go home aunt Hill

    Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. andrea, Illinois

    The Clintons are just not telling the truth. I do not believe anything that's coming out of their mouths anymore. Kind of sad, especially Bill had some kind of respect that's now all disappearing. How can they be so stupid? Lies have a short life...... They are both risking their careers and personal credibility. It's time for them to face reality, before it's too late!

    April 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Brian

    Hillary, you've lost. Goodbye.

    Democrats... get ready to mobilize behind the best candidate left in the field and the next President of the United States of America!

    BARACK OBAMA '08!!!

    April 3, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. PD

    more lies, lies, lies from HRC

    April 3, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. mitch from ark.

    uhmmm....he's winning.

    April 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. NancyL-64

    Well, we have to believe her – she did dodge all that sniper fire!

    April 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. Marc

    Why would Richardson lie on Hillary. Of course she said it. She is sneaky like that.

    April 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Colie Brice

    Liar, liar..

    Pant suit on fire..

    April 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. JP

    Hillary is lying, one lie lead to another lie and that's because it's more easier to lie than to tell the truth.

    April 3, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Jane Alt

    You know she is a liar. She will denie it anyway. She likes to lie to people.
    How can American trust somebody like her in the white house.

    PLEASE JUST DROPOUT OF THE RACE

    April 3, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. fr: Canada

    HILLARY I DO NOT BELIEVE YOU. YOU AND BILL CRIED , & CRIED BECAUSE HE WENT TO OBAMA, SO I BELIEVE YOU
    WOULD SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT. YOU ARE A INCONCIDERATE PERSON EVERYONE SHOULD JUMP TO YOUR WHIMS & COMMANDS.

    April 3, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. jl

    WATCH OUT FOR THE GROWING NOSE!!!

    April 3, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. A Voice of Reason

    He said, she said... great tabloid press content. How these candidates have run their campaigns, strategy, content, organization, and management, speaks more about their viablity to serve in the Oval Office. By his own admission, McCain said, he "can't match" Obama. In every respect, HRC and McCain cannot match Obama this time around.

    April 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Vacman

    I think she misspoke once again!!

    April 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. lol

    she'll win, he outspends her 4-1, and he still can't win the big states. who cares if she said he can't win, she is in it to win. this is such a non story. cnn your obama bias is really nauseating! Quit shoving barack down america's throats. we are capable of choosing our own candidate.

    April 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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