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. Lee WV

    She doesn't spell very well either it's Richardson.

    April 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Von Ripon, CA

    Yeah, she didn't say that, just like she didn't say that Chelsea was jogging in front of the WTC on 9/11. She is past the point where she can win. She is now in the process of making sure Obama can't win. She had better hope there is not video of her making these comments to Richardson. If there is, it's all over.

    April 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. NittanyLion4Bama

    Here's another example of her lying

    Hilliary – "I never told Bill that Obama can't win"
    ABC new – "Maam we have a documented conversation of you saying "He cannot win, Bill, He cannot win."
    Hillary – "Well that was bizarro Hillary, not me, I would never say or do anyting to hurt the democratic party"

    April 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Nic

    And she's never lied before!

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

    Richardson your a stinken traitor and a lier. You make good being with O.B. ,for he is a lier too. He has this country sold on his smooth speeches.His book of life is closed to the country though.He tells everyone what he wants to ,and what they want to hear.The old saying is. What you dont know wont hurt you.Think about it O.B. supporters.

    April 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Rom

    Please God, do in such a way that the phone conversation between her and Richardson was recorded on tape, thus we can make a footage and play it over and over as the "Bosnia sniper lie" !!!
    Knowing her, I am sure she's the one who is not telling the truth about this story

    April 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Terry in Texas

    It is no wonder of the three candidates left in the race, Senator Clinton is considered and by far, the most dishonest. I choose no to believe nor to bow down to Her Majesty Hillary and her henchman that bully people behind the scenes.

    April 3, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Rachel

    Hmm... maybe she was getting shot at by snipers while she was telling Richardson this, so she probably doesn't quite remember. I jest, I jest.

    April 3, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Karen in Cape Cod

    Can the media STOP calling the Clintons liars, or is civility too much to ask for from the press? I don't hear anyone calling Obama a liar over many questionable remarks.

    April 3, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Morten Busk

    well that´s the problem she might have said it, she just can´t remember as usual.

    Obama 2008

    April 3, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Mary Ann

    This woman is either the biggest liar on the globe (even bigger than Bush and Cheney) or she's mentally ill.

    April 3, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Reggie

    Just like Hillary, doing what she does best! Wait until they find a recording of this and she will just say she was sleep deprived and forgot she said it.

    April 3, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Obama Supporter

    Actually Jeff, I'm sure the Bush administration has all their phones wiretapped anyway. lol

    April 3, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Ben

    i totaly understand why bill richardson endorsed barack obama instead of hillary clinton. the last weeks and months in the clinton campaign were nasty and abhorrent. it's a bad political style that divides this great country and bill richardson don't support such a thing. and i give him a lot of credit for the decision to support obamas campaign, which bases on positive feelings. a campaign that connecting and inspiring people instead of dividing them. no more of the same old washington policy!

    April 3, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Ask the former Perjurer in Chief to clear this up, or have the former First Daughter tell us it's "none of our business". This family cannot tell the truth to save their political lives.

    April 3, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. bizu

    Is she calling him a liar? We know who to believe.

    April 3, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Seth

    Well, it isn't like she would lie, would she?

    April 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Chuck

    Oh Jeff Radun: I think it is pretty clear what was said. And you know it. There is absolutely no reason , none, why Ricahrdson would make up such a claim.

    April 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. LaVelle

    Hillary is going down, how about them apples! Yes We Can!

    April 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Stung by her words

    Clinton's such a liar. First she lied about the Bosnia incident and now this. I trust Bill Richardson way more than I trust "Senator" Clinton.

    April 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. True Independent, MD

    When did Bill Clinton meet Richardson 5 times? I bet Clinto did not know his lie would be revealed. No wonder he went all RED!

    April 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Stacy Clarks,

    how can we believe her? Maybe sniper fires were coming at her during that conversation as well!?!?!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Grayden

    Oh Hillary. The lies just keep pouring out from you. Given the integrity and honesty of Bill Richardson, do you really think anyone is going to believe that he is lying? You know you said this to Richardson and now you've been caught once again. Is this another Bosnia moment Hillary?

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

    It has always seemed strange that after Texas, Ohio… Clinton started talking about a joint ticket with Obama… she started to see a trend that spelled disaster for the Democratic Party…

    next thing you know Richardson goes against everything he had been stating in the press that the superdelegates should vote like their state did… after all of the talk about a joint ticket… he saw his dream of being a VP for Clinton slip away… he jumped ship and went with Obama… he still can not give a valid reason for going against the vote of his state and a clear reason why he choose Obama…

    It is obvious that Richardson was offered something or he was upset that she was mentioning the joint ticket… Think about it!!! Now he wants his 15 seconds of fame...

    Of course Bill Clinton got mad... what he thought was a friend lied to him... Richardson is going to lose support over this because he went against the popular vote in his state... the media needs to move on and quit asking Clinton about this...

    April 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Rod, first time voter

    Mrs. Clinton I think you are a very attractive and intelligent white woman but the lies and silly attacks have to stop no matter who the nominee is he/she will have my vote but you have to appear more truthful THIS IS REALLY GETTING SILLY

    DEM'S 08

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