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. John Kay

    Oh!! sorry !! "I misspoke"

    April 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. RW

    Hillary has lied so much; how can we possibly believe anything she say. It's sad our first female candidate for president and she start us off on a bad note. When the next woman come along it will be hard; because we are already seen as emotional beings and busy bodies. Hillary exemplifies both traits which will make it hard for any woman convince America that all are not like this. Hillary you have failed us; if you weren't going to run a clean campaign then you should have stayed out of the race.

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

    what a shocker right? wrong!..... it's no news that she'll do and say anything to win the nomination incuding demeaning a fine candidate as Obama. Something about the Clintons...... hmm........ a word is enough for the wise............ l have a news flash for them, OBAMA WILL WIN NOT JUST THE NOMINATION, BUT THE PRESIDENCY ASWELL.

    April 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Ken in RI

    If this were a "he said, she said" between Clinton and Richardson, I'd say that we should really move on. But the original story was reported from a source who apparently overheard Clinton tell Richardson that Obama couldn't win. Which means that either the source or Clinton is lying. I'd really like to know the answer to that, because it seems that the question "Is Hillary lying?" has been coming up an awful lot recently.

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

    ANOTHER LIE, KEEP IT UP HILARY YOU ARE WEAK AND YOU WILL CONTINUE TO BE WEAK.

    April 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. JB Hull, IA

    so clinton is lying again. What else is new?

    April 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Crystal Mitchell

    I'M SURE YOU SAID IT. WHY WOULD SHE NOT SAY IT. THE CLINTON'S FEEL THAT ARE ENTITLE TO THIS PRESIDENCY. THEY BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE OWED, WHY? LOOK AT HOW HER HUSBAND IS ACTING. THEY ARE ANGRY AT BILL RICHARDSON, FOR NOT ENDORSEING HILARY. BUT BILL RICHARDSON CAN ENDORSE WHOM HE WANTS. YOU WILL SEE THAT SHE SAID A LOT MORE THEN THIS. IT'S THIS TYPE OF ATTITUDE THAT IS THERE DOWNFALL.

    April 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Richard Gozinya

    Bill had a problem with the definition of the word "is".

    Now Hillary seems to have a similar problem with the word "no" as in "that's a no", related to the alleged statement "He (Obama) cannot win"

    Seems that just maybe everyone else isn't wrong and it is the Clinton's who "take a few liberties with the spoken words of our mother tongue"

    April 3, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. THE NAKED TRUTH!!!

    I know. It is Richardson that is lieing. He is in the Obama camp. The snake pit of liars. HILLARY 08 or nobody.

    April 3, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. finpower

    its not that he can not win (the fact is he will not win ) BEST CHANCE TO WIN IN NOVEMBER IS HILLARY . THE REPUBLICANS WILL TEAR HIM APART . KARL ROVE IS ALREADY DONATING HIS EXPERTISE TO THAT MISSION AND HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT THE BLACK VOTE . THEIR ALREADY COUNTING WHEN THE DEBATE HAPPENS ALL HE WILL BE ABLE TO SAY IS (HOPE &CHANGE ) PEOPLE WILL NOT TRUST THAT IN THE END . I UNDERSTAND HOW THEY THINK I AM A REAGEN DEMOCRAT .IT'S PRETTY EASY TO DEFINE NO SUBSTANCE . FROM A STRATEGIC POINT OF VEIW (NO HILLARY NO WHITE HOUSE )

    April 3, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Ralph, Long Island, NY

    After the so many verbal "mistakes" it's become difficult to believe almost anything Hillary says without unbiased corroboration.

    April 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Herman LA, CA

    She's lying

    AGAIN

    Wow… this woman is truly a disgrace

    Oh boy I wish that sniper fire would have….

    April 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Wilfred

    Her mouth is moving , she is lying of course.

    April 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. SR(Queens, NY)

    Who can believe anything she says at this point??? If it weren't for the cameras and Sinbad, she would have us believing she was G.I. Jane!!

    April 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. jp/michigan

    Hillary is no more disgraceful that the Obama supporters ( Kerry, Leahy and Dodd) telling Clinton to drop out of the race, before all American had a chance to vote. The Obama supporters call them selves democratic. They are afraid of Hilary, that's why they are pushing for her to drop out.

    April 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Freida NYC

    Celia Ann,

    You are really silly (for the lack of the other S word). The media like the "newspaper" are the biggest liars. You sound like a 2 year old.

    Typical Obama's supporters who drank the kool-aid!

    April 3, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Yes, DM again Arlington, TX

    Everytime she talks she lies. She is sad......

    April 3, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. drew

    She's absolutely right, Obama can't win. If he becomes the nominee, John McCain is going to walk right into the White House in January.

    Hillary 2008!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. Lee, Red Bluff, CA

    Jeff – Exactly right.

    There are reports that Richardson actually told Clinton that he thought Obama was not electable because he is too green and he wouldn't endorse him.

    April 3, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. Joel

    Did she misspeak?

    Maybe she's saying she misspoke when she told Mr. Richardson that originally.

    Oh, wait – the people that witnessed her saying that statement – they misspoke. I got it now.

    April 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Donald, SC

    Hillary, Hillary, Hillary, please stop misspeaking!

    April 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. jo

    "Cannot win" as in, not enough people will vote for him?

    OR

    "Cannot win" as in, we can not allow a black person to ruin our centuries-long domination of this naive country?

    April 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. Anette

    My favorite blogger quotes: Liar Liar pantsuit on fire. Drip...Drip..Drip...

    April 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Hillary is nothing but a liability. Her dishonesty and win at all cost attitude shows her to be too self centered to be of any good for this country. Do we want another Bush of a different stripe in The White House?

    April 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Jeff

    Radun –
    don't bother trying to reason with the Hillary haters, she could cure cancer and they'd find a way to put her down for it.

    April 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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