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. Phoenix

    Jeff Radun is right. It's just one of those non-provable statements that both parties can make to cover themselves and give partisans something to cry about. I, for one, cringe at all these "Candidate X is a liar" statements that do not address a specific topic or offer specific, researchable, objective proof. We know that both of them have misspoken, been misquoted, meant something else, didn't put it in those words, were out of context, etc. And, we also have some more specific factual contradictions which can be objectively mentioned. Let's stick to particulars.

    April 3, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. ken

    if it came down to it i would believe Richardson over hillary she is beyound telling the truth she would get sick if she had to tell the truth she will get back with you in 2 weeks

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

    HERE WE GO TRYING TO MAKE HILLARY LOOK BAD AGAIN!!!!!

    OBAMA CALLED ALL OF US TYPICAL WHITE PEOPLE WHO ARE AFRAID OF BLACKS!!!

    HIS WIFE SAID SHE WAS FINALLY PROUD OF HER COUNTRY!

    OBAMA HAS SAID HILLARY IS LIKE A MOVIE THAT HAS GONE ON TO LONG!!!!!

    I CAN GO ON AND ON ABOUT HIS COMMENTS!!!

    WHO KNOWS IF SHE SAID THIS !

    BUT I'LL SAY IT!!!!!!

    HE CAN'T WIN!!!!!!!! HE CAN'T WIN!!!!!!!!

    WATCH AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS IF HE STEALS THE NOD!!!!!!

    IT'S CALLED SWIFT BOATING!!!!!

    HE HAS SO MUCH SCANDAL TO CHOSE FROM IT WILL BE EASY!!!!!!

    VOTE FOR HILLARY!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. Too

    What else would one expect from Billary? I would have been shocked out of my eye sockets if she actually told the truth. That is the type of low expectation leadership that her presidency will be about.

    April 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Politically Speaking

    she took a looooooong time to answer the question...

    it seems like i've noticed a trend here. When she starts off with, "You knoooow......", it's usually a lie or embelishment.

    April 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Pho

    Lying. Again.

    April 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Carter

    I will not be suprised after the commander in chief threshold test.

    April 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Emma

    Here we go again! Did she say it? Of course she said it. She will say anything to win after all she WAS the annointed one!

    April 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Avis, Richton Park, IL

    She's still ducking bullets!!!

    Obama 08!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. jose

    biilary your true colors are starting to show and america is starting to open up there color blind eyes wowwwwwwwwww

    April 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Roxanne

    Bill Richardson is a turncoat! Give me a break, who's gonna believe him!

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

    Heck Hillary, he CAN'T win. Even Richardson agrees with you. Check out ABC's report on Bill Richardson:

    "here's a wrinkle, from a source with direct knowledge of Richardson's conversations with the Clintons: Richardson himself told Sen. Clinton and former President Clinton that he didn't think Obama could win, back when he was (according to the Clintons) telling them earlier this year that he wouldn't endorse Obama.

    "Too inexperienced," Richardson said, the source tells ABC News.

    With an endorsement like that, Obama must really be desperate!

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

    SENATOR CLINTON IS LEADING IN THE NATIONAL AND PENN POLLS!
    THIS IS WHY THEY ARE DOING THIS!
    OBAMA IS SPENDING MILLIONS TO RUIN HILLARY'S CREDIBILITY!!!!
    SMART PEOPLE REALIZE THIS!!!!!

    VOTE FOR HILLARY PEOPLE!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. Steve Ca, USA

    Between the Bush mafia and the Clinton mafia can't a hero come along and put these people in their place. Which in my opinion is a damp dungeon with all their rat sewer buddy's to keep them company because of their long lasting stain on Americas honor amongst nations on this planet.

    April 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Arthur-Texas

    Who are those sources?
    Bill Richardson is a big fat liar,and knows he will be forever labeled as a Judas..

    April 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Mike

    I wholeheartedly agree with Jeff. There is absolutely no way for anyone to know what was said, and anyone who presumes to know is stretching the truth pretty far.

    April 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Anita

    OK, I'll say it for her, "she can't win, I mean I can't win, no he can't win"

    There said and done

    April 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. jorge lopez

    One more time if Mr. Barack H. Obama wins the nomination Iots of us Democrats will vote for McCain...

    April 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Terri

    WE DO KNOW WHAT THEY SAID, THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT HILLARY'S LIE IS NOW. LIAR, LIAR, LIAR. Not to mention sore looser who does not really care about the country just her own personal wants.

    April 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Sunny Bristol, CT

    How did they know she told?

    Bill Richardson tole them? Gossip Boy

    April 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Independant

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    SHE DID NOT DENI IT! SHE SAID SHE WILL NOT REPEAT WHAT'S SAID IN PRIVATE CONVERSATION. THIS WAS A NON-DENIAL.

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    April 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. PJ

    Of course she is going to deny it. If she doesn't deny it, then people who feed off of drama will use that against her. If she does deny it, then people who feed of off of drama will use that.

    I believe she has shot her credibility, and I am not a supporter of hers. But it is a shame that she has done such to her own credibility that people could theoretically say just about anything now and she will come out the loser in the situation. I believe Richardson in this case, but who knows for sure?

    April 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Texas

    And we should believe her why???

    This is the same lady that ran from "sniper fire".......

    Hillary "whatever it takes" Clinton

    April 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Mark

    I'm as sure she's telling the truth as I am that she held that review of the troops and greeting the small girl in Bosnia under a rain of sniper fire. After all, she said it – she wouldn't make something up would she?

    April 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. ken

    this is the old bait and switch game of billary

    April 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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