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. NW Independent

    The problem is BHO probably can't win. Poll simulation done by a professor at Washington University utilizing current polling suggests that he has less then a 10% chance of picking up the electoral votes needed. This is primarily due to his weekness in key swing states like OH, MI, PA and FL.

    April 3, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. MP-Pennsylvania

    CAN'T BELIEVE YOU ANY MORE!!!!!!

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

    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."

    Which means she lied again.

    She's like the Energizer Bunny.....She keeps lying and lying and lying.

    If Obama lied once, everyone would drop him. Shows you the double standard of America!

    April 3, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Tupac

    Maybe she was sleep deprived from being awake from 3am phone calls for Bill that she misspoke again.

    Enough of Bush and Clintons... can we bring in some new blood please.

    April 3, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. Nowhere Man

    With every word that comes out of her mouth, her nose grows longer ....

    Obama '08!

    April 3, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. GCG - Austin, TX

    This is a clear case of "He Said/She Said" and unless we were there, we don't know. If the sources with "direct knowledge" that ABC cites do not come out publicly and state how they have this knowledge, then the public will not know any more than it does today. To state that one side is lying or the other is just plain bunk and not at all healthy.

    April 3, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Obama supporters are awful.

    April 3, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Obama For 2 terms!

    Yea she "misspoke"....keep yer head down Hill!

    April 3, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. VOTER FOR TRUTH AND DIGNITY IN AMERICA

    Another lie. i believe Richardson. He HAD TO LEAVE!!!!SHE IS VISCIOUS!!!! He was truthful to the American people. His leaving
    says that He KNEW HER BETTER THAN US. AND HE COULDNT STAND BY AND WATCH AMERICAN BEING DECEIVED. HERE THAT
    CARVILLE!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. Kevin, NC

    This lady is not to be trusted?

    April 3, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. J. Travis, Portland, OR

    . . . .I believe Hillary this time because . . .Senator Obama IS WINNING.

    April 3, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. justobserve

    It is amazing that anyone still reports what she said or not said! She is irrelevant. If she should win, that is a robbery in daylight.

    April 3, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. tell the truth

    Who cares. This shoul be about the issues that we faces. The price of gas,war in Irag,and other important matters. Please remeber to vote for Obama or Hilliary in November. Do not get side tracked by the other side. Please think vote for McCain equal 4 more years of Bush. I want change and McCain want the same the richer get richer and the poor get poorer rember that. Please stop the fighting vote Hilliary or Obama

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

    Oooooo Hillary. You are still telling and believeing your own lies.

    Go Obama, you Rock!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Michael J. Weber

    The Clintons are the worst type of racists.

    April 3, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. The Bosnian Sniper

    You wouldn't lie would you?

    April 3, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. Nando, Florida

    he must have called at 3AM when she was sleep deprived. I quite sure Bill Richardson is teling the truth.

    April 3, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. Roland O

    Was this another "MISSPOKE"? Lies, lies, lies!!!

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

    as if anyone can believe her

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

    cnn: why don't you just report the opposite of what this proven habitual liar says from now on?

    April 3, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. Gary Mialocq

    Of course she couldn't be lying. Clintons lie? After all, she is the Bosnia Heroine. I can hear her now: "I did not have sexual relations with that sniper".

    April 3, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  22. Mimi in Chicago

    He-say she-say................................and the saga continues.
    USE SPELL-CHECK PEOPLE!

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

    I think that Hilary is kind of spoiled.What make you thnk that you are the only one ,who can be President of Usa.Barack is as intelligent as you are and is honest. He does not use negative tactics to be sucessful.Hilary be less arrogantand focus in the issues that really matters.

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

    Oh, yes, and she was a key player in the Irish Peace Accord and ducked sniper fire while running across the tarmack in Bosnia.... Can't this twit and her husband tell the truth about ANYTHING?

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

    Hillary Clinton is not capable of telling the truth. Like her husband, both Clintons are pathological liars, except Bill Clinton is a more shameless liar than Hillary.

    Hillary Clinton cannot be trusted.

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