April 22nd, 2008
09:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Is Obama shaping up to be another Dukakis?


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(CNN) - Watch Chief National Correspondent John King provide a historical analysis of presidential primary results in Pennsylvania as he explains why the Clinton campaign may be trying to cast Sen. Barack Obama as another Michael Dukakis in the minds of the Democratic Party’s superdelegates.

soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. LifeLongDemocrat

    Hillary distiny is a jail cell

    April 22, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  2. MCD

    No he isn't but it makes a nice headline for you.

    When we get to the general, the numbers of a united democratic party will crush McCain.

    But again, it makes a nice headline.

    April 22, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  3. Lucas Hart

    Pa voters are deconstructing Obama!!!!

    April 22, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. James

    John king.where did you bring that contrast?From your pocket?

    April 22, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. Bayou Joe

    What an insult to Senator Dukakis. He is actually more like George McGovern. Lots of talk and no action.

    April 22, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  6. AZM

    I don't see the similarity at all...
    Dukakis had a clue...

    Nobama No Way

    LOL.... Way to go Hillary... it's on now!

    April 22, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  7. Linda Montgomery

    There is nothing in Obama's campaign that meets any historical fact. He has run his campaign differently, with a 50 state approach, so that will end up differently than going for the big states only.

    Obama will be the nominee. Clinton is not leading by enough to make a big dent in the delegate count, and Pennsylvania will probably be her best state. He will do better in NC and Indiana.

    So, good try, but no. It is Obama.

    April 22, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  8. fran

    No, because he's not going to get the nomination from his party.
    Hillary is going to be the next President of the United States. She's a fighter and Clinton's do not quit until they win. They have never lost a major election and isn't about to start now.

    April 22, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. Peter

    What should this slogan "Hillary wins the big states" mean? That is nonense! Hillary won nearly all HER big states at a very very narrow margin and in an election against an other democratic candidate... Obama didnt lost with +10, 20, 30 or more percent behind her in this big states as outsider und unliked person!

    Obama has the lead and Clinton can't get more votes at total.

    At the real election against McCain the narrow wins of Clinton in a few big states doesnt matter. The voters for change, the DEMs would clearly vote too in the states which Obama lost marginal for him...

    Obama is the leader at all results in total, nationwide polls and becomes the candidate. All other is stupid pr spin from the Clinons.

    April 22, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  10. Kevin from MN

    If what Hillary says is true, and she can deliver Pennsylvania and Ohio, she'd make one heck of a running mate.....

    April 22, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  11. Dan from Illinois

    To answer the question: Yes.

    April 22, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  12. ND

    Actually, Hillary seems more Dukakis-like, doing shots and pandering outside her element. More appropriately, however, is how Hillary will be knocked down by Republican negative advertising, not unlike how Dukakis was killed politically by the Willie Horton ad. When Republicans start splashing Vincent Foster's face on the screen, and asking tough questions about Travelgate, Whitewater, office break-ins, missing documents, and so forth, we'll see a repeat of 1988.

    You know that's going to happen!

    April 22, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  13. Kevin

    You guys will say anything for headlines....

    April 22, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  14. Jay

    Please don't insult Dukakis!

    April 22, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  15. kevin from alaska

    it depends.. do you listen to what Obama actually has to say or what the Clinton camp has to say about him

    Anybody but Hillary OR McCain OR Bush '08

    April 22, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  16. Disappointed by the MEDIA

    WOW JOHN KING AND CAMPBELL (whatever her last name is!!! EVERYDAY YOU PROVE TO ME HOW MUCH YOU LOVE HILLARY!!! Either that, or you're on her payroll. It's honestly a disgusting lack of professinalism..CNN has disappointed me so much, by all this anti-Obama press! If it would be the other way around and Hillary was in Obama's shoes, you wouldn't even pay attention to Obama!!!


    Besides, she only won by 7-8 points? Wow.

    April 22, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  17. Richard

    No doubt. I just hope the Obamabots can change because words and HISTORY matter.

    April 22, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  18. Chris in Va.

    Irrelevant really.

    April 22, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  19. kentucky

    she said "YES YES YES he can beat John McCain!!!

    April 22, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  20. Denis Frank

    It is unfortunate that the support from the African American Demographic is so skewed to Obama that the support is effectively, a complete majority support.

    Every other demographic (Catholic, Protestants, White men, White women, Latinos, 60+ years etc) is reasonable and respectable in the support for or against the 2 candidates (I.E 65% TO 35% OR 60% TO 40% etc.).

    Essentially it would seem that African Americans have biased their selection based on RACE primarily and this fact cannot be disputed.

    I wonder what that demographic (African-American constituency) would think or how they would react if say 95%+ of the women would vote for Hillary or 95%+ of all whites would vote for Hillary. Racism works both ways and the lack of reasonable support for Hillary from the African American community is quite shameful after the many years that the Clintons have supported the needs of these folks.

    Blind support based on RACE for any candidate (Clinton, Obama or McCain)is unacceptable in a mature Democracy.

    I am sure some people will object to these comments but those are the raw facts. I am an independent (recently decided) who supports Hillary but if say Colin Powell was on a ticket I would have absolutely no problem in voting for a statesman and patriotic hero like Mr. Powell, a person who I deeply respect.

    Hillary for me is now the clear choice after she has demonstrated her grit in PA after Obama has spent himself silly in the negative adverts by a margin of 3 to 1.

    April 22, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  21. Ann, MI

    Hillary Clinton doesn't have a chance, but she decided to take down the winning candidate with her sinking ship. Its really pitiful to see a strong woman act like this.

    April 22, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  22. Jim

    Obama will continue and he shall prevail.

    April 22, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  23. Rhonda Davis

    Obama will be the next President .

    April 22, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  24. Scott Brown Palm Bay Florida

    He is not shaping up to be another Dukakis-he is another Dukakis. My point being the democratic party is so split between the far left (Obama) and the moderate to responsible left (Clinton). If Clinton does not win the nomination which she won't a large percentage will simply move to the moderate McCain. I can't wait to see Obama's head poking out of a tank!

    April 22, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  25. CP Duluth, MN

    What sort of question is that? Are you a news organization or a branch of the Clinton campaign??

    April 22, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
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