May 13th, 2008
11:11 AM ET
14 years ago

Carville: Obama likely to win nomination

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(CNN) - James Carville has been one of Hillary Clinton's most energetic defenders, but on Monday he all but declared Barack Obama will become the Democratic nominee for president.

Speaking to students at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, Carville argued Clinton should stay in through the final nominating contest in early June, but said the Democratic tide appears to be moving in Obama's direction.

"I still hear some dogs barking," Carville said, according to The State newspaper. "I'm for Senator Clinton, but I think the great likelihood is that Obama will be the nominee."

"As soon as I determine when that is, I'll send him a check," he added.

Asked about who might share a ticket with Obama, Carville floated Clinton's name, as well as that of Clinton ally Gen. Wesley Clark. Carville also mentioned Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg as possible running mates, according the Greenville News.

soundoff (374 Responses)
  1. Tolu

    I love it! How do you like your crow, Carville? Cajun, I suppose...ha!

    May 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    The only conclusion I can reach when the rabid Hillary supporters say 'never Obama' is that the core reason for that stance is racism. Perhaps emotional immaturity, but more likely pure old racism. Sad - and it's about time race became a non-issue in this country!

    Old white lady born in Georgia.

    May 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Sheri


    THAT OBAMA 08, and 12

    May 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. Burt

    They can put whoever they want as Veep. If Hillary is not the Democratic nominee, this Democrat's voting for Sen. McCain – only because he is the next most qualified.

    May 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. justobserve

    At least he now appears to be frank! No more spins for the pathological liars who continue to cheat voters in WV, KY and you have to ask: for what? The most blatant method is Bill telling voters to turn off TV. Wow! This can only happen in communist countries or dictatorship where voters only need to listen to one voice of the dictator like sheep. When they lie throughout the elections, past and present, they think they can fool voters all the time but then came along Obama, people have a real choice, not business as usual for the Clintons.

    May 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Barrett

    This supporter of Hillary Clinton will vote for McCain in the fall.

    May 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. JoshMD

    Hillary did not win the popular vote... Caucuses are not included in the count. There is no reasonable way to accurately count the popular vote.

    People, learn how to read before you quote an obscure quote from a politician or the media. They spin issues in a way to benefit themselves.

    May 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Marge Hibbing Mn

    All we heard from the Democrats when bush was appointed president in 2000,,,GORE WON THE POPULAR VOTE AND HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PRESIDENT. The electoral college has to go.

    WELL, since Hillary has won the popular vote and obama got the electoral votes, and from the mostly republican black states. Why isn't the press and the other democrats clamoring for HER TO WIN THE NOMINATION.

    I suppose it depends on who gets the most popular votes. If you want a certain person to win, you ignore that fact. But if you want another person to win you clamor for the opposite.

    It is a shame that the DNC and the good old boys pushed this country into another republican president, because when obama is appointed OVER THE POPULAR VOTE......he will get his butt tore up by McCain.

    May 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Mike in Columbus

    The majority of Clinton supporters will support Obama in November…

    Some will not, but I think most realize the stakes, and put that above sour grapes and petty jealousy.

    However, most of the folks who keep repeating they won't support Obama on this blog will probably stick to their word.
    They can congratulate themselves if Obama loses, and smirk for a bit. They can also pat themselves on the back when the
    US troop casualty count comes in each month, and feel proud they help perpetuate that. They can smile to themselves as
    the dollar continues to weaken and friends and family can't find blue collar jobs in America, and know they had a hand
    it that too. As more conservative judges are appointed to the supreme court, they can laugh to themselves and say "yeah,
    but we sure taught the DNC a leason, didn't we?"

    So be proud Obama haters, you are the true Americans aren't you?

    May 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. NELSON Colorado Springs, Co

    finally, This is a good thing Go OBAMA

    May 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Tubby The Tuba from Texas

    I like Carville! He is honest and loyal, and you can't knock him for that. He simply speaks his mind without fear! But I do support Obama. He is going to be one of our greatest Presidents. Another Lincoln. The man has the wisdom!

    May 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Chris

    GOP is going to crush Obama by November, this guy has more "skeletons in his closet" than you can imagine. The Wright controversy isn't going away and the Reznik trial will just be heating up. Good luck Dems, you blew it again!!

    May 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    Hey Elvis I thought you were dead....

    Talk about lies, and scandal, and anti american remarks, that 's
    your Boy Obama.

    The next scandal that is going to be surfacing is the Gay Murder
    Cover Up that Obama is being investigated about. I'm sure he'll
    give a great speech about that too.

    CNN Why Aren't you printing any of my blogs? Is it because I'm not bashing Hillary?

    HILLARY 08

    May 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. Angela

    As a half Korean/half white person I will be extremely happy if Obama becomes our next president. I am a registered Independent.

    May 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. Sherry

    Why would anyone support a candidate who (1) underestimated her opponent for President (can we trust her judgment with a foreign entity)? (2) Only budgeted her campaign through Super Tuesday (what Ph.D on her staff gave her that advice)? (3) Totally ignored the "little States." And (4) said in her own words that FL and MI will NOT count. Those of you who say you will not vote for Mr. Obama - you will only be doing yourselves a disservice. John McCain will continue the Bush legacy - the war will rage on and more and more of our young men and women will be killed; he will stack the Court with uber-conservative Justices, thus, putting Roe v. Wade at risk - need I say more!

    May 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. Tyrone Brown

    Both Carville and Stephanopoulus, the two men most responsible for Bill Clinton's win in 1992, have all but declared that Obama has the nomination. If this is not a clear sign that the Clinton campaign should gracefully concede, I don't know what is.

    Obama '08

    Tyrone Brown
    Searttle, Washington

    May 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. Steve

    Somebody mentioned that the Clinton machine was going through the grieving process. We should allow them this so they can heal.

    It goes something like this;

    1. Denial (this is what we are experiencing now)
    2. Bargaining (will ask Obama to help them out of debt)
    3. Depression (Hillary will start drinking and using sedatives)
    4. Anger (Bill will lash out at Americans)
    5. Acceptance (Hillary in rehab, Bill quits public speaking & Chelsea runs for Senate)

    The process then starts over again!

    May 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |

    It's clear that the Hillary campaign for president might not clinch the nomination yet I notice that the Obama supporters continue deriding the Clintons with hatefull coments and I do not believe these actions, nor gloating over victory, will help unite the Democrats in fact I for one like many of my friends and family will not vote for Obama (RACE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT). there will be no honeymoon and Hillary should not be blame for it, she is doing the right thing for her supporters and what her supporters want. There is a process and she needs to see it thru.

    May 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Ivar

    I just cant understand how can hillary backers still support her and call themselves democrats. The rules of the game were simple and decided long before the voiting started.

    1) Winner needs the magic number of 2025. Not poular votes or stupidity
    2) Florida and Michigan would not be in the equation

    At the time no one protested and suddenly when the The eyesore (Clinton) started to loose all things suddenly mattered. Why on earth is she in the democratic party when she cant even follow their rules.

    Heck if Obama even consider her having on his ticket i will vote republican

    May 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Clinton Wins

    Senator Hillary Clinton will be President of the United states – elected in either 2008 or in 2012 when Senator McCan decides not to run a second term. The good people of the United States will never put an inexperienced person – whether he be white, black, or both – into the Oval office. Senator Obama is uniquely unqualified for the office. Sooner or later voters will wake up and realizes they do not need a talking head in the White House who has no clue how to run a country.

    May 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. Michele

    If you are a true Democrat, you will vote for your Democratic nominee whoever he or she may be. It may be hard, but you will do it. If you jump sides and vote for McCain, we don't want you anyway. True Democrats will unite and rally around our nominee to carry them to the White House in January. I am ready to see the Bushes back to Crawford, Texas as soon as possible.

    May 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Paul


    Clinton CANNOT RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT..... read the rules!!

    May 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. David

    More cries of misogny because Hillary wont win...put a woman who isn't a snaketooth liar and flat out Bit...(u know) and maybe shell have a shot.. True Democrats would never vote for someone like McCain just because theyre crybabies and their nominee lost the primary. Write HRC on the ballot? Sure, throw your vote away and complain later when McCain sends your children to war.. AT least we didnt get Obama! HAHA! CAPS LOCKS AND !!!! MAKE ME RIGHT

    May 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Tom

    'bout time Mr. Carville gets it through his cleanly shaved noggin that math is math is math. is math. Math. math don't lie y'all. Maybe he should fill in ol' Hillary on what's up too. It's quaint that she's going to ride it out until all the contests are finished, but you know, I've grown extremely tired of the Hillary tools claiming Obama has something to do with Mich/Fla not being counted. That's just plain wrong. She and her tools had better not blow November for Obama (like that's even possible).

    May 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. Stephanie

    James Carville is absolutely correct. Obama will be the nominee to the detriment of the Democratic Party and this country as a whole. To all the Obama maniacs out there who are blind, at best, but more likely stupid, I can only say I hope you do not need a president for the next four years because you will be looking at McBush and the same old failed policies. There is no way in hell Obama is going to be elected President. Just remember, you heard it here first.

    May 13, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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