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. Independent

    Carville – maybe you should have sent your check, along with everyone else who can count, about 2 months ago.

    May 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Chris

    Obama can not carry a general election, he will lose the battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and West Virginia. He will quite probably lose New York and Arkansas where Hillary voters will not turn out for him. Love to see the Dems get the White House back, but it's not going to happen, three Presidential elections squandered by leftists wackos of our party!

    May 13, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. TF, CO

    What!!! This Guy is a Judas!! How dare he admit they have lost the battle. His career is over but he does have a shot at playing the Red Skull in the new Captain America Movie.

    May 13, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. A. Burke NYC

    What kind of IGNORANT people are talking about vote McCain or stay home. what kind of crazyness is this.

    -Mccain is 72, will surely stock the supreme court with more neo-conservative types.

    -He will bleed our defecit

    -He will be exactly what George Bush was.


    Unfortunately, after 8 years of polarizing government we must unite.

    REMEMBER PEOPLE: if McCain wins, he will not be able to do much because he would be president in a democratic run senate and congress. This is not a poplarity contest. UNITE. Think People. Think!!!

    May 13, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. kevin

    OBAMA / CLARK 08! The REAL dream team!

    May 13, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Anita - Wisconsin

    Obama doesn't have the necessary 2025 votes. He seems to consider himself the winner already. How arrogant and presumptuous. Somebody compared him to a donut – sweet – but no substance.

    May 13, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Joyce in Florida

    The contests are not over yet. Carville should still show his full support for Hillary. Write a check for Obama? How about writing a check to Hillary's campaign NOW if you want to give money away. Hillary could still become the nominee. There are still a lot of voters out there who support her. Time will tell. I am not giving up on her and neither should Carville. Maybe Obama is promising him something? Hmmmmmm. Let's wait until all primaries are over and then see where the superdelegates go. STILL FOR HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. Charlotte

    I will write in Hillary in November. I cannot vote for Obama, mostly because of his bloggers who spew hate and racism. If he appeals to those kind of people, I sure don't want him as president. I don't want to vote for McCain either so that leaves me but one choice...Write in Hillary..

    May 13, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. lol

    hillary supporters UNITE AND WRITE senator clintons name on the ballot in november if it isn't on there. hillary will make a great president. the dnc and media pundits unfairly stacked the deck against our candidate, and hillary's loyalist will revolt! howard dean and nancy pelosi are the ones to blame for dividing the democrats. they don't deserve our candidate. UNITE AND WRITE HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT 08!

    May 13, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Hillary or Bust!:

    JFK also had no experience. But George W. Bush has had plenty of experience. 🙁

    May 13, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Chris

    What makes you guys think Hillary cant win as an Independent? Why are you scared? Oh, That's right..In the General Election there are no Caucasus for Obama.

    May 13, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. elvis presley & freddie mercury

    »»FINALLY Hillary "So Fake" Clinton was DEFEATED!!...Goodbye LIAR!!...Go OBAMA!!...

    May 13, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |


    May 13, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Jennifer - American living in Canada

    harvey in va May 13th, 2008 9:58 am ET

    If not Hillary then McCain PERIOD

    Comments like this goes to show that you are not a Democrat at heart.
    Democrats are better than this. Sen Clinton and Sen Obama are not really different in the issues which should be the main reason for choosing one candidate or the other. The only reason why anyone would make a comment like this would be because of race...." A white person at all cost"; unless you are really a Republican posing as a Democrat. Lets get over ourselves and move on......"Give peace a chance".

    May 13, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. gohillary

    I'm leaving the dem party. I've had enough. HILLARY CLINTON WILL WIN THE POPULAR VOTE! Hello, Al Gore? Since when do 2 States, Florida & Michigan not count? The Founders would be screaming from the rooftops over the theft of 2 States. This looks like dirty politics. I say Hillary go Independent, & grab the Repub votes. Looks like BHO is trying for that with Bloomberg. The only thing is Hillary will be the dem nom. Or the Independent Prez. I am a lifelong dem, but I am going Independent after this dirty primary, rife with misogynists that are tolerated and supported by the msm. Especially MSNBC = MiSogyNist Steroid Boy's Club.

    May 13, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Uncle Sam

    Although aligned with neither party, I applaud those Democrats who are breaking ranks to support Sen. McCain. The welfare of our country is too important to place in the hands of an unknown, inexperienced, untested, unproven presidential hopeful with questionable judgment. I understand that the American people are anxious for change, and that we tend to blame the president and his party, but, nonetheless, I ask you to consider John McCain. By his own admission an imperfect servant, but I trust him to lead our country. And I do have to take his word for it, his sacrifices speak loudly enough for me.

    Americans for McCain '08

    May 13, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Eileen, PA

    Who cares what Carville says? The Clinton era is no more, and he is no longer relevant. HURRAY

    May 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. Susan Missouri

    Clinton can still win.

    Wait & see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. Kevin, NC


    May 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Dem no longer

    That sound you hear is the McCain camp cheering all the way to the White House. Way to go, Dems...should of known you could find a way to lose the next election which should have been a shoo-in...

    May 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. elvis presley & freddie mercury

    »»Bye Bye Clinton(s)!!...Go AWAY!...Hillary "So FAKE" Clinton :-»STOP DAMAGING the Presidential Campaign!!... Go OBAMA!!...HURRAH!!...VICTORY!!...

    May 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Erik B

    Thank you J.C.


    Obama/Sebelius 08′

    May 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. Anne

    Am I missing something? Did Obama reach the 2,025 delegate count and I missed it? Carville is just being pragmatic. He knows Obama is a nitwit.

    May 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. Lisa in Canada

    HRC's campaign was not on the right track. She has turned many white voters away from Obama. She used the race issue to divide the Democrats. She is using her awful mind to do awful things. Even in Canada we all respected the Clinton family even though they went through their rough times. Now I and most other people are seeing the true colors of the Clinton household. Therefore, I'm glad Obama made it this far, he has been through so much to get this far and I respect everyone who has helped him reach this far to unite the World not only America.


    May 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. Berat (Pronounced buh-RAHT), Park Ridge, IL

    In the immortal words from Almost Famous:


    May 13, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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