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. R.I.F.

    Jan from Boca Raton Fl May 13th, 2008 9:59 am ET

    Please name three reasons why, as a democrat, you won't vote for Obama? I would like to hear real issues? They've admitted themselves on several occasions that they are very similar on the majority of issues. The one big issue that they differed on was the gas tax holiday. 230 economics signed a letter statting how silly the idea was. Saying you won't vote for him because bloogers that support him are mean, she abided by the rules witl MI & FL, etc are just plain dumb.

    May 13, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. matt n ohio

    Hillary as an Independent is a great idea!

    Go Hillary! NO WAY TO Obama!

    May 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. elvis presley & freddie mercury

    »»GOODBYE LIES!!...GOODBYE FAKE politicians trying to DECEIVE the LESS educated!!...GOODBYE Hillary "So Fake" Clinton!!...Do NOT cameback!!...Go OBAMA!!...»»VICTORY!VICTORY!!...All right.

    May 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Jill in Chicago

    Do not insult us, by putting a female other than Hillary as a V.P. for Barack's running mate, if he is the nominee.

    I will stay home, for certain, on general election day if this happens.

    May 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. norm

    Anybody who votes for McCain or does not vote because Obama is the nominee is to be held responsible for EVERY DEAD AMERICAN SOLDIER during McCain's administration. Your children, spouses,friends,neighbours etc will die by your hands. May god forgive you for your hate.

    May 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. larry

    Its about time

    May 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. steve ga

    There starting to be alot of Clinton supporters switching to Obama for the sake of the democratic party, there's no hope for Clinton they might resit the delegates of Florida but Michagan would have to vote again because Obama wasnt on the ballot an he mostly likley will win Michagan the demographics favor him [thats if they consider MI & FL] which I think they want so Clinton suppoters saying the will vote for Mccain over Obama if Obama is nomineee you voices will note be heard the young voters, African American voters, well-educated white voters will overide your voice. Not all hard working whites support that ideal in the end Obama will be the next president. He is compared to John Kennedy I've never voted before Im 25 an African American I live in the poor section of my city I've register to vote an been speaking to all my brothers an sisters in the streets those that are eligble to vote need to register we've made this a priority. There's excitement were register people left an right. Dont let those polls fool you theres a lot of people for Obama that cant be heard now but in November you will here of the biggest Demorcatic turnout of young people an African Americans people period. It's Obamas destiny that cant be stopped.

    May 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. SK

    Well....the Clinton's barking dog is also accepting that Obama will be the nominee.......Hillory take a vaction.

    May 13, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Eric

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    President Obama 2009-2017.

    If the country isn't decimated by '17.

    Better yet, Comrade Obama.

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


    some people are STUPID!!! Clinton CANNOT run as
    an independent!!!

    The rules clearly state that a candidate running for political party
    cannot run as an independent in the the same election!!!


    May 13, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. young, gifted and black

    I'm glad to hear that such a stark supporter of Hillary is finally realizing the inevitable and that is an Obama victory... I just hope that more of her supporters will be just as open to Obama and will work hard to unify this party before the fall...


    May 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Tammy

    It´s really sad. Hillary would make a great president, she could really institute the change that everyone else just talks about. I can´t understand why people can´t see that, especially if they followed the earlier debates that highlighted her experience and made Obama look like an amateur. I really don´t believe she should go on the ticket for Vice. If McCain wins, like I project he will, look for Hillary in 4 years to fix the country. On so many levels, too bad for us she might not get the chance this time around.

    May 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. elvis presley & freddie mercury

    »»Hillary "So ANNOYING" Clinton :- GO AWAY!...STOP DAMAGING the Presidential Campaign.American People do NOT WANT FAKE people like YOU!!... Go OBAMA!!...HURRAH!...V...VICTORY!...I knew it.

    May 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. MikeF

    You're going to write in Hillary's name on a real life, people died for your right to cast ballot because someone on a blog insulted your first choice for Democratic nominee? Grow up, that's just sad...

    May 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. rob

    election 08: everyone a loser!

    May 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Nick

    Wow seems like Carville is a Democrat first and a Clintonite second.

    May 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. Alan in Fla., don't count my vote

    what we are watching is the democrats about to lose an election that was a slam dunk only a year ago. Here you are crowning a candidate as the winner, yet watch tonights election results. If Obama is such a winner why can't he even get close in West Virginia? Because many that have already voted wish they could take their votes back. And you folks that said Florida and Michigan broke some rules. Well I didn't break any rules... Why did your candidate work so hard to make sure that my vote wasn't counted?? That is not how democracy works....
    I will write in Hillary or vote McCain. Obama does not deserve to be in the White House after his corrupt campaign. If this is what you call change, then we don't need that kind of change for our country.

    May 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. skyjuice

    About time uncle fester admitted Obama the democratic nominee.

    Obama 08'/12'

    May 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. Ron Larson

    Wow! even the President of the Clinton Kool-Aid Club sees the obvious. One wonders how corrupt and deluded on e man must be to continue to uphold Bill and Hilalry as some sort of icon to this nation. No matter what scandal, lie, "crisis" these tow CREATE, he has been right there as the Standard Bearer. Hopefully, the Obama Camp will distance themselves from these two once and for all. The heart of Obama's support, taht being the younger generation of voters are making it clear that they do NOT want the Clinton's in any Executive level postion. I f he chooses here as a running mate, he will setroy everything he has postured himself as.

    May 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. gypsycam

    why does it seem Obama fans are holding their breadth like they're not confident of themselves and confident of the man...

    Show strength and confindence in the greater good like Obama himself does and the message that he will win will drive home more soundly...

    May 13, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. GCG - Austin, TX

    I think this took a lot of courage to say, and I especially like how he's making the "unity" argument by pledging to put his money where his mouth is. This sends a very strong message to all Clinton supporters that party unity is the most important thing we need to have right now.

    This has been a hard fought primary, one of the longest and most interesting in my 35+ years of following politics. But now is the time (well, in about three weeks) to start the healing process and come together because the Supreme Court nominations, the War in Iraq, the veterans situation, the ECONOMY, the health care, the green house emissions, these are all incredibly important issues and cannot be trusted to the Republicans anymore. They have failed us as a people and a party.

    May 13, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. Kuilor

    Go ahead and continue the hate filled remarks Obama supporters.

    Like this one:
    HURRAH!…Obama WON!!…GOODBYE ANNOYING Clintons!!…

    Or this one:
    At least he's one of Hillary's energetic supporters that has some sense!

    I say you can go take the nomination and have a great time with it. hen november shows up and you're complaining because your candidate doesn't get elected. Not because of Hillary but because of YOU. You are the ones that turned us off of Obama. You are the ones that insulted us over and over and over until we said, Ok, I wont loose sleep at night voting for McCain (or just not voting).

    So don't go around complaining when Obama looses the election, just take it as a lesson in short-sightedness.

    May 13, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Wesley Clark would make an excellent VP. He is well-respected across the political spectrum, and his military experience and knowledge base will counter all the GOP complaints about Barack's "inexperience".

    May 13, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Anna

    Hillary can run as an independent but unless she does something about her finances she just won't have a chance. it will be lose-lose for everyone.
    She has to pay off her debt first, then try to take away financial backing from the democratic party. That may be very difficult to do considering Obama has played a fair game and has gained respect and backing.

    Carville is a democrat and he sees where he needs to be as a democrat, supporting the democratic nominee.

    May 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. latone

    to those who say that you willv ote for John McCain because Hillary didn't get the nomination are idiots. Why would you shoot your ownselves in the foot? You say Obama has no experience, but look at what eight years of "experience" has got you. Economy is in the slums, gasoline higher than ever, people cannot afford healthcare, crime is at an all time high, morals have gone out the window, the rich get richer, and the democrats vote for McCain. Wow. I would vote for a talking parrot before I ever vote another republican in office. If McCain does win this nomination because of the democrats, we'll be a third world country soon. Democrats, get over your childish behavior and vote for Obama so that this nation can be united.

    May 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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