May 29th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Murdoch predicts McCain will lose

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(CNN) - Rupert Murdoch offered a dire prediction Wednesday for John McCain's chances in the general election.

He will lose in a landslide, the News Corp. chairman said at a California conference, according to Reuters.

"You have got the Obama phenomenon, Murdoch said. "You have got, undoubtedly, a recession ... The average American is really getting hurt financially and that all bodes well for [Obama].

"You have probably the making of a complete phenomenon in this country," Murdoch continued, referring to what he thinks will be an overwhelming victory for the Democratic presidential candidate.

The News Corp. chairman, often viewed as a messenger for the Republican Party given his holdings include several media organizations with a conservative bent, also showered praise on the Illinois senator, calling him a "rock star."

While calling himself a friend of McCain, Murdoch said his lengthy stint in Congress has led the Arizona senator to make so many compromises that it is not clear where he stands on the major issues. He also called McCain "unpredictable," and questioned his knowledge on economic issues.

News Corp's holdings include Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post. The Post endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton earlier this year.

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soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. supporter

    How can McCain lose when so many Clinton supporters will vote for himover the Kennedy Democrats in the fall?
    When the truth comes out on how Hillary lost and who was behind it all there will not be a Democrat party left.
    Can't forget the Obama educated supporters are really pissing of the Clinton Democrats and there is over 17 million of them and still counting.

    May 29, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Texas

    The only way Obama will win is if he makes Clinton his VP! Maybe Murdoch has the inside scoop on Obama's VP nominee. Stay tuned to the madness. And you Obama supporters don't go getting you panties in a watt when he loses – Florida and Michigan for sure!

    May 29, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. teacher


    May 29, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Deb

    The VERY Liberal Press has always tired to get the most Liberal Left Wing Candidate elected.

    Guess what?

    It doesn't work that way, shall I list all the Left Wing Nut cases that have lost in the past 30 years!

    Blow smoke up someone else’s Butt!

    McCain 08

    May 29, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. TOM

    hey uncle sam whats changed in this counrty it the same old crap the last 40 years

    May 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Roger

    I am making a documentary on how the blogs are not posted fairly.

    May 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. If not Hillary....then McCain

    Murdoch IS the media for those of you who don't know it! He has a finacial interest in fanning the flames and making projections. Murdoch is HOPING Obama gets in the WH, because he can see $$$$!

    May 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. storytellers13

    I believe that people like Murdock, that almost have a monopoly of the press, are not good for democracy and freedom of speech

    May 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Cece, Orlando

    YES WE CAN!!! Bit by the bug and you cannot come off it. We feel united as one we feel like we can make a change and we are ready for OBAMA TO BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT!!

    May 29, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |


    OBAMA 08

    May 29, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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