May 29th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
13 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. Jed in Texas

    I told yall months ago that the fix was in.

    May 29, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. jason

    yeah, McCain doesn't seem very enthusiastic about lying. This is always a bad strategy for any republican.

    Like how bush won in 2004 because of the gay marriage thing (fat lot of effort he put into it, by the way). He really pressed this issue, that he actually did not care about. The actual issue was the war in Iraq, and he hammered in on gay marriage until slightly more than half the country forgot all about Iraq.

    May 29, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. s.boatman

    ....... Hillary Clinton Has To Win The White House Or She Cant Give Bill And Herself A Presidential Pardon For Their Campaign Fraud! That Is Why She Is Scratching And Clawing For The Nomination. If They Dont Get Back Into The White House They Are Screwed! Obama For President 08!

    May 29, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |

    One have to be careful here with early prediction. Remember Hillary was seen as a shoe in for the Democrat nomination!!! Look where Hillary is right now!! Throwing a spoil bratt tamtrum because she is loosing.

    Now I very much want my guy Obama to win but we need him to stay true and focus until the job is done.

    Lets support Obama and GOOD BLESS AMERICA!!

    May 29, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. bill pike

    why don't the so called SUPER delegates become SUPER and stop this attempt of clinton that is the only thing hurting obama from becoming the next president of the united states. i am 70, vet, successful business man and ex republican who says: BUSH AND PARTY NEED TO HAVE THE NUREMBURG TRIAL THE DAY AFTER OBAMA IS ELECTED. to kill thousands of americans in a war that had zero to do with 911 is going down in history as the dark ages of America. so if you are SUPER help the party and stop this attack by the clintons. THE BUSH/CLINTON DYNASTY HAS TO COME TO AN END.

    May 29, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    BOZO the Clown could beat MC SAME..

    The Republicans are yesterdays toast.

    May 29, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. KE

    It's a real time now real women stand up and investigate we have Iraq war, healthcare and social issues and many more important issues but a group of men decided they will push women out of the discussion the Obama campaign and the media abandoned the idea long ago and there was a headline yesterday said "McCain and Obama ignore Clinton" the media and the two chosen men decided they will ignor women, not celebrities, not republican women, not those women for a man candidate but those other women Obama people decide to ignore and they succeeded offending a large size of us but Obama people cannot and will not see what really happened some women included Obama is not nominated no stopping for women Hillary all the way but Obama only if the public accepts him when hidden skeketons shows up in the general election now the Media will keep our attentions away from Michigan and Florida and remember come November come scare tactics if you can remember this is a call to arms real women stand up and investigate because we detect smoke coming out of the kitchen......

    May 29, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Donna

    Isnt this something, Rupert Murdoch the man behind F.O.X.
    the fake news channel,
    the right wing bastion of sexists and homophobics,
    and he is going to vote for Barack Obama , a Democrat..
    who will pick Hillary Clinton as his VP ... Dream Ticket ... Finally
    Isn't life funny ...
    Poor Republicans ........
    The GOP had D.C. for what 12-13 years, had the white house for 8... Look at this mess we are in for that mistake, it will take just as many years to fix too ..
    But we will FIX IT ...
    They almost ruined the nation in many ways ...
    Not much longer ...
    Obama/Clinton 08

    May 29, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Bob Stephens

    Let's see, McSame is aligning himself with George Bush who has an approval rating that is the lowest ever in US history, has lied to get us in a war, has practically destroyed the justice department and the economy. hmm....... Sounds like McSame might have just a bit of a problem

    May 29, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Superdelegate Bob

    I hate to sound cynical, but I'm suspicious when someone like Murdoch says something positive about a dem.

    -Alex- Let go of it.

    May 29, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Mike, Ontario Canada

    This is why the claims that Clinton would do better than Obama in the general election are flawed: moderate Republicans may very well vote for Obama, but would prefer McCain to Clinton.

    May 29, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    I do not agree with Mr. Murdoch because if Mrs. Clinton is not the nominee for the Democratic Party, all her true supporters will be UNITED to vote for Mr. McCain. Trust me we'll be better off.

    May 29, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. @americans

    Hope FALSENEWS talking "bubble" heads like Sean Hannibal & Bill O'really? are taking notice?!

    Obama is the man for the future!

    Obama is the man that can bring CHANGE WE CAN WE BELIEVE IN!

    Obama is the man the United States want to lead this nation in the 21st century!


    OBAMA '08/12

    YES WE CAN!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Jim


    She should consider running as an independant if the superdelegates don't come through. I would support her all the way and she has nothing to lose if she runs as an independant.

    May 29, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. TK

    NickNas May 29th, 2008 4:22 pm ET

    WOW…….I am surprised he said that…NOT that it isn't TRUE but the Media has been fanning the Flames and stirring up this whole thing to make ad dollars.

    McCain will go down hard but the Media will drag this thing out and hide the facts just as they ALL did in the Hillary scam filled primary,

    Carrying the Loser longer = HUGE $$$$$

    –Well said NickNas. Noone gets it but this is what drives everything.

    May 29, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. FrankSmith

    Yes, let us go back, count EACH and every voter in the caucaus states and then use the "popular" votes. Even with this CHANGE in rules, to fit Hillary and her supporters, Hillary will not win.

    Okay, what about letting the Republicans wage war on both Obama and Hillary. Whoever is less bloodied by the Republicans will get the nomination. Even with this change in the rules to fit Hillary, she will not win.

    Please indulge, just one more time: What about if we let Obama and Hillary spend an night in the White House, get someone to place a 3:00am call, and see who gets to the phone FIRST! Even here, I beleive Hillary will be beaten to the phone.

    Please just one more Rule change: What if we start this democratic process all over again, scrap every vote, and let the Republicans monitor the voting process?

    May 29, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Dee

    As far as I'm concerned, Hillary will be running until 2012 no matter what happens. Of course people with blinders on will keep voting for her next year this time. Many don't care that Barack will be the nominee, they will continue to vote against him because of his tan. As a Barack supporter, and a democrat backer, I think Hillary put the democratic party at risk during the primary and I don't know if it will be able to recover but I sure will enjoy going for the ride.

    May 29, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Bon Jovi

    Do the American people really want a rock star for president?

    May 29, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. KE

    You have got the Obama phenomenon....?

    I didn't watch real new for a few days because I was afraid....
    I watched footage of Obama's Memorial day wasn't about his uncle.......

    I read some good journalism in bloogers sphere and I know which ones to read....

    May 29, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. tidho

    I have an opinion, can I get my own ticker article?

    May 29, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. And so it goes

    I'm not sure why Hillary and some of her supporters keep sounding like a badly broken record about her being more electable. Hillary couldn't win against Obama, a candidate in her own party, who, a few short months ago was virtually an unknown. She has been soundly defeated across the board. Obama leads in every area (and no, you cannot discount the areas that don't swing your way, Hillary. You must use ALL the data). Hillary's campaign is in the red to the tune of almost 40 milion dollars (she has to pay that money she loaned herself back, you know). Her contributors have stopped sending money. There is little left of her campaign but a lot of noise and a smoking ruin. Even her closesst supporters admit she's at the end of her road. Rupert Murdock is only stating the obvious.

    The Republicans have had 8 years to screw things up. After whining during the Bill Clinton years that they could do better if only they'd get the chance, they got their chance, and turned a national budget into a disaster, dragged us into two wars without any plan for victory, allowed fuel and food prices to skyrocket, while wages, and housing values went through the floor. People vote with their wallets. And their wallets are saying, 'Bye Bye Republican Party". Rupert is not an idiot. He sees the obvious.

    May 29, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Proud American

    Wow... a voice of reason from an unexpected source. The truth is ringing/ resonating loud and clear.
    Obama '08

    May 29, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Nick - Arlington, VA


    May 29, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. independent voter

    Obama will make make a BIGGER MESS than Bush ever did.

    Obama has very little experience. He is an inept, weak, blow hard, who can talk a good talk. That's all he can do. He is charismatic, but that doesn't make a good president.

    As for his supporters–it is my understanding they are the better educated–well, most of those who write in their comments can barely spell, much less put a sentence together!

    Obama supporters really have their heads in the sand! What a sorry group of people.

    May 29, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. R.I.F.

    This from the head of the GOP.. I mean FoxNews Network. His daughter's already thrown a fundraiser for Obama in London. Go ahead and spite your employees and give him your full endorsement and then cancel Hannity and Colmes and the O'Reilly Factor and tell Rove, Rush, etc to get lost. That would be funny seeing how Fox is the 24/7 anti-Obama Network.

    Obama '08

    May 29, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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