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. Jay in Chicago

    how can clinton supporters want this fight going to the convention? That would be disastrous and you guys know it. Imagine if the roles were reversed, would you want Obama to do what clinton is planning on doing?
    I want you all to think how strong we will be if we all unite as one. The same ideals that we value have no chance of happening with Mccain president. It's time to put our differences aside and come together for a higher purpose. Like Obama says, we have a duty to leave this world a little bit better for the next generation. I have faith that any democrat will push the ideas that we hold sacred, whether it be Clinton or Obama. Since it is abundantly clear to even Gov Rendel and James Carville (the most loyal Clinton supporters out there) that Obama will be the nominee, I think other clinton supporters should take heed and fall in line. Lets do this.

    Yes we can!

    May 29, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Ralph

    LMAO, Obama will never win in November and Murdoch is trying to make sure that Obama is the one that gets the nominee so that McCain can win...

    May 29, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Don for Obama

    Are Clinton supporters republicans in disguise? They talk and praise

    McCain even though his policies are a markedly different from any of the

    two democrats. Can we then say they are voting on issues? Well

    obviously college education does make a big difference!!!

    May 29, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Pipe Down Alex B.!

    Your commentary is beyond "pathetic" pal...Hillary can't event carry the "Democratic" nomination without major "subtrefuge..." So please, please, please explain how she should be allowed to run in the General Election? Idiot!

    May 29, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Luke Scott for Hillary Clinton

    This is not true. The only way that Obama has a shot at this is if Hillary is the running mate! I think that Hillary will still be the nominee because she is a fighter, Michigan and Florida hasn't been seated, and not everyone has had a chance to vote. If Obama gets this, Hillary should go independent and beat McCain and Obama.


    May 29, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Andrew

    CNN please post this so the Obamidiots know some additional information about this guy.

    1. He is not an American. He is Australian.

    2. He may own conservative media, but he is a liberal who votes Democrat. He is a big backer of Al Gore.

    3. He contributed to Hillary' when she ran in New York.

    He's old enough to know Obama's uncle. Maybe they liberated Aushwitz together.

    May 29, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Sandy

    Rupert Murdoch is entitled to his opinion, but I have to say . . . who cares, really? His opinion is no more valuable than mine or yours, and I happen to disagree with him. It won't be a "landslide" either way.

    May 29, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Doug, SD

    Alex B.

    Get a life. You LOOOOOOSER

    May 29, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. KE

    Without the Republican votes Obama's voting body look slim probabaly a part of the big money went to Obama instead of McCain it makes sense I remember in the biginning of the season many republicans praised Obama.

    May 29, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. KP, FL

    Well, we're moving on the east side. We finally got a piece of the pie. Yeah!

    Obama 2008 – 2016

    May 29, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. bex

    wow!! so untrue, americans will wake up by then and realize that Obama has accomplished absolutely nothing and is unqualified to be president. He has nothing to show, while Clinton and McCain have years of experience and accomplishments under their belts.

    Obama is totally unprepared to run our country in this vital time. Period. Obama should thank Clinton for staying in so long; for one, she makes him look good and it has prevented him from being properly vetted since all the attention is on her. As Clinton moves further away from the spotlight, Obama will be getting more scrutiny and people are finally seeing him for the empty shell he is. And regardless of what he says, we KNOW THAT OBAMA WILL NOT GET US OUT OF IRAQ, and if he does it will be a total blunder that made our sacrifice pointless. He will also raise taxes on anyone making more than $30,000 a year and make us less competitive in a global economy.

    Also, how is Obama more predictable than McCain when we don't even know anything about Obama other then his speeches and his track record, which when available, is often contrary to what he says (i.e. his stance on gay marriage, the gas tax holiday which he voted for 3 times in the state senate, the war in iraq in which his voting record is identical to clintinon's and mccain's, etc.). Murdoch's comments leave out independents and only focus on the party base's feelings toward their candidate; McCain is more toward the center than Obama and thankfully doesn't pander to the far right and makes decisions based on what's best for the country, not some lame ideology. If America is smart, McCain will, and should, win the GE over Obama. MURDOCH IS CLUELESS...

    May 29, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Wendel

    I cannot wait to cast my vote in November for Obama. We do need to send a strong signal to John MCBUSH that he will be toasted in November.

    Go OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. tj

    Murdoch is just trying to follow the money. Anyway through politics he thinks he can make money he sways. His Fox News helped us get Bush, and what a mess. Now he wants to jump on the Obama band wagon, what is he going have Sean Hannity do, start praising Obama and the democrats. Can't wait to see that.

    May 29, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Deirdre,OH

    Like most Obama supporters, even Murdoch can not read the level of distaste and distrust millions of voters hold toward Obama. You're all underestimating the divide that Obama's lack of experience, knowledge, and arrogance have created within the legions of Democratic voters. They are not exaggerating when they say they will write in Hillary, stay at home, or vote for McCain come election day. Obama will not be able to overcome the lost number of votes to win in the GE. It's real and you'd all better believe it.

    May 29, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. andy k

    Hillary supporters. Lets unite behind McCain to destroy Obama. There is already a surge in OH, PA, MI, FL to give Obama a November surprise to see his lead in the polls against McCain to be just a cover. =) Watch out!

    NOBama '08

    May 29, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Not another clinton

    A pig finds an acorn!

    May 29, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Dee, St. Louis

    Okay and here comes the sore losers from the Hillary camp in....5....4....3....2....1; write Hillary in or vote McCain. We get it, okay please let it go. All of us have read it from ten supporters for over a month. Hey fred where are you hiding; I did a count down just for you. LOL

    May 29, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. rexx

    Oh please. Seems most on here have bought the "Murdoch is a radical right winger" from the Leftist media when in fact he has given cash to Hillary for her Senate races and other dems for years. The guy is a lose cannon like Perot. Obama is just another corrupt Chicago politico who is going down in November.

    May 29, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Bill Cooper

    Murdoch predicts Obama will win? Of course. With Obama his guys at FOX NEWS will have a new area of hatred to explore. If McCain wins, then who will his guys have to attack?

    May 29, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Dj

    BIG UPS ....
    .......................TO ALL MY HATERS!!!

    May 29, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Ryan Secrest

    The only way Mc Cain will win is if Hillary is not nominated and us 2 million strong uncounted voters who voted for her do not have to protest by voting republican. Sad but true.

    May 29, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Obama 08:white, female and 60

    realclearpolitics posts all the polls and gives an updated average on key ones Today's highlights for Obama who is steadily inching up:

    1. a +13. +10 and +3 over Clinton nationally with Democrats...there is NO recent poll cited for the past 10 days with Clinton topping him.

    2. a national poll with him +3 over McCain with Clinton a +4

    3. favourable ratings: McCain +2
    Clinton +4
    Obama +11

    MURDOCH is right!!

    May 29, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. John Smith

    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. Whosoever 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 3:00 am call, and see who gets to the phone FIRST! Even here, I believe 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 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Proud American

    Republican Party = Titanic!!

    May 29, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Vivienne

    Wouldn't that be lovely.

    May 29, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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