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. dan davenport

    Hail Robert Murdoch!!!!! A VERY wise man indeed!! He is absolutely correct and there is NO way McCain will win. Not with his trigger happy fingers and over 4,000 of our men and women slain in IRAQ! He is OLD politics and his memory is a bit "lacking". Our great country deserves a New Beginning!!! We need OBAMA!!!!!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Phillip G.

    You people are idiots who treat politics like a sport. Go Obama! Yea Hillary!

    May 29, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Walter, Long Beach

    From your mouth to God's ear, Rupert ol' buddy!!!

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

    Boy, you Obamies must just camp on the CNN website. Practically every article has a blur of mean spirited Obamie posts in just a few minutes. And I DO mean "mean spirited". Nothing worse than a poor winner-if that's how it turns out.

    May 29, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Seminole3232 - Atlanta

    NICE.....very very nice!

    May 29, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Joe Schmoe

    Hillary supporters:

    1) Obama WILL be the Democratic nominee

    2) Hillary will not run as an independent

    3) If you're stupid enough to vote for McCain, it is irrelevant – Obama WILL be our next President

    4) Self-reflect on your own racism

    May 29, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Andrew

    Rupert Murdoch is not a Republican people. He's not even an American, he is Australian.

    May 29, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Alameda Chris

    Just because it appears to be a sure thing does not mean we can afford to be complacent. We must be proactive in supporting the Democratic candidate in order to keep McZombie out of the White House! Just because Obama is a shoe-in does not mean we can relax. That is what the Rethugs are hoping for.

    May 29, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. KE

    I read good journalism in some bloggers sphere and I know which ones to read now... I find good sense of humor too which we appreciate.

    May 29, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Sam

    It's a ploy!

    Anyway, with the amount of elitist and insane rhetoric that Obama blurts out on a weekly basis I'm not so sure this will be a landslide victory.

    May 29, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Rosemary

    Women bridging the gap for McCain–an honorable man.

    May 29, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Chut Pata

    Rupert can't be a friend of anyone. If he is a friend of McCain, as he claims, then McCain does not need any enemies. LOL.

    He is not siding with Obama, just reading aloud what is written on the wall. It is time Billary and McBush also read it.

    May 29, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. denverite

    senator OBAMA WILL WIN!

    and he does not need to go to Iraq-
    we need to get our troops HOME!

    May 29, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    Alex B!

    Murdoch pointedly talked about Obama, he was not talking about the DEMs winning in generality. That in of itself washes your “stronger” candidate theory right there. Pls don’t spin line Hillary.

    May 29, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |

    I hope you are right Mr Murdoch,by all accounts he should lose but I guess you can't really under estimate the american public. It is like this if most americans think that Washington will always be corrupt,and the american people will never matter then we are sunk. People have to want to have faith in their Government again and fight to bring about how things function in Washington; through the power of the vote. I really think Obama will be a president to keep the people informed and fight for policies that will make Americans feel involved in their Government and not just the washington insiders and special interest groups,rich americans; which has defined Washington for so many years. Hillary is much apart of how Washington functions today to make that difference. She has definitely proved that by wanting to change the rules to benefit her desires, no matter how wrong it is.

    Please vote for change !!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. Gadissa

    It is so wright Obama is a winner What is he going to help that he couldn't help in the next 4 years when he didn't do anythng in the last 25 to 30 years when he was in the senate. We do not need the old Ideas we need to hear new Ideas. Everyone is ready for the next generation. If you like to go backward it is your right to vote for GOP.

    May 29, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. Crush Rush

    GEE UNCLE SAM,guess McCain and Limbaugh will have to get you a new job.

    May 29, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Ed

    Anyone who wants McSame in office in 2009 and dislikes President Bush now needs a check up.McSame is POTENTIALLY WORSE than what we have now.All he can talk about is Iraq.Nothing else to offer.I wonder if he likes himself.That bad!

    May 29, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Mel

    Mr. Murdoch is a cut above the average thinker. The problem is that many do not think but depend on sound bites and that which gives their emotions a high. For the sake of all of us I do hope that his predictions come true.

    May 29, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    He's one of the smarter that has spoken. Kick the Clintons and McShames out of the country.

    McShame can live in Iraq (front lines, not protected) and Hillary can go to either KY WV or Puerto Rico. They can't read, so she can write and change the rules all day every day.

    May 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. obama =supporter==ARKANSAS

    now this is how the clinton people sound
    go obama

    May 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Will in Richmond, VA


    This election will not be just about polls, it will also be about turnout. I don't believe that McCain will have the enthusiasm behind his campaign to drive people to the voting booths in November. Obama will have armies of people from all walks of live campaigning and working and voting. McCain just won't be able to stand against it.

    May 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. karl

    i wonder what pat orilley has to say about his boss endorsing obama

    May 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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    May 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. Susan

    He will lose b/c Hillary will beat him!!

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