May 29th, 2008
06:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Rendell: 'Very unlikely' Clinton will win

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(CNN) - Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell – who has been one of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton’s biggest backers – said Wednesday that she would make a “far better candidate” than frontrunner Barack Obama in major swing states, but is “very unlikely” she will be the Democratic nominee this fall.

"I'm a realist, and I think most likely the superdelegates will give Sen. Obama the votes he needs," Rendell told Bloomberg Television Wednesday. "I don't think the DNC is going to fairly adjust what happened in Florida… So I think it's very unlikely that Senator Clinton can prevail. I think that means we're not going to field our strongest candidate."

Rendell again called for an Obama-Clinton ticket – assuming both candidates were in favor of the idea. The former Democratic National Committee chairman also laughed that he would make a great vice presidential pick for Obama: "I wear a flag pin, so [it would] be a balanced ticket," he joked.

soundoff (630 Responses)
  1. njvoter

    I have two things to say CNN so please don't block me

    First thing is Michigan how can clinton expect all of her votes to count and not Obama's. That's nonsense. A simple solution is to give obama all of the unaffliated delegates and clinton hers. Then seat Florida delegation. Then make both states delagates have a half of vote like the republicans. Now there is no more controversy.

    The next thing is Clintons arguments that she's the strongest candidate. She claims that the polls favor her right now in the general election. If that were the case then she should be the nominee right now because six months ago before every state that voted she was way ahead in the polls and look at where we are now. So that argument falls flat.

    I agree with the governor that Obama is the likely candidate but disagree that he is weaker.

    OBAMA 08/12

    May 28, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  2. No Way

    More people around her are now getting it. When will she?

    May 29, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. i am not dump

    hillary isbitter

    May 29, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Hillary, the better candidate? Which History Channel has Rendell been watching. History shows that Presidents who are considered among the best ran superior campaigns. It also shows that those who rank amongst the worst, ran some of the worst campaigns.

    May 29, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Dr. Truth, Boston

    Is it possible to put his nomination in more negative terms? What a jerk!

    May 29, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
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