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

Rendell: 'Very unlikely' Clinton will win

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rendell is a powerful Clinton surrogate."]

(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. MANDY, California

    If it is unlikely that she will win, then why is she still campaigning?

    May 28, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. Julia

    Hey may be right - they may give the nomination to Obama, but he won't win the general election and the whole point in having a party run against another party is to have one that can win the office. He can't and won't do it, so we'll have very lopsided leadership. A strong Democratic Congress and Senate, and a Republican President with an ultra conservative Republican chosen Supreme Court.

    May 28, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    At least he's honest. I respect people for being honest.

    May 28, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. Lisa

    Hillary will win!!!

    If the Barack Obama is the best thing the DNC can come up with i'm staying home. If that means Mccain wins so be it.

    May 28, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Team Obama

    Rendell Sucks! Just say, Obama won fair and square. What is up with this" we are not going to field our strongest candidate" Oh, your a true Democrat, IDIOT!

    May 28, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Despite being an Obama supporter from the beginning I have always had respect for Gov Rendell.........Atleast he does not spin facts like Lanny Davis or Terry McAuliffe or Howard Wolfson!

    May 28, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. Dan , TX

    Wow Rendell is a real jerk, isn't he?

    May 28, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Ernest

    You are damm right!

    May 28, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. MD

    Flair for the obvious.

    May 28, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. Mary

    The way Hillary & Clinton are acting reminded me of an interview I saw with a few of her supporters.

    The reporter asked them, “what do you think about Super Delegates?”

    Supporters responded, “I don’t like them.” ……”Not democratic.”…… “I wish they can get rid of Super Delegates”

    Reporter responded “Do you all know that Hillary’s only hope is if the Supers vote for her?

    Supporter responded, “oh then I love the Supers” ……”Its ok to keep the Supers”

    Rules are not important to the Clintons.

    May 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. Don for Obama

    Strongest candidate? How did the "strongest candidate" lost the primary

    in the first place!!

    Clinton supporters surprise me.

    May 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. usa


    ==============what took u so long?

    ==============================you are an idiot Gov.Rendell.

    May 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. Linda, Chandler AZ

    How can Hillary Clinton be called the "strongest candidate" when she has LOST the popular vote, LOST the state majority, and LOST the delegate majority????? Can someone explain that to me please??? This is beyond ridiculous.

    May 28, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. Conservative Buyer- CA

    Democrats need to unite in order to rally behind Obama.

    Only Jacksonian Democrats are saying they'd rather vote for McCain. They are still willing to vote for McCain regardless how ineffective the RNC could spin this whole McClellan story.

    If you wanna vote for McCain then I hope you know you will continue to have the blood of 4000+ US Soldiers on your hands.

    Anyone not interested or looking beyond how McCain is connected to GWBush needs to read McClellan.

    May 28, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  15. TX_Guy

    Clinton was never the strongest candidate- only a persumed queen by her followers.

    However, Clinton can now campaign to be McCain's VP.

    That way her supporters can vote for her and McCain and derive satisfaction of derailing the Democrats and the Country....

    May 28, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. obama supporter


    there goes your chance for vp
    who are you to judge who is best?
    being a governor your comments should be in a different tone. yes hillary lost and it is the will of the people
    what part of that do you not understand
    and to say fl and mi want be done fair//what you mean is the dnc and the supers are not kissing the clintons but

    have a better day

    May 28, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. Ardnuas

    She is trying to HELP McCain win so she can run in 2012.

    May 28, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. martin

    of course!we've been telling you that since 6 weeks before penns. voted.there's still time to hop aboard the obama train,though,cuz we know how easily people are led down the wrong path.toot toot!obama '08

    May 28, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. RT

    Obama, Don't let this piece of scum near your ticket. Rendell is lowering himself to Clinton/Rove tactics by saying Obama will be the presumptive winner but is not the best candidate. This coming from a Dem when talking about the general election? I also love his snide remark about the DNC not "fairly adjusting what happened in FL and MI". Fairly? Fairly!? Seating them the way they are right now is them being seated unfairly! I'd go over the facts but we already know the truth. Then throw in a flag pin remark for good measure! What is he trying to do?? I know he is a Clinton supporter but he is also a FREAKING DEMOCRAT TOO! I thought only Clinton would sink that low, no wonder why you are supporting her.

    May 28, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. martin

    oh,and no vp for hillary.

    May 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. The Clear Thinking Independent

    I lived in Philadelphia at one time ... they called him "Fast Eddie" .... it wasn't a compliment...

    May 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. Realistic

    Alright, a ray of honesty from Camp Clinton breaks through the fog of spin. The race has long been over; the count will be over on Tuesday night. Even with Michigan and Florida (which, as if it needs repeating, Hillary agreed would be excluded), she's lost bigtime.

    Clinton / Lewinsky '12

    May 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. Lisa

    Good job!!! She on the ther hand needs to come around. We need to get the show on the road with Mr. McSaine.

    May 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. BH

    Ed Rendell is right on the money. A wish the party had more straight forward leaders like him.

    May 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. James, SC

    Appearently Gov. Rendell does not think that his is a serious name on the VP list. I guess that he also believes that the people's choice isn't important. We should all go for the self-preceived strongest candidate.


    May 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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