May 29th, 2008
06:00 AM ET
13 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.

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  1. Generation X

    What Clinton and McCain supporters don't seem to understand is the fact that an average American's, the people who don't follow the candidates like all of us on this forum, they have absorbed all the candidates policy's through the eyes of the media. Who has the media followed closer than any other candidate? Who have they embraced more? Why do they embrace Obama above the others? No matter what you say on this forum, the average Americans only worry about their jobs, family, house and how they are going to put food on the table and gas in the tank. Not FL/MI, Iraq, he said she said,and whatever other pandering. They will soon see Good bye old politics and corporate piracy of our government, the average American have been lied to by the last two Presidents and enough is enough. (42nd Bill Clinton- Monica scandal)(43rd George Bush- Iraq War, Katrina)

    May 28, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. Mike

    Hillary Clinton should break up with the Democratic Party and run as an Independent

    May 28, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. tell the truth

    He is right Obama will win. He has won. Key work has won. He beat the Clintions. He followed the rules and won. I'm sick of people talking out of anger. Talk with facts.

    Not a fact: Obama did not count MI and FL vote
    Fact; Obama and Hilliary agreed on this issuse now Hilliary want to change the rules

    Not a fact: Hilliary is win the popular vote with FL and MI
    Fact: Obama is win the popular vote if you count all states;

    Please speak the truth I do not like people that do not tell the truth. It is not hard 2+2=4 fact,fact,fact.

    Yes I'm bitter because people are not telling the truth.

    May 28, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. I feel really safe with Obama

    He woldn't do anything in the White House. He would just just be "present."

    May 28, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. karela

    If, as Rendell says, Obama is the presumptive nominee, isn't it past time that he stopped dissing him? Is Rendell a leader in the democratic party or is he out of the Party? He said that he'd fight jus,t as hard for Obama as he did for Hillary, if Obama was the nominee. It's high time that Rendell kept that promise. At the very least, it's past time to stop saying our nominee is less good than the one who didn't win and that the DNC is unfair. Get a grip Governor.

    May 28, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. COUNT EVERY VOTE

    Rendell,

    This will be you last term as Governor. Thank you for your service, but your time is up! Thank you and Shut up!

    May 28, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  7. Brien

    How is it "very unlikely" if the campaign has been saying that it is ahead in so many total catagories? Sounds like Hillary has been using some "fuzzy math" to justify stickin around. How sad really.

    May 28, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. Lou

    Moron!!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. Gail

    Hillary Clinton supporters are all alike. They live in Clinton wonderland! They all seem to conveniently forget that every Dem nominee has been selected by most pleged delegates. They seem to forget that Hillary Clinton AGREED to the rules for Michigan and Florida moving up their primary date. They forget that Obama out-campaigned out-fundraised, out-smarted and out-maneuvered the Clinton machine. Hillary supporters can not accept that Hillary Clinton lost the nomination because she is NOT the best candidate. The voters overwhelmingly believe that Obama is the best candidate for president and the best person to beat John McCain in the GE.

    May 28, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. Nordeen

    By his " 'Very Unlikely' Clinton will win", Rendell is likely floating the idea of his ambitious acceptance of the vice-presidency.

    May 28, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. Edana Popp

    CNN: Your pro-Obama headlines don't accurately summarize the content of the articles on the Ticker. In other words, your slip is showing, dear.

    May 28, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. Marcus B. POST MY COMMENT

    I'm glad people are finally starting to call it like it is. I differ on the argument that the delegations will not be seated fairly. They will not be seated in the manner that Senator Clinton hopes, no. But I think the RBC are going to seat them as they see fit and as they see fair to both campaigns. Seated Michigan as it voted is unfair to Obama. Seating Half of the delegations in Florida is not fair to Clinton. Seating either of them is not fair to the other 48 states and other territories that followed the rules set out by the DNC. Both campiagns signed the agreement in October, both campaigns were ok with the rules until the sun started setting on Clinton's mis-managed campaign. Her bid for these delegations is one of the most transparent acts of desperation I have ever seen in politics, considering the history of this whole mess. I think on Saturday, while the RBC is in talks, that CNN should run a timeline of this situation just to show Clinton supporters the severity of Senator Clinton's shift on the issue. It is quite funny!

    May 28, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  13. karen

    I will not vote for Barack Obama even if Hillary is the VP

    why should she sit behind the curtain or in Cheney's dark room and hold up a sophomore candidate

    and then get blamed for all that went wrong because she pulled the strings...and Bill ...he'll get crucified

    I say go back home and take Paterson's job or enjoy the senate work

    she's nobody's second fiddle...especially not to someone who isn't as top notch to be a leader as she is

    May 28, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. Marcus B. POST MY COMMENT

    PLEASE POST MY COMMENT! PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE!

    I'm glad people are finally starting to call it like it is. I differ on the argument that the delegations will not be seated fairly. They will not be seated in the manner that Senator Clinton hopes, no. But I think the RBC are going to seat them as they see fit and as they see fair to both campaigns. Seated Michigan as it voted is unfair to Obama. Seating Half of the delegations in Florida is not fair to Clinton. Seating either of them is not fair to the other 48 states and other territories that followed the rules set out by the DNC. Both campiagns signed the agreement in October, both campaigns were ok with the rules until the sun started setting on Clinton's mis-managed campaign. Her bid for these delegations is one of the most transparent acts of desperation I have ever seen in politics, considering the history of this whole mess. I think on Saturday, while the RBC is in talks, that CNN should run a timeline of this situation just to show Clinton supporters the severity of Senator Clinton's shift on the issue. It is quite funny!

    May 28, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. betty

    It doesn't matter anymore,
    The Clintons have already commented on grooming Chelsea
    for 2012, so they are ready to fight on again.

    May 28, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. John

    "I don't think the DNC is going to fairly adjust what happened in Florida"....or the agreement Hillary was for, now she's against....

    May 28, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. Marcus B. POST MY COMMENT

    PLEASE POST! PLEASE POST! PLEASE POST! PLEASE POST!

    I'm glad people are finally starting to call it like it is. I differ on the argument that the delegations will not be seated fairly. They will not be seated in the manner that Senator Clinton hopes, no. But I think the RBC are going to seat them as they see fit and as they see fair to both campaigns. Seated Michigan as it voted is unfair to Obama. Seating Half of the delegations in Florida is not fair to Clinton. Seating either of them is not fair to the other 48 states and other territories that followed the rules set out by the DNC. Both campiagns signed the agreement in October, both campaigns were ok with the rules until the sun started setting on Clinton's mis-managed campaign. Her bid for these delegations is one of the most transparent acts of desperation I have ever seen in politics, considering the history of this whole mess. I think on Saturday, while the RBC is in talks, that CNN should run a timeline of this situation just to show Clinton supporters the severity of Senator Clinton's shift on the issue. It is quite funny!

    May 28, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. Allan

    Rendell is also named in the Paul v. Clinton case. Guess he was hoping that Hillary would be able to save his big butt as President...

    May 28, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. Sara

    And where is Hillary's or Bill's flag pin on their lapels? But shure can bad mouth Obama about it – The PHONYS!

    May 28, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. Interesting

    He's a realist, Obama only need 47 delegates & he's only admitting it now?

    Wake me when this is over, I can't take any more spin.

    May 28, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. Earl Dallas, Yexas

    For those that have been told that there is no chance to obtain their hopes or dreams and that it was useless to try look towards Hillary Clinton as a symbolic figure of hope and strength – the only experienced candidate that has solid solutions to our everyday problems.

    I attended a rally by both candidates last week – Obama definitely is a speaker, orator and can move a crowd – but once you get home from the rally you wonder what DID he say – only thing I can come up with is he is going to change politics in Washington DC – yet accepts the endorsements from them.

    Clinton (although the media is trying to make Obama the next President rather than letting the voters have their own say) was warm, sincere, experienced with her answers to questions and genuinely wants to help us help ourselves – she enjoyed being there with us – Obama appeared that this was a situation that he had to be there but really was looking towards the general election – so just give me my votes and I will move on – similiar to what happened in New Orleans after HE received the black communites votes – was too busy to attend a reconstruction rally later on – Hillary Clinton attended even though she had not received the votes.

    I just recently found out that Obama voted for the liquified natural gas pipeline of Bush-Cheney Energy plan where Clinton opposed it – guess he doesn't have to live here with it.

    May 28, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. kenny - west Virginia

    why are this people talking without common sense. This guy is a realist but refuses to see the real delegate count. How can you have more delegates, win more states and not be the strongest candidate. Why are the democracts trying so hard to lose this election?......and for the clinton supporters, stop this nonsense, we all supported clinton even before the campaign started, now we want change.....you better get on board, because no matter what you think Mccain is going to choose supreme court justices that would over turn roe vs wade............at least with obama you will have a seat on the table, with mccain you get no seats........why do women don't get it?......you say you want equal rights, they give you equal rights, now because you can't win, you claim sexism, you claim disrespect, ....FYI what clinton is doing right now is hurting the chances of the next woman running for president. How can we have a woman as commander in chief who keeps blabbing dumb comments when things dont go her way?.......Women are too emotional for this kind of job....you disagree look at Hillary.......she is making it difficult for the next woman runnning because AMERICA does not elect whinners and desperate housewives to be president, they rather see them on must see tv.

    May 28, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. mwFlorida

    Duh, you think? What do you think we have been fighting for the last 16 months? Your candidate screwed herself thinking she had this race wrapped up lock stock and barrel (arrogance). Now, she's going to throw the race because she can't have the bright pink ribbon to show off.

    I tell you, if she does throw this election, the Obama voters will make it rough for her to win in 2012; you can believe that. She's a hypocrit of the utmost. She thinks she's above the law and that the rules don't apply to her and hubby. All these conspiracy theories hubby is spinning is making her chances worse. He really need to come out of the sun, I think it has gone to his head; literally.

    May 28, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. bj

    I support Obama in November. Hillary is a great woman, though. Ed Rendell is a very good politician and I hope he's on the Obama ticket. The Dem party has so many solid personalities, including Obama & Hillary, that it's hard not to predicate a complete turnover of all of the branches of government to the Dems in the fall. Hopefully they will be sensible and learn from the ignominy of the last 7+ years.

    Thank you Hillary for everything you did for this party this primary season. We love you!

    Obama-Rendell '08

    May 28, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. Juan Carlos(Vegas)

    Yes I agree, Obama will not win in November. Some white, Hispanics, even some blacks are not going to vote for him because of his race. There is a lot of racism all over the Nation which have been increasing lately thanks to some "RESPONSIBLE ANCHORS".

    May 28, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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