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.

soundoff (630 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    The Hell with this rasict Gov. Ed Rendell, how can he say that Obama is not the strongest candidate but Barack should pick this back stabbing Billary Clinton as his number 2.

    May 28, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. inconvenient truth

    The skin can win, but not the canidate. Rendell said his hard working wh-lite people would not vote for a black man. So Rendell you and your state look stupid voting for someone you now say can't win. What has Obama did to deserve this kind of hatred. After all this man is half wh-lite. Can he at least get half credit?

    May 28, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. issac

    Now you are talking right. You know who will be the nominee this fall.
    thanks Rendell! Back obama now!

    May 28, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. Enough already

    If Hillary is so tough why does everyone has to feel sorry for her. It is not Obama fault that she is not winning. That she is in debt, that she did not have a dependable staff.

    It is not Obama fault for Hillary lost. She did not run a good campaign.
    They are still from the same party.

    May 28, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. John

    Funny man. Just what we need when every little Obamabot whines and whines.

    May 28, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. Texas for Dems

    Come on CNN. You're losing your touch on news-worthy political figures and their comments. Keep your eyes on the prize in November when Obama defines John McCan't....

    Obama '08 & '12

    May 28, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. Indra in FL

    An Obama-Clinton ticked is a bad idea. For that to happen, Obama would have to become a hypocrite because his entire campaign is staked on the need for change. He's gone out of his way to point out how much "old government" HRC is.

    This should be a choice Obama makes and no one else. The first mark of a true leader is with whom he chooses to surround himself. Hillary is a bad pick.

    May 28, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. Rick

    What part of " we dont want Hillary as V.P ", does the Hillary camp not understand ?

    May 28, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. true demorcrat in monterey ca via memphis tn

    the clinton camp is in full sabotage mode they are raising every issue they can to try and back sen obam in a corner so no matter what he does they have something else to complain about. the facts are that they are trying to steal the nomination and if they cant steal it then force sen obama to accept her as a vp. then all the republicans will come out of the woodworks and vote against hrc so she can run again in 2012 but the american people we do have brains and she will never get this close again and she knows this that is why she is going all out and she still will loose just like my mother use to say god doesnt like ugly

    May 28, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. km

    What her supporters don't get is that if Obama, with the lead in all the areas needed to win, gets this thing stolen from him after he followed the rules, she wouldn't be able to win the general anyway. His supporters would stay home. And they can afford another 4 years of Bush, where her lower income base would suffer the most.

    May 28, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  11. aka

    give up

    May 28, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. Zman.Indianapolis,IN

    Hill either way it goes you should be ashamed of yourself

    May 28, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Ervin

    Even her closest supporters are throwing the towel in, yet "Madam President" keeps on shoveling dirt over her shoulders.

    And I wonder, how deep will this hole get before she goes back to the senate with mud on her face.

    Hillary, why can't you see what the WORLD sees: A junior senator from Illinois has taken the stage.

    Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. Ross in MD

    Why is this moron spreading the slander that Obama won't wear a flag pin?

    May 28, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  15. Jeksis

    Boy, don't you mean she's your weakest candidate! Clinton got the worst ratings for honesty and trustworthiness. I personally dont score her high on these measrures compared to my score for Obama...or even McCain!

    May 28, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  16. tupac

    Governor what criteria are you using? John McCain also won in those swing states, so what!? The primary is not the general election. Tell your friend to get out andstop disgracing herself, she is really losing it now. Is this what she would have done were she to be president, just be stubborn!!? A lot of people are confusing stupid stubborness and toughness. You know, her approach to this campaign, especially her insistence to stay in the race even after any reasonable indication shows she has no chance in hell of winning otherwise wishing for the death of her opponet is reminiscent of the Bush approach to the Iraq war, just keep on pushing and deny any reality.

    May 28, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. thin Democrat

    this will be very traumatic to see B Hussein in the White House.

    May 28, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. JAZZ

    The rules say a candidate and or a state delegation can take it to the convention. Walter Mondale, Ted Kennedy, Jerry Brown and Jessee Jackson all took it to the convention. Mondale is the only one who was close to the leader. Just FOLLOW the RULES. America is worth fighting for. We the people will prove it on the first Tuesday in November. Bob Barr makes it a four horserace. In a five horserace, anyone can win. YES SHE CAN!
    To the convention and beyond Hill!

    May 28, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. Nando, Florida

    I say to bad Obama will choose his own VP and it won't be this Bi Polar scank!

    May 28, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. TexasWoman4Change!

    I disagree with this "woman" being on a ticket with Senator Barack Obama. His entire campaign has been based on "Change" and "Hope"- moving from the politics of old. Based upon everything that we have and continue to witness from Hillary and her campaign, her campaign definitely does not reflect "Change"! Her dishonest, disrespectful and reprehensive political tactics would be of little value to Barack Obama. I'm not objecting to a woman. However, I am definitely objecting to "this woman". No Hillary!

    May 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. Kiah

    Yeah typical Rendell to put the responsilbility on the DNC to rectify what Florida and Michigan messed up. Well they can keep their back-handed compliments. If she's so STRONG and is the better candidate why couldn't she win the primaries!

    May 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. Tano

    I understand why Clinton refuses to leave the primary because there are people like you who give so much hope had this unfortunate candidate
    I know that as long as you live there's always hope but the figures are to understand the defeat a share figures is there other criteria to be elected
    It could mislead the world once but not all the time is a pity but everyone expects the change of the first black President of the United States to be that we wanted to or not Obama
    Best Regards
    j Tano

    May 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  23. HILLARY ALL THE WAY!

    Hillary Clinton has been a fighter all of her life and she gets better with age. No one can beat her on the issues. She talks the talk and she walks the walk. She has the determination, strength and fortitude to turn this country around. She is the only candidate talking about the issues that Americans are concerned about. McCain and Obama are talking back and forth and do not look at all "presidential".

    Hang in there, Hillary. It's not over until the "lady in the pants suit" says it is. VOTE FOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!

    RISE HILLARY, RISE!

    FIGHT HILLARY, FIGHT!

    WE NEED YOU IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!

    May 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. tupac

    Sorry for the typos in my previous post but you get the idea

    May 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. hrao

    He is the only decent freind she has – the Richardsons, REiches, Kenndeys must learn honesty from him.

    May 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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