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. Greg FL.

    I live in Florida and I am so tired of hearing how unfair it all is to Hillary, if the DNC doesn't count Florida election results. Where was Hillary when they first decided to strip us of our votes? Hell half the people who made the decision were Hillary's buddies. She didn't care about FL. or MI., because she didn't think she would need us. Now in the eleventh hour she cares so much about us, because she's losing. Maybe next time you won't be in such a hurry to blow off a state primary. Kinda counting your chickens before the eggs hatch.

    May 28, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. BettiH, Indianapolis, IN

    They are`both stupid. Screw Clinton and Ed "Big head" Rendell.

    May 28, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. kel

    He right to a certain point ,because Hillary midest well have get this out of her head that she is going to win the democractic nomminee. And by her trying to get all these pledgedes from florida and michgan now but its to late . Obama is considered the Democratic Nommine .
    Obama is the lead of everything and Hillary Clinton and her party need to go back to school to work on there math like the basics .

    Obama for president 2008

    May 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. Concerned Canadian

    The DNC , superdelegates and political pundits in the media are all corrupt.

    Hillary Clinton has been stabbed in the back so many times , there's no more room for another knife to stick in.

    Absolutely disgraceful , irresponsible , short-sightedness, disgusting and the most dispicable thing I've ever seen in politics in a so called Democratic nation anywhere in the world.

    The US is truly a " Banana Republic '.

    Democracy is only an afterthought.

    May 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. ENOUGH!!

    I wasn't going to comment but enough of this, if Hillary was such a great candidate, all she had to do was beat Barack Obama! If she couldn't beat him, why are we so sure she could beat McCain? Shoulda woulda coulda.....you lost sen. Clinton, it's OVER!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. Shiloh Everett

    Obama only has 45 delegates to go-superdelegates should move now and finish this thing. Then let MI & FL be seated however the DNC decides-otherwise Clinton will challange the May 31 decision and we'll drag this out until the end of August. Then we'll all lose.

    May 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. FRED

    i GUESS ED WILL TURN HIS BACK ON HILLARY NOW ALSO JUST AS HE HAS THE PEOPLE IN PA.

    May 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. hab

    Well, finally somebody is admitting.... the one and the only hope we got is OBAMA So, lets leave behind our mess,troubles,problems and anger.... lets be united and bit MCBUSH in Nove...
    OBAMA 08

    May 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. Jon

    It'd be fun to vote for Obama, but really, he won't win the general election... Besides, Hillary looks cute in that picture.

    May 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Gerry

    Too bad Rendells approval ratings in Pennsylvania are lower than GW Bush's.

    On the other hand, if he keeps muttering gibberish like this, it certainly explains why the good people in Pennysylvania don't like him.

    The other thing, I'm surprised he's not telling anyone is Obama is now beating McCain in Pennsylvania

    May 28, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Ana

    An Obama-Clinton ticket will never happen. There is too much bad blood among those two candidates and among many of their respective supporters. People who keep suggesting that scenario are just delusional.

    May 28, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Dhane Benjamin

    "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."
    Gov. Ed rendell
    Rendell..you are just as full of it as her campaign is.
    BTW, What exactly DID happen in Florida that makes HER an unfair victim?!

    May 28, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. James

    Why does Rendell want to keep hurtiing Obama? What's in it for him? Does he like McCain too much?

    Jiimbo

    May 28, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  14. Marcus

    No Hillary vote McCain.
    CNN is the new MSNBC.

    May 28, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Obama 08: Female, 60, white

    Four superdelgates for Obama today...looks like even Rendell is right!!

    May 28, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  16. s. boatman

    Even Her Biggest Supporters Can See That Its Over, Why Cant She? Obama/08!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  17. Jesse

    For a while I've believed that Govenor Rendell clearly does not like Barak Obama. That last flag pin/balanced ticket remark just proves it. Barak would never choose a guy so clearly allied with Hillary and who so clearly has something against him as VP. Rendell needs to be careful, as he could very well be making jokes about the next President and head of the democratic party

    May 28, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  18. ObamaCan

    If he picks Clinton for VP, I'll eat my socks. Not in a million years.

    May 28, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. alex123

    Hard for Rendell to campaign for Obama after comments like that. Or maybe he can just use the "tired and misspoke" mantra again, like his candidate.

    May 28, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  20. Carlson Kumstainer

    "I wear a flag pin, so [it would] be a balanced ticket," he joked.

    Since Rendell is such an enormous tub of doody Obama's moment arm on the balance beam of the ticket would have to be so long that Obama would have to be outside the CONUS at all times during the campaign.

    No excusa, bagga doucha!

    May 28, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. RB TX

    NO EXPERIENCE-NO SOLUTIONS-NO OBAMA

    Hillary we got your back all the way to the White House. Everybody knows your the strongest candidate against the Republicans.

    We need solutions not someone playing the blame game(Obama).

    Go Hillary, Go Hillary

    May 28, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  22. Ty

    The DNC won't fairly adjust the delegates from FL and MI? What are you talking about. It is fair now. Anything more than a 50/50 split would be unfair.

    May 28, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. Tired of the Clinton crying

    why is it okay for the Clinton backers and clinton to say we will lose in the fall if she is not the winner. this is terrible. the supers need to put a end to them. why would we want a bunch of cry baby's her, Bill and her campaign running the country when they could not run thier own campaign. everyone needs to stop saying this would be taken away from her she lost fair and square. all of this about MI and FL would not be an issue she is running with if she was winning like so many promised her when she started this then she would not care anything about MI and FL. so why people are being snowed about her concern not really confuses me.

    May 28, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  24. Belinda / CA

    I think that Rendell's comment about the flag pin is uncalled for but sore losers typically make unnecessary comments to hide from the truth of the given situation. Many Americans believe that rules and policies are not in place to shuffle around as one sees fit. The rules were fractured therefore, as in almost ANY other situation penalties are accessed. Rendell's comments past and present I my opinion means that He, Bill and Hillary will have something to talk about while Senator Obama proceeds to the White House. Get over yourself already and take that whining Clinton family with you!

    May 28, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. A rational human being

    It would seem that members of the Clinton camp are finally seeing the writing on the wall.

    May 28, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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