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. Carl from pa

    Fairly adjust what happend in Florida? How can you speak of fairness. In all fairness the primary should have NOT been moved up against party rules and Obama should have been given a chance to campaign. Would he have lost? Probably, but by how much is another question. Additionally, some people stayed home since the elections weren't going to count, as Hillary said herself.

    Let us not speak of "fairness' anymore, especially when you support someone who selectively counts votes to only her advantage – a true politician eh?

    May 28, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. A CANUCK

    "Very unlikely to win"? So what else is new ??? This is getting sooooo boring. Let's hope this Saturday puts an end to this nonsense.

    May 28, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. Dustin

    Shame...people were more excited by his vague, baseless promises than by her proven record and who blue prints for actual change in America. We lost a good one here...whether you like her or not.

    McCain '08 for an America that's still standing in 2012

    May 28, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. sara, az

    During the 2000 election fiasco, I actually admired this guy. But, he's really just the same old corrupt politics and nothing more than a cog in the Clinton Machine. As a former DNC chairman, he should be ashamed of not trying to unite the Party at this point.

    May 28, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. What if?

    Thank goodness we all are intelligent enough to have the rights to state our OWN opinions, even when it's not worth a penny.

    May 28, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. Godwin

    Are you just finding out Mr Rendell? Tell us something esle we don't already know.

    May 28, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. Evie

    Just another egomaniacal megalomaniac!!! These people only want power – without regard to whom it affects.

    May 28, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. D-CA

    Perhaps folks will stop suggesting this fellow as a vp possible, as well.

    May 28, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. Robbie

    Realist? No, a realist would accept that Hillary's run is OVER, and it's time for her to move ON!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. Max Brand

    "We're not going to field our strongest candidate..."

    Way to support the party, Ed.

    May 28, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. davange, NC

    Ed Rendell I thing you are a "Richard". ( slang name)

    May 28, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. Patrice E. Oakland, CA

    Gov. Rendell has always had it in for Obama and never really liked him to begin with. He along with James Carville have always been the biggest Obama Bashers in the dem party. Rendell looks like the Joker (from the first batman movie with Jack Nicholson) and Carville looks like an alien. But enough with the joking.

    I feel in my heart that Obama will win the general election, but I wonder if Gov. Rendell will support him in gettin Penn (where Rendell is the Gov.) or will he make it so that Obama loses? I don't trust Rendell at all...there is something about that guy that is troubling and disturbing. But one thing is clear...he hate Obama...and that is sad.

    May 28, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. andy

    Hillary Clinton does not wear a flag pin. So it would not be a balanced ticket, no joke.

    May 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. Obama all the way....

    Oh, ha ha ha ha ha. So funny Chuck. Haaaa haaa haaa...shut up!!

    May 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  15. BrendaK

    If she were to make a "far better candidate", then why is she behind in the votes !?!?!?!?
    Even with Florida and Michigan in the mix, the MATH is not on her side !
    She is broke and a sore loser. She needs to call it a day already.

    May 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. Debra

    Ed what to you mean by the statement "the DNC will not fairly adjust the FL/MI delagates. Clinton along with Obama, Edwards, Richardson, etc. all agreed in the beginning those two states would not count because they violated the DNC rules. If she is such a strong candidate, how is it Obama has raised more money, won more states, has more pledged and superdelagates and the popular vote to date. Drinking the Clinton kool-aid aren't you!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. KC

    "I think that means we're not going to field our strongest candidate."

    This kind of comment, along with Clinton's 'Obama more likely to lose' comments are good examples of the negativity plaguing Washington, which is why the majority of Democrats are backing Senator Obama.

    Seriously, if Obama does lose in November (which is unlikely), then we know who to blame don't we? Not the DNC, not Democrats in general, just those morons who see fit to do the GOP's job for them, like Rendell and Clinton.

    Sour grapes are not going to make the remaining Superdelegates move to Clinton, nor are they going to show independents that the Democratic party are the only one's who stand a chance of improving the current situation here after 8 years of "total crap" as Dan Bartlett likes to say.

    The DNC leadership needs to shut these idiots up, otherwise the Democratic party will do what the media's been suggesting for the last few weeks – fracture.

    May 28, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Ryan

    "You’ve got conservative whites here, and I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate." – Ed Rendell

    C'mon, Ed. Shut up already.

    May 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. Ab-Corpus Christi-TX

    Obama will NOT chose HRC as his VP.
    There are many women democrates honest, smart and better than HRC if he wants to choose a lady for his running mate.

    May 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. taylor richmond virginia

    way to throw your parties eventual nominee under the bus.......good luck with the VP nod.

    May 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. susa

    I don't understand how people keep saying she is the stronger candidate and more likely to win against John McCain if she can't even win against Obama. What kind of convoluted reasoning is that?
    If she were the stronger candidate then it stands to reason she would be ahead of Obama and not behind.

    May 28, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. Observer

    Thank Gov Rendell, I've always known that you alot of sense.

    May 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. Steve B, NewYork. NY

    Very very condenseding of Mr. Rendell.
    It shows why we need new politicians to lead the country.

    May 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. Tom,des moines

    HILLARY IS BY FAR THE BEST CANDIDATE TO BEAT MCCAIN IN THE FALL PERIOD. OBAMA IS TRAILING MCCAIN IN MO,MI,OH,NV,NH,KY,VA,WV AND FL.

    GO HILLARY!

    May 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  25. Jaun

    GOV RENDELL...HILLARY JUST WON'T LISTEN.... fustrated... desperate...dellusional...etc...but she just won't go away. She is a dishonest woman...she disgusts me.
    Democrats for Obama
    Obama 08'

    May 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
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