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. NAMANDE MA

    GOV. RENDELL – YOU SAID ON MSNBC THAT IF BARACK ASKED YOU TO BE HIS #2, YOU WOULD TRY TO TALK HIM OUT OF IT. THEREFORE, PLEASE DO NOT WISH IT ON HRC. SHE IS TOO SMART FOR #2. I THINK AT THIS TIME, SHE SHOULD GET TO THE FINISH LINE AND BOW OUT.

    May 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  2. interested canadian

    Oh, ya think?! Actually, Obama/Rendell is not a bad idea but the Clinton name isn't going to be in the running. She has ruined any chance of that.

    May 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. EDW

    Fairly adjust to Clinton's benefit??? Obama didn't even campaign in those states and his name wasn't on the ballot in Michigan. Are these people really this dense. WHAT IS GOING ON AMERICA????

    May 28, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. Mark Kennedy

    What Rendell meant to say is this, I supported Hillary, before I supported Barack.

    Rendell to Obama – Can I be you V.P.?

    May 28, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  5. Hazel

    . . . I'm going to just fall out in the middle of the floor and crack my side
    laughing when Ed Rendell finally endorses Senator Obama next week.

    Yes We Can.

    May 28, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. richarddetrich

    The reality is that Obama needs a strong and experience Governor as a running mate, one who represents an important state with lots of white, older and women voters – folks, who for whatever reason, have found Hillary appealing.

    May 28, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. Debbie In Louisiana

    Love the comment about fairly seating Florida. Did Hillary not agree they would not count. Oh, I forgot, now that she wasn't handed the nomination on a silver platter, the rules must change. The flip remark about the flag pin is obsurd. Hey Ed, go be a Republican, the Democratic party doesn't need you. Wearing a flag pin doesn't equal patriotism.

    May 28, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  8. ron

    She is waiting for VP offer from Obama which will never happen.

    May 28, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. sly

    Rendell just said he is too "white" to be a blackman's running mate and a black man he believes is not patriotic and who might not even win the general. I am afraid it takes so little to read into the real mind of someone who said he would support the eventual nominee. What a shame we are in the middle of the worst form of political cynicism.

    But I wonder why people like him don't just join HRL and BILL and make it easy on themselves by creating a whole brand new political party. Also I don't understand why the DNC can allow personal ambition to so overtly over-ride the real core interest of the Democratic Party. It appears to me that the Clintons are so much caught up on a personal agenda that their feet have literally lost contact with the grounds of party historical reality and this has caused them to virtually alienate themselves from their own (democratic party) and by so doing, might just have killed the goose that laid the golden egg. Luckily Americans are not that stupid. The Democratic Party will survive regardless everything.

    May 28, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  10. fojohnson

    At least he is facing the reality. However I don't agree with the idea that Hillary is a stronger candidate. Though she is a woman, when someone is trying to seek political office either that person is a man or woman they should all be treated equally. She never say the press favored her when they declared her as the inevitable candidate, and they paid less attention to Obama. She never whined at that time. Why now? She keeps making up this story about popular vote. She knows that her husband became president twice through the delegate vote. If he should have lost the delegate vote there was not way he could have become the president. Gore won the popular vote but lost to Bush due to the delegate vote. Is Hillary and all her supporters taking this in to consideration? Why asked they are all in denial. More over Hillary is not a stronger candidate, with all her name recognition, the wife of a former president, she is losing and her campaign is in debt. How can someone say or believe when she says she is the best candidate? I admire her eyes when she try to convince people that she is the best candidate she open her eyes wild. Im out of words

    May 28, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. Gene

    Yeah... according to polls, Hillary would be more likely to win swing states. There's only one problem with that... Obama has a lot more votes, and won a lot more states. Are we going to base our election off polls, or actual results? Because if it's going to be based off polls, then why even bother giving "every American a chance to vote" as Clinton so stringently insists on. You can't have it both ways... either you submit to the will of the people, or you make an argument that the people don't know what they're talking about... but somehow she's managed to pull off both arguments. And in the end.. her argument is that she can win one section of the country.. but it's still nowhere near the majority.

    May 28, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  12. OBAMA YES

    After he escapades, if i were Obama, i would kick her to the curb. She and her husband are race baiters undercover and subtle. i am a white woman from ohio, who has my own law practice and believe me if she knew what the republicans will do to her she will leave now.
    Pack up and git!!

    May 28, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. Jean, Calgary, Canada

    I am so sick of Hillary Clinton's whinning. If she was winning and senator Obama wanted Florida and Michigan counted the Clintons would do everything in their power to stop the count. She need to get over it.

    May 28, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. independent 1

    poor Clinton loyalist. he knows she done for! but couldn't bring himself up to admit it to her supporters. just because Obama looks weak and HRC looks strong now it dose not mean she has the better hand in the GE. i believe the delegates in MI and FL should be seated: not in the matter that favor any candidate, but in a fair way to the voters. the dream ticket propaganda is a desperate way to go for the DNC since HRC dose not bring anything Obama dose not have to the table. in fact it is highly disastrous since it seems like she have chosen the path of self distraction by attacking her team and widening the gap. it is now too late for obama too try to bring her on board or even for her to ask for the VP spot nicely. withe all the resentment and division the clintons have caused, if she some how ends up being the nominee then it is for sure Dems. will lose in nov.

    May 28, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  15. Sorry excuse

    I guess Rendell means strongest candidate for his swing racist state. Ed Rendell is a joke for his state and for the nomination.

    May 28, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  16. bill in pa

    I wonder if those two will be behind bars after the Paul vs Clinton lawsuit. It seems fast eddie did a bit of money laundering for her highness. Now that she won't be able to hide behind the presidency I wonder if she'll get bar time.

    May 28, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    I'm beginning to think none of these "Democrats" wants the White House back.

    May 28, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. Pedeen

    If the Gov. Rendell thinks she is the best candidate why is she trailling ? Common sense people have said NO NO to the politics of the past! we are heading to the future where innovations, best services and the best work ethics will put this NATION to where it belongs ONTOP OF THE WORLD!! who can deliver that? no one over sixty! reasons they fear change! venturing in the future makes them shiver. Time to update all schools and compete with China and India effectively!!!. These recycled politicians outsourced almost all production jobs and yet they didnt upgrade the education system!!. Time to say UNITED STATES is bigger than any politician!!!.

    May 28, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. Mr B

    Europeans, get me with this idea that they're fielding the strongest candidate. How is this? Polls show that both Obama and Clinton would best McCain in November. Does strong mean, whites only? And this issue with the flag pens, what a bunch of crap! This is one of the reason why America is hated all over the world, is because of their arrogence. America knows nothing about humility. ITs time for a change.

    May 28, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. steven

    Sen. Hillary Pathetic Clinton. She Never Reads The Fine Print.
    Cry Baby Hillary, Kicks and Screams until she gets her way.

    May 28, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. SC for Hillary

    iT MAY BE VERY UNLIKELY THAT HILLARY WILL BE THE NOMINEE, I CAN TELL YOU THAT IT IS HIGHLY UNLIKELY THAT OBAMA WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT BECAUSE ALL 17 MILLION OF HILLARY SUPPORTERS ARE POISED TO VOTE FOR JOHN MCCAIN OF STAY HOME. THIS HAS BEEN THE MOST UNFAIR ELECTION IN DECADES, IT IS BECAUSE OF THE SEXISM. SUPERDELECATES, YOU MIGHT THINK THAT IF OBAMA IS NOT THE NOMINATION, IT WILL BE BACKLASH FROM THE AFRICAN AMERICANS,WELL GUEST WHAT IF hILLARY IS NOT THE NOMINEE, WE WILL HAVE A
    REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT. OBAMA WILL NEVER BE ELECTED.

    May 28, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  22. mndharmas

    why waste money and resources? this is a waste of our money to have candidates run for the sake of their ego.
    How come nobody can tell the empress she has no clothes?

    May 28, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  23. Michael

    This is just more politics, another Clinton crony who is going out of his way to make sure that Obama doesn't win come November. It strikes my as odd that the Democrats would rather sabotage Obama because Clinton didn't win. I am starting to hope McCain does win in November maybe it will teach the Democrats a lesson on being shortsighted and selfish. I know after this joke of a primary I will not remain a Democrat, I do not want to be part of a party that is selfish and self defeating. And to save all the mess, I blame Clinton and Obama equally, they have turned this primary into a three ring circus and I will not feel sorry for the Democrats and their cry baby leaders and supporters when they lose in November.

    May 28, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. peter griffin

    i think by june 3rd it's going to be time for Hilary to quit. She should get out as quickly as possible in order to not put at risk the democratic chance of winning the white house.

    May 28, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. Klaus

    Holy crap, this guy's a jerk.

    May 28, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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