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. MMB

    She's too old to be president. Maybe general secretariate.

    May 28, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. Sterling in KCMO

    what a stooge....

    May 28, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. tairei

    why do we have rules if we will eventually end up breaking them when someones cries foul ...warranted ot not ??

    when will then DNC wake up and see the america has had enough of the clintons and bushes ....and NOW is the time for Change.

    canadian onlooker

    May 28, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. George Thornton

    How can we trust the democratic party to run the country when they can't manage primarys in two states? Someone needs to be a leader. And yes I am a Republican.

    May 28, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. Sterling in KCMO

    the stalwart, loyal stooge......

    May 28, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. amtFresno,CA

    I do NOT like Rendell for Veep. I do not like Rendell for anything. His remarks during the campaign in PA was that he was so determined Hillary would win, & said Barack could not get the votes of the people because of his race . Finally now it is obvious Hillary is losing, he wants her as Veep or if not her he wants the Veep spot. There are others to choose from. I hope Barack does not take him. He would not represent change, we want change we can believe in.

    May 28, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. meg

    duh, cnn be serious BHO vs Mcsame is news not blasphemy against RFK, BHO wins against mcsame!

    May 28, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. maggie

    You're so right Gov. Rendell. They will never play fair with Hillary. The DNC and the media have made sure that she won't be the nominee...but handing it to someone with zero experience and questionable character instead. I think there is so much more to be exposed about Obama and the Republicans will see that it gets done.

    Under the circumstances, the Democratic Party deserves what it gets, which will be a John McCain landslide! Good luck, John!

    May 28, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  9. Casey

    Who would want him? He's the epitome of all that is bad in politics today. A "boss" politician with a lot of baggage and debts from too many years of sucking up to Clintons.

    I hope Obama picks a candidate who not only can bring something useful to the table, but is a real shocker to politics in general...

    Nebraska's Chuck Hagel would be perfect. He's got the foreign policy chops, he's a vet, he's anti-war and an outspoken critic of Bush... He's the most Democratic Republican I could imagine.

    And wouldn't that show a huge CHANGE and reaching across the aisle to get things done? Hagel would go a long way towards carrying key red states...

    That would shake up the DNC, wouldn't it?

    May 28, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  10. ulet alexander

    rendel is a fool.clinton loss the game months ago,she was only there to cause obama to loose in november. she is getting paid by mccain.andshe is trying her best not go home to a husband who is a spitzer type. roving eyes,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    May 28, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. Hillary = sniper fire

    I live in PA and I will not vote for Ed Rendell he sounds and acts like a mafia member especially anyone involved with the Clintons is not to be trusted.

    May 28, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  12. Jake

    If the party has any integrity at all, nothing should be done in Florida. No “voter” is being denied. This was not an election. This was an “election” only as a process of making a party selection. Election rules do not apply. Voter protections are not required. The party rules are what count and the party rules were broken.

    ALL of the candidates, even including one particular couple who has never believed that any rules applied to them if the don’t want them to, agreed to the rules in advance. Quit worrying about protecting the rights of “voters”. There were no voters. Only participants in a selection process to decide who actually runs in a real election, with real voters. Let the delegates come to party, get drunk, throw up, and do all the things that delegates do. But, you can’t count their part in the selection process because they didn’t play by the rules established well in advance of the first ball being pitched.

    May 28, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  13. Cheryl L. Swaim

    I certainly will not vote for Obama. Hillary Clinton represents the core values of the Democratic Party as it used to be. Both Obama and his party are now, in my opinion, hypocrites and not interested in the good of the people. And, of course, my thoughts won't get through because you never let them.

    May 28, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. Michelle, Indiana

    If she does manage to steal (yes, I said steal and I did NOT misspeak) this nomination, I hope McCain wins by a landslide and she returns to political purgatory where she belongs! She has done nothing but lie, use fear tactics, and pander throughout this campaign. I honestly believe she would be more damaging to our country and another 4 years of failed Bush policies.

    May 28, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  15. Chuks

    Rendell dream on because Obama's choice for VP is Kathleen Sebelius. Kathleen will turn Kansas from Red to Blue and that is all we need to WIN!! Republicans can never lose Kansas and win a GE. Do the math people, kathleen is Obama's ACE. lol.

    May 28, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  16. Neal Klomp

    Um isn't the definition of the strongest candidate the one who is most wins the nomination.
    Who in the heck is the loser of the nomination process somehow a stronger candidate than the winner?

    Politicians are mostly idiots who believe their own BS.

    May 28, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. Patricia in Las Vegas

    I am sorry Governor Rendell, but you are not right nor funny.

    May 28, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  18. Vote for America

    It is sad to see people so divided to the point that they'd rather self-destruct (by not voting or by voting for McCain) rather than vote for the other candidate from the same party!!
    People who say that Obama or Hillary can't win certain states but the other candidate can are the same people that say they'll vote for McCain if their favorite candidate doesn't get the nomination! This will not be the case if you vote with your mind for the issues you really care about. If you want 4 more years of wars and economic slump then go ahead and vote for McCain.
    Take a deep breath and think about our great nation and how your vote should be used to better our country!

    May 28, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  19. Go Obama!!

    No, please HRC just go home. You will just bring the ticket down. You have so much baggage you will give the RNC something to attack. And Obama will lose because of you, haven't you done enough? Go home and let Obama find a VP with honesty and integrity. All that experience that you claim to have must have made you the evil, do anything to win, brainless person you are. Just go home......

    May 28, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. come on....

    How can he say the DNC is not "fairly" allocating Florida & Michigan when Hillary is trying to steal the nomination by changing the rules at the end of the game. If she had objected from the get go, or if both Hillary and Obama had campaigned in both states, or if Obama were even on both ballots, her claim that Florida and Michigan should be counted would be a little less bizarre. The people of these two great states should be repulsed that Hillary would want to use them in her political ploy. Who wants a President Theif?–we've had that for eight years and it's gross....

    May 28, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  21. Far better candidate?!?!? Don't think so!

    Ok, so she has thrown the kitchen sink, dishwasher, toaster, all the 'special' dinner china, tables and chairs...and she is still the better candidate???

    Jeez...Gov. Rendell, Thank God, I live in Virgina!


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

    Stongest candidate? You've been smoking from Bill's stash.

    I drove my motorhome across America, and one thing everyone seemed to have in common, rich or poor, black or white, was an inherent distrust of Hillary Clinton – if not outright hatred.

    The idea that she is "electable" is laughable.

    Just look at her finanacial dealings over the last 30 years. There is a goldmine of scandal there.

    Just because the statute of limitations has expired on a lot of it does not mean she wasn't guilty.

    Let's live in reality for a change. It is not as scary as you'd think.

    May 28, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  23. R.O.B.

    I mean it's been clear for some time now that Hillary is really the only 1 who thinks she can still win. Her supporters who are still with her are her loyal base, so it's only natural that they stand behind her on whatever she decides to do. Even Bill is starting to have doubts, it's really starting to show in his most recent dialect.

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


    May 28, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  25. A.M. Saqib

    You finally got it Governor Rendell; though it took you so long to come to this reality.

    And 'Obama-Clinton' ticket I strongly support the idea, but it is not going to happen; also a fact.

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texas

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