May 29th, 2008
06:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Rendell: 'Very unlikely' Clinton will win

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rendell is a powerful Clinton surrogate."]

(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. joaquin

    I do not see how she would be better than barack

    May 28, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. V.

    Wake up Hillary. Whether people support Obama or not, Democrats Independents and Republicans have realized that the long drawn out battle is finally over.

    The trench fighting of Indiana, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania are over and Obama's forces are on a march to capture South Dakota, Montana, and Puerto Rico to all but secure victory.

    Hillary Clinton, surrender already, all you bases belong to Obama!

    May 28, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. jeno

    Who cares what Rendell has to say; he too interjected race by stating Pennsylvanian's are not ready for a black president and if he was considered or picked for VP I would not vote, because he just as racists as the CLINTON'S!!!

    May 28, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. GUY

    Me again... in support of my previous comment, here's a little something I found in another ticker article:

    "It’s also important to note that both candidates signed a pledge not to campaign in either state and agreed the primaries should be invalid if the states changed the dates."

    May 28, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. Pepou

    If that fat pig thinks he will be on the Obama ticket he will be sorely disappointed. That loser should stick with the other loser, Hillary R. Clinton.

    May 28, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  6. Pat M

    What is this guy half Democrat and Half Republican? A Political Mermaid?
    One of Senator Clinton's biggest backers! choke
    Senator Clinton better watch her back around this guy!

    Maybe Bills's Cover Up theme isn't as far off as some apparently believe ! Somebody should put the cover back on the outhouse hole
    it's getting smelly!

    May 28, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. Allison Marie

    That's because he knows about all the dirsty tricks coming out of the Obama camp.

    Go Hillary Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. JC

    Hillary/Rendell is a great ticket. That is, IF she is the nominee.

    Forget about Obama/Clinton ticket.
    Who is going to watch Obama's back?
    Not HIllary!

    May 28, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. Hillary = white woman running for president so vote for me

    Ed you will not be able to get the governorship again in PA with the support of such a vile disgusting candidate as Hillary. Philly will not vote for you after Hillary said those racist remarks about hardworking white people.

    May 28, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. Jessica from Pennsylvania.

    As someone who lives in Pennsylvania, Rendell is the epitome of fat cat politicians that screw over the little man.

    Birds of a feather flock together.

    Face the facts, Hillary. You're not the strongest candidate if you can't win the primaries without trying to twist the rules.

    And as a woman, your sexist claim is bull.

    May 28, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Lara

    Why would we want another illegal scam like White Water to be brought back into the White House. The Clinton's have a fraud lawsuit going on right now. No one is talking about it but it is happening. They went to the White House the first time under a dark cloud do we really need to go though this again. Just ask yourself why the Super Delegates some who have known and worked with the Clinton's for many years have backed Senator Obama . I also know why Gov. Rendell fought so hard to have his State vote for her he is involved in this also. I see no reason why Senator Obama can not make it all the way to the White House.

    May 28, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  12. Otto

    Tongue in cheek per
    "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."

    You should have said the meanest candidate who wants to win at any cost.
    Why is it she is a name brand yet ran an hugly campaing?

    May 28, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. Chuck

    Let's just give it to the black man so all of us white folks can feel better.

    May 28, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Adedokun from Atlanta

    I hope Democrats will not make thw same mistake that cost Hillary the primaries. The idea of not looking beyond the " traditonal demograhics" of Democratic base is dangerous. The reason Obama is winning is that he brought in "new demograhics'" to the contest by attracting the often overlooked young voters, first time voters and independents while also remaining competitive with Hillary in her favourable groups. Obama will win the general election by consolidating the democrats base and turning some red states blue.

    May 28, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. kaz

    Gov. Rendell should explaiin why sen.Clinton so much disliked. She have the lowest favorable ratin among all the three candidates.

    May 28, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. CT for Obama

    The last stage of grief is acceptance. About time the Clinton campaign dealt with the loss of the presidency.
    Will somebody explain to me what they mean by her being the strongest candidate?
    She can bench press more than he can? She's obviously not stronger in the election. He beat her fair and square.

    May 28, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. carrie obama

    where did u cral put from?
    i am tired of hearing all this b.s/.
    im happy y'all are leaving soon
    june 3rd or is it 3th
    goodbye hillbilly

    May 28, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. chad

    good hope he will endorse obama soon.

    May 28, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  19. dee

    As Obama supporter, i strongly think obama should pick rendell as his vp

    May 28, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  20. About Time

    Someone should give her a broom to hop on and fly back to NY. We know that HillBill will do all she can to feed her twisted mean belief that Obama will lose. HillBill...this is bigger than you, Obama, McCain and everyone else. Please recognize that. The Presidency is simply not yours to own.... HillBill.

    May 28, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  21. CaliVoter22

    From what I have read/watched in the news, Senator Clinton may well have been the strongest candidate at the beginning of this race, but Obama has emerged a much stronger candidate among voter demographics across the board. She also had the advantage of being a "household name" when she walked into the primary season – so when talking about fielding the strongest candidate, I believe it is important to distinguish between whom was the strongest candidate before Obama started campaigning, and who has emerged the strongest candidate nearing the end of this race.

    Obama '08!

    May 28, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. Marysza Terpak

    At a recent astrological conference, astrologers came to a consensus that the stars are aligned and favorable for Obama to win in November. However, they forwarned that the person winning the election in November will not be the person taking office in January. A bit of twilight zone theory here but take it for what it's worth. Perhaps Hillary should agree to be the VP.

    May 28, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  23. Rename us..United SWING States of America

    How about this one, We The 'Swing State' People!

    May 28, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  24. GL

    Obama-Clinton ticket is nolonger a dream team, but like a nightmare for Obama. Hilliary and her racist remarks kill any change of this happing. I can see her giving Mrs. Obama a hard time becasue Hilliary Clinton is evil.

    May 28, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  25. tj in fla

    Finally, some truth from a Clinton surrogate. I believe Rendell needs to have this realistic discussion with Hillary, Bubba, Lanny Davis, Wolfson, MacAuliffe(sp?), etc,. Enough of the spin please, it is no longer believable to even the most simple mind.,

    May 28, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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