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. Ann Romero

    It is so true, she would make a better President with the experience. In America the trend is to choose popular instead of experience, that is why our country is in this terrible mess. It was Clinton that had a excellent economy, it was Bush with less experience bigger government, war and spending the hard earned tax dollars. It will be the same with Obama, just words and plenty of we can do nothing.

    I will just stay home and not vote. I am disappointed in both the republicans and democrats. I was hopeful of a Clinton in the white house once again to get it all together.

    Good luck democrats, this is the way American stands a house divided can not stand for any thing. We are on sinking sand with Obama.

    May 28, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. David Goldman,Los Angeles, CA

    RENDELL BUDDY LET ME HELP YOU OUT.

    I TOOK A YEAR OF STATISTICS AND BARING HER GHOULISH

    WISHES COMING TRUE, HILLBILLI DOES NOT STAND A

    SINGLE CHANCE IN THE KNOWN MATH OR HELL.

    THEREFORE SHE IS EITHER MENTALLY ILL OR IS THE

    GHOUL SOME ARE SUSPECTING. HOPEFULLY NOT.

    May 28, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. Chill-Out, Phoenix, AZ

    If HRC is the "strongest candidate" and WV and KY were some kind of indicator then why oh why is she not the clear front-runner? She had everything going for her, name recognition, big money donors, experience, white, and female.

    The answer is quite simple, ARROGANCE, ENTITLEMENT, BIG STATE STRATEGY, POORLY RUN CAMPAIGN, LACK OF INTEGRITY (read FL & MI). HRC supporters need to stop blaming Obama, the DNC, the media, the alignment of the stars whatever for these clear blunders on the part of HRC and her advisers.

    Grow up and take some responsibility for your mistakes. Didn't she learn that in kindergarten? I'm all for her staying in till June 3 and giving everyone a chance to vote (except those who broke the rules) then count the delegates and nominate a winner (Obama).

    HRC don't try and steal this nomination because you ran a bad campaign. If you had won the other states by the margins you like to point to in WV and KY you wouldn't be where you are today. See it really is quite simple.

    May 28, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. Pistoff

    Impossible ... but she'll still sue.

    May 28, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  5. think people

    It is difficult to come to any other conclusion than that the Clinton supporters, and the Clintons themselves, are trying to sabotage Obama's run so that she can try again in 4 years. I don't want to believe it, but how else could one justify such ludicrous claims about "fielding the far [weaker] candidate" implicitly, if HRC is supposedly "far better"? Life long Democrats should be TICKED to see this going on. Most should have the good sense to want to see a change.

    May 28, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  6. Gaias Child

    Rendell has already demonstrated his considerably poor taste so I am not sure he is the one to pick out Obama's running mate.

    May 28, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  7. al l

    Hillary will do ANYTHING to get the nomination. She cares nothing for the little people but that is the Clinton way. I have been a demo for 40 years but I would never vote for that woman. I would vote for Mc Cain first and that is truly sad.

    May 28, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    MCBUSH IS NOT THE ONLY ONE SUFFERING FROM DEMENTIA.

    May 28, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. jean

    Gov. Rendell is an idiot. Hillary is desperate and determine to win regardless. Where is her integrity? She doesn't love this country and she is only thinking of her thirst for power. I wish she would just go away. As far as Rendell, he is the epitome of racist. They both need to crawl under a rock!

    May 28, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. Peachy Keen

    Ed, you've got some real issues. After this is all over, the Clinton's are not going to have near the pull they had in the past. They both have shown themselves to be totally self-absorbed. Clintons first, party second, country third.
    Come next election in Penn, you yourself may be looking for another job. Maybe now is the time you should start kissing up to Obama.

    May 28, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  11. barbara

    By law the DNC Rules committee can reinstate at most 50% of the Michigan/Florida delegates (or all delegates with a 50% vote). Even if Hillary gets the proportion she demands (although it would be unfair to Obama), the numbers change as follows:
    Needed to win: 2117
    Obama delegates inc. estimates of his share of Florida & Michigan "uncommitted" delegates: 2040
    Obama needs to clinch nomination: 77
    Remaining pledged delegates: 86
    Estimate of Obama's take: 35
    Remaining superdelegates: 226
    Superdelegates Obama needs to clinch nomination: 42

    Does anyone think Hillary still has a chance? No, and neither does she. Her goal now is to sabotage Obama's chances in November.

    It's time for Democrats and the media to move on to the general election.

    May 28, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. Provat C Das, MD

    Sen Obama will get nomination that allmost certain,
    but to get Presidency he do not have enough experience
    in foreign policy and to handle radical islamic dirty dance,
    so American will not do serious mistake. American need a
    strong President who will protect his citizen, no more 9/11
    thank you Mr. Resident (W), I will meet you oneday if you kindly
    give me that opportunity. CNN please send this message
    to President Bush and Sen McCain

    May 28, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  13. Toot

    You are right!! We will not have the best candidate.
    Senator Clinton

    May 28, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  14. Unreadable

    I'd say "impossible", but hey, the Clinton word games continue.

    May 28, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. Provat C Das, MD

    Sen Obama will get nomination that allmost certain,
    but to get Presidency he do not have enough experience
    in foreign policy and to handle radical islamic dirty dance,
    so American will not do serious mistake. American need a
    strong President who will protect his citizen, no more 9/11
    thank you Mr. President (W), I will meet you oneday if you kindly
    give me that opportunity. CNN please send this message
    to President Bush and Sen McCain

    May 28, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  16. Louis

    Ed Rendell finally throws in the towel. He lacked the wisdom to know who the Democratic nominee would be in the first place.

    Now, he's left to lick his wounds for blindly following Hillary the loser. Do not attempt to cross over to our camp. You are not welcome. When Obama called you to tell you that he would emerge the nominee, you laughed it off. Now, you know better, don't you?

    Obama '08

    May 28, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    WE LOST THE 2000 ELECTION BECAUSE THE DNC

    DID NOT HAVE THE BALLS TO FIGHT FOR US. IF I WAS

    GORE THEY WOULD EITHER GIVEN IT TO ME OR THEY

    WOULD STILL BE COUNTING. WE WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER

    WITHOUT A PRESIDENT THAN THE ONE WE GOT. NOW HILLARY

    WANTS TO PULL A BUSH & SHE IS NO BETTER. GET SOME BALLS

    & USE THE SUPERDELEGATE VOTES SHE WAS DEMANDING

    YOU USE WHEN IT WAS GOING HER WAY.

    May 28, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. Terry in Fl

    I'm NOT voting any ticket with Obama on top. The party is trying to use Hillary to put their boy in office and I will not fall for it. Please Hillary supporters, do not let the DNC scam you for your vote. Hillary belongs on the TOP only!

    May 28, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  19. manny t

    Rendell is in deam land... Clinton is the weeker one Obama is the stronger one. i'm a dem and I'm telling everyone that I would vote McCaine in over Clinton and so will millions od dems. its going to be Obama from the Dems or have Bush again in the white house and thats just the way it is.

    May 28, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  20. minerva62

    Gov. Rendall I don't think Hillary is listeningggggggggg, she wants this nomination so bad that she can taste it, even if it taste like cardboard, whatever that taste like. She's a dreamer, let her dream on, she'll wake up in Arkansas.

    May 28, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  21. clinton news network is CNN

    very unlikely? i'm absolutely sure she won't win.
    obama 08 &12
    CNN i want my comment posted!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  22. Plee

    Low blow of the flag remark! Rendell's comments drip of hostility towards Obama. Seems pretty unlikely he'd be given the honor of being the VP choice.

    May 28, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. JC

    McCain and Obama both knew that Hillary is history.
    Neither of them has directed any critiques at her for quite a while.
    Rendell is quite slow on reality.
    But he will switch side soon.

    May 28, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  24. Andy, Jacksonville, Florida

    I do not feel that neither Hillary nor Rendell should be on the ticket with Obama because they are not worthy. I admit that they both belong to each other because they are both hipocritical. Hillary does not care for the democratic party or the american people. If she did she would bow out of this race with dignity and not polarize the voters. Rendell is a bigger hipocrite than she is because he does not have the guts to tell her that it is useless to stay in this race. Furthermore, they both carry way too much baggage to be any help to the ticket in the fall. Besides her sticking her foot in her own mouth on too many occasions, she can place a good bit of the blame for the rest of the baggage on Bill. As for Rendell, even the wearing of a flag pin will not help his credibility. The republicans will eat him alive in the fall because of his loyal support for Louis Farrakhan of the nation of Islam. Sorry, both of you are loosers.!!!

    May 28, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  25. J Emmons

    Dems will lose White House if Obama is the candidate he wil not get the swing states or electrol votes . How is it with the big spending etc he still cannot put Senator Clinton down as far as the delegates yes arm twisting got them to Obama.l

    May 28, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
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