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.

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  1. Susan/PA

    NO Obama /Clinton Ticket.......................that wont happen anyway....she and Bill would have to be FULLY vetted first.....and we all know there are skeletons in them there closets. She just needs to go back to the Senate.....and prove herself there.

    May 28, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. Debbie

    Must be Hillary has put a call out to all of her buddies to put a good word in for her. Barack needs to watch his back. He should not conceed any votes to her. She would not return the favor if the shoe was on the other foot. He did nothing wrong....Michigan and Florida did. He should not be penalized for something he had no control over. Also, Hillary should not be given more votes than him. They should be split down the middle. Hillary should watch just how many bridges she burns, that's if she want's to continue in politics.

    May 28, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Michigan Voter !!!

    DNC , I Voted In The Michigan Democratic Primary Jan. 15th 2008 , My Vote , And The Votes Of Michigan Primary Voters , Better Be Counted As Certified . Or This Democrat Will Teach The DNC A " LESSON " Starting This Fall , And All Elections For The Next 4 Years . I'm Gonna Vote Straight Republican !!!!! . The Democratic Party Has To Be Punished !!!!! You Have Violated Our Civil Rights !!!!! . And You're Gonna Pay !!!!!

    ( DVR ) Democrats Vote Repubican , No More DNC !!!!!

    May 28, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. Me

    Rendell... you're a jerk!!!!

    May 28, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Chipster

    Sadly, it appears that Rendell is correct. Howard Dean and the media have work tirelessly to bring Clinton down so we can thank them when John McCain is sworn in as our next president. They have all but anointed Obama.

    As for FL & MI, the people who keep quoting the rules seem to forget that the rules also allow the states to appeal to the committee and make a case for having their votes counted. They have an excellent case to make because the voters didn't make the rules. They were asked to vote when the polls were opened for them and they did. You can demand that the rules are followed but when it costs you the election, don't whine and moan about Clinton. This mess is owned by Howard Dean.

    This nonsense will cost the Democrats the election when it was almost a certain victory. You may think that the FL & MI voters will vote in November simply because it's in the best interest of the country but I don't believe they will. Large numbers will sit home and say nobody wanted their votes. Maybe it isn't the most mature position but it's the most likely.

    May 28, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. carolyn

    I sure hope she wins if not i will just write her in no obama

    May 28, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  7. L. Carver

    You cannot declare Clinton to be the stronger candidate because she may attain the popular majority–if Florida and Michigan votes are counted. These states knew the penalty they faced, each of the candidates agreed they would not campaign in those states. Suppose Obama had won the majority of votes in each of these states, would Hillary be demanding that the votes be counted? I doubt it. She has shown herself to be manipulative and self-seeking, hardly the attributes of a dedicated governing agent.

    May 28, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  8. Justin -NC

    "I think that means we're not going to field our strongest candidate." LOL if she was the stronger candidate, she'd be the nominee. Instead, she's losing her own primary which means she'll lose even worst than Barack Obama were he to lose against John McCain...WHICH HE WILL NOT.

    OBAMA 2008/2012

    Check out Hillary's Downfall on Youtube, Hilarious

    May 28, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. Ray jay


    Please tell all the candidates that Iraq should be off limits.
    One of them will be president and don't take chances in getting one of them killed.
    John are you playing chicken? we can't take that chance.
    God give these poeple some brains.

    May 28, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. Mary K

    Hillary would be a millstone around Obama's neck. How can you stand for change with one of Washington's biggest and most corrupt insiders whispering in your ear?

    May 28, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. Maggie VT

    Please Mr. Rendell, no VP for Hillary after all she has done and said.

    May 28, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. CB

    What is going on here?!!! Has everyone lost their marbles?

    P.S. Those flag pins everying is using as their expression of patriotism are MADE IN CHINA! How much sense does that make?

    I am so sick of this idiocy! People are saying they will vote for McCain because he appears more patriotic – is patriotism judged by how many American deaths you can cause in war and how much you can bankrupt the country? Cause if it is, Bush is the most patriotic of them all and McCain is a close second.

    May 28, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. PA Resident

    Please.. Nobody at all should ever take what Rendell says into any sort of consideration.. He's just like the Clintons' (spin, spin, spin).. He backed out of a lot of things he promised to us as PA residents, and it would be a cold day in hell that I would ever expect that man to be a VP candidate.

    May 28, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  14. She is losing... fair and square!

    Our politics have come to states that swing and those that don't. It's about delegates, superdelegates and Florida (again!!).

    Everyone, new the rules on day one, and you don't change the rules in the middle of the game. And we all know it.

    If Clinton was the best and strongest candidate, then she would be in the lead, IN ALL STATES!

    If the Dems lose in November with Obama, then we lose fair and square, and would not have lowered ourselves to Republican mudslinging!

    May 28, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. Terry in Fl

    It's "unlikely" Hillary will win because the DNC has already "arranged" for Obama to win the primary. But that's Ok. The democratic voter's, especially from florida and Michigan are going to "arrange" for Obama to get crushed come November. We don't expect a miracle this weekend from the DNC so they shouldn't expect one from the voter's in the general Election. Obama is the anti-christ. Beware America!

    May 28, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. james

    Ed knows best...
    Hillary is the strongest and yet the dems along with their beloved Media is going to put up the weakest link.

    So, this indepdendent who is for Hillary will vote for McCain.

    Clinton supporters...
    UNITE... McCain '08 for Clinton '12
    Obama, well, NEVER!!

    May 28, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  17. Michael

    From the "get go" Rendell has been both honest and candid in expressing himself. He is one of the decided minority of Clinton's supporters who has consistently has spoken his truth rather then campaign spin. I would vote for a Obama/Rendell ticket. No comment on a Obama/Clinton ticket.

    May 28, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  18. Jeff

    I thought highly of Rendell as a VP but with those comments... scratch that thought !!!!

    May 28, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  19. DC from NJ

    Come on Rendell – be a stand-up guy like Richardson and break from the Clintons. You could be Obama's VP and help him bring in PA.

    May 28, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  20. Matt, PA

    Thanks Gov, you speak the truth.

    May 28, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  21. HH

    Thank You Sir, for telling the truth.

    May 28, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  22. ellianna

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Sorry Hillary!! TO MANY PANT SUITS - AND WAY TO LITTLE TIME!!

    May 28, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  23. jimmy

    Obama thinks we have 57 states...

    May 28, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  24. bernice

    You figure Rendell??

    May 28, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  25. Sarah

    No Cilnton for VP, that is why I am voting for Obama. No Clintons back in the White House. Obama 08'

    May 28, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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