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. FNJ in Pa


    OBAMA 08

    May 28, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  2. Dean

    He's FINALLY realizing that?

    May 28, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. barackobama4prez

    Great! Let's rule out the Rendell character, I don't think Obama wanted him in his cabinet anyway.

    Rendell=OLD POLITICS

    May 28, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. Mike

    Rendell admitting it is over is tatamount to the Fat Lady ( or Gov. ) Singing.

    May 28, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. J

    Oh good. Thanks Ed. Just what we need. A Democrat spreading the flag pin crap.

    May 28, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. mel

    Hillary, ask for the surpreme court justices seat and get
    behind Obama.Help your voter reach out to Obama. Stop
    listening to your husband.

    May 28, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. j kothary, Blaine, WA

    fat chance she will be on the ticket...too divisive.

    May 28, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  8. Alex B.


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

    DUH, she is banking on the fact that Obama will be killed like Robert Kennedy. Jeeze, how desparate are you Clinton supporters?

    May 28, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  10. FreshAir

    nice notion of fair

    May 28, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. Bridgette

    I think that the Democrats like loosing. Why is it that a small part of the party keep trying to make it like it is Obama's fault of what happened in FL&MI. The reality of it is he had nothing to do witht that decision for them to not count. He just simply followed the rules that were put in front of him. It is time for all of these democrats too stop this foolishness. I mean really Rendell you know if Hilary was winning she would not be fighting for neither of these states. She would not care about their votes. The reality of it is if she had fought this hard to count the votes in the first place maybe we wouldn't have this problem that we have. But the reality of it is she lost. That is the gist of it. She just lost. She was out thought, campaigned, and fund raised. He was just a better candidate. So give the man some credit for running one of the best campaigns that you have seen in such a long time.

    May 28, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  12. MM

    "I wear a flag pin, so it would be a balanced ticket" - this coming from a fellow democrat. Well he blew any chance at being VP.

    May 28, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  13. Bill in CA

    "I think that means we're not going to field our strongest candidate."

    That's what you call putting together a unified Democratic party, is it?

    May 28, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  14. joey

    Done Deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  15. paul oregon

    both are losers

    May 28, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  16. Dal CA

    The fox can not reach the grapes hence the grapes are SOUR.

    May 28, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  17. Christie of Phlly

    Rendell is a joke and a political opportunist. Best thing for him to do is use some of that opportunity and get behind Barack Obama, the Democratic Nominee for the President of the United States of America. If the dems get behind Barack, and cease all of this inward fighting and "johnny-come-lately" crap about Hillary being the strongest candidate, Barack will win against John McShame! MOVE ON people and.............STOP THE DRAMA, THE NOMINEE IS OBAMA!!

    Christie of Philly for OBAMA '08

    May 28, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  18. Fred

    Suuuuuuuure Ed, Hillary will be vice, sure. I respect Hillary's campaign, but she lost fair and square. Once Florida and Michigan get seated, Democrats will finally be able to start the general in earnest.

    May 28, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  19. Dave W.

    Why haven't any Clinton supporters answered my questions?

    Hillary's campaign manager was one of the people to decide the punishment for Florida and Michigan. Hillary agreed to this and signed a document along with all of the other candidates. These are undisputable facts. Here are a few questions for Hillary, or any of her supporters:
    – How can Hillary and her supporters blame Obama for the votes not counting in those states?
    -How can Hillary say that every vote must count including Michigan and Florida, but not caucus states?
    -How can she say that the electio n process is not fair, when her husband won this same process 16 years ago?
    -How come when Hillary wanted a re-vote in Michigan and Florida, she only wanted people who voted the first time to be able to re-vote even though alot of people thought their first vote would not count and did not vote?( sorry if this one is confusing)
    I am not rying to be rude, I would just like these questions answered.

    Dave Was

    May 28, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  20. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    Ah yes, flag pins and whiteness (regardless of sex) are the important aspects to any president.

    Saying that Clinton is the strongest candidate... after she loses in finaning, campaign strategy, organization and in what counts... DELEGATES.... is insanity.

    She came in with the Clinton name, the support of far more candidates, huge leads in the polls, huge leads in money (and million of her own to lend the campaign) and far more advantages. Yet she squandered and lost them to some unknown, African-American freshman Senator that out gamed her.

    Not what I consider a strong candidate.

    May 28, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  21. fred

    Then Goodbye Obama...Goodbye Rendell.....Hello McCain!!

    May 28, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  22. praying for you

    It was possible at one time that Hillary would have been a good choice for VP, however because of all the stunts and underhanded schemes, I don't see how this could ever be possible now. I was a strong supporter of Hillary but she did not hold on to her intergrity, she took the low road along with Bill which caused many people to dislike the Clintons. The powerhouse team began to act like they belong more in the outhouse. I hope she redeems herself but I don's see that happening because she is blinded and driven by power and many people are fueling these actions and causing her political career severe harm/

    May 28, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  23. Lana, California

    Fast Eddie Rendell....what a troglodyte.

    And a sleazeball. No wonder he would "support" Obama in the same breath almost as when he says that the purported "strongest candidate" is not going to be the nominee. Way to support Obama you slug.

    Women for Obama.

    May 28, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  24. Clinton Arrogance

    Rendell knows his political viability is linked to Obama's success in the GE. He's a realist and looking for the shirt-tails that will carry the Party. Clinton is only for Clinton. It is a 50 state GE race where local and state elections matter. Obama has money and networks established in almost all of them and is poised to lead the Party. Clinton has only proved she's for Clinton and willing to cut and run to serve her own purposes. Wake up people: Obama for a Democratic anti-Bush/McSame sweep.

    May 28, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  25. A Combat Vet Observation

    I don' t know how the DNC can offer up a partial solution without breaking the rules. If they can break the rules a little by a partial count of the vote, then they should go ahead and count the whole vote.

    Give me a break. That is exactly why Gore lost in Florida. He demanded a recount of a few counties and not the whole state.

    So let's get this right for a change and count all the votes in FL and MI.

    Let's do it right.

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