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

Rendell: 'Very unlikely' Clinton will win

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/28/art.rendell.gi.jpg 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. Doug Thompson

    Doesn't sound like Rendell cares much about the Democrats winning in November if he's insulting Barack. He's wrong if he thinks Hillary would be the stronger candidate. She would invigorate the Republicans. What's this comparison of not counting illegal Florida and Michigan with women's and Black's disenfranchisement? The Clintons are too much! No wonder her honesty rating is so low. If she wants to be Vice-President she needs to be truthful.

    May 28, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. Ted:Canada

    Obama if the super delegates take it away from you – start a new party!
    MCain is dead in the water. He is getting beat up by his own people everyday!
    CNN and other media outlets are going to destroy him by his own affiliations and party history

    While the US was sleeping waiting for the 3 am call over the last 8 years China, Russia and India are now on track to out perform the American economy. Get someone to help you do the "math" and on what that means. I am not a economist but a political scientist and now first hand what the impact this will have on the American people.

    The new political wave is not just the younger voters but the older people who are smart enough to figure out the future!!!

    Go for it Obama!

    Amereicans need "change" including the formation of a new political party that is focused on the people and their future. If the Demo don't want it take it away from them

    Canadian Advisor to Obama

    May 28, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. FrankSmith

    Honesty is preferred to losing an election:

    Democrats, be honest, even if you have to loose FL and MI in the general election.

    FL and MI broke the "rules," their votes should not count until AFTER the process is over! Better lose with integrity than win with a "baggage." The Clintons really do not care, they have lots of baggage!

    May 28, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  4. Lovely in VA

    Another OUCHIE for Clinton. Rendell is nothing but an opportunist and his johnny come lately opinion means nothing to me! Hope Obama stays away from him. I can only imagine what he's saying in this pic, but I bet 'sorry, ol' girl' was part of it.

    May 28, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. I agreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

    Does HRC not remember the pledge she signed...or was it all a very bad dream...In Michigan, Barack Obama’s name wasn’t even on the ballot. 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.

    Is this the honest person we want in the White House??? I don't think so.....

    May 28, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. Eddie G

    Again, Rendell needs to shut up. Nothing good comes from his mouth. He is a racist, just look at the Gov race against Lynn Swann. He is supporting a loser. And, finally neither Clinton or Rendell should be on the ticket with Obama. They are both egotistical back stabbers.

    May 28, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. Bob Stephens

    Very intelligent comment, Governor. I guess you think that the sun will rise tomorrow too....

    May 28, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. Zoe

    What a clown!

    May 28, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. Erica,TX

    Finally a realist! Somebody please help her exit!

    May 28, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. Lisa from VA

    Ed Rendell is a waste of space.

    May 28, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  11. Guy

    I Agree, Obama Is a much better candidate. Clinton is also a lier, Obama will be a great president.

    Barack "Attack" Obama 2008!

    May 28, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  12. Rosemary

    BIG! BIG! MISTAKE.... THEY LITERALLY ARE THROWING AWAY THE BALLGAME.

    May 28, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. willey

    finally you got it
    Obama08

    May 28, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  14. Rebecca

    Hillary Clinton's poll numbers are only rising because nobody is fighting with her. She has been on the campaign trail for 3 weeks now with nobody to compete with. Obama and McCain are focused on each other and Clinton is hitting the campaign trail hard and heavy without any heat. These polls are absolutely biased because her only competition is herself.

    May 28, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. JN

    No foolin...Duh...Can't wait til June 4th or 5th when Billary can pack it up and go home!!! she will never win her MI and FL argument..cant wait till the DNC slams the door in her face..show her the signed pledge she took and then ask her to explain her mis-speak when she agreed the votes wouldn't count and now saying they should..what a CRY BABY loser!!! Bye bye Billary bye bye!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  16. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    BHO and HRC would be a doubled-down Democratic death wish.

    May 28, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  17. Rebecca

    That flag pin comment was a cheap shot right out of the GOP playbook. Rendell has actually praised FOX news as being the only fair news channel. You want to talk about biased, this man is obviously one-sided. I sure hope Obama doesn't consider him after his cheap and low-ball shots. What a joke.

    May 28, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  18. Josh

    Geez...why don't you shut your mouth Governor! With all due respect...give the lady some hope here! If Hillary does not win the nomination, I will be voting for McCain! I have had faith in Hillary since she began this race and unlike other Hillary supporters I will have faith in her all the way to the end of the campaign! Hopefully, she'll come out on top...and I truly believe she will! The DNC will realize soon that Obama is a fake candidate who stands no chances against McCain in November.

    HILLARY '08!

    May 28, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  19. Rebecca

    Hillary is out there all by herself. Nobody is playing her games and her only competition is with herself. Nobody is attacking her. They are just hoping she will eventually go away without throwing a temper tantrum, much like many of her supporters.

    May 28, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  20. L

    Politics as usual

    May 28, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  21. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Is this news?

    May 28, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  22. MLH

    Here's news, Governor Rendell – the DNC laid out the rules, people agreed to follow them, and to now suggest that the DNC is not 'going to fairly adjust what happened in Florida' is disingenuous, disrespectful and frankly, ridiculous. And I am not sure that it is reasonable to suggest that the next Vice-President be someone who thinks that it is okay to agree to rules and then when the numbers don't go her way, insist that it is only fair to change the rules. That is NOT the 'change' that some of us are looking for in 2008.

    May 28, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  23. sdn

    His remarks were inappropriate at least nor do the carry any clout. Who voted him into his office??? Oh! That's right the blue-collar folks.

    May 28, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  24. CONROY GREEN

    HILLARY SHOULD JUST GIVE IT UP, IF SHE GET THE NOMINATION, SHE WILL NOT WIN BECAUSE OBAMA SUPPORTERS WILL FEEL CHEATED, AND SURELY WILL NOT VOTE FOR CLINTON, BELIEVE ME, A BAD SITUATION IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. GO HILLARY. THIS IS A GOOD TIME FOR A THIRD PARTY, MAYBE OBAMA AS AN INDEPENDENT. HMMM

    May 28, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  25. Molly

    Keep Fighting Hillary MILLIONS VOTE for you – otherwise obama would of won by now!

    May 28, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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