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. Jason, Texas


    May 28, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. Lizzy in TX

    If Clinton can't win the nomination, then Obama should really consider her for his VP because that will guarantee him a win in November. Otherwise, his chances drop to the point of "really iffy". Does he want to risk giving McCain the victory or does he want to go for a sure win? Obama needs to get off his high horse and do what will win for the Democrats in November.

    May 28, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  3. DannyCali

    Unlikely Obama going to stand for this country I think. I think if very body vote for Her she should win, I think White have to come together vote one

    May 28, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. LA

    According to the rules the strongest candidate will be fielded–the one with the most delegates–Obama.

    May 28, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. mary

    I dont think Rendell should be Obama's VP, anybody else from the Clinton camp can. Did Rendell not say whites in Pennsylvania are not ready for a black president? He does not deserve to work with a black president. He does not deserve to be anybody's VP, He does not deserve to be a leader if he still thinks like that in this day and age. Good luck to him.

    May 28, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  6. Perla

    Certainly Gov. Rendell is entitled to his opinion. He thinks Sen. Clinton is the stronger Democratic candidate, while a clear majority of primary and caucus voters prefer Obama. But I wonder what Gov. Rendell would consider a "fair" adjustment in Florida, or WHY he thinks that fairness even requires an adjustment? After all, what's unfair about applying DNC rules that were painstakingly arrived at and articulated, rules that ALL the candidates agreed to uphold? The silver lining for Floridians is that now they know precisely who should be removed from their state party positions.

    May 28, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. Anne


    May 28, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. bea

    Rendell is correct, we are about to nominate the lesser candidate. More's the pity, we are throwing away a woman who is more than ready to handle the job for a guy who 3 years ago was a state senator.

    Leave it to the Democrats to once again snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.

    May 28, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  9. Nathan

    If you look up the word "sleazy" in the dictionary, you'll find a picture of Ed Rendell.

    May 28, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  10. Michael


    May 28, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  11. David O

    Out of the mouth of the Guru.

    If Rendell says it, it is over.

    May 28, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  12. memefor obama

    The only way Mrs. Clinton will win is if she cheats this whole election process and if she succesfull does it under the watchfull eye of the DNC.

    She's fought a good fight but she came shot
    Obama ran a better campaing-end of story

    May 28, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  13. Juan from L.A., CA

    This guy is so corrupt. Just google Clinton vrs Paul and you'll see his face.

    May 28, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  14. Henry Haider

    I agree that HRC will not be the nominee but I do not agree that she would be the best candidate. The world is changing fast and also the voters. The politicians should also change with the wind. The old guard needs to change their uniforms. Old tricks do not work anymore.

    Experience is not a factor to lead a country instead it is the person's judgement and farsight, Obama has both of these. He foresaw the primary and planned accordingly. Hilary's pre-plans stopped after Super Tuesday, she had nothing planned afterwards which failed her campaign. Similarly she did not even have the faintest imagination that she would need Fl and Mi to win the nomination so she accepted that Fl and Mi will not count now she is raising hell, whereas Obama planned ahead and working with the rules.

    The above two points make it clearer who would be a better and stronger candidate.I hope the frustrated Hilary supporters who are screaming that they will not vote for Obama in the general election realiaze that they are trying to blackmail the majority voters who voted for Obama. Do you want the Super Delegates to be victim of Blackmail? Hey fellas this is national interest and not drug deals.

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

    rendell is correct hillary is the stronger candidate. superdelegates if you want to win the whitehouse back vote hillary. obama will be added to the loser list of mondale, dukakis, gore, and kerry.

    May 28, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  16. Erica from GA

    Mr. Rendell, I understand standing up for your candidate but I don't understand how you can say the superdelegates will give Sen. Obama anything. He has EARNED all of his votes and all of his delegates. I know you didn't mean anything negative by it. I just wanted to have my say. We need to unite the party and claim our country back.

    May 28, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. AMN

    Ha, looks like Hillary WON'T be answering the red phone at 3 am!

    May 28, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  18. The Deeper Thinker

    Forget about it Charle!!! The only person H.C. wants on that ticket is her and Bill. Shes killing the party!! She's killing us!! Obama's running against three J.M, H.C. and Fox News!!!

    May 28, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  19. joe m

    with respect to this argument of the DNC 'not going to feild (the) strongest candidate', how does mr. rendell explain this fact. despite having been heavily favored and having had a commanding lead at the beggining of this race, his candidate failed to beat a rookie right out of the gate. then, after having had several more chances to put the rookie away in the following contest, his candidate not only failed to accomplish this, but lost contest after contest.

    if clinton could not even beat a first term senator whose only real accomplishment was to deliver a speech four years ealier, then how can she and her surrogates argue that she is the stronger candidate. she is like drago in the rocky movies, she loooked unbeatable and absolutely leathal to face. but with one well placed hit to her soft underbelly, she starts to falter and ultimately looses.

    the clinton gang has put so much spin on this race that everyone has gotten dizzy.

    May 28, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  20. a turnip could beat mccain

    What a caustic and hostile attitude. This is why Clinton can't sway superdelegates. People are tired of this kind of nastiness.

    May 28, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  21. T Jones

    That's a whimp statement from Rendell...Just support your democratic nominee no matter who it is and cut out all the double talk about who is stronger...Strong to me means running a campaign without going broke.

    May 28, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  22. Jeffery

    If the shoe was on the other foot Hillary would be falling apart attempting to block Obama from having Florida and Michigan delegates seated. People forget, not only did they both agree not to have the deligates counted, they signed a legal paper to that fact. How can BULLY Hillary change her mind? I guess if it favours her she can. Those who do not see this are blind to the fact. Hillary is very narsacistic and the DNC should put an end to this on Saturday. Lets put the party back together. Furthermore, if Obama caves in to her demands he will no longer have my vote, stand up for what is right NO HILLARY

    May 28, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  23. D-Weezy Lancaster, OH

    The law is the law and the rules are the rules. Desparate and Power-Hungry are we?

    GO-Bama '08

    May 28, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  24. Olivia

    Maybe the DNC will now come up with a better and fairer system of selecting a presidential candate in the future after this fiasco now taking place. It seems we are on the verge of choosing the weaker candidate because of the superdelegates.
    Do away with endorsements. Limit the amt of money spent on campaigns. Do away with superdelegates and let the people select the nominee. Count only the popular pledged delegates with this stupid distribution of urban/rural allocation.....what could be simpler.
    Let the people select who they want so that party activists and activists groups cannot corrupt and manipulate the process.

    May 28, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  25. bgl

    It's ashame every Americans vote will not count.. Re Florida and Michigan.. I've been told my whole life that every vote does not count and have told them It Is Important for EVERY One to vote.. Guess I was wrong

    May 28, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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