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. Proud American

    Dont be sour grapes Rendell. Vote for the Democratic candidate. Enough of the shenanigans!!

    May 28, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. Jerry in Fresno

    If Rendell is a realist,

    how does he explain how Obama won Iowa?

    Obama is not only better qualified, he will unify the Democratic Party and make it a powerhouse for the next generation.

    Clearly, Clinton lacks this ability. She can't see the bigger picture.

    Clinton represents the past, not the future, herself, not America.

    May 28, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. Henry

    Rendell you are really beginning to PISS ME OFF!

    May 28, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. Liar, Liar pants on fire

    Where are the real men who support Hillary or do you have to be a whimp to support her?

    May 28, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. Keith R.

    While I may not agree with him, I respect his keen minded tone.

    May 28, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Philip

    So much for him as VP! I think it is time for Obama to get real to get mean.

    May 28, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Sean

    "I wear a flag pin..." Those underhanded comments are what is destroying the Democratic party. And last time I checked, the strongest candidate is the won that wins.

    May 28, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. BJ

    Now THIS is what you call perfect "reverse psychology"!!!

    Ed Rendell, you are one bright bulb! 🙂

    May 28, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. No Hillary

    Bye Bye Hillary..... start working on ur drop out speech...

    ... and just to make sure, we have no VP position available for u.

    May 28, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. Monica

    I like how he says fairly adjust FL like it makes a difference. Like if they count FL she could then prevail and will then take the lead. Boy she has got them out there saying that it is not fair already like she is being cheated. She is a wonderful person.
    I was born in PA. PA will always be home but Rendell, you are an idiot. Just like when they asked you to contribute to the "he is black, he is black, he is black" campaign will you say anything they ask you to, like this nonsence? I hope you lose your next election in the great state of PA.

    May 28, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. Gary for HILLARY

    We still have a chance to elect HILLARY! If the superdelegates are wise enough, we can still nominate HILLARY to victory. She is the most electable candidate and she can defeat Mc Cain. Obama is a junior senator, he cannot lead this nation, he's like a little kid who excited to take his first Mc Donalds job! And its so frustrating because people don't see this!

    If Obama is the candidate, Mc Cain will win (Biased aside). Let's elect HILLARY!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    Uh oh, she's gonna get to him like she did Patterson. He'll be backtracking this statement soon. LOL

    May 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. keith, NV


    May 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. Tim

    Howard Dean and the DNC should be brought up on charges.

    May 28, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Former Clinton Suppoerter

    Time for all Clinton supporters to see the writing on the wall and start supporting the official nominee. This election is not about individuals but some very important issues which will shape America for the better or the worse. I think any body can beat McCain who is shooting himself at the foot at every given opportunity. Lets unite for the party and put an end to these petty squabbles. Lets put a democrat in the Whitehouse. That should be our only goal.

    May 28, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. Jess

    The cheating, lying, untrustworthy Clintons will do anything to get in the White House again. It's not for the party, which their actions are destroying, it's for themselves. Sorry Hiilary, your campaign was too much too soon. You have been so for so long now that we are tired of seeing you and hearing from you. And when you talk of experience, what experience did you have when running for the Senate? Nothing but being a White Housewife, and a a failure at that. Don't even think of being on the ticket, half the Democrats do not trust you.

    May 28, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. Garth

    Why are most superdelegates going for Obama? Because they think he is the better candidate. Of course Hillary will spin it that there is a vast left wing sexist anti-white people educated conspiracy to keep her from the nomination.

    I do worry that she isn't done yet and will take it all the way to August.

    As for a flag pin, Obama is wearing one lately. Where is Hillary's? I've never seen one on her. And where is McCain's? Unless they are using the same picture (and he does seem to only have one suit) he hasn't worn one for quite a while.

    May 28, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Don for Obama

    lose* sorry about that typo

    May 28, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. Army Veteran

    Really, you think? How about telling us something we don't know.

    May 28, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Barb

    We don't need to know what this racist thinks, CNN. Two peas in a pod, they deserve each other.

    May 28, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Lynnette

    Rendell should keep his mouth shut because who cares what he says about Clinton. He was her puppet and looked what happened. Does anyone really believe that Pennsylvania is going Democratic in November anyway?
    It's over, finished, done!

    May 28, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. Confused

    I need to understand from Hillary Clinton supporters why they think it is "FAIR" to seat the Florida and Michigan delegates without any adjustments...Even though she "AGREED to initially not count them"?????

    May 28, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. Chris from NY

    Is he just figuring it out now? From the day he helped Clinton win his state of Pensylvania she was losing.

    May 28, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. Janice

    You are so stupid. A pin (whether a flag or something else) is just an object – the 4000 plus who have died because of the war (of which Clinton voted for) is real. NAFTA (another Clinton "thing") is real. Time for HRR (Her Royal Highness) to go live with Britain's Queen Mum. We don't want Lewinsky's boyfriend or his wife or his kid ruining our country any more.

    May 28, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. chicago chris

    Gov. Rendell is bringing down the party too, now. Can't people just let BO run on his own merits in the GE and show everyone how wrong they are? We don't need any fellow democrats giving republican'ts ammo... Plus, what's the DNC going to do without all that fundraising BO has done? You think that the hundreds of millions of dollars from supporters such as myself are going to Hillary after she has tried every trick in the book and up her sleeve to discredit an outstanding candidate?

    May 28, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
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