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. Kendall

    I am inclined to agree with Ed Rendell, but this wouldn't be the first time, or probably the last time that the democrats put forth a sub par candidate. Look at 2004, if the Democrats couldn't find someone to beat Bush then, why would one think that they could pick the obvious candidate now.

    McCain isn't Bush, and every Democrat knows that. He was the Republicans most liberal nominee, most core conservatives didn't want him. I think right now, they are counting their blessings.

    The end results of this election with Obama as the nominee are obvious.

    I am still holding out that Clinton goes independent. Imagine that, a third party would finally be on the map, and she could probably make her way into the white house. It wouldn't be the first time a Democrat switched parties and won an election.

    Joe Lieberman anyone?

    May 28, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. taylor

    If Rendell say's it's over,then believe me.It's over.

    May 28, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Eddie

    This is very sad to hear people like Govenor Rendell say this about Obama and then try to oush a joint ticket. Obama has been disrespected by his own party members. I really believe that African Americans, Indians and Latinos need to unite and form their own party. Both Democratic and Republican parties are prejudice against anything that is not white. This man has earned the right to that nomination signifying by the people that he is the stronger than Clinton. It is very disheartening to hear foolishness like this.

    May 28, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. Kentucky Mary

    I hope the superdelgates have the backbone to seat Flordia and Michigan Saturday. Also I can't believe the superdelgate can't see that Hillary is the stronger candinate to go against McCain in November. Please be a visionary and think about America and our place in the world leadership. We need Hillary

    May 28, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. cisqo

    It is good that Gov Ed rendell recognized that there is no way she is going to win but I honest believe her and her husband have hidden agenda ,as we all know that is got to be Clinton and Clinton only ! I do not agreed with Gov that she should be on ticket . Why has to be her ? there are hundred and hundred of politicians that can lead this nation , this is not royal empire where people are born to be kings or queens Clintons need to move on they already lead for 8 years, and if they love serving people like they claimed they are then they should make sure Democrat party is going to win general election and not predicting that the party is going to lose general election because Hillary is not nominee.I think will be not so smart for Obama campaign to agree put her on the ticket , she still very polirazing figure

    May 28, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. Jim

    OBAMA can't win w/o Hillary supporters.................................... especially in Ohio, PA, and Florida


    May 28, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |

    Wow someone is thinking with logic

    May 28, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. Jeff D, South Bend, IN


    May 28, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. jb from sierra leone

    look,this thing is realy dragging on unecessarily. please senator clinton, let it be. for the sake of your daughter's future political aspirations. don't let this thing hunt her. MR. OBAMA is a GOD send.
    just like your husband was. i still respect your family, please keep it that way. you realy don't have to be the nominee this time to contribute to building a better AMERICA, the greatest country in the world next to SIERRA LEONE, of course. you can help MR. OBAMA WIN and add more weight to the clinton legacy. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. DO THE RIGHT THING.

    May 28, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. Relevant

    How DARE the Clinton Machine continue to sabotage the Democrats' chances of winning in November by continuing to poison the well like this?

    Hillary must really be feeling the pressure of the <$20 million she owes, plus the looming threat of indictment and incarceration in the Paul case.

    May 28, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. AG

    It's not over until ALL the votes have been cast and counted, including Florida and Michigan. Something is wrong when the only way Obama can win is when votes are not counted...this is a democracy.

    May 28, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. Chandler McGrew

    I guess Ed just kissed HIS Veep position bye-bye...

    May 28, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. Burrito

    Ed Rendell must be a sexist ... the super-delegates are sexist too ... the media is sexist also ... all of the world is sexist ...

    The only person in this world that is not sexist is Karl Rove ... as proved by his secret analysis (which magically fell in Hillary's hands) that Clinton would beat McCain in the general election ...

    May 28, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    No OBAMA/Clinton ticket.

    Look at Rendell with his flagpin cheap shot. Still talking about garbage. Obama needs to pick someone who shared is vision on change. Clinton will be more of the same. We've had a Bush, we've had a Clinton. Let's move on.

    Kathleen Sebelius looks good for the task.

    May 28, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. Susan

    Ed. Fl. and Mi DO NOT COUNT. You have a beef, take it up with Ickes or Wolfson, or your own candidate. There is no unfair in Obamas win at all. Please stop being a shrill for Hillary if you should be the VP nominee. I don't trust you though, your reputation in the south is pretty ugly. "Cowboy Up" and tell the truth. Obama abided by the rules and he won. That isn't sp very hard.

    May 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. John W., Milwaukee, WI

    We Democrats NEVER field the strongest candidate!

    That is the fallacy of having the Democratic Party Elites, the SUPERDELEGATES, elect the nominee.

    These folks – the SUPERDELEGATES – have all had their heads so permanently stuck up their own derriere for years, and we want them to decide?

    May 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. AJ

    She adds nothing to the ticket, in fact she weakens his message. The whole point of picking a Vice President is to pick someone that will continue the policies that you find important. They agree on most things but the most important distinction between the two is foriegn policy. She doesn't think the same as him and her style is totally different also. This whole say or do anything to win is very uninspirational, divisive and sad.

    May 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. blgeorgia

    Rendell should be ashamed of his behavior during the Pennsylvania primary; he acted like a crazed man; what did Hillary and Bill promise him?

    May 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  19. KE

    Obama couldn't come this far without a help from the media and a chunk of the Republican votes in the open primaries.

    A unity ticket probably the best chance winning in November.

    May 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. hannah4

    At first glance, Rendell looks like a viable and good choice for vice president for Obama. He could possibly help Pennsylvania support Obama. However, there seems to be a sleazy, swarmy feeling coming from Rendell. He's the kind of guy you would want with you not against you b/c he appears willing to do many underhanded things for results. He was one of the first people to say that some people in Pennsylvania weren't going to vote for Obama b/c he's black and you got the feeling that Rendell was ok with it. That maybe he could relate to their feelings a little too much. Just a thought.

    May 28, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. elm

    Then tell the old washed up bitter old hag to give it up after the last primary and go back to NY to try to save her Senate seat.

    Oh by the way... Nevermind if it is Obama or McCain in 2008, Hil-liar-y keep dreaming about 2012. then you will be a totally washed up witch and way too old.

    Hil-liar-y as VPNever! No HillBillies in the White House.

    May 28, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. B - NYC

    And "very unlikely" Barrack Hussein Obama will do a good job.

    May 28, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. Bill

    Well, then, I will just vote for McCain then. Like millions of others, it's simple. NOBAMA

    May 28, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  24. Chidi

    When did he wake up from day dream?

    May 28, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. Ann

    Stop worrying about the mistake you made in not counting Florida and Michiagan just don't make a bigger one now by going to the convention with 48 states. Can we not count to 50? If Hillary should have had these states months ago quite saying we can't do anything that would change the nominee, we already havedone that, correct your mistake. Be strong for America,

    May 28, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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