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

Rendell: 'Very unlikely' Clinton will win

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(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. Nelson

    Welcome to Obamaland mr, Rendel_ the governor.

    May 28, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. R Cooper

    Join the crew Rendell and bring PA with you!

    May 28, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. Susan

    She will win.

    She has the popular vote.

    She is the one who can go up against McCain.

    She is expereinced

    She is for ALL the people

    She is a fighter.

    All great qualities to be our president!

    Hillary CAN WIN

    Hillary 08

    May 28, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. Jim

    I am afarid Gov. Ed Rendell is correct. The democrats will be putting the weakest canidate in the general election if they nominate Obama.

    It is a shame. This entire primary season has been a disgrace to the American way of life. Nothing has been so disgraceful as the media bias (Jack Cafrerty, Olberman, etc) and the scams they have put forth.

    Hillary or McCain

    May 28, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. Chris in Va.

    Get ready for your courtesy call from the Clintons governor.

    May 28, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Velina

    He could win if she stop bad mouthing him . I don't think she would make a Good President. She is no better than BUSH she is a liar, sneaky, and dishonest.

    May 28, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. Chris

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

    Pure Opinion – many feel otherwise... I'm tired of these low swipes at Obama by Hillary supporters that can't take losing by pre-defined rules their own candidate's campaign representitives put together years ago and feel their candidate has "earned" or is "entitled" to the presidency and are using fuzzy math by giving Obama 0 votes in MI, count Puerto Rico votes but exclude 12 caucus only states. Her campaign has been in major debt for some time now and has been poorly run from the beginning – which is the last thing we need in a president. (it's also the biggest thing Hillary has ever run by herself, and she failed miserably and is trying to point the finger to others – conspiracy, sexism, racism etc.)

    Most "college educated" feel Obama is the stronger candidate according to polls (he is up in every poll vs McCain except those put forward by Hillary) – so where does this "weaker" idea come from? It must be a Hillary invention.

    May 28, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Walt

    After June 3, it is over. The SD's need to end it at that time.
    Hillary is no longer relevant.

    May 28, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. Dr. J

    Someone has seen the light. This is a tragedy. I really feel sorry for her.

    May 28, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    I was cautiously with him right up until that garbage about "fairly" seating Fl and Mi....
    ugh...

    fair to them is....count it in the way where Hillary wins...

    May 28, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  11. JERK

    YOUR DIGNITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A FLAG PIN, WHERE IS HILLARY'S?

    May 28, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. sophia nyc

    "I don't think the DNC is going to fairly adjust what happened in Florida..."

    Fair? This woman has torn the party apart with her false accusations and rule breaking.

    May 28, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. Tired of all the flap!

    Ok Ed, I hope there goes your chance of being VP. You will be untrustworthy to the Obama camp because Hillary Clinton is your queen. I do not see how people can rationalize her being the "far better" candidate of the nomination for the Democratic party (Is it because she is White Mr. Rendell). People get for real, it is time for the American people to make a change for the better of this country in race relations and joining together to chose the best candidate to lead the American people which is Barack Obama. Ed Rendell, no I do not think Obama will chose you because you are in the Clintons pocket!

    May 28, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. IG

    Can Rendall explain to me if she is more electable how's that she lost to Obama? Did Obama cheat behind the almighty Clintons?

    May 28, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. tme

    Never Cllinton need to find a real job.

    May 28, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. Independent99999

    Rendell is an idiot IMO since he said something like "Some whites in my state won't vote for a Black candidate" and painted his great state as a racist state in his own words

    May 28, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Jan

    Its the ONLY way we will win for sure. Democrats better swallow our pride and hope this is the outcome better than that we should all say this is what we need.

    May 28, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Nia

    Tell Hillary and her supporters that. While your at it tell them if they cohse to vote McSame instead of Obama. The the blood of our troops in a never-ending nonsense war is on there hands for another four years.

    May 28, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. Claudia, Tucson, AZ

    Rendell is not thinking about what is best for our party. Barack IS the best choice for the party. We need to get past all of our old politics. Hillary and Rendell represent the past. Barack is our future.

    May 28, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. JN in NJ

    An Obama-Clinton ticket? Wow! Great idea to move all the bitter and negative fights of these primaries straight to the White House. How to transform the elections in November into a choice between McCain and the war in Iraq and Obama-Clinton and the war in Washington !!!

    May 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. Steve

    Yes, normal people have know this for quite some time. I just thank the good Lord that shrillary has buried herself from day 1.
    Who needs her?

    May 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. Cynthia

    Thanks Governor Rendell for admitting the truth that Senator Clinton won't likely be the Democratic nominee but you can get to keep the spin part that you added.

    May 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. Brendan Davis, Santa Monica, CA

    Wow, that was subtle.

    May 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. Mike NYC

    What I dont like about this whole Hillary and hillary support arguement about how she will do better against McCain in the general election based on some magic dust formula is then why would the Democratic National Committee set out an entire primary with various rules and regulations should it not be orchestrated to find the best Candidate to win the general election?

    It makes no sense to have such a structure in place with all these rules and point system etc that wouldnt help them. And knowing this fact why did Hillary Clinton not play the rules to help her win the game. Shame on her for not figuring out the game before it had to be played.

    You CANNOT expect to win a baseball game by hits when in the end runs are what matter. When you play baseball you do not sit there and try to get as many hits as possible even though that does help in the end if you got 10 hits but no runs scored and the other team has 1 hit that happens to be a home run, everyone understands they win.

    Why didnt Hillary understand she needs to win Caucuses and what made her so bad in doing so? Why does the DNC have Caucuses and why is Hillary not including those states in her voting calculations? She has no problem counting Puerto Rico a territory that cannot vote in the general election but yet discounts everything else that is a Caucus. The whole thing just makes my blood boil and yet people actually are ok with this.

    RULES ARE RULES.

    May 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. Robin Wagner from ct

    MYMY her biggest support . OK he needs tell her to drop out then .
    stop giving false hopes to her supporters . she going to win .

    May 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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