May 29th, 2008
06:00 AM ET
14 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. Kelvin

    Gee Rendall finally came to his senses! Hillary wake up its not a bad dream its reality....

    Obama 08'

    May 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. And so it goes

    When someone who is such a strong backer of Clinton as starts doubting Hillary's chances, it's pretty much a sure thing that her days on the campaign trail are drawing to a close. This is only slightly different than Wolfson saying she's toast (he would, but he'd be out of a job almost instantly). Now, if only Hillary could get it through her head that this round isn't hers, we could move forward. Hillary, try again in 2012. In the mean time, there's plenty to do in the Senate.

    May 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. Dave

    Hillary... you're own people are now saying, "It's Over!!!"

    What do you have left in that magic hat?

    May 28, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. ErinOK

    You will never post this because all of my posts end up in moderation. However, I will give it another try.

    If Hillary wants to be on the ticket, she needs to get herself together and start acting like a Democrat that supports her party. Right now she is acting like an angry Republican.

    May 28, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. William

    Whoa!!! Not good Billary!!!

    May 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Linden

    Obama-Sebelius '08

    May 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. j

    I completely agree. It is very unlikely she will win, especially the way her campaigning is hurting the party. HRC, please work to unify the party, not divide it.

    May 28, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. gary

    Rendell picked a loser and now has a case of sour grapes.

    May 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Kentucky Mary

    What happen to my comment? I don't like that you take my comments off the blog. What's wrong with CNN? Kentucky love Hillary. You should have seen our county strength for Hillary in the newspaper. Aas I said Kentucky loves Hillary Clinton.

    May 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  10. vw

    Rendell told the truth, it is the "elders" within Democratic Party chose the weak candidate and they prefer failure in Nov.

    May 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. Anita - AZ

    Unite the party and quit saying crap like that. Honestly. Doesn't anyone on the Clinton side want to UNITE THE PARTY???

    May 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. JB

    Here come the judas comments. You Hilliots are on a sinking ship. You all are hell bent on going down with it.

    Ah ha, you lost, now face reality and move on!

    May 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. The Dude

    "I'm a realist. And we're really trying to throw a monkey wrench into the general election so Hill-Dawg can run again in 2012... Too bad the world is going to be over by then because America will have elected another horrible president."

    May 28, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  14. Paul

    Now all we need is all the Clintonites who write in all capitals to realize it too.

    May 28, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    Democrats are brainless.

    May 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. Alyn, Pennsylvania

    Way to stoke the division in the democratic party Ed....by saying you don't think Florida will "FAIRLY" adjust what happened!!!!!
    There were rules that she AGREED to going into this!!!
    NOTHING should even BE adjusted just because she isn't winning like she thought!!!

    WHY DID I VOTE FORE YOU????!!!!!!!
    I had NO idea what you were really like!!!!
    It's just awful!

    May 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. jp/michigan

    Donna Bazille stated she no longer would be a democrat if the super delegates do the nominating. Well. they have ! The super delegates should have gone with the will of the people of the states they represent. No African American super delegate should have been brow beaten into siding with Obama because of race. But , this is how this race to the White House was runned!

    May 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. Louis

    And just exactly what is "Pillsbury Doughboy" Rendell's idea of "fairly adjusting what happened in Florida"? Counting the votes even though no significant campaigning occurred and many citizens skipped voting because of DNC sanctions?
    As for the flag pin "joke"–Rendell, don't quit your day job.

    May 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. VeganTRex in MA

    Hillary not only knew the rules but her campaign staff (Ickes) helped make the rules. Moreover, Hillary agreed to those self-styled rules. Now Rendell says "I don't think the DNC is going to fairly adjust what happened in Florida." Rules matter! People have been playing by rules in this country for years. Now that Hillary has lost the fight she's looking for back-up from her boys on the sidelines. It was a fair fight and Hillary lost. Take your sour grapes to the Republicans! It's better to lose in the General Election (with Hillary helping McCain like she has been doing–Leiberman style) than to be saddled with a bunch of sore losers with hate-filled lives.

    May 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. Chris - Hemet, Ca.

    "Very unlikely she'll win." Ya think, Ed!?!

    May 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. Ikem Umealo

    unthoughtfull comments designed to derail Obama's chances. "I wear a flag pin, so [it would] be a balanced ticket," he joked? less subtle. Clear road for the Republicans and then Clinton-Rendell in 2012. Hopefully the good people of this great country can think otherwise and give the brightest son and greatest hope of a country dwindling in its influence across the globe a chance to serve. The world is watching how America will treat this son before deciding on
    backing China to shape the rest of the 21 Century and the next few Centuries to follow. Good luck to the Rendells and the Clintons.

    May 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. Michelle in Los Angeles

    Rendell is an elected official who does not seem to be worthy of the title Demorcrat, as his words tear us apart not unite. He should of said "it looks very unlikely that Clinton will win, and having come to that conclusion, I throw my support behind Barack Obama."
    Instead him, Hillary, Bill and her supporters continue to spew hate, and division

    May 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. Chris from San Antonio

    As for the strongest candidate, I believe the democratic voters in 32 states disagree with you, Mr. Rendell. You know, the MAJORITY?

    May 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. T.W.

    Sad but true!.

    She should be the VP. He needs her strength.Waks up superdelgates; take the plunge.

    May 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. Joseph Adewole

    Still talking about Florida and Michigan? What about the undertaking Clinton and Barack sign at the begining of this primary season regarding the two States?
    Why is Clinton going back on her words..........because she will not make a good president but a lying president

    May 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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