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. Dee Okla.

    Thank you, finally some one in her camp will admit what the rest of us have known for weeks.

    May 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Rich

    What were you expecting, Ed? For the DNC to give Hillary 200 delegates to artificially catch her up with Obama?

    Look, just because Obama is a gentleman and not pointing out Hillary's contradiction upon contradiction does NOT mean the Republicans will let all this slide. You can bet your precious little Rove electoral maps will change in an instant if somehow she gets this nomination. Not the least because this could only be done in a fraudulent, undemocratic way.

    If she was the best candidate she should have tried harder to win the primary (e.g. plan to win every state rather than let 11 in a row go by). And no, deciding caucuses shouldn't matter after they've selected their delegates is not what we mean.

    May 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. An American in Canada for David






    May 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. Jerry Lee

    "Hillocrats" are just like the GOP.....keep saying it over and over and over and if you "catapult the propaganda" long enough some people will start repeating it and sure enough, her feminist, bitter compadres are saying "she's winning the popular vote" a saying that will go on the wall of shame next to "WMD's"

    May 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. candy meyers

    I find it hard to believe that a senior party leader would make an irresponsible comment like this. At this point, it seems quite clear Obama will be the nominee. How can Rendell joke about flag pins and downgrade Obama when he knows Democrats are heading into tough election. I guess Rendell doesn't have a child who is about to be shipped to Iraq....perhaps then he would take more seriously who occupies the White House. With comments like his today, Rendell is really helping McCain. As his pal Hillary likes to say: "Shame on you Ed Rendell!"

    May 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  6. Kim

    Gov. Ed Rendell are you part of this solution for the canidates following the DNC to not count Florida and Michigan or are you in Hillary's back pocket.

    PS Gov. Ed Rendell you are an ELECTED Official up for reelection when?

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

    You're right, Ed. The only way to "fairly adjust what happened in FL" is to not adjust it at all. The rules were very clear. Clinton indicated she understood those rules when she said "those primaries won't count for anything". Maybe, that's why her frivolous lawsuits keep getting bounced out of court. I'm glad we have judges who are not swayed by the Clinton BS.

    OBTW, you ain't gonna be VP either!

    May 28, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    Come on June 3rd! Let's get this nomination process wrapped on so we can move on to the next phase and win with Obama in November.

    May 28, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  9. NickNasc

    I always thought growing up that the Press kept their eyes on EVERYONE and couldn't WAIT to find the truth and bring it to the people. Remember Watergate? The two reporters who dug and dug and FOUND the TRUTH and brought it out into the open and changed History??

    I see those values in the profession are no longer rewarded or sought out.

    I think it is time to review who owns and controls the media sources and get to the bottom of why the truth is hidden from us all.

    Not ONE reporter even thought to follow up on any of the questions asked of Hillary even when she simply felt comfortable enough to LAUGH in their Faces. (the 800K)

    This is a shame.

    May 28, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. Pat from NC

    Why is Govenor Rendell the only major Democrat not trying to promote unity? And,– of course the DNC witll "fairly adjust" delegates for Flordia. Why is he not supporting the front runner and the ruling heirarchy of his own party? Rules are rules. All agreed to abide by them and all knew the consequenses. There was nothing hidden; no game being played. Does the governor think his personal opinion is more important than the will of the people? more important than "we the people" all abiding by the same rules and laws? He comes across as self-serving and as ego driven as Senator Clinton. Perhaps that's why they get along.

    May 28, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. Ratgurl

    I fail to understand how ANYONE can call Clinton our strongest candidate when she is LOSING!

    Just because YOU don't want a black man in the oval office doesn't mean the MAJORITY of America doesn't.... take a look at the numbers. And if you're going to count FL & MI, then let them have a REAL vote, where they know their votes will count.

    May 28, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  12. ronn


    May 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. DrFill

    I love how even giving her a win, in both states, which is A JOKE, is unfair to HER?
    The 2 states deserve what they get, a state election with no impact.
    Who should be held accountable? The state elected officals, not the Democratic Nominee or party.
    How would allowing these two states to have a mojor impact on this campaign have in the future?
    Wouldn't every state try to grandstand the process from now on?
    Stop the insanity NOW!

    May 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. CNN = Cynical News Network

    If she was the best candidate, she would have been the nominee already or at the very least be WINNING. As she said she's been around a long time, she should have known this was a race for DELEGATES!

    May 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. nonny

    funny huh... but i really think he would be a good vp

    May 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. Go Obama

    I hope the DNC is not screwing up giving in halfway to Clintobns request.
    That is not fair to Obama!

    And the goal post should not be moved at all!

    Hillary is a cheater and the whole world knows it.

    She is more electable? Don't make me laugh!
    Oabama is leading in every category, she can twist it as much as she wants, that will notttttttttttt change!

    May 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Finally, a Clinton backer who understands reality. Obama has run a good campaign and won fairly. Yes, we had two very good people campaiging appealing to two different part of our party. But both are capable candidates. I am thrilled that Obama will be running against McBush. In my opinion, he is the most qualified with the ability to take us in a new direction.

    Go Obama!!

    May 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Tim

    Okay, so he is already saying it wont be a fair decsion (even though they havent made one yet) + Hillary is the best candidate + 'not going to have a strong candidate in Barack.
    Wow, now that is some unifying know, the kind he was poushing for a few weeks ago? What a PUTZ

    So...where is the intehgity on the part of these Hillary Supporters like Rendell to heal the party. I think they have no interest in it at all.

    May 28, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. Montana is Obama Country

    ............................ HEADLINES..JUNE 4th, 2008

    .................................The QUEEN is DEAD............

    .................Hillary Clinton's campaign heads to the morgue...........

    May 28, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. Dave W.

    I cannot beleive Rendell used the word fairly. How about talking to Clinton about how fair it was for her to agree with other candidates about punishing Florida and Michigan, and then changung her mind when she fell behind? How about Clinton claiming that only primary votes should count toward the popular vote, not caucuses? If you think someone has a problem being fair, look at your candidate Hillary Clinton.

    May 28, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  21. pam Eugene OR

    Can anyone tell me how can can stay in when she is broke and in debt. Is she lending herself more money to pay for the bills she is incurring to stay in the race. What is her financial situation?
    CNN...Where are the comments about the new delegates Obama got today? You bias is showing. Even Wolf can't save her now. She is melting and almost gone.

    May 28, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  22. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Rendell says he's a realist, and he sure is...

    He said that Hillary Clinton is the far better candidate, and he sure is right.

    He said that the superdelegates will probably hand Barack Obama the nomination despite the fact that BO's not the better candidate, and he sure is right again. They probably will, out of cowardice and a failure of leadership. The superdelegates were given the power to be automatic delegates precisely for a case like this one, but the people who sent up the rules dividing the delegates from each state didn't count on the Party leaders being too cowardly to lead.

    And he said that the DNC is probably not going to adjust fairly what happened in Florida, and he's right again.

    Has anyone else noticed that on the issues, the Democrats beat the Republicans every time, but that each election cycle the Democratic Party's candidates lose? We had only one two-term president in over 50 years and lost the Congress for 12 years (which is the length of many Democrats entire adult lifetimes).

    If the nominate Barack Obama despite what should be their better judgment, it will be time to look for new leaders of a new party to lead the people on the issues that the Democratic Party will have failed to effectively represent for way too many years.

    Or for the leadership of the New Democratic Party '09 (after Barack's humiliting defeat to John McCain)

    May 28, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. KLEM

    This nomination process in the democratic party has reached a point of no return, the party has sunk in a very very deep ocean. i don't see how the dem can win on November, either the nominee is called Obama or Clinton. Anyway this election isn't about the party anymore; it's about me and myself.

    May 28, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. eddie p. rochester ny

    It's unfortunate that the democratic party will have to deal with a general election loss . Hillary Clinton is the stronger candidate against McCain. the national polls have Hillary leading by 5 points or better in most of the swing states and Obama losing. How hard can the decision be? Obama will not carry the Clinton voters in the general election...........That is !!!! a poll fact.

    May 28, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. Paul

    First Rendell said Pennsylvanians wouldn't vote for a black candidate. Now he wants to be on that same candidate's ticket? What a scumbag.

    May 28, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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