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Ed Rendell: “Clinton’s Going to Eat into the Popular Vote”

March 30, 2008

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA-Clinton) appeared on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos (along with Senator John Kerry [D-MA-Obama]), and discussed health care and the “Clinton Should Quit” Controversy:

Stephanopoulos: And Governor Rendell, let me begin with you.  Senator Clinton’s answer to Pat Leahy was basically “fat chance.”  In the Washington Post this morning, she vowed to stay in the race to the convention, and she said, “Even if that takes a floor fight at the credentials committee to seat the delegations of Florida and Michigan,” she said, “that’s what credentials committees are for.”  Is that the Clinton path to victory, a floor fight at the convention?

Rendell: Well, hopefully not.  Hopefully, the Obama forces will allow all 10 states that remain on the calendar vote, and allow Florida and Michigan to vote.  It’s a disgrace that the Obama forces say, well, he’s won the popular vote so he should be the nominee.  There are 10 states left.  I think Senator Clinton’s going to eat into
the popular vote.  And I think if Michigan and Florida actually voted again, Senator Clinton would come out on top of the popular vote.  So I think the key is to let the party — it’s too late for the states, but let the party run the primaries in Michigan and Florida.

With Florida, George — if Florida and Michigan voted, based on just the results from the Florida beauty contest, it’s fairly safe to assume that Senator Clinton would win the popular vote, and that would undercut the whole theme of the Obama campaign, is superdelegates, you have to vote for our guy because he’s got the most delegates and he’s won the popular vote. Well, how come we say who won the popular vote without Florida and Michigan in the race? 

Stephanopoulos: The Obama campaign has said this [the sniper incident] isn’t an isolated incident. This is a part of a pattern of Senator Clinton fudging the truth, inflating her resume.  She also claimed to create the S-CHIP children’s health insurance program.  The Obama campaign says that’s not true.  She said she played a key role in passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act.  The Obama campaign says there’s no evidence of
that. How do you respond to this charge of a pattern of untruthful statements?

Rendell: Well, that’s a perfect example of what Senator Kerry very correctly said shouldn’t be happening. We shouldn’t be bringing up all of the Reverend Wright stuff.  We should let that die.  The Kerry – excuse me, the Obama campaign… … shouldn’t be bringing up this stuff.  If we’re in fact interested in bringing everybody together, if we’re interested in running against Senator McCain, if we’re interested in letting our ideas, like Senator Clinton and Senator Obama’s plans to deal with the subprime mortgage issue, if we’re interested in having voters focus on that, we should stay away from stuff like this.

Look, I can barely remember what I did last Monday, number one.  Number two, I haven’t run into one Pennsylvanian who’s come up to me and said, Governor, I’m troubled because Senator Clinton got that stuff in Bosnia wrong.  It’s just not an issue for people who are struggling with real things that affect their daily lives and their families, George.

And I agree with Senator Kerry.  We can carry out the rest of this campaign drawing differences with Senator McCain and talking about the policies that we want to enact.  You know, interestingly, I’ve been going around to a lot of county dinners and breakfasts that we have before the primary.  And there’s not one person, whether they’re for Obama or Clinton, who’s worried about us coming together.

They’re interested in seeing the Pennsylvania primary mean something.  The people of Pennsylvania want to vote.  But the people of Pennsylvania also want their brethren in Florida and Michigan to be able to cast votes.  John Kerry knows that Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio, those are the four key states as you go into the November election.

And we can’t afford to disenfranchise voters in two states…. 

Well, I can’t speak for Senator Clinton, but I would love that [the Democratic runner up becomes the VP candidate].  I would love either way to see these two great people – and I disagree with John respectfully — I agree Senator Obama can unify the country, but so can Senator Clinton.  And I think the important thing to understand is who’s got the best solutions for the problems, not just unification.  That’s great, but unification is not going to bring us health care.

Senator Clinton’s health care plan is far more workable, far more achievable, and it will not only give universal health care, but it will drive down costs, which are essential.

So I think there are a number of issues that voters have to consider. … I think that this duo, regardless, is a history-making duo.  They are both tremendous candidates.  They both would make great executives, and I’d love to see that happen….

One thing real quickly.  Talking about Iraq.  Senator Kerry mentioned Bob Casey’s endorsement.  But there was another bolt out of heaven.  John Murtha, the number one Democrat in taking on bringing our troops home, endorsed Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama and said Hillary Clinton’s the best bet to get our troops home and get them home quickly.

The Pennsylvania election could be very interesting, because Clinton has to do quite well, not just to keep her in the race, but to build enough momentum to perform decently through the rest of the primaries and withstand a defeat that is essentially inevitable in North Carolina.  From that point, it’ll be up to the Superdelegates, which Clinton has been beating Obama out 250 to 215 (the latest count I’ve seen).

Pennsylvania, for the most part, is a Clinton state, with Ed Rendell and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter supporting Clinton.  Senator Bob Casey has endorsed Obama, but his effects will be less substantial than the others’.

So, it’s obvious that Governor Rendell thinks that since Clinton can come out on top of the popular vote, that perhaps the Superdelegates should be supporting her.  This back and forth of “Stay in” and “Get out” and all this infighting is going  to cost the Democrats the November election.

I’ll try to get up a post of Senator Kerry’s side of the issue.

Done Ranting,

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Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey Endorses Obama; Obama Responds

March 28, 2008

Earlier today, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) endorsed Barack Obama.  What makes this an interesting endorsement is the fact that Casey had previously said that he would NOT endorse anybody for President.  Here’s a video of the endorsement speech:

Here are the highlights of the speech:

I have a very simple task today. I’m here today for one purpose, and it’s to endorse Barack Obama to be the next president of the United States….

We know what this is about. We know what this campaign is about. This campaign is a chance for America, a chance for America to chart… … to chart a new course to go down a different, a path, first of all, of change… … a path of a new kind of politics, a path… And, finally, a path of hope and healing. And I… I believe in my heart that there’s one person who’s uniquely qualified to lead us in that new direction, and that is Barack Obama.

I want everyone in this hall today to know something. I called Senator Clinton last night to tell her of my decision, and she was very gracious. And we know that she’s a great senator, she’s a great leader.

And one thing we all agree on, all of us as Democrats across this commonwealth and across this country, we agree on so much — and one thing we agree on is, in 2008, we’re going to elect a Democrat to the presidency of the United States.

And I know that in the next four weeks, as we campaign in Pennsylvania, we need to do a lot things; we need to work hard and we need to listen to the voices we’ve heard today. We need to hear and listen to the voices of young people all across this country. So many of them here.

Young people in this country, in this campaign, have spared a renewed sense of hope and optimism….

But really this is about all of us, of all ages, across this state and across this country. And we know one thing: We know that we have to bring change to America in 2008.

We’re here today in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And if there’s one thing that Pittsburgh knows, one thing that Pennsylvania knows, that we’ve got to do some pretty hard work when it comes to major issues. We’ve got to invest in our economy. And the best way to start that is to invest in our kids. Early learning. Good health care. Pre- kindergarten education.

And we have in this state and across the country a lot of people hurting, and we know from our history here in Pennsylvania and our heritage that it’s not enough for elected officials like to me curse the darkness, we’ve got to roll up our sleeves and create good-paying jobs now, we have to…

We’ve got to confront — we’ve got to confront the housing crisis that the other party won’t do. We’ve got to do that as Democrats.

We also have to invest in the skills of our workers, meet the challenges of energy and our environment….

And finally, as we remember and fight hard against terrorists all over the world, we’ve got to remember something else. We’ve got to remember those who are serving for us in Iraq right now.

After five long years and 4,000 deaths, just consider this in Pennsylvania: 183 of our sons and daughters, more than 1,200 wounded, some of the grievously, permanently, irreparably wounded.

What do we have to do? We have to respond, I think, as Democrats across this country have about the war in Iraq. We know something about what the new direction for America means.

But the new direction for America has to begin with the question of the war in Iraq, and it starts with a strategy of redeploying our troops, beginning that process. It starts with insisting that the Iraqis do their part and take on the responsibility of ending the violence and bringing…

And they have to take responsibility for their own government. We know that.

But all these challenges and more demand that we respond as citizens, as elected officials. But you know what? We can work very hard, but we can only do so much as individual Americans.

We need a president who’s committed to change and we need a president who will lead us in that new direction, and he’s right here with us today, Barack Obama.

He’s right here….

I wanted to spend — I just wanted to spend a couple of moments talking about the person, the man who is on this stage.

Barack Obama, when you consider what his life has been, his life is a great American story.

It really is when you think about it. It’s a story borne of the diversity that is our strength, it’s a story of struggle and sacrifice and triumph, and it’s also a story about an abiding commitment to service and a story infused with the promise of America. That’s what his story is all about.

And you know what? That’s our story, too, here in Pennsylvania.

All of you in this audience who know something about his biography know about that life. His life has been a life of sacrifice and perseverance. He turned down a lot of very lucrative legal options. He could have been making a lot of money all these years, but he didn’t.

He started out working in the shadows of the steel mills of Illinois as a community organizer. We know that.

And his battle and his life’s work to help people is our battle here in Pennsylvania.

He started this campaign as an underdog, but he knows what it’s like to be a fighter….

But we know something about that in Pennsylvania. We know that we’ve been underdogs, too. There are a lot of people out there that are struggling right now in this economy. So, he understands that.

And I have no doubt that as president of the United States, he will take on, as he always has, the tough and big special interests in Washington, and he will fight for us here in Pennsylvania.

So, I’ve been impressed by so much watching this campaign. I’ve been impressed by his compassion, his strength, his ideas…

… and I think, especially, especially under fire, he has appealed, as Abraham…

Really under fire in a tough campaign. He has appealed, as Abraham Lincoln asked us to do many years ago, to the better angels of our nature. And we appreciate that as he’s campaigning.

And I really believe that in the time of danger around the world and division here at home, Barack Obama can lead us, he can heal us and he can help us rebuild America.

The good Lord has blessed a lot of us, and he blessed Barack Obama with very important gifts. Some of those fists — the gift I think — one of those gifts that the Lord blessed him with was the gift of intellect and integrity…

… the gift of quiet strength and resolute faith.

And we know something about how he’s campaigned and how he will govern as president of the United States, because he has the kind of judgment that is steady in the eye of the storm.

And I believe he’s the kind of leader that’s ready to be commander in chief of the United States of America….

All these people — all these people deserve a president who will fight for them. And we know who that is, the next president of the United States, Barack Obama.

Again, this comes as somewhat of a shock, since Casey had previously said he would not endorse anyone.

Obama responded with the following statement: “You know, I did not press him on this endorsement, you know there were some people that I was nagging all the time.  Bob I thought to myself, there’s great reason for me to press him; I told him I’d love to have his support, but I understood that you know we’re behind in the Pennsylvania polls.  I just want to say it would have been easy for Bob just to stay out of it, just to stay neutral.  I think everybody would have accepted that.  But when he called me and said, ‘I think this is the right thing to do,’ it meant as much to me as any endorsement that I’ve received on the campaign trail.”

Now, this will certainly help Obama, since Casey is a very liked Senator, but Clinton still maintains a HUGE hold on Pennsylvania:

  • She’s been leading in all of the polls in Pennsylvania since day one.
  • She secured Governor Edward Rendell’s endorsement.
  • She secured Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s endorsement.

She’s definitely going to carry Pennsylvania, but remember, the Democrats have proportional primaries, so every delegate that Obama gets, even if he LOSES the state, still helps him – he could feasibly lose some of the rest of the states and still win just by the proportionally awarded delegates.  If he carries North Carolina (which he most likely will), he’s essentially guaranteed that he can’t lose based on primaries and caucuses, so it WOULD go to the Superdelegates (duh-duh-duhhhhhhh!).

This infighting is just tearing apart the party, but boy do I love it!

Done Reporting,

Ranting Republican
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