Earlier today, ABC broke news that Hillary Clinton told Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM-Obama) before he had endorsed Obama that “He [Obama] cannot win, Bill. He cannot win.” This is all coming from somebody who claims to be a source close to the conversation. The source has also said that at hte time, Richardson said Obama was “too inexperienced.”
Here’s a video of George Stephanopoulos and the account of that conversation:
Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign has said that it was only Richardson who said that Obama couldn’t win.
Since then, Richardson endorsedObama, saying, “My great affection and admiration for Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton will never waver. It is time, however, for Democrats to stop fighting among ourselves and to prepare for the tough fight we will face against John McCain in the fall.”
Clinton also told the San Francisco Chronicle that “Five times to my face [Richardson] said that he would never do that [endorse Obama. Richardson] went on a tirade that ran from the media’s unfair treatment of Hillary to questions about the fairness of the votes in state caucuses that voted for Obama. It ended with him asking delegates to imagine what the reaction would be if Obama was trailing by just 1 percent and people were telling him to drop out.”
And here was Clinton’s response from Burbank, California to allegations that she claimed that Obama can’t win:
So, she never commented on saying that “Obama cannot win,” only that “I can win.” Only guilty people plead the Fifth! And since this isn’t a court of law, I can use her “pleading the Fifth” against her, and I will – I think today’s video confirmed that she DID in fact say that “Obama cannot win,” otherwise, she WOULD have denied it.
Unfortunately, she’s killing her chances of staying in much longer, and that means a stop to the infighting. Hopefully Obama will make another mistake soon and put her back in the running!