ABC News’ Rick Klein Reports: Staunch Clinton campaign supporter Gov. Ed Rendell said Wednesday that his favored candidate is "very unlikely" to capture the Democratic nomination, and said that will mean the Democratic Party will nominate the weaker candidate for the fall campaign against Sen. John McCain.
Rendell, D-Pa., told Bloomberg Television that he believes polls that suggest that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is a "far better candidate" than Sen. Barack Obama in swing states. But he added that he’s a "realist" who recognizes that superdelegates are likely to continue to flock to Obama until he clinches the nomination.
"I’m a realist, and I think most likely the superdelegates will give Sen. Obama the votes he needs," Rendell said. "I don’t think the DNC is going to fairly adjust what happened in Florida. . . . I don’t think they’re going to fairly adjust it. 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."
In the interview, Rendell affirmed his support for an Obama-Clinton ticket, but said Obama and Clinton would have to decide for themselves whether a joint venture would work.
"The only way they can work it out is for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to sit in a room by themselves and discuss whether it’s workable," he said. "If they believe it’s workable, then I think that should be our ticket. If they don’t, then we should go on."
Rendell, who has been discussed a potential running mate for either Clinton or Obama, joked that the fact that he wears a flag pin could make him a good match for Obama.
"I kid around and say I’d be a great running mate for Senator Obama. I wear a flag pin, so [it would] be a balanced ticket," he said.