04/11/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Jon Corzine, Clinton Superdelegate, Hints At Switching Support

Election process stories are everywhere, and this morning, one of the more talked about twists on the road to the White House occurred on CNBC's "Squawk Box," when New Jersey Governor and Clinton superdelegate told the roundtable that if his candidate failed to win the popular vote, he "reserved the right" to switch his vote.

Feet of clay? Not entirely: Corzine's standard for popular vote majority explicitly include the states of Florida and Michigan being counted.

CORZINE: I'm a superdelegate. I'm going to look at delegate selection, who has the most. I'm going to look at the popular vote. who has the most votes.

Not the popular vote, and not the numbers. Can that person win given the fact that that person may be able to take all the big states that the other person couldn't?

CORZINE: I think it would be a very hard argument to make. No, I'm a very aggressive supporter of Senator Clinton, I think you need, at least a popular vote.

Are you saying as a superdelegate and a Hillary Clinton supporter, if she does not have the popular vote you would take your superdelegate vote and support Barack Obama?

CORZINE: I don't think it will have to be a question.

Reserving the right...

CORZINE: Kind of reserving the right.

You almost made a headline there, you know that? You pulled back, though.

CORZINE: Reserving the right. I do think the popular vote, but I believe Michigan and Florida need to be included in that and that's very frustrating that it's being blocked.


When asked to respond, the Clinton campaign didn't seem too fazed by Corzine's statements, and reaffirmed their belief that Clinton would successfully make her case: "A lot is going to happen between now and the end of the primary period. The unanticipated will happen. We are confident in our opportunities going forward. We expect continued successs...[Corzine] is a strong supporter of Senator Clinton, we'll see how it comes out."

Nevertheless, Corzine's statement led NBC's Tim Russert to offer a prediction of his own: "After May 6, if in fact the race in Pennsylvania is close and Obama wins North Carolina, I think you'll see a lot of superdelegates begin to coalesce, I really do."