February 1st, 2008
09:45 AM ET
10 years ago

The Democrats' 'dream ticket'?


Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama embrace after the CNN Democratic Debate Thursday (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

(CNN) - Many Democrats call it a "dream ticket." Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton - in whichever order.

And after the civil affair at Thursday's debate, it seems like more of a possibility - at least, perhaps, more of a possibility than it was in the last several weeks when the two candidates were locked in a heated back-and-forth on the campaign trail.

But both Democrats artfully dodged the notion of running together in a general election when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer raised the possibility.

"Well, obviously there's a big difference between those two," Obama said to laughter regarding whether his name or the New York senator's is on top.

"But, look, let me say this," Obama continued. "I respect Sen. Clinton. I think her service to this country has been extraordinary. And I'm glad that we've been walking on this road together and that we are still on that road.We've got a lot more road to travel. And so I think it's premature for either of us to start speculating about Vice Presidents - I think it would be premature and presumptuous."

Clinton also would not say whether she thought it was a possibility.

"This has been an extraordinary campaign, and I think both of us have been overwhelmed by the response that we have engendered, the kind of enthusiasm and intensity that people feel about each of us," she said. "And so, clearly, we are both dedicated to doing the best we can to win the nomination, but there is no doubt we will have a unified Democratic Party."

Related: Watch Clinton and Obama discuss the potential of sharing the Democratic ticket

- CNN Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. David

    Obama clearly won the debate. do you guys remember how she answered the question of change agent and iraq war? is that the answer american people want? no. straight talk no spin. This is Obama's best debate i have ever wathched. i was presedetential and he clearly stated his standings on issues.

    January 31, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  2. Matt Scott

    Teddy Roosevelt was 42 when he took office.Age has nothing to do with wisdom contrary to some peoples belief.

    January 31, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  3. john

    Dream ticket for Green Party: NADER/HILLARY.

    January 31, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  4. Ry

    Let's stop fighting the fights of the sixties, seventies,eighties, and nineties.

    It's time for a bridge forward, and it's time for Change.

    Hillary was wrong, and can't admit a mistake. We need leadership that will be right on day one, not just ready.

    OBAMA 08'

    Stop the cynical identity politics and join a new democratic American coalition.

    January 31, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  5. Allen, Redlands CA

    Hillary is destined to lose in a general election. Her supporters need to wake up. The only way the Repugs are going to win is with her on the ticket. Obama is the only choice.

    January 31, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  6. Mr. Bell Alabama

    Yes, a Clinton-Obama ticket would be victorious in the Fall; however, for Sen. Obama to join ranks with Sen. Clinton would be building a bridge back to the 20th Century.

    Sen. Clinton does not represent the same vision that Sen. Obama does. So, it is my opinion that Sen. Obama would not join the Clinton ticket because it would contradict everything he has stood for.

    What is more important...to an extent? Victory or Principle?

    I would love to see these tickets in the Fall:

    Obama/Biden vs McCain/Rudy

    Obama/Edwards vs. McCain/Rudy

    Obama/Kennedy vs. McCain/Rudy

    January 31, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  7. Grace, Overland Park, Kansas

    clinton needs obama – he doesn't need her at all. if she gets the nomination, she would be a fool not to pick obama. however, if he gets the nomination, he would be a fool to pick clinton. i would say edwards would make a nice running mate for him.

    January 31, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  8. Mr. Bell Alabama

    The one reason why Obama should not pick Hillary as VP is her husband.

    There is no need for Obama/Clinton-Clinton

    We need a fresh face with fresh ideals that do not involve a Bush or a Clinton.

    January 31, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  9. Nextprez

    C'mon Wolf! "We pull the plugs at CNN" Don't tell this to a future Prez or current Prez. Your job might be on the line.

    CNN moderator, please print my comment! Please

    January 31, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  10. Dave

    Hillary, Baby, Marry Me!!!

    Great Debate – you ruled, babe....you got my vote

    January 31, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  11. Dept. of Irony

    Bush 2000 "to restore honor and dignity" after a Clinton

    Clinton 2008 "to clean up after a Bush"

    January 31, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  12. Rick

    I would have scoffed at Barack taking Hillary as his VP but she handled herself well tonight and should be given the second spot on the ticket. It's pretty clear that Barack deserves the top spot. He is the visionary leader we need.

    January 31, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  13. Nick, Austin, TX

    I would vote for an Obama/Clinton ticket but I'd rather vote for an Obama/Edwards ticket or an Obama/Barbara Boxer ticket.

    My favorite would be an Obama/Ted Kennedy ticket but since I know that would never happen I will just try to struggle on.

    But really any ticket with Obama is better than any ticket without him.

    January 31, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  14. Bill L

    I'm with No Way. She's too divisive!!!!!! OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!
    No question or doubt. Speak on it "LORD". Amen (Of course "HE" already knows the Winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  15. elena

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, I hope that you become the front runner on February 5th and put much distance between you and Barack Hussein Obama!

    The debate was another opportunity for Hillary to show the country that she is far more qualified to be ready on "Day 1"! All the way Hillary!!!!!!!

    HRC "08!

    January 31, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  16. John

    It will never happen. And in the final question of the final debate before half of the delegates are decided, Wolf Blitzer decides to ask a question that needn't be asked until we have chosen a candidate. Whoever that candidate is. And of course, CNN runs with it and,will continue to turn it into something that the talking heads can argue about.

    CNN is garbage.

    January 31, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  17. Jose Card - Independent

    If Hillary is on Obama's ticket, I will vote McCain for sure.
    She will campaign for 2012 on her first day as V.P.
    The Clintons have had tastes of the rich and they just want more fortune and power.

    January 31, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  18. Manny - Boston

    If we could be so lucky to go back to the Bill Clinton years – those of you who are criticizing the Clinton and Hillary should be ashamed of yourselves. During Bill's administration we had a balance budget, a surplus, they respected us around the world! Hillary has proved herself over and over and tonight, is she didn't sound like a commander in chief, and don't know what and who will. Obama has done a great job but his inexperience shows in most his words and answers. We'd be lucky to have him as VP and run as President again in 2016.

    January 31, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  19. jim geminiano

    Hillary has substance and specifics on her policies on health care, education and immigration . After an attack ike 9/11, what would Obama do ? The whole American people , the Senate and the Congress approved the war on the evidences presented to them at that time at that time . Lucky for Obama that he was not a US senator then . Hillary can protect the country safer than Obama . Obama is the President Carter of our times .
    Wake up America ! Obama is inspiration , but It Is the Economy Stupid !

    January 31, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  20. Paul

    Hillary is the most intelligent and qualified candidate to represent the Democratic Party. She has a solid business plan for America. As for Obama, he is simply an inexperienced individual and a generalist in every topic. He speaks well but has no substance. He is more of a motivational speaker than a leader. He should consider joining the Tony Robbins group. He speaks much but does not produce results!

    Hillary needs to choose an experienced leader similar to herself and not choose a " talker" who has not even served one term in Congress! If she chooses Obama as a VP, I will vote for a Republican and she will lose the general election as a result of having Obama on the ticket. Obama is a digrace to the Democratic Party and needs to apply for the job once he is qualified. Inexperience is a liability and the position of President or VP does not offer on the job training for Obama. He needs to first educate himself on subject content first before using flowery words and general motivational rhetoric. He is no JFK!

    January 31, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  21. Doc Bee

    Obama shows more substance on his policies. He did'nt see the need to argue, because thats petty and he knows hes correct. Win or lose for Obama, he will be President one day. I can wait 4 more years.

    I'd ony vote for Hillary if its Hillary/Obama. I think many Obama supporters would agree.

    That being said, if Obama wins I dont think he should choose Hillary on account of the baggage she would bring. However, it could help on foregin policy, but that would be Bill helping and not Hillary.

    Vote smart, Vote Progress, Vote Obama

    January 31, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  22. Max

    Why these two? The people have to be reminded there are THREE Democratic candidates for president Clinton, Obama, Gravel!!! I would be in favor of a Gravel/Obama ticket, Gravel/Kucinich, Gravel/Biden, or Gravel/Paul but definitely not Gravel/Clinton.

    February 1, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  23. Al, Sacramento Ca

    For all of those Hillary or Obama haters this would be the nightmare ticket for the Republicans. It would be an automatic landslide win for the Democrats. But I don't see either one selecting each other as VP, specially after this primary elections.

    I am proud of the Democratic party and we will see a woman or a black in the white house come November. Today we saw both candidates relating to America's issues and offering solutions.

    I really think it is going to take a Clinton to clean up a Bush mess once again!!

    February 1, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  24. Julian

    Obama and Tiger Woods.

    February 1, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  25. Mandy

    Obama is fundamentally an inspiring, uniting leader. Hillary just doesn't have those gifts. He's too good to run beneath her on a ticket.

    OBAMA 08!!!!1

    February 1, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
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