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. Babs

    Obama displays the arrogance and brilliance of youth. However, once becoming the President of the United States, all bets are out the window. His inexperience will be eaten alive by the other heads of state, globally. After the "honeymoon", Obama will spend four miserable years trying to get his executive "legs", and will be severely and sorely tested. I am not willing to give him that time for apprentice-ship. Regardless of your personal feelings about Senator Clinton, she is the best executive for the job. She is also brilliant, and will be able to sit down with Heads of State, and not be fooled.

    Thank you Senator Clinton, and despite all the animosity shown to you by members of your own "left sided" party, and the sultuns of sleaze, right wing wacko radio, you will be a fine President. I am proud to have already cast my vote for you in the California Primary.

    GO HILLARY, '08!

    February 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Tim in Arkansas

    Hillary's supportors want and need Obama as VP to get her elected. They can keep dreaming, but it won't happen!!

    If Hillary won, a large majority of Obama's supportors would not vote for her. Instead, they would vote for John McCain instead of Hillary. If Hillary becomes the Democrat Nominee, then John McCain will become the next President!!!

    However, we don't have to worry about that. Obama will win the Presidential Nomination! Over 70% of Democrat members of Moveon.org have voted the past few days and support Obama for President.

    When Obama wins, he will not pick Hillary. Hillary is done. However Obama may pick a woman such as Governor Kathleen Sebilius in Kansas, or Mary Landriu in Louisiana. Both women have more experience than Hillary.

    So Hillary's supportors can keep dreaming, but the next President will either be Obama, or McCain. A woman might be in the White House as VP, but it won't be Hillary.

    February 1, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. James

    This is a scary conversation that we cannot be having right now. You have to naive to believe that either one of these candidates will accept the Vice Presidency. It is completely against both of their interests. They can both be more influential in the Senate than they can as Vice Prez. Additionally, talking like this makes people not think they really need to make a decision because they think they can hope to get both of them. NEITHER WILL BE VICE PRESIDENT so we have to decide which is best to be the President. Hillary cannot beat John McCain. Her major argument is her experience, well I am sorry, John McCain has more experience than she does! We need a candidate that is fundamentally different than the Republican nominee or we will run into the same problem we ran into in 2004 and we will lose the election!

    February 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Eli

    Hillary Clinton is the best person for this job. Obama needs to have a few more years of experience and then I could vote for him. The Republicans would love for Obama to get the nomination so they could easily win again, can these Democrats not understand that. The only person they are afraid of is Hillary. Why do you all of a sudden think they are pushing Obama?

    February 1, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Ken Domagalski


    February 1, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. missouri

    Could someone please list for me what Obama has done to prove he has "substance" and has the "right judgement" other than his pretty speeches?

    February 1, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Registered Nurse from TN

    We have major problems with healthcare in the US. Universal coverage is the only way. Major structure changes are needed. Expensive for the first ten years but well worth the savings to come.

    Begin each new life with preventive care. Reward healthy behaviors. Give treatment before conditions become chronic. The initial costs are NOTHING compared to the savings that will pay out. Chronic conditions from those who are under and uninsured are bankrupting the country.

    Let Hillary CHANGE the course of healthcare. She is the ONLY ONE offering this much studied and proven approach. Doctors, hospitals and clinics and their employees suffer when no payment or low insurance payment is all they get; then the rest of us PAY.

    If we fix health care and get it on track we will CHANGE the economy also. It is a huge sink hole growing larger with no hope for CHANGE under ANY OTHER candidate.


    February 1, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. kenshin

    still voting for edwards. neither of these two have earned my vote.

    and unless those two realize that, then neither of them will win the general election either.

    February 1, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Albi Mason

    I'm really not happy about the fact that Obama's handlers (with Obama's express or implied permission, no doubt) have minimalized Obama's wife, Michelle. We all know he is a semi-black man married to a black woman and they have two black children. The spouses of the other candidates are all quite visible on the campaign trail, sometimes to the detriment of the candidate (i.e., the usurping Bill Clinton, and Guiliani's obnoxious wife). Obviously, Obama's handlers think Michelle's blackness might be a problem for white voters. Are we considered idiots? Do they not think we realize Michelle is black? I think this sort of thing is an insult to the voting public, and black people in general. It's downright racist!

    I look forward to finally seeing Michelle in her outing tonight on CNN and finding out who she is. I think a candidate's spouse is important to the voter when making an educated choice: My Italian immigrant grandfather always said "Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are."

    February 1, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Charlene in VA

    "American Woman

    what debate were you watching!!!!!

    Obama sound rehearses as if he wanted to make a speech using slogans and rhetoric. He makes a wonderful speaker of the house however he not ready to be president. Hilary ready a strong leader never admits mistake some may take it as a weakness. She knows she made mistakes and that is why she flips flopp. Men will not admit it when they are caught cheating must men never admit to anything even if they were caught in the act... great job Hilary it not a mistake unless you say it is.

    Hilary 08

    February 1, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Tim

    Who would want to be VP to Hillary when Bill will also be there, being number THREE in that situation would be a job with ignored input.


    February 1, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Emily, Atlanta, GA

    Shame on the Democrats who said they would rather vote for a Republican before voting for Hillary. How do you feel about the Iraq war then? I guess it doesn't matter huh? Where are your convictions? I do not like Obama and his near-universal health care plan that fails to insure 15 million people, but I would vote for him if he wins the nomination, because at least it's a start. Go to the Republican party and see how they welcome you with open arms.

    I don't understand the blind hatred against Hillary Clinton. Did she upset you by not divorcing her husband? Does she upset you because she's smart? Or because she's a smart woman? Did she upset you because she did not just bake cookies in the White House?

    I can understand if you like Obama because you find him inspiring, but it's disgusting to PRETEND to like someone just because of irrational hatred for another person.

    February 1, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Ted, IL

    Let's not forget that Obama will NEVER run again if he is not elected this time. His wife won't allow it. So, what are we waiting for America? He is giving us one shot to get it right or else we'll perish forever. PULLLEASE!

    Hillary would be smart to choose him as her VP because it would heal the great divide that now exists in the democratic party. However, Obama would never choose Hillary because he's a sore winner/loser (take your pick).

    February 1, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Ken

    I'm not a supporter of either Clinton or Obama because I feel neither are good for America. There's no way we can afford another Clinton in the White House. With that said, please, do your own due diligence and avoide having television political pundits tell you who to vote for.

    I saw the debate. Did you see how right after it was over, the so called "experts" were telling you who "won" before you were able to digest what you just heard and able to make up your own mind? Wake up people, we're being dumbed down and depending on sound bites to tell us how to think.

    Research! This is the age of the internet. Listen to the other side (if there really is such a thing) and get a different view. Hear what others are saying and know from what source you are getting your information. The liberal news is going to give you just as much "slant" as a conservative news broadcast.

    In fact, who OWNS or CONTROLS the news we're getting? Hummm... Well, that's a totally different direction and we won't go there right now.

    I've never followed the crowd and I've never liked being told how to think. As a black man, it may seem strange that I'm not all caught up in the "history-making, Hollywood" culture of the "Ali-Frazier" Clinton/Obama Debate. Give me a break!

    There's only one true candidate who's fit to sit in the Oval Office of the White House and that's Alan Keyes.

    He loves America and so do I.


    February 1, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. veronica lynne

    I don't want him on the ticket with Hillary. i would prefer her pal Bill Richardson (nice guy, smart too).
    Oh, and for the record, not all women think Obama is "good-looking."
    And that's a good reason to vote for someone anyway??
    Give me a break please!!

    February 1, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. veronica lynne

    I don't want him on the ticket with Hillary. i would prefer her pal Bill Richardson (nice guy, smart too).
    Oh, and for the record, not all women think Obama is "hot."
    And that's a good reason to vote for someone anyway??
    Give me a break please!!

    February 1, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. Tim, Seattle

    AJ wrote" "We dont need simpletons like you in our party!

    We dont need party puppets like you either., AJ

    Obama 08

    February 1, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. charles

    Wow! what a ticket that would be. A former president's wife who is now a very liberal senator and a smooth talking orator voted as the most liberal Senator who is call an African-American JFK..

    They both support open borders, amnesty, partial birth abortion as well as all abortion. (35-50 million unborn Americans dead so far). A published withdrawlal (defeat) in Iraq in 2009 and perhaps Afganistan thus losing the war against terrorism. Negotiating with the Iranian government which is run by extreme right wing moslem religious leaders and a puppet president. Negotiate with all our enimies: Russia, China (after the Olympics), Cuba, Venezula, Syria, and a few others. Cut back drastic defense spending so we will never be able to support our troops properly with up to date weapons, equipment, and supplies. Whats next? Bringing back the draft, reparation payments to African -Americans, taking under God away from the Pledge of Allegiance, taking God or the Christian God out of all public print, historical documents, and buildings, a Supreme court of all liberal legislative judges. I could go on and on

    February 1, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. Larry

    I have listened to all the debates hoping i could find out where obamo stands on the issues and so far i have learned nothing...He is a great speaker but it has no substance..This country is in a complete mess, and people we need someone on day one to go to work on our behalf...Just a great speach isnt gonna get it done...Tell me please obamo what you will do and stop dancing around the issues!!!..This election is important!!!!...I could care less if its a black man or a woman i just want our country back on track as it was before George took over...Lets all be proud and hold our head up high and be proud we're americans!!!...But people we need a leader not a talker...TELL ME DAMITT!!!!

    February 1, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. Marcus

    I will not vote if Hillary name is on the ticket.

    February 2, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Tildawen

    Why democrats think the dream ticket is Obama-clinton or clinton-obama. The true dream ticket is Clinton-McCain or Obama-McCain. They would get votes from all demo, moderate, centrist and some liberal republican. Then Huckabee can be secretary of something that divides things, he is doing a great job right now.

    February 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. marlene wiggins

    Clinton/Obama but not in reverse order. Clinton is a smart woman with many plans to help this country he may learn something as her VP but I do not think he has enough experience it takes more than speaking skills and Oprah in his cornor he appeals to people who dont care about issues just hype!

    February 3, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. maria villanueva

    I would like to see clinton and obama as the team to win the democratic vote in November in no special order either one.

    February 4, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  24. Jane

    Does Hillary Clinton believe she would be able to solve national issues by crying? What a girlie trick.

    February 5, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  25. Jane

    Why is Hillary Clinton talking when we click on the Obama information picture...come on CNN. Give us a break.

    February 5, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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