February 4th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
1 year ago

Clinton chairman: Obama would be good running mate

(CNN) - One of Hillary Clinton's top advisers said Monday Barack Obama could make a good running mate if the New York senator is the Democratic Party's nominee.

Appearing on NY1's "Inside City Hall," Clinton Campaign Chairman Terry McAuliffe praised Barack Obama’s ability to “excite people,” adding that Clinton “needs to make sure the next, whoever the next vice president is, could take over if anything happened to her” - though he said it was too early to seriously discuss potential vice presidential picks.

When he was asked directly whether adding Obama to a Clinton ticket would be a good idea, he responded: “Sure it would. Absolutely. How could you deny consideration of someone who has excited so many people?”

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At CNN's debate in Los Angeles Thursday, both candidates were asked about the possibility of a joint ticket, regardless of who held the top spot – a suggestion that prompted cheering from the audience. Both suggested it was too early to discuss potential running mates.

CNN's Alexander Mooney

soundoff (702 Responses)
  1. Miguel, Florida

    I think, That will be the winner ticket in November 08.

    February 4, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. Stephan Tx.

    Oh please! Obama/Clinton ticket end of story.

    February 4, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. Jim

    Clinton is to tainted for Obama to even consider being on the same ticket.

    February 4, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  4. Casey

    Clinton/ Obama 08! – The Dream Team Ticket!

    February 4, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  5. Sally

    For real change that will help all of the people, Vote for Ron Paul Mike Huckabee 08!

    February 4, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. Rose

    I agree. It will give Obama an opportunity to develop the experience he needs.

    February 4, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  7. Jesse

    Desperation. Trying to lure undecideds to the Clintion side by hinting that you may get Clinton AND Obama if you vote for Clinton.

    I'd be highly disappointed to see these 2 together on one ticket.

    It's Obama for nothing for me this election. I don't believe the Clintons should be able to take a democrats vote for granted.

    February 4, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. Katherine from Oregon

    I don't think anyone who supports Barack Obama wants to see the two of them on a ticket together. Hillary would want him because of his electricity and appeal to young voters, but that is just the reason he would stay far, far away from her!

    February 4, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  9. Truth

    FACT CHANCE!!!!

    February 4, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. Truth

    FAT CHANCE!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. marcus

    Yeah, right!!

    Go Obama 08!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. Sam

    No Sorry but who said Hillary Clinton will be nominated? And I seriously doubt if Obama would want her as a running mate.

    February 4, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. Illinois voter

    Hillary now, Obama later.

    February 4, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. Andrew, florida

    Another attempt to marginalize Obama. There are fundamental differences between the two in a number of areas, and Obama is honestly much stronger than her on most of these issues. It's not fair to diminish what he has accomplished. And the voters will show their support for Obama over Clinton in the end.

    February 4, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. Ken, NY

    Another desperate move by Clinton camp. What a joke.

    February 4, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. TammyNH

    Clinton is trying to attach herself to Obama because tears, smear campaigns, and Bill have done nothing but tank her numbers.. Please step aside Hillary and let Obama lead. She doesn't want Obama she wants his supporters.

    February 4, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  17. Jim

    I really don' t think that Obama would accept a back seat to Hillary and for that matter I don't think he would want her as his running mate with all the Clinton Baggage. You really need to have a fresh face to meet the scrutiny of the republicans in a presidential debate. It would be nice to see John Edwards as Obamas running mate.

    February 4, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  18. John

    clinton will be crazy to take barack "the snub" obama as her running mate. He is bush in the making. talking big about being inclusive and as the camera turns away his face changes....

    February 4, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  19. Cheryl

    The only reason I'm FOR a Dem is because of Obama as Prez...NOT a CLINTON, EVER!

    February 4, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  20. Korn

    Clinton/Obama-Obama/Clinton 2008!!!!
    YES YES YES...Sen Obama and Sen, Clinton Please Considering this...This is the only to unite the supporters of each side side...and AMERICA!!!!

    TOGETHER WE STAND

    February 4, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  21. BJ, Seattle

    I love the idea of either a Clinton/Obama or a Obama/Clinton ticket. If it's the former, I would have Hilary commit to allowing the VP to have a significant role-not as much as Dick Cheney though. Also, the role of Bill Clinton would have to be laid out. Maybe he can spend his time working on his foundation and not be directly involved?

    February 4, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  22. Nicole, Wisconsin

    I do not think there are much differences between Hillary and Obama. If they can work together, why not? Experience + Hope.

    February 4, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. John, NC

    As a staunch HILLARY supporter, I could not agree more. Obama would be an outstanding VP. That is where he belongs at this time.

    Obama needs room to grow, folks. He may inspire people now, but when it comes to the nitty-gritty, he'd be lacking and need too much hand-holding. He's a fine candidate, but let's not set him up for failure.

    Go HILLARY '08

    February 4, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  24. Corey, Maryland

    The Clintons are weak and they know they cant win the general election without Barack, but he can win by a landslide by himself. She is the weaker candidate Barack has everything!!!

    Obama 08!!

    February 4, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. Jeff an Independent

    She's crying again, and her chair is suggesting him as VP. Any more dirty tricks before tomorrow?

    February 4, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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