February 4th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
2 years 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. Aimee

    Wow, if he had said no he would have been diminishing his accomplishments and when he says yes he is marginilizing him. Get a grip people and base your arguments *and* votes on substance!

    February 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Ignatz Horowitz

    Obama, maybe. Clinton? NEVER. Oy, who would vote for that yachne?

    February 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Greg

    As a Republican for Obama, the best thing to get me to turn against his candidacy would be having a Clinton running mate. Hell, if he even promised her a CABINET position I'd vote against him.

    February 5, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Joan

    I'm confused... I can understand the excitement like waiting at the top of the stairs for santa, but Bill has the experience, not Hillary, nor does Obama.. I don't get this... there are about 25 democratic senators with more experience .. this makes no sense... and this "Change" thing and "Hope" thing is like praying on mentally handicapped people that don't want to do their homework. this is actually sad. we are setting ourselves up for disappointment

    February 5, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. Greg

    As a Republican for Obama, the best thing to get me to turn against his candidacy would be having a Clinton running mate. Hell, if he even promised her a CABINET position I'd vote against him.

    February 5, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. jp

    And as far as Hillary not getting good press is concerned, did any one notice how in the last debate Obama was cut off twice for commercials???? And Hillary should be glad she is ignored by the press, since comments like how she would garnish our wages to pay for her health care plan are totally swept under the rug. Obama is fresh and honest. And does not treat people like morons. His health care plan is for people-if they want it.

    February 5, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Bein Careful

    McAullife ought to get his head out of Clinton's butt so he can see that Obama is the one who is going to be looking for a running mate. This country has had enough of the Clintons, James Carville, Terry McAullife and the rest of the Clinton trash. Go back to working for a living McAuliffe, you wuss.

    February 5, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. SF, CA

    Obamer:

    If Latinos don't vote for Obama, it's not because of racial prejudice.

    I am CA Latino, I've voted for African Americans, Latinos, and women in the past.

    I am voting Hillary today because she has ideas, and isn't just blowing hot air.

    If Obama should win the Democratic nomination I will vote for him, because I am a Democrat through and through.

    February 5, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. AJ, IL

    Many Hillary supporters infer experience to Hillary simply because she is still married to former President Bill Clinton. Hillary ran for the position of New York Senator while she was first lady of the US and living in D.C. in 2000. Why would a two-term first lady choose to run for the senate in a state she has not lived in to make less money than she did back in the late 1980s? Why would a woman who has been cheated on and disrespected by her husband numerous times from 1982 to 2000, still be married to him? Hillary had a serious plan to run for President back in 1997. She knew she first needed to be elected to a high public office to have creditability. Hillary is allowed to claim 35 years of experience in the Democratic party, but the Republicans would love to challenge her specifics on those 35 years and what they really mean. Hillary has been a strong proponent for woman and children rights. She was with the Children Legal Defense Fund for less than a year after law school. Why? Too little money. She then became a corporate attorney in Arkansas after Bill Clinton was elected Arkansas Attorney General. Hillary made law partner in 4 years and spent a total of 15 years defending large corporations and on corporate boards (making over $200,000 per year in the late 1980s) while doing some work on issues involving women and children. Hillary has overemphasized her work with children and women in her first 15 years after law school. But as first lady she definitely stepped up her work on the behalf of children and women issues. When you ask Hillary supporters what are her achievements, most will spout off statistics or issues that Bill Clinton worked on.

    Obama in '08!

    February 5, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Reggie

    Agree with the above poster: another attempt to marginalize Obama. Obama's 'dream' seems to be interfering with Hillary's 'plan'.
    Enough Bushes and Clintons. This has got to stop.

    February 5, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Jason

    This is why we do not need 8 more years of Clinton. Clinton would never consider Obama for the VP, and Obama would never accept a VP position that would report not only to Hillary Clinton but to Bill Clinton. This is a joke! This is just another example of Hillary Clinton feeling that she is entitled the Presidency. How insulting that a top official would demean the chances of Obama by suggesting that he is somehow only good enough to be the VP. For any woman who has ever worked hard in her life–only to be relegated to a position below a title that she worked hard to earn. Or for any man who has worked diligently, only to see the son of the CEO take the job he rightly has earned; this is an example of how all of us should vote for Obama. Obama has campaigned from day one to earn our support and vote. Hillary–on the other hand–thought from day one that this was a coronation. While Obama talks about the fact that the people are voting and how presumptuous it is to talk about the VP slot, Clinton's camp is audacious enough to suggest that Obama is only good enough to be VP. The great thing about our democracy is that we determine who the president is. Go Obama!!!

    February 5, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. 02Z06

    Reading all the above comments just proves, it is hard to pick between DUMB or DUMBER ! Between them both, neither has a dimes worth of real experience.

    February 5, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. Jimmy

    Go Obama, President 2008

    February 5, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. C W Barney Burgis

    I am a big Obama supporter. After what Mr. & Mrs. Clinton did running up to South Carolina they have irreparably alienated me from ever voting for her for anything. If Hillary wins, even if Barack is the VP candidate on the ticket, I will be forced to vote for McCain or Bloomberg. I will not reward her lies and deceit.

    Obama voter from Queens, NY.

    February 5, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. Dan

    Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton? Gosh, that would be awful! Imagine how cold and nasty thier relationship woul dbe in the White House knowing that one is second fiddle. I don't think their egos could handle it!

    February 5, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. Ted

    I represent the organization, Lifelong Conservative Republicans for a Clinton/Obama Ticket (LIFECORCLIT, for short). LIFECORCLIT encourages all Democrats to support this dynamic blend of opportunism, narcissism, ambition, and socialism. Hillary & Barack in '08! You go, girl!

    February 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Clinton needs Obama - not the other way around. Obama should pick John Edwards as a running mate.

    February 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Dan

    It is terrbliy funny to see Democrats who once put the Clintons on untouchable pedastals now call them racist and dump them like yesterdays's date.
    Perhaps a splinter party will form? The interesting thing is that the face of both major parties is in doubt and may change forever – maybe (hopefully) we will see the end of Democrats and republicans!

    February 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Tyler

    Over the last couple of weeks the Obama folks have become increasingly bitter and mean while the Clinton supporters have toned it down for a more civil race. Obama supporters need to read what they are writting because "change" doesnt come to mean spirited people. I like Obama but a preacher is a preacher he needs eight years as VP then I would vote for him.

    Clinton 08

    February 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. Teresa_AVGH

    To Douglas: I couldn't have said it better myself. This is a very real possiblity. If this should happen can you imagine what this would mean. 16 yrs of fixing this country. 16 yrs of getting our respect back in the world, and 16 yrs of moving this country in the greater good direction!!!

    "Obamans, I know you're young, but try and grow up. The VP slot is a pretty awesome feat for someone who just jumped into the big leagues. And this is win/win for the party all the way around. You want a VP that can carry the torch in '16. I get it that you think it has to be NOW for Obama……but that's simply not true. He'll only be 54 in 2016 and much better prepared to be President. Does that make sense? Add to all this the Dem party doesn't want or need a candidate right now to go into the general election supporting driver licenses for illegal aliens. Much to risky……and don't kid yourself about that."

    Clinton/Obama '08

    February 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Dan

    Why does everyone believe Obama will unite the US? His policies are just as divisive as any other candidate – Right or Left.
    Funny him being coddled and loved by the Kennedys (Caroline said she did not know her dad but he would ...that is funny!) but Obama's and JFK's policies are differnet. JFK suggested tax cuts, strong military, anti-communism, & free market. Some of JFK's speeches, if they were echoed by Obama would get Obama booed off the stage!

    February 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Kate

    Hillary says her healthcare plan would mean garnishing wages if need be .. is that what we want?

    February 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. Kenneth Dark Starr

    C'mon, Terry, give me a break! Hillary "needs to make sure the next, whoever the next vice president is, could take over if anything happened to her?" She's been screaming all over the country that Obama LACKS the experience to run the country! It's just another Clintonian swipe at Obama. HRC doesn't play well with others neither will she share power, particularly with Bill around as "co-President". The maid in a Hillary White House will have more respect and responsibility than any Vice-President. I'm sure that if she felt the Constitution would allow it, she would dispense with the office of VP altogether.

    February 5, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. Hello from SC

    So many Hillary-haters for no good reason. Obama told the world that Hillary is his friend. She did raise money and campaign for him in the Senate race. If what you say about her is true, he is crooked to have accepted the support. If Clinton is the nominee, clearly he will support her.

    In light of all this, and if what you say about Hillary is true, it means that Obama has poor judgement to have a friend like her– or — if he just said she is his friend for political reasons, it means he is just another lying politician.

    hmmm?

    February 5, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. david taylor

    thank god none of you where around during the American revolution . say what you want about president bush .my family has been safe for 8 years i feel sorry for those who right hateful email one day this will come back to haunt you mark my words

    February 5, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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