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. jeff

    Who would want to have to deal with Willy? Someone who doesnt mind being Vice-vice president.

    February 5, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Gil - California

    To all you Obama haters, we will see just how much your small minds impact today.

    Obama is a candidate worthy to be my president, Clinton is not and never will be. I deservered better than the first Clinton and I deserver better than the second.

    To anyone suggesting Obama supporters grow up let me ask you, what have YOU done for this country? I've served over 26 years in this nation's military. I am now an old man and I haven't seen a nominee that inspired me in a good many years. I've already seen Clinton part 1 and was left unimpressed, am I supposed to be impressed with this one simply because she's a woman? The is nothing wrong with a woman being president and if there was one running whom I respected, I would gladly give her my vote. But Hillary is not that person.

    As far as I am concerned, it is Obama, or it is a different party. Enjoy your vote today, either way it is history. The only difference is that at the end of the day, only one of us will be happy.

    February 5, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. John

    Quite frankly Obama would be crazy to join the sleeze bag Clintons in the whitehouse. If the Ron Brown film was out now instead of held up by Clinton litigation Hillary would be nowhere in this race.

    The Democrats are looking determined to loose the Whitehouse yet again and they will only have themselves to blame for the Clinton fiasco.

    If Hillary gets the nomination just watch how quickly the independents and right of centre dems move to McCain a centerist Republican.

    February 5, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Mary

    Ditto Michael
    Yes We Can!

    February 5, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Chris

    For a "uniter", Obama sure has driven a wedge on the Democratic side. If he doesn't win, it sounds like most of his supporters will jump ship to the Republicans. Must be the same idiots who voted for Nader.

    February 5, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Rob

    What Mr. McAuliffe doesn't realize is that this admission leaves open the question "WHY Obama would be so good for Clinton?"

    Her supporters are finite. Her negatives are nearly infinite. She needs him badly. But her as Obama's VP is toxic. She brings nothing he can't get.

    Sooooooo why should Dems even bother nominating her if she needs a VP to make her look better?

    February 5, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. BobR

    Hilary Clinton would make a great Chief of Staff! She's like Leo McGarrity! And oldey-time Washington insider who knows how to fight the politics dirty when it's called for.

    She'd make a terrible Vice President (then both her *and* Bill would be having outbursts), but her know-how of the ins and outs of Washington bureaucracy, of the politics of Congress and the Cabinet offices, she'd be great at helping an inspirational, charismatic leader - such as Obama - navigate the byzantine halls of Washington.

    February 5, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Bein Careful

    Some of you are saying Clinton/Obama, Obama/Clinton. I was a democrat for years, changed to republican some years ago and am now considering voting democrat again, but NOT if Hillary Clinton's name appears on the ballot. I will vote for Obama, but never for another Clinton. The country needs to realize that Clinton as pres or vp will insure a republican victory. Wake up, people!

    February 5, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. GWASCHER

    Obama is far the better candidate for too many reasons to list. Hillary, if elected, will be put in her place just as Billy was during the first mid-term elections of his presidency. Bill managed to accomplish what no other Democrat since the 1950s could do...hand both houses of Congress to the opposition...his sole contribution to the political process. Hillary would repeat that.

    For Obama to take the VP slot would be ebtrayal of all he stands for. He can run again, on his own, if Hillary somehow pulls it off. And, he could do it without having to carry any of her baggage with him.

    February 5, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Georgia

    1. Obama/Gore
    2. Obama/Colbert (I wish!)
    3. Obama/Edwards
    4. Obama/Richardson

    but please, not Obama/Clinton – that would surely lose the election.

    February 5, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. harry

    The Clintons are have been using African Americans since day one! They are now doing the same for THIER power. Will never vote for a clinton again!

    February 5, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Theo

    Chris wrote:

    "Experience is meaningless without judgment. Hillary repeatedly has displayed poor judgment DESPITE her experience."

    Of all the comments I've read over the months, weeks and days, Chris' makes the most intelligent, reasoned argument. I wish more people would read the comment above. Enough already! Young people are dying in Iraq as a result of a war she authorized. Will her "experience" bring them back? Maybe if she finally admitted that she made a mistake, maybe their families will have closure.

    February 5, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. cajunmemaw1

    Rubbish, MacAuliffe--Obama doesn't need Hillary-and I'm a Republican who will vote for Obama--but never for a Clinton!!

    February 5, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. pundita

    I think it would be a dynamic ticket if Hillary and Obama were on the same sheet of music. It would be a powerful tool in defeating Senator McCain.

    February 5, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Ed

    Normally this would be a good idea for Obama if Hillary got the nomination. But who would want to be Vice President with Bill walking the hallways with nothing to do?

    February 5, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Jay

    No more anything CLINTON! Please America.

    I believe that Obama is much further to the left than many Americans realize at this point and I see that as a negative down the road. But I do think he is a "good" person and his take on things is at least honestly hopeful.

    He would ruin his career if he took the VP spot as a Hillary tenure would be a disaster and his young and promising future will be destroyed with her downfall.

    February 5, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Suzan

    Look guys. Obama is smooth. Very smooth. But what has he DONE? America has a weak spot for hype, and Obama is ALL hype. We'd love to think that change can be accomplisghed with hope and a diet a pill, but it doesn't work that way. Obama has no substance. After a year of chairing a senate armed forces committee on Europe and Afganistan, he has never even called a hearing, never even visited the region. Is that what we can look forward to, all gloss and promises but no action???

    For such very lack of accomplishment, the Republicans will tear him limb from limb if he wins the Democratic nomination.

    I don't trust him as far as I can throw a shoe. He says he believes in running a clean campaign then he runs a sleazy ad trying to undermine Hillary's far superior healthcare plan.

    Obama fans are deer staring into headlights. He has not been scrutinized yet. He can barely handle a debate, let alone the tactics Republicans will throw at him. He is scrawny and weak-looking to me.

    And by the way, Caroline Kennedy was about 6 years old when her father died. But the woman who REALLY knew Jack was Jackie, and she had both Clintons at her summer house every year, and out on her boat. They were close friends. I have no doubt that if she were alive she would endorse Hillary, as Robert Kennedy Jn has done. Oprah is not a political figure. Shame on her for endorsing Obama for obvious racial reasons.

    February 5, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Robert Smith

    This is a desperate move by the Clinton toadies that are looking for high-paid, do-nothing jobs in a Clinton administration. They see their future slipping away and want those that are unsure about Obama to vote for Clinton. I am afraid that the Clinton mafia will do anything, whether unethical, immoral, or illegal, to try and win. The election should be won or lost straight up without rigging, misleading, or cheating.

    February 5, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. Karen from Minnesota

    Douglas is right on! if you were getting on a plane today would you want the pilot to be the best speaker or the most qualified? Think it over. A co-pilot eventually can become a pilot and be as qualified as his/her ability takes them.

    The world is a trecherous place and we need experience!

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Go Obama!

    I am SO hoping that Obama cleans up today so that all those Establishment Democrats have to take Obama seriously. The only reason she's been seen as leading is because of those Superdelegates, the ones that CNN uses to show Hillary as leading the delegate count. There have been SIX states voting, and the only ones where Hillary won the delegate count were the ones where Hillary had gotten Obama to pledge not to campaign... and then she campaigned anyway!!

    Delegate counts before today:
    Iowa: Obama 16, Hillary 15
    New Hampshire: Obama 9, Hillary 9
    Nevada: Obama 13, Hillary 12
    S. Carolina: Obama 25, Hillary 12

    Why does the media keep talking about Hillary as being the leader?? Even this morning, Obama is ahead of Hillary by 13 points in California!!! You think the Dems will come around by the time November rolls around??

    February 5, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. John

    Once again the Clinton camp wants to have it both ways. They say Obama isn't experienced enough to be President, but that he would make a great Vice President. Well, the VP could become President any MINUTE after the inauguration. So, anyone who is ready to be VP must be fully qualified to be President.

    I am sick and tired of patronizing statements about what a smart inspiring young man Obama is. They might just as well call him the "good boy". To the Clintonites who say Obama supporters should be happy he is worthy of consideration as a VP Candidate by the all might Clintons I say that is just more of the same patronizing crap.

    Move over Clintonistas, it is a new day and time for new leadership. You had your shot and didn't give us health care, didn't do a thing about energy security and all in all mostly boosted your own egos. NEXT!

    Bill Clinton has said for years that he wants a third term and that is really what Hillary's run is about. "While speaking at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum yesterday, former President Bill Clinton announced that Congress should change the 22nd Amendment that limits a president to two terms. "I think since people are living much longer . . . the 22nd Amendment should probably be modified to say two consecutive terms instead of two terms for a lifetime," Clinton said. "

    February 5, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Todd

    Obama or Clinton ticket = Complete Socialism

    February 5, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Susan

    Please just read the candidates policies. Be informed, don't go for Obama because he is black, handsome, likable, etc. Don't go for Clinton because she is a woman. Know what the candidates stand for.

    February 5, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. J. Hurley

    Really, who IS Barack Obama ?

    I think he should be competing for Ryan Seacrests job or George "W" bushes' pep squad position at Yale. Maybe co-host with Oprah on her program , bizare parties and crazy give-a-ways. Or send him to teach at her girls school in Africa.

    February 5, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. Melissa in CA

    Hillary would be a great Dept. of Health and Human Services chief.

    There she can focus on health care. She's a one trick pony.

    February 5, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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