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. Big J

    There is no way Obama would have Hillary as VP, NO WAY.

    He is way too smart to be the only heartbeat between the Clintons and the presidency. He knows they would find a way to destroy him.

    February 5, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Jr., California

    I think you got it backwards, Hillary would make a fair running mate.

    February 5, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. vicki

    This is what is stunning...women who arrogantly excuse their own specious behavior in this campaign because purportedly men have always behaved this way. Yet they want to also make the argument that women are somehow better than men??? Why should I want to vote for a woman who is as unauthentic as the man currently in the White House?... I believe the women supporting Hillary Clinton have behaved atrociously...you cannot criticize behavior of men while sanctioning that same behavior in a woman simply because she is a woman! As Oprah says, "I am a woman, but I am a free woman" and as such there is nothing on this earth that would make me ever vote for Hillary Clinton. Enough is Enough!

    February 5, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Nick B

    I don't think Obama would want to take back seat to Bill while he acts as adjunct President. I want ONE President, not a co-team.

    February 5, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Go Obama!

    "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."
    Exactly. Hillary's been in elected politics (you know, where she was actually the one elected) for 7 years now, Obama's been an elected official for 11 years. You're right, the VP slot is a pretty awesome feat for someone just jumping in... Hillary should really consider it a lot more than she is. Otherwise she's in for a rude awakening.

    Hillary's been rising on her husband's coattails for "35 years," and the only change she's been involved in is when she gave up her Illinois roots and Arkansas governor's mansion address to run for Senate in... New York. How can anyone tell who she's representing? New York? Arkansas? Wal-Mart? (I remember when I first saw a Wal-mart in the Northeast... it was soon after Clinton won the White House. Before that, I'd only vaguely heard of it. Coincindence?)

    I take offense at this whole "young" thing about Obama supporters. I'm 45 years old, and this is the first time I've had a chance to vote for someone who actually inspires me. I'm not going to miss this change I have.

    February 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Frank

    The Clintons are a liability ... remember the election of 2000 !

    No Clinton in sight because it was bad enough as it was with their scandals.

    Bill Clinton is a nationally certified liar and Hillary Clinton did not get anywhere with her first mandatory health care disaster. How often do they think they have to be president ? This is not a monarchy !

    OBAMA'08 and just OBAMA'08 !

    February 5, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. jane doe

    Thank you terry and bill clinton for reminding us why we do NOT want bill clinton in the WH. Thank you bill, for losing your temper and showing us the 'real you.' Thank you for twisting Barack's words in an attempt to trick us into voting for hillary. Thank you for lying under oath and getting impeached. Thank you for playing the race card. Thank you for not apologizing after you did that. Thank you for publicly dishonoring hillary and showing us how NOT to treat a wife. Thank you for the pardons. Thank you for a list of questionable donors and not telling us what they expect in return. Thank you for not releasing your 8 yr records of your presidency.
    In other words, thanks for nothing!

    February 5, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. greg

    i think clinton would want obama as VP, but no way clinton would become a vp she wants it all not runner up.

    February 5, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Steve

    Disgusting move once again by the Clinton Team... McCauliffe is the slimy fundraiser for them that they had inserted as head of DNC (who then undermined Kerry's candidacy four years ago to open window for Hillary.

    This move is calculated by the Clinton's to try to appeal to those few that aren't sure whether to vote Obama or Clinton... hoping that they can get two. The reality is she needs him. She disgracefully introduced the race card and has alienated many voters.

    February 5, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Kim

    Bill & Hillary approved NAFTA. He could have vetoed it. Enough said.

    February 5, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Khan

    Obama is the hope of poors in America and abroad. American are tired of this centuries old thinkings and they want change. Hillary is not real but Obama is a real person who has some vision. The time for change has come. America, please show the world that the days of the pundits are numbered. Edward and Obama can change the faith of Americans in particular and the world in general.

    February 5, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Not a lefty

    There is no way Obama takes a back seat to a clearly amoral and highly unethical president. If Obama wins the nomination I could almost guarentee Hillary would be offered the VP slot.

    Frankly, the Clinton's, both of them, should slither off and bathe themselves with the riches they've already acculmulated in "public service". They made more money running for office than they could have ever made in the private sector. Incidently, in the private sector its called "hitting the till" while the owner has his backed turned. Anyone who thinks the first Clinton presidency reaked of malfeasance (remember the last minute pardons and the Chinese "secrets" scandal?) imagine a pair of near-do-wells knowing where all the tricks of the trade. Katie bar the treasury!.

    February 5, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Only way either of them is gonna get it is as ron paul's running mate.

    viva la revolution!

    February 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. Apostledogg

    Who made Terry McAuliffe God... Obama does more than make people excited, he has a very good handle on every issue and he is honest, has integrity, ability to think for himself and most of all he is not sworn to the skull and bones agenda... I which Terry McAuliffe go away as he along with the chairman Dean put the fix in when they front-loaded the delegates for Hillary. Gee America when are we going to get it right? Why do we want another presidential term go to two families this long? We will bite the dust if Hillary gets in. She will push the same agenda that Bush and her husband has been pushing and that is sell this nation out further. Hillary is a LIAR! When are we going to wake up from our coma America?

    February 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Josh

    Barack Obama is so much stronger than Hillary as a person and as a leader. I see no use for Obama to take a VP nod from Hillary. I'm a very progressive person and I'm looking for things to change, but honestly, I can't stand Hillary. If she wins the nomination I will vote for McCain, or even Romney if I must. Hillary is the worst. She touts all of her do gooder accomplishments, but does anyone remember Whitewater? That was all her folks! She will divide the governemnt like we have never seen before, the congress will be in total deadlock and we won't get anything done. She tried to her health care plan before too, people. Does anyone remember that? Where would she be without Bill? The Clintons are bad news, let's move on...

    February 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Disappointed

    I am a lifelong Democrat who is heartbroken by the sexism that has surged in this party. Have we become so intolerant that we do not allow differences related to gender? The Democratic Party have always been a refuge for all people – including women. I do believe that women should safely be allowed to support other women without the insurmountable bashing.

    February 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Debbie

    What makes anyone think Hillary would choose Obama as her VP? Give me a break! I say Clinton/Edwards '08!

    GO!! HILLARY GO!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. JOldsen

    Only way to unit the country? Hillary is a Clinton, you might as well start making a map of red and blue states again.

    February 5, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Mike T.

    Obama has already publicly stated that he would not accept a VP position (said this many months ago). If he did, it would be perfect foder for his opponents.

    February 5, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. jane doe

    If Barack is good enough to be VP, he's be a fantastic president, becuse he's sooooooo much better than hillary. And, we would have to get stuck with bill clinton, the former impeached president who lied under oath for defiling, disgracing the White House.

    February 5, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. Vette66

    Reading all the commenst here and other sites I get the "Same O same O" feeling. Every time a Dem opens its mouth or put sometihing in writting it come out "We want more of your money by the way of taxation, for social programs" nothing more nothing less.

    Some pay alot for medical care, some pay less and some pay none. As far as I can tell everyone gets medical care, everyone gets fed, everyone can get a place to sleep. It may not be the Kennedy, Clinton, Edwards, Gore, or any of the other rich Dems extra large houses or their fancy foods but they can get by.

    By the way, how come the Dems aren't giving up their millions to take care of the "poor". Why do they always want the money from us working poor.

    Just a thought.

    February 5, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. Rich MPLS

    Well. one thing for sure.... They can both make change. Heck with the new modern cash registers even illegal immigrants can make change. However either of them are pathetically incapable of making A change.

    February 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. slim

    If he's not ready to be president, why would he be ready to take over. Once again, they're speaking out of both sides of their mouthes. Nothing new from Terry McCauliffe

    February 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Vette66

    BIg J – There is no way Obama would have Hillary as VP, NO WAY.

    He is way too smart to be the only heartbeat between the Clintons and the presidency. He knows they would find a way to destroy him.

    He would some how just kill himself like all the rest of Clintons "firends".

    February 5, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. ronp123

    there is not a chance i would vote for either obama or hillary. that said, i do admire Barack – he's got energy and some things that hillary is most definitely missing – a personality and a soul.

    February 5, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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