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. araines

    "Further, Hillary's statement about it taking Clinton's to clean up behind both Bush's, we lost the White House to Bush because of Clinton."

    Apparently, you were in a coma in November and December 2000.

    February 5, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Big J

    Another reason Obama would NEVER take Hillary on his ticket would be her huge negatives. Almost half the public will never vote for her. He would never take somone on with her amount of baggage.

    February 5, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. JM

    Good grief. 2 liberal senators as a ticket? only moveon.org or teddy K or other anti americans dreams.

    go Mac.

    February 5, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Nancy Ruckersville Va

    Even though I have said this would happen from the very start..... OMG our country really would go to hell in a hand basket... How the woman and her husband even have a chance is totally amazing.. Start adding to the ( I was friends with the Clinton's and now I'm dead) hit list that was a mile long when he was in office...

    February 5, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Gita Gode

    It's Hillary all the way......people are so gullible!!!!!!!!! Electability is a qualification for the highest office in the land????? What about experience?

    Obama might be able to give a good speech but that does not make him a viable candidate for the Presidency. Think folks...................don't fall prey to sound bites.

    February 5, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Jr., California

    To Suzan,

    What has Hillary done? And don't tell me what Bill has done, I'm asking what Hillary has done. She claims to have 35 years of experience? Doing what?

    February 5, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. just me

    Just saw McAulliffe on MSNBC at noon and he looks shaken. Methinks the Clinton kids are seeing something that makes them uncomfortable.

    February 5, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. John Warren Gotsch

    Stop marginalising Obama.
    Reality is he wins; he would never join the Clintons.
    If she wins she will lose and we all come back in 4 years.
    PUNTO!!

    February 5, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. ninplude

    Obama would be a fool to formally align himself with the Clintons. I believe he will be president one day, and that it would be better for him not to tarnish himself with the dirt the Clintons would bring.

    February 5, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Yeah Right

    Mac is on crack! Obama wouldn't stoop, Clinton isn't worthy!

    February 5, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Di

    I wouldn't want Obama as President or Vice President....he all fake!!!

    February 5, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Milo

    If I were Obama, I'd never consider Hillary as VP.

    Who would want to be a heartbeat away from Hillary becoming *PRESIDENT*?

    February 5, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. James

    Unreal! The audacity of racist and limited people like this never shocks or surprises me. The same was done with Powell when he could have taken the reigns and they asked him to play second fiddle to Bush. What jokesters these mindless creeps! Such condescendence from the Cintons and their minions, they are simply too divisive when a nation needs the complete opposite.

    February 5, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. TR

    Obama/Hillary 08......all of the planets will be aligned and all of America will come together and love one another finally ! If you vote republican we'll all continue to hate each other...vote democat and all that hate will disappear!

    February 5, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Warsame

    Hillary will not be VP if Obama wins the nomination. He doesn't need her and as a Clinton she has too much baggage. Too big a risk going up against the GOP.

    If he wins he'll choose someone with military experience, too counter Mccain. My bet is Jim Webb.

    February 5, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. tduck

    ....i'm sure hillary & bill would like oboma as vp .
    .... they could suck-up to the black voters , again .
    .... but they would leave him locked in the veep's office ..bringing him out when needed .

    February 5, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. Cathy

    I am voting for OBAMA....but if he shares the ticket with Hillary in November, I am voting Repulican!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    February 5, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Cathy

    Obama/Caroline Kennedy ticket . Would be awesome!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. ao

    FEATURE THE MIT STUDY ABOUT CLINTON AND OBAMA HEALTH CARE PLANS – LET SOUND SCIENCE AND RESEARCH BE HEARD!!! LET THE TRUTH BE SPOKEN!!! HILLARY IS RIGHT ON MARK WITH HER COST, WHICH ACTUALLY IS LOWER THAN OBAMA'S WITH BETTER RESULTS (ACTUALLY EVERYONE COVERED). THIS IS A SCIENTIFIC FACT BASED ON SOUND RESEARCH AT MIT – BEFORE CRITICIZING ME, CHECK IT FOR YOURSELF!!!

    February 5, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Sharon

    The US needs a person with experience in international affairs, the only one available is HC.
    Obama would make an excellent vice, it would give him the ability to garner experience for the top position.
    The US does not need a learn on the job President, too much murky water left from this administration.
    You people better start thinking with your heads instead of this blue sky , flag waving "it will be better tomorrow" rhetoric
    If you have not noticed, global opinion is not on your side. .

    February 5, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Jim

    Unfortunately, if Obama chose to run with Clinton, he would lose my vote.

    February 5, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. nunya bizness

    Obama is the only candidate that has both state legislature and Senate experience. He is the most experienced candidate running. Stop downgrading his experience.

    I too want a Clinton anywhere near the White House. Enough of them already.

    Please America, do not put another Clinton in office. Please.

    February 5, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. Paul

    Yes, I will go for Clinton/Obama 08 winning ticket.

    However, Obama should not be pressured by superdelegates to accept this position. He should also demand at least five high level cabinet positions of his team (State, UN Rep, HHS, Labor and Attorney General).

    Even if Obama as VP selection is impossible, Clinton would still be wise to pick prominent African American as her running mate (Rep. John Lewis, GA). I also like Clinton/Lewis 08 ticket.

    This is definitely not some normal election year. No democrats should ever take African American votes for granted from now on.

    February 5, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. GivetheBherDue

    Sorry MacAuliffe, I want a President/Vice President ticket as provided for by the Constitution. The Constitution does not provide for a co-presidency. The person in the Oval Office is supposed to be the person the majority of the American people elect. While I am not a fan of Hillary Clinton by any stretch of the imagination, I would vote for an Obama/Clinton ticket because it would be clear who the president and the vice president were. There is no way I will vote for a Clinton/Obama ticket because it would simply be a return to the sleaze, corruption and divisiveness of the Clinton era. Also, I don't want a Universal Health Plan that would include a provision to garnish my check.

    February 5, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. karen

    i can see hillary needing obama but i dont think obama needs hillary.hillary is not the type of woman-and i would love a woman president- shes not the right woman for the white house.

    February 5, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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