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. Brian

    Yeah, sure Bill, President; Hillary, Vice President; Barack - third wheel.

    Surely McAuliffe is joking.

    Barack/Edwards in 08!

    February 5, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Steve C - Atlanta

    Looks like even Clinton's staff support Obama for President! GO OBAMA!

    February 5, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Carthage

    Another Clinton ploy to get the the 'torn' vote... This is our time – Obama time!
    Don't let the circus back in town! Do we really wnat to talk about Clinton antics (like the Clinton Librabry funding and Kazakhstan stories) for the next few months? Only HRC can unite the GOP; she has no cross-over support, indeps. will break heavily for McCain over her, and a large part of the base will just stay home. It does not take Rove to tell us that without indep. apeal, there is NO WIN in November! Enough already! HRC's abilities are ultimately suited for a leadership role in the senate – let's all agree we can use that!

    February 5, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. helen

    Oh please! why would he want to be a vice anything to the Hillbillies.

    February 5, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. RuthieM

    No thank you, absolutely not in any scenario with (the) Clintons. Obama should not even think about it, whether he wins or loses, no VP to Clinton and no VP to Obama for Clinton. I think Obama should stay as far away from her as possible, and after seeing the former 2 term president's true colors since campaigning for his wife, I think Obama should also stay as far away from him too as possible.

    February 5, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Bill Brady

    Gobama ! ! !

    How would you like your crow prepared McAuliffe ? ? Well done ? ? ?

    February 5, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Frank

    We've never elected a woman OR a black man as president or VP. We are not going to do BOTH now.

    February 5, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Barbara

    Sorry McAuliffe, not buying what you are selling and neither are a majority of the American people. Obama will be our next President. And tell Hillary to stop pulling that crying game. I'm sick of it.

    February 5, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. mab

    Obama YES
    Clinton NEVER

    How can you sorry excuses for humans even consider Hillary. She is more of a DINO than a Democrat.

    Get rid of the HillBillies now...

    February 5, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Jonathan

    Hillary seems untrustworthy. Her "answers" to debate or interview questions are almost always talking-point spiels that may or may not directly address the question (more often not). By contrast, Obama is far more likely to give a reasoned response to a question. With Hillary, public statements are apparently unrelated to her inner decision structure. It's possible that she would make a president whose decisions I would applaud, but it seems equally possible that she would not. Who knows? WHat DOES seem likely, is that she would bend to expediancy and the main chance (always allowing for a sort of stubborn ambition). Therefore I'm voting Obama, who I believe will make a good president, whose policies I generally agree with, and whose stated positions seem authentic. I dont really care who has more "hope" or who is more likeable. The real issue is a combination of trustworthiness, competence and positions. I'd rather not see Hillary on the ticket with him because her apparent untrustworthiness makes me suspicious, and I suspect that many other people have the same feeling.

    February 5, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Myron

    The sheer arrogance that Team Clinton exhibits daily would be enough to end anyone else's political career. But when HRC and BJC can wrest an apology from Chris Matthews for his telling the truth about her rise to power, the evidence is clear: The Clintons absolutely do manipulate the mainstream media.

    February 5, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. BJ

    Obama is too young, too inexperienced and lacks the confidence necessary to a President of the U.S.

    He needs to go home and come back in about 12 years.

    February 5, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Philip

    Here's a thought, if you really wanted to unite the country, why not Obama/McCain or McCain/Obama?

    February 5, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. SFLou

    There's no surprise the DNC chairman would position Obama as a VP to Shrillary. He's a friend of Bubba's. This whole thing has been orchestrated by BIlly Boy as the party's establishment leader. Obama would not take a vp position to Clinton. The majority of Obama voters will not back Hillary because she stands for nothing but opportunism & divide/conquer politics. Then again as a 15 year corporate lawyer for Wal-Mart, why would anyone be surprised. To the Democrat sheep voting for Hillary, she's unelectable.

    February 5, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Followingclosely

    After reading some of these comments I see why the U.S. has such problems. Many of you are woefully ignorant. Sad but true...

    February 5, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. retrometas

    We're not making Barry Obama Commander in Chief of the armed services during time of war - nor is Rodham Clinton capable of such a role. The leftists in the media have their head in the sand as do Democratic primary voters. Fortunately the American people will make the final decision - and Americans love their country too much to seriously entertain such foolishness.

    February 5, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. RobertM

    Hillary's people will stop at nothing: falsehood, condescension, misrepresentation, and phony emotional behavior intended to elicit sympathy votes. Obama or anyone else would have to be crazy to either accept a VP spot on a Hillary ticket or, hopefully more realistically, to offer Clinton the VP spot on his ticket. She's a loser, whiner, and ruthless politician who remained married to a serial philanderer solely to advance her political career. Pathetic.

    February 5, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. James

    I would consider voting for Obama and I'm an independent.

    I would NEVER vote for a Clinton – Obama pair, regardless of who was on top of the ticket.

    February 5, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Lynne

    Obama could no more be Hillary's Vice President than Gore was Bill's! Hillary was Bill's and Bill will be Hillary's...she should have run on her own merits and people might have gained more respect for her....

    February 5, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Anon152

    I wonder how much the people leaving comments here are making from the candidates to inject the rhetoric?

    Worse still, I wonder how many American's are believing it?

    February 5, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Bill

    If Hillary is elected, Bill will be de facto vice president.

    February 5, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. grant

    Hillary needs obama; obama does not need hillary; vote for obama; clinton unites the republicans.

    February 5, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. Dan

    Give us a break...the dems must be desperate to even suggest Obama and Clinton would make a dream ticket...The only change we would see if either one gets elected is the USA's turnaround from a democratic republic to socialism.

    February 5, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Realist

    Hillary will not pick Obama because she needs a southerner on the ticket. Obama would not accept because if she won in Nov he would be nothing. Bill would be the VP and everyone knows it. Hillary will have to make a show of considering Obama and he may say he can do more in the senate. Then she will be free to pick the most likely running mate, Mark Warner.

    February 5, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. Al Rasta

    I am a black Man, I think that Obama will make a good president in 4-8 years. Now is time for a woman that Hillary is. For you Obama/Oprah supporter think hard as why she endorsed Obama considering that her show is always full of women, oh! and she opened girls only school in South Africa. Think for your self .

    Hillary is very smart, educated, experienced woman who can get job done on her own without Bill. For you young college girls do not fall for Oprah Kennedy, they are not as strong, brave, to run against boys as Hillary. Un informed people who are Hillary Haters keep on taking cheap shot at this brave woman based on her husband mistakes that is just wrong. Their messages is woman can not run a country without husband, do you belive that?

    February 5, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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