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. John

    I think it's hysterical how you continue to play into the Clinton campaign's attempts to marginalize Obama. If I, an average citizen sitting here in my living room, can see what they are doing...WHY CAN'T YOU?

    You need to be more selective about what you report. Particularly when the rest of us can see that you merely being used.

    February 4, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. Eith

    Disgusting. The Clinton campaign can't shock me enough! Wow!!!!!!!!! God help us find our freedom from this Clinton desperation.

    February 4, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. Leah DiMarco, TX

    The Clintons need to GO HOME!

    Senator Obama will pick a vice-president that has integrity.

    Obama for President '08/12

    February 4, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. marcus

    Hillary needs Obama not the other way around.

    Obama 08!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. Shun

    ...meh, sounds like a cheap trick to curb the Obama surge as of late.

    Take the votes of Dems that are desperate to "unite" the party.

    Then leave Obama high and dry....

    Hilary won't put him in ANY position... because he isn't gonna just sit and shut his mouth.

    He is gonna be outspoken and popular still... while Hilary is glared at.

    That would make her stomach churn... cause she is "human"

    February 4, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. enomisa

    That ticket is perfect- Clinton + Obama

    February 4, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. Cris

    Jack Nicholson endorsed Hillary Clinton for president today where is the buzz on that CNN????

    February 4, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. Jim in the Boonies

    I believe the answer was "Thanks but no thanks, and let me say that again ..." , and in case you were wondering, conventional wisdom says that Obama wouldn't touch Hillary as his running mate.

    February 4, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. lostnfound

    HILLARY CLINTON and GEN. WES CLARK!!!!

    February 4, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. united for truth

    Nonsense! an attempt to slow his momentum, and divert his votes-dirty tricks...it won't work.

    February 4, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. David Snider

    Nice try,

    BUT NO!

    Obama is doing this with the people as VP

    February 4, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. We're on to your Transparent Pandering

    Again! Give me a break! On the eve of Super Tuesday, Team Clinton tries to get undecideds to believe that Hillary would choose Barack? Obama would be a better president so we should vote for him outright. Hillary just mobilizes the right wing fundraising machine. I swear these guys will say ANYTHING to get elected.

    February 4, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. JohnS

    Hillary should NOT even be on the short list for OBAMA. Indeed, there are other BETTER candidates out there: Edwards, Biden, Richardson... with stronger MORAL virtues. Hillary knows this; so she cannot but keep CRYING-BIG SISSY!!!

    February 4, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. Stacy

    This is a sleezy attempt by the Clinton campaign to try to make Obama seem junior to Clinton. Obama doesn't want Clinton because the same people who would NEVER vote for a Clinton still exist, and Obama wouldn't accept VP because the job is already taken by the copresident Bill Clinton.
    I am one of those independents who will Vote for Obama over McCain but McCain over Clinton. I will not for any reason ever vote for the Clinton's.

    February 4, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. Ben

    Such arrogance.

    February 4, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. Patrick of Albany NY

    This ticker post is just further proof that Martin's political articles are not worth the grain of salt I read them with.

    February 4, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. JohnS

    Hillary should NOT even be on the short list for OBAMA. Indeed, there are other BETTER candidates out there: Edwards, Biden, Richardson… with stronger MORAL virtues. Hillary knows this; so she cannot but keep CRYING—BIG SISSY!!!

    The Brits and other nations that have had women politicians are probably laughing at our CRY BABY!!! I really do not care how people try to explain this away. For someone with such a great experience, this is truely shameful!!!

    February 4, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. M Johnson

    Terry McAuliffe? He is such a goof. He was a disaster during the 2004 election. Why would anyone take him seriously? He is like a rabid, sound-bite puppet.

    February 4, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  19. Sue

    Maybe as VP he could get a bit of experience!!

    February 4, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  20. magie

    HILLAY – THE GREAT MADAME PRESIDENT!

    February 4, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. Bill

    Desperate attempt to stop the momentum of Obama.

    February 4, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  22. Deanne

    Are you kidding me. Of course, they would say something like that the day before Super Tuesday. With The Clinton's everything is so calculated.

    February 4, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  23. Scared Stiff

    Yeah vote for Obama and his running mate Ted Kennedy? Welcome depression.

    February 4, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  24. k

    Obama needs time to figure it all out-Hillary clearly already has time and a lot of it -who is Obama anyway? 46 from illinois and he's done what? Knows who? President-yea, right. VP maby.
    nothing against Obama but get real...

    February 4, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. Nick, Austin, TX

    It would never happen. Why on earth would someone like Obama want a job like that!!!! He would have to be tied to her policies and Bill Clinton would be there trying to edge him out on every issue.

    You know when Lyndon Johnson asked his friend John Nance Garner, who was Roosevelt's VP, if he should take the spot that Kennedy was offering Garner famously told him "The vice presidency isn’t worth a pitcher of warm spit”.

    Anyway, if Hillary Clinton wins the nomination he can run again in four years against President McCain.

    Sen. Obama is too good for that job.

    February 4, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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