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. Mystery

    No way! He doesn’t need her; he can beat the republicans standing on his head.

    Obama 08!

    February 4, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  2. s.positive

    This is called spinning folks, they will say anything to get to the white house...

    February 4, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. joe

    no barack HUESIEN obama

    HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. Karen

    If Obama turns out to be the winner of the Democratic Party, he'll will be wise enough to choose his own V/P ... bringing "change" wouldn't represents naming Clinton as his running mate.

    February 4, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. Mary

    This does not a pretty picture make. It is a transparent attempt by Clinton's campaign to capture undecideds – those folks who are still making up their minds between Clinton and Obama – implication is clear "go ahead – Vote for Clinton – you can still get Obama....." I hope voters across the country see through this.

    February 4, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. Bob

    I think that Obama is too smart to get sucked into the endless bickering and drama that is the Clintons. Al Gore by all accounts suffered through endless battles behind the scenes with Hillary's power grabs. I think Obama would be dumb to get in on that.

    Honestly, I think Hillary is trying to keep this possibility alive in people's minds because it is a way to siphon off voters who think they can have it both ways.

    February 4, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. Kim Lockwood

    I sincerely hope Senator Obama would reject such an offer. It is critically important that candidates who push for changes in the way campaigns are funded stick with that idea. Senator Clinton accepts money from special interest PACS and lobbyists. Senator Obama has raised millions from the people. While Senator Clinton says she is for public funding of campaigns, neither she, nor her husband President Clinton have done much to forward this plan.

    I personally think a candidate can succeed (as Senator Obama has done so successfully) by appealing to the public to provide campaign funds in small donations. Senator Clinton has never and I do not believe will ever try such an approach. Senator Obama is the right future for America; I hope we choose that future.

    February 4, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. Charles

    I dont know why so many people hate Hillary. I think it has to do with the right-wing brain-washing. I understand if people hate Bush, he has weakened our country, militarily, economically and reputation worldwide. But Hillary, what has she done that makes people hate her?

    February 4, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. No way...........

    Are you kidding me ? Why would Obama want to put himself as #3 (behind Bill) in the White House? His job would simply to be covering up all the messes that Bill and Hillary would make. He would spend his entire career trying to smooth over the divisiveness and cutthroat politics that would ensue from the hatred and revenge other politicians feel toward the Clintons and they for them. Let Hilary be VP or better yet, stay in the Senate where she can do some good.

    I DON"T WANT A DUAL PRESIDENCY WITH BILL AND HILLARY AND SHE IS NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO DO THIS ALONE!!!

    How arrogant of the Clintons to even float the idea..!!!! Why doesn't she offer herself as a possible VP candidate!!! It makes a lot more sense.

    Obama is too smart to waste his potential and political life to playing" pool boy" to Hillary and Bill. Go find some noodnik with no spine and no future to play that role.
    Hillary has no intention of sharing power, the limelight or anything with anyone except Bill. Period.

    February 4, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. DEWITT

    If Hillary is the nominee, they don't have to consider or search a vice president because that position will be already filled by BILL CLINTON!!!!

    So, don't even think about Barack!!!

    Barack Obama 08!!!!

    February 4, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. Edward Russell

    Comon on every issue this ticket makes sense!!! Besides two liberal SENATORS heres why its a perfect ticket for DEMS:

    Hillary would lead Health Care, and a reponsible withdraw from Iraq, she has better vision for expansion for our Green Economy and the benefits. All of which she is clearly better situated to lead.

    Obamas main weakness inexperience, VP gives him that credibility. As a VP he could visit our enemys. HILLARY IS RIGHT we cant give the recognition of the presidency to the worst leaders in the world, we can however send the VP!!!
    The VP oversees the senate, he would be perfectly situated to UNITE the senate. The VP does have power and he could be incharge of making government more transparent. Then in 2016 he could lead our country to finish the job!!!!

    DEMS DO YOU REALIZE THE CHANGE WE COULD MAKE WITH 16 YEARS!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Jerry Tsai

    Obama is a much better candidate– he's intelligent and experienced (four more years in elected office than Clinton), and he has the integrity, good judgment, and leadership skills she lacks. Obama should be the Democratic nominee... and our next President.

    Clinton may be too inexperienced to be the candidate. She never has had anything of major responsibility that went well. "HillaryCare" in 1993 was an abject failure. So was her poorly informed, responsibility-abdicating vote to allow Bush to declare war. Obama should recruit an excellent running mate, not one who is so junior and who has significant liabilities.

    February 4, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. Lisa Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hillary needs Obama to win. Hillary would only bring Obama down. No way, I think he would pick a different woman, a strong independent person (one with a Bill hooked on to her hip)

    February 4, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. Informed Democrat

    The Junior Senator should be honored to be considered for VP. He is NOT stronger on the issues- just stronger on the rhetoric. He's a rising star-but let's not forget-still rising. He needs to get a bit more experience and make those tough decisions and learn from mistakes (NO ONE is always right- it's arrogant to say so- the key is if one learns from their mistakes and thus gains EXPERIENCE)

    February 4, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  15. seektruth

    Why don't say clinton like to be Obama VP ? this is a cheap shot trying to dismiss Obama! you just lost my vote! character counts! judgement counts!

    February 4, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. Alice in Florida

    The Obamabots will look so pathetic come Wednesday

    I know – Oprah will make you feel better with her "feel good" show on Thursday

    There, there, Oprah will make it all better.........

    February 4, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. Anon

    Hillary has VP already. His name is Bill as Joe Biden suggested. Only a fool would accept that post. Well some will accept in a heart beat. NOT OBAMA! This is beyond the point. Let's talk in a couple of months. OBAMA will be looking for a VP!

    February 4, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  18. rio_abajo

    I have never seen such excitement for a candidate, as I see for Obama. He is very inspirational. And I will vote for him. Not Hillary.

    February 4, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  19. Benjamin

    Of course, it came from the Hillary campaign, IT MUST BE SLEAZY!!

    Obama supporters have lost all rationality.

    February 4, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  20. NEWS CNN

    CNN IS FAKE AND BACKING OBAMA… why is it that everytime someone has something to say about obama if it not singing his praise than the site do not post what said ........will here we go again FAKE. PPRPHET

    OBAMA

    HILARY 08

    February 4, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. D.S. Delfin

    To put it simply Obama's Health Care proposal is to "Lower the Premiums so more people can afford it"

    So What if: Insurance Companies will later on Increase the rate by saying: "New & Improved Service'...then this will create new disparities in the provision of Health Care.

    So what if : The economy worsens, still people will not be able to buy, any health care insurance premiums; its food over medicines.

    So what if: Insurance Companies will gather together and enforce a collective increase of insurance premiums, will you be able to negotiate again or fight the corporate insurance giants?

    Be that as it may: UNIVERSAL Health Care is still the best oprion for the US at his day and time.

    Hillary Plan is still in tune with the present as well as the fututre.

    Obama's proposal is quiet simplistic fot a a very complex problem. That shows his Youth & Inexperience. I hope he will just be patient and take his chance 8 years after Clinton has fixed the economy. LIke any mothers, she feels the pain and knows how to keep the family together.

    February 4, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  22. Rose

    This would be a strong ticket. Obama is a wonderful politian he has to little experience currently to be the president however as vice president he would gain the experience necessary to run when the next election comes around. Plus having the two candidates together would complete each others strengths and eliminate their weaknesses.

    TOGETHER WE STAND. DIVIDED WE FALL

    February 4, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. Anon, San Francisco

    Wait...I thought he was unexperienced, a "roll of the dice," not to mention a fan of Ronald Reagan who reminds her of Bush who can't take a stand on tough issues? Which one is it, Senator? Get back to me when you've thoroughly focus grouped the question.

    Clinton supporters–does the double talk and deception ever get to you, or is it all justified if she wins?

    February 4, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. Adam, Los Angeles

    He's just saying that to encourage people who are torn between the two to vote for Clinton–that way they'll feel like they can have both of them. But the truth is, Clinton and Obama would never consider VPing for the other; Obama is categorically opposed to lobbyist and special interest and Clinton thrives on those groups.

    Give American Citizens the Voice, Not the Special Interest Groups

    Americans for Obama and Obama for Americans

    February 4, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. James R

    How curious that Senator Clinton's own people are admitting that Senator Obama would make a great choice for VP, simply because he "excites" the people! Hmmm .... leaves me wondering if we are to conclude that Senator Clinton therefore 'scares' the people?

    February 4, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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