March 5th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
7 years ago

Clinton: This may be headed to a joint ticket

 Clinton said Wednesday the race may result in a joint ticket.
Clinton said Wednesday the race may result in a joint ticket.

(CNN) – The morning after primary wins in Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island, Hillary Clinton said she would consider being part of a Democratic “dream ticket” that would include both her and presidential rival Barack Obama.

"That may be where this is headed,” she told the CBS Early Show during a marathon set of appearances on the network morning news shows. “But of course we have to decide who is on the top of ticket. I think the people of Ohio very clearly said that it should be me."

The New York senator has made the claim before. Last month, in one of several interviews where she said the scenario was a possibility, she told a Vibe interviewer: “Of course there is (a chance of a joint ticket). Of course there is. Now neither of us will answer this question because we don’t want to look presumptuous and premature. But it is more than fair to say that — of course there is.”

While Clinton has said a joint ticket is possible, the Obama team has largely avoided making similar statements. Some of the Illinois senator’s campaign surrogates have said they believe the claims benefit Clinton because they may convince Democratic voters drawn to the Illinois senator that a vote for her is essentially a vote for both of them - or a vote for him to head the ballot in eight years, after she has had her two terms on top of the ticket.

Primary season rivals who have successfully shared a presidential ticket after tough nominating fights include Democrats John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, and Republicans Ronald Reagan and George Bush.

– CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

soundoff (916 Responses)
  1. Dusacre

    Oh No

    Hillary will sink the Democeatic Party !

    March 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Rob

    And people in how many other states have clearly said that it should be Barack? Barack....don't consider a joint a ticket. Its either you as President with your choice of VP or nothing. Don't lower your standards.

    March 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Jon Cruz

    I find it fascinating that we can comment on this statement by Clinton - opening the door to hordes of the kind of zealous Obama supporters who tear personally into every word Senator Clinton says - but we can't post a thing about Obama's claim that he's going to win the nomination, and that he was the winner last night, despite losing three huge contests to Senator Clinton. We wouldn't want to see any criticism of our chosen candidate, would we, CNN?

    March 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. RayRay

    With the apparent division of the democratic party the mention of a joint ticket is way to start the process of unification.

    March 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Helene

    Hillary as President and Barack as VP ? Not on my dead body ! The woman has used fear tactics, lies, deception, distortions.
    After slinging mud on him she needs him ? What for ? To inspire her old biddies ? I will never, never, vote for that woman.

    March 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Linda

    If Hillary is on top of the ticket Bill Clinton might as well be the Vice President, we all know they both need the attention on them and not anybody else. Obama will never become VP when her as President and Bill tagging along

    March 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Melanie, MD

    Please, Democrats–let's unite under these two candidates! The world would be ssssoooooooooooo much better off with either (or preferably both) of them, so whatever happens in the election, vote for the Democratic ticket in November.

    March 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Matt

    I would like this VERY much. As a matter of fact, I think the should just end the primary and focus on their strategy for the general election. I see it like this – No matter who is president, if the two of them do a great job in office like I think they will, the other will go on to become president in 2012. This way, there will be a democrat in the office for the next 16 years!

    March 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Laura

    I don't think Obama should be a VP – he's dishonest as evidenced by his behind the scenes economic meetings with Canada in Chicago, Tony Rezko (from whom he bought a prime piece of Chicago real estate for 30% of its market value – in return for what??? Watch the trial!), and continued alliance with Farrakhan here in Chicago.
    Hillary is clearly the best choice for the leader of our country! With Edwards as VP.

    March 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. MCV

    Well, a split ticket would be a great idea. Bad news for Hillary though, Ohio isn't the only deciding factor in who gets to run for president. Obama is still winning the delegate count.

    Even so, I seriously doubt Clinton would succeed to be Obama's VP. It will never happen. It's her on top... or well all get a long drawn out campaign fight.

    March 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. CLINTONFIGHTER

    HILLARY WILL BE OUR NOMINEE...HILLARY will FIGHT till the end!!

    WE are behind you HILLARY 08

    HIllary 08
    HIllary 08
    Hillary08

    March 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Pier Giacalone

    Well, if somehow Hillary can come out the nomine....and that's a BIG if, then Obama would be stupid to turn it down. The same goes for her if he would have her. I think both "if" are incredibly unlikely tho.

    March 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Claude Calgary

    Obama dont do it and dont even think it..... Reach out to Colin Powell. Stay far away from seasoned politicians and old politics.

    March 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. Wilma, in Georgia

    If it comes down to a dream ticket it SHOULD be Clinton -Obama.
    But in my opinion "Hillary Clinton" and "John Edwards"

    March 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Jen B.

    So now she would consider Obama as her running mate, a heartbeat away from being President, should the Democrats win in November. Only days ago her message in the ugly ads her campaign aired was that his skills and experience are lacking for that job. Inconsistent, manipulative? I suspect she is guilty on both charges.
    I will be choosing integrity over idealogy in the general election, Clinton lost my vote for good some time ago.

    Obama 2008

    March 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. Joan Perry

    Who deceids about the Florida and Michigan delegates? Also who gets the John Edwards Delegates? Both of these factors can make a big difference to the ending of this story!

    March 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. Servat

    The people of 23 states very clearly have said Obama should on the top of the ticket.

    March 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. George Seybold

    If Clinton is on the ticket Obama loses my vote. I have historically voted Republican, but this year I lean towards Obama as the best candidate. That being said, if Clinton is in the mix I will vote McCain. She needs to go and get out fast. She does not represent American values. She does represent Mexico well however. Perhaps she could be the next Fox.

    March 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. Paul A. Harris Jr.

    This would be the greatest tag team that his country has ever seen.

    I hope both individuals can suppress personality and do what is in the best interest of the country.

    Both candidates standing alone lack shape we need, but together, the supplement each other perfectly.

    And it sets the stage for Obama to become President in eight years.

    March 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Jean

    A Clinton/Obama ticket would be a huge mistake for Obama, a great benefit for her and Bill, but they would become a nightmare of taking over everything and Obama would be consigned to the dust bin. Ditto for Obama/Clinton ticket. If he thinks he has trouble with 2 opponents in one package now, it would be terrible in the Oval Office. An Obama/Edwards ticket would be the "dream ticket"! Forget the Clintons – let her go back to the Senate and Bill to whatever it is he does.

    March 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Ed M

    You"re right, that would be a dream ticket, for both the Democrats and the Republicans, because any ticket with Hillary on it in either spot is sure to keep the Democrats out of the White House for another eight years. In the meantime, as an independent who leans towards Obama and McCain, I'll be joining the McCain campaign the minute Hillary is put on the ticket.

    March 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. TexasLatino

    As I mentioned earlier in the month, Latinos will only vote for a CLINTON..Look at the numbers, We VOTED BIG for her!!

    We love her!!

    Hillary 08!
    Hillary 08!
    HIllary 08!

    March 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. FN

    Out of your mind Hillary. What IF you under Obama will you take this position. You still lose Obama right now. I don't think you Command In Chief. When enemy attach you CRY????

    March 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Servat

    The people of 23 states very clearly have said Obama should be on the top of the ticket.

    March 5, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. j

    Hillary would make an excellent Vice-President. Good for her!

    March 5, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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