March 5th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
6 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. Neutral

    I think Hillary is too smart and intelligent to be anyone's VP..She is Presidential candidate..

    March 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. John Z.

    I would love to see a Clinton-Obama ticket. I think that Hillary is the best candidate to run for president for the Dems by virtue of her experience and that the only thing that Obama is lacking is the same. A Clinton-Obama ticket would be very appealing to voters and if elected would give Obama the one thing that is so critically missing from an otherwise impressive portfolio to run for president in the future - experience!

    March 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Jake, California

    My vote would never go to Hillary Clinton no matter who she puts on a ticket for which she is the nominee. This woman continues to smear Obama with lies and dirty tricks and she wants to use him to get the crowd that Obama has generated, most of all she wants the African American votes...

    This is rediculous.. If Obama ever shares a ticket with her[be it Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama], he'll lose considerable respect.. He'll have to swallow his words and agree to stand for all that we have been fighting against through out this campaign..washington and old politics.

    Maybe the 'dream ticket' is indeed a dream in Hillary land, We are not dreaming of such a ticket in the Obama campaign....we simply want change, and Hillary is not change!

    March 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Charlotte

    I could vote for the combo.

    March 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Robin

    I hope not. While I am an Obama supporter, after Clinton's dirty tactics, I cannot, will not, mark any ballot with her name on it.

    March 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Registered Nurse from TN

    You go Hillary! If Obama is smart he will take the #2 spot to get experience. What a great plan that would be.

    March 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Jermaine

    Great Idea! It doesnt matter who is on top of the ticket. I think Hillary wins the nomination, she will definately need Obama to help her win the bid for the White House. She needs Obama more than Obama needs her. I think Obama would do just as well with Edwards as his running mate.

    March 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Bubba

    I say let 'em flip a coin.

    March 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. WY, Missouri

    After several years of being told to be scared, we have a chance for change. Of something different. And what does Hillary do? She plays the fear card. Democrats should know better than that. Real leaders do know better than that. We've not had a real leader for almost 8 years. Will not have one for another 4 if she gets the nod.

    March 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Lynn

    Go Hillary!!!!

    March 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Rick in Florida

    Obama has to kill that idea IMMEDIATELY or people will vote for Hillary thinking they'll get Obama too.

    March 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. Jenny

    CNN, Shame on you! You already block the comments from people who support Hillary!

    You are a loser!

    March 5, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. Mark

    This woman really makes me ill. Her, and all the people who voted for her. I can't understand how anybody who spends 10 minutes reading her history (IF they didn't already live through it) can vote for her. Her history is just scandal after scandal.

    I am in PA, and she is NOT getting my vote. I am also a computer professional who has lost his job to outsourcing, which she and Bill Clinton are HUGE proponents of. I will never forgive him for expanding H1, and her for the TATA deal.

    March 5, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Kat

    The dream ticket that Hillary is talking about is the only way the democrats can win in November. Hillary and Barack need each other to win. I also think Hillary needs to be at the top of the ticket. She has the leadership qualities that are needed to help turn this country around. Barack needs time to learn and we can not have another president who requires on-the-job training.

    March 5, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. JC

    Hillary is so arrogant! She won only 3 states in one month compared to Obama's 12, she has fewer delegates, and she wants Obama to submit to her? Wait until Obama gets his lead back to what it was after Wyoming and Mississippi.

    March 5, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Rich

    She's only saying this to sway Obama people to her side. It's just another way she is trying to spin things her way.

    March 5, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. interesting...

    I would vote for Clinton/Obama but not vice versa. He is not qualified. In fact, I have a hard time with him even on the ticket at all. Hillary is the best candidate for President of all 3 right now, but if she opts for an Obama/Clinton ticket I will vote for McCain.

    March 5, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Flo

    Bravo For Hillary Clinton. No matter how much hype from The Media, it looks like Hillary is doing great. Maybe that little controversy in Canada opened some eyes.

    She will get the economy back in line, end the war in Iraq, get a decent Health Plan together, which we sorely need. Again, I say, hooray for Hillary...keep forging ahead...to the White House.

    March 5, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Eith

    The Clintons make a lot of us disgusted with their ways. They not only threw the kitchen-sink at their Democratic competitor but they also threw the toilet-seat at him.

    She endorced Mr. McCain over Mr. Obama. And now, she is saying, a joint ticket. Where is this woman's head?

    March 5, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. James B.

    I really don't think a man of character like Barack Obama would ever agree to go on a ticket with a woman who has called him an empty suit and a liar.

    March 5, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Ellis, Brown University

    Please, Hillary, your personal ambitions are destroying the democratic party! We can't win if we go to a brokered convention, McCain will have had months to unite his party!

    If she really cared about the well-being of this country, she would acknowledge that the candidate who has won more STATES, more VOTES, and more DELEGATES after all these contests should be the nominee! That is Barack Obama.

    March 5, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Joshua

    Hillary is Right. The only way for the Democrats to reclaim the White House is thru a Joint Ticket and she should be the one going against McCain.

    She has proven that she is the one that can win in the big states and also the most important swing states like Florida and Ohio. Not only that, she also has the Latino votes.

    If only Barack Obama could wait and served as A VP first, I think he will be unbeatable after that.

    Now if he insist his arrogance and goes alone, No way he can win the GE.

    March 5, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Dre

    I thought the red states don't matter?

    Ohio – Voted Republican in 2004.

    Texas – As red as it gets.

    March 5, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. Starbuck

    Screw the dream ticket.

    How about a new party? not a third party – winner take all only permits two viable parties. Start with the folks from both parties – those who attended the Bloomberg event.

    Obama / Hagel sounds pretty powerful.

    March 5, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Joe

    I agree! Clinton/Obama

    March 5, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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