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. Texas for Hillary

    No way let Obama close or near white house. I strongly support Hillary, but IF Hillary bring Obama in, I will vote McCain.

    Stop Obama at any cost!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Period.

    March 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Tariq

    There's a basic lack of understanding of facts here.

    1 – No GOP or Dem nominee is ever going to pick the other party as VP. Never ever.

    2 – Clinton is not trailing Obama by double digits in PA. She is ahead by double digits.

    3 – Obama would have to win the remaining states by 80% to have enough delegates to clinch before the convention. This will not happen. It will be a brokered convention.

    4 – Now that McCain has clinched, he and the GOP will be going after OBAMA full bore. Not Clinton. She's already been fully vetted; i.e., everything bad about her is well-known. Not so with Obama.

    5 – Obama would never ask Clinton to be VP nor would she ever take it.

    6 – Obama would be a fool to turn down VP if offered.

    March 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Charles Douglas Lemay

    Bill is going to be her VP, in fact if not in name.

    So why doesn't she just go ahead and make it official?

    Then, The Clintons can REALLY destroy the Democratic
    Party! Which they're going to do anyway, if they can't win!

    Say hello to President John McCain!

    March 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. JJ

    Hilary Clinton will not chose Obama for VP!! Cant you se she is playing the game again. Trying to get votes by basically saying a vote for me is a vote for Obama. She is a dirty politician, why would anyone believe she would choose Obama after all the critisim she gives him.

    March 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    So "dirty politics" wins again.

    If Hillary becomes president, we know what we will be in for!

    March 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. tony

    Get it "TOGETHER" you two.Time is of the essence.Landslide victory or 100 yearsin Iraq!!!

    March 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Kathy

    NEVER. WE DO NOT NEED A TRIFECTA, BILL, BARACK AND HILLARY.

    March 5, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. ANTI CLINTONS

    No way, no "dream ticket" we don't want the Clintons near the whitehouse! Keep going Obama, don't fall for that witch and her lies!

    March 5, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Lynne

    As the now old saying goes, "Gag me with a spoon."

    March 5, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Teni

    She better hope it's heading for a joint ticket because that is the ONLY way I would vote for her. I like Obama but man, Hillary really stuck a wrench in our plan with Ohio and Texas. If she wants to save the party, that's the only way. Because if they give her the nomination over Obama and not pick him as her VP.......I am offically done!

    March 5, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Dave

    Dream on Hillary!

    March 5, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. AJ

    How magnanimous of her. She still trails by about as many delegates as before and graciously offers second fiddle to the frontrunner.

    Please.

    March 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Matthew

    Yes! Clinton-Obama 2008. That's a dream ticket. I am so proud of Hillary and for her wins. Keep it going!

    March 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. bond

    There will be no Clinton in the white house, maybe only as a maid to "clean house" as Hillary put it. Scoreboard Obama. Nothing has changed.

    March 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. GOP supporter

    "Dream Ticket"??? Only in her mind. Sounds like desperation to me!! Keep fighting it out while McCain talks sense back into the voters

    March 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. Jim

    Birmingham, AL

    Clinton won last night because she is tougher in the fight – probably the kind of person we should want for negotiations with many of the radical world leaders who threaten our national security. Obama showed at least two flaws in the 48 hours prior to the vote: (1) per the Canadian memo about the meeting between his economic spokesman on NAFTA, Obama is not much different from the average politician who "says what they want to hear", and (2) his judgment is not all that good, as evidenced by his hazy connections to Revco and how he handled the NAFTA issue.

    Clinton has trounced him in the traditional Blue states, while Obama won in states that he will not have a chance in come November. Another comparison: Clinton wins in multi-state events where she and her surrogates have to campaign simultaneously on a national level (e.g., Super Tuesday, and last night), while Obama does well when he can concentrate his personality on smaller venues, particularly when there are large groups of African-American voters present.

    With that said, however, this is virtually tied right now and will be by the convention. One possible scenario might have the super delegates go for Obama, which could cause Clinton's disaffected (and more independent) voters turn to McCain in disgust.

    Given the above, I think that the party's only chance to win the White House will be to nominate Clinton.

    March 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. L.C.

    Oh no, I would lose all respect for Obama if he accepted. I heard Joe Scarborough say on Morning Joe this morning that Obama would have no choice but to accept. If Obama don't win the nomination he has already started a movement. He could leave the democratic party and b/c independent and continue to change AMerica. Obama and Edwards would be unbeatable as a team. Change and two Americas.

    March 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Andrew

    A dream ticket won't happen. Hillary says this now in order to snare voters who are thinking of voting for Obama. But he probably won't help her in swing states and she doesn't want to be overshadowed by her own VP who is much more popular with the general population. My guess is that she'll pick someone like Evan Bayh, Ted Strickland or Jim Webb, all of whom will help her in key battleground states.

    They're now going to battle this out until June while the Republicans unify around McCain. If the Democrats lose in November, they'll prove themselves to be true losers and we'll have the Democratic voters of Ohio and Texas to thank.

    March 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Jane, Silicon Valley, CA

    Either Obama/McCain, or, McCain/Obama!

    Clintons are just too divisive and too dirty. For a better America, let's keep the Clintons away from the white house. Vote for Obama! or, McCain!

    March 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    I want to see a Democrat in the White House because I really believe that is what we NEED to get out of this abyss – However, after watching the "kitchen sink" tactics work- I'm not sure what the difference is between Hillary and John McCain. She pointed out in Toledo that she thinks both she and John McCain would be ready for the Presidency... She said Barack would "give a speech".
    The delegate lead still belongs to Obama, and the fact that people bought into fear one more time just makes it more difficult to win.
    Hillary has done too much damage to the Democratic Party. A call for a "Dream Ticket" is a call for a NIGHTMARE on Pennsylvania Avenue.
    I can't see it happening.

    March 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. larry

    The real dream ticket: Hillary and Bill with Chelsea as Secretary of State

    March 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. T.O.

    SHE'S SUCH A PICKLE....I CAN'T STAND HER...HER LEFT WING FEMINISM HAS REALLY GOTTEN UNDER MY SKIN. SHE MILKS EVERYTHING JUST LIKE HER HUSBAND. IT'S THE CLINTON MACHINE. SPIN, SPIN, SPIN. SO NOW SHE WANTS TO CONTINUE TO RIDE HER HIGH WITH THE POSSIBILTY OF A CLINTON/OBAMA TICKET BUT ONLY WHEN IT'S TO HER ADVANTAGE. SHE COULDN'T OPEN HER DOUBLE TALKING MOUTH TO THE POSSIBILITY OF AN OBAMA/CLINTON TICKET BUT NOW POLLY WANTS A CRACKER. SHE SHOULD KNOW THAT IT AIN'T OVER TILL THE FAT LADY SINGS AND SHE SHOULDN'T DO ANY VICTORY DANCES QUITE YET...

    March 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Mike, Arkansas

    Cris in Texas.... have you ever done a search on Hillary Clinton? Its evident you have not... talk about Skeletons!!! Goodness Grief your in the closet with the light out huh? I think Clinton has enough Skeletons to to write a book!! If Obama has any its under one page!

    March 5, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. JJ

    For the last time: HILLARY CLINTON HAS NO EXPIERIENCE!!!!! SHE HAS SAID THIS SO MANY TIMES THAT PEOPLE ACUTALY BELIEVE IT!! LIKE SHE HAS DONE WITH MANY OTHER THINGS.

    March 5, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Xavier, Washington, DC

    Only a Clinton fan can really consider this a dream ticket? This is only a one sided deal with Obama losing either way. If he is the nominee, he can't pick Clinton after all his talk of getting past the tactics of the past (i.e., Clintonism). If Clinton is the nominee, he would be foolish to take the VP slot because everybody knows that Bill will be the real VP. Obama would get pushed to the background and either go down in flames with a failed administration or be discredited as having done nothing if the administration is successful. Either way, Obama can't afford to be on a ticket with Clinton.

    March 5, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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