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. Cecil Gabadon

    It is with great intrest to see Sen. Hillaary Clinton win Ohio, and Texas, which has brough her back in the Demoratic race. its also with great pleasure to see now that Americans are getting the message, and realizing that the best choice for President would be Hillary Clinton. not only a clear choice, but i would say a most trust worthy person.

    Im an African Canadian black, and do love Sen. Obama ideas, he is getting the younger generation in America hype to his settings, but in todays world, talk is cheap, without solutions. i beleive Sen,. Clinton would be and will be a good choice for president, with Obama beign her running mate. sure with Clinton, and Obama, that would be the dream ticket, to erase the Bush administration mistakes and put America back on to the world stage. son i do hope all Americans will wake up. and push ahead for Sen. Hillary Clinton

    March 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. RD

    Not a chance. Obama does not need Hillary to get into the White House, but its very evident she needs him.

    Let's wait until we see those tax returns and those 11,000+ papers from her tenure as 1st Lady (still pending) to analyze and determine how trustworthy she is and whether her touted experience is real.

    If I were Obama, I'd focus on those two items until Pennsylvania.

    No need to go negative, simply remind everyone we still have some outstanding items from the Clinton-side that need to be presented to the American people. Once the information is released, we can then determine if she's what's really best for this country (highly-doubtful).

    March 5, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. SursumTX

    It's extremely premature for Clinton to be talking about who would be her VP. Sounds like she's trying to ride the wave of the Obama momentum.

    Most of all, it is extremely disappointing to know that Clinton will resort to the fear-mongering tactics of the Bush crowd. And equally as distressing to learn that there are still voters that will fall for it. The 3AM ad will backfire on whomever is the Democratic nominee, in a big, bad way. That ad alone could hand the election to the Republicans. Talk about poor judgment.

    It's time to turn the page. We the people are tired of the same old status quo, same old family dynasties.

    March 5, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Patrick

    I can not believe the amnesia people are suffering from in this country. What a bunch of dopes. The Clintons are covered with the stench of scandal - financial, political, sexual, everything that stinks in American politics. Hillary will be red meat to the Republicans to attach and shred in a fall election. She is detested by about 50% of Democrats. I would vote for George Bush - the worst president ever, before I would vote for Hillary. 35 years of experience. What a joke. Let's take a look at the details of her legal work as a lawyer, her scheming in real estate transactions, her polarity and divisiveness. Are people just wacky who actually think she can win in November????

    March 5, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    The ego of this woman is amazing.... SHE IS STILL LOSING....

    Hillary is a Bush in she's clothing.

    March 5, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Al

    If Hillary is in the White House, I'm leaving the country until she's out. If she had a soul she'd sell it to be in office. We don't need that kind of person leading our country.

    March 5, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Joey

    Clinton has conducted her campaigne in a very low and petty manner. She is pretty sure she cant win outright now so she has decided to kill the dems chances. Basically if she wont be president no dem will. She will continue the war with Obama thereby neutralizing the dems chances unless Obama agrees to a super ticket with her as the presidential nom. What a low life. This woman is completely wreckless and frankly unbelieveable in her claims and sincerity.

    The only thing she has going for her is the fact that she is a woman. People figure its about time we try something new and have a female president with experience. Woman or not, Clinton is not a good person and seems to want to be president for the glory and fame and not for what she can do for the country. There is no limit to how low she will go or what she will do to manipulate for votes. If Clinton wins, i forsee someone who will continue to bow down to lobbyists, big oil and the pharma companies and really not change anything. It will be a wasted 4 years and be as unproductive or bad as Bush has been.

    Clinton will be a disaster for our country.

    March 5, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. "Keeping it real"

    I simply could never support her. She is a she-devil and a cut-throat. Obama needs to release the hounds on her. Maybe then he'd get some fair and balanced coverage. As far as the Clintons are concerned, "dogs will alwys return to their vomit, and pigs to the mud." That should just about some up all up. Next state!

    March 5, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. Josh

    Yeah!!! I wish there would be a dream ticket...with CLINTON AS PRESIDENT and Obama as VP...that's the ONLY way I'll vote for. If Obama is president on the ticket I will NOT VOTE AT ALL!

    Hillary '08!!!

    March 5, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Mike, Land O Lakes, FL

    She can't win Indepenedents, young and educated (informed voters ) by herself. She needs him more than he needs her.

    March 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Mac in Nova Scotia

    With Hillary on the ticket it wouldn't be a "dream", it would be a "nightmare".

    March 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Det

    Why would anyone be so against Clinton that they'd vote for McCain if she wins the nomination? Are you just tossing a coin who you vote for? That makes no sense at all!

    March 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Lo

    We can only hope that Clinton and Obama can overcome their differences to come together as the Democratic ticket. Together they would be unstoppable against McCain.

    March 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Nody Nasty

    If Clinton is the nominee, even if Obama is there as VP, I will not be voting Dem.

    March 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. David NY

    I believe that McCain beats Hillary but loses to Obama. Hillary is the establishment. She represents the same ol' same ol' from the democratic party. Making her less attractive to independents. Moreover, she's a fake. I can't believe people can't see right through her!

    March 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. joe smith

    Mrs clitton always boast that she has expirince and all that. one thing i am not convince of is that her expirience is not in presidential capacity. she should stop fooling people. Her aggressive nature and unprovoke attack of her opponent also call into question her humility and respect for others

    March 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. JB

    I hope Obama finally gets off the high road and starts attacking Clinton for all of the scandals she brought to the White House the first time, as well as pointing out that she is beholden to PACs and Lobbyists and is not really looking for change... She is beyond condescending when she says that Obama is only running on a speech from 2002... He actually has more legislative experience than Clinton. People seem to be thinking that they are voting for Bill when they vote for Hillary. She really thinks that she is owed the nomination and can't fathom why the people might want real change... not lip service... ask the people from her congressional district about her follow through on promises... check her financials... If the superdelegates give the nomination to Hillary, I will be staying home in the general election as she represents more of the same in Washington...

    March 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Mary

    My husband worked in DC with the government during the Clinton presidency and knows what they are like. The other day we saw a woman on tv who worked for the Clintons during that presidency and she was talking about how she made a suggestion that Bill disagreed with and the next day came to work to find that her office had been moved to a smaller room. My husband said, "another person speaks forth about what these people (the Clintons) are really like. I asked him why more dont, and said because she might get the presidency and people are afraid of revenge from them. It's amazing to me that there are people out there that support this couple at all.

    March 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Mercedes

    Obama run don't do it!! All those years to get where you are today should be worth more the just a VP job that probably won't even matter with Bill in the White House. We all know who will really be the VP. Poor victim of the Clintons who ends up with that job. Just waiting for when he/she is call to do something. Wait four years maybe they will leave and you can try again or maybe not. Look what happen to Al Gore when he tried. He lost. I advice you to stay till the very end and if its not for you then go back to Illinios and serve your time as senator of that state. Probably americans with time will notice the huge mistake it will be to get this idiots back in the white house.

    March 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. ManhattanMichael

    I think this is the best way to unite our party and country. Popular vote wise they are basically 50/50. If this happens I believe there will be two decades of prosperity ahead of us - and we can all stop this endless bickering. I think they should do this before the PA vote. John Edwards should then be attorney general.

    If either one of them drop out 50% of our party will be injured and that's 50% more people likely to vote Rep.

    SHOW US THE TWO OF YOU CAN UNITE THIS COUNTRY!
    Clinton/Obama!!!

    March 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Keith

    Ohio was also a crucial part of George W. Bush's win. That shows you how stupid the people of Ohio are. Go Obama!

    March 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. KD

    I am completely flabbergasted about what everyone's interpretation of a 'smear' campaign is. Has Hillary really done this??

    She put out an ad of a ringing phone and stated a very real concern with many American's today, 'who will be able to answer the phone, the call, who will be able to step up?'. In the ad, of course, it indicated her. Absolutely no mention of Obama. Nor did I think the ad was enabling fear. It's a real question and relates to what her message has been about, experience.

    As far as the NAFTA mishap, someone within Canada stated his interpretation of a meeting that was conducted b/w Canadian officials and top advisors of the Obama group. The AP brought it to attention and Hillary rode with it. You all really don't think Obama would have utilized the same oportunity? Give me a break, if you get down to it, he is still a politician. You can compare what Hillary did with the NAFTA memo to what Obama is doing by calling out for Hillary to release her tax info. They are both calling out for the truth.

    March 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Helen

    If you people that are bashing Hillary would ask just one question of Obama it may surprise you. What is on his resume?????? This is a young man and very intelligent, good speaker, and on his way up but to be president I don't think so. Has he ever had any experience in the business world or foreign affairs. If you would ask him the hard questions he wouldn't be able to answer you. Think about it! He would probably make a good VP or Secretary of State but not president yet until he get something more under his belt.

    March 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. Van

    If Hillary is on the top of the ticket, Obama would be VP in name only. Bill would have more power. Please, no more Clintons near the Whitehouse . . .

    March 5, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. John S

    If the race continues, No matter what happens we democrats loose in November again. This race will be so bloody there will be no chance for us to truly unify. As a result, McCain is going to slide through. So, get ready for another 4 years of Bush and a war with Iran.

    March 5, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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