March 7th, 2008
11:25 AM ET
12 years ago

Rendell pushes for joint ticket

 Rendell is a supporter of Clinton.

Rendell is a supporter of Clinton.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton supporter and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell became the latest member of the New York senator's campaign Thursday to raise the prospect of a joint presidential ticket with Barack Obama, saying in an interview that whoever comes out on top in the presidential race should offer the vice presidency to the other.

"I think it’s important that it be offered, and if the loser doesn’t accept, I think the loser can say why," Rendell told the National Journal's Ron Brownstein. "You know, obviously, I’d love to see a Clinton/Obama ticket. But if Senator Obama won, I think his offering it to Senator Clinton would be a great gesture.

"I’m not sure she would take it, I’m not sure he would take it," Rendell also said. " But either way, I think that it would be good if the offer were made."

Rendell's comments follow those of Clinton on Wednesday morning, who told CBS she thinks the contest may be headed for a joint ticket. Terry McAuliffe, a top adviser to Clinton, has also raised the prospect on more than one occasion.

Obama's campaign brushes aside any speculation on the matter as "premature," and some backers of the Illinois senator have suggested the Clinton campaign raises the prospect so voters think a vote for her will come with Obama as well.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (559 Responses)
  1. Bee

    Response to 4hill..................................You speak of the energy created in this election. You do know that it is coming from OBAMA, not Clinton don't you? He has awakened a sleeping giant, young people who have been apathetic and lazy about politics until now.

    Bravo to him and all the young people getting out to vote

    March 7, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Educated, and for Obama!

    Off subject, but about Hillary.

    According to a CNN post, During a 1995 visit to Beijing, at a time when her husband's administration was trying to press China on human rights, Sen. Clinton made a speech condemning abuses.

    This is an example of her claimed experience. Funny how she uses SPEECHES as experience.

    One can only shake his head at this.

    Speech on, Obama!

    March 7, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. ben

    These suggestions are a pathetic ploy to try and gain votes from people who like them both and think that voting for Hillary is also a vote for Obama.

    Pathetic

    March 7, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. MARILYN STOVALL

    I AM SO PISSED THAT THE NEWS MEDIA RAN THE NAFTA COMMENT IN THE GROUND WHEN THEY HEARD OBAMA'S CAMP SAID IT, NOW THAT THE TRUTH THAT HILLARY'S CAMP IN FACT SAID IT...SHE OWE'S BARACK AND THE PEOPLE OF OHIO AN APOLOGY.....I WILL SPREAD THIS MESSAGE TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH SINCE NO ONE ELSE BESIDES A FEW ON THE COMMENT SECTION AND MYSELF ARE SPEAKING ON IT!

    SHAME ON THE NEWS STATIONS.....DO SOMETHING,AND LET THIS BE HEARD!!

    March 7, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Jacque

    I agree it's too late for a joint ticket strategy – Clinton would never be able to trust Obama.

    Obama is trying to STEAL THE ELECTION by threatening the super delegates to vote for him instead of following the rules and voting for who ever they think can beat McCain. Super Delegates need to DO THEIR JOB! Unfortunately if they do vote for Clinton, we all know the african americans will riot in the streets. Obama has created a "movement" that is out of control! African Americans are voting 95% Obama and calling super delegates "racist" if they vote for Clinton!

    Democrats have gotten themselves in a NO WIN situation!

    March 7, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Obama 08

    Obama need to stay positive,ignore all of hillary distraction.hillary is going down ,But dont let her bring you down with her.Remember her smile is just a frown turn upside down.

    March 7, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Joe

    After this bitter campaign, I do not think it is a good idea to have an Obama/Clinton ticket or a Clinton/Obama ticket. Neither one like the other and some much negative campaigning (on both sides) has occurred that a joint ticket is not feasible. If Obama wins, he should pick someone who has the same philosphy has he does – and someone with impeccable credientials and lots of foreign policy experience. If CLinton wins, she will probably pick someone that will help her pick up votes in the general election - the old way f doing things picking someone from a state or geographical region to help the ticket...probably someone from the South or Southwest.

    March 7, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Stephina

    The sooner Clinton and Obama can unite, the better it will be for the Democratic Party. The longer they stay divided, the worse it becomes for the Democrats.

    Remember, it is the Democratic Party's Election to Loose and as of right now, they are doing a good job of sabotaging themselves.

    March 7, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. Marcia Novak PA.

    Why haventeported on the trial going on in California on Paul vs-Clinton on ederal campagne fraud? The Canadian conection on NAFTA ? Tax Records . She will have to make a deal because she doesnt want the American People to know her connectio with Saude Araba Dubai Selling missel secrets to China . They get 10 million a year for their help . Clinton was in Canada befor the NAFTA came out . He BILLY BABBA is said to have an affair with a Canadian Politicion . CNN report the truth . Hillary has so much to hide , your reporters should look into this . She wants to have a socialist goverment for us and take away our 2nd ammendant . Look into this . You people better get a grip on the news instead of being for Hillary . We are waiting foe correct news . wITH A INCOME OF 50MILLION they are said to have where is the money coming from .? Report , where is her TAX RETURNS?

    March 7, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Lou

    The only reason Clinton would offer it to Obama is because he will be in the pledged delegate lead at the end of the voting and she needs his supporters and his ability to raise capital. What she doesn't understand is that many of his supporters will not support her. I love what the Obama's campaign stands for and NO I am not some college kid. This will be my 9th presidential election. If Clinton is on any ticket, I will cast my vote otherwise.

    March 7, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Obama for President

    Come on Pennsylvanian voters, DON'T BE LIKE SHEEP and FOLLOW your governor blindly!!!

    Don't you know that your governor is getting kick backs from Hillary for his support!! It's the same old, same old!!!!!!!!!

    This country needs change and needs someone who can inspire people here and abroad to UNITE for the bettermentt of all mankind! The only person that is qualified to do that is Obama!!!

    Come one Pennsylvania join the most positive movement this country has had!!!!

    March 7, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. No Way Barack!

    IF by chance Clinton steals this nom from you...do not accept an invitation to be her Veep...you could run again after McCain messes up his four years!!! She needs you to win, you do not need a polarizing figure like her!!!

    March 7, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    All Democrats:

    Please ask yourselves whether there would be this much division if there wasn't a Clinton involved. Would we be this divided had the race been between Obama and Edwards? What about Edwards and Richardson? Biden and Richardson? No.

    If you live in Wyoming, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Dakota etc…, please think about this before you vote.

    March 7, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. No Way Barack!

    IF by chance Clinton steals this nom from you...do not accept an invitation to be her Veep...you could run again after McCain messes up his four years!!! She needs you to win, you do not need a polarizing figure like her!

    March 7, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Stephina

    The sooner Clinton and Obama can unite, the better it will be for the Democratic Party. The longer they stay divided, the worse it becomes for the Democrats.

    Remember, it is the Democratic Party's Election to Lose and as of right now, they are doing a good job of sabotaging themselves.

    March 7, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Karin

    LOL....this is really getting more funny.....Just like a women......If you cant get it all the way after you've tried your best ....LOL.....settle for half....LOL...wake up Hillary .....this is not one off your women movement going on girl....your playing in a game where not only women are involed but men to....and if you are a real women you know when to play your cards so everyone wins.......use the strong mind God bless us women to have......if you know what I'm talking about.......Stop the madness

    March 7, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. No Way Barack!

    IF by chance Clinton steals this nom from you...do not accept an invitation to be her Veep...you could run again after McCain messes up his four years!!! She needs you to win, you do not need a polarizing figure like her

    March 7, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. ET

    IN RESPONSE TO CHARLOTTE:

    What are you talking about?!! Affirmative action did NOT benefit minority males more than white females. Check the stastics on women partners at law firms compared to minority male partners at firms, women managers versus minority male managers, etc. This isn't a competition, but women get the benefits of affirmative action, while minorities (especially Blacks) are used as the scapegoats for the affirmative action backlash. White women join the chorus of the backlash – that minorities are not qualified and only get jobs because they are minorities – and act as if their gender had nothing to do with them getting where they are.

    March 7, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Richardson PA

    Hillary is clearly a winner in this issue. Her gesture and political charm is way over Obama. She is a uniter, she would consider to take Obama as her VP to unite the Democrate Party although she may have better VP candidates.

    Obama is the exact opposite of it. Not a surprise to me at all. LOL, he is a hypocrite.

    March 7, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. No Way Barack!

    IF by chance Clinton steals this nom from you...do not accept an invitation to be her Veep...you could run again after McCain messes up his four years!!! She needs you to win, you do not need a polarizing figure like her...

    March 7, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. brian

    the obamabots think that anybody that isn't with them is against them. sound like anybody we know?

    March 7, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Casey, Atlanta

    Please, for the love of democracy this Dream Ticket needs to happen. Obama would greatly benefit by having Clinton as her Veep because the bottom line is, she is tenacioius, knowledgeable, and efficient. Her policy beliefs are the same as Obama's, and so there wouldn't be any undermining.

    On the flip, Obama carries youthful enthusiasm of the future. He would have time to cultivate his talen, his young supporters will be 8 years older, and he will definetly be ready for the Presidency. This will guarntee 16 years of Democratic America. What a dream come true that would be.

    March 7, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. No Way Barack!

    IF by chance Clinton steals this nom from you...do not accept an invitation to be her Veep...you could run again after McCain messes up his four years!!! She needs you to win, you do not need a polarizing figure like her...

    Tell Hillary where she can go.

    March 7, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Lorenzo Tindal, New Jersey

    As a former PA. resident and Rendell supporter, I can tell you that knowone know's how to read the Tea Leaf's better that Ed Rendell. However, in this case Hillary Clinton's feeling of entitlement to the nomination and the dirty politics of her campaign has driven a wedge between democrats that will ultamitly destroy the party forever. The reason there will not be a dual ticket is because the voters who were being told for the past several years to support Hillary Clinton have had buyers remorse, which resulted in Obama winning twelve states in a row during the primary resulting in a 100 point delegate lead. Clinton knew the voters were being set up when Mhiagan and Florida pushed their primarys up. That was the time for her to say the voters were wronged. Not now, when she's losing. The current Philly Mayor, Mike Nutter and Rendell both looked like fools standing there behind Clinton in support back in January and will be called on the carpet after they see the Philly support for Barack Obama.

    March 7, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Abiodun Olusanya

    A joint ticket is no longer feasible. Too much damage has been done especially by the Hillary campaign team. Such a joint ticket will make a mockery of the American political system.

    Regretably, Hillary has pulled out any credibility that such arrangement can ever hope to achieve. A loss for the Democrats.

    Obama should for go for it alone. Both Hillary and McCain cannot stop the tide. Change has come !

    Abiodun Olusanya
    Nigeria

    March 7, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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