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. Truth Be Known

    Clinton's brother, Hugh Rodham, about $200,000 to lobby the White House for pardons – one for a drug conviction and one for mail fraud and perjury convictions, according to a 2002 report by the House committee on government reform. After the payments came to light, Bill Clinton issued a statement: "Neither Hillary nor I had any knowledge of such payments," the report said.

    The pardon records released by the library divulge little that might settle debate about those and other pardons. But they do shed new light on the volume of clemency requests that former president Clinton received – and the pressures he and his staff faced as friends, advisers, political leaders and foreign heads of state weighed in to influence which petitions would be granted.

    March 7, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Justin

    In reference to an interview she gave a day or two ago that hinted at a Clinton/Obama ticket: I don't see how the person who is currently behind and will very likely remain behind can start suggesting that the frontrunner can be her #2. Does anyone else get that? I mean, I guess it's smart of her to act like that so the uneducated Americans hear her words and think, oh, she's winning. But hopefully people are more intelligent than that.

    March 7, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Stavy

    She is saying that to save face...if he is inexperience why would she want to be his VP, Hilary will do and say anything to win. She is either running on her husband's record or Mccain's record. Hillary cannot stand on her own...there are able women out there. She is too polarizing for government...how can she claim foreign experience..a lot of leaders will undermine her cunning attitude. Democrates who are ready to vote for Mccain will only get what the deserve more Bush war and economics, Hilary supporters put your egos in check!

    March 7, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Jaz

    I think Hillary Clinton should accept VP from Mccain. In recent weeks, all she talked about is how Mccain is the better candidate. All she have is praises for Mccain and lies against Obama when she knew quite well that her camp contacted the Canadians. It is really sad that she has so much disrespected Obama. Obama don't take the joint ticket, she can not be trusted.

    March 7, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. LB

    Disgusting. Hillary has been spewing sewage and people want to put her on the ticket. Forget it!! NO WAY!! I WILL NOT HAVE HER 'SHOVED DOWN MY THROAT'!

    SHE HAS PROVEN ABSOLUTELY THAT SHE WOULD NOT MAKE A GOOD PRESIDENT... THUS MUST NOT BE A VICE PRESIDENT.

    SHE IT NOT ENTITLED TO ANYTHING AND I CANNOT SUPPORT HER BEING ON THE TICKET IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM....

    SHE HAS GONE BEYOND LOSING MY RESPECT...TODAY THE GARBAGE SHE IS SPEWING LITERALLY TURNED MY STOMACH. i AM COMPLETELY DISGUSTED!!!

    March 7, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Sam

    Hillary is Iago to Obama's Othello

    March 7, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Les

    Sorry Nuwan, Hillary's offer isn't because she is any more morally considerate of the democratic national party. She realizes that she cannot win this thing but still wants to play in the White House. That is why is made this offer and that is why he shouldn't accept it. Her manipulation is not what this country needs, we need someone with good values, sound judgement and great political vision. I will take Richardson easily over Hillary.

    March 7, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Justin

    "In chess, it's always the losing opponent that wants to offer a draw."

    I like your analogy, Stan!

    March 7, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Tom(Philadelphia)

    As an Obama supporter I wouldn't mind an Obama/ Clinton ticket but not the other way around. She doesn't have the vision that he does. I think it needs to be decided immediately after Pennsylvania.

    March 7, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Beverly Jackson

    I will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. SHE IS TOO DECEITFUL, TOO PETTY, AND TOO REPUBLICAN. SHE LOVE JOHN MCCAN SO MUCH WHY DON'T SHE GET A TICKET WITH HIM. The only joint ticket I will vote on is Obama/Clinton not Clinton/Obama. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    March 7, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Truth Be Known

    Yes, We need a White house for Sale. The cost to buy the Clinton is high and yes America is in NEED of a President who CAN be Bought and SOLD. JUST ONE THING AMERICA WANTS TO KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE IS BUYING THE CLINTON'S.

    The decision to withhold the documents could be used by critics who say Clinton and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton haven't fully released documents to the public. Bill Clinton issued 140 pardons on his last day in office, including an especially controversial one for Marc Rich, a commodies trader who was a fugitive wanted on tax evasion charges.

    March 7, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Stephen

    The point of this is that Rendell threw his lot in with Hillary when she was ahead. He is in his second term as governor and he declared a long time ago that he was not going to run for state office again. He openenly stated that his ideal position is as secretary of energy.
    Political insiders agree that Hillary does not have a realistic chance of getting the nomination without splitting the party because of the delagate/ popular vote math. He is doing this to insure he can get a job in the administration. If Hillary wins the state but is not in the next administration, he is out of a job.

    March 7, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Les

    Spell it out to me, how has Obama been sexist? Anyone? Some of the reasons for disparaging remarks against Obama are ludicrous! Obama's ads focus on QUOTATIONS CLINTON HAS MADE! You can't lie when they are quotations people!

    March 7, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Brian

    Dear CNN, did Hillary really say on Wednesday that "she thinks" the campaign is heading towards a joint ticket, or are those your words? I read the transcript, and Clinton clearly did NOT SAY she "thinks" or "thought" that that was what is going to happen. She said it is a possibility. Can you please move beyond sloppy, biased reporting, and just state the facts? We'd all appreciate it. I would start by re-reading the interview transcripts from Wednesday.

    March 7, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Diane

    A joint ticket – picture that. Obama and Hillary scratching each other's eyes out. In the background, there's Obama's buddy and indicted contributor, Rezko, taking bets and giving odds on who's going to win.

    March 7, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Alecki

    Senator Clinton is the only one of the two candidates that will be able to stand up to McCain.

    Obama has too little experience.

    Think about it:
    Obama's name became an issue from the Republicans
    Resko became an issue because his trial date began on the eve of the last set of primaries

    This is not Hillary doing this. Hillary just is saying that he can't compare to her 35 years of experience.

    I don't know of any job or business that you can expect to be President of without many years of working for it.

    Be real America.

    Hillary is the best for a Democratic nominee in this election.

    I want someone that offers healthcare for ALL Americans.
    I want someone experienced to be able to stand up to the Republicans
    I want someone that can fight for us...

    Stop knocking her and start thinking with your brain and hire her for the most important job in the World.

    I'm sure Obama is saying all the things everyone wants to hear.
    Hillary just knows better.

    The biggest change EVER would be to have a woman in the White House. All presidents have been men.

    You Go Girl! She's the best!

    March 7, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Roger from Arkansas

    Republicans delight in our bickering. Republicans don't want us to have a dream ticket. They wouldn't have a chance.

    March 7, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Arthetta Rasul

    I think that everyone should stop giving cnn or msnbc or fox any of their attention, until they report the news correctly, and not like the tabliod company they each have become. The Clintons, have gotten to them and the proof is the slant reporting by each of these tabliod companies. Also, have anyone notice how they each report the same story at the same time on the same day...the same story. These tabloid news company really need a reality check, so everyone who believe in the free press, leave these make believers along. Make them report news. Tell whomever is your pleasure to know to rebuke these companies.

    March 7, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Joan

    Hillary is LOSING. And losign big. 150 delegates and she will not be able to catch up.

    Maybe Obama will pick her for VP, but not after she is so ugly and negative.

    I think some of HRC's supporters are frankly racists, and can't envision a black at the top of the ticket. They see minorities as a token "sidekick" .

    Sorry, ti won't work.

    She's lost. He's won. She may get VP if she drops out sooner rather than later and stops the sleaze.

    March 7, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Obama 08

    Well it goes to show that hillary is not ready on day one,she need Rendell , bill and all her top adviser to the Clinton campaign,

    March 7, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. B. Smart

    "THE DEVIL IS A LIAR. DON'T LISTEN TO HIM" - The Exorcist

    . . .I think that Barack supporters should just ignore everything Hillary
    says from now on and just stay focused on the message of change from this
    political nonsense. She has absolutely no control over your vote. Just
    go a vote for Barack with a smile on your face knowing that you didn't
    let her rattle you.

    Obama 08.

    March 7, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Michael

    It doesn't matter. McCain will beat them both like drums. Vacuous and insanely ambitious, Obama and Clinton are new lows in democrats.

    March 7, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. TJS

    Why don't she do us a favor and take Rendell with her! We don't want him anymore. If Obama is anywhere on the ticket this independent will have to hold my nose and vote for McCain.

    March 7, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. Val

    Ed,

    Keep your mouth closed.
    I used to like you until you tried to speak for our entire state saying we would never elect a black candidate.
    Nothing less than ignorant.....as is your decision to back Clinton, who lies and postures and plays dirty just to get power.
    She's a woman who's got you wrapped around her little finger.
    If you cared about this state.....you'd want a good, honest and consistant candidate who we KNOW we could depend on.
    Obama is for the people, Hillary is out for power and a paycheck to add to the Clinton's already suspicious 12-million-dollar-a year-income. Did she promise you something???

    March 7, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Dan, bethlehem, pa

    haha, go LES! GO OBAMA!

    March 7, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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