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. Debra

    More of the nastiness. Lets get real and quit fighting against ourselves. How are we going to fund a re vote in Michigan and Florida?

    March 7, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Joseph Jackowitz

    I agree with B. Smart. Hillary will stop at nothing. There is even an article recently published that indicates that she does not even know how to lose. After all, she sacrificed her womanhood by making excuses for her husband who committed an adulterous act in the White House. My question is she says she is going to keep the nation safe and will answer the call at 3 a.m. She could not even keep her marriage together and keep her husband from straying, nor could she keep an intern safe in the White House from her lecherous husband. I don't care if he needed extramarital affairs as a man, but in the White House. How can she claim to be strong? A real strong woman would not cover it up for political ambition, would call a spade a spade, and move on. As for Mr. McCain, he is 71 years old, and aging. He may be suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome as a post-war victim of torture. He could snap at any second. Just listen to the "my friends" comments even when he talks with his enemies. He cannot be trusted with the "red phone" either. As for Barack Obama, he seems to be the least of three evils. If he does not get the nomination, I'm voting for Nader.

    March 7, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. yns

    There are Hillary supporters who would not want the ticket without her on top. So where does that leave the democratic party....? After Oblahma made the comment that all the Hillary people would come to him but his people would not move to her he will NEVER get my vote if he is at the top of the ticket!

    Hillary '08!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Obama

    Come on Pennsylvanians don't flock along side your governor like sheep... You're all smarter than that!!!

    Vote for CHANGE it's what this country needs not the same old, same old!!!

    Join the MOVEMENT for CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CHOOSE JUDGEMENT OVER EXPERIENCE - There are many people who have experience but still continue to make the same mistakes over and over again!

    March 7, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Karin

    LOL...DONT AMERICA PEOPLE SEE WHAT THIS WOMEN IS TRYING TO DO.......ALL HILLARY IS SAYING TO AMERICA IS .......IF I CANT BE THE ONE TO WIN THE NOMINATION.....WELL I'M GOING TO MAKE IT HARD AS HELL FOR YOU DEM'S TO WIN THE WHITE HOUSE....AND BELIEVE ME SHE IS DOING A HELL OF A GOOD JOB AT IT......FOR THE PAST FEW DAYS SHE HAS SAID IN HER OWN WORDS ( ONLY HER AND MCCAIN WILL FIT WITH THE EXPERIENCE LINE SHE SO LOVE TO USE )FOR THE WHITE HOUSE....ONCE AGAIN HILLARY DOING THAT FIP FLIP THING AGAIN..........IN THE DEBATES SHE ALL FOR THE DEM PARTY SAYING NO MATTER WHAT ONE OF US WILL BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND WE DONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANOTHER BUSH......LOL...A BUNCH OF BULL......BECAUSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SEEN SHE'S ALL ABOUT ONLY ONLY HER AND MCCAIN..........I THINK SHE NEEDS TO RUN WITH MCCAIN...BECAUSE SHE IS CLEARLY SAYING HER OR MCCAIN FOR THE WHITE HOUSE.wHICH IS TRUE BECAUSE WOULD VOTE MCCAIN......IF THATS THE CASE.....

    March 7, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Janice

    If Hillary and her supporters cared so much about party unity she wouldn't be half as nasty as she is being now.

    And if she cared about unity and looked at the numbers realistically she would call Obama now and offer to drop out in exchange for being offered the VP position.

    March 7, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Janice

    If Hillary and her supporters cared so much about party unity she wouldn't be half as nasty as she is being now.

    And if she cared about unity and looked at the numbers realistically she would call Obama now and offer to drop out in exchange for being offered the VP position.

    March 7, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. jeb b

    after what she said about lbj doing more for civil rights than martin l king. i can not in good conisence vote for her I WILL STAY HOME. as a blk man it was an insult. and all that blacks has been thur to see these lateenos waltz across the border w/ amnesty on the way disgusts me. LATEENOS AMNESTY IS ON THE WAY.

    March 7, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. ernest

    Republicans will have a field day wtih Billary in any ticket. The White House will become Red in color. Obama does not want to destroy the Democratic Party by exposing Billary. Everybody knows the dirt surrounding her.

    Republicans have not forgotten the PeterPaul case that held Hillary Clinton Accountable Under Oath For the Fraud when her Treasurer, admitted filing 3 False FEC Reports.

    Hillary says the press is hard on her. How come they are silent when she's unable to release her tax records. Obama is not stupid! Obama is not weak! Obama has released his taxes to the public.

    Obama can bring down Billary but the Party will suffer. He CARES for this country.

    March 7, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. JD

    I think it's great of Chelsea to leave her job and go around campaigning for her mom. Must be a great job-most of us wouldn't have jobs to come back to. Talk about pulling out all the stops. Incidentally, how many Clintons does it take to run against Senator Obama

    March 7, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    The Democratic party would do well not to be dismissive of the 13 million people who have so far voted for Hillary. I for one will not vote along party lines if Hillary is not also on the ticket.

    Disregard the will of the people at your own peril...............

    March 7, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. DELMARVA

    There is no way in West Hell that Obama should ever offer the VP slot to her. Sen. Clinton represents the old ways of which America is tired.

    Where are her old tax returns? I don't think anyone is expecting to see this year's until april 15th, but where are the ones from the past 7 years? They've already been prepared and filed so what is the big hold up?

    Let me guess! They're being "sanitized" before being released to the public! What are they hiding?

    Where is the transparency?
    Where is the 35 years of experience?

    March 7, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. patrice

    Thanks, but no thanks...Hillary Clinton has behaved so badly the last couple of weeks that it would be hard to see them together. In addition why is she speaking so highly of John McCain. Now I respect his loyalty for his country and what he has given but of late (just yesterday)she makes him sound like he walks on water. Maybe the ideal ticket could be McCain and Clinton.

    March 7, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. AJ

    No way Barack joins/incldes her on any ticket. She is way too negative and desperate for power. I will not vote for any Dem ticket that includes Hillary.

    March 7, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Sherylanne

    Obama would never allow Clinton to be his VP; he's too arrogant and full of himself. Clinton would have Obama to unite the Democratic Party.

    Obama has lied; his wife has said racist comments, Clinton has tag-along Bill. McCain takes it all by default..... we are all so screwed!

    March 7, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Melinda

    Obama, stop pretending you don't know that your staff throw mud on Hillary every minute every day. They are tireless.
    Enough hiding behind their backs. YOU ARE NOT "CHANGE", YOU ARE NOT "HOPE"! Your are regular politician. You fool little college students with naive perception of political following like some kind of CULT movement.
    Your supporters are bunch of mad dogs. So much hate, so much anger!
    You are in a good company, it is your world.
    There is a saying:"Tell me who are your friends and I will tell you who you are". Your supporters blaim the Clinton's for rasism.You are much more rasists than white people.Your are not uniter YOU ARE DIVIDER.
    VOTE HILLARY 2008.

    March 7, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Obama

    BTW, Hillay where are your tax returns!!! Obama has come clean a long time ago so where are yours??

    You lied to the American people by going on national TV and telling us that you would disclose your returns in 2 weeks, NOW it's not until April...

    Hillary supporters can't you read between the lines?

    WHERE ARE YOUR TAX RETURNS HILLARY?

    Come on Pennsylvanians don't make the same mistake that Ohio and Texas made - they feel for the smoke screen...

    Join the CHANGE MOVEMENT! – For Obama

    March 7, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. READTHIS

    Obama doesn't need Hillary to win! SO NO!

    March 7, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Obama

    BTW, Hillary where are your tax returns!!! Obama has come clean a long time ago so where are yours??

    You lied to the American people by going on national TV and telling us that you would disclose your returns in 2 weeks, NOW it's not until April...

    Hillary supporters can't you read between the lines?

    WHERE ARE YOUR TAX RETURNS HILLARY?

    Come on Pennsylvanians don't make the same mistake that Ohio and Texas made - they fell for the smoke screen...

    Join the CHANGE MOVEMENT! – For Obama

    March 7, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Deborah

    I don't work for anyone so I can say with out a doubt that Hillary Clinton is not only a monster, she is low down. I think that Rendell must have had something in his coffee to suggest that Obama and Hillary run on the same ticket. If Hilliary is anywhere on the Democratic slate I think I will finally get off the Democratic Plantation and go Independent.

    March 7, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. Nay

    Someone on another message board said it best: Obama should flat out "reject & denounce" any notion of sharing a ticket with the Clintons. Of course, he'll have to do both in order to convince Hillary he's serious.

    March 7, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Joan

    Obama shouldn't pick her. She's a traitor to ehr party.

    March 7, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. dave

    Either way we are DOOMED!!

    we get the back-stabbing, controlling freak in Hillary, or an empty shell, no platform Obama.

    The reason us democrats are dying off again is because we can't ever pick one person who is a moderate with some experience and some ethics. Americans dont want extremists, or self serving politicians anymore. Why can't we have one NORMAL candidate who has the background and respect for democracy that Americans want? THE DAYS OF CAMELOT ARE OVER!! Spin meisters like James Carvalle have only seved to destroy our image, because instead of being honest, they minupulate everything they touch.

    Go ahead, say it.....you know its true...President McCain.

    Thanks for ruining our chances again..................................idiots!

    March 7, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. AntiBrenda

    Is Hillary thinking of a running mate offer from the man she claims is not even as good as the 72 year old republican? She needs to look a little further than the democratic party affiliation for a job. We do not work with hypocrates, liers, imposters, and nonsensical brains. Thats all she is and its a big shame that she thinks she can represent a country when in fact she has failed to represent a party. No wonder she is not getting any support from the higher learned Americans. They can see deeper than her witchy face. She is nothing but what she was refered to by Ms. Power. I just hate that somebody had to resign for calling her by her real name "monsterous witch"

    March 7, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. James

    Why is that Samantha Power has to resign but not Howard Wolfson

    March 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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