March 12th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Blitzer: Get ready for a primary season extension

The primary season is about to get a bit longer.

The primary season is about to get a bit longer.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Right after Barack Obama won the Mississippi Democratic Primary, I had a chance to speak with him. Two points that he made stand out in my mind: 1) that he’s open to possibly having Hillary Clinton serve as his vice presidential running mate; and 2) that he believes there eventually will be make-over Democratic contests in both Michigan and Florida.

“Senator Clinton,” he told me, “is a very capable person, and, as I’ve said before, she’d be on anybody’s short list.”

That certainly doesn’t mean he would ask her to join his ticket - but it does mean he’s clearly not ruling it out.

She seems to have gone further in recent days, hinting that she would ask him to serve as her Vice Presidential running mate. Bill Clinton has made a similar point.

All this is happening despite the increasingly nasty exchanges that have been hurled against each other. Obama told me that he was “confident” that once the Democratic contest was resolved, “the party is going to be unified” in the battle against John McCain. An Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama ticket, many Democrats believe, would go a long way toward uniting the party.

On the make-over contests in Florida and Michigan, Obama expressed some concern about the logistics for another election. Will, for example, a mail-in ballot work? But he noted that conversations were currently underway between the campaigns and the Democratic National Committee. “I’m sure it will get sorted out,” he said.

Bottom line: get ready for the Michigan and Florida make-over elections in June – after the last scheduled contest in Puerto Rico, now expected to take place on June 1.

–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Charlotte

    Obama is against a revoteThat's because he would lose. The rules would be different if he needed them in his quest to be the nominee. What a political move on his part to disinfranchise over 2 million voters. Talk about politics as usual. Quit preaching the old Washington when you are the worst offender. he never even finish his first term as a US Senator, before he ran for President. I think he was planing this when he won his seat in Illinois. You, Obama, have called yourself the candidate for change, why not CHANGE the rules to let these voters have a say. You are a coward and a cheat

    March 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Tony from DC

    He should 'consider' Billary for the VEEP, she would be worthy of the VEEP seat.

    And Obama agreed to the rules the DNC set and has abided by them... why wouldnt he continue to? Its the other one you need to keep your eye on.. trying to change the RULES midstream because she so casually and arrogantly thought this would be HERS prior to Super Tuesday or any other Tuesday!

    March 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Mom in PA

    Obama is a gracious man, however who can he ask Clinton to his running mate after she has said he is not ready to be President? That McCain is more qualified! It would be the question that they would have to answer at every debate with McCain and his running mate.

    Edwards would be a better choice. Richardson would be a good choice. Both of these men would have probably benefited from Michigan and Florida being counted from the start. If Michigan was in play at the beginning, Edwards might have won Michigan and might still be a candidate.

    March 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Obama Guy

    This will never happen..Obama would shoot himself in the foot being involved with Hilary after all the shady stuff she's pulled...I'd have to rethink my vote if Hilary is the ticket with him I'm all for Obama but Hilary needs to go back to the Senate an fight her battles there.

    March 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. dadjje

    Since David Patterson will become the new governor of NY on Monday, will he replace Spitzer as a superdelegate? ..........Does he support Clinton or Obama?

    March 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Socrates

    if you mean change, if you mean politics of the past vs the future hillary can't be your VP

    March 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Floridian

    Uh, Wolf, if you think he hasn't ruled it out, realize that (a) he's trying to be polite by not doing so, but (b) he would never, ever, not in a million years for a billion dollars ask her to be his running mate. She represents "old" politics to his supporters, and she would destroy any chance of him winning independents and some republicans (who statistically dislike her a lot more than democrats do) in the general election.

    Would you want to be the only person standing between Hillary Clinton and the Oval Office? His secret service detail wouldn't get to sleep for four years, and frankly, I don't know how he could get a food taster.

    Ada, Miami, FL

    March 12, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    Check out Roland Martin's take on the FL & MI primary debacle.

    I can't post the link, but it is on the CNN web site.

    It is funny – he really thinks 26 million Americans should not be represented because their governors screwed up.

    If I lived in FL or MI, I would be hopping mad about this.

    March 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Chris Muflam

    If Democrats hope to recapture some of the trust Americans have on federal government – that’s if they win the general election in November – they must embrace untold compromises in light of the divisions that have crippled Washington bureaucrats. But before Democrats can win in November Obama and Clinton must make in-house compromises and heal the internal wounds both of their campaigns have inflicted on each other. If these two leaders cannot mend fences the Democrats’ chances are hanging on a thread. It is too early to discuss any details of VP plans but henceforth Clinton and Obama can’t ignore that one will be the other’s running mate for the best chance of challenging McCain and (Romney or Crist or Huckabee).
    Chris / Independent in New Jersey

    March 12, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. derek

    Wolf Blitzer was so obviously an Obama freak last night on the reporting of the Miss. primary. Perhaps Obama could pay for the Michigan and Florida re-dos with the money he has saved from the free ads by CNN.

    March 12, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. Realistic

    There you go, Hillary voters: If you vote for Obama as the Democratic nominee then you get them both.

    I'm sure that Hillary's core constituency of Mad Old Women will hate the idea of her being #2 but it is better than being left off the ticket altogether.

    March 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Dwight B. Van Zanen

    I certainly agree the Democrats have no option but a re-vote in Florida and Michigan, to hold the party together and have a chance in the General Election. And the DNC should NOT pay for it. The states brought this on themselves by ignoring the rules.

    About an Obama-Clinton ticket, I can see it the other way around but not with Obama on top. I think Obama is smart enough not to have Hillary Clinton as his VP, and former President Bill Clinton as "second spouse". I doubt Bill Clinton would much like being in that situation either. He could expect to have a lot of influence if his wife were President. Hillary would likely not have much influence herself, as VP. Better Hillary runs for Governor of New York. The position is vacant.

    March 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. LW Dornan

    If Spitzer thinks he has problems he should be glad he's not the mayor of Detroit. But then, there are some similarities to there problems. Maybe the race card would work for him also. That's right, race isn't involved in Spitzer's case but then again it's not involved in Mayor Kilpatrich's problems either but it seem to be working for him.

    March 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Vig

    It must be difficult for Obama to see his wins amount to a battle on the convention floor where this is going to wind up. Too bad.

    March 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Jordan

    We have one presidential candidate trying to show the world that we in America are an example that the other nations should look up to! How can we tell the world we are loving and inclusive nation when Hillary’s folks keep throwing these racist remarks!

    These remarks by Clinton campaign are not coincidences but rather calculating to divide and scare voters by racial lines. Mississippi’s African-Americans voted overwhelmingly for Obama because of the continuous racial remarks by Clintons.

    African-American population did not necessarily vote for Obama but rather against Hillary! It is shame that one nominee has set the direction of our country sooo low! Lets help our country, our image, our kids and show the world we are peaceful and welcoming nation!

    March 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. skylark

    One Planet: Earth (We're all in this together)
    One Race: Human
    Most Dirty Laundry: Clinton
    Best Chance: Obama

    The Reps will surely make us relive the nastiest scandals of the Clinton years all over again should HRC be nominated. Why don't people understand this? The Clintons (The has been and the never was) need to bow out now!
    Please, stop the hate and save what's left of our planet and our dignity.
    Obama '08

    March 12, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. Jordan

    No place for racist comments, even in politics! It is shame that Hillary has set the direction of our country sooo low! Lets help our country, our image, our kids and show the world we are peaceful and welcoming nation!

    March 12, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Chuck in Bama

    When you look at the current numbers, Hillary is only behind in the popular vote by 70K votes when you throw in FL and MI. Who gives up when they have a chance to catch up on the final lap? This election is GOOD for America. More people are learning more about politics this election than in any before.

    March 12, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Pamela Hogue

    I believe if Obama wins the primary, that is a form of reverse discrimination..I think we need to elect the BEST person to run this country. Has everyone forgotten 9-11 already? Not me for that is my birthday. Pam Tennessee

    March 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. Anil Sharma

    Barring miracle, Senator Clinton can not win Democratic Nomination if super delegates are divided in the middle (50% each) ... even if she wins Florida and Michigan by 60%.

    It is a time for her to concede for the sack of party unity.

    March 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Chuck in Bama

    In an article in the Tampa Tribune Sep 30. 2007, Omama said he would "do right by the FL voters." Hmmm?

    March 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Baida

    If you are confused: Here is tips to help remove your confusion. Answer the questions below:

    Who has more delegates? Answer:..........
    Who has a popular votes? Answer..........
    Which of these number is larger 1611 or 1480?......

    Based on your answer for these questions you will be able to determine who will be the nominee of our DEM Party . You can use the same questions after any primary. This is a simple way to help you stay focus on real issues and do not get confused with the media. Is it that simple.

    March 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. LW Dornan

    It's ironic the the people most responsible for this mess still will have their vote count as super delegates.

    March 12, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Mo D.

    I truely feel that a redo should not take place unless some form of punishment be attached to the states for superceeding election protocol. If we allow a redo with no penalty then what is to stop any other state from doing the samething and becoming the spotlight
    of the election cycle and not the candidates

    March 12, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Mike Brian

    Love to see Obama is back off a little bit. He is flip-flopping again.

    Two days ago he said in public that ‘Clinton Obama’ or ‘Obama Clinton’ ticket is not possible. Now he realized that his remarks are too offensive and divisive as possible party leader, he changed his tone!!!!

    He claimed his ‘better’ than those old politicians, you know what, he is just kidding himself. I see no trace he is any better than Clinton or McCain or any other Washington politicians.

    His problem is he doesn't have presidential quality in nature. I don’t see he can win over McCain in the general election.

    BTW, I am a college student, belong to those white young voters, and I am not fooled by him!!

    March 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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