March 12th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
6 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. Michael H

    Will CNN's Situation Room ever tell the world, explicitly, who "won" Texas when all of the primary delegates and all of the caucus delegates are added together? I am hearing that Obama got more delegates in Texas than Hillary when all is said an done. Isn't that news worthy? Did Obama or did Clinton win the most Texas delegates when the Caucus and Primary delegates are summed? It seems like a simple question. Would you answer it please?

    March 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. David

    Wolf : As you suggested one day, Kathleen Sebelius will be an excellent VP when Obama get nominated. She will be a good match for a better America. Both share many features and she has endorsed him.
    However, for the sake of uniting the party, Hillary can be his VP. I am sure Sebelius wouldn't mind...

    March 12, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Jordan

    No place for racist comments, even in politics! I hope that Pensilvania and other northern states reject Hilary's campaign message. 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 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Anil Sharma

    Clintons have been trying to make this a racial race. It showes their true color. President Bill Clinton put wife's winning over her legacy and principles.

    March 12, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. BVS Maine

    It would be helpful to the democratic party as a whole for Hillary to just step down now.

    March 12, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Stephen

    I watched this "interview." Obama, much as I like him, gave typical campaign non-answers. "She'd be on anybody's short list" is a politician's way of saying "I can't say hell no." Same with Michigan and Florida, he just didn't say, "Well I want to do whatever makes me not lose." He said, "I'm sure it will work out."

    March 12, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Skippy

    I think Hillary would be a bad choice for VP. In my eyes she is no longer acting like a Democrat. She is acting like Ralph Nader. The person the spoiled the election in 2000. She is going to ruin our chance at winning the white house. She is a polarizing figure like President Bush. It is time to be a states man and step aside. You might get your chance to run again...however everyone will remember how you ran your campaign in 2008.

    March 12, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. bond

    Bottom line: President elect Obama

    Scoreboard Obama

    March 12, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Carl

    Ironic... Clinton was called the first "black" president when in office in 1992. Now his wife is being called a racist and losing the black vote by a 80/20 margin...

    March 12, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. T from NY

    Pretty easy solution to this entire delagate mess. First, both states knew going in their delgates wouldn't count, all agreed to this including the candidates. Yes Hilliary and Barrack agreed to this. Story over move on.
    Now what to do? The DNC need only change from 2025 delagates to win which was 50.03% of the 50 state total of 4048 delegates to 50.03% of the remaining 48 state total of 3682 or 1,842 delegates required to get the nomination. The DNC needs to take charge and stop letting the candidates dictate the policy especially when their campaign is in trouble.

    March 12, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Harry Schubert

    Can you tell me why the Democratic Party does not just reduce the number of delegates needed for the nomination by the number of Michigan and Florida pledged delegates that cannot be seated? Perhaps that solution is too simple and being the politicians they are, Hillary and Barrack would rather have the party spend more money to satisfy their unquenchable ego's. I would think it better for the party to keep everyone’s eyes focused on the future and save the “re-do” money for the general election.

    March 12, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Cordova

    Clinton, Clinton Campaign Staffers and Supporters,

    Your attempts to bring down the standard of campaign with disgusting and inaccurate remarks and nasty tricks has not proved to be effective.
    Please do not pollute this competition for Democratic Presidential Candidate.

    Obama, Obama Staffers and Supporters,

    Keep up with your positive campaign. Even though the pundits advice to make personal attacks on Hillary. Stick to your message.

    DECENCY WINS, NICE ONES DON"T HAVE TO FINISH LAST, POLITICAL RACES CAN BE WON WITHOUT ENGAGING IN NASTY CLINTONIAN MANNERS.

    March 12, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. CHICANO ART, ARIZONA

    Iowa has to much power, and super tuesday did not create the quick finish it was intended to. Now Florida and Michigan will get to have their voices heard. Obama people find themselves on the side of an argument that says it unfortunate that voters in Florida and Michigan will be disenfrachised. This is a losing argurment in the general public, especially in Florida and Michigan. The South West feels that Florida and Michigan should be seated at the convention.
    DON'T DISENFRANCHISE FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN
    DON'T GIVE UP CLINTON.

    March 12, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. Terry

    Pretty easy solution to this entire delagate mess. First, both states knew going in their delgates wouldn't count, all agreed to this including the candidates. Yes Hilliary and Barrack agreed to this. Story over move on.
    Now what to do? The DNC need only change from 2025 delagates to win which was 50.03% of the 50 state total of 4048 delegates to 50.03% of the remaining 48 state total of 3682 or 1,842 delegates required to get the nomination. The DNC needs to take charge and stop letting the candidates dictate the policy especially when their campaign is in trouble.

    March 12, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. John

    So Wolf,,you really want hillary on the ticket dont you?

    VP, if not President?

    Why dont you start rooting for Chelsea 2012?

    March 12, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Slick

    Geraldine just quit!!!! HA hahhahahahaha

    Keep your old mouth shut......if there is a next time.
    Maybe HRC will run again in 2012.

    March 12, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. John

    Thank you CNN for includin Barack Obama in the Political ticker link.

    for more than 12 weeks of this crucial period you had "Hillary Clinton link and a link for John McCain, but nothing for Barack.

    Now you do.

    Thanks.

    [those complaining CNN is pro-Hillary take note!]

    March 12, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Franky

    Hey Wolf, I've been ready just like anyone else......

    Let's do this....

    March 12, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Deb

    As a regular reader of the "Political Ticker" I must say that folks for Obama are very hateful and small minded. If this is the type of person that is attracted to him. Count me out.

    I can't even begin to imagine how any REAL work is going to get done with this Hate Moniker at the helm.

    March 12, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. Conan

    Dems fiddling while Rome burns....

    March 12, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. melvin

    From what I am reading obama removed his name fro Mich. ballot.
    Everything else was equal.
    I guess that is a case of POOR judgment.
    So be it, He blew it and now he wants a redo.
    melvin
    Colorado

    March 12, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Grif

    being I believe Hillary's Family background, before she married William, were Republicans.

    So Hillary should join the Republicans, as a Warning to the Democrats ,,
    You can't insult women. and escape being punished for it....

    March 12, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. rose, texas

    he knew there was going 2 b a race issue from the begin, why even run. the people r the ones dividing the democrats not the candidates. in any election their going 2 bring out their dirty wash. 2 much hatred out there, vote for who ever u want 2 but don't b putting the candidates down., they r out there campagining. i'm 4 hillary all the way, but if obama win i wish him luck. hate never get anyone any where so wise up and unite. hillary 08 .........

    March 12, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Bill Jergens

    She immediately put out a memo saying that she disagrees with Ferraro's comments. Ferraro went on the news in several stations explaining that it was her own opinion and not that of Hillary's campaign and that her comments were made at a paid interview in California and had nothing to do with Hillary. Obama just likes to cry "racism" to anything said negatively about him and use it against Hillary. He even finds a way to cry "racism" in her 3 am ad. I think we're going to see a presidency where criticisms against him are not allowed. Sorta like a dictatorship or one of those countries where the 1st amendment doesn't exist.

    March 12, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. julie, ca

    Please don't misconstrue Senator Obama's remarks to mean he WOULD have her on the ticket. You must be aware by now that he's a gentleman and that is a typical Obama response.
    I hate it when the media misrepresents people's remarks...please stop stirring the pot!

    March 12, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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