March 31st, 2008
03:06 PM ET
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King: Democratic elder statesman warns of potential disaster

Cuomo’s plan is the latest proposal to resolve the Democratic impasse.

Cuomo’s plan is the latest proposal to resolve the Democratic impasse.

(CNN) - Another day, another idea to end the remarkable race for the Democratic presidential nomination - this one from former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.

In an essay in the Boston Globe, Cuomo warns of a potential disaster for Democrats if the race goes on and either Clinton or Obama supporters become embittered by the eventual outcome.

“Who can solve the problem?” he asks. “Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton by putting aside personal irritations, and to some extent personal aspirations, and agreeing to end the hostilities and form a ticket that gives us both of them, a candidate for President and a candidate for Vice President who is clearly good enough to serve as President, should the occasion arise.”

Funny: he doesn’t suggest which candidate should be the nominee, and which the vice presidential nominee.

And already, he is suggesting there are better odds for an alternative he raised in the essay: continue the nomination fight – but have both candidates commit now that if he or she wins, the other would be the vice presidential choice.

'Thanks, but no thanks' is the reaction of the Clinton and Obama camps. They say it is premature to begin thinking about the No. 2. spot on the ticket. But Cuomo tells us today in The Situation Room that he believes such an arrangement is the best hope for a Democratic Party he believes is losing votes to Republican John McCain “every day.”

It’s an interesting idea - and though it is unlikely to be embraced by camps Clinton and Obama, it is the latest reflection of the worry among some party elder statesmen that the protracted nomination battle is creating wounds that won't heal in time for the November election.

Of course, there are others who dispute that the damage is lasting - they see record Democratic turnout and fund-raising as a sign the protracted race is helping, not hurting. Count former President Bill Clinton among this group, though also be very well aware of his bias. His weekend suggestion - those pushing for a fast resolution to the race should just “chill out” - was the latest proof his wife the candidate is in no mood to listen to those who say she should call it quits for the good of the party.

Still three weeks to Pennsylvania. Plenty of time to chill, or debate the pros and cons of the protracted Democratic battle.

Related video: Watch John King's interview with Mario Cuomo

–CNN Chief National Correspondent John King

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soundoff (220 Responses)
  1. Yes, DM again Arlington, TX

    The Clintons are in debt to the fat cats and lobbyist. Maggie how about those FSA Loans?

    March 31, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Any ticket with Clinton on it would NEVER get my vote. The farther those people are from the Whitehouse the better.

    March 31, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Robu desu

    "Citizens" that are supporting Clinton now that will support McBush in November are not worthy of being called citizens. They are worthy of being called bigots.

    March 31, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. BETTYBOOP1972

    The Democratic's ideas sound wonderful, until you consider the national debt.

    $9 trillon is $30,000 for every man, woman and child in the US. Owed to whom; the Chinese. STOP SPENDING AND MAKE GOVERNMENT AND INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE.

    March 31, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. ch

    Hillary or NOBODY!

    March 31, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. mike (houston)

    This is a great Idea as long as Hillary is on Top of the ticket! As president , see can send him on long VP foreign trips , that mean nothing, to keep him out of her hair.

    March 31, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    Clinton represents the old dirty politicians Obama campaigns to change. Besides, the Clintons are not truthworthy! It would be very stupid and dangerous to take clinton as vp! Obama will have to watch his back constantly!

    March 31, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Dragon

    Barack Obama will win the nomination ,and all the muslims around the world will be dancing in the streets. And all of Africa will be doing their magic dance.

    March 31, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Realism front and center

    Bayou Joe

    You mean both of them together isn't as ancient as McCain... Vote no to 100 more years of War!

    Vote no to Hillary, her made up stories, and kitchen sink attacks!

    OBAMA 08!

    March 31, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. STORY


    March 31, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Read

    After reading Obama book , I will not vote for him and the members of my family will not either.

    If they force Clinton out this family of over 40 years of voting Dem will go for Mcain. The voters should have the votes count not a few telling someone to step down.

    Suck it Up OBAMA!!!

    March 31, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Read

    Bring change thats a joke, Rev, Write is not change its back to the old age.

    Read Dreams of My father espicaily chapter 14 see the true OBAMA..
    Go Hilliary all the way to the covention, its about electrols not Delegates people!!!!

    March 31, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. henry

    A vote for hillary is a vote for a continuation of lies lies and more lies
    Obama 08

    March 31, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Sam Rose

    Sorry–he is dreaming-
    There wont be a 'dream ticket' -Clinton took care of that when she ran the 3am ad, essentially saying that McCain would be better equipped than Obama–

    Obama '08

    March 31, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. kelly WI

    Go read the funnies in cartoons.

    Don't kid yourselfs. The nominee does'nt select his v.p. The party bosses do.

    March 31, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    He's right, because of the Obama backers wanting to declare Obama the winner by fiat and trying to change the rules when it comes to superdelegates, I will not vote for Obama for President.

    March 31, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. love america 2


    March 31, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. LeDiva Dallas, TX

    One word...


    March 31, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. wood burns

    I will not vote for any ticket that has Hillary "Bosnian war hero, Nafta fighter" Clinton on it.

    March 31, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. Oleg

    Best for Hillary is to ask VP position before this is over. Though Obama will sure do better off without her.

    March 31, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Michigan Loves Hillary

    I Have Two Favorite Canidates " Hillary " , And Whom Ever Is Runnig Against Obama

    That's The Way This " Typical White Person is going To VOTE !!!

    March 31, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Jeez, talk about your insignificants. Cuomo, please go back the geriatric home from whence you recently escaped.

    March 31, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. Amy Jacobson

    I wonder how many of Obama's supporters have the same political awarness of the new super delegate 50 cents. Very serious concern.

    Not pointed at any informed Obama supporter.

    March 31, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. I Say

    Neither will win on their own but together, they cannot be beat.

    March 31, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. getting disgruntled

    I used to be for Hills, but now I think she sucks...if she is the nominee, I'll stay home in November

    March 31, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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