May 14th, 2008
09:20 AM ET
3 years ago

Rendell: Obama should ask Clinton to be VP

CNN

Watch Gov. Rendell's interview Wednesday.

(CNN)-Governor Ed Rendell's name has recently come up as a potential running mate for Barack Obama, but the Pennsylvania Governor said Wednesday, why settle for a Clinton supporter when you can have the real deal.

Rendell, who has encouraged the New York Senator to 'stay the course,' despite calls for her to end her campaign, said Wednesday she may not win the nomination - but should be on the ticket either way.

"If Senator Obama becomes our nominee and he wants someone to carry the Clinton banner there's no question in my mind he should ask Hillary Clinton," Rendell told CNN's Kyra Phillips.

A major rift remains among Democratic voters as exit polls continually show a large portion of Clinton's supporters will not support Obama if he is the nominee in November, and vice versa. Still, the Pennsylvania governor said he would help Obama in his state as he did Clinton.

"If Hillary Clinton is not the nominee, I know that she cares very much about making change, and she will absolutely support Senator Obama enthusiastically," said Rendell. "But I believe with all my heart that she is the most experienced and most ready to be president."

soundoff (331 Responses)
  1. E. D.

    Never!

    May 14, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. The Corp

    After this primary, what a laugh! Such hatred, then kumbyah? Please do, it will definitely show how out of touch dems/liberals are. Not to mention the thought of Hillary and the tyrant Michelle Obama in the same room.

    May 14, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. jeff

    the only reason Hillary stays in the race is she hopes Obama has a Howard Dean moment (or a Gary Hart moment) and he has to pull out of the race.

    It's the only way she can win the nomination at this point.

    May 14, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. Hector

    It was already rumored that Obama may be the VP if Clinton were to be elected. He came out publicly stating that he would not be her running mate he clearly said he was running for presidency.

    OBAMA 2008

    May 14, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. College Voter

    I agree that it should be the other way around.

    Clinton with Obama on the ticket.

    The experienced mastermind on top...with the young in line to gain experience for the future.

    May 14, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. Punisher

    Obama can be Hillary's VP, we need a President with experience not some frat boy who thinks he's black is good enough to be President.

    I'm black, I don't support Obama, he lacks experience to lead this country.

    May 14, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Tim

    If Obama has Hilary as his running mate she becomes more problems then benefits. Number one the whole idea of a new brand of polictics will be wiped out and secondly he will have to content with Bill in the White House as well. Plus there are things in Hilary's closet that Barack has not used to his advantage cause he has tried to run a clean campaign but there is no way on earth that the republicans will not attack the two of them. Peter vs Clinton could destroy any chances of a democratic in the white house if she is on the ticket.

    May 14, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. FedUpDem

    And she should say thank you but no thanks because she should not go down in flames with obama in 08. This will better set her to take the nomination in 2012 as who would support obama for another landslide loss?

    May 14, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. oil rules

    If Hillary and Bill get back in the white house WITH Barack Hussein, then he better keep a close eye on Michelle......better hire a food taster as well.

    May 14, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. l3sli3 from michigan

    oh, ok hillary supporter second place who wants to change rules should ask first place to be vice president, yeh right, lets see if hillary will get to white house without obama supporters

    May 14, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Tired of W, OH

    Adding Hillary to the ticket would only work if Obama can convince his followers that Hillary will not be the one making policy decisions. He has to keep his distance from the politics of old or there will be a backlash.

    He would also have to watch his back if Clinton is the VP. Her insatiable lust for power would be a concern if she is only one heartbeat from the presidency. Everyone remember what happened to JFK? I hope that I'm wrong, but Hillary's character during the campaign indicates that she would throw her whole party under the bus if it means she could be prez.

    May 14, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Martin

    He should not ask her to be on his ticket. His support would dry up like a lake in the desert. this argument about electability is silly. in November, the numbers will change in his favor. anyone with brains knows that he's running againts the two most powerful names in politics curing this primary. this is a far cry from the flip flopping guy he will face in November. stop with the spin and get with the future. its over for the Clintons.

    May 14, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. Dj

    HUH? WHA? Is this MAJOR supporter acknowledging defeat?

    May 14, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. Seam, Florida

    Get over it Rendell. This is not the 1990's when you benefited from the Clintons during your tenure in Philadelphia as Mayor.

    Let the new breed take over. These are different times.

    Obama 08.

    May 14, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. TESAP

    NO I THINK THE DAMAGE IS DONE.... SHE DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE VP.... OR ANYWHERE NEAR THE WHITEHOUSE, SHE IS IN DEBT AND CANNOT ADMIT DEFEAT WE ALREADY HAVE PEOPLE IN THE WHITE HOUSE WITH THAT IDEAOLOGY...........

    A COUPLE OF GOOD CHOICES...

    1. COLIN POWELL
    2. J EDWARDS
    3. BILL RICHARDS
    4. ANYONE BUT HILIARY CLINTON.......................

    85% OF WHITE PEOPLE STATED THAT RACE WAS THE MAIN REASON THEY VOTED FOR HC..... SO YOU MEAN EVEN IF SHE CANNOT WIN, HAS THREATENED ANOTHER COUNTRY, INSULTED RUSSIA'S PRESIDENT AND IS IN DEBT... 20$ MIL... THEY VOTE FOR HER JUST BECAUSE SHE IS WHITE... THE QUESTION ISN'T HOW CAN BARACK WIN THESE VOTERS THE QUESTION IS WHAT'S WRONG WITH THESE VOTERS..... THE REAL AMERICANS IT SEEMS; HOW CAN THAT BE, THEY ARE FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD "RACIST"...... SO HOW ARE THEY THE HARDWORKING TRUE AMERICANS???? WHEN THEY ARE WORKING FOR ONE CAUSE THE WHITE RACE?????

    POST THIS CNN..................

    May 14, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  16. obama all the way

    NO WAY!!...NO HILLARY and NO CLINTON

    OBAMA / HAGEL
    OBAMA / Strickland
    OBAMA / Rendell

    May 14, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. Lee WV

    No Way!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. berksdan

    Gov Rendell has disgraced himself throughout this campaign.

    It is interesting to note that although he 'delivered' Pennsylvania for Sen Clinton, she lost to Obama in Gov Rendell's territories: Philadelphia and Dauphin Count – where the state capital is.

    Gov Rendell espouses the failed politics of the past, and has lost a great deal of credibility in Pa politics by pandering for Sen Clinton.

    May 14, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. mama4obama

    Again....it is going to take some major wound healing for Hillary to even be in politics after the rift she has created. I personally would like to see her sent packing for good. I would be very disappointed if Obama stooped to her level and allowed that.

    May 14, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. Kirk

    I think that all the talking heads (and yes, all the bloggers) should quit trying to make decisions for the candidates. Only the candidates themselves should make these decisions:

    1. Let Hillary decide how long she wishes to run. She is entitled to run as long as she wants to, without pressure from 'outside' interferers.

    2. Let Obama decide who his running mate will be. He is entitled to make his own choice, without pressure from 'outside' interferers.

    May 14, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Rick DC

    Its very clear to me and most political pundits who dare not say it. "Hillary's end game is to disrupt Obama's chance to win in 2008 and she run again in 2012".

    May 14, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. RB

    If that happens, I will not vote for that ticket! Sorry Obama, but HRC is disgusting. Jim Webb for VP! We don't need a Washington insider on the ticket.

    May 14, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. from CT

    She should have thought of that before the things she said during that horrible last debate where she pressed on those waste of time non-issues to make him look bad, while he stayed the high ground and didn't even take a swipe at her snyper remark.

    That interview spoke volume's about their characters and put a big rift between the 2 thanks to her.

    May 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. Concerned Democrat

    I'm convienced that Hillary supporters are delusional.

    It's time to unite behind one canidate and Hillary will not be that canidate.

    Democrat's 08

    May 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Toni from Maryland

    Ha Ha

    That is hilarious

    She messes up the whole platform of Change with her old, hateful ways

    May 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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