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. gerald strother

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hours after being routed by Hillary Rodham Clinton in West Virginia, Barack Obama picked up two more superdelegates, offering fresh recognition from Democratic leaders of his inevitable nomination

    May 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. Jamaal Kansas

    Hillary is a Liar she should have Bush's Vice President.

    May 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Jai in PA

    As Obama has stated, Clinton would be on anyone's short list for VP. While I am a Clinton supporter, I don't agree that this would be a dream ticket for the party. What is important is that we all unite behind the eventual Democratic nominee and it appears that it will be Obama. We cannot allow Republicans to drive a wedge between our party. We have to unite in order to defeat McCain in November.

    May 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. MD

    Not Rendell, and definitely not Hillary.

    Obama does not need a knife in his back for the next 8 years.

    May 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. christine

    i think these people need to let obama pick whom he wants as vp bill clinton was never forced to pick anybody even john kerry so why obama why do they want to force him to pick hillary when john kerry picked john edwards they had run a good democratic primary respecting each other, but hillary was really using the republican politics against obama and really using rove politics on your democratic opponent and after that you turn around and say you want to be on the tickect i dont think so and i dont think its fair let obama choose for himself he compained so hard for himself remember the clintons have been in politics for decades and the whole family was compaigning so hard husband daughter rendell i mean everybody and obama was just himself at list let him be why everything has to go the way the clintons want obama is wining just compaining by himself

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. MovingOn

    Yeah the loser always asks the winner to get behind them. It's over, let it go. Clinton ran very close but in the end Obama won by a nose, that's just the way it is.

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Michael in Columbus, Ohio

    TO: SILLIE HILLE SUPPORTERS

    THAT IS SILLY THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE IN THE PRIMARY STATES SAYS BARACK IS THE NOMINEE (CHECK THE PRIMARY RESULTS) BY VIRTUAL OF POPULAR VOTE, GET OUT OF DENIAL ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN ALREADY AND PLEASE WE ALL ARE SICK OF THE NUMBER SPINS BY THE SILLIE HILLIE CAMPAIGN MEMBERS, IT WAS SAD TO SEE LAST NIGHT ON CNN EVERYTIME SOMETHING DON'T GO YOU ALLS WAY , YOU ALL FIND A WAY TO SPIN THNIGS TO PUT DOUBT IN OBAMAS CAMPAIGN. I NEVER SEEN SO MUCH DESPERATION IN MY LIFE.

    MY ADVICE IF YOU WANT UNITY, YOU MAKE IT, YOU DON'T FORCE IT, AND DON'T BURN YOUR BRIDGES IN THE PROCESS, AND THEN GOT THE NERVE TO HOPE BARACK WILL HELP PAY FOR HER CAMPAIGN DEBT, THAT MAY BE THE MAIN REASON WHY SHE WANTS ON THE TICKET, FOR THAT REASON AND THAT REASON ALONE. TELL ME THIS IS JUST A FAIRYTALE, LOL

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. american in canada

    after all the things she's said about him, he owes her NOTHING.
    i also find it interesting that she cannot even manage her own campaign finances and people trust her with the country's budget.
    obama isn't perfect, no one is, but at least he isn't a blatant liar out for his own political gain
    OBAMA 08

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Dee Okla.

    I think not.

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Chanakya

    I do not agree with Mr.Rendell's logic. Having waged a bitter fight so far, I am not sure how Obama-Clinton would perform as running mates. More over, Clintons derided Obama by making a hue and cry about Obama for the lack of experience and his inability to attract blue-collar & white voters. I would prefer Mr.Edwards to Clinton as Obama-Edwards chemistry works well. It would be fun to watch Clintons campaigning for Obama this fall!

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Debra, Alton

    He must be crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Every presidential candidate had the opportunity to select their own VP which should Clinton supporters try to force Obama to pick her. Thats ludicrous!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  12. Eddie

    Rendell is a coward,he knows that Hillary would sabotage the ticket.Why would you tell someone to back a candidate when you know for a fact that they do not believe in the candidate.This is a ploy to make Obama look like a hypocrite.Hillary does not compliment Obama,they are trying to make him look weak by forcing a flawed candidate on him.

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. pam Eugene OR

    Never
    We want real change.

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Nicole

    No way. Hillary should ask him to be her VP.

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Why would anyone want to align him/herself with NObama? I could not imagine anything worse!

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. american in canada

    oh, and isn't it ironic that now all of a sudden the small states matter to her

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. Chris

    The only way Obama can win is having us "Bitter" people vote for you because Hillary is the VP. That would be a great ticket, unstopable!

    May 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Jackie

    No Obama is winning the nomination and it is his decision who should be on the ticket with him. Hillary Clinton has the biggest negatives of any democrat – why would anyone want that on their ticket. Why would anyone want to have to deal with Bill. Republicans will band together to beat her.

    Wake up America – it is time to retire the Clinton and Bush family. It is time for America to move beyond this race and gender fight. It is time for change, time for new blood in Washington.

    May 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Patrick, St. Louis

    2 reasons that will never happen:

    She ran on his inexperience and unelectability, and as his VP she would have to directly contradict every campaign remark she's made since February.

    He ran on new politics and change, and the Clinton rolodex (not to mention the name alone) is the epitome of old Washington, old politics and lobbyist money. Think about the field day McCain would have on Obama if he's talking about change with Hillary standing behind him.

    May 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. Nikki, Florida

    um...or not

    Clinton's do not do well in the backseat. Her choice to continue to run shows that she is not concerned for the party nearly as much as for herself.

    She could get 85% in every state left and split supers with Obama (which are heading his way) and he would still get the nomination...if a lay person like myself can figure this out in the counter, how can her campaign not know this??????

    May 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. mitchell from arkansaw

    he might pick her,but she needs to concede,first.

    May 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Alex H

    Wow... another Hillary supporter telling Obama what to do with his campaign.

    What a completely new turn of events!

    May 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. Luis

    that's a sure win... I will not vote on a ticket without HRC on it. I am tired of loosers and Obama can not carry this one with out her.

    She proven time and time again she can do this and I rather have her on my side.

    May 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Rebecca

    Hillary is quoted in November 2007 as saying "of course we all know that Michigan will not count." What is she saying now?

    May 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Willie

    I feel it is so premature to suggest Sen. Clinton as a potential running mate for Sen. Obama, nor anyone else, for that matter. It appears that people have forgotten that this country is currently in a race for nominees of the respective parties. Focus, people. The Democratic Party's potential nominees are in a very tight race. Continuing the suggestion of an Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama ticket at this stage is not appropriate. It is newsworthy to watch the ongoing process, however, I do not feel that ideas should be planted that could cause Sen. Clinton supporters to "throw in the towel" in terms of getting her the necessary votes to be the nominee. Remember, on the days the primaries are held, projections cannot be made until there is a greater percentage of votes reported (sorry, I don't know the percentage or time factors), thus it would follow that these kinds of ticket projections should not be made either. Let the process continue, let the voters vote their consciences and desires without the influence of the press purporting to know who the nominee will be.

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