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. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Hillary Supporter above,

    So sorry, but It is time to stand tall and face facts. Barack is going to be the Dem. Nominee, and ......"Yes He Will"......... go on to become the "PRESIDENT OF THE GOOD OLD USA" so please do your party proud and spread the word, vote Dem. in November!

    Barack Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease, "NO TO HILLARY FOR VEEP"
    she and her dishonest campaigners will stab you in the back and twist the knife all the way, and then they will say, he stabbed himself,
    we saw it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. bad idea

    thats one of the few things which could make me not want to vote for Obama.

    Pick Kathleen Sebelius... She takes away Hillary's thunder, is a better politician, has more experience, and has the integrity that HRC lost long ago.

    May 14, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Debbie,NJ

    She's not trying to be VP. She wants the Presidency but she has not earned it yet. She needs most delegates, most states won and popular vote. So far she has neither. Obama has won 32 of the 50 contests so far, including 5 of 12 primaries where blacks made up less than 10% of the voters. He also won in caucus states that are overwhelmingly white – places like Iowa, Idaho and Wyoming. His margins in the states are as follows.
    75% – DC
    67% – Georgia
    65% – Illinois
    64% – Virginia
    61% – Mississippi
    60% – Maryland
    59% – Vermont
    58% – Wisconsin
    57% – Louisiana
    57% – Utah
    56% – North Carolina
    56% – Alabama
    ...and 18 other victories over Clinton.

    May 14, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. vjh

    I can't fathom Obama asking Hillary to be his VP ! Undoubtedly he is being pressured right now but Ipray he stands his ground and does NOT ask her. Perhaps if she had run a more professional campaign.

    May 14, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Richard

    If Hillary is VP, she will be looking to find a good hitman. Maybe Tony Soprano as her chief of staff.
    The woman is pure evil.

    May 14, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Tim

    I think that would do more harm than good. I just think that Senator Clinton should take that same fire and back Senator Obama in the General Election.

    Hey, why doesn't CNN state that Obama received another Super Delegate yesterday. Quietly updating the numbers and now putting it on the Political Ticker is not right!!! Come on CNN!!!

    Obama 08/12

    May 14, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. Swiss in Canada

    Samantha: When did Ms Clinton held #2 spot? And why is she a strong candidate (sniper fire, not trustwothy, 20 mio in the hole)?

    May 14, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Dr. Norton

    I feel that Mr. Obama should not be pressured to have the Clinton for VP. We all know and understand that if she is VP or God forbid that she should wiggle her way to the top of the ticket that Bill will be running the country again, and if we don't want another four years of Bush why should we want more years of Clinton.

    Has anyone thought that Mr. Obama is winning states that Democrates have not won. Maybe just maybe its because the people that live in the states see something in mr. Obama that they do not see in either Clintor McCain.

    May 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. mobile251ala

    hillary supporter how can a loser ask the winner to be vp. have you been watching t.v. more states, pleged del, super del, more popular votes, and he his leading in beating mcsame in the fall. so answer that for me. also i no the media have us fighting between each other we need to get together and use this energy toward mcsame. are gas will be $10 a gallon and 4 years from now we will be back here doing the same thing. it would be a shame if we turned our back on either of them and vote what got us into this mess. and for all the people that want to vote for mcsame do your research on his judge selection. rove vs wade.

    May 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Paula

    Ed Rendell, . . . You had better come on out and endorse Senator
    Obama while there are still seats left on the superdelegate plane. You know that hot tickets sell fast. The longer you wait, the more likely that you will be left out.

    Yes We Can.
    Obama 08.

    May 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Peg

    Hillary is an opportunist and I would not trust her to be a VP. I think when a news commentator said last night that within the Clinton campaign, the thinking is "Hillary first and then the party..." it says alot.

    The supers need to end this thing sooner rather than later because Obama needs the time to bring the party together and unite all parts of the Democratic coalition.

    Obama supporters should cease their negative attacks on Hillary, it only strengthens her (and her supporters) resolve to continue in the race. The sad fact is: the longer this goes on the weaker Obama's candidacy becomes. I think it is time for the Supers to weigh in heavily and end this thing. I'm tired of hearing how this is strengthing the party.....yes, it has, but now it is weakening the candidate and the partie's chances in the fall. It's pretty clear.

    May 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. JAS

    Asking Clinton to serve as VP would go against everything Obama stands for (including honesty and integrity). You cannot campaign on change and then select a Washington insider as a running mate. And what a third wheel problem this would present–only who would be the third wheel? Bill Clinton or Obama? President Obama might very well look like a third wheel, if he is flanked by former Senator Clinton and her former president husband. An Obama-Clinton ticket is a recipe for disaster. And I doubt, very much, that either candidate would agree to it. For Clinton, this would be barely more than a small step above her role as first lady, and a step down from her Senate seat.

    May 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Tom

    That idea for a joint ticket is ok..however, it beats logic to continue advocating that Sen. Clinton will make a better president than Sen. Obama. How will you have a running mate who claims to be better than the candidate himself? In my opinion, that notion needs to change if the joint ticket will be a reality at all.

    May 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Jimmy in chicago

    Hillary shouldn't accept the VP role with Barack. I read where Obama's supporters are concerned about Bill coming with Hillary. Hillary should be more concerned about Rev. Wright coming with Obama. The Rev. may not come openly, but 20 years of his ideas will represent him well in Barack's tenure.

    May 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Mikey

    Loved her speech last night. Another forray into new math, Clinton style. Question: why is she using 2,209 as the target when she killed Michigan's most recent proposal (that would have given her the majority of the MI delegates) to be included in the convention.

    Note that she sounds like an infomercial begging for money while Senator Obama's homepage has an appeal to donate to the Red Cross for the victims of the recent natural disasters. Quite a contrast.

    Magic number is down to 136. HRC needs 84% of remaining SD to win. Barack can win with 21%.

    May 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. michael hector

    John McCain, every one may have foregot lost W. Virgina
    where he only got 1% of the vote. The fat lady has already sang
    everyone has left the building so Bill needs to turn out the lights
    before electric co cuts them off for non payment.

    May 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Kris from AZ

    This whole experience thing is out of control. She has no more experience the Obama. Give me a break.

    May 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. Eyes

    No way. Give this country a chance for healing. IThe people are requesting change and Clinton in no way represents change. Obama needs to bring in change w/o Hillary and Bill at his back. The dynamic, misspoken duo.

    Why couldn't Hillary have a cabinet position? Keep her away from the number 2 position. She has too big of a political machine, too many debts, and has lost too many allies during this campaign.

    Shredding documents during whitewater covered up a multitude of sins but Hillary and Bill had too many deaths in their circle (not just Vince Foster) around them over the past 20 years. This country doesn't need to lose a President.

    May 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. Barbara M.

    Yeah, if I were President, I'd want the Clintons waiting in the wings to take office upon my death.

    It'd be like having a Borgia as your veep.

    May 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. Obama Supporter

    Why would Obama be her VP when he has more money, and more states won? He is winning the Popular vote and has more delegates, super and pledge. How about you get a life and take your candidate with you.

    May 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. CONGO MAN

    OLD BAGGAGE.... DO NOT FALL FOR THE TRAP. WE NEED NEW BLOOD IN WASHINGTON. THE FIRST BIMBO-SITING BY BILL OR OTHER DISTRACTION WOULD DO IMMEASURABLE DAMAGE TO THE REPUTATION OF THE DEMOCRATS, BACK IN OFFICE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 8 YEARS. LET OBAMA HAVE BREATHING SPACE TO BRING IN A NEW TEAM.

    May 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Philip

    Barack Obama has been doing fantastically well. He knows how to run a campaign and he knows how to best serve the American people. He will also know whom to pick as his VP. Let the man decide, he knows what he is doing.

    May 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Jewish Women for Obama

    No Way!!! Just go away, Rendell and Clintonlosers...
    This race is over, and longer you stick around, the more you divide the party...
    Just go away!!!
    We need real change, and the last thing we need is drama and dirty shady lying politicians like yourself distracting us from bettering our lives...
    WV – you guys are pathetic! This is why you will remain on food stamps for another decade under the McBush regime... Idiots!

    May 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. SHIRLEY-OHIO

    No he shouldn't. Obama has his own group of people he is going to work with him to win this nomination. He does not need Clinton after all the things she has said and done to him. He does not need her.

    DOES ANYBODY REALIZE THAT VIRGINA GOT IT WRONG THE PAST TWO ELECTIONS WHICH IS WHY THEY ARE IN THE SITUATION THEY ARE IN NOW, HAVING HARD TIMES. OBAMA DOES NOT NEED VIRGINA TO WIN. OBAMA REPRESENTS CHANGE AND AS WE ALL CAN SEE VIRGINA DOES NOT REPRESENT CHANGE. THEY SAY NO ONE HAS WON THE WHITE HOUSE WITHOUT VIRGINA SINCE 1916, WELL THAT IS WHAT CHANGE IS ALL ABOUT, THAT IS THE MESSAGE FOR 2008 WHERE HISTORY WITH THIS ELECTION IS BEING MADE LEFT AND RIGHT, UP AND DOWN.

    She has lost this nomination, it is over for her and she needs to realize this. The nomination will not be taken away from Obama and given to her, it is just not going to happen. He won fair and square.

    May 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Jim

    Obama picks up superdelegates hours after Clinton win.

    May 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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