May 26th, 2008
02:50 PM ET
10 years ago

Who gets second billing on the presidential ballot?

As the veepstakes heat up, CNN Political Producer Alan Silverleib weighs the pros and cons of 10 possible choices for each party - from the familiar figures to the dark horses.

Filed under: Veepstakes
soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Ben

    I wouldn't be surprised if McCain picks Hillary. She might as well be a republican. I'd like to see Obama pick Webb, Clark, or Biden. I'd really like to have Gore, but I doubt he'd do it.

    May 26, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    It seems to me there is only one choice....Kathleen Sebelius – women flocked in droves towards a candidate who would lie...change positions based on her geography and claim her husbands experience as her own...I think women would like to support someone of their own the same someone who doesn't lie...and actually has "experience" of her own – she is the right pick – and it will unite the Democrats – hopefully HRC supporters (who supported an extremely poor...truth challenged candidate) will finally see the light.....but then again.....what is keeping them from seeing everything we have been seeing?

    May 26, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Hillary/McCain

    I get a kick out of the People who label themselves "educated voter for Obama", then misspell words and can't complete sentences! So much for the credibility of paid bloggers. I won all of the spelldowns in grade school, do not have a college degree, and have a great income.Chalk up one vote for hard-working Americans! It must really irritate you people that we "dummies" have the same vote as you.....Hillary/McCain 2008..

    May 26, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Carl

    Somewhat off the topic, but I see so many of Hillary's supportors vowing to vote for McCain should she lose this primary, and it saddens me deeply. This has been a pretty bitter, rough primary, but all-in-all, Clinton and Obama's policies aren't much different. They're both Democrats. McCain and Hillary's policies are quite different in almost every way. Ask yourself, what is it that makes you want to vote republican? Is there a serious issue, or is it simply because of frustration that she lost such a close primary race? Hillary herself said it would be a HUGE mistake for her supporters to vote McCain rather than Obama, and she has said herself that she will campain vigorously for him.

    Whether she gets on the ticket or not. Please don't vote out of spite. Re-examine the issues and vote for the best candidate in the general election.

    May 26, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Word on street

    Obama/ Sebelius.. Katheleen has the governor experience and integrity (something which the Clintons lack).

    Clinton can team up with Mcain, that way her die hard supportes can vote for them both and run the country into ruins....

    May 26, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    There are many Republicans and Independents who will vote for Obama, but not if Hillary is on the ticket. I don't believe she will help in the GE if you look at the segment she has alienated with the Clinton polarizing politics. In fact, I think it would be just the opposite. There are others who would make it a more balanced ticket. I personally like Hagel alot, but if not him, then Richardson or Sebelius would be good.

    May 26, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Bill

    Reveran Wright for VP. We want Wright!!!

    May 26, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Jay NJ/NY

    I no longer have confidence in how this whole election process is anymore. It seems if Florida and Michigan gets seated the way they are, in their entirety which Hillary is pushing for, she wins or comes extremely close. She will be wining in the popular vote, although you don't count individual votes in Caucasus. That's part of the reason why you win based on the delegates. But neither one will have the number they need and with FL and MI counting in their entirety, So her argument is she won more poplular votes. She could steal the election. Now the big thing is and one of the key things are, And if anyone reads this. Especially anyone from FL or MI. If Hillary was in the lead initially, and if she was in jepordy of loosing the election if she allowed FL and MI, SHE WOULD NOT BE FIGHTING FOR THEM TO COUNT THEM ALL. She goes out there and makes it seem like she's fighting for the right to have your vote count and plays on your emotion, because she's right. BUT there is a far more bigger incentive for her to do this. If it were the other way around, she would swear that the DNC rules are the rules. She doesn't even care theat Obama's name wasn't on the ballot in MI. She wants all the votes that went for her and zero for Obama. She wants all the MI delegate seated and with her name being the only name on the ballot, none of the delegates would go to Obama.

    It's just hard to stomach all this anymore. I wish everything was settled already, who ever it should be.

    May 26, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Ohio switching

    Here again, it doesn't matter....this Ohio democrat is voting for someone other than obama....

    May 26, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. flavoter

    If this is the season of change, what better way to unite the country than having A Obama, Colin Powell ticket. The experience Powell will bring to the table will blow that train wreck John McSame away. And allow a hero like Powell to redeem himself after the way he was used by this current administration. But as a true patriot he trusted the Commander and Chief . But we know that white America barely can fathom one black American on the road to the White House let alone Two. It's in the best interest of the country the entire country not just a few. Economic division, racial division, religious division all this division is a formula to self destruction, our enemies only have to wait for the country to sink itself. We can't remain in a state of denial.

    May 26, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    NO CLINTONS on the Democratic ticket..... They are NOT to be trusted.....

    End the dynastic presidency.... WE WANT CHANGE


    May 26, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. no obama

    ANYBODY but obama..... guess I'll be voting for McCain.

    May 26, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Cherie

    I can't believe the Clinton supporters continue the vitriolic comments. Come on guys, it's over and time to unite against McCain. We need to win in Nov for our children, healthcare, end to the war, the economy, the energy crisis! Clinton will support Obama and this campaign wil soon be a long ago memory!

    May 26, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Democrat

    Clinton / Obama. Best choice right there. Anything with Obama on the top will lose in November, guaranteed.

    May 26, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. me votin man

    Elmer Fud would be a good choice as VP for John McCain.
    Both like Guns ( and Roses too ?).

    May 26, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Connie Sturgeon

    I say gman you are right on.

    Connie from Indiana

    May 26, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Donald from SC

    Anyone but, Senator Clinton.

    Yes, I do not believe that Senator Clinton would make a good President. She has proven herself inept, divisive, destructive, and willing to do anything to get her way (she even tries to change the rules as we go along). I believe that her supporters genuinely feel that she will make a good President. To me, her candidacy has proven the opposite. I have no confidence in her, but as a true democrat, I will support her for the Presidency in needed. God help us if it ever gets to that point. So, since I don't believe that she would make a good President, I certainly don't believe that she would make a good Vice-President either.

    May 26, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. DC from NJ

    Anyone but Hillary is A-OK by me.

    May 26, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. chicago chris

    no to hillary for veep. I just hope all these Hillary supporters who will vote for mccain lose a women's right to choose, if McCain wins, for all women out there and try to explain that to their daughters. I also hope they go bankrupt because we'll still be wasting billions in Iraq/afghanistand/iran. They'll probably be the ones not giving up change for homeless veterans on our street corners (go to a city to see all of them. it's nice to not think of them when you pull into your suburban neighborhoods or farms). Hell, McCain might even add an amendment to the constitution to only recognize creationism.
    You can say it was Obama's fault, but it's really your fault for being so short-sighted and voting for more of the same.

    May 26, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Dori in AZ

    I am VERY concerned about Bill Clinton's deteriorating mental status.

    Bill, Please have a psychiatric evaluation and please be examined for TERTIARY SYPHILIS. Your remarks are getting more & more extreme – a sign that your brain is not well. This may be due to any number of psychiatric illnesses and/or a physical illness (like untreated syphilis) that has progressed. Whatever the cause, please get help.

    May 26, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Gerry


    May 26, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Olivia

    Hillary..........should Obama get the nomination.........should you be offered the VP slot.........DON'T TAKE IT.

    Your candidacy was calls for you to drop out of the race. There are absolutely no other reasons...except fear..... that you may upset everything with your stronger than expected running. You deserve the top spot for all you bring to the table.

    CLINTON/OBAMA.....reluctantly,yes, to bring the necessary factions together for a democratic win.

    May 26, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Hillary would have chosen Chelsea.

    May 26, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |

    DNC, if you count the votes and seat Michigan and Florida, the Super Delegates would not be needed.......DUH!!





    May 26, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. nonny

    hillary should be the vp....though am an obama man

    May 26, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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