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. Sara in Birmingham, AL


    May 26, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. rose, texas

    it doen't matter who he picks cuz i'm not voting 4 him either way. as bad as people talk about bill and hillary they were the ones that had us with best ecomony when they were in the white house. i guess people have forgotten already, but oh i forgot it's all this spoil brats that r voting 4 obama. the ones that r killing people out there everyday with out having to go 2 iraq. the ones going to college, but oh forgot sell drugs.

    May 26, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Jose

    How about a Pastor Hagee / Ron Parsley Ticket..
    That would make McCain upset !!

    May 26, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. j

    Obama needs someone with positive & national name recognition that will appeal to Independents, moderate Republicans as well as the Democrats base. Cuomo or Bloomberg, perhaps.

    Clinton doesn't need to worry as much about a running mate with national name recognition but should focus more on someone that will help deliver key states. I think Clinton/Sebelius would be an interesting ticket.

    May 26, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Gringo

    Just any ole far left socialist will do. No sense in putting anybody with any sense on the ticket.

    Hillary would be insane to align with this bunch.

    May 26, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Democrats Rule

    How on EARTH do we still have the Clinton people believing the Senator can defy logic, defy gravity, defy MATH and win??? Makes me nuts. The war was waged and Sen. Clinton has lost. Now PLEASE, Superdelegates, party loyalists – ANYBODY......can we come forward and kick Senator Obama over the top NOW so that we can focus on November and stop hearing about whatever the latest silliness coming out of the Clinton camp may be???? PLEASE........

    May 26, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. iclayton

    noooo not give her a chance to break the party anymore.............. God help us if we have to take Clinton>>>>>>>>>>>find someone like Edwards..........................

    May 26, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Gringo

    I think a Hillary / Lieberman independent ticket would be great.

    May 26, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. LifeLongDemocrat

    Definitely not Sibelius. She is a Republican at heart and will really piss off the Hillary supporters. Need a Hillary supporter on the ticket or Hillary herself or the voters for Hillary will go to McCain or a Hillary write-in.

    Still for Hillary2008/2012/2016

    May 26, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Ilona Proud canadian

    Please Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease NOt OBAMA/CLINTON.




    May 26, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Ben

    Obama represents fresh air, new idea, change, love, unity. enough of the clintons and the bushes. we need another young fresh talent to compliment President Obama. No to the Clintons! No to the bushes

    May 26, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Kjetil

    I really belive its time for a woman as vp, but not Hillary Clinton. She is too negative and i dont like the way they have been in this campaign.

    Kathleen Sebilius or Arizonas governor, Janet Napolitano would be great because of their leaderexperience as governors and because they supported Obama while everyone thoght that Clinton would win. They took a risk. And i belive thats important in a vp, someone that put them self on the line for someone else. I also like Mc-Caskill but i think its better with a governor on the team than another from the senate.

    I also like Bill Richardson, but i want a woman more, and think he should be that secratary of state.

    If he has too take a white male (that i dont think he should) John Edwards or Al Gore would be the best, even if both has said no. To pick someone like Hagel would be wrong, because of his conservative values. Too be against the war is good, but you dont get the vp beacause of that.

    McCain should pick Mike Hucabee because then they will loose very big because Hucabee is a fendumentalist. Or Romney who lack charm and tried too flip flop and buy the election but with a failure. The governor of Florida would be the worst thing he could do, because he seems like a moderate that could be a help. Same with former major of New York, that it seems like everyone now has forgotten...

    May 26, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. DJS

    It will be Edwards (check out if you want to know why) or Webb.


    It will be one of those two men, and any other speculation is an absolute waste of time. Think I'm full of it? Consider the fact that I've predicted the entire race thus far. On both sides.

    McBush can pick whomever he wants, won't matter. Obama/Edwards or Obama/Webb will crush McCain/insert-a-wingnut.

    You so-called political "experts" are atrocious. I called Hillary's demise and McCain's nomination BEFORE IOWA. I told everyone that Obama was a done deal as the Dem nominee the night of the Iowa Caucus. But, since I'm usually right, my opinion is apparently not worth a pundit's salary. Consistent wrongness seems to be the main requirement for that kind of lucre.

    Oh, by the way, Edwards is currently the favorite in Vegas by the oddsmakers. Y'all might want to look that up next time before you opine on the matter.

    May 26, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    McCain/Romney, but I bet it will be Crist. I think there has been a deal in the works.

    Obama/Hagel, Webb or Richardson


    May 26, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Shannon from Washington

    Why do these Clinton hold outs believe she has any chance of being on the top of any tickets. She has lost the race. It is statistically impossible for her to win, they are just staying in the race to get your money and pay off their debt. She makes it seem close, it is not. She is unable to close the deal. So much for toughness.

    May 26, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Linda

    Wesley clark is the best for VP job. He has military and foreign policy credentials.

    May 26, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. White Grandma for Obama

    There is a myth going around about Obama's electability. Many can't see how ridiculous this argument is. We have five full months before the general election. Are you telling me public opinion won't shift and change during that time? Let's talk about polls five days before the election, not five months.

    And I wanted to say something about Kentucky. Our family moved here last June and I really like it here. Of course there are racists–every state has them. Obama probably will not carry this state in November, though I do want to point out that he carried Lexington by 5% and Louisville by a larger margin. The reasons why people vote are complex and I'm really tired of seeing derogatory comments about my adopted state.

    In terms of VP? My personal favorite is Sebelius, though he may need to choose a white man. Whoever he chooses, Obama has four votes from our family.

    May 26, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. Herman in LA

    We need a clean break from Bush/Clinton dynasty.

    Obama + Anyone with solid military experience (General James L. Jones?)

    May 26, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. TonyInCheyenne

    Just say no to the Clintonistas. Chuck Hagel for VP would be putting Obama's money where his mouth is. True change! Gman has some great ideas too. January 20, 2009. Go Obama!

    May 26, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. Alvin

    The only choice for president is Sen. John Mccain because, We don't need any one of the Five kinds of Liberals we find in today's society.

    The Post-modern Liberal movement is mainly based upon identity politics and the cult of the victim. The first four of the five categories are based on the "entitlement" of the "victim." The five categories are:

    1) Blacks, based upon the imagined entitlement of the victim of racism who is bitter about past racial injustices; 2) Women, based upon the imagined entitlement of the "victim" of "patriarchy;" 3) The poor, based upon the imagined entitlement of the "victim" of "social injustice;" 4) Homosexuals, based upon the imagined entitlement of the "victim" of "homophobia;" and 5) New Age Progressives.

    May 26, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. stacy

    McCain before Obama if Hillary not nominee.

    May 26, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Western Voter

    You Hillary supporters...especially women who say you'll will vote for McCain/Bush if your candidate doesn't win the nomination are more than sore losers

    You are the same voters who were so afraid of the terrorism threats advanced by Karl Rove in 2004 that you were willing to allow Bush to be re-elected and appoint two justices to the Supreme McCain because you are a are loser and kiss Roe vs. Wade goodbye.

    I hope it is worth your little fit of pique. It s apparently worth it, ironically, to the first serious female candidate for President who is quite willing to destroy the Democratic Party in order to save it from the one who won!

    May 26, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. Edwin, Fayetteville, NC

    Clinton would not be good for Obama, he has to many others that he can trust. The Clintons have proven to me that they can not be trusted.

    May 26, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. A CANUCK

    Obama can't have Hillary on the ballot as VP......the Oval Office would be too crowded with Clintons !!!!! And he would have to put up with the same garbage they have been dishing out this entire campaign!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. Bubba

    You left out lying ! She could write a textbook on lying ! ! !

    May 26, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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