June 2nd, 2008
02:11 PM ET
6 years ago

Blitzer: Renewed talk of 'dream ticket'

Blitzer: Could there be a dream ticket?
Blitzer: Could there be a dream ticket?

(CNN) – At the end of January, I moderated a Democratic presidential debate at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. By then, there were only two candidates left – Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. I pointed out that this was an historic primary season since by then it had become clear that the party’s nominee would either be a woman or an African-American, and that would be a first either way. When the two of them walked on to the stage, the 2,000-plus people in the audience (mostly all Democrats) responded with real passion. They were totally pumped and excited. There was a prolonged standing ovation. The theater was electric. I remember that moment.

At the end of the nearly two-hour debate, I raised the so-called “Dream Ticket” question to the two candidates. It was the first time they had been asked that question directly: Would they consider running together on the same ticket? Neither made any commitment, but neither ruled it out.

That’s where the matter has rested all these months since then. Some of their aides, clearly caught up in the excitement of a very competitive campaign, say they hate the idea. There is no shortage of Obama supporters around the country who say they dread the notion of Clinton’s running as Obama’s vice presidential nominee. They say she simply brings too much baggage and would undermine his campaign theme of Change. They also insist they don’t want Bill Clinton back in the picture.

But now, on the eve of the final two primaries, there again is renewed talk of that so-called Dream Ticket. Many pundits say it will never happen, but I have spoken with plenty of Clinton and Obama insiders who say they wouldn’t be surprised if it did happen.

Would it unify the party? Both Obama and Clinton will be in New York City on Wednesday. Will they make a joint appearance to signify party unity? If Obama gets the nomination, would Clinton help him win the election by serving as his running mate? Could they work together? What do you think?

soundoff (328 Responses)
  1. bigben

    new arc poll clinton 60% obama 34%

    June 2, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Independent for Obama

    Also – if HRC is on an Obama ticket, I'll vote McCain. I'm an independent – I agree and disagree with some things about both sides, but I would NEVER vote for HRC.

    And please don't tell me I'm sexist – I'm a successful professional white woman.

    June 2, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Donna in Sebastopol

    Why in the world would Obama do that to his campaign? There are a lot of more worthy VPs out there.

    My favorite would be Republican Chuck Hagel. Now THAT would be change in a way that would remake politics in this country.

    Obama/Hagel 08

    June 2, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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