June 2nd, 2008
09:29 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton message: She'll do what it takes in November

Obama insiders believe Clinton is sending signals she would be willing to join the ticket.
Obama insiders believe Clinton is sending signals she would be willing to join the ticket.

NEW YORK (CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton is poised to deliver a message Tuesday "that she will do whatever it takes" to put a Democrat in the White House - a message that Barack Obama insiders say indicates she would accept an offer to be Obama's running mate if asked.

"In her speech tomorrow night, she will convey the message that first and foremost she is committed to Democrats winning in November and will do whatever she's asked to do," a close friend and adviser of the former first lady, who speaks with her regularly and is privy to her deliberations, told CNN Monday.

"She will do whatever it takes to bring the party together to win and whatever is asked of her to make sure the Republicans are defeated."

That message has been conveyed to the Obama campaign via informal channels, according to Obama insiders who said the message is a signal that she would be willing to serve as his vice president.

Both the Clinton and Obama campaigns told CNN that there have been no formal discussions between the campaigns.

Obama insiders are split over whether considering Clinton to be on the ticket is a good idea.

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soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Vicky

    It is Obama time............................

    June 2, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  2. Nat

    A huge mistake for Obama to pick Clinton for a running mate. I think a white woman would make a good balanced ticket, but not Hillary.

    June 2, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  3. tanya

    Hillary can do the same thing by just supporting Barak Obama behind the scenes and by making public appearences. She definitely should not be on the ticket. He offered change; that would not be a good start!

    June 2, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  4. USAF Staff Sergeant

    I personally don't want Clinton as the VP, but Obama hasn't asked for my opinion yet.

    Although I have to admit, it would probably help unite the democrats split between her and Obama. All the Clinton baggage is the thing that worries me though.

    June 2, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. Ken

    Time for not listening for her from tommorrow on........How nice?

    June 2, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. Vp

    Where is our Fred....:)

    June 2, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. Adam

    I'm honestly torn on this. But an Obama/Clinton ticket would indeed be very formidable.

    June 2, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. tornado1972

    Hillary has done what she had to do to back Obama into a corner.
    The only way a certain segment of people will vote for Obama is if she's on the ticket.
    We have come a long way just not that far!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  9. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Please God,

    Please protect Barack and guide him in picking his Vice President, please don't let him pick Hillary, he will forever have to be looking over his shoulder. Based on the mud slinging campaign that she ran against Barack, Hillary will be the worst possible Vice President. There are so many good Barack Supporters that he can choose from. Please help him to make the right choice!

    June 2, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. Nicky

    Obama will be the best President of the people and will have the goverment for the people of the people of United States Of America!

    June 2, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  11. MBFLA

    I know plenty of Republicans who are prepared to vote for Obama who will hesitate if the Clintons are on the ticket too.

    June 2, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  12. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    Clinton does not want to be on the ticket, she wants to be able to say "I told you so" IF Obama loses or she will take the route, if she is on the ticket and he wins "he could not have won without me"......

    Obama please pick someone else as your running mate. No more CLINTONS, NO MORE CLINTONS in the WH. Pick another roommate.....

    We love you Obama in Cedar Hill, TX

    June 2, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  13. sam

    Obama the most liar candidate in American politics.

    June 2, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  14. Bob Stephens

    Obama would have to double up the secret service in the White House if Hillary and Bill were on the ticket......

    June 2, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  15. Doug in Ontario Canada

    Obama would have to be completely out of his mind to have Clinton as Vice prsident. Hillary and Bill would do everything possible to make Obama look bad . I could see that sneaky pair leaking information just to get Obama impeached so Hillary could become president

    June 2, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  16. What

    No way....like everyone says she will do anything to get Bill and her to the White House again...she is finished as far as I am concerned...How could she ever be his running mate when she continues to say she is better than he is....and she should be president.

    June 2, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. Mark

    HIllary on the ticket is not such a bad idea, however I would prefer her in the position of Secretary of State, and have Kathleen Sebulius be Baracks running mate...

    June 2, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  18. MD

    Another sell-out to a marginal candidate from another marginal candidate.

    If you want a competent democrat in the White House, elect Bill President. Not his wife. Not Obama.

    June 2, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    I can't say it'd be a bad idea. It would help to heal some of the animosity and the rift from this primaries season.

    That being said, will Hillary really be happy being #2 again? No idea, it's a rhetorical question. None of us really know. No speculation necessary; we'll just have to wait and see.

    June 2, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  20. rick

    I'm sure Obama can't wait to have Hillary on the same ticket with him. Yeah, sure. He'd probably rather have polio.

    June 2, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. Lisa (SWPA)

    NO NO NO NO NO NO
    No Bill
    No Hillary
    No more!!!!

    June 2, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  22. PATTY

    AS MUCH AS I THINK OBAMA IS THE ONE TO RUN IN NOVEMBER, AND NO DOUBT THE ONE TO WIN THE PRESIDENCY, I WOULD HAVE TO THINK HARD ON MY VOTE FOR OBAMA SHOULD HE CHOOSE CLINTON AS VP...THE ABOVE STATEMENT IS CORRECT, SHE'D BE QUESTIONING EVERY DECISION AND YOU'D BE GETTING BILL AS VP #2....UGH!!!!

    June 2, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  23. Jeanine

    I think that would be the best choice for him.....then he gets his voters and hers...that is for sure a winning ticket....with out her on the ballot....I WILL NOT VOTE!

    June 2, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. michael myette

    While I am skeptical of such a union, I suppose the art of politics is compromise, and dogmatic ideology was what Obama railed against in the first place. If choosing Hillary is his first "across the aisle" gesture, than perhaps it is for the best.

    June 2, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  25. Tina

    She doesn't represent me as a woman. She used scorched earth strategy. How would Americans allow Karl Rove to run our goverment.
    Time for all these cronies to go away!!

    June 2, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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