June 2nd, 2008
09:29 PM ET
6 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. Anton

    It would be a big mistake should Clinton want the VP slot...she probably should wait until 2002 for her shot. Obama will lose simply because a lot of Reagan Democrats, the conservative to middle of the road will jump parties and vote for McCain. We do not want a ultra-liberal running this country period.

    June 2, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. Dan, MA

    I think he needs to look somewhere else in a running mate. An Obama-Clinton ticket is definitely not the way to go. Clinton's a backstabbing liar, and she'd only damage what could be the best chance this country has to turn itself around. The Democratic Party doesn't need to be healed - most of Clinton's supporters just need to grow up. Instead of playing the tired, old "gonna take my bat and my ball and go home" routine, think about what you're voting for in McCain. Think about whether or not you can afford gas prices at $8/gallon or if you like American soldiers coming home in body bags. Because that's what you're wishing on this country if you vote out of revenge.

    June 2, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. julie mn

    LOL, Clyburn,like donna brazile have been for obama since day one! only thing worse then endorsing obama is lying about being uncommited!! they are all about hate and revenge, so sick!!

    June 2, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. KLEM

    There is gonna be an other major challenge for Clinton: she's gonna have to fight to convince her supporters to vote for Obama.

    This gonna be more difficult for her than the nomination itsel!!!

    June 2, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  5. Lucy Diamond

    Will she dress up us a clown for my kids birthday party?

    June 2, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  6. Eddie G

    Please..no Clinton. She is evil. Obama would have to watch his back. I would put absolutely NOTHING past her. He would need a food tester, car starter, full body armor and he would have to sleep with both eyes open. NO MORE CLINTONS...NO MORE BUSH..it is one and the same!

    June 2, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. Sharon Minnesota

    It cracks me up to see some of these posts with people being so afraid of Bill Clinton. What's the deal with that? He's just an ole marshmallow kind of guy. What's to be afraid of?

    If anyone should be afraid, it's Hillary and Bill, of Barack Obama's Chicago gang. Hillary Clinton would make a huge mistake by running on the same ticket with Obama. This is a no deal situation for me a "nightmare" ticket to avoid at all costs. I'll be voting for John McCain in November if Obama is anywhere near the Democratic ticket.

    June 2, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Julie Wolf

    It seems like some Hillary supporters have strong animosity towards Obama; in this way, it seems that she really is as divisive as some claim her to be and should remain off the ticket for that reason.

    June 2, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. Mike in San Diego

    I've never cared for Bill or Hillary but add her on if it'll put the Dems in the White House

    June 2, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  10. hugues

    no, no...

    June 2, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. Benito

    All we want is to end Iraq and make sure the Dems win. If this is the path to the nominatin so be it. We need to also improve the economy and other issues and we will do it with the best 2 leaders we have. OBAMA 08

    June 2, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  12. Luke

    If Clinton is the VP then there is some hope if Obama becomes president.
    People seem to have a problem with the Clintons back in the white house, but as I can recall America was a far better place during the Clinton years.
    And enough with these so called demographics, I am a young white college educated male that has supported Hillary Clinton from day one.
    I have been planning on writing Hillarys name in on the November ballot, but if she gets the VP slot and Obama talks with her and maybe reaches some "compromises" between their differences, then I will vote democratic in November.

    Thank You All, and Lets Stop the Hate, we are all Americans.

    June 2, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  13. Joe T

    How many times has Clinton been asked to leave the race gracefully, and she's thumbed her nose at that requests every time, regardless of the harm to the party. Now she'saying she'll do "whatever she's asked"...? That's a laugh!

    June 2, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  14. Bob - Maryland

    Well, putting Hillary in the Vice President's slot on an Obama ticket is one sure way of retaining Republican control of the White House. Why would Obama, after melting the Wicked Witch of the West, put her (and her husband, because he will surely have his nose in all the business) on the ticket. He can't possibly believe that she'll follow his lead.

    Only in America.

    June 2, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. Big D

    No VP spot for you. Thank you for your gracious offer to work towards getting a Democrat elected this Nov. Maybe we can work out another position for you. But no, sorry, no VP spot for you.
    Please Obama – don't do it – do not offer her the VP spot.
    O '08

    June 2, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  16. Reese from NC

    Noooooooooooooo!!!!! Whatever you don't put her on the ticket. She is deserving of a Cabinet Position but not the VP. In a list of Pros and Cons there are just too many cons. The only real pro there is is it will help heal the party, but that can be done without putting Hillary on ticket. Hillary has to swallow her pride and put her heart and soul into campaigning for Obama just like she did for herself. This is not about her this is about the people of this Country and their future. He needs someone who has a strong military or foreign policy background since that appears to be the only weapon the GOP has against him (even if it is mostly BS coming out of their mouths).

    June 2, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. Lana, California

    Oh...one more thing:

    Her and Obama have to have a joint news conference where this agreement is disclosed to the public so that we can monitor Hillary. Yes, it sounds hard, sounds punative but frankly, she has proven she is not truthful nor trustworthy so she needs benchmarks to hold her accountable by the public. Again, if she doesn't agree, I wouldn't give her the time of day.

    June 2, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. Karma

    This is a nightmare scenario, who needs this dysfunctional couple anymore...who wants to see Bubba around the White House, it is time to make a clean cut away from that pair. ABSOLUTELY NOOOOOOOO to her doing anything in his cabinet....what a nightmare in the making. And if the 'unthinkable' happened, she ends up as President....I can see ole Bubba's mind twisting the plot now.....Noooooooooooooo way...send those pair back to Arkansas where they belong...

    June 2, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  19. PA voter

    I really hope that he does not ask her! For me, it would be equal to no "change in Washington." I think he can do it on his own. Give it a shot. Is that not Hope? Everything that his primary campaign stood for will crumble.

    June 2, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  20. J. McKinney

    I have said I won't vote for Obama–if Hillary doesn't get the nomination, I will vote for McCain. But, possibly if Hillary were VP, I could hold my nose and vote for Obama, and hope for the best.

    June 2, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. Nick Wright

    Hillary's supporters have been so bullheaded, narrow-minded, demanding, demeaning and insulting in their approach, I'm not sure they'd be a welcome addition.

    I'll try not to hold that against the Senator herself, though.

    June 2, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  22. lrg in California

    She might be a good vice president, as she might have been a good president. Her campaign behavior took us from neutral into the Obama camp. But if she were given the VP spot, what would the campaign, or an eventual Obama Presidency, do about Bill? Obama isn't going to say as much right now because he's trying to be gracious, but if she's on the ticket, Bill comes with her, and his behavior will be an issue. I happen to think his flares of temper (which were widely reported after the CA convention long before they hit the national press) are a more legitimate issue than his sexual behavior, but a lot of the country doesn't feel that way. Part of the country is just tired of scandal, and doesn't want to become mired in that again.

    FWIW, I was an admirer of the Clinton Presidency, and particularly his post presidency, until I saw his behavior in this campaign – including today. He responded to reports about his temper by losing his temper on national TV.

    June 2, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. Chuck

    I support Obama and always have. I didn't like the way Clinton campaigned, but she is tough and smart and she'd make a great, great VP. All you "divided democrats" would do well to remember we aren't working to elect prom kings and queens. This is about the future of our nation, and we need to pull together.

    June 2, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. Amy

    I hope she will not accept a second spot. She has to let Obama fail!! This guy is a fraud.

    June 2, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  25. jason

    her debts are baggage no president should feel obliged to help with.

    plus she is a clinton. putting yourself between the clintons and power is simply unwise.

    June 2, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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