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. mike

    That is not good at this time, wait for second campaign 2016 then you will run for #2

    June 2, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. BettiH. Indianapolis, IN

    I think Obama should make her apart of his cabinet, but not his VP.

    June 2, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  3. M. ELIAS

    I CANNOT BELIEVE ALL THOSE OBAMA SUPPORTERS WITH
    SUCH PAROCHIAL VIEWS. THEY ARE NOT THINKING OF
    THE PARTY. THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY THAT OBAMA CAN
    WIN, AND THAT IS WITH HILLARY ON THE TICKET. SHE
    HAS MORE TO OFFER THAN ANY OTHER SELECTED
    CANDIDATE COULD. LOOK BEYOND YOUR PETTINESS
    PEOPLE, AND THINK OF WHAT IS BEST FOR THE PARTY
    AND FOR THE COUNTRY.

    June 2, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. Brooklyn Girl

    I think the DNC should be grateful for her help after the way they have betrayed her. They don't deserve her!

    June 2, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. Marguerite

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! nothing could be worse than having this scheming, lying couple back in the WH – Obama would be a fool and I know he's not a fool – this will NOT happen

    June 2, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. VA Dem

    DO NOT DO IT BARACK! Hillary only brings baggage not any states that you can't win without her. Hillary doesn't have any foreign relations experience except for receiving flowers and having tea with the First Ladies of other countries....she is more of the old "Washington". We want Barack because we want someone NEW in Washington!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  7. The Truth

    ok you Obama lovin' Clinton haters

    tell the truth here

    June 2, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Candido

    I hope he offers her the No.2 spot. She'll be in our history books forever.
    With all the love hate that this country has for the Clintons, let's all remember that from 1992-2000 we didn't get 4500 dead soldiers nor did the National Debt increase by $3.6 trillion dollars.

    Go Obama/Clinton

    June 2, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  9. Just Say No

    I don't trust Hillary or any of her unstable supporters. She will do ANYTHING to be president. He would not be safe. Just say no, Obama. You don't need her.

    June 2, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. Kentucky

    she cannot be trusted

    June 2, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. s.boat

    Get Behind Barack Hillary!

    June 2, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. JKan

    Who cares for Clyburn. Cly cares for HISTORY.

    We care for our country.

    Cly, you and Obama can spend time making history, after McCain is inaugurated in 2009.

    June 2, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. Ted:Canada

    Obama – take her! if not VP give her an important job like
    Universal Health Care.
    In Canada we have free health care for everybody – our economy is strong – employers don't have to take on this burden which makes them more competitive internationally – more job!
    Your only opposition will be the health insurance companies – she can do it!
    If Democrats can do this for the American people – this will be REAL Change – they will love you for ever!
    Your Canadian Supporter !
    "Canada for Democrats"

    June 2, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. Marc

    If Hillary is on the ticket I will not vote for Obama. I will stay home. Obama yes, Hillary no.

    June 2, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. Lisa-Fl.

    Oh Goody! Let's all rally around Mr. Obama loser!!! I have voted Democrat for 20 years but the Democratic Party has got to be kidding with this one!!!! Do they really expect us to rally around this unpatriotic empty suit loser & his hateful wife??????? How depressing!!

    June 2, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  16. sharon

    Hillary deserved to be the nominee and the DNC stole it from her. There is no way I will ever vote for a ticket that contains the name Obama in it. I am a true blue woman who will be voting republican. Women deserve greater respect than that. And by the way, why are people meeting to see if they should endorse BO? Shouldn't they just support the dem. nominee. The uncomitted superdelegates are meeting to see how they can salvage this!
    CLINTON or MCCAIN

    June 2, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  17. Peter E

    Obama supporters get over it! Are you really surprised that after you called all of Hillary and her supporters all these names, telling them that they aren't relevant, or worse, stupid, that they feel resentful and are turning in droves to McCain instead?
    Bye bye democrats! Hello President McCain!

    June 2, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  18. Mike

    This is a tough one! There is a deep rift between the two, even though they have similar ideas on some issues. If Obama runs with Hillary on the ticket, the movement to begin the ousting of special interest lobbyists–arguably the most important part of his campaign–could be seen as compromised. However, doing so would certainly get some of the Clinton die-hard voters on board, and help beat McCain, and see that policy on economy, food security, environment, and health care begin to move in the right direction–away from these sour Bush years.

    Personally, I think Barack can do this with Clinton staying only a NY senator. Those who not only truly believe in the ideals of this country, but can see through the murk of clever political speaches and campaign tricks can unite for a better tomorrow!

    June 2, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  19. kanwal

    obama can have her on ticket , but don't let her come near white house.

    June 2, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  20. charlie, atlanta, ga

    Considering all that's been said by supporters of both candidates just in these commentaries so far, it would be better for the Democrats to have a "clean" slate ... otherwise she'll sustain the divisiveness, intentionally or not ... no Hillary after tomorrow is best for Dems and the country

    June 2, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  21. Phillip Bunn

    I think that is very fitting, considering that Hillary Clinton is no. 2.

    June 2, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  22. Henry Espinosa

    I think that an Obama-Clinton ticket can help bring back party unity. Even though Obama politics call for change while supposedly Clinton stands for politcs as usual. But the policy differences between them are actually minor despite their campaign rhetorics. We can't miss this opportunity to put Democrats back in the White House.

    June 2, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  23. s.boat

    I Will Vote For Hillary When She Stops Wearing Pant Suits!

    June 2, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  24. Hillary for President

    Only way Obama wins in November is with Clinton as VP.

    Otherwise he is in deep trouble. He can win the Starbucks coffee drinkers, but loses the McDonald coffee drinkers.

    There are so much more Americans who are McDonalds coffee drinkers than expensive elitist Starbucks coffee drinkers.

    June 2, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  25. MBB

    Well I guess I will go R this election year unless Hillary is on the ticket!

    June 2, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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