June 3rd, 2008
06:15 PM ET
10 years ago

New York newspaper endorses Clinton for VP

  The New York Observer will endorse Clinton to be Obama’s choice for VP.

The New York Observer will endorse Clinton to be Obama’s choice for VP.

NEW YORK (CNN) – With Barack Obama on the verge of securing enough delegates to become the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, a New York newspaper signaled it will use its editorial page Wednesday to urge him to pick rival Hillary Clinton as his running mate.

The New York Observer informed the media Tuesday evening of its intention to endorse Clinton to be Obama’s vice presidential pick. Prior to the New York primary on February 5, the newspaper threw its support behind Obama to be the Democratic presidential nominee.

soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. Richard

    newspapers do not dictate who represents the people. at least, they don't under an obama administration.

    June 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Obama!!

    I really hope he does not choose her. She has strong-armed her way into this. in fact, i suspect she has known for some time she would not win the nomination outright, so she has stayed in so she could rile her supporters into a frenzy so Obama would be forced into offering her th slot.

    Ugh. So she can look over his shoulder and try to force him to adopt her policies?

    No thanks.

    Please pick someone else, Obama. Please. I'll still vote for you with Clinton on the ticket, because I am a DEMOCRAT. But I hope you pick someone else.

    June 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. Gary

    Whether or not Hillary is asked to be VP, she has the more interesting set of choices before. Obama WILL be the democratic nominee. But at this moment, it is Hillary Clinton who now stands to reshape America. THIS will be her defining moment as a politician. I have hope that she will do the right thing.

    June 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. Mike

    Hillary will succeed no matter where she ends up.

    I detest Obama but would vote for Hillary as VP.

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. yusuf ibrahim

    obama and clinton a good ideal doing so,definately they will defeat mc cain.

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. b black

    NO NO NO!

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. S~

    NEVER! Don't do it Obama.!

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. right source

    NEVER!!! Clinton would backstab Obama for 4 years. DON'T DO IT!!! Whenever has a newspaper been able to put pressure on a decision of this magnitude. Reporting accurate events is a task for them within itself.

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. Matt

    I think all Clinton would do as VP would be to try and act like the President and impose her policy decisions on everyone else. I am not in favor of a co-presidency or a vice president that will no doubt constantly compete for attention and power.

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Calvin Corpening

    I just don't understand what some people are thinking putting Hillary on a ticket as v.p. If she is so interested in protecting and lifting up the party, she would find a way to back Obama and rally her delegates, superdelegates, and voters behind Obama. She would then let him offer the position to her instead playing political games and trying to corner him and members of the Democratic party. For her supporters who refuse to vote for Obama it is her duty and obligation to the party to change their minds and unite everyone instread of letting them flee to the GOP for non political reason. After all she is losing, why does she get to call the shots?

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. FactCheck

    Forget it... squeaky wheel should NOT get the oil. Her followers have been acting like a bunch of spoiled brats so let them go vote for McCain (and vote away healthcare, job security, housing, social security ...).

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. GooFoo

    Sam Nunn – V.P.
    H. Clinton – Sec. of State
    C. Powell – Sec. of Defense
    J. Edwards – Atty. General
    R. Reich – Chief of Staff

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Ruth M

    Don't think for a momnet that Hillary Clinton's backers are going to back Obama. Everywhere we go, they are already jumping ship to McCain. As much as I hate to see it, there's going to be another Republican in the whitehouse. If the people I talk to are examples of what's going to happen, my state is going Republican once again.
    The Democrats just never learn.

    As far as I am concerned, Obama pales when you compare him to Hillary. If both were applying for a job in any company, Hillary would have gotten the job hands down.

    It ain't his skin people. It's his inexperience but then he speaks real pretty doesn't he? Talking the talk is one thing, but walking the walk is another.

    You ain't seen nothing yet. I hope Obama can take the heat because it's going to get hot in the kitchen.

    Heaven help us.

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. tony

    If Obama wins the White House does that mean all affirmation action programs will be suspened?

    from middle aged angry white voter.....

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. Dr. Joseph Akomodi

    I am absolutely in support of the New York newspaper for its' endorsement of Senator Clinton to be the number 2 Lady for the ticket of the Presidency. I urge Senator Obama to consider Hillary Clinton for number two spot. We have to go through the healing process fast to take on John McCain in November. I do not want us to repeat what happened in the year 2000 where Florida election was stolen for Bush. We need to defeat the Senator McCain hands down. To do that effectively, Senator Clinton has to be on the ticket. I will be more than pleased if Senator Obama will adhere to such request. I am a strong suporter of Senator Obama throughout the primary.

    Dr. Joseph Akomodi
    New York, USA.

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. Sally, MN

    Exactly, Peter E @0628 pm, there has been and continues to be emothional junk from supporters of both camps. The supporters are not the candidates and people need to calm down.
    Both Senators are good people who deserve the respect and time to make their own decisions going forward. For the good of the party and country, we Democrats should step back and start to focus on the Republicans, John McCain and the issues that unite us, the majority of Americans.
    We, the peope, are the ones with the ability to change the direction and future of the country. We will live and die by the outcome of the vote in November. Anger and bitterness are not good guidelines by which to make important decisions.

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. Kim

    It's typical Hillary Clinton campaign tactics to try and muscle her way into the VP position. It's selfilsh and intentional to turn the focus to her. He probably will end up choosing her or else as she has proven she will divide the party. Hillary's people came out by the millions that's undeniable, they worked hard, and raised millions in campaign contributions. Had she been gracious enough to allow his campaign the opportunity to celebrate it would have at least appeared genuine. I think when she endorsed McCain over Obama she crossed the line of no return.

    June 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. The Dream?

    Obama/Clinton a "Blowout"??? Yeah, a blowout for McCain.

    Once McCain gets Obama in a debate, without Obama's prepared script, he will slaughter him. Obama looked like an overmatched high schooler in debates against Clinton.

    McCain '08!

    June 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. T

    One word – no. I can't vote for a ticket with her on it, even though I firmly support Obama.

    June 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. Dea , Algonquin IL

    not a chance in hell, she can ask mccain may be he will hire her.

    June 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. Dan

    New York Observer–not New York Times

    June 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. John Smith


    Hillary should NOT even be a member of the Dem party, after this process.

    Hillary does NOT have the experience needed. She has been running under Bill's past fortunes. But Bill has screwed all this stuff; so Hillary's service is useless!

    June 3, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. Barb

    The Clinton's has fought a good fight, has run a good race, now do you really feel that you're the right person to be vice. Nope I don't think so, but maybe somewhere in President Obama's cabin but not vice,

    June 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  24. Tired of Hillary

    How much did she pay the paper to put that garbage out!!! She and Bill are the reason there is so much hatred in the race....she does not deserve anything but a one way ticket back to NY or whatever other state she doesn't live in and wants to lead!!!!

    June 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  25. Sam

    Clinton brings her supporters for the election and that's good. The problem is, after the election, all the new scandals that the Clintons could bring to the Obama Administration could cost him reelection in four years and undermine an administration of integrity and transparency.

    I think bringing Clinton in as VP would completely undermine what Obama is trying to do and it's a shame that her supporters are so short-sighted as to make threats so a woman can be in power.

    She'd be better suited as Secretary of State. She is very disciplined when she wants to be and I think she'd be great at talking foreign leaders into seeing things the way she wants them to. Hell, she convinced us all to revisit FL and MI well into the primary, when she was losing. She got away with convincing us of that. She would be great as Secretary of State and would have a lot more to do and than sitting in a VP slot.

    Just my opinion.

    June 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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