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. John in Missouri

    Since the McCain campaign is already using Sen. Clinton's own words to demonstrate that even she does not have faith in Sen. Obama's abilities as President I think it would be a mistake to add her to the ticket. I for one would have prefered she not said so many bad things about Sen. Obama, but she did and she will be spending most of her time explaining why now she believes he is going to be a good President than she will trying to run an effecient campaign for the ticket. I praise Sen. Clinton for her campaign, albeit negative, she has paved the way for a more open Democratic party. I hope she sees the good she has done and now concedes the nomination and lets Sen. Obama choose who best would compliment his ticket rather that one who may indeed give the Republicans fuel to criticize a ticket that is not cohesive. Thanks New York but no thanks....

    June 3, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. Teri

    Hillary got 17 million votes – he's going to have to put her somewhere in his Cabinet or on the ticket. He's already going to have to VERY hard time going up against someone with McCain's experience with as inexperienced as Obama is in running anything.

    I do wonder what will happen with affirmative action programs if Obama does get elected. With an African-American man holding the most important role in the country (and the world) how can anyone claim residual racism. I bet court challenges follow very soon after his swearing in.

    June 3, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. DJ, LA, CA

    Never in a million years. The Republicans that intented to vote for Obama will change their minds and the GOP spin machine will keep bringing-up Lewinsky and all the other scandals.

    Clinton is done.

    June 3, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  4. Clinton Supporter

    I can tell you 1 thing if she is not on the ticket mccain will get my vote period. And you can bet your last dollar that alot of Americans Feel this same way. All this talk about how bad she and how she is hurting the party is pure rubbish. Rock on Hillary.

    June 3, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. Dave Froyalde/Washington

    Most comments here of Senator Obama's supporters are just plain pathetic. If Senator Obama is the democratic party nominee, he can not win the presidency without the support of Senator Hillary Clinton. I am one of Senator Clintons supporters and will not vote for Senator Obama even if he select Clinton as his VP running mate. I know there are millions of us out there who will do the same. Anyways, good luck to Senator Obama and his fans who are hallucinating.

    June 3, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. Xavier

    Hillary is what America needs...strength, knowledge, experience and dedication to the people. Obama just talks pretty. He will need Hillary otherwise McCain WILL WIN! She is the strongest candidate to beat McCain. Without her we lose again!!! I am so sad!!

    June 3, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. Liz, AZ

    I switched parties to put some new blood in Washington. Putting the Clintons on the ticket negates that. Guess I'll do as the rabid Clinton supporters do and vote for McCain.

    June 3, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. casadecruz

    Obama and....Jim Webb! I would vote.

    June 3, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. jonny

    NY just wants to get rid of Clinton.

    June 3, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. Shirley, Clinton Fatigue, Silicon Valley, CA


    She is the WORST NIGHTMARE to Obama presidency! She is trying to either destroy Obama now or when he is in the White House!

    Clinton is NOT TRUSTWORTHY!

    June 3, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    What is it that you people in New York don't understand about the word NO!
    Endorse her for your next Governor, the rest of us, don't want any part of her.

    Shows how good of an OBSERVER you are!

    June 3, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. Alice

    The problem with Clinton running as Vice President is her husband. The man is a loose cannon. He is not in control of himself. Additionally, what about governing the country. We need a new, fresh page.

    Also, there are a whole lot of Republicans that really dislike the Clintons. They will come out just to vote against the Clintons.

    June 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Phillip

    Ooh, big surprise...

    But Obama had better pick her for VP, because everyone knows that Hillary will basically have a tantrum and do anything she can to sabotage the general election (namely, appeal the primary results) unless she is offered a position of power...

    June 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. Scott

    Let's honor Obama's right to select his own VP – and not let the media show their ignorance by forcing their choice on him. No way to Hillary as VP,

    June 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  15. Shirley Q

    He needs her to get elected....but guess what???Us Hillary folks will go for McCain first because we will NEVER see him in the White House. And remember, there is about 17.9 million of us and counting! Will be more by Nov when other stuff comes out about him.

    June 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  16. erick

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It would have worked afew months ago but now, wrong idea.
    New York Newspaper trully knows that the two will erupt with issues that will eventually create sales for the paper....mmmh gotcha!!!!

    June 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. Kevin

    She deserves it. He can do all the photo shoots and speeches which he likes doing and she can get down to real work and policy delivery which she likes doing.

    June 3, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  18. Generation X

    Hey CNN and Republicans, it is not going to happen so, stop trying to force Hillary as Obama's VP. Let her be John McCain's VP.

    June 3, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. Keifer S.

    Nice endorsement, but he never said he would accept her as a running mate. I'm sure however that if you polled Obama supporters, more than 50% of them would approve a cabinet position for Hillary. And even if she does get a cabinet job, she must earn it by campaigning hard for Barack Obama and being 100% behind him.

    June 3, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  20. JIM

    Hell yes they'd endorse her for VP....get's her out of NY an lets them find a respectable person to fill her pant suits!

    June 3, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. jr.

    All these super delegates crossing over before a fair Election takes place, should not be reelected back into office including Mr. Kennedy and Mr. John Cary. And shame on Mr. Carter has been sent so many times thru out the world so he can see fair Elections are held. There is a bad Election taking place in his own Country and won’t say anything I’m referring to Florida and Michigan on how millions Americans votes did not count. Why not have a reelection on both states, it was not the peoples fault on how things were done. Everyone has the right to vote.

    June 3, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. Christopher W. Mannoia


    She has too much baggage, she couldn't stay in the background, and Bill will always be an issue as well.

    Kathleen Sebelius for Vice President!

    Obama 08'

    June 3, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Debby

    If he doesn't put her somewhere he is going to lose in November so Obama supporters get over it because she has over 17 million people to bring to the table.

    June 3, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. Frank, MO

    Ha Ha ... they did WHAT ? Who asked THEM ?

    June 3, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. LA

    VP would put too many cooks in the kitchen. NY wants to make sure she's not their new governor! Compromise and put her on the Supreme Court.

    June 3, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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