June 3rd, 2008
08:48 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: South Dakota Dems want joint ticket

  55 percent of South Dakota democrats would like to see Clinton as Obama’s running mate.
55 percent of South Dakota democrats would like to see Clinton as Obama’s running mate.

(CNN) – The hard-fought Democratic primary race is winding down, but the veepstakes are just starting to heat up. Do voters in the year’s final contests think Barack Obama – just a handful of delegates away from claiming the party’s presidential nomination – should pick rival Hillary Clinton as his running mate?

South Dakota’s Democrats seem to like the idea; according to early exit polls, 55 of them think Clinton should be on the ticket this fall, while 41 percent do not.

But the state’s Obama voters give the idea a thumbs-down: 56 percent say Obama should not offer Clinton the vice presidential slot, versus 40 percent that do.

Montana’s Democratic primary voters are more divided: nearly half, 49 percent, think Clinton should join Obama on a joint ticket – but 45 percent do not.


Filed under: Bill Schneider • Exit Polls
soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. jerry

    You dont want to piss off the 18 million that got you here, right .
    THEN NO to the CLINTONS

    ps Barack what have they done for you

    June 3, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Dakotarider

    Not paying attention to the popular vote is insane, Let's tell people your vote doesn't mean anything. Give me a break. The media is in Obamas corner.

    June 3, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. curtis in WI

    Picking Senator Clinton as a VP would be a very mixed bag at best.

    While it will placate some of her rabid supporters, does that offset the nightmare of having a running mate who has shown they do not believe in keeping thier word or acting in any sort of dignified manner?

    Honestly, I don't see her even really wanting to be VP. I just don't think she is ready to completely face the reality of the situation yet. After all, it wasn't until the past 48 hours that she and her people were willing to admit she might not win the nomination.

    June 3, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. BONNA

    who cares what they won't, he has the right to pick his own v.p!!!! Don't fall for the oke doke, the media trying to spin this. What about obama supporter, we will not vote if Hallary's on the ticket.

    June 3, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. K

    The media tells America who to vote for just as the radio top 40 tells you what to listen to. It's a personality and popularity contest even though 99.5% of people will never meet the President. Americans are the media's puppets and a herd of sheep.

    June 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Moonbeam T, Trinity Church

    Obama bad. He leave our church for no reason but to get whitey's vote. Bad man.

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

    Obama will not win without Hillary.

    June 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. Lorna, NY

    I cannot understand why the media is pushing this issue. He should not be pressured or bullied into putting Hillary on his ticket. It should be his choice. She does not represent change. Put her in his cabinet I can handle, but as VP, I will not vote.

    June 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. mike in sd

    No Hillary on the ticket. I won't be able to vote for her. Barack does not need her and she needs to head back to NY.

    June 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. Brad

    This should be Obama's choice. He should take a month off from this decision and let all the dust settle, clear his head, gather possible choices, do some polling, and get the independant reality - not just what Hillary says is reality.

    He needs to separate 'good for running' from 'good for working with for 4 years'.

    All that said, I wish he would stay away from the Clintons.

    June 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. Lois

    She will try to run the show! Watch out Obama!

    June 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. uchujin

    Shannon-

    That's not media bias...that's a fact! Google Peter Paul vs. Clinton. Check out her/theri involvement with numerous characters guilty of illegal campaign fundraising/contributions. Being an extortionist is the only thing she is good at. Ask BIll, she' learned alot since losing that healthcare battle over 10 years ago. She is not electable, don't be fooled...and THAT is where the media bias is to be found.

    June 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. Blinded by the Lie

    That would definitley be the ultimate mistake. After all the kitchen sink and mud slinging, and Bill talking all of his junk....an atrocity if it happened.

    June 3, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Mark

    Washington Post just reported that Obama has won the nomination!

    June 3, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Nija

    We just need to win the white House Period. So that in the next 4 to 8 yrs Rush Limbur and Shane Hinnity ( junkyard Dog by 60 minutes). Both will not have a job. They do not understand that America is changing for the best.

    June 3, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. NEVER OBAMA THE LIAR

    Hey nitwit Karen..................over 18 million people like her well enough.
    You can have that fool obama but this Clinton supporter will never vote for him.

    June 3, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. Pat

    OBAMA IS NOT A GENUINE "PROFESSOR" OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, as he likes to claim.

    He is a "Lecturer," "Instructor," or "Adjunct" Professor, terms that are synonymous. These positions are NOT tenure-track positions (not permanent), and their responsibility is only to UNDERGRADUATE education. Anyone who actually attended college or university understands that.

    June 3, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  18. D.J.

    The choice of a vice president belongs to the presidential candidate. Although many people would like to see Hillary as veep, he must not be brow beaten or forced into compromises that may go against his convictions. What are we saying, " you can be the candidate but you have to take Hillary with you?" That's not how it should be.

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

    Absolutely NOT! If Obama thinks he needs a woman on the ticket there's PLENTY of capable an not disgusting ones in the party

    June 3, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Ernest

    that is a trouble idea, she should not be his VP, she is a liar, and probably would try to kill him for the presidency, since she is willing to do anything to win.

    June 3, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Mark

    It's not only about winning the general election, it is also winning with some principles. Two in one ticket can complicate the message that Obama is trying to send to the people. Also, I don't think Hillary could be a good VP. She can rather stay in the Senate and keep bickering with Repulicans.

    I believe Obama's team should take time to deliberate on this very important issue before making any decision.

    June 3, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    I don't see how Hillary adds anything to the ticket. Any disgruntled supporters who don't vote or vote for McBush would be outweighed by all of the Independents that won't vote for a ticket with Hillary on it.

    Obama/Nunn in 2008!

    June 3, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. s.boat

    Nooooooo!

    June 3, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. MD

    The problem with offering the veep spot to Hillary is not so much Hillary as it is Bill.

    Obama cannot afford the negatives of either of them.

    The one thing I cannot forgive is Hillary's 3 a.m. "commercial." She cut her political throat with that garbage.

    June 3, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  25. Carrie Pa

    Obama doesn't need Hillary. He needs Webb, Edwards, Richardson, or ever Haggle.

    June 3, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
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