June 3rd, 2008
08:48 PM ET
6 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. WOMAN THAT BELIEVES HILLARY IS A PARTY SPOILER!

    THEY JUST NEED TO GET OVER THEMSELVES, IT AIN'T NOTHING WRONG WITH WANTING. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS MOST SUPPORTERS OF OBAMA DO NOT WANT A JOINT TICKET, WE DO NOT TRUST HILLARY , WE DO NOT LIKE THE WAY HILLARY HAS CONDUCTED HERSELF THROUGHOUT THIS RACE.

    IT IS NO ONE BUT HILLARY SUPPORTERS THAT IS PUSHING FOR THIS. THIS IS THE VERY REASON HILLARY HAS REMAINED IN LONGER THAN SHE SHOULD HAVE NOT BECAUSE OF THE WOMEN OR VOTERS, BUT FOR HER OWN SELFISH REASONS THE SOONER YOU ALL GET THAT THE FASTER YOU WILL HEAL A ND BE ABLE TO MOVE ON PAST HER. NOW SHE THINKS SHE CAN STRONGARM OBAMA INTO PUTTING HER ON HIS TICKET.

    IF YOU GO TO MSNBC YOU WILL GET THE TRUTH, CNN IS CLINTON NEWS NETWORK THEY ARE PUSHING FOR HILLARY WHY ELSE ARE THEY ON TV SAYING THAT MOST OF OBAMA SUPPORTERS WANT A JOINT TICKET WHEN MOST IN THEIR BLOGS ARE TOTALLY AGAINST IT, THEY ARE PUTTING THEIR SPIN ON THE TRUTH!

    June 3, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. LLCJ

    Oh jesus please pick her as vp. In a race that has broken records for the amount of people who voted for EACH candidate, not just one, this is the only way to heal the divide. People (i.e. alot of Obama supporters) just naturally dislike Clinton because they were either raised to dislike her or unfounded Repub bs through the years has "proven" that they should dislike her. In fact there are a hell of a lot of her supporters who would not even consider supporting him, on top of blue-collar dems in must-win states. No matter how you feel about it, the FACT remains that more defectors in the Democratic Party lie with supporters of Hillary, not just because you think that 17 million people are sore losers, but because of a slew of reasons. Give them one NOT TOO. Be MATURE and realize the facts of the past year and a half, before spouting personal ideology that will not affect anything.

    June 3, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Patricia in Las Vegas

    I do NOT trust this woman. There is another mission for her, she needs to learn from this experience that dishonesty, arrogance, mis-management DOES NOT give you the right to the white house.

    June 3, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. Charlotte

    Hillary Clinton is the best candidate for President. If the party leaders want Obama, they can have him. His left-wing liberal ideas will be his down fall in November. I will vote only for Hillary Clinton. I will write her on my ballot in November. I don't want Obama as even as VP. He is not what he appears to be. A wolf in sheeps clothing. His Church will be his down fall. Obalegerwright will never get my vote.

    June 3, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. GET BEHIND OBAMA

    IF HILLARY IS VP, BARACK BETTER HAVE A FOOD TASTER ON STAFF!!!

    June 3, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. Vincent DeTolla

    GET REAL PEOPLE! It just does not matter. Obama will be crushed in November. Can you say landslide!!!!

    I'm a liberal democrat – but a realist – it is what it is. Four more years of no health reform and the war continues. If I want to waste a vote I'd support Ralph Nader (someone else that CAN NOT WIN).

    to quote – The Republican Party is the party of bad ideas. The Democratic Party is the party of no ideas.

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

    If he selects her as HIS vp, he better get a food taster!!!!

    Obama 08' 12'

    June 3, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. Silence Dogood

    Sexism 101:
    "Hillary is too strong a personality " or the other hateful things being said.

    Do you want a weak VP? Watch – if a man is chosen for VP, it will be "he is a good strong VP to run with Obama".

    This might be too forward for this country right now, but we could break the race and sex barrier at the same time. It is OK – we'll survive.

    June 3, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. No Hillary

    Joint Ticket?... how can we do this if Clinton believes that McCain is a better leader than Obama?

    Plus is Clinton a divider or a uniter... we need a uniter, correct?

    June 3, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. martin

    im with the 45%

    June 3, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. one old white woman for Barack

    Pakuna,don't be such a raving idiot.

    June 3, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. A rational human being

    Yikes, there's a lot of ire on this topic.

    Obama should select whomever he believes would be the best vice president for this country. The Clinton campaign, Clinton supporters and the media should stay out of it.

    June 3, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. No Hillary

    ooo ... do we trust Hillary enough to have her in our ticket.

    June 3, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. s.boat

    Hillary Does Not Deserve It! Give Her A Very Low Level Cabinet Position! Dont Let Her Near The White House!

    June 3, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. John, OH

    Clinton is an amazing politician, but putting her on the ticket in this situation would be a deadly mistake. A critical weakness. The same person who says he's not ready to be President is now his running mate? It just won't work.

    June 3, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. Elois Alford

    I do not think that Obama should pick Hillary. It would bring destruction to his presidency.
    I think he should be able to make up his mind with the press or people threating. He is a real leader.

    June 3, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  17. Josephine

    Please anybody except Hillary. She is just like McMellan going to make money with a new book. "My second time in the White House at the wrong Job"

    June 3, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  18. PLM

    It doesn't really matter what the Democrats of South Dakota want because in November the state will go for McCain. It is a heavily Republican state (I'm originally from there–I know this), and it hasn't chosen a Democrat since LBJ in '64, and FDR was the last one before that!

    The opinions of folks in the swing states on this issue are what you want to study.

    June 3, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  19. Disappointed Dem

    Obama wont be able to get in even riding on Hillarys skirt tales. The new found Republicans, the new McCain Democrates are formed. Obama created history alright, he split the Democrate party and moved us over to the Republicans, wtg Obama, thanks for destroying my party for me. Go McCain Democrates, we have been let down, our voice can now be heard. No way Obama, even if he tries using Hillary to get in.

    June 3, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. john williams san diego, ca.

    don't be fooled...if Hillary had the nomination, the only slot Obama would have is shining bubbas' shoes....REJECT this woman...

    June 3, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  21. Joseph, Los Angeles

    I do not want Clinton on his ticket. She is a bully, liar and a cheater. Republicans will have that ticket for lunch if she is on it. Her negatives are too high and he will lose the Independents.

    June 3, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  22. Sean

    I'm curious... If Clinton supporters will not vote for Obama, who will they vote for? If they vote for McCain, I guess it means they didn't care about anything Clinton cares about and promoted in her campaign, no? Strange logic here!

    June 3, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. Manny

    Obama's Presidency is already going to be a circus between his Christian church and his bitter wife. Michelle will be much worse that either of the Clintons could ever be.

    June 3, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. Alanna Burk

    I think it is safe to finally acknowledge the truth about the Clintons. With Hillary living in denial and doing everything she can to better herself, at the cost of dividing the party; she is not the right representative for the people as she has not had the democratic people's interests at heart for the last few weeks. We could have all been spending our time on the real enemy, the Republicans. Hillary is false and thankfully, we will nominate the candidate with integrity on his side. Obama's spirit and dedication to all people will inevitably unite the party and bring the White House back to the people in November!

    June 3, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. obama == supporter== arkansas

    what ever obama wants. he is smart and will know what is right

    June 3, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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