June 4th, 2008
04:17 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton backer – and VP prospect – tries to cool joint ticket talk

Rendell has been a powerful Clinton surrogate.
Rendell has been a powerful Clinton surrogate.

(CNN) - Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell – one of Hillary Clinton’s staunchest supporters – said bluntly Wednesday that the New York senator was in no position to bargain with presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

“There’s no bargaining. You don't bargain with the presidential nominee,” Rendell told NY1. “Even if you're Hillary Clinton and you have 18 million votes, you don't bargain.”

Rendell – the governor of a major November battleground state who has often been mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick – said Obama would need to be an “enormously big person” to invite Clinton to join him on the ticket.

But in a reversal from earlier statements – and remarks at odds with recent comments from many major Clinton supporters – Rendell seemed to signal that a joint ticket featuring the party’s two candidates was not ideal.

He said that if Clinton were Obama’s running mate, her husband - former President Bill Clinton - could be a wild card during the general election.

“The Obama campaign would have to make strict rules, you know, about what President Clinton could and could not do during the campaign...” said Rendell. “For example, the Obama campaign would have to control his schedule - where he would go into, what states.”

“You know, normally politicians don't want to be outshone. Well you know you've got Bill Clinton lurking in the background. But Hillary Clinton, a very charismatic figure for many Americans - generally a lot of politicians don't like to put somebody like that on the ticket," he added.

"You know rule one for the vice president is make sure you never upstage the president, right? It’s rule one. You know, Hillary Clinton in some ways couldn't help but upstage, even if she was trying not to.”

In an interview two months ago, Rendell responded to a question about the prospect of a joint ticket with a much different reaction. “I can’t speak for Senator Clinton, but I would love that,” he told ABC News, calling Clinton and Obama "a history-making duo.”

soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. Independent-Cuban-American-woman-voter-for-Obama

    For those of you who want Hillary to run as an Independent that's a VOTE FOR MCCAIN

    THOSE OF YOU WHO WILL NOT VOTE FOR SEN. OBAMA, WILL VOTE MCCAIN AND TO KEEP THE WAR GOING AND THE NATIONAL DEBT GROWING!

    I suspect that many of the 18 million who voted for Clinton were Rush-the-vote-dittoheads and are wanting to continue to create chaos.

    True Democrats, true Independents can not bring themselves to vote for McCain!

    Even though I do not like Hillary, is she is chosen as the running mate I will still vote for Sen. Obama.

    June 4, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. bill

    Rendall should never be re-elected in Pennsylvania, he has lied and been the most deceitful person during the campaign throughout Pennsylvania.

    Americans need to rid politics of people like him, period....

    June 4, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. Dawn

    Doesn't matter. I won't be voting for Obama. As a life-long Democrat, this candidate offers the least I've seen in 40 years.

    How is it that all of you have fallen for this loser?? Look at his wife, for cripe's sake. She doesn't even LIKE America. THAT'S the candidate we're cheering for? Not me.

    Hmmm. Who else is running for President?

    June 4, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. Lee,

    It is considered as a rigged election by the democratic party if Hillary gets her way and we should not reward losers and bigots. Secondly, a seasoned politician as she is supposed to be, concession speech, unlimited support for the party will do wonders for the working American people instead of emphasizing 18,000,000 votes as her own only (she owned them). We should move on for the next battle. Obama was fighting multi-fronts against Hillary, Bill, McCain, Hannity and alike. Obama had eliminated two at the same time while the last one remain (McCain) which is going to be the easy one unless Hillary, possibly is offered VP by McCain. Good Luck!!

    June 4, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. Agnostic Democrat

    You of all people, Rendell, should know by this time that when your last name is Clinton, you are the exception to every standard and practice of fairness, decency and honesty. No rules or laws apply to you if you're anything resembling Clintonian. Let's hope Chelsea never gets involved in politics because the rules will never change and will probably get looser.

    June 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    See now the Clinton Crazies will come on here and cry foul, cry judas, cry they'll vote McCain. But you have to ask yourself:

    Why is it always someone from her camp, her side, and her supporters dissenting from and turning on her opinions, behavior, actions, and words? Can't recall anyone doing that to Obama. You can cry all you want about how unfair life is, but if he wasn't the real deal, you'd see some people jumping from his ship a long time ago.

    Think about it.

    June 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. BARAKFORLIFE

    Delusioned Hillary supporters: maybe if you had an education and a better job, your thinking would be a lot clearer. Hillary has even paid homage to your ignorance, referring to you as an "uneducated" base. Go figure. We were never hating on Clinton; she just really outdid herself and fell beneath the fold of decency and most Americans have lost all respect for her. Her behavior has been unacceptable and had denigrated the party. She has made us the laughing stock of the country. Why would she continue carrying a banner? Ridiculous. And, if you really cared about her, you'd see that she got some help and started to self-reflect.

    June 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. amtFresno,CA

    No Way can she go on the ticket as Veep. NO, NEVER, NO CLINTONS IN THE WH. Barack won the nominee Fair & Square. Barack does not need Hillary Clinton. Why would he want to take on all her baggage, Chronic Liar, Untrustworthy, Negative campaigning, just delightful when she could slam Barack & keep the lies about Barack going on & on, she was happy then. So, NO THANKS, who needs help FROM HILLARY CLINTON??? Not in this Lifetime. Congrats to Barack Obama. History was made & NO CLINTONS NEEDED OR WANTED.

    June 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. Asterix Keekle

    Thee's only one VP...

    ...Obama / Winfrey '08

    June 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. Sal

    Tru Blu....do what you got to do. Your just upset that Hillary didnt win...Thank God! Sounds like you are going to cry like she did during the campaign. And George...you call yourself a Democrat? You should want Hillary to concede gracefully and maybe Obama would place her on the ticket. Put the shoe on the other foot! And for the rest of you bad mouthing Obama, a vote for McCain is a vote for Bush and we see where this country is heading!

    OBAMA 2008!

    June 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. John Los Angeles

    Clinton does not have 18 million votes. She has 17.5 and Obama has 17.4. There is not even close to a million vote difference to come to the 35 million vote total.

    Because of that, she really doesn't have much leverage and Rendell should at least be honest and stop trying to spin.

    June 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. ms. sims

    RB TX...must we forget Hillary also had a fundraiser charged with wrongdoings, but how soon we forget. Obama can't be responsible for everything any he KNOWS says and does for the rest of his live. I'm sure everyone has know people who have said or done things you don't agree with including your own family...sorry ur point wasn't driven home this time...PLEASE TRY AGAIN

    A NEW COUNTRY 'O8

    June 4, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. JC

    Governor Rendell is right.
    You just don't bargain with the presidential nominee who defeated you, and, let me add, whom you have not conceded to.
    But I am not sure I like Rendell.

    Obama – Richardson 2008!

    June 4, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  14. DJ, LA, CA

    Yeah pick either Rendell instead, Evan Bayh...maybe Sam Nunn? Definitely not Clinton.

    Enough of the Operation Chaos Rush Limbaugh idiots spamming already.

    June 4, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. Griff

    You're not a Democrat, Hillary... Use your experence to Help John McCain... You will get a great deal more Respect....

    June 4, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. McCain for 2008

    Come on now folks

    Obama is the second Carter term while McCain is the second Reagan.

    Let's get real.

    Who wants an Obama/Carter ticket? You think gas is high now? Wait to you see what obyama and carter want to do for you.

    Watch your wallet

    June 4, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. Obama is the 1

    These have to be republicans who are urging HRC to keep running. Keep running so that the Dem party is in disarray and unable to get it together in time for November. Bill is and would be a problem. Besides, Ed, may have his eye on the VP slot himself!

    June 4, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. Independent

    Hillary you have run an awesome campaign just like Sen. Obama-you both have my respect and admiration and I hope to see you speak sometine in the Philly region again!!!

    Obama/Clinton 08′!!!!!
    Edwards as Poverty Czar
    Hagel as Secretary of homeland Security
    Gore as Sec. Of energy

    June 4, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. Michelle

    That's because RENDELL wants the VP spot!

    June 4, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. JFK

    She should not have to play 2nd fiddle to a 2nd rate Presidential candidate. Its okay Hillary, you can run in 2012!

    June 4, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Allison Marie

    Remember boys & girls we haven't made it to the conventon yet! Obama & McCain are the "presumptive nominees"

    June 4, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. PleasePost

    I try to tell everyone about Rendall. I knew that once it was over you was going to warm up to the this notion of VP. Now Hillary is trying to take his cake... I always knew the game would change as soon as it was clear it was over.

    Know one is going to go over the clift for HRC and no one is going to move out the way and give up there seat for her. Politics is a rough sport. Many people are it in for themselves and not for HRC. Not all but most of the people working for her, other than her supporters, were in it for self gain.

    Remember they still have to protect ther positions and advance their agendas and if they to shap up, they are going to have some problems.

    June 4, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. LA

    backer of a liar and a fool

    June 4, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. Lilarose

    Barack Obama is not the presumptive KING here!

    He has some rights and privileges, but it is the American voters who will ultimately decide whether or not he even becomes president!

    I am already tired of all this banter about it is his right to do this and that. He needs to do the people's will.

    Not one word from him about women in America, about what plans he has to incorporate women into his presidency. I see Obama surrounded only by men.

    It will be a cold day before he selects a female as vice president.

    June 4, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. baatin

    go away hillary. even your staunchest political allies are leaving you. jay-sus!

    June 4, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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