June 5th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Lanny Davis joins VoteBoth

Davis is a supporter of Hillary Clinton.

Davis is a supporter of Hillary Clinton.

(CNN) - Lanny Davis, one of Hillary Clinton's most stalwart supporters, is stepping up his efforts to land Hillary Clinton in the No. 2 spot on the Democratic presidential ticket, joining the group VoteBoth.com as a senior adviser.

The organization was set up several weeks ago by former Clinton aides with the initial mission of landing both candidates on the same ticket, no matter what the order. In recent weeks the group has pivoted to expressly advocating for Clinton to serve in the No. 2 spot.

Co-founder Sam Arora says Davis, who has become a fixture on cable news shows, will be a "terrific advocate."

"He’s going to be out there making the case for how the Obama-Clinton 'dream ticket' puts Democrats in the best place to beat the Republican machine in November," Arora told CNN.

Often appearing on CNN, Davis has been a tenacious advocate for Clinton during the course of the primary season.

Following Obama's speech on his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright in March, Davis expressed concern on the Huffingtonpost.com that Obama still had not answered several questions about the controversial pastor. In a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed a month later, Davis again pressed the Illinois senator to address "unanswered questions" about his former pastor more fully.

He also wrote an article on the Huffingtonpost.com in April titled "The Top Ten List of Undisputed Facts Showing Barack Obama's Weaknesses in the General Election Against John McCain.

VoteBoth.com also reports its petition seeking a unity ticket has maxed out its web servers. The petition includes several prominent Democrats, most of whom are backers of the New York Democrat, including Govs. Ed Rendell and Tom Vilsack and Sens. Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein.

Clinton reportedly raised the issue of serving as vice president in a conference call with New York supporters Tuesday. Her campaign said the New York senator is willing to do whatever she can to help the party unify ahead of the fall election.

soundoff (320 Responses)
  1. Mickie in PA

    All of these supporters of Hillary who are pushing for her as VP, just want to make sure that they continue their political connections to line their pockets. THE SAME OLD POLITICS. Let Obama pick a running mate who matches his vision. (64-yr. old, white, blue collar, female. Hillary does not speak for all of us).

    June 5, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Jason, Koloa HI

    No Hillary, she takes away as many votes as she brings.
    How many of these 18 million votes were racists that will never vote for a black man?
    How many are radical feminists who won't vote in Nov. now?
    How many were Rush Limbaugh Republicans that skewed open primaries to divide democrats?
    How many were in puert rico or other territories that can't vote in Nov?
    And using Hillary's own argument against her.
    How many votes were in states that won't go democrat in Nov no matter what?
    When you add it up. NO HILLARY!

    June 5, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. unions are not stupid

    He just wants to get back into the pocket s of the American people there is alot of powerful forces in the party that would like to see Obama fail because it will mean less money and power for them

    June 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Dave

    Lanny Davis does things like this to get attention. He has never done anything worthwhile to gain attention. He and Geraldine Ferraro are the king and queen of useless morons.

    June 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. No Obama

    Obama has NO appeal to may Democrats.

    And the unfairness in this primary has turned many others against voting for the installed nominee.

    Hillary is Obama's only hope and the party's last chance to unify the party and win in Nov.

    June 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. charles

    NO NO not frm lanny. lanny you are a snake anyone who trusts this man is lost. he is up to something. him and jonson (bet) l wl never trust anything from them they are up to no good. people you can relax but that language of recently abt you no so and so was so so anything can happen. that is real. Obama needs to open his eyes. someone is up to no good l have a strong feeling. l know people will brush it aside and say lm being mad or something.people dont want to hear the truth. they prefare lies until its too late. l repeat someone is up to no good. obama be very very careful.

    June 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Sa from MI

    What is going on here? Why is he still sounding horns? They guy is so into Hillary i suspect there more that we can think. Bill caused Hillary to loose but this guy still cheering even after Hill loss. Could this be the case of You, me and Dupree?????

    June 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Freedom Rider

    Lenny needs to ga a grip on reality, this will not happen. And anybody willing to vote McCain because of the Dem ticket, go for it; we'd be better off without your vote. Loyalty is the watch word and if you can change your coat that easily, then you were not ture to yourself from the start. I fought in three battles so that you could have that right to vote as you please. A vote for McCain is not a vote for my fellow brothers in arms.

    June 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Michelle from Colorado

    Lanny, you have more to gain by leaving Obama alone to flail on his own than discrediting your more than worthy champion by suggesting she sink with him or throw him out the life saver. 2012 will show the true winner.

    June 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. CIE

    Lanny Davis is and has always been a Clinton pimp without any ethics or morality. He will look you in the eye and lie like a rug. (ala Bill Clinton's infidelity and Hillary's problems over the course of this campaign) He knows full well that Hillary's baggage far outweighs what she can do for Barrack Obama and he is doing her bidding now as always.

    June 5, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. BettiH, Indianapolis, IN.

    Lanny Davis needs to go sit down somewhere and shut up. Obama's VP is Obama's choice...not Lanny davis the cry baby whiner.

    June 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. kingsley

    The election in november is an election people will have to decide,
    the choice they will make. Vote john maccian, and be where you are today and vote obama and breathe the air of change. All over the world the wind of change is blowing , so the choice rests with the people now. High gas bills, house prices crumbling, cost of living sky rocketing every day. The choice is yrs.

    June 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Robert in Toronto,ON

    I wish Lanny Davis all the failure in the world. And I would love to junk punch Lanny Davis...and when he's writhing on the ground asking "Why????" I'll look him in square in the face and say "You know why!"

    June 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. New York Dem. Voter

    Senator Obama could make a great presidential candidate, but considering his lack of experience, Senator Clinton would be the VP to fill in the blanks in his resume. Hillary Clinton IS the experienced leader that Mr. Obama NEEDS to win the election in November.

    June 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Lynn

    Your nasty comments is why many lifelong Democrats do not want to belong to this party anymore. I believe you are worse than Republicans. Remember Hillary supporters a write in for her is a vote for Obama.

    June 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. L-Mani

    The Clinton backers (not the personal supporters but people like bob "I got kicked out of my fraternity for hazing" johnson and lanny "waaa!" davis) have just proven why Sen Clinton had a poor strategy team.

    1st rule of thumb is you cannot pressure or demand a person in power to do what you ask. By pressuring Obama they have put him in a position to now be FORCED to tell Clinton NO!

    Why? Because if he chooses her now (even if thats what he WANTED to do) it looks like he caved into pressure which translates into being a weak leader that cannot control a party he has been chosen to run.

    The republicans wil have a field day with this and remind him every single week till Nov 4th.

    Had the Clinton campaign just stayed quiet and let Obama do it on his own terms, more than likely he would have seriously thought about choosing her.

    Clinton supporters dont blame Obama on this one. Blame all the idiots running her campaign that should of just fell back.

    June 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. Florida voters who didn't Vote

    It's Not my place to Tell Obama what to do. personally their is U p and Down side to it ( as it is for everything) Let Barrack decided what's best for Barrack. Lanny needs to chill like evryone else.

    Now Most of the so-called Hillary supporters even if Hillary come out on Friday-Saturday whenever the time she decided to....and tells THEM that she has run a good Race but Obama has won and now we needs to put our head together and get the Bush Silly Out of the White House.

    their response

    1-well we didn't like Clinton ne-wayz we are still voting for McCain
    so doesn't that tell you they were Republican in the first place and another excuse
    2-oh im staying Home cuz Clinton sell out!
    did you actually think this people has something to lose( ecconomy, war, so on and so forth) I think not.
    Good luck convincing them!

    It's frankly getting annoying people even listen to these poeple...

    June 5, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. tj

    If Hillary can do nothing to for the Obama ticket but demonstrate that he wants to stay connected to the old school practices and politics, then its fair to say that Hillary and Bill should not do anything to get her supporters to back Obama. Obama don't need Hillary's old school help and supporters. Obama is the messiah and needs no bodies help.

    June 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Mary

    Lanny Davis has been a constant disgrace and annoyance on CNN. He will say anything, bend any fact and make any accusation just to advantage Hillary. This whole thing about pushing her on the ticket is ridiculous.

    Any Obama supporter that thinks this is a good idea think about this: In losing Hillary and her supporters still think they can bully Obama into doing what they want him to do. Do you think they will all of sudden be good lieutenants in the fall or in the White House. NO.

    These people are a political breed all their own. They really believe the ends justify the means and will do whatever and stabwhomever in the back to win (note that "win" here means getting their way, not winning the white house necessarily).

    June 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Lynnette

    Lynn stated on June 5th, 2008 1:56 pm ET

    "I guess if she would except the Vice-President position, I would have to get over my dislike of Obama and vote for the ticket. I could go on and on of the reasons I do not like Obama, Rezco, Rev. Wright, his church, his ties to Chicago corruption, his talk but not really good solutions for this country, his wife issues – you get my point. But since I don't like him you know what I will be called."

    My response: If you don't want to vote for Obama, DON'T. No one said you had to like him, but if you feel that you will be called names, you have to ask yourself: Why would someone think I would be that type of person, if I wasn't?
    Or another response might be: Will people think I'm a Republican?

    June 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Dan Issano

    Lanny Davis is a CRY BABY....it is just sad to see how pathetic his words and actions are. A web site to BUY Hillary the Vice-Presidency is lunatic.

    June 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. correction

    Obama has NO appeal to many Democrats.

    Many others have been turned off to voting for Obama due to the vicious hate and unfair tactics employed to secure his win.

    hillary is the last hope to unify... the last chance for a Nov win for DEMS

    June 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Carol

    Can't these people understand that the more they try to jam Hillary down our throats, the more turned off we are.

    S-H-E L-O-S-T.........why can't you get that through your head? Go away, go away, go away. This blog is flooded with entries saying that people DO NOT want Hillary as VP.

    Also, Obama needs a chance to establish himself as the candidate – on his own. Just like McCain is doing. Leave him alone – go away, take a vacation, get a lobotomy, anything, just shut up and go away.

    June 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Pat

    Why doesn't everione get off Obama's back and let him do his own thing???????????? He's done great by himself so far and doesn't need everyone telling him what to do!!! McCain wants him to campaign with him, HIS WAY!!!!! Hillary backers want her to be chosen as his VP! If he wants her, he'll pick her! Personally I hope he doesn't! Obama backers want HIM not HER! Her followers won't vote for him, either way! Once people get to hear him and LISTEN to him, they'll change their minds. So, BACK OFF!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Carol, San Luis Obispo, CA

    VoteBoth is DOA.

    Must beat dead horse.

    June 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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