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. Bill

    Are a few power hungry people in Washington going to strong arm elections now? These people are getting way out of control.

    June 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Chris Hagell

    Lanny, please push her toward running as an Independent. She will win the election, believe me.

    June 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. ANNIA

    You know what I think? I think this man should be admired for standing by her through thick and thin, he did not jump ship when it's sinking. One should be so thankful to have someone like him as a friend & colleague.

    As for Sen. Clinton, she'll probably gets blame for anything and everything that does not go well for Sen. Obama. I would not be surprise if she gets blame for his CONSTIPATION!!!

    We all know that it's over & truly sorry that you (Sen. Clinton) didn't win. It's ok, you've fought a good fight. There are millions things out there that you can do. Do you know when it's really over? Well, when the FAT LADY (OPRAH) SINGS, AND DANCES. Yep, she did both!!! Did she ever JIGGLED, and the ripples are still running up and down her big booty!!!

    June 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Here's a possible scenario:

    Imagine that Obama picks someone other than Hillary for VP, and still wins. Then, Hillary's political career would be essentially over. She'd be damaged goods.

    No wonder she wants to be VP. She's desperate!

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

    I am an independent. I supported Hillary. Looks like some groups wont let her be the nominee.

    So, now my vote goes to McCain and so my family and friends.

    June 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. ki-jana carter

    This guy is such a clown, and "undisputedly" worthless. It's not going to happen, ladies. They took it too far.

    June 5, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Bubba

    Hillary needs to go home. She is not VP material, she does not have America's best interest at heart, she is so old news.

    June 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. naliakar

    This guy is one of the most tedius things I have had to endure on TV. He has no scruples and is the last person whose counsel should be relied upon. Is forcing Hillary down Obama's throat Hillary's last strategy of continuing to isolate her hollowers away from and anti Obama. pathetic

    June 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Carmen

    Why should someone beg Obama to take Hillary. This is pathetic because she will not be a good VP.

    June 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. JDM

    Now the whole will know "THIS IS ABOUT HER AND NOT THE USA",
    No one is this important to gamble another 4-8 years of $5 gas, Dead soldiers, Homeless foreclosures, Job lost so she can be on the ticket!

    This was fair election, everyone got dogged this time, so trying to paint this as un fair way is total unamerican! She lost! The winner has the rigth to pick and chose who they want to watch their back!!!!!!

    This drive just makes the point that she is in this for herself and not the PARTY! This guy can not be a true American. Queen Hillary? No!!!

    June 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Hillary-ious

    Go crawl back under a rock Lanny, you weasel.

    June 5, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. womanforObama

    If they have to work this hard to gain favor about the VP position for Hillary – then something must be wrong. Could it be Hillary's poor sportmanship during and at the end of the race? Why would they possibly think that her drama and grandiose whining about gender victumization could add to the ticket of a quality leader. Obama leads with integrity and quiet strength. What a ridicuous mismatch that would be. Her entitled attitude is wearing thin. It is a shame that her polarizing personality seems to overshadow all the hard campaigning she has done. I can respect her for her work; but never for the bullying.

    Woman for Obama

    June 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Kitty

    Lanny Davis, should keep his petitions to himself. Doesn't this smack of blackmail? Senator Obama is too smart to fall for that, as are his supporters. And how dumb does he think Hillary supporters are anyhow? Women are not sheep. They will vote their conscience and their preference. NOT at the bidding a Clinton loyalist. Hasn't he heard that women no longer have to dance to a man's tune?

    June 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |

    Note to the "18 million"...

    now the the primary is decided, more than half of you are open minded enough to STILL vote democratic.

    So your still formidable number is actually LESS than NINE million.....

    Obama is still working hard to bring you on.... BUT HE WILL NOT BE "FORCED" ....

    know THAT, and move forward accordingly.

    June 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Independent in OH

    Lanny Davis is a MORON! I mean really....

    June 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Tony, Indianapolis, IN

    Lanny... GO AWAY!!!!! We do not want Hilary as VP. She does not deserve it especially after not conceding on Tuesday. I think she should have a cabinet position, but not the VP spot!

    June 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Theresa

    There must be "gold" in the White House left over from the Clinton Administration. Has anyone noticed that all of the Clintonites from the Clinton Administrations is determined to get back in the White House?? Either they buried a body or gold in there.

    June 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Tonya, Richmond, VA

    And Hillary is not truly supporting Obama. She's still thinking about herself and NOT THE PARTY UNITING! Why are they shoving the VP position down Obama's throat. For god sakes let the man DECIDE. Jesus! She's making it seem mandatory when really it's not that serious. Go somewhere and work on encouraging your crazy and indenial supporters to unite with the rest of the party. Trust, if you don't the Dems wont have a seat at the white house.


    June 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Rob - WA


    Since when does someone "run to be the VP?????" The NOMINEE is the ONE who SELECTS the VP – not the OTHER WAY AROUND! Sheesh.... give me a break. I agree that the more Clintons supporters try to force her as the VP the less attractive it is.

    I hope Obama takes control of this situation soon and comes out and says to these people that this is HIS decision, not a bunch of others decision to force onto him.

    June 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. RH

    The harder they push, the less likely they'll get what they want.

    June 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Jane, College Park, MD

    Only a self-absorbed person would not know that a person who has defeated the Clinton Mafia is NO WALK OVER. WHY DO. Why do these people keep under-estimating Sen Obama? because he is skinny, because he listens, because he is not judgmental?

    Get this, Sen Obama is picking his VP from the State of Virginia.

    June 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Michelle African American women for Obama

    NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bill Clinton has already had the pleasure of pushing ****** down Monican's throat and NOW Hillary wants to be pushed down Barack's throat. NO MORE CLINTONS!!!!!!!!!!!! Please go away.

    June 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. TJ Johnson

    Hey "No Obama – Anti-Obama Movement": sign me up. Where can I send money?

    June 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Pascal

    America go vote for McCain and you will SUFFER.

    June 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Ovitshio Branco from Puerto Rico

    This Man has Alzheimer

    June 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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