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. Debby

    I respect Lanny but I don't want Hillary on the ticket either. If Obama goes down in the fall I don't want Clinton to be another Edwards, or Lieberman. It made these 2 men weak politically and I don't want that to happen to her.

    June 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Last hope to win

    The puppet Obama, has NO appeal to moderate and conservative members of the democratic party.

    Many liberal democrats will protest the unfair election, the vile, filthy hatred and the unethical tactics employed by Obama, his supporters, the party, the DNC to install Obama.

    Only with Hill do the DEMS have a prayer of a slim hope of winning in NOV.

    Any more display of NON- unity and the party is permanently damaged.

    June 5, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Naomi

    Lanny do us all a favor and concede right alongside Hillary on Saturday. Nobody cares what your proposals are.

    June 5, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. SPOT


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

    Lanny, we appreciate your efforts. But, with the Michelle Obama racist rant in 2004 a month before Obama gave his speech where he criticized President Bill Clinton for atrocities for Africa, etc...

    Clinton should not even be anywhere near this Manchurian candidate.

    Obama's are racist and the Republicans have the video and are going to show it.

    Unity will not help this divide. It is too deep. As an african-american woman, I am ashamed that we let this wolf and his wife get to represent the Democratic party in 2008.

    June 5, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. SH

    The problem with the dream team idea and this petition is that Clinton supporters will perceive Hillary as their president rather than Obama. In essence the democrats will be fielding two candidates for president.

    If the Clintonauts get their way, they will never look to Obama as the president and that will be completely destructive to the party. It's time to unify. The war is over Lanny!

    June 5, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Mer

    I agree with John in Brooklyn. The more people like Lanny cling to the battlecry for Hillary (she lost, LOST after being way ahead of everyone! is that good president material?) the more the party will be in a divide.

    The Democratic Party is not served by Lanny Davis.

    June 5, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Nugent

    Lanny Davis is a useless pimp for the Clintons.

    What an annoying weasel. Even if Hillary were a perfect match, no leader wants his hand forced like this. Lanny, you're becoming a joke, pal. Give it up.

    June 5, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Joyce in Florida

    Well, it seems that Obama was pushed down our throats during this whole campaign. It is no matter what baggage he has and still hasn't revealed yet. You cannot ignore the 18 million who voted for Hillary Clinton. I was one and proud of it. She fought hard during her campaign and deserves the respect from everyone including Obama supporters. Stop the hate mongering already. I can't believe it is still going on even though Obama is the nominee. You Obamabots will never stop the bashing; it is your nature I guess. I really feel sorry for you. If Obama wants to win in November, he should humble himself and his supporters to join with Hillary Clinton in winning the White House in November. The only way democrats will win back the White House is for both of them to join on the ticket together. That is the only way I will vote democratic in November. If that doesn't happen, I am not sure which way I will be voting. STILL SUPPORT HILLARY CLINTON NOW AND FOREVER!!!!!!!!!! GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. joe

    Why would Clinton degrade herself by backing Obama Hussain?
    Why would she even consider being on a ticket with a loser who will never make it to the White House?
    The nomination hasn't been made official yet and ANYTHING can happen between now and the convention.
    Clinton should make no concessions.
    Her backers will not vote for Obama – any way shape or form.

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

    Has anyone heard of a Troll? Isn't it obvious that all these "I am a Clinton Supporter going fo McCain" replies that are on every mainstream political thread out there look remarkably similar. Can we put this argument to rest, no Democrat/independent or a huge amount of people who changer their affiliation are suddenly going to support McCain come November. If this is your only defense writing this argument to stop from losing in the Fall you are truly doomed.

    These forums are completely useless at this point, the GOP can't hide the disaster of their leadership for the last 8 years and beyond, its over. Every Senate and Congressional seat is up for grabs because of their corruption, let's all sit back and watch their disaster unfold.

    June 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Mike

    Obama please Listen,

    Is it better to gain the WORLD and lose you SOUL???

    Hillary supporters are the most DESRESPECTFUL people in America!!

    I would rather you lost the election than pick this bunch of UNPATRIOTIC fools!!!

    June 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Vee

    This is disgusting

    I was thinking that Hillary can be good for Obama if she is his VP

    But this bullying and demading our next president- noway

    Obama must reject such demands..you cannot demand to the president..you request

    June 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. Cheryl

    Sen. Obama is now the leader of the democratic party and the Clintons - who have been leading the party for the last 16 years - will not accept that those days are gone. Her campaign advisors had to get her supporters to force her to give it up - she is that desperate for power. Obama can not take her as his VP because with all this pressure, it will look like he caved in to Hillary's demands and will diminish his authority as a leader of the party and future leader of the US.

    June 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. James in Oregon

    Lanny is sure to accomplish one thing ( Hurt Hillary's chances even more ). This man is a disgrace to the Democratic party.

    June 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. yen

    Lanny Davis you are sounding like Hillary. Leave the choice to Obama. You have been giving wrong advice to Hillary and now that she has lost you started to stir something should never happen. He doesn't need poinson.

    June 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. Debbie in NJ

    GOD, this guy is an annoyance. Every time he and Kiki McLean (another incredibly annoying Clinton backer) are on CNN, I feel like I'm listening to nails on a chalkboard. BTW, I'm not slamming Clinton supporters in general. It's just that Lanny is – well, he's just a big...um... d-bag.

    June 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. Mecca

    I have never seen so much disrespect as shown by Obama's supporters! It shows clearly how inmature they are, just as much as their candidate is. They write and speak as horrifying as their blogs show. You do not win by insulting intelligent and patriotic people like Hillary Clinton and her family. Grow up and show respect because when Obama reaches an older age, you will do to him exactly what you are doing to Hillary and McCain now. Speak issues, not insults and disrespectful terms! The more you express yourselves as you are doing now, the less chances your candidate will have for winning!

    June 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |


    June 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. SDunn

    Josh, no one can demand anything from Obama! He won the nomination brilliantly. If Hillary was the nominee no one could demand anything from Hillary! Hillary doesn't OWN 18 million people and their votes! Not all those people still support her! So you can't claim that at all! More sane people are actually putting their interests first and will not vote against their own interests this time. This time they're not going to vote against their party for spite. Others unfortunately will and will pay the price, but they shouldn't cry when they receive a 3rd Bush term. Also this was primary season! Just because you win West VA in the primary doesn't mean you'll win it in the General election. Sorry you can't compare primary polls with general election polls to claim electibility, why? Because Kerry was way ahead of Bush in the primary season and look what happened! Also, Hillary was not vetted at all this season so none of her scandals came up. Many people are not aware of her past scandals like some of us older people are aware of them. Believe me the Republicans would rehash all of that and then some.

    June 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Arin, Florida

    I've always liked both candidates and am very optimistic there will be a joint ticket. It will be unbeatable. I even signed the VoteBoth petition.

    June 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Bonnie

    I believe the women in America who supported Hillary will vote for Obama without Hillary on the ballot. If she hadn't been the first lady we would not even had heard about her, there are more qualified, honest people that qualify for Vice-President. I'm sure Lanny has been promised some position in the white house and if Hillary doesn't end up there in some role, he will have to find a real job. Also, please don't have him on your shows, I always turn the channel if he appears.

    June 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. Randy M

    This guy is about as worthless as they come. He spouts off numbers that are non-existent to everyone else. The King of the "phony polls" wants Hillary to be VP.....not gonna happen Lanny boy. The more you push, the further away she gets from any position.

    What a crud this dweeb is.

    June 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. robert

    What don't these people understand...can't they get a job doing something else? Hillary is old Washington and not wanted.Yes -vote both , but with Billary its a threesomme... Say good-bye Hillary

    June 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Glenn

    The so-called "Dream Ticket" will be the Democrat's worst "Nightmare." Those propsing such an "unholy" teaming need to get real. Foremost for Democrats is to defeat McCain ending the worse eight years of political history in America. We need to end the war, bring the troops home, repair the economy including the mortgage scandal and the $4 per gallon gasoline, restore both human and civil rights that have trampled on for eight years and a whole host of things. Democrats, esppecailly Hillary supporters, need to clearly understand that if Obama were to lose because they sat it out or wrote her in on the ballot or voted McCain. She too loses. Obama supporters will see that her political career never ever takes off anytime in the future. That's only fair because of all the threats on the Hillary supporters.

    June 5, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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