June 5th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
7 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. Enlightened Voter - No hillary for VP

    Well I think we all knew looking and listening to him from before there is something seriously wrong with this guy so I don't want to talk to0 bad about him cause he does have a real mental problem.

    June 5, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Th3rdpwr

    This guy is the Clinton's Renfield. Throughout the campaign, he was putting the heat on Obama, and it hasn't stopped. Has he, even, acknowledged and congratulated Senator Obama on his victory?

    June 5, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Milwaukee for Obama

    I dont know if they want anybody's advise but as a former Clinton (both Clintons) supporter I would tell you this from the bottom of my heart; they should choose a different person to champion for Hillary at the moment. People like Lanny are the ones that drove me to Obama, they are so rude, they lie, they are not good in the eyes of undecided voters. They can only harden Clinton's supporters but they CANNOT woe new supporters to Hillary. I am serious as a heart attack. They are the same people that in my opinion, made Hillary lose her nomination. Their arrogance is just overwhelming.

    June 5, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Dal CA

    You guys are thrusting Hillary down Obama's throat.

    June 5, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. kathe oakland, california

    Lanny Davis is as divisive as the Clintons. If Hillary had won, and Obama folks started a divisive plot to make her take him, they would all be whinning and crying foul. BUT NO this is the CLINTON way – to win at any cost and is very disrepectful to America to start this issue. Lanny Davis, who do you think you are to start questioning the democratic Presidential nominee – NONE OF YOU CLINTON FOLKS have any morals, values or respect for anything or anyone.

    You don't like it Lanny, so what. I am an American and I can say whatever I want about you and your un American efforts to force us all to vote for Clinton. HOW DARE YOU

    GO GO OBAMA

    June 5, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Dave C - NJ

    NO ONE EVER WOULD HAVE HEARD OF HILLARY IF NOT FOR BILL.

    WE DON'T NEED HER.

    I RATHER SEE SOMEONE FRESH THAT HAS MADE IT TO THE TOP ON THEIR OWN, NOT DUE TO THEIR SPOUSE WHO ALSO CARPETBAGGED TO NY JUST TO GET ELECTED.

    GO AWAY HILLARY!

    June 5, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. The Don

    He sounds just like the type of person Obama's campaign would love to have go into their office as an advocate for anything.

    Hillary is smarter than that. She needs to get these idiots stop representing her. They really make her look bad and makes one start to wonder about show smart these guys are. They sound abnoxious, and suck-ups. Who wants that?

    June 5, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Karen

    Why doesn't he put that same dedication into making sure a Republican doesn't end up in the White House for another 4 years instead of continuing to ram HRC down everyone's throats and dividing the party even further?? Please, we've had enough already...

    June 5, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Valerie - St. Louis, MO

    Obama does not need Clinton on the ticket to win. John McCain is archaic.

    June 5, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO,NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Get it? Got it? Good.

    June 5, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Mish

    I wish this *annoying clown* would go defend someone in another country!!!!
    His constant pro hillary dribble is not helping the dems one bit!!!!
    Let Senator Obama have the privilege every other president in history has had ....choosing his own VP!

    June 5, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. DJ, LA, CA

    No joint ticket...relax Lanny. This is not Rome, where we have a joint President. We all know the last time that happened in Rome, led to disaster.

    Don't even think about Lanny. Let it go.

    June 5, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Andrew

    Lanny Davis is a terrible scumy person. He has continually attempted to paint Barack Obama in a light that is degrading and has no place in a Barack Obama campaign. If Hillary is ever to be brought on as the VP, the first condition should be to run people like him out. Lanny Davis has NO voice that should be heard.

    June 5, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. phil

    wack

    June 5, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Get over it already! Let Obama choose his own candidate. Many of us do NOT want HRC forced down his or our throat.

    DAvis must expect a lot in return from HRC to go to this extreme. Any trust and respect I had left for her has gone, forever.

    For all you angry, raging 'Clinton supporters' out there, especially those who use the name 'Hussein Obama' we recognize you for the Limbaugh-mats you are and really wish you would just go away.

    Senior white female.

    Vote Democrat in November or be willing to accept the consequences.

    June 5, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Randy - Denver

    I am sure Mr. Obama will look at many potential Vice Presidents during his selection process and I am sure that Ms. Clinton will be on the list. It is, however, the candidates choice. Mr Obama will take ADVICE from others, listen to the party, to his VP Committee, to the voters, to his wife etc but when it comes down to it he will make his own choice and will not be bullied into it from any of those who offer him advice. Me personally I favor an Obama/Sebelius or Obama/Webb they both have much to offer with little baggage outside their own states. It will be interesting but I do offer one word of advice to Mr. Obama (for what it is worth) do not be quick to choose oyur runnning mate, Mr. McCain has not done so in over a month, let him make the first choice than use yours to counter his new strength.

    June 5, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. felice, Fredericksburg, VA

    Lanny gve it up already! sheeesh!!!!

    June 5, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Proud1of 26% in WV

    Hillary Clinton did all of that whining that people were trying to force her out of the race.Now it seems like they are trying to force Obama into picking her for VP

    June 5, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Change

    The democratic Party is being hijacked watch, The lobbist at their highest pick.

    Obama Say No

    Change we can believe in

    June 5, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. JOSH

    AS A VOTER WHO IS BACKED BY MILLIONS, BARACK BETTER KNOW THAT WE DEMAND HER ON THE TICKET BECAUSE AS I AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS WILL MAKE SURE NO ONE WINS . JUST MCAIN!! PUT HER ON THE TICKET OR START WRITING YOUR OWN CONCESSION SPEECH OBAMA. WE GOT MORE STRENGTH THAN THE OBAMA SUPPORTERS AND IF WE BACKED MCAIN HE WOULD WIN GUARANTEED. DONT THINK THAT I CARE ABOUT THE PARTY CAUSE I DONT!!! PERIOD. YOU SEE HILLARY CANT DEMAND THAT SHE BE ON THE TICKET, BUT WE CAN !!!!THE VOTERS!!! HER VOTERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! + REPUBLICAN VOTERS= mcain PRESIDENT AND NOT obama, THINK LONG AND HARD DID YOU WASTE YOUR TIME BY NOT INCLUDING HILLARY ON THE TICKET, I CAN BET YOU YOU WILL. ITS NOT A THREAT BUT A PROMISE, IF SHES NOT ON THE TICKET YOU WILL GO DOWN WITH WHOEVER IS ON YOUR TICKET. HILLARY SUPPORTERS UNITE!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Jason

    Lanny, please just get a life.

    June 5, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. martin California

    This whole project is a farce. The basic premise is that Clinton received 18 million votes and that those votes are"hers". Sorry that is not the case my vote belongs to me. I have not something to be considered a chip in a political game. I voted for Hillary because I considered her to be the best choice of the two. I did not give her my general election vote. I cannot be traded and am not stupid. I will vote for the candidate I think is best in November.

    June 5, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Kerry

    Lanny, go home.
    CNN stop showing continuing to elevate people like Lanny who are devisive and bent on causing hype and scandal.

    June 5, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Vahe Vanesyan (Toronto, Canada)

    Lanny is an bright example of a corrupted shovinist and racist, one who makes people hate americans

    June 5, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Dilly WA

    Cinton needs to tell him ti STAND DOWN! He is hurting her image and it is not their place to force the nominee to choose a VP. Very politically unsavvy and very childish.

    June 5, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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