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. Debra

    No to Clinton on the number 2 ticket. That is up to Senator Obama who he picks ultimately. He is not going to be pressured by Clinton supporters. There may be a place on her cabinet but again, that is Obama's decision.

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Lorna, NY

    Why is everyone forcing this woman down our throats????

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. Alston

    Why does CNN project Lanny like he's someone who matters anyway??

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Jennifer in Madison, WI

    The more they try to forcr Clinton on the ticket as VP the less likely it is to happen.

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Michael in Seattle

    THANK YOU Mish !!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. sety

    All Lanny Davis did was harm to Hillary Clinton campaign, wrong advise from different supporters. If Hillary Clinton needs to repair her legacy, she needs to get this kind of people out of her team.

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. SDunn

    I've never seen so many disrespectful comments from Hillary supporters in my life! If you want to vote for McCain please do, but your candidate LOST fair and square. She thought she had this primary fight wrapped up even before she began to campaign. She had a large total of superdelegates even before the first caucus! People said Obama didn't have the chance! She didn't invest her time in the caucus states, she thought that they didn't matter! When she's tallying her popular vote she's still leaving out several caucus states in her tally. Every candidate KNEW that this primary was about the most delegates! If it was about the popular vote Obama would've spent a lot more time in California, New York, etc but he played it smart and spent time campaigning in jurisdictions where he got the most delegates. He ran a brilliant campaign and that's why he won. If you want to vote for McCain because you feel hurt that your candidate lost, by all means do so, but don't cry a river when your children are sent off to war in a draft against Iran and Lord knows where else. Don't be upset when we're paying $8 dollars for gas. You will reap what you sow. Some of you are extremely spiteful people and it's sad.

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Common Sense

    I agree with you 100% Mish. who even gives him an air time???

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. New Yorker

    Do these patronizing SOB's think an African American can't choose his own VP?

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. CB

    Everybody have been trying to tell Obama how to run his campaign all year, especially the media and political analyst. Now you trying to tell him who to pick as VP. The man know what he is doing. You all just need to back-up.

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Cheri in New York

    This is so wrong. First, the Clinton campaign took the wind out of Obama's sails and tried to make his nomination night a "night about Hillary," showing complete lack of respect for the historical occasion, not to mention for the winner. And NOW, the Clinton campaign is trying to force Obama to make Hillary his running mate, using her supporters as leverage. Enough, already. Give the man the dignity he deserves, and stop forcing Hillary down his (or our country's) throat. Look at the polls on CNN: sixty percent of the public thinks it would be WRONG to have Hillary on the ticket. What is seriously wrong with Clinton and her supporters?

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. John Ainsworth

    This shows a gross disrespect for our elected nominee, Barack Obama. Davis, back off. You are wrong to do this...it is divisive and not helpful. This is Obama decision to make. By doing this, you will guarantee that Clinton does NOT get the nod as VP. even if Obama would want her.

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Cherry

    This is just crazy.

    Why don't we see Romney or Huckabee supporters pressuring John McCain?

    Democrats just need to relax.

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. LaVarr

    Lanny spits so much venom out of his mouth. He seems to be a chip off the old Clinton block.... No, we don't Hillary, you or the partisanship that she imparts. We can do better... No Bush Cheney Lite

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. jane

    I DO NOT want Hillary Clinton as Vice President and do NOT want to enable her or her supporters to continue to cause further disunity in the Democratic party. Where is the website for that?

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. GL, Bend, OR

    PS: Lanny – If you want to help the Democratic Party then think of something positive to say about Obama.

    If you are not aware of any of the many postive attributes of Barak Obama – go to his website and read about him, listen to a few of his videos, read a few of his stands on the issues, really listen to what he has to offer.

    Once you've listened to Obama, & educated yourself on his platform, then you may have an inkling as to why Hillary would not make a good running mate.

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. caron

    Maybe a dream for some - but a nightmare for others! I am so tired of seeing Lanny Davis' face and hearing his voice - I'm almost not sure which is worse, Terry McAuliffe or Lanny - especially when they get to twisting numbers and saying half-truths and mis-truths. And let's not forget that Mark Penn. Please just make it go away!

    Plus let's not forget what would happen if Hillary was the VP nominee – then everything seamy about her or Bill would be out. Then Barack would have to explain what the Clintons did, yada yada yada.

    But I almost feel sorry for Hillary, maybe if she had just had a different cast of characters surrounding her we would have a different outcome! But I was inspired with how forcefully Bill supported her, even if he did get a little out there.

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Denver

    Go away Lanny! And take your "gotcha" politics with you!

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Mr.International

    What is wrong with this fool? Has it not been made clear enough that there is virtually no way that Hillary will be offered the VP gig? No wonder Hillary lost. The lines of communication between her, her staff, and supporters appear to be fuzzy at best.

    Both her and McCain's campaigns are/were poorly organized and managed. And we're supposed to believe either one of them would make a good President? Puh-leez.

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. unions are not stupid

    I wish this sorry excuse of a democrat and lying piece of trash would go to Canada or somewhere else the truth never leaves his lips! Nothing to do with the Clinton issues either he has been trash and a crab in this party for way to many years!

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Mike

    She should run with McCain. Ever consider that?

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Jan

    I hope Obama tells him and all of the others who are pushing this ...NOT INTERESTED!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. ct voter

    I found a lot of his Hillary talk annoying on the political channels but I think he means well, he seems like a nice person and even though I was offended with some of his remarks on CNN, it was a heated campaign and I think it's time for everyone to cool off, we're on the same side and he is too, he only wants what he thinks is best for the country, so lets give em and this petition of his some space.

    I think it's time for everyone to stop being so synical, lets relax for a bit and realize what we are all here for.

    June 5, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Linda Esen


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

    I am definately a Hilliary supporter, but I don't want her as VP-this way she can run for the 2012 election.

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