June 5th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
6 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. Jane, College Park, MD

    This man is truly irritating.
    I am really getting sick of all this pandering, manouvering, and manipulation by people who simply cannot accept that it's not about them!!!

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

    WAKE UP FROM YOUR DREAM?

    June 5, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Never Obama - Anti Obama movement

    18 million votes and Obama supporters & Carter think its not a good idea. Do you think all of the 18 million will vote for Obama or that he will win them over – I don't think so.

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

    You're a snive little weasle Lanny! What audacity you have to try to push something down Obama's throat, when you spend your time on CNN saying that he wasn't fit for the presidency. The letter you wrote isn't even worth the price of toilet paper...and I seriously hope that the Obama camp used it for that purpose

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

    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 RUNNING FOR SOMETHING YOU CANT WIN WITHOUT US AND BY NOT INCLUDING HILLARY ON THE TICKET, I CAN BET YOU YOU DID. ITS NOT A THREAT BUT A PROMISE, IF SHES NOT ON THE TICKET YOU WILL LOSE WITH WHOEVER IS ON YOUR TICKET. TELL THE PUNDITS THIS THAT HILLARY SUPPORTERS ARE UNITED!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. gimme a break

    No to a joint ticket. NO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Please..you do realize, don't you, that the more you "push" your candidate on Obama, the less likely he is to choose her? No presidential candidate wants to appear as if he/she is doing something out of pressure. Back off, give him the opportunity to choose who HE thinks is best for the job, not who YOU think is best.

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

    This guy along with Hillary is an undercover Republician!!! Enough is Enough. How on earth would Obama lead the country with Hillary planning his demise. It's over Hillary-you lost.

    June 5, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. I agree with Dole

    Only way to bring back most of the Clinton supporters.

    No Hill... no vote for the democrats- for the first time in 35 years.

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

    Lanny Davis has reached a level of annoyance unprecedented in American politics. As several CNN commentators have stressed, there is no bargaining with the party nominee. Muscling Clinton onto the ballot will serve no good. Let Obama choose his own running mate!

    June 5, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Clinton 2012

    I am a huge Hillary supporter. I do not want her on the ticket with Obama. He will lose in the fall and I do not want her blamed for the upcoming loss. Obama cannot win the under $60,000 income voters.

    Hillary does not need any blame for his loss.

    June 5, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Honky white guy from chicago

    He is obviously still wallowing in the dream of a Hillary presidential nomination and will not realize that its over. Its all over Lanny- Last time i heard him speak on TV putting forth a case for Senator Hillary, he sounded like a primary school boy scout trying to please his troop master. Get over it lanny. Otherwise stay out of it.

    Hillary's people cannot force and should not even persuade or suggest to Obama who he should chose as VP. The democrats are finally seeing through the thin veil of selfish ambition that plagued the entire Clinton campaign into wrangles, power struggles within and the resignation of key personnel. We cant afford to have that on the Democratic ticket to the white house.

    Final lesson- realize that all votes count, even the caucus states, which were ignored largely by the Clinton campaign. The power of the internet and community organization beat the most formidable Democratic machine at their own game. Obama won, fair and square- so live with it Lanny. Join the wining team.

    Finally, Hillary needs to realize that the so called 18 million that voted for her are a big majority republicans. How come her fund raising does not reflect the support she has? They didnt give her a single silver coin. If all those 18 million each gave 2 dollars, she would be able to pay off her debt- instead of now looking to Obama to help alleviate her financial woes.

    June 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Voting Obama

    Doing too much. Obama is not going to pick Hilary. She tried to destroy him durring her campaign. All love to HRC but Im cool off of having her as VP. She sealed that deal herself when she made that comment about Robert Kennedy.

    June 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Lanny Davis has been clear throughout this campaign that his sole interest is the success of Hillary Clinton – regardless of the harm that he might cause in the process. His public discourse has shown exceptional recklessness, demonstrating careless disregard for the possible damage he might inflict on the viability of other Democratic candiates and the Democratic Party in general.

    The Democratic Party and the American people are not well served by his efforts and, in fact, if Hillary Clinton is serious about unifying her party, she should call for VoteBoth.com to immediately disband.

    June 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Sue

    Go Away, Lanny, and come back no more.

    I think your friends at FOX news need you, just don't come on CNN!

    June 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    To Lanny Davis, Rebdekkm Vilseck, Schumer and Feinstein, Hillary can't promise you what she doesn't have, so consider it a broken promise and move on.

    June 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. MurphyMorseJohnson

    At a previous time when Obama was leading, Hillary volunteered him to be her vice presidential running mate. Now that Obama is the winner, Hillary is volunteering Obama to take her on as a running mate. Note, it is not about what is good for the Democratic Party or what is good for America–it is always what is good for Hillary and Bill.

    Carter was correct. Other than Democratic Party affiliation, Hillary Clinton has little in common with Obama. Her criticisms of Obama throughout the primaries prove she could never be a team player under Obama. Nevertheless, she can be a key player in helping Democrats to win in November and should apply herself to that end.

    June 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Len in Washington

    This guy is a Whining Political Wannabe." Stirring conflict seems to be his primary talent.

    The choice of Vice President is fully at the discretion of the Nominee and his/her staff and certainly not up for "appointment" by outside interests. This applies to any party not jsut the Democrats. This kind of pressure tactic is only going to backfire against these folks again.
    They need to give it up.

    June 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. BE FAIR HILLARY SUPPORTERS

    no no no no no no no!!!!! SHE NEEDS TO NOT BE ON THE TICKET, SHE HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT A DOWN FALL TO THE PARTY, AND I CANT IMAGINE PUTTING UP WITH ANOTHER 5 MONTHS OF HER ELECTIONING!! SHE WILL KILL ME, THE ONLY THING OBAMA NEEDS TO HIRE HER FOR IS TO DIG UP DIRT, AND MANIPULATE MCCAIN, SHE IS GOOD AT THAT!

    June 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. candi California

    Dear Mr. Davis;

    Your an example of why I hesitated to vote for Hillary. How much will you be paid to take part in in this campaign? My vote was mine to give and is not the property of any politican. My vote expired after being counted. It can be given only by me and is very personal. I now think I was wrong to cast it for Hillary because she obviously thinks I am a wepon to be used to get what she wants. No thanks. I am not a weapon and will vote in November based upon what I see the situation to be at that time.

    June 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. TunnelVision

    They need to quit with their strong arm tactics. Obama has shown that he is in a category by himself and they cannot back him into a corner. The Clinton advocates need to relax, this is the final grasp for power. Clinton represents part of the old guard that is being changed. The people have chosen a servant willing to serve not someone blinded by selfish ambition.

    June 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. Brian

    Lanny Davis is a political leech. Crawl back under that rock Lanny.

    June 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Frank, Missouri

    What a pathetic figure ... I can't stand to listen to that guy. Fortunately I don't have to.

    June 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. Clinton fatigue

    Do something good for Obama. SHUT IT!!!

    June 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Dummycrats

    The Democrats want to hate and throttle Hillary- more than they want to unify the party, effect change, or win the GE.

    No hill- no dem win

    June 5, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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