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. Hurricane

    Since when does anyone have the right to tell or force the nominee to select who they want to be vice president–that choice belongs to no one other than the nominee.

    This man has some really big britches to think he can dictate to the nominee who the VP will be.

    This infuriates me. To be honest I have been an Obama supporter sinec he announced he was running but if she is on the ticket i will stay home.

    June 5, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. CAPTAIN CAPSLOCK

    What will it matter, all of the Clinton "Democrats" have said they will vote for McCain no matter what. They are determined and will be satisfied to ruin the country out of spite and I doubt this guys attempts to get Clinton on as VP will change that.

    By the way, if you are voting for McCain out of spite you are part of the most immature group of individuals to exist all time. Congratulations!

    June 5, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Nicole in NE

    THE PEOPLE who are STILL complaining about the DNC and how MI & FL was handled and are planning on switching to Republican, the RNC has the SAME rules! This is laughable!

    VOTE DEMOCRAT!

    June 5, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Richard Cottrell

    Hillary as VP, Obama's worst nightmare! She is neither entitled, nor does her resume support sufficient judgmentsl management skills!
    Start the showers, turn on the gas!

    June 5, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. GoldenChica

    Go Lanny. You are a faithful friend. Hillary is bless to count on you in good and bad times. I will spread the word to all of my friends and family. Not only are white females upset as to the way Hillary was treated but all minority females too. Hillary can count on our vote always. The DNC is a disgrace.

    June 5, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Tim

    He just can't let go. Lanny Davis needs to stop, take a deep breath, and let the process work itself out. He needs to focus on party unity. The earned right of the Presumptive Nominee, Senator Obama, to choose his VP is his alone. Enough already.

    Dem 08

    June 5, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. marek

    Lanny Davis it is not your job to pick vice president,
    so quit being annoying.

    June 5, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Damion K. Miles

    I'm just an average citizen and therefore, not too well versed with the inner workings of Capital Hill. However, I don't think I've ever seen someone quite like Hillary Clinton in any walk of life. This lady is remarkable. How is it, in any way, feasible to think that Barack Obama – who's being asked by every democrat in the country to show some toughness, no less, will give in to what amounts to be strongarming? This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Well, besides every media outlet reporting that she's either quit or dropped out of the race. No she didn't! There is no more race, it's over. That's like saying, The Penguins are going to drop out of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday. It's over, they already lost and so did she. Now, do you, your party and your country a favor by sitting back and waiting for Barack Obama to let you know in what capacity he thinks you will be best utilized.

    June 5, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Sam

    This disgusts me. If Sen. Obama would like Sen. Clinton on the ticket, it's up to him and his advisors. Backers of Sen. Clinton have no say in this. What if the two of them truly don't get along? Should he put her on the ticket just to appease some people? Enough already!

    June 5, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. norma Astaphan

    according to president Carter a Clinton VP would be a terrible disaster.
    He won the primaries against all odds .he won it withouth the Clinbtons support.So why now raise the question or fight to give her the post as VP. to ensure Obama to win the November election????
    I agree with President Carter!!

    June 5, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Accountant Guy

    He needs to get over it. Obama will not pick her as VP and he should not. I like him, but if he makes her his VP I will not be able to vote for him.

    Obama '08

    June 5, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. John in WA

    I agree with Mish.....let Mr Obama and his team go through a process of vetting ALL of the qualified individuals for the VP slot. Yes, Mrs. Clinton "lasted" the longest in the primary, and yes, she has great qualifications, but there are other equally qualified democrats, independants and even some republicans that might make a better total ticket.
    Just think....a black dem and a white/asian/hispanic dem/rep/ind ticket.....What a concept!! But give the Obama team the opportunity to explore these possibilities....and certainly don't start "shoving" any one particular individual down their throat. That's a good way to send a chill into ANY purported candidate's chances.

    June 5, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Susan

    Great!!

    These two together can beat McCain!!

    June 5, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Bill

    This election is about the corrupt power in Washington vs the everyday American.

    June 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Bjoerlingfan

    Clinton on the ticket would hurt Obama more than help him. Yes, she would bring a good portion of her voters to the table, but he could do that himself between now and November, especially if Clinton gives her support. Also, Obama drew a unprecidented number of Independents and moderate Republicans, voters that will most likely defect to McCain if Clinton is on the ticket.

    There is no "dream ticket" anymore–that ship has sailed. Putting her on the ticket will not guarantee a win in November. People talk about offering Clinton the VP spot as if it's "the least he can do". Frankly, Obama doesn't owe Clinton anything. You don't bargain with, bully, or pressure the presidential nominee. You support the nominee fully and try to unite the party without expecting anything in return. I wouldn't rule out a cabinet post for Clinton, but I think having her on the ticket would do more harm than good.

    June 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. sarah

    as neither an obama zealot nor a clinton fanatic i can state that in my view sen. clinton should in no terms accept a v.p. slot on this ticket. she should stand back and watch the obama train wreck and run again in 2012 with the slogan " I TOLD YOU SO!!!"

    June 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. NC voter

    I LOVE THIS MAN!!!!!!!!!!

    HE IS SO LOYAL :)

    June 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Amazing.

    This is all a result of Clinton's "defiant" speech Tuesday night. Let's wait and see what her next speech will say about this campaign.

    June 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Heidi

    DREAM ON...BUT THAT WOULD BE ONE NIGHT MARE I WOULD PRAY WAS JUST A DREAM.

    NOT GOING HAPPEN. OBAMA SUPPORTERS DIDN'T BELIEVE IN HIM BASED ON BRINGING HILLARY ABOARD.

    HILLARY REPRESENT THE "OLD WASHINGTON" THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO AVOID.

    THIS TERM IS NOT FOR HILLARY...SHE LOST!!!!

    YOUR CHOICES ARE: OBAMA, MCCAIN OR POSSIBLY BARR. CHOOSE!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Barack the Vote in RI

    Do these people ever stop? It's over.....get a clue.

    June 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. FactCheck

    > Why? Because America is smart!.

    Yeah, just look at the geniuses America has running the office for the last 7.5 years.

    June 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. VA WASP SUPPORTING OBAMA

    LANNY DAVIS DOESNT HAVE BOTH OARS IN THE WATER. HE IS SUCH A PANDERER. ALL DURING THE CAMPAIGN HE BAD MOUTHED OBAMA AS A POOR CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT. NOW HE HAS THE AUDACITY TO ASK OBAMA TO MAKE HILLARY VP. WHEN CNN HAD HIM ON AS A SUPPOSED COMMENTATOR ALL HE DID WAS RANT ABOUT HILLARY. HIS NEGATIVITY DOESNT GIVE HIM VERY MUCH CREDIBILITY.

    June 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Toni

    This is perfect. Of all of the commentors on CNN, Lanny Davis has been consistently "on script" for Hillary Clinton, adding nothing but his own very inept commentory on anything which does not have to do with his talking points. His presence has very obviously been tolerated by panel members, both liberal and conservative and of both parties, who have occasionally shown their irritation with his uncreative approach to TV journalism. Lanny's time is over and it is only appropriate that he make his last stand at VoteBoth.com.

    June 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Larry from LA

    GOD I am sick of Lanny Davis. Just what Obama needs is pressure from her top supporters who think she is owed the VP. KEEP HER OFF THE TICKET. Her people will not vote for McCain because it will effect them.

    June 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Mark in Austin, TX

    I don't think Bill will accept Hillary being V.P. He would have to disclose too much about what he's been up to since his presidency and how he's been raising money for his library. I loved him when he was in office, but I think his behavior on the campaign trail shows that we don't need him anywhere near the general election if we want to have a chance in November.

    June 5, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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