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. kp from atlanta

    Lanny Davis and all the others need to understand; "not a snowballs chance in hell!. Let it go, please. There are many more qualified and better candidates to help Barack Obama secure the White House.

    June 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. politics

    go away you nasty bloggers. Hillary is one of the greatest people to help us.

    June 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. steve in St. Paul

    You know, I used to wish that Hillary Clinton would just go away. Now I wish she would just die. I am so sick of her egotistical narcissism. Someone has to tell these Clinton people, in no uncertain terms, "YOU LOST!! YOU LOST!! YOU LOST!!. On the other hand, maybe the know they lost. They're certainly acting like a bunch of loosers.

    June 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Andy Stein

    Lanny, dude. Give it up! Please!

    June 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. LeftyLadig

    Absolutely not. They should have worried a bit more about party unity before they used their dirty politics against Obama.

    June 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. ABC4VP

    Since when is the vice president selected by an on-line straw poll? And just how long before Rush instructs his fans to go to that website?


    When The Clintons started to lose in the primaries, they changed the rules. Now they want to make up all new ones!

    June 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Larry Dickman - Des Moines, IA

    His message is about Change and against the old Washington order. If he brings her onto the ticket, it will go against everything he has said.

    This is also a form of blackmail. Let him pick who he wants and feels most comfortable with. Millions of people may have voted for her, but millions did not too.

    Lanny – your candidate lost, move on.

    June 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Jane, College Park, MD

    It's amazing that you would want to team up with someone you threw so much dirt at. Where is self respect in all of this?

    June 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Niky

    I think the sad thing about this is that when Hillary's supporters propose a joint ticket, they do it with an arguement that she can win where he cannot – once again by trying to bring down Obama. I don't think it's being appreciative of the domecratic nominee.

    June 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Adam

    It's really time for Hillary and Hillary supporters to stop exerting pressure on the process. Her and their roles are now to support the current candidate not undermine him!

    June 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Julie

    I say NO! It's not because I support Obama, it's because I support Hillary, and putting her on the ticket is just using her by Obama supporters. That's all they would want her for because they know that without Hillary, Obama will have a big fight on his hands trying to beat McCain. As a tribute to Hillary, McCain will get many democratic voters, primarily to punish those superdelegates who THOUGHT Obama would be their ticket to the white house.

    June 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Ratgurl

    Uhh, Lanny WHO? Who cares? Go join the AARP while you're up for joining groups. I can think for myself!

    June 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Lynette

    Not a good idea.

    June 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Linda

    Going backward: HRC as VP

    Going forward: Let the brilliant man choose his own VP.

    June 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Arin

    Don't you get it..... without Hillary as VP, Lanny Davis is finished. After all he has done to hurt Obama, do you think any news channel will put him on again in an Obama/Hillary-less administration? Because, he will have NO role in an Obama administration. He will have nothing. This is about Lanny, not Hillary. Begone Lanny, begone. Go practice Law or something.

    June 5, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Heather

    I've never seen anything like this. Since when was it okay to try to muscle the nominee into picking someone as VP? It is not inherent that the person who loses gets to be VP. IF Obama CHOOSES her to do it because he feels she's the best person that's one thing, but he should not let himself be intimidated by some loser who's still raw over Hillary losing fair and square.

    What is this crap?

    June 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Wayne

    Lanny. You're messing up man. Your loyalty should be to the Democratic party..not to any one particular candidate. Look, Hillary lost this race. Obama will not be pressured into selecting Hillary or anyone else to be his VP.

    Cease and desist. Obama needs to focus on McCain.

    June 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Tim from Buffalo

    Obama will make his own choice for VP, all this is going to do is hurt Dem chances in the fall by prolonging the hope of the Hillary constituency that she's going to be on the ticket.

    The fact that Hillary's people are signing on to this ludicrous idea shows how strategically weak her campaign really was.

    June 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. malia

    I will not vote for Obama in general election no matter what, how can I forget the biases in the press against Hillary, how can I forget those backstabbers in the Democratic Party, how can I forget the nastiness from the Obama supporters, Obama will not win in november.

    Obama-18 million voters =looser

    June 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. steveda - poconos, PA

    What a laugh, the organization is all Hillary supporters trying to convince us that they didn't care what order the ticket was in. Sorry, I don't buy that like I didn't buy her math, the Bosnia lies, the NAFTA lies, the Norterhn Ireland lies, and the 'I will bow out when he reaches the delegate count" lies.

    Hillary has no honor, Bill has no honor and those that worship them like Lanni Davis are woefully misguided. i am not saying you can't like the woman (I personally don't but no matter) just if you are going to take a public position, you have a responsibility to perform a bit of due diligence on the facts. You simply cannot just repeat spin as if it is gospel and expect the world to respect you or what you say.

    June 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Cheryl Parry

    There is something disturbing about this guy. His enthusiasm for Hillary is borderline fanaticism. One gets the impression that he is co-dependent, overly attached, and juvenile in his endorsement. Perhaps he can find another Washington inside to be a lackey for. To think he has the right to strong arm the Democratic nominee is absurd. He needs to cut the cord and get a real job.

    June 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Sam

    David, you make no sense. I hope you were able to graduate from high school, because with your abilities in logic, you wouldn't be fit to function in society. How does voting for McCain make any sense because Hillary isn't the nominee? Even if you don't like Obama, and nobody is forcing you to, you'd rather vote for someone else who has ideas that are 180 from what your first choice did. Smart man, I guess I see the benefits of the second amendment: so that idiots like you can commit suicide!!!

    June 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. Yvonne Sanchez

    If Hillary is not part of the Democratic ticket, I will be voting Republican come November!

    We LOVE you Hillary !!!

    June 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. AAF

    This VP pressure needs to stop. These people have been trashing Obama left and right for moths now. Why do they want Hill to be his running mate? Hill does not trus him to do a good job anyway so does she want to be able to say in the futur that Obama did it because of her help?
    If you can't trust Hill to be there for Obama, then she should not be that close to him.

    June 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Politicians may have to prostitute themselves and their beliefs for a political party....but the American people do not.

    It doesn't matter how your are registered in the general election–you can vote your consicience for whichever scumbags remain on the ticket.

    I hope Americans–send a strong message to both of the corrupt and distinterested major parties–and vote Bob Barr, Libertarian for President!!

    Let's get some REAL change we can rely on.

    June 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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