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. Chicagoan

    Reasons why Hillary can't be on the ticket:
    1)Obamas' message is "Change"-that means change from 2 dynastys Bushes and Clintons.Unfortunally Hillary represents same old politics,and she will undercut Obamas message.
    2)Hillary holds second most negative ratings in the country after Bush.She will energize republican base and turn off many independents and yes,perublicans who is ready vote for Obama.
    3)Republicans will use effectivly what she has sad about Obama during her campaign, things like:"Ihave lifetime expirience,senator McCane has lifetime expirience,and senator Obama has speach he gave in 2002".
    4)Obamas campaign took a highroad and never mentioned old Clintons sins.But republicans wouldn't hesitate to ask Clintons and Obama ,in that case,who donated millions of dollars to Presidents Library?And when american public find out that most of money came from Arab sheikhs what they gona do???(Let alone Levinsky etc.)
    5)And when Clintons supporters publicly pressing Democratic nominee to chose Hillary as a VP,they make look him weak.
    And frankly ,I think that's what they really want-make him look weak,lose to Mccane and Hillary will run in 2012 against ven older McCane.

    June 5, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Christy from PA

    STOP shoving this woman in your face! STOP IT NOW! She's done, so get over it.

    June 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Citizen Ruth

    Dear Senator Obama,

    Please do not have Hillary as your VP. I beg of you.

    Sincerely,
    Citizen Ruth

    June 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Whiskey

    1st of all....congrats to Hillary Clinton for all she has overcome and on her recent presidential attempt.

    2nd, I do want to point out to all of the "alledged" democrats who were Clinton supporters that are saying the following phrases: "take it to Denver", "If not Hillary then Mccain", "hillary for independent", and the worst one yet "McCain now, Hillary in 2012".

    You disgruntled hillary supporters are confidernt that she would have a chance to win in 2012. All i will say is this........If you turn your back on the democratic party this election, do you really think that Obama supporters would support yours in the future. fat chance.

    Do the smart thing, the right thing, and support a unified democratic party.

    June 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. sara

    Two words: Back off!!!!!! Lanny Davis and Bob Johnson need to respect the process and stop lobbying and attempting to petition elected officials. Even Charlie Rangel and Ed Rendell have advocated letting Obama make his own mind up without pressure from others. It is his right, he's earned it, he is the nominee. I think Hillary ruined her chances of appearing someone who can be in the second spot after her "non" concession speech on Monday. Even President Bush and Condi Rice have acknowledged him. Get over it Davis and Johnson.

    June 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. David Goldman for OBAMA

    I BET THERE IS A DONATION BUTTON OR

    THERE WILL BE ONE SOON.

    LENNY NEEDS THAT DOE.

    June 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Nick - Arlington, VA

    and now a moron:

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    JOSH June 5th, 2008 1:54 pm ET

    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!!!!!!
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    writing in all caps + being a complete idiot + making empty threats + taking your ball and going home = no one caring what you say.

    June 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Terry_Ohio

    The only way that Obama can pick Hillary for his running mate, is to tell everyone that when he said that he wanted to change Washington. Because with Hillary & Bill it will be the same thing we have had for years.

    June 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. NO to Clinton VP

    I do not want Hillary Clinton to be so dishonored as to be on the same ticket with Obama. She's way too good for that! I think Obama should have the opportunity to fall on his face all by himself!

    And before you now start to bash Senator McCaine just as you have Senator Clinton, think about this:

    If John McCain appears a bit “stiff” to you, rather than “bouncy” like Senator Obama, here’s why:

    • In 1967 McCain escaped from his burning jet during the USS Forrestal fire. While helping another pilot escape, exploded bomb fragments struck him in the legs and chest.
    • Later that year, his Skyhawk was shot down over Hanoi.
    • McCain fractured both arms and a leg, and then nearly drowned, when he parachuted into a lake.
    • After he regained consciousness, a crowd attacked him, crushed his shoulder with a rifle butt, and bayoneted him.
    • He was transported to Hoa Lo Prison, the "Hanoi Hilton."
    • Now having lost 50 pounds, in a chest cast, and with his hair turned white, a program of severe torture began on McCain.
    • He was subjected to 2-3 beatings per week, as well as rope bindings.
    • His injuries left him permanently incapable of raising his arms above his head.
    • McCain was put into solitary confinement for 2 years.
    • Altogether, John McCain was held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for 5-1/2 years.

    June 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Independent For Obama

    I think Lanny Davis should leave it alone and respect the new nominee's right to choose his own VP. Running interference is not going to pressure the future President of The United States of America.

    Neither Lanny Davis/Voteboth or anyone else has the right to impose their choice of a running mate upon the nominee, if Obama wants Clinton as his VP it is up to him to reach out to her, not you, not anyone.

    So, Take A Breath and Step Back

    June 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. tim

    for all the complaints the Clinton supporters had about calling for her to back out of the race, they sure are stubborn about pressuring Obama to choose her as VP. for the sake of consistancy, for both politicians and us nameless supporters, back your original ideals and stop trying to decide this for him.

    June 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. A New Mexican

    Give it a rest JOSH. The more people demand and try to force Barack to choose HRC the less likely it will happen.

    June 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. sety

    I just can not stand listening to Lanny Davis.

    June 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Lou

    Has anyone consider the possibility that Caroline Kennedy would be the VP. Think about it, yes she is young and has no experience, which many view as one of the weak points of Sen. Obama, but she would have the enourmous experience of the Kennedy clan behind her. She would help with the latino vote in Florida due to her Father´s popularity with the Cuban-Americans. She is a woman, so would help on bring back Clintons supporters (let´s say it clear, many woman were voting for her just because she is woman, not because they thought she was better than Obama). Finally Caroline Kennedy belongs to the most popular political family in the history of the US.

    June 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Silence Dogood

    If Hillary will help get Obama the votes to win in Nov, why wouldn't he want to do that? Isn't he interested in doing the right thing for the party?

    I hope Obama is smarter than some of his hate-speech followers. Time to stop hatin' folks. Even Obama says so! Unless he is still sending out his hate agents. I sure he will stop hatin' now too, and concentrate on winning in Nov.

    I need to see how he starts behaving to see if I need to find a new party. Any ideas out there for a good alternative party?

    June 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. ket

    When this guy goes on fox news and undermined the Obama democrat party now is shameful and should be barred from any democract event. Lanny its over move on.

    June 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. TESAP

    RICHARD GO AHEAD AND VOTE FOR MCCAIN I MEAN 20 A GALLIN FOR GAS ISN'T THAT BAD..... NO CLINTON FOR VP, NOT NOW NOT EVER.................

    June 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Obama cannot beat McCain

    Obama cannot beat McCain without Hillary!

    After all he got 51% of Dem vote and she got 49% and that was mostly prior to Rev Wright debacle

    He does not have the experience from being a state leg nor senator at all to do this job...would be worse than Dubya and most of us Dems merely won't vote at all if she is not on the Dem ticket.

    June 5, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. J. Sully, New York

    Will the DNC please squash this idea? This is not gonna work. Only Obama should choose. Believe me he has somebody way way better than HRC in mind for his running mate. He's too smart for her.

    GO OBAMA

    June 5, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. Leslie

    I am just soooo tired of Lanny Davis. He like a rash that will not go away. Clinton supporters are doing her a great disservice by trying to bully their way through this election. CHILL OUT!!!!! This election has been a big mess because so many people are trying to stop destiny from taking place.

    June 5, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. Nadine

    Lanny you are a snake and it's all in your face! You, Clintons, and all her supporters are going to rot in hell! And I do mean the deep and darkest of the bottomless pit.

    June 5, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. Dick Staicoff

    Whenever I see or hear the word "shyster" a picture of L. Davis forms in my mind.

    June 5, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Mike, Raleigh

    We will have a first black president for sure, if there is a joint ticket. Sen. Obama must be smart enough to recognize this.

    The joint ticket is the only reason for me to vote for Democrats Otherwise congratulations to Mr. John McCain.

    June 5, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. aware

    Why would she want it! The Dems will lose to McCain because they have alienated too many voters!

    The biracial Obama didn't win – he was pushed over the finish line by super delegates in an infantile expression of instant gratification.

    So there you have it – the Supreme Court elects Bush, and the super delegates elect Obama. Two losers – far right and far left. Bush = Obama. Two extremes don't = good change! :(

    I have tried to wrap my mind around the despicable way the Dem Party and the far left media have engineered this nomination of a candidate totally unfit and unprepared to be president of the USA. I can't! :(

    It is a nightmare but the American hero will win! :)

    Former Dem supporter

    June 5, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. dd from Texas

    Senator Obama deserves the right as previous presidents, including Bill Clinton, to choose his running mate. Hillary is not the only candidate that can enhance his administration.
    I believe the old addage that says "be kind to all you meet because you may have to see that person down the road" or "don't burn bridges – that person may be the one to cross you over". Hillary said very distasteful things publicly about Senator Obama but he continued to respect her. And now she wants to be his right hand person? No, No, No...that's equivalent to cursing the person that's interviewing you for a job but you still want the position!!!

    June 5, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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