June 6th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
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VoteBoth's petition draws thousands

A petition calling for a unity ticket has drawn thousands.
A petition calling for a unity ticket has drawn thousands.

(CNN) - VoteBoth, the organization that is aggressively seeking to land Hillary Clinton on Barack Obama's presidential ticket, says it has upwards of 25,000 signatures on its petition calling for the New York senator to serve as No. 2.

According to the group's co-founder, Sam Arora, the vast majority of those signatures came entirely after Obama clinched the party's nomination Thursday and were generated largely on media buzz and interest in the potential for a unity ticket.

"The online activity we've seen is a sneak peak at the millions of Democrats who are hoping for an Obama-Clinton dream ticket," Arora told CNN.

"The choice is Sen. Obama's alone, and we hope to continue making the case to him that choosing Sen. Clinton would unite the Party and lead us to victory in November," he also said.

Those who have signed the petition include several prominent Democrats, most of whom were backers of Clinton, including Govs. Ed Rendell and Tom Vilsack and Sens. Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein.

Since Obama officially clinched the nomination Tuesday night, several high-profile backers of Clinton have publicly urged she serve as the Illinois senator's running mate.

Clinton even reportedly said she was open to the possibility in a conference call with supporters earlier this week, though her campaign issued a statement saying she is not actively seeking the job.

Arora said the organization will continue to step up its efforts for a unity ticket, and explore several different avenues for getting its message out. On Thursday, ardent Clinton support Lanny Davis, whose fierce support of the former presidential candidate has become a fixture on cable news shows, signed on to the group as a senior adviser.

soundoff (271 Responses)
  1. OBAMA SUPPORTER IN IOWA

    I think 25,000 is a pretty small number. I'll bet Ralph Nader gets that many votes.

    Let Obama decide who he wants as his VP.

    June 6, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Brian Knoxville, TN

    CITIZENS FOR McCAIN before VOTE BOTH!

    The Democratic Party and the media have failed us all.

    McCain for President '08
    A moderate Republican who is a qualified leader

    June 6, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Benjamin (a Republican), San Diego

    Coming from a Republican stand point, I would feel advantaged and entertained by the tension and aspersion cast between the "Clinton Democrats" and "Obama Democrats". I would embrace Clinton's supporters to vote for our candidate, John Mc Cain.

    With great contemplation on the ongoing Iraq war, our standing in the foreign community, our economy, and many other domestic issues, I see an America that's been injured, tainted, and taken advantage of with 8 years of Republican leadership.

    Upon voting this fall, please use great discretion and judgement to analyze where Republican leadership has taken us, and where it will continue to lead us. Please vote using your head and your heart and not as a “Clinton Democrat” or an “Obama Democrat”. With or without Clinton on the ticket, please vote wisely.

    United Democrats, Republicans, Independents Who Want to Rebuild America ’08!

    PS- The MEDIA needs to LAY OFF (!) on Clinton’s loss and SPOTLIGHT her great achievements. Also, Obama supporters should be more cordial with Clinton supporters and try to understand where they’re coming from.

    June 6, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Stacy Clarks

    LET' OBAMA DECIDE!!!

    Do we want a president that looks weak?!?1 if we keep driving this, and he gives him, the Republican will use it against him as saying he can't lead

    if he ends up picking her, then fine, but it should not be because he was pressured into it, its not fair!!

    HE HAS A RIGHT TO MAKE HIS DECISION!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Dia Akin

    That's because the petition is only IF you want both. Where's the petition that says "NO" to a joint ticket so myself and all of my people can sign it?

    She doesn't belong. Their difference in politics were evident throughout this campaign and she showed how her style of politics can basically ruin a good thing. I don't want her trying to undermine him on things and I DEFINITELY don't want Bill in there either. We ALL know he'll be the "silent partner"

    NO to a joint ticket! Let Obama pick his OWN running mate. He's shown his judgment to be great thus far. I'm sure he'll make the right decision.

    June 6, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Maxine

    Yeah, but who would be watching his back???? She wouldn't be. I don't know why everyone thinks this is a good idea, unless someone is planning on getting rid of him.

    June 6, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    BALONEY..... NO CLINTONS ON THE TICKET..... Enough already with the Clintons and Bushes and all their cronies.

    Who in hell would want Hillary.Bill hanging off their neck for the next 4 years.... NO HILLARY

    June 6, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Evangelicals 4 Obama

    I and many like me won't vote if HILLARY is on the ticket.

    June 6, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Brian Knoxville, TN

    CNN,

    Why are you pushing this bs? How many thousands have been drawn to CITIZENS FOR McCAIN?

    Hillary should not ruin her career by joining that second-tier lightweight.

    June 6, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. ME

    Ok, well guess what ? Obama will decide not all those ppl that sign that petition, keep on going the more drama you guys make about the issue the more Obama will ignore it and will not chose Clinton as VP.....

    So keep on signing and wasting your breath, that will never happen....
    :-)

    June 6, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Independent

    so much for seventeen million!! Hillary thought she could arrogantly use people as bargaining chips. Her act lately has given me so much repugnance that I greatly doubt that I will ever vote for her again. I didn't know voting for her constituted in signing my individual rights await.

    June 6, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. Vig

    There are millions of Hillary supporters who are outraged at the dispicable treatment she received and how the nomination was manipulated in Obama's favor. There is a growing movement to write her name in on the November ballot whether she is selected as the VP or not. Millions upon millions will write her in and Obama will be history.

    June 6, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Joe

    According to those statistics, 1.5% of Hillary supporters are demanding Obama to choose Hillary as his running mate. Not exactly a big whoop.

    June 6, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Mar

    A VOTE FOR OBAMA = A VOTE FOR JERIMIAH WRIGHT, TONY REZKO, WILLIAM AYERS AND FATHER PFLAEGER.
    DO YOU WANT THESE PEOPLE IN OUR WHITE HOUSE BECUASE THAT’S WHERE THEY WILL BE IF YOU VOTE FOR OBAMA.
    HIS RELATIONSHIPS WITH THESE PEOPLE SHOW HIS VERY BAD JUDGEMENT.
    SAY NO TO OBAMA

    June 6, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. An Ohio Combat Vet Observation

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I am quite sorry that Hillary wasn't the Democratic nominee. I contributed time and money to her campaign but the boys in charge selected Obama for the nomination and stole it from Hillary. In the last two months Hillary has won more elections and has more people voting for her. She should be the nominee.

    Obama is not only a loser but he is a quitter as well. the American poster boy for quitting when the road of controversy gets tough, he quits.

    He wants to talk with Castro but snubs our American Generals. He won't wear our American Flag or salute the flag that Americans through the years have bled for and died for. Maybe he ought to read the words of the " Star Spangled Banner" to get the drift of what the flag means.

    Don't fall for his cotton candy fluff. Check Revelations in the Bible.

    So the DNC forces me to endorse Senator McCain..

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    June 6, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Obama 08

    Can't we get rid of her now!!!

    She will NEVER get on that ticket! NEVER!
    The country has spoken and we do not like cuthrough, manipulative, ruthless politics!

    June 6, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Billiam the Kid

    I have no problem with him picking her. But if they continue to try to FORCE her on him, I hope he picks Sam Nunn, or Chuck Hagel...

    June 6, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Big D

    It doesn't matter if they got millions of signatures. The choice is up to 1 person alone. And Obama already asked everyone to settle down and let him have some space to make his own choice. So can we do that already? Why is the VP anybody else's business besides the actual nominee? I don't see anyone petitioning McCain to try to influence his VP choice. CNN – will you please honor Obama's request to let him quietly make his own choice? Stop bringing up every time somebody has an opinion on this.

    June 6, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Enlightened Voter

    You people are so incredibly stupid. Acting like spoiled brats when 350,000 jobs have been lost since january, over 1 million homes are in foreclosure, over 40 million americans have no health insurance, gas prices rise daily, the dow reaches new lows every day and over 4,000 troops have died in a senseless war and you could care less as long as your favorite candidate can be VP. She might not even want it you morons, guess you never thought of that huh? Get over it already and let's try and move this country forward while we still have a country...

    June 6, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Brian

    25,000? Impressive. Why, that's half the population of Nowhere, USA.

    June 6, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Franky

    25,000?!?! So, this is how our country works?!?! They got more register people than our government can bring!!! LOL!!! I see how it is, LOL!!!

    June 6, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Francys

    Hillary has proved once again that she is not a good strategist when she openly said she wanted to be VP. She also proved once again that she is a good divider of votes.

    June 6, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    I got news for you... 25,000 people signing an ONLINE PETITION is insignificant.

    If people REALLY wanted a joint ticket, it would be in the hundreds of thousands or millions by now.

    For example: There is a Facebook group called "One Million Strong Against Hillary" that has over a million members.

    ... 25,000 in a few days, especially after the extensive media coverage, is awfully low.

    June 6, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. captain

    I absolutely deplore the name-calling coming from all sides of the political spectrum but if I never hear from Lanny Davis for the rest of my life, it wouldn't be soon enough.

    June 6, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. mCBUSH

    LETS UNITE AND TAKE OVER REPUBLICANS WE NEED cLINTON TO WIN THIS NOVEMBER CONTEST. dEMOCRATS 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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