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. Independent


    June 6, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Dedrick from Atlanta (in Portland)

    No way, old news. Clinton does not deserve a spot on the ticket. She is entitled to absolutely nothing.

    June 6, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Maybe somebody should start a website for an 'anti-unity' ticket and see how many would sign that one. I'd be one of them!

    Old white woman
    Unity without Hillary

    June 6, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. mya

    Obama has the right to pick whoever he chooses and people should show a little respect at this time. Back off people!

    June 6, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Jason, Texas

    I suppose if they don't get their way, they are going to whine and vote for McBush....? Oh, how did we get here and why don't people get their heads out of the sand?

    June 6, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Independent Voice

    Nothing would drive me further away from politics again. Someone please end her mad grab at power.

    June 6, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Nto in TX

    Adding Hillary on the ticket as lovely as it may seem means Bill's trash gets dragged along. Bill will become a distraction and disable positive efforts of the Democratic party. For that reason sadly, Hillary cannot be on the ticket – she has worked hard but she has her baggage PLUS Bill's baggage in her pant suit pockets.

    June 6, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. PatrickTM

    Wow, 25000 out of 18 million - and even after HilBillyl says she is not seekding to placed on the ticket and only she speaks for herself. Obama, according the latest polls, is carrying Calif. and is carrying the Latino vote by 66 to 28% over McCain. And, he hasn't even lined up the top Latino leaders to orcherstrate a campaign for him. So much for him not being able to carry "her" constinuency compared to the Democratic constinuency. As for all those upset menopasual women - if they want to let McCain turn the tide on right to choose by replacing one of the current older Supreme Court judges who supports it with one who will overturn Roe, let them. It's their loss if they do.

    This poll/petition is not "scientific" and is nothing more than unthinking people thinking that all 18 million votes of Clinton wil go to McCaine or remain at home. All of the polls show that isn't so and they don't take into account Obama's strengths in those who did not support HilBilly. The news should get off this story - it's their story, not a real one.

    June 6, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    I should ALSO add that the site has received over a hundred thousand hits, and so ... that's less than 25% of the people who view site... signing the petition.

    That is definitely insignificant.

    June 6, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Arkansas Undertaker

    Keep pushing this, and Barack is going to choose someone else. Let it be so that the VP-Committee can at least consider her for the position. Just Shut Up about it already.

    I want her as well but A lot of us aren't pushing the issue. The VP Candidate will be chosen from a process accordingly.

    Stop trying to pressure and bully the NOMINEE!!!!

    June 6, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    People this is truly a decision Obama has to make. Personally, I don't see it happening. Clinton don't bring anything to the table, regarding Obama's direction, message and turning the page from Washington's old politics. She underminds everything his campaign is about. That's like Batman picking the Joker over all of the available Robins to fight crime.

    However, if picking her would secure the November election, then that's something Obama needs to consider. It's just difficult to imagine; an old dog learning new tricks.

    Clintonites Note: If Obama picks Hillary, the Republicans are not going to be nice to Hillary like Obama was. They are going to rip her apart and dig up everything on her and Bill. So Clintonites, don't be surprise when all her dirt begins to surface.

    June 6, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Matt Canoga Park

    Don't be Stupid Barak. Do not put her on your ticket or you will never win. It's that simple.

    June 6, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Unaffiliated

    Were is our petition? Clinton supporters you need to make up your minds – McCain or Obama. Clinton cannot (Bill's 20 million from Kazakistan alone disqualifies her) and will not be on the ticket (she stands against the change that the MAJORITY of Dems want).

    June 6, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. MikeVotes



    That's it?

    That's supposed to be a big number?

    18 million votes, 3/4 million donors and the top "Clinton as VP" organization can only raise 25,000 signatures?

    Only 15,000 since Tuesday?

    And that's supposed to be some overwhelming sign of what?


    June 6, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Cindy- St. Louis

    This seems somewhat like a knee-jerk reaction to the disappointment of Clinton backers of her loss in the primary campaign.

    It appears that Senator Obama will be carefully weighing his options and not reacting in the same way to this kind of pressure. I appreciate the enthusiasm and hopes that Hillary's supporters have for her and the idea of this ticket , and hope that they also understand the need for a thoughtful, independent process. We should expect no less from our future President!

    June 6, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. NO hOBO!

    I wouldn't vote for any ticket with the hOBO on it!!! Sorry Hillary, I have to vote republican!

    June 6, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. TO

    While I would respect voices of Clinton supporters, I found this a disrespectful campaign for a presidential candidate, who should be given appropriate time and process to select his VP by his own standard. The selection should be extremely carefully conducted without distraction, and the chemistry of President/VP team is crucial. I strongly disagree. Sen. Clinton, however, is an extremely capable person and I thing it would be great if she is given a major task, such as health insurance, as a task manager.

    Given her speech on Tuesday, she does not appear to be a good team player and thus, is not a good VP candidate. I am sorry to say this, but unfortunately, her speech and manner proves her true color.

    June 6, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. Krishnan K, Lincoln, NE

    I seriously think all those repubelicans will not vote for Obama afterall ! Please dont do that...please..we need you votes..though you get paid by that old poop to get on these forums to spread hate/split our party...please..despite all that...we need you "ugly" war-mongers !{Ofcourse, you are cute compared to the old rag}

    Democrats – unite against these imposters !

    June 6, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Peter E

    Yes, the decision is his to make. But whether people vote for him as a result is their decision to make.

    June 6, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. Montana is Obama Country

    Sounds like BLACKMAIL....... Bad way to do business.......Bad for America

    June 6, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. martin

    it would take millions,not thousands,to have any affect on me.clinton's have no place in the presidency,anymore.we need a prez with morals.

    June 6, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. Mark Johnson

    This is one Dem who does NOT want clinton on the ticket. Where did they conduct the poll? Florida?

    June 6, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. Larry Dickman - Des Moines, IA

    Let Senator Obama pick his running mate and not the public. Let him go with who he feels comfortable with, and not Clinton Supporters.

    Let's be real here, does the Vice President candidate really help you make your decision when it comes time to vote?

    June 6, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Jenny from IN

    Wow. Can't just let Obama make a decision? I guess this is Clinton's way of getting to the White House.

    What is wrong with you people.

    June 6, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. Tammy - KCMO

    "The choice is Sen. Obama's alone"

    Take your own advice and quit pressuring him into choosing Hillary. He will do what is best for the country and not all people think Hillary is what is best.

    Same as some of you say to quit pushing Obama down your throats to support him, we feel the same way about Hillary. We didn't vote for her because we didn't feel she was the best person. Someone had to win and someone had to lose. Hillary lost – move on!

    June 6, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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