June 6th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
6 years ago

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. skunkrat The Marine

    Good Deal.

    June 6, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Mike

    25,000 people who don't know anything!

    June 6, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Carl Spackler

    She lost. Time to move on.

    June 6, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. NWindependent

    With Hillary on the ticket it will be to much change for the average voter to stomach. Obama is better off without her.

    June 6, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Mikey from San Antonio

    Hi! I'm Earth, have we met?

    Deal with it The choice for VP remains in the hands of one person – Sen. Obama.

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

    Enough with Hillary!

    June 6, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Venus

    Give it up already! It's not going to happen!

    I hope Obama just focus on the general election!

    June 6, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Maria Montebello

    They even got more signatures to reinstate slavery and to raise the voting age to 65!

    June 6, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Theresa in Minneapolis

    I think it's extremely disrespectful and out of line for Lanny to be doing this. I don't believe it's what Hillary wants and Barack has come out and said that he doesn't succumb to pressure.

    Give it a rest! The candidates will decide what is best for them!

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

    She had 18 million supporters and only 25,000 signed an ONLINE petition!!! Seems like the defection has already began!!
    Hey you 25,000 crazy people, don't forget to send some of your hard earned $$$ to Ms. Clinton on her website. Yes, she has no chance, but as soon as you pull up her site, you're hit with 3 Contribution buttons on the main page. How stupid are her 'supporters' and how arrogant of Ms. Clinton. Of course, nothing short of her and Bill kissing in public would surprise me!

    June 6, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. charles

    as long as there is lanny d involved l wont even bother reading yr article. l just saw lanny at the bottom and l felt sick to my stomach. lanny needs to disapear frm tv he needs to go to old people's home lm sure many wl listen to him there.

    June 6, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Tena

    I truly believe the only hope for Obama to win the election is to have Hillary as a running mate...should he not choose her, I will be voting Republican for the first time in my life.

    June 6, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. John Smith

    Why do the Clintons (and SOME women) make things so complicated?

    I am over 50 years now, and have never seen a DEM party so bent on engaging in self-destructive behaviors! Is this primary about Women, Blacks, Whites, OR simply about the DEM party and this nation?

    I fear that some people, based on Hillary and her blind supporters, are going to have "second thoughts" of ever going the extra mile for "women" as potential presidential candidates!

    Interestingly, I do NOT hear BLACKS screaming over Obama as a nominee! Just a thought–

    June 6, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. MARIA

    senator hillary clinton needs to be on the ticket with senator obama. that's the only way the democrats are going to win and beat mccain

    June 6, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. Peter E

    Frankly, it is interesting to see that for once the choice of VP makes a difference. Historically it has very rarely been the case. On the other hand it is not just an open choice. It can be broken down to a choice between Clinton, and somebody else. Yes, Clinton has a certain reputation, but she did get the vote of half the democratic party. (actually, half of the combined democrat/independent/other vote) It would help in convincing that half of the voters if he picks Clinton. Any other choice in VP will be neutral. No other VP candidate brings enough positive or negative to the campaign to make any difference whatsoever.

    June 6, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Liar, Liar pants on fire

    This is a lack of respect for the democratic nominee. He can pick his own VP, thank you very much!

    June 6, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Please God, no.

    Unity ticket would be a disaster for Obama. Just say no to voteboth.com.

    June 6, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. sinee

    This is ridiculous....the notion that you threathen the potential president of the united states into picking Clinton as a VP is undermining his stance with all voters. You can't do something to please one block of voters and risk alienating another block, which is exactly what he will be doing if he picks Clinton...especially when it's not by his own accord.

    Grow up people.....and stand behind your democrat nominee!!!

    June 6, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. Ant928

    Please people!! For all of you who are insisting that Obama can't win without Hillary or refuse to vote for Obama and vote for McCain...get over yourselves.

    If anything this shows that the Clinton Era was not Camelot and a change is in the air. Remember BILL not HILL was president so for all of you who insist she has more experience remember she's just a Senator like Obama is.

    As far as why there's a change as good as the Clinton years were (depending on who you talk to) ask yourself this...if you ate Kobe beef for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day...wouldn't you get tired eventually?

    June 6, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Sheila Block

    Sign me up, what a dream team, what intelligence!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Mike

    Senator Clintons talents are wasted in a VP slot.

    Senator Clinton, help unite the party and then utilize your abilities elsewhere.

    Run again in 2012 after Obama has proved his inability to create his "so-called" change.

    Give him his arrogant moment in the spotlight, go down in the history books as one of the worst Presidents, and show him how it's done in 2012.

    Help unite, and then distance yourself from him!!!

    June 6, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Bye Bye Clinton

    The Hillary people need to make up their minds, do they want to vote McCain or do they want Hillary as VP? Sounds like a bunch of confused folks to me.

    June 6, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Izabela, Ridgefield,CT

    I will vote for Obama only with Hillary on board.

    June 6, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. Clinton Supporter

    I hope Obama and his nasty friends can check their overblown egos at the door and offer the VP to Hillary. He has everything to lose if he doesn't. Go ahead Barry, say NO to thousands of Democratic voters AGAIN!

    We all thought once was enough when the DNC dragged you limping and bleeding over the finish line and disenfranchised entire states to get you the nomination.

    Don't try our patience any more, or we're gone.

    June 6, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Steven Perez

    I think that it IS VERY UNFAIR TO PRESSURE AND BLACKMAIL Obama in this fashion, by pushing this VP issue. If the man a chance to make HIS OWN DECISION.

    June 6, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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