June 6th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
7 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. Cosmic Comedy Queen Go Hillary!!!

    I thought they got a divorce! Now everyone wants them to get married?

    June 6, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Adam from NY

    Better be careful, or Obama will look as henpecked as McCain embracing Bush.

    June 6, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. John Smith

    Let women VOTE against Obama. In the next 8 years, I will be one of those who will remind those women that, they–
    –sold the well-being of women's rights per decisions of the Supreme Court
    –sold the well-being of the future of their children
    –sold the opportunity of women to be potential presidential candidates
    –contributed to the screw up in the Educational system of this nation
    –made it more difficult for our men and women to leave Iraq
    --and the list goes on!

    June 6, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Mike D

    CNN you need to quit pushing this Garbage. No WE don't want Hillary as VP! Where do you get this trash.
    Here is the real story.... Hillary will NOT make a good VP. She will not help his campaign. She will not promote his ideas, and Obama voters don't want her on the ticket at all, ever, period!

    June 6, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Kathy Gibson, DC

    somebody please start a petition to let obama deicde....

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

    I'm sure the Republicans are flocking to this petition in droves.

    June 6, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Mr. Bill

    The petition is pointless. It certainly includes who knows how many republicans that would like to see Clinton on the Obama ticket so it is defeated in the fall.

    June 6, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. David

    LET'S UNITE FOLKS!!!! The number of signatures have increased dramctically over 100,000 signatures. I am also contacting many delegates to make this ticket even more powerful and it will thumped John McCain badly whereas it will kill the republican money machine. I would vote for this ticket and if she was not on the ticket then I will either vote John McCain or stay home.

    June 6, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Chi4Obama

    Ummm,
    Is "voteboth" trying to give Obama an ultimatum for choosing Hillary? That's what it sounds like to me. I'm sure he is smart enough to decide who would make a good VP.

    So if he doesn't pick her, then what....... Keep in mind, she (the Clinton's) do carry a lot of political baggage that could be exposed by the GOP.

    June 6, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Bill for OBAMA

    Only 25K ????
    Where's that 18 Million voter base?
    hehehehehe

    June 6, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. LB

    He only got the nomination on Tuesday. Why is everyone pushing for the VP name already. McCain has been the Republican nominee from months and no body is trying to force him to choose today or even two months ago. Why rush it. We all want Obama to have plenty of time to pick the best person for this country.

    June 6, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. Shawna

    The petition should draw 8 million signatures since she has 8 million backers.

    June 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. Dani girl

    (A) No to Hillary as a VP candidate

    (B) Obama supporters are very civil, thoughtful people EXCEPT when they hear HC supporters claim that the election was stolen from her. Obama won, fair and square. Get over it.

    June 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Herman in La

    Can a black man ever stand on his own 2 feet? Leave him alone and let him make up his own mind.

    Once he is president he will never be able to get away with what Bush got away with...

    Obama 08!!!

    June 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. RB

    Don't fall for all of the republicans posting and pretending to be democrats wanting Hillary on the ticket. Obama won the nomination. He will decide his own running mate. I love seeing republicans trying to stir the pot to get Hillary on the ticket. The more they push, the more Obama resists!

    REPUBLICANS FOR MCSAME, GO FIND A MCSAME BLOG TO SPREAD YOUR NONSENSE!!

    OBTW, what's with McSame copying Obama's slogan? Couldn't think of anything catchy for himself?? What a loser!

    VETS FOR OBAMA/WEBB

    June 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Not a puppet for Dems

    What are you guys going to do if she is on the ticket? I am not saying

    I want her on the ticket I don't becuase I think she is too good for the #2 position.

    Are you not going to vote for Obama if she is on the ticket HMMMMMMMMMMM???????????????????

    I call this double standard. This is not what BO represents so you say. You tell us that we have to support our candidate BO but you don't have to if Hillary is on the ticket???????????

    June 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. charles

    nothing but spin frm cnn and gop they want hill to join so they can ave a reason fr the gop to go and vote against her. dont be fooled people this is spin. put her on the ticket and gop wl b jumpin up and down with joy. and cnn too.l hope obama is smater than that. after all if truly all these millions were supporting queen hill she wouldnt be in the hole would she? there you have it spin nothing more.

    June 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Let the candidate decide! And I'm hoping he will NOT choose Clinton.

    June 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. sally in cali

    What do they plan to do with the petition?

    June 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. michele Anderson

    What happened to the 18 million supporters she had. Oh did you count Florida & Michigan?

    June 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Elizabeth

    hillary please dont run on his ticket, he will probably get in if you do. We dont want him.

    June 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. J. Smith

    In the era of fast internet communications, 25,000 signatures is all they got? Sounds like the Hillary drama is playing out quickly.

    June 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Now just what would make you believe that a petition will do anything in the selection of a VP ??? Do you think Bill Clinton would have considered that ???? Do you think that AL Gore would have considered that??? YOU CANNOT FORCE THE LEADER OF THE PARTY TO MAKE A SELECTION OF A RUNNING MATE THAT HE MAY NOT WANT !!! YOU ALL ARE BEING SILLY !!! Let our nominee have the same latitude as all of the nominees before. him BELIEVE ME HE WANTS TO WIN NOV. JUST AS BADLY AS YOU FOLKS DO. PLEASE DO NOT INSULT SEN. OBAMA'S JUDGMENT OR INTEGRITY. HE IS CERTAINLY BETTER QUALIFIED TO CHOSE HIS RUNNING MATE THAN YOU OR ...I...OR THAT NUT CASE LANNY.

    June 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. Unshrub

    A unity ticket isn't one with two democrats; a unity ticket should include Obama with a moderate republican. That's a unity ticket.

    June 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. Alecki

    The only reason that many clinton supporters are not joining is because they don't want her to lower herself to work along with this "rookie".

    She has 35 years of experience and was our former first lady.

    He is a street organizer in chicago and has worked a year in congress.

    I wouldn't work for this guy.
    The reason Clinton supporters don't like Obama is because he didn't stand up for Florida and Michigan voters.
    He didn't stand up for Clinton wheb his "father friend" screamed cruel statements about her and President Clinton.

    Obama is an empty suit with friends that are freightening to most people. I don't know who is the worst: Reveredn Wright his mentor, Farrakhan the anti Semitic Naiton of Islam leader, Tony Rezko his criminal friends from Chicago or his co worker William Ayers, the domestic terrorist.

    Show me your friends and I will show you who you are. Who of the above would you like to have over for dinner?
    "

    June 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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