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. Bukky

    OUT of 18 Million? Lets not be stupid, vote democrat...

    June 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Scott, Wichita

    This is hilarious. The hippies have a candidate, AND THEY'RE STILL FIGHTING!

    Thank you in advance for the easy-in for McCain

    June 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. joe

    No Vote For Obama No Matter Who Is On The Ticket With Him.
    Either write in Clinton for President or Vote McCain.
    We lived through Bush (well most of us did), we can survive McCain.
    McCain might not survive US !!!

    June 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. king from toronto

    i'm just fed up!! enough already cnn!! give us some news about the "nominee"."enough"

    June 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. After further review,Texas

    I will vote for Ron Paul and make sure McSame loses.

    June 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. amtFresno,CA

    'no' IN A WORD. I can not stand this guy Lanny Davis he reaks of dishonesty, corruptness, just to mention a few, the rest I can't express in this comment. Get Lost Lanny! WH NO PLACE FOR CLINTONS!

    June 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |

    I don't think we have to worry about Obama not making his own choice. He is really his own person and doesn't seem to get caught up like everyone else. This is truly a good thing!

    I don't want Hillary / Bill because it simply brings nothing to the table for him. I also don't believe what others tout that if she's on the ticket, they will win. I don't think so. He will need someone that will have his interests/agenda at heart. With the Clintons, you also get their agenda. The heads will be butting all the time. How is that helpful? Bill and Hillary would be like two Dick Cheneys.

    I saw that someone said on here the other day that it would also mean that Chelsea would be pushing him around too! That was too funny!

    June 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Robert W. Sparks

    Why don't they start polling Obama supporters? They'll tell you NO WAY! As an Obama supporter I can tell you that if he puts her on ticket I will NOT be voting for him.

    June 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Dems

    They keep talking about this "Dream Ticket." Dream for whom? The Repubs? I mean that's who will benefit if these two try to secure victory with their far-left "nanny state" ideas.

    Bring on McGovern/Carter! That's a ticket we can all REALLY dram about!

    June 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. A true US citizen

    I am so tired hearing about Barack not being so experienced.One question,was George Bush experienced??????Now you decide,if he was ,we sure don't need someone that lied to the american people and driving the econ.down.
    Just like to add I think General Wesley Clark should be considered for Barack's running mate.

    June 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Heidi in Houston

    Krishnan K in Lincoln,

    Now you guys are catching on. You're right, these folks were NEVER democrats, they were purely people who support Clinton. So there's no "uniting" with them.

    Since Obama had the nerve to run, it's all his fault that Clinton will not be President. Therefore, they'll vote McCain.

    You know, they're on McCain's site now blogging about wanting Clinton on McCain's ticket and the republican bloggers are saying things like "What??" and "That ain't happening" and they're getting offended.

    Let the republicans put up with their demands for awhile. We dems have been putting up with their comments like, "I've been voting democrat my entire life and if Obama 'steals' the nomination, I'm voting for McCaaaaaaaaaaaaaain" for an entire year.

    Good riddance to them and let the REAL dems UNITE! (Because there are true dems, Clinton supporters who are sad right now, and rightfully so. I would be too, if the shoe were on the other foot).

    June 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Herman in La

    Sorry for the second post but just keep this in mind. Barack has promised Hillary a spot in his administration so a vote against Barack is a vote against Hillary.

    A vote against Barack is a vote against Hillary as well so think about what you say and do...

    June 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Alecki

    Obama needs Hillary;
    She has 18 million voters in her hand
    18 million

    She has the women, whites, men, Latinos, the Jewish votes, Cuban votes, swing state voters, catholics and evangelicals.

    Obama has the African Americans and elitist.

    Who needs who?

    June 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Lori Kauble

    I am also one of your angry viewers, some of whose comments you've aired on Primetime this evening. This entire Democratic nominee process is so upside down. Senator Clinton won the popular vote but is not our party's nominee. Frankly, certain news networks and the DNC made sure they did everything possible to oust Senator Clinton as the Presidential nominee. I have defected from the Party and hope Senator Clinton will, as well. I'm hoping she runs as an Independent in the General Election in November, a "ticket" I'm certain she would win hands-down. Othwerwise, Senator McCain can count on my vote, despite my 25 years of dedication to a Party who could care less about 1 person, 1 vote!

    June 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. ImageneTrexton

    Let's get this party started! Hillary for Veep – Obama needs the big states and Hillary delivers.

    June 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Spider

    One thing is certain. If the VP slot is offered and Clinton accepts, then she has definitely given up the idea of ever being President. Look at the possible scenarios.
    If Obama loses the General, she will be bruised also, ask John Edwards. If Obama wins, then there are two options for Clinton, neither bodes well for a future Presidency. First, his Presidency is successful. She would not be successful in a campaign against him in '12. She would have to wait until '16, making her a "senior statesperson", literally and figuratively. Second, and most likely, option, his Presidency crashes and burns. She will take the heat for that also and would not stand a chance of running for President after serving as VP in a failed administration.
    If Hillary has continued aspirations to be President, her best option would be to stay away from the VP slot. If Obama loses the General, she can take the job away from McCain in '12. If Obama wins the General, then, when, not if, Obama shows his inability to do the job, Hillary can run in '12 and take it from him.

    June 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |

    BTW, this is Lanny Davis again and we all know what that means!! We'll be seeing him until the convention and possibly beyond! Ugggghhhh!

    June 6, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. Unshrub

    An Ohio Combat Vet Observation:

    Your comments tend towards someone who is a kook. People like you should vote for McCain. YOu make a good pair.

    June 6, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Karen

    My goodness, the Obama supporters are quite vehement and quite nasty, aren't they? Keep it up–you're helping our cause.

    I will not vote for a man who refused to debate Hillary one-on-one no moderators. What is he afraid of? Rhetorical question–it would have meant no moderators.

    You just keep you delegates, Hillary. You're going to need them. Wait and see.

    June 6, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Theresa in Minneapolis

    @ Brian Knoxville, TN

    I've seen your snide comments all over the blogs today. Vote McCain if you want. It seems to me that you were a Hillary supportor.

    A vote for McSame would only be a temper tantrum. The DNC didn't do this to Hillary. SHe didn't run her campaign well. The people who were there to advise her failed her or perhaps she didn't listen to them. Michigan and Florida made the decision to break the rules. Florida Republicans are also only getting the 1/2 vote. Do you hear them crying? No! Actually not all the Democrats are, either. Just the ones who are mad about Hillary not getting the nomination. Sour grapes!

    I understand that I'd feel as upset and disappointed if Obama had lost such a close race but I wouldn't punish the American people that will surely pay with 4 more years of Bush Policies.

    I am guessing you don't have anyone fighting in Iraq on their 3rd term that will come back to a house in forclosure? Or that have never held their own children. Soldiers that will come back to a less than competent benefit package and educational expenses.

    Wake up!!!

    Clinton and Obama supportor need to stop slamming each other. The VP decision is up to Obama! Even Hillary says that...

    June 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. Ted, Washington DC

    No Hillary. Do not accept a VP position. Do not lower yourself and your cause to a ceremonail position. Obama would lose at the end, So why carry a loss on your back which loss belongs to another? Why would anybody vote for you in 2012 Primary to unseat the GOP?

    June 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. michele Anderson

    Harold Ickes wrote the rules he contested when it was no longer helping Hillary. They did not plan past super Tuesday and as a result Obama was able to beat her and she never caught up.

    Had she campaigned the way she is now from the outset, there would be no petition.

    June 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |

    Hillary– Please go away--- I am a Dem and I loathe her

    June 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Shiloh Everett

    Keep on pushing and she will NOT be VP! Sick of this CNN and pushiny supporters! Give this a rest.

    June 6, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. Mr. B.

    Hmmm........., 25,000 (twenty five thousand) out of 18,000,000 (eighteen million)

    America Is Ready
    Obama 08

    June 6, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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