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. smokesignals

    Sorry, bad poll.
    And I don't believe it for a second.

    Obama should pick who he can trust, depend on and who will be the right choice for HIS administration.

    June 6, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. jack

    Petition all you want! Hillary WILL NOT BE ON THE TICKET. Why?

    Because she cannot get past the vetting process Obama will demand of all VP choices. She knows that will mean opening the books to the Clinton library and foundation, making known all donors for each. Bill will not be willing to do this and it will seal her chances to accept. She will have no choice but to refuse.

    June 6, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Fish, MN

    These guys are only concerned about Hillary, not the United States. This is just like Hillary's campain, all about her becomming President.
    The only reason she's willing to consider VP position is because she sees an opportunity to become President herself, BY ANY MEANS, she will do it!!!
    Stop kidding, Barak doesn't need any negative energy around his compaign right now, and whoever threatens to vote for McCain isn't worth listening to anyway... GO AHEAD; Republicans will vote for Barak.

    June 6, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Maria Forner, Lakeside,AZ

    As an AQrizonan, if McCain wins in Nov. i will move to any other country, and renounce my citizenship. That is how strongly I feel about this.

    June 6, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Sammy

    25,000 is nothing. Stephen Colbert gets absolutely huge responses to petitions and puts this one to shame. He should put a new one out asking people to say whether or not he should be VP. The Democratic party wouldnt allow him on the ballot on South Carolina but that doesnt preclude him from being chosen in Denver. Laugh if you want. But if responses to petitions is the criteria Clinton then doesnt have a chance.

    Stephen Colbert for VP!!

    June 6, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Peter E

    Po-tay-toe, po-tah-toe. One calls it 'blackmail' the other one calls it 'will of the people.' If one half of your party says they want one thing otherwise you'll lose their vote is that really 'blackmail' or is it a request to represent the entire party, not just one half?
    Obama won the nomination. But face reality people, he won it by less than 0.1% of the popular+caucus vote! Does that give Obama and his supporters the license to ignore nearly half of their party and do whatever they want? No. It gives them a warning that they do indeed need to make concessions. You can be naive and idealist and say 'the choice is Obama's alone' but real politics have shown over and over again that that's just fluff. Sure the decision is his to make. And voting for whomever they choose as a result is the people's decision to make.

    June 6, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. No

    I say no to that!

    June 6, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. A true US citizen

    Why is it that Mcain has won the RNC vote for several weeks now and no one has been putting pressue on him to chose his running mate but the following day after Barack won,that all the medi has to talk about.Let him take his time.We all know that he makes good decisions so lets just set back and wait

    June 6, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Necie

    Is Hillary really THAT Desperate that she support this kind of pushy behavior? The decision is Sen Obama's and I believe he will not be bullyed, pressured or blackmailed to Take Hillary to appease her voters. Get Over it Already!!!!

    June 6, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Helen, NY

    I do not know why CNN is giving so much importance to VP post. Don't you ahve any better news to report here. First of all Barack Obama is a clown so why do you want Hillary to join his bandwagon. It is better if he appoints jeremiah Wright or Louis Farakkan to nominate as VP.

    June 6, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Jeff

    25,000?! LOL!!! And how many of those are Rove-ing Republicans? That's such a small number, it could probably actually be zero with a statistical margin of error.

    June 6, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Kate

    No Hilary, no vote from me. I will not vote Dem unless Clinton is on the ticket.

    June 6, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. Reality Check richmond virginia

    no way I would sign this...........but I would not sign one for anybody. Everyone needs to slow down, take a deep breath, break bread and chill out for a few weeks, and take some time to figure it out. If Hillary is the best choice, thats who they will pick.

    June 6, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. No

    Can you all leave him alone, so he can go thru the process and pick who he wants.

    June 6, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. EE

    Only 17,975,000 to go.

    June 6, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. ElizabethDN, USA

    Barack Obama, the Democratic Presumptive Nominee said just yesterday very clearly that he plans to run the process to pick a running mate, and that he will make the next statement if there's any new development re: the ticket.

    That's leadership. He took the bulls by the horn to stop silly rumors, idle speculations, tabloid journalism, and the pot-stirers. What part of wait until we hear from him is unclear?

    June 6, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. Raz

    PLEASE !!! leave the guy alone! let him choose what's best for him and the country, whoever votes for McCain anyway they are voting for more Iraq war and more death for our own soldiers and death of Iraqies, plus they have and afford health insurance.

    Raz

    June 6, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. RB from NH

    Let me know when it hits 18 million

    June 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Emma in Texas

    Come on Hillary supporters........give it a rest !!!

    You can not force anything and expect it to come out right.

    RESPECT Hillary and do not try to force her down Obama's throat. That would only result in an uncomfortable working situation between them.

    RESPECT our nominee and give him the right to pick whoever he feels will best work " with him" and for our country. He will do the right thing.

    June 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Agnes

    The DNC has started to pull the strings.... Sen. Obama can't win without Hillary but Hillary can without him. His closet is too full of questions and the skeletons of the past will rain on the DNC for not supporting the stronger, wiser ad more experienced choice in the first place. Strong arm tactics will not win the GE and 18 million disenfranchised democratic voices are not that easily shut up. The argument that now Sen. Obama is the nominee, all should support him is pure rubbish. The serious decision of who must lead this great land must be made by the people and not the DNC. I found Sen. Obama lacking and still do. I do not choose him for President no matter who his running mate!

    June 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Tangi

    This is so unfair because these same people would not wants the Obama supporter to hijack her nominee for Veep!

    These people needs to get over it and stop being stuck on STUPID!!

    HELL NO TO HILLARY AS VEEP!! THERE ARE SOME THINGS IN LIFE YOU RATHER NOT HAVE, AND THIS IS ONE THING FOR SURE HE DON'T HAVE TO TAKE. WINNING ISN'T EVERYTHING, BUT RESPECT IS.

    OBAMA 2008/ WITHOUT BILLARY CAMP!!

    June 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. katmarie

    it's not your choice, it's not my choice, it's not Hillarie's choice... It's OBAMA'S choice... and if someone doesn't vote because Hillarie isn't on the ticket, I think you have to ask yoursefl what you're Really voting for... a part of the cause or the WHOLE cause!

    June 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. MK-TX

    Unless you're filthy rich and the current state of the economy is not affecting you, WHY in the world would you vote for someone who has said he wants to keep things "status quo?" (McCain) Are you kidding me?? We NEED change. I believe a joint ticket would be a great thing for this country. I respect McCain and his service to our country, but we need something different. Obama and Clinton would bring about that much needed change.

    June 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Andrew

    Hillary, just wait for the Michelle Obama tape to be released by the GOP and the DNC will come crawling back to you.

    Hillary or McCain 08.

    NObama.

    June 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. ben

    There is more news worthy items to write about. The Democratic primary is over and Senator Obama won. Both candidates could not win. The choice of a running mate is the job of the winning candidate.
    CNN, why can't you just leave it alone and cover some of the other newsworthy items. Obama reminded Candi Crowly just yesterday a process is in place for choosing a VP candidate.

    June 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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