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. smw

    Wow, that's like the entire population of ... uh... Ardmore, Oklahama? Stunning.

    June 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. j

    It doesn't mean a thing. People need to calm down, cool off, and let the process unfold as it unfolds.

    June 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. No

    CNN, POST THIS!

    NO DREAM TICKET PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Jos/TN

    They should pressure Obama, that is not democratic, by any means, she lost to him, allow he and his allies to decide. Furthermore get over it winner take the spoils. go do something meaningful feul prices, jobs, housing market etc'

    June 6, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    DEMOCRATS DON'T LET THE JOHN MCCAIN CAMP DICTATE HOW YOU VOTE. REPUBLICANS AREN'T SUPPORTING MCCAIN, THAT'S WHY HE NEEDS THE DEMOCRATS. MCCAIN CAN'T RAISE ENOUGH MONEY, THAT'S THE ONLY REASON WHY HE NEEDS DEMOCRATS. DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN MOTHERS DON'T WANT TO SEND THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS TO A SENSELESS WAR OR ANY WAR WHICH CAN BE AVOIDED IF WE TALK INSTEAD OF BOMB. MCCAIN AIN'T JOKING HE WILL PUT US FURTHER IN HARMS WAY. THIS IS A SERIOUS MATTER. REID JUST SAID MCCAIN'S TEMPERMENT AIN'T NO JOKE.

    June 6, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Glenn

    Wolf Blitzer please stop saying the best political team on television!!!
    Please stop saying all the other stupid stuff about CNN too!!!
    CNN is just fine in High Definition without the constant obnoxious promotions you do.. Once in a while it is OK but now it is annoying! I switiched from Fox news to CNN because of the HD and Anderson Cooper. Please listen to your viewers. I am sure others feel the same way.

    June 6, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Peter E

    Obama supporters keep criticizing Hillary supporters for switiching to McCain... Yet they don't seem to see the hypocrisy of their screams 'if you put Hillary on the ticket, I'm voting for McCain instead.'
    You guys really need to get your priorities straight.

    June 6, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Mr DE

    I rather Hillary run as Independent, she will have over 25 million votes

    June 6, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. independent chris

    Prominent Clinton supporters will now continue to blow the whistle on shameful Clinton tactics, the race-baiting, pandering, coercive tactics that have alienated her from the majority of the party. She's done.

    June 6, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Donna

    Give it a rest. Quit trying to pressure Obama. These have to all be HRC supporters. He'l make his choice in his own time and if we're lucky, it won't be HRC.

    June 6, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Jeebs

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Hey Ohio Combat Vet,

    Were you injured in the war? She lost, not Obama!

    Maybe when Obama fixes the Vet Hospitals you can get the help you need!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    June 6, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Bob

    Oh, Please. I think she would be a very bad candidate for the VP slot. I honestly don't know what peple are thinking.

    June 6, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Steve Pardue

    If Hillary is not on the ticket. I see no reason to vote Democrate.

    June 6, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. WeAreForObama

    All of you for Clinton's VP Spot:

    Where were you when Clinton and her campaign literally and nearly distroyed 'a gentleman Obama's' reputation? Where were you when Hillary humiliated and insulted Obama during the compaign on live Televison? Why did you not file petition then to stop 'Billary" from insulting Obama? And, now that Obama went thru 'Nightmare' from you and Billary and WON; you want a 'big pie' of his success? Shame on you all! I am just tired of you all Hillary supported to now 'invade' into the success of Obama!

    Tell Hillary to 'Go Home' and disappear! The country does not want her now and does not want to see her face and the world does not want her either!

    June 6, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. No interest

    HRC has no interest in VP. The Clintons are NOT going to let Bill be vetted, no way, no how. HRC is positioning herself for another position.

    June 6, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. dorothy

    Hillary Clinton, Killed the Dream ticket herself, when ask about the Dream Ticket during the campaign, she said and I quote "It Depends Who Is On Top" answering if she were on top Barack Obama, could be her VP. Now the Tables are Turned.

    Barack Obama, is the only one to make that decision, not Hillary Clinton's supporters, because as stated this is about the Democratic Party and not either one of them.

    Jim & Dorothy

    June 6, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Brian in Knoxville, why do you keep referring to a staunch Neoconservative as a "moderate Republican" on almost every single Ticker article?

    Is it because he is for Gigantic Federal Government, just like his hero and idol, George W. Bush? Or is it because he is against increases in Veteran's Benefits. Both are decidedly un-Republican, unless you subscribe to the current "Neocon" philosophy which abandons practically everything the Republican party stands (once stood?) for.

    Or maybe it is simply because of his pro-globalist, anti-American-Worker, Open-Borders, Blanket-Amnesty stance.

    Real nice "moderate Republican". We get the worst of Neoconservatism and Socialism all in one senile old package, while getting nothing of traditional Conservatism.

    John "Keating 5" McCain for Retirement in 2008!

    June 6, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. Brad - California

    A petition with 25,000 signatures falls far short of the "millions of democrats" that the article refers to. Go ahead and donate to Hillary so that she can recoup her $11 million, but with Bill earning the bulk of their income out of the country, I wouldn't be too worried about the Clintons – they will never starve.

    June 6, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. Michelle from Colorado

    Stop It. Just stop this insanity.

    June 6, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Sissy2004

    25,000? How many of those are republican votes? Also where is the poll for "ObamaVotes" and makes his own decision? I bet if you had this poll it would wipe the voteboth poll out. Campaign chaos at work again. Don't be fooled.

    June 6, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. Ron

    You Clinton supporters are such a bunch of idiots! Don't you realize that actions like these will only see to it she doesn't get the job? Do you actually think Obama is going to be pressured into making her his number 2? Give it a rest and let things play out on their own.

    June 6, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. Obamacan for NO Clintons Ever

    Draws THOUSANDS??? What happened to that 18 million voters she has in her pocket?

    Wake up people it's time for the pity party to be over. If Hillary were really worried about a Democrat getting elected she would put a stop to this insanity right now and endorse Obama immediately. In fact she should have done it Tuesday night.

    We have foreclosures up, oil and gas prices up, unemployment up and the market in the tank today. For those less educated voters this WILL affect your pocketbooks. For those bitter women, get over yourselves and think about the country.

    Obama has the right to determine who he wants as a VP and it should NEVER include Hillary. I'm telling you he CANNOT win with that woman on the ticket. If I really wanted a Republican again, I would be saying put her on the ticket. I'm telling you if those Republicans have to PUSH THEIR CARS TO THE POLLS IN NOVEMBER to vote AGAINST CLINTON they will do it. For the love of God stop this and unite behind the candidate who actually won the Democratic nomination. There is no time to waste on the poor victim Hillary. She would take this country down for her own ego and never look back.

    June 6, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. Martha, Georgia

    And by the way, CNN.com is not the only website that allows posting.

    June 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Philip

    We could get more signatures than that just from Hawaii to say, don't even think about it.

    June 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. DJ, LA, CA

    No "joint ticket". Only one candiate gets it. Clinton supporters aren't in a position to demand anything. It's the winner's perogative to choose whom they want.

    Meanwhile the McSame and all those Rush Limbaugh's Operation Chao idiots are amusing themselves with this story.

    June 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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