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. Generation X

    I rather Obama lose like a man then to be told who to pick as his VP.

    June 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. HELLO!!!

    BYW it's up to over 100,000 now
    Hey Mikevotes. SHUT UP. Hillary supporters WORK for a living. They don't sit on blogs all day like YOU!

    June 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. T

    Why is CNN pushing Hillary for VP so forcefully? Which Clinton supporter(s) have you in their pocket?

    June 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. JJ

    Clinton is guilty of BLACK MALE!

    June 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Gwen NC

    people need to get off the Caroline Kennedy thing as a VP, I though all these Obama supporters and others didn't want a dynasty. This country has had enough of the Kennedy dynasty. Kennedy didn't even like Martin Luther, so I don't know why Kennedy gets so much praise for that. Also, what kind of experience does Caroline have-not enough. Obama needs to be careful about choosing a woman as VP, it would be an insult to me to take anyone other than Hillary. I'm not planning to vote for him anyway because of his lack of experience and if he doesn't choose HRC I won't even consider it

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

    BAM BAM: DO N OT–I REPEAT–DO NOT be bullied into placing Hillary on your ticket. We are counting on you to use your own, independent judgment to make a SOUND decision on this one. You've done great thus far, please don't disappoint by getting reeled into a dog and pony show. If you think you are going to be the commander-in-chief with Billary at your side, you'd better take a closer look at how you intend to run the country. She will be HIGHLY influenced by her husband Bill and you will feel like an emasculated general with no command over your charge. Be mindful of the image that you have created and the respect that you have garnered. If you cannot stand up to Hill and Bill, how can you be thought to stand up for us agains the rest of the world. Show the world that you ahve GONADS and forget about this ridiculous ploy couched in an attempt to unite the parties. This is a failure for you and Michelle just waiting in the wings. They will say that the first Black President was weak and allowed Hill and Bill to rule from the parlor, all the while you sitting like a figure head amongst men. PLEASE, we beg you–you need Michelle to watch your back–that is the ONLY woman who should be that close to you.

    June 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Warren 808

    LIKE ME AND MANY OTHER HILLARY SUPPORTERS WONT VOTE FOR OBAMA IF HE DECIDES NOT TO CHOOSE HER AS VP. SO GOOD LUCK TO ALL YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS, AS WELL AS OBAMA, BECAUSE MCCAIN IS GOING TO WIN THIS ONE !!!

    June 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Pat, CA

    An Obama/Clinton ticket would STILL be an Obama ticket, and that would NEVER work for me now.

    In the very, very beginning, I could conceive of a Clinton/Obama "dream" ticket. But now . . .

    – Obama's sleazy politics in Ilinois
    – His dishonest playing on the theme that he didn't vote for the
    war - when he wasn't yet in the Senate for the vote
    – His shady mentors and personal friends
    – The DNC's brutal disenfranchisement (on his behalf) of millions of
    American voters (on "technicalities")

    . . . have turned Obama into a NIGHTMARE for me.

    I'm sure VoteBoth means well, but I honestly hope Hillary Clinton decides NOT to be on the ticket as #2.

    But in either case, I will vote for McCain, the only genuinely "vetted" candidate now left.

    By the way, folks, THIS IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW: "Writing in" Hillary on the November ballot won't count for her. In fact, in most states, if her name is not officially on the ballot, your vote will automatically tally for Obama, the "official" Democratic candidate. In other states, unless a candidate has openly declared him/herself a write-in candidate, that vote won't count, either. So DON'T WASTE YOUR VOTE!

    June 6, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. Robin Thomas

    It's obvious people no longer wants to hear Obama's nor McCain's complaints towards each other, but what are the changes they purpose to make for America. Like: 1. How do you plan to change the economy? 2. How do you plan to get the US out of this recession? These are things people want and need to hear. We need something to look forward to something to hope for. Please don't tell us what needs to change, for we already know this ourselves but tell us what steps you plan to take. How do you plan to make this happen?Please don't tell us just what we want to hear but what you plan to actually do.
    Robin Thomas

    June 6, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. Just say NO!!!

    Hillary will not be VP. It's simply not going to happen. Sorry CNN, no news here.

    June 6, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. no hold over me

    The obama people can demand it and try to force it and scream for it.

    We will still not give Obama our vote.

    We deserve respect and we have the right to vote as we please.

    Your own hateful arrogant insulting disrespect for others is what caused this divide.

    McCain and his draft may teach you dicipline and respect and maturity and give you all a chance to SERVE your country.

    Stop it with Roe vs Wade, or the draft, or the Supreme Court...I am too old to care. It will be you young people who will have to fight that fight now. We DID our marching and protesting. One final protest in Nov.

    You killed the warrior. Now take up the battle without Her and without us.

    June 6, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Lee

    If Obama selects Hillary as his running mate, I, for one, will stop contributing to his campaign immediately. Of course, I am not big spender but if a million folks feel the same....he'll not have the funds he needs to reach his goal.
    Hillary being on the ticket would be a terrible decision...particularly, knowing that Bill and Hillary are a package, and look what Bill's "campaiging" has done for her.

    June 6, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. unity?

    By your words and by your hate and by your actions... do I now cry for my party.

    June 6, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. Ian

    Perhaps this is the sign we were looking for, that the "nightmare" ticket is a possibility.

    Obama/Clinton/McCain '08

    June 6, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. unity?

    I din not sign- But I will only vote for HRC–even as a write in.

    June 6, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Donna

    If the democrats look at things strategically then there is no question that Hillary must be on the ticket. If they continue to do things in the irresponsible way they've been doing things this year and encourage another VP choice, then there goes the election, America and I dare not think what else.

    June 6, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. jen

    For all of you who think Hillary is too good to be Vice President...I got news for you. Hillary Clinton is not good enough to be a PTA President. Let's put this troublemaker where she belongs, at the bottom on the list and move on to bigger and more important issues at hand.

    June 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Ken

    Given the circumstances, I believe that having Hillary on the ticket would guarantee that Obama would win against McCain in November and would win the White House.

    Let us ALL keep in mind that this fight for the White House is not about Obama nor Clinton, but rather for the American People, and turning around our status in the world and getting us out of this recession.

    The "Republican's" would have NO chance in beating a Obama/Clinton ticket in November.

    Obama/Clinton 2008

    June 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. Dallas, TX

    Bull, Dems DO NOT WANT Hillary for VP!

    I don't know where you people get your math from, but give it a rest and stop reporting on this trash!

    Obama should be left alone to choose his own VP!

    Obama/Richardson '08!!

    June 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. Glenn, Cary, NC

    Winning the Democratic Party nomination does not guarantee winning the White House (those of you who have never been involved before, you can take my word for it or you can look it up).

    With Senator Clinton on the ticket, Senator Obama will win by a large margin and enjoy a powerful electoral mandate. Without Senator Clinton on the ticket, Senator Obama will barely win and might lose.
    If he doesn't have enough sense to insure victory by choosing her as his running mate, he will deserve to lose.

    This is as simple a choice as he will ever face. It will be interesting to find out what kind of nominee he will be.

    June 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Q

    ROBIN MEADE FOR VP! :)

    June 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. tina

    Just say NO to Hillary!

    June 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Annette

    Please, let Obama decide without the petition. He is well aware of Ms.Clinton potential, everyone should know by now that Obama does not give in easily with "special interest" groups :-).

    June 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Turquoise

    NO !!!!!!!!!!!! CLINTON/ OBAMA TICKET, SHE AND BILL WOULD TRY TO RUN OVER OBAMA ,SHE(HILLARY) HAS SOMETHING UP HER SLEEVE, I DON'T TRUST HER !!!!! HILLARY SUPPORTERS STOP
    TRYING TO FORCE THE ISSUE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AFTER ALL THE NASTY
    THINGS SHE HAS SAID ABOUT OBAMA ,NOW SHE WANTS TO BE ON HIS TICKET !!!!!! GIVE ME A BREAK !!!!!!!!!!! SHE SHOULD HAVE KEPT HER LIPS TOGETHER, AND STUCK TO THE ISSUES !!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. Mary in CT

    This is why vice presidents are not chosen by petition or polls.

    Just. Say. No.

    June 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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