June 20th, 2008
01:46 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton, Huckabee frontrunners for vice president ... on Facebook

Clinton has the most support among Facebook members speculating about Obama's running mate.
Clinton has the most support among Facebook members speculating about Obama's running mate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In an election that's been indelibly shaped by the Internet, veepstakes speculation is alive and well on Facebook, world's sixth most-trafficked Web site.

Among Democrats on the popular social networking site, Hillary Clinton is far and away the favorite to be tapped as Barack Obama's running mate. For John McCain, Mike Huckabee leads the prospective vice presidential pack.

More than 3,000 Facebook members have joined over 40 groups supporting Clinton for vice president, though most of the groups were originally formed to push for an Obama-Clinton unity ticket during the long primary battle. Once Clinton dropped out, many of these Facebook groups started pushing for her to be tapped as Obama's running mate.

Clinton is trailed by John Edwards, who is backed by 18 groups with nearly 2,000 members. He's followed by Bill Richardson with 514 Facebook supporters, putting the New Mexico governor slightly ahead of Joe Biden, who has 510 fans hoping Obama puts him on the ticket.

The Democratic frontrunners are followed, in descending order, by Jim Webb, Kathleen Sebelius, Al Gore, Wes Clark, Chuck Hagel, Evan Bayh, Mark Warner, Claire McCaskill and Janet Napolitano.

Three students at an all-girls Catholic high school in Houston are rooting for Obama to tap long shot Democratic candidate Mike Gravel. And one 18-member Facebook group, launched in February of last year, is holding out hope that Obama will choose Bill Clinton as his running mate.

Among Republicans, Huckabee (3,697 Facebook supporters) and Mitt Romney (over 2,700 supporters) are the favorites to share the ticket with McCain. But aside from McCain's former presidential rivals, few GOP politicians seem to be generating much buzz on the site.

Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin and Condoleezza Rice have a few hundred supporters each, just a fraction of the frontrunners' total. They're followed by Haley Barbour, Fred Thompson, John Thune and Mark Sanford.

And Charlie Crist, who regularly tops speculation among political observers, draws just 11 supporters. One of them is Canadian.

soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. A FACT

    RIGHT ON, SABRINA!!!

    Smart people, Hillary for V.P. 08 President 2016.

    At least she has a brain – more than I can say for Bush/Cheney.

    June 20, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Debby

    Maybe Hillary doesn't want the job of VP. She can be better in the Senate in my opinion.

    June 20, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Mcshame

    go Clinton we need you. Help Obama to knock out McBush.

    June 20, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Obama/Hillary 08

    keep trying the same thing and expect different result. John McCain is a continuation of George Bush fail policies. Read about McCain keating 5 he is not honest.

    June 20, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. JIM WHITTAKER, Hemet, CA

    Thank god Facebook does NOT elect our leaders!

    American democracy is NOT American Idol!

    Stick to your reality shows, and leave the election
    process to the grownups!

    June 20, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Gene

    I love that last one... Bill Clinton as a running mate? lol When pigs fly... oh wait.. McCain already has the flying pigs video game.. so maybe? :)

    Seriously though... I think Hillary would have a stroke if Bill was the running mate.

    June 20, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. hello

    well if Mr. arrogant does not select Hillary as his VP my vote goes to Ralph Nader

    June 20, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. DAVID

    I CANNOT BRING MYSELF TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN NO MATTER WHAT. I AM WRITING IN HILLARY CLINTON ON MY BALLAD,
    THE ONE WHO GOT THE POPULAR VOTE
    NOT THE ONE ONE WHO GOT SELECTED
    THIS IS NOT SADDAM HUSSEIN'S IRAQ – THIS IS AMERICA
    WE DO NOT WANT TO RUN THIS COUNTRY THE WAY HUSSEINS ARE RUNNING RULING COUNTRIES

    June 20, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. KE

    Sen. Clinton can work her heart out to tell her supporters to support the Democratic Party. But people look to the party leaders and judge.

    The DNC bulldozing their agenda has already backfired and the damage may already be done. Their promises we cannot believe.

    The only change choice we may have is McCain if Hillary doesn’t get the nomination.

    June 20, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. John in Iowa

    How could this be? Hillary stated over and over for 18 months that Obama was not fit to be president. Why would she agree to be his VP? Oh yes, I forgot, she is simply a politician.

    POLITICIAN=LIAR

    OBAMA=MUSLIM

    MUSLIM=TERRORIST

    McCain '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. canuta

    Clinton and Huckabee, both would be perfect seconds to McSame.

    although let's face it, over the Hillary sure did work the Republican attack plan on their behalf.

    Given the fact she did more damage to the Democratic party then McSame could ever dream of, she should get to be his VP.
    They deserve one another... and, the bonus is that they are both white!

    All those hardworking Americans that Hillbilly claims support her could feel safe that their country (although still run by incompentents) would remain in familiar pigment free hands.

    June 20, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. Didi

    HILLARY, PLEASE DO NOT HELP THIS SNECK -OBAMA!!!

    THINK ABOUT THIRD PARTY, PLEASE!!!

    MILIONS, AND MILIONS ARE HATING NIM!!!!

    June 20, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
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