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. ALLBAMALLTHETIME

    No more fuel–in anticipation of conflagaration and fires...!!

    June 20, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Travis (in the real world)

    I have a suggestion.....Billary take Bubba and Chelsea on a nice long boat cruise (Alaska is nice this time of year).....if you come back after the GE it would be soooo nice.

    If you do take that cruise I will match the little boy's price for his bicycle ($400) that he gave you IF YOU WOULD JUST DISAPPEAR.(I hope you feel good about spending his money that you and your family enjoyed in San Juan.

    June 20, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. BHO Not my candidate

    Obama/Gore.... this is becoming reality that Gore is the #1 pick right now........ Mccain: who knows I think he just baiting and waiting for Obama to pick first...

    June 20, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Brian

    Wow someone posts as "woman for GOP VP"

    Doesn't this person know anything about politics? The GOP has NEVER nominated a minority (non-white, non-male or non protestant) person for president of vice president.

    The TRUTH hurts doesn't????

    GOP = Good Ol'boy Party....... how them gas prices treating you?

    June 20, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. pam Eugene OR

    Yawn
    Stand up and run around the desk. I am starting to wake back up.

    June 20, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Down with Obama

    Argggggg, Obama is one big LIE!! He is filled with hate against the white people and before November...all will know just what kind of person Obama is......he is a loser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PUMApac

    PUMA Democrat!!!

    June 20, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Wow, must be a slow day down in Atlanta. I'm betting some intern is made to work on a Friday (when no one else is there). This kind of iditotic story is the best that kid could come up with?

    You guys are grasping at straws big time.

    June 20, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. 123456789

    Hey Democrats for McCain.......Thank you for voting with us, However we feel you are laughing stock of politics and could never truely welcome you turncoats......we will enjoy your votes and "USE" you to the fullest. Do you expect anything from us in return.......LMAO

    McCain 08

    June 20, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. VP is Obama's choice

    I doubt the VP will be Hillary, sorry to burst facebooks bubble

    June 20, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. It's a done deal

    Huckabee would be a great VP, but he would outshine McCain to the point of him being a liability. McCain would also lose the Independents and any confused Dems with a preacher on the ticket.

    Hillary will not be picked, but we should keep the flame burning ... why? I have no idea, but the Republicans posing as Dems seem to know.

    June 20, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Auntie Coosa

    Hillary will end up being Sec of Health and Human Services IF Barack wins..

    Huckabee will end up in Arkansas, where he belongs, wondering why he's so disliked by Republicans and Independents.

    June 20, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. VP is Obama's choice

    I doubt the VP will be Hillary. Sorry to burst facebook's bubble

    June 20, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Sherri

    John Edwards would be great! So would Bill Richardson.

    I don't care who the GOP selects.

    June 20, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    Please pick Sam Nunn as your VP. He will bring foreign policy experience, age, and can help deliver Georgia in the election.

    Thank you.

    June 20, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. JD

    as long as it's not Romney....that guy is straight SCARY.

    but i suppose Huckabee is scary too.

    so is Hillary

    wow, what happened to the US? when THESE are the best VP candidates we can come up with?

    June 20, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Susan

    Yes, Hillary should be the vice president. She & Obama could pull their supporters together and win the election!

    Obama/Hillary 08!!!! :)

    June 20, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Democrat in 08!

    Facebook seriously? Obama is ahead in a lot of the polls recently so this whole hype about needing Clinton on the ticket I think is wearing thin. Though I would love to see them both campaign together. I think realistically he probably won't pick her. After all his core message is about change and Clinton does not represent that since she is the establishment. I don't know how he will defend putting her on the ticket. And as much postives that Clinton brings to the ticket she also has many negatives. Therefore a very diffcult decision but am sure he will pick someone great.

    June 20, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Sterling Greenwood

    Hillary ought to be McCain's running mate. With all the crossover support she received in Demo primaries from Republicans intent on derailing Obama, it somehow seems appropriate now for her to be McCain's choice for his vice president.
    Sterling Greenwood
    Aspen Free Press

    June 20, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. yellwodog john

    ditto that WD

    June 20, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. TerryDo

    I truly hope Hillary comes out and announces she does not want the V.P.

    She is far to superior and intellectual to play "prop up Obama" for the next four years.

    He will never win the General Election and we her supporters do not want her aligned with a loser.

    Come and Join: PUMA PAC where Hillary is our only concern.

    June 20, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Huckabee........maybe........Hillary........no show

    June 20, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Down with Obama

    AOL Straw Poll: Our weekly survey was restarted again on Friday, June 20 at 11AM ET. The first week of the general election AOL Straw Poll had nearly 410,000 votes. John McCain came out ahead of Barack Obama, 56%-44%. We will be launching a new version of this poll shortly that includes third-party presidential candidates.

    This week it is McCain 64% to Obama's 36%. You can only vote once in this poll. There isn't a Blue State on the Map!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PUMApac

    PUMA Democrats on the move!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. DC Insider

    Hillary will have more power by staying in the Senate. And if Obama falters, Hillary is back on 2012. To take a VP role would be dead ending her political career to possible 4 years and certainly it would be over in 8.

    June 20, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Sabrina

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

    June 20, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    All I can say is that Senator Obama will pick who ever he feels is right for his VP. It is quite obvious that he is not going to be bullied into picking Hillary. If he does select Hillary, it will be because he feels she is the right one. There are many good people for Obama to pick from. Personally, I like Webb, Biden, Nunn or Hillary.

    Gotta love Huck, but how much would he bring to McCain??? I don't know much about him, but he certainly is likable and funny!

    June 20, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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