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. Bishop

    Now lets think about this. If Hillary joins the Republican's she'll be slapping the Democrats in the face. That would be fine for me...it would show her true colors – PHONY! If YOU leave the party, Sen. Clinton, for a VP slot under a Republican administration, turn in your Dem Card!!! YOU will also look like a liar when YOU called for UNITY. But I know that you are smarter than that. I just wanted to sound like one of those bitter fake HRC supporters from that PUMA (MORE LIKE KITTENS) group...

    Obamabots, transform!!!

    June 20, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Debbie,NJ

    NO HILLARY! NO HILLARY! NO HILLARY!

    June 20, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. American

    funny.. they neglected to mention the group called "One Million Strong Against Hillary Clinton".

    June 20, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. whatchoices

    Please no more desperate and power hungry Hilllary. Enought already

    June 20, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Erick

    Hillary run as an independant. YOU CAN WIN!

    June 20, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Dan

    Mike Huckabee please be the VP candidate for John McCain. Your party needs you in November. We need someone with your charisma to compete with Obama. You, being outspent by all of your oponents in the Republican primaries, still managed to wni in states that noone expected you to win. In my opinion, you were and will always be the candidate to have the greatest rapport with voters. You and you alone can get the GOP energized in this dismal election year.

    June 20, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Carrolton

    Al Sharpton for VP

    June 20, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Garry

    Well, if obama wants to win he needs Hillary, and THAT is a FACT!
    He is to naive and to inexperienced to be able to pull this off..charisma does not a President make.

    June 20, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Nancy

    NO THANK YOU...

    June 20, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Bishop

    ...not to mention that this is merely a Republican strategy to psych out the fake HRC supporters. You precious HRC will NOT be on the Republican ticket. That's like saying that the bloods are looking for the late Tookie Williams for support.

    June 20, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Jamie Lynn, Beverly Hills

    Hillary lost-she's a loser who made very bad decisions in picking her inept campaign team--why do we want someone as VP who makes bad decisions? Not.

    June 20, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Art Menendez

    Facebook users are mostly teenagers. What do they know!

    June 20, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. JP

    Go Hillary

    June 20, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. JF

    He can't win without her.

    June 20, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Gwen Lebec

    I love Hillary – but let's not spend the next five months with the Republicans "investigating" every minute of Bill Clinton's time since he left office. We don't have time to prove that this is not another Whitewater in that short time and they will use this to destroy the Obama campaign.

    June 20, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Brian From Knoxville has now transformed into Knoxville Operation Chaos

    Facebook is TRIPPIN!

    June 20, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. DP

    I hope Huckabee does get chosen. After 1 term of McCain, We'll have the right person for the office, in the office...Huckabee!!

    June 20, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Linda

    Facebook as an indicator for anything serious is laughable!

    June 20, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Imbalanced

    Hahahaha, this is ridiculous! i love these reports. Do the reporters even know how to use facebook?

    June 20, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. bk

    I hope she doesn't take it. Most are distancing themselves from Obama for VP. They know he is inexperienced and a loser.

    June 20, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Ian

    As John McCain said, "What's a Facebook?"

    June 20, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Franky

    "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."

    LOL!!!! O.K, this is why I don't like Facebook, Myspace, Youtube and any other crazy network out there, LOL!!!

    June 20, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. .

    I'm depressed that this is being reported as news. Even in blog format. It's sad.

    June 20, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. greg langford

    I would like to see John Edwards

    June 20, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Rockin Bob

    Condoleezza Rice for Vice President!

    This is a no brainer for the Republican party. The odds are favorable with her and unfavorable without her. How do you expect to win with anybody else. She's more ready to serve the country than McCain, Clinton, especially O'bama and the rest of whatever candidates there may seem to be.

    However, it's the Republican parties choice. Lose through ignorance or go to the White House with McCain and Rice!

    June 20, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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