June 20th, 2008
01:46 PM ET
7 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. Jean

    WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MAIN STREAM MEDIA OR INVESTIGAVITIVE REPORTING "LEGIMATE JOURNALISM"??

    ARE WE NOW DEPENDING ON FACEBOOK TO MAKE DECISIONS?
    ARE YOU SURE FACEBOOK IS NOT BEING INFLUENCED BY REPUBLICANS.

    I THINK SHE IS AN AMAZING WOMAN BUT I DON'T THINK THIS IS THE TIME TO REVISIT ALL OF THE CLINTON YEARS. TIME IS BEING WASTED.

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

    Facebook polls are extremely inaccurate at best. Most people join groups on a whim because they get a random invite not because they are really backing the cause. These numbers hold no bearing on reality and should not be taken as anything more than a wild guess! Aren't there legitimate sources that could be sited here?

    June 20, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Critical View

    Hillary, you are better off be a senator than the VP. Besides, you really cannot help win the support from those who dislike Obama.

    June 20, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    No; they are not! CNN and Wolf you have to get over the Clinton thing!

    June 20, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Mark

    Facebook users are not mostly teenagers. Facebook started out as a way for college students to connect and learn more about each other. Sure, Facebook groups may seem like a seemingly silly way to gauge who the next VP will be, but, in all honesty, Facebook represents a large section of the voting age population.

    June 20, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. nc

    Come on ladies let's hand the White House to McCain. Hillary can win in 2012!!!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Saad from NJ

    I am a big advocate of CNN being an excellent news source, after BBC... but how much did Facebook pay you for this CNN? honestly please

    June 20, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Lisa-Fl.

    I will not vote for Obama unless Hillary is on the ticket. He will not win without her. I do not trust him. He has done nothing to earn my trust.

    June 20, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Crush Rush

    He can win without Hillary.Scott McClellan just threw Cheney under the bus lol.

    June 20, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. josephcast

    FEINGOLD!! FEINGOLD!! FEINGOLD!!

    OBAMA-FEINGOLD 2008, BABY!!!!!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. weeeee

    It's simple.Who is going to be the best socislist vp and who is going to be the best conservative VP.Facebook is just telling you what their stats say

    June 20, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. maria

    we don't want any of the clintons around any candidacy,,,please

    June 20, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Shea

    While I don't think this information is particulary valid. To the poster who said most Facebook users are teenagers, you're mistaken. Facebook was originated and is primarily used by college students and young adults, which last time I checked can vote. So, they might not know anything (I'll give you props on that), they do have the power to make a difference.

    June 20, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Westminster

    Obama needs Hillary to win the election, without her McCain will win. It will be Obama/Clinton on the ticket.

    Obama/Clinton 08

    June 20, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. William, from Cali

    America! Please, grow-up, will you............Can't you really see, when you are been "played; from both sides"............All this is; is a "distraction" from the "Real" issues, that "Us", along with the rest of the World, will have to deal with, before long. Don't take your eyes off the "real prize".................Our safety in this World, and well-being; as a "free" Nation;it should be first and foremost! Elect a "President". and let's get on with it.................Divide and Conquer!

    June 20, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. AMW

    HILLARY SHOULD BE A WRITE-IN FOR PRESIDENT. EVEN BETTER, SOMEONE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NEEDS TO MUSTER US THE COURAGE TO PUT HER NAME IN NOMINATION.
    LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING AND NOMINATE AND ELECT HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT.
    OBAMA KEEPS POKING HER IN THE EYE. HE CERTAINLY HAS DISAPPOINTED ME. HIS BEHAVIOR TOWARD SENATOR CLINTON HAS NOT MATCHED HIS WORDS OF PRAISE IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA COMPARED TO THE DECISIONS HE HAS COME UP WITH.
    WHY SHOULD SHE SUPPORT HIM? HE CERTAINLY HAS NOT LIVED UP TO EXPECTATIONS.

    June 20, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Women In California For Obama

    Well, if HRC is picked as VP and I doubt that very seriously-this is one voter out of millions he will definitely lose. Afterall, she has already told the world you ONLY bring a speech.

    June 20, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Beltway Insider

    Fortunately, Facebook doesn't decide who our elected officials are. Otherwise, there'd be nothing but a bunch of douche-bags in office....hmmm, maybe Facebook does decide...

    June 20, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Clarence S

    Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas
    Senator Jim Webb of Virginia
    Senator Joe Biden of Delaware
    Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska

    are on Obama's VP list, not those media favorites that the facebook kids think.

    and the only reason those facebook users voted for those candidates is because Hillary and Huckabee are the only ones with facebook accounts.

    June 20, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Master Yoda

    OK Obama can’t win without Hilary? Is that why he is already leading in the polls? Obama is already leading without Hilary as his running mate. And the Republican and Independent voters that are ready to support Obama will not vote for him if Hillary is on the ticket. So perhaps you should quit quoting what all your friends tell you and pay attention to what is really happening.

    June 20, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. Never Obama

    I love Hillary Clinton

    She was screwed.

    But Obama is poison and HRC should avoid him at all costs.

    He will only pick her if he feels he would lose without her.

    I hope he loses... so, sorry Hill... I'd vote for you anytime but I can not vote for the liar Obama.

    June 20, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. Huckabee fan!

    Puke all you want. I vote for Huckabee!

    June 20, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Gacia-Huidobro, Marcela

    I don't trust OBAMA, never, I like candidates that I know the records. Obama .? Who knows him,? He knows how to organize communities . Yes, it's true. He is an inflated balloon, bla, bla, the war in Irak? he's pulling out? It's not an easy job, it takes a long time to get out. Years.!! It's for the votes, only. !! I am a Hillary all the way through. Never OBAMA. I'll even prefer McCain. He is a good man. So, there
    my friends..

    June 20, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Willam from Texas

    Hillary as VP, the only choice for me.

    Obama picks anyone else and I will write Hillary's name in GE time.

    Obama/Clinton 08

    June 20, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. me

    Obama and Me
    McCain and Me

    How about that?

    June 20, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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