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. Carrie Anna Criado

    Clinton and Obama brought a lot of energy to the Democratic party in their bid for the Presidential nomination and know they will become even stronger working together if Obama solidifies a role for Clinton now as VP on the ticket!

    June 20, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Don

    if Obama wants to win he needs Clinton. It's that simple.

    June 20, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. FiscalConservative

    Give me Huckabee for VP or give me death!

    Ok that's a little exteme but it doesn't lessen my desire to see Huckabee as president someday. As for now, I will take VP. 10.5 years of successful republican leadership of democratic Arkansas more than qualifies him for both positions. Unfortunately this year, there were too many conservative choices or I believe things would have panned much differently. Don't forget, Huckabee was the only republican candidate who had the "nerve" to call a spade a spade when referring to the economic outlook as not so good. It was also Huckabee so says we can be energy independent in 10 years.

    McCain/Huckabee.

    June 20, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Michael Kim

    Hillary Clington cannot be compared to or under nobody. She is a sublime. Dont recall her name to trick her into the dirty game by Obama campaign and media.

    June 20, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. FLIP FLOP

    Eugene ...............Obama is a flip flop liar. Hillary say to convince us to support him. I simply can not support a flip flop .......THEN DONT support or vote ...........................Remember( BOSNIA ducking bullets).ALL POLICTIONS ....LIE; FLIP FLOP, Duck , Run, Cry , point fingers and FLIP FLOP AGAIN!!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Obama Supporter

    Let me get this straight: When people continue to threaten they will not vote for Barack Obama unless (name excuse) and they say they'll either stay home or vote for someone else out of spite...is that supposed to upset somebody? That needs to be paid as much attention as you pay to a spoiled child that doesn't get its way. These people need to grow up.

    June 20, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    No Hillary, who cares about Huckabee, Nader does have the right to speak his mind.

    I vote for one who has a lot of God Given Common Sense "Ron Paul:

    June 20, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. CAL

    Still for Hill but now only for Hill comments

    You are patheic. Hillary is not the best choice for President Obama's VP. I am a 50 year old woman and no way would I voted for her if she would have been the nominee, she and bill are power hungry and we already have a self centered idiot in the white house now. You have your nerve calling Obama disgusting, a liar, and imposter remember your candidate dodging the alledged sniper fire? shut up you bitter moron and vote for mccain, because Hillary will NOT be on the ticket.
    we don't need you vote anyway.

    Obama 08

    June 20, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. rajah kahn

    Although, I would have loved to have Clinton/Obama ticket. now it will be necessary to have an Obama/Clinton ticket. She deserved that chance.

    June 20, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Beck

    Who cares what's on Facebook – they are mostly 14 year olds and can't vote anyway. Their parents certainly won't take them seriously if they try to convince them to vote one way or the other. Why should anyone else?

    June 20, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Michael Kim

    Hillary Clington cannot be compared to or under nobody. She is a sublime. Dont recall her name to trick her into the dirty game by Obama campaign.

    June 20, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Illinois Guy

    Actually, O'bama should be the Vice President nominee because of his lack of involvement in Illinois. He really let us down!! The man just talks and doesn't apply himself or follow up to comittments.

    Obama is between a rock and a hard place. If he doesn't take Hillary Clinton as his running mate, he'll look like another man that just can't give women the respect they deserve. That, will really look bad for him, right? However, if he chooses her, then Hillary and Bill will create 4 years of havoc for him in the White House. They and not him will get most of the attention.

    Wow, what a decision Obama needs to make.

    June 20, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Bishop

    THOSE WHO SAY: "If Hillary is not Obama's VP this Democrat wil be voting for McCain along with many other I have spoken to." ARE SIMPLE CHILDREN WITH SAND IN THEIR SHORTS. WAAAAAAAAAAAAA......OBAMA ISN'T PICKING HILLARY....IM TELLING...MOM, BARACK'S NOT BEING FAIR....HE'S CHEATING AND PICKING SOMEONE WHO DIDN'T BASH HIM....WAAAAAAAAAAA....GROW UP!!!

    June 20, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. David

    Hillary?

    Puke !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. willy

    He loses my vote if a Clinton is anywhere near the ticket.

    That would be the worst thing he could do.

    June 20, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Non-Conformist

    Facebook ?? ... plz CLinton News Network ...........

    It's Obama's choice to make .. not bitter Hilary supporters or any other group ...............

    June 20, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. ottonomous maximus

    EUGENE:

    You cant support a flip flop liar? I guess you wont be supporting John MCcain then either, since he has flip flopped on almost every issue so far. His trip to Iraq when he was strolling around with no armor, which he and General Patreus later said was untrue. Or maybe his position on whether or not Americans are better off overall now than we were 8 years ago, which he first said yes we are and then said "no we absolutely are not. Or his position on the confederate flag which he changed his mind on within hours of saying he supports it. Or his position on how much he knows about economics which he said he knows a lot more about security and needs more training on economics, and then denied he made the first statement until he was shown records of his own statement to Tim Russert. Or maybe when he voted against the Bush Tax cuts and then said he supports them being permanent. Thats a few but you can look at his position on almost every issue and find that he has changed his mind. I guess you will just have to vote Nader 08.

    June 20, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Matt: honestly

    Does PUMA PAC remind anyone else of the Purple Cobras in the movie Dodgeball? HAHAHA. They sound so much like a political Ben Stiller in that movie.

    June 20, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. brad

    I truly hope that a vast majority of the people commenting on this board are not voting, because wow, some of you are incredibly dumb.

    June 20, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. willy

    I have been a contributor to Obama, but I have already told them that I am now holding any more contributions till he decides his VP and if it is Hillary Clinton, forget it. Don't send me any more emails.

    He stood for change, not a Clinton VP.
    The worst mistake he could ever make and his downfall where I come from.

    June 20, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Andrew

    Suppose that Facebook is a reliable source in this case. If the primary users are young adults and college age kids (as I am), then can we expect 100% voter turnout? I know a lot of kids who join political facebook groups and fail to vote on election day.

    For all the people who are commenting that they will only vote for HRC and say that Obama is 'disgusting', think about what might happen with another Republican presidency for 4 or 8 years. It will destroy the impact we could have with a Presidency, the House, and the Senate. If on election day the democrats aren't united, we will have a tough time winning.

    Honestly, HRC will run again in 4 or 8 years. HRC democrats need to stop pretending they are rebels and were somehow wronged because she didn't win. That is how an election works, someone loses.

    This is the only thing that worries me about the upcoming election; that HRC dems will be too high on themselves to see the bigger picture.

    June 20, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. White Independent

    He flip flop about Public Funding? he said he did not aware? Eugene, you ignorant sheep learn English before posting on blogs. If you're a supporter of Hillary I would think that lies wouldn't bother you. Landing under fire in Bosnia, Peter Paul fraud case in Califronia, insider trading on cattle prices......

    June 20, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Rick in Florida

    HILLARY SUPPORTS........ you just don't GET it, do you??? Bill has refused to provide ANY FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE (gee, wonder why???) so Hillary will NEVER get the job, because of Bill's deals.
    GET WITH THE PROGRAM and understand why it won't happen.

    June 20, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. Rick in Florida

    The sooner Obama picks his (non-Hillary) VP, the sooner this craziness with her supporters will end. Jeeeze Louise, get a life.

    June 20, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    Hillary or Bust.

    I will consider a vote for Bambi if he has a qualified vice president backing up his "talk" and inexperience.

    Talk is Cheap but it wont be if Barack Hussein Obama is elected president. Oh and whatever you do dont call him a muslim or show up to one of his rallies in a burka.

    June 20, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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