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. TEXAN

    NO...NO...NO...no Hillary. Yes, she is smart and a fighter, however, she will not be a "team player". She has alot of pride and thinks of "ME..ME..ME too much. I can not see her REALLY working for Obama. She will work against him. This will only make his job of Presidency more difficult. AND....Bill...FORGET IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. SIMP

    AMW

    What world are you living in? You can write her in all you want SHE IS NOT THE NOMINEE!!! Obama is and he will be the next president. My vote is to NOT select HRC as the VP. She is not to be trusted. You people need to let it go it;s over for her, besides, a lot of american don't like her. she can try again in 2016. LOL

    Obama 08 2012

    June 20, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    I am an avid supporter of Obama and regularly donate to his campaign however if he chooses that snake (hillary) as his VP I won't vote mcwar but I won't vote period. You, Obama are so much better than the clintons, don't let them drag you or your message down. She ran a poor campaign, lied continuously, played every card imaginable and could care less about americans. It was all about her and bill winning, period. Those two are evil.

    June 20, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. FactCheck

    > PUMApac
    > Hear us roar!!!!!!!!

    Following the polls lately? More like the mice that squeaked. Maybe if you all got together and gave out one large squeak in unison, we'll toss you a piece of cheese.

    June 20, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Cuacus = Peer pressure fest!

    Im a Hillary supporter, but I will not vote for Obama if she is number 2 on the ticket. I will only vote for the candidate who is the best person to lead this country, and that would be McCain.

    June 20, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    As a democrat, if Obama picks Hillary, great choice. On the other hand if he picks someone other than Hillary, great choice. It's all about winning the general election.

    June 20, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Brian Knoxville, TN

    We undermined your right ! Whatcha gonna do?

    Obama 08 !

    June 20, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Me

    Huckabee is still an idiot and McCain would be foolish to put him on the ticket

    June 20, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Freida, NYC

    Hillary is admirable and i love her dearly, but even if she joins Obama as the VP i will NOT vote for that fool! NEVER OBAMA.

    McCain 2008/Hillary 2012

    June 20, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Michael

    Clinton! I'm not voting for you, but could you do us Republicans a favor and not give her a forum where she will parade around in swollen pantsuits, lecture us in that school marm's voice and cackle when no one is being funny. Come on, guy; have a heart.

    June 20, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Dave

    what a joke!! and neither one will be VP!!

    June 20, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Matt: honestly

    PUMA PAC!!!! In your face!!!

    June 20, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Matt: honestly

    Still for Hill....You mean like pulling a kitchen sink campaign and dragging down her entire party doing anything to win? Or pandering to states votes that she agreed should not count anything to win?

    June 20, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Daniel Wagle

    I support Hillary, but I would be fine with many others such as Strickland, Webb and others. Hillary can appointed to many other roles, such as leading a task force to universalize healthcare even if she remains a Senator. I don't think it is a good idea for Gore to be VP again, and although Edwards is a good person, he may not be a good idea, since he already was a losing VP candidate. The one person that TRULY contradicts the message of Obama is NOT Hillary but it is Sam Nunn, the original author of the 'don't ask, don't tell' (DADT) policy in the military. I will vote for Obama even if he does not pick Hillary. Picking Nunn contradicts his own professed desire to end "DADT" and I would be unable to vote for Obama.

    June 20, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. ch

    The most recent polls all show Obama in a statistical dead heat with McCain and his support in the 45%-46% range. This is not good news for Obama supporters – he should be enjoying a healthy bounce and support above 50% in the wake of the favorable publicity he received once Hillary exited the race.

    The reason it is so close against McCain and he can’t get more than 46% of the vote is the 18 million Hillary supporters. With her on the ticket, all polls show an increase in Obama’s support.

    But should he elect not to choose the woman who got more votes than any other candidate in primary history, he can kiss my vote (and many others) GOODBYE!

    June 20, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Mich in Midwest

    Why is it that every time Hillary's name is mentioned, all the comments turn into vindictive and name calling blasts. If Hillary had won, I'd have voted for Hillary but Obama won the nomination.

    Obama will be campaigning with her next week. They are on the same team now. Do you not want to see a united party?

    June 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. SHEENA

    MCCAIN/HUCKABEE '08 WOOHOO!

    June 20, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Clarence S

    Good luck with that Republicans. You're not fooling me pretending to be Hillary Clinton supporters. If you want Hillary so bad tell McCain to add her to his ticket. He'll get her 18 million voters.

    and lose his conservative base to Obama.

    The catch 22 McCain the Republicans find themselves in.

    June 20, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Daniel, WA

    John, Mitt is the right candidate for you. He has governed MA before and he was also a businessman. Go ahead. Vote John/Mitt '08

    June 20, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. ccooper

    We all want Hillary Clinton as the VP. Please abide by the front runner.
    This will be the best thing for the democratic party. Lets all unite around Obama and Hillary.

    June 20, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. I used to be a Democrat

    Since I can't respond to the Nader bashers I'll do it here:

    Nader > Obama

    Always has been, always will be.

    Those of you who bash him are FASCISTS.

    June 20, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Willy

    Iron the president's shirt Hillary. Oops I mean Miss. VP.

    June 20, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Someone please wake me up from this Clinton for VP nightmare.

    June 20, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Nostradamus

    Beware the deceiver. You will know him by his arrogance and lies.

    June 20, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Lyn

    I am happy to see Hillary coming back and will campain with Obama. Women should be treated fairly.

    June 20, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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