July 12th, 2008
09:15 AM ET
10 years ago

LA Times: Clinton on Obama's shortlist

The LA Times reports Obama says he is considering Clinton for the No. 2 spot.

The LA Times reports Obama says he is considering Clinton for the No. 2 spot.

Barack Obama told a potential donor to his campaign that Hillary Rodham Clinton is on his list of possible vice presidential running mates, but that her husband's status as a former president makes matters "complicated."

Jill Iscol, a faithful Democratic donor who was an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, said Obama reached out to her because he heard she was unhappy about the way the New York senator had been treated by the Democratic Party and the media.

Full story from LA Times

soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. Rave

    I am still not sure if Mr. Obama should trust Hillary and her supporters who threaten to vote for McPain.
    Either way Obama will win
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    July 12, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Typical White Person

    If Obama is going to reach out to Clinton supporters who were unhappy with the way she was treated by the Democratic Party and the media, he's got about 17,999,999 more calls to make.

    July 12, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Noah

    Thats a crock Mr. Obama. Bill Clinton has nothing to do with how Hillary will conduct her business. She has proven she can stand on her own and actually does better when she has. Give her the VP job if you want my vote.

    July 12, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Your're darn right she was treated roughly by the DNC big craps and the good old boy media...AND MAKE NO MISTAKE no matter what obama and the DNC do..we...the supporters will never never forget it.

    This party is dead in the water and I bet that members are going to really leave in droves and start our own party.

    July 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. NotPayingHilaryDebt

    <Puma Pay Hilary's Debt

    And this is credible who??? ... A Donor plz ......... If Clinton is on the list i can guarantee she is at the bottom of this list ..

    July 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    If Obama had a brain, but we know he does not. He's running for the President of the United States, but is acting like a rock star.

    If he dosen't choose Hillary for VP, he can kiss the election GOOD BYE.

    He and his campaign and supporters treated Hillary so bad, I hope she declines if offered the V>P> spot. If she ran as an independant
    she may not win, but would take enought votes away from Obama to
    ensure that McCain wins. The nasty Obama supporters seem to think
    Obama dosen't need Clinton, well lets just wait and see. I know by speaking to so many people, Clinton people will vote for McCain or stay at home. And no people are not going to vote for Obama because
    they are democrats, they will vote for who they believe in, or not vote at all. Tell Obama to put that on his race car.

    July 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    this donor need to kick rock or better yet, fall off a clif...........Hillary lost fair & square because she mismanaged her campaign; so you idiots should go pay her debt!

    July 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Obama The Beginning

    Don't pick that witch Clinton.

    Don't make your presidency "fishy".


    July 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. katiec

    It is time for healing within the Democratic Party, but, do
    not believe Hillary should be the VP. Can't even imagine
    she would want to be. She can accomplish so much
    more in other positions.
    Obama always treated Hillary with courtesy, respect,
    even when she and Bill were using their anything to
    win tactics. Being angry at the media and DNP
    should not involve Barack. They brought alot of
    attention to theirselves with their negativity and
    statements about her opponent. I do not want
    a person who will resort to unethical tactics as
    a VP. I don't know how she (they) can be trusted.
    We have enought of dirty politics from the
    republicans. It is a shame that a prominent
    Democrat resorted to that.

    July 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. ANGIE

    i dont think hillary should be vp what experiance does she have with foreign policy she voted yes for war in iraq she said she would attack iran but i think hillary should be part of the administration somewhere i just dont think vp would work with having bill as a husband and him being former president remember obama is about CHANGE we had the clinton years history must move forward

    July 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Jane

    He should be thanking his lucky stars that either of the Clintons will consider helping him..Makes me feel better that they will be in charge regardless of who he has as VP!

    July 12, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. MM

    P O L I T I C S. Please people, remember what this is all about. The DNC didn't treat her "roughly", the media didn't treat her any more "roughly" then any other politician. Obama won the delagate vote so the DNC swung their support - originally which had been given to Clinton as shown by how many pledged super delegates she had at the beginning - to Obama. Get over it. This is not personally about you. This is not personally really about Clinton. This is about a bunch of POLITICIANS - of which Clinton, McCain, and Obama are all proud card carrying members - competing for the presidency. So discuss issues. CNN could we please have a moratorium on Clinton stories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. Jon

    Jill should do the right thing by staying with HRC. A much better investment for sure. BHO only wants her money....

    July 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. randy

    He is head on right about this. The problem is not picking hilary as VP the real problem is her husband formal president.it makes it more complicating.

    July 12, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. WA Hill supporter

    She'd darn well better be on the short list. This past week has shown too many cracks in his facade. Good thing she hasn't released her delegates. If he keeps it up, she may be able to put them to good use at the convention. He won't be getting my full support until I see who his VP pick is.

    July 12, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. Kuse

    I strongly suggest that true democrats who say they will vote for McCain re-evaluated their flawed thinking...you will get four more years of Bush and the destruction our economy is suffering...you best realize that Obama is the real deal and the republican party has no way in mind on how to stop his campaign and the MILLIONS of new voters the democratic party has registered. Hillary suporters are licking their wounds, get over it!! Support Obama and embrace the vision of change we so desperately need. Unity is the key, strong-arming tactics is not going to work...

    July 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Casey

    I don't believe the office of VP should be filled by someone unwilling to call her supporters to task for their rude, blackmailing behavior. Oh, sure, Clinton is saying she supports Obama, but she needs to get just as down and direct with those supporters saying they'll vote for McCain as she did during the campaign with Obama. That they would say such a thing as"strong women" just proves that they are hypocrites. Anyone truly for the things Clinton stands for would never vote Republican... for McWar, McMisogynist, McYou'reOwnYourOwn. period.

    Until she's fully committed enough to do that, I wouldn't want her on the ticket I am voting for. Lame commitment = a lame V.P. We've had one of those for the past 8 years.

    Bill Clinton is sulking like a baby. Get over it, Bill. You were rude and wrong and she lost. And frankly, your reign as President also got us into some of mess we're in, with NAFTA, "free trade", deregulation, etc... outsourcing of jobs.

    I hope Obama picks someone who actually brings something other than a bunch of reluctant hyp[ocrites to the table.

    sign me: white, female, over 50 and voting for Obama.

    July 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Alex in MA

    Which planet do you live in "Marge Hibbing Mn". If you have not noticed, Obama is leading McCain by 8 points! The party is not "dead in the water". We are doing quite well thank you.

    Get over your anger and get wth the program. The primary season is over. You can also invest in therapy sessions to deal with your larger issues!

    July 12, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. rumpusgoopus

    The question is, by choosing Clinton, do you lose more votes than you gain?

    July 12, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. jrzshor

    it would be a mistake to pick hillary
    but an even bigger mistake not to!

    July 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Typical White Person

    Is he going to make her learn Spanish, too? He thinks we need to make sure our kids speak Spanish but isn't worried that immigrants will learn English...

    Hello! Have you been into a Home Depot or Lowe's lately? Everything is in English and Spanish because so many of the illegals are NOT learning English.

    By the way, Mr. Obama, when I visited France I learned more than "merci beaucoup" because I understood that I was a visitor and RESPECTED their language and customs enough to make that accommodation.

    CNN – why aren't you covering this story? It matters!

    July 12, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Truth

    If you're for women rights, equal pay, then you must vote for Obama. I love HRC, but I'm not going to vote the other guy just because she didn't win. I going to pick the person who best represents my needs.

    OBAMA you have my vote, make us women proud.

    July 12, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Melissa

    I'm sure this will never be posted, but Marge - who played the Good Old Boy game to the "T"? That would be our female candidate, Hillary Clinton. Was I excited by the possibility of a woman candidate? You bet. But, whether she has a female form or no, she played the old style, good old boy politics for every inch it was worth. You can't have it both ways... if you're going to play the "boy's game," then don't complain about being treated roughly yourself. Ironically, it is the male candidate who embodies more of the "female" characteristics that feminism is supposed to support.

    July 12, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. Virginia CA

    Marge Hibbing, Mn: I couldn't have said it better. Thanks for expressing the opinion of millions of Hillary's supporters so well.

    July 12, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. randy


    July 12, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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