July 12th, 2008
09:15 AM ET
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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. Fred C Dobbs

    What a bunch of crap!

    July 12, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |

    obama said nothing about making anyone learn to speak spanish he said (imagrimants has to learn english and ==americans should learn other languages) is what he said.
    my grandchildren here in arkansas are learning other lan- already. have been for 10 years. it is a good thing/ i want to learn spanish so when they talk around me i know what they are saying..
    stop bashing the meadia and people. hillary was NOT mistreated by yhe media,obama,dnc. she was treaterd no worse then any other candidate. she put her self out there as a fighter in a manbs place and she should not whine. it will be good if she is vp but he can win with out her on the ticket.
    as for her debt. when the math shouwed she lost she should have quit before ahe destroyed the party. (and she almost did. and if the so called 18 million voters really supported her, where are they now? oh giving mcsain money. well helf her if you were so in love with her. end of story


    July 12, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Gina

    If Obama wanted to make things right and follow our democratic system, Obama should have stepped aside when Hillary got the MAJORITY of the popular vote. Obama should have stepped aside when the DNC high jacked the nomination in his behalf. Obama should have stood up for the disenfranchised voters of Florida and Michigan. Obama should not have purchased the democratic nomination ... and, Americans should not let him purchase the Presidency of the United States.

    July 12, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. Joe Reg

    Let the vetting process take its cours. We can not discount out of hand countless of outstanding citizens in the process.

    We know that Hillary has proven herself to be a worthy candidate for V.P. her experience is almost unmatch.

    It is howerver, a balancing act to put or not to put her on the ticket.

    Go Obama go!

    Obama 08 & 12.

    July 12, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Kris Hussain from AZ

    As well she should be on the short list. I think who ever Obama picks will be a good pick. For our country. God Bless America!

    July 12, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. mike

    why does everyone cry to the media when they can't control. The media DID NOT treat Clinton ant different then any other candidate. It's such a lame, boring argument. There is all sorts of information out there, good and bad on all sides...... Get over it.

    July 12, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. Freida, NYC

    You know... I am so sick of you Obama supporters–with your hate-filled comments against any Hillary supporter who express their opinion. I got trashed and bashed the other day by expressing my opinions and my right to chose whomever i want for president of this country. You all already started doing the same thing today with Marge Hibbing from Mn. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, how dare you Obama supporters tell people who they should vote for!? But then again, it is so typical of each one of you to behave this way, you are just like your candidate. Get a grip please!!!!

    July 12, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Marie

    Is this man going to flip to the republican side on women's rights? He seems to be avoiding that issue now that he is pandering to the right and religious groups. Roe versus Wade is in just as much danger from this man as from any other candidate.

    July 12, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. Florida

    Obvama can count Florida out if Hillary is not on the ticket. Either way McCain will win the general. Obamaniacs: Your Messiah is only 3 points ahead with all the things going for him.

    July 12, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. daniel in chicago

    Melissa... you don't sound like you do your homework. The argument, and still is, is the fact that the American public doesn't know Sen. Obama. Other than the RockStar status that the Media has given, and his books, you don't know him. He is proving his INEXPERIENCE. He IS intelligent, but hasn't proven his smarts... sorry!.... THAT is why many don't understand why his is in the position he is in...

    The Good Old Boy politicians were the ones who actually pushed Clinton out, and supported Obama... the same people he talks against and who have been doing business in Washingtong for 25 years, like McCain. You would think that these guys would be against that kind of "Change"... They see a fool coming who they can manipulate...

    July 12, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. AV



    July 12, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Hillary or else

    There are two simple truths in this situation.

    1) Either Obama chooses Senator Clinton or he automatically loses any chance at becoming POTUS

    2) Obama secretly doesn't want Senator Clinton to be VP, because by doing so not only will her abilities out-shadow him severely, but Bill Clinton's legacy with improving economic stability during his terms will make Obama yet again look like the neophyte that he is.

    Which is better for Obama? Lose while untethered to the Clintons? Win with the Clintons, yet have the entire country clearly come to realize that Obama the rock star is not up to the job of POTUS?

    July 12, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Former HC Girl

    Hey Randy, your Nobama is losing voters every day. Each week he flip flops and people are sick and tired of this liar. Don't count on 70% of Hillary's votes because there is no way he is going to get even half. By the time August rolls around your Mr. Elite will have buried himself and will be back in Chicago making side deals with his buddy Rezko and the ever Rev Wright.

    July 12, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Shane

    The thing to do is send Bill Clinton on a humantarian trip for the United States. Obama and Hillary are the best ticket. With them two on the ticket, we will have the white house at least for 16 years

    July 12, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. viv

    Whew! Hillary supporters...step back and take a deep breath.
    If not, you may get labeled as gasp...heaven forbid...
    If all 18 million of you pooled your resources, you could pay off her debt in record time. It would only take a dollar from each one of you.

    July 12, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Kris Hussain from AZ

    Jan from Boca Raton FL, Do you even know the differences between Republican and democrat? If you are a democrat then you know republicans have a way different agenda then Democrats as the case in the last 8 years. It is scary to think you will dump the values that you have due to your canidate not being picked. Sad............I voted for Kerry and I did not think he had what it took. But he was democrat. VALUES my friend. Obama is a top notch Democrat.

    July 12, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. jheckerman

    Obama supporters- don't you know we believe in HRC as you believe in Obama and our votes will insure him getting elected.
    I and millions of others are ready to write in HRC name on the ballot – and let the cookies crumble. Hillary Clinton may not want the VP spot- but her supporter do. You and your Candidate do not hear us. Dont piss us off.

    July 12, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Americans are in the biggest mess in the history of their country because they voted for their own demise. If these blogs are any indication it doesn't appear that people have become any smarter and will deserve what the future brings.

    If you don't think the mighty can fall you better review what happened with the ussr.

    July 12, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. clayton

    Hillary doesn't have the nomination because she ran a poor campaign NOT because of the media or something that Obama or his supporters did. She lost fair and square – it's time to get over it and move on.

    July 12, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. I dont think so.

    Lol. You have to be kidding me? Is this the same person who said, "Shame on you Mr. Obama"? Lol. No you will not to be on his ticket. Give me a break. You need to lay low and let people forget about how you acted. Sorry, try again in 2016. GOBAMA! I LOVE YOU MAN.

    July 12, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Arnie, NY

    Don't Hillary and Obama look sweet together?

    It's so nice that Obama has asked us to pay off Hillary's debts. Afterall they are both "only" multi-millionaires.

    We, as hardworking citizens and donors are losing our houses to foreclosure, paying $4+ per gallon of gas, and paying exhorbitant food prices-yet these two millionaires have gotten together to further squeeze us.

    Obama is just another slick politician out for himself.

    July 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Roy

    No matter what, I can't go with McCain. I'm an Obama supporter but have nothing against Hillary as VP. If she would've won the primary, I would've voted for her as President.

    Hillary is not the problem these days, it is Bill. She needs to check him immediately as he is negatively impacting what she is trying to build. She supported him way beyond the call of duty during his presidency and now that she has an opportunity, why does it have to be all about him? Before anyone says that I'm a closet Republican or hate Bill, I'm a lifelong Democrat and voted for Bill twice! I'm just hoping that he pulls it together for all of our sakes!!

    July 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Ms. Sims

    @Typical White Person....First he didnt say that he was going to make anybody speak Spanish or any other language, it was a suggestion. He did however point out a fact that we need more billingual people in America. You can go back and look at the slow up of info after the 9/11 attacks, they were prolonged b/c we didn't have enough translators. Look at our military stationed around the world, that's why bi-lingual service men/women are in high demand. We live in a global economy wouldn't it be helpful to us to speak the language of the countries we do business with.

    July 12, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Sally from Cali

    The Hillary Supporters who rant in this blog prove every stereotype about nagging, emotional, irrational women believable. That is the excuse that men have used for years for not letting women lead, or vote, and here you go ranting over the fact that your candidate lost. That's politics. Just vote for somebody and shut up. Your whining is not going to change anything. And grow up while you're at it.

    But if you vote for McCain, that's just stupid and your candidate told you that it is not the right thing to do.

    To the Republicans who want to fuel the anger and division among Democrats, you have enough problems with your own candidate. Go blog something positive about him if you can think of anything. Too bad you have to try to tear down and destroy the other party to give your weak candidate a boost.

    July 12, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. rachel

    unfortunately he is just dangling in front of her supporters until he feels its safe to say she wont be the choice.

    My fellow hillary supporters. I am as disappointed as most of you. When I cast my vote it will be with a heavy heart. I wont be voting for obama because I like him, I will be voting for him because I don't like McCain and its terrible that it comes down to that. Pelosi, and Dean were never impartial and they know it. In the end the DNC pushed super delgates to hurry and make their decision a few nights before the last primary(hint they were probably all on the phone going you better vote for obama) so that no matter what at the end of the last primary Obama would have enough delegates even if he lost both primaries.(yeah he only lost one on the last night but it wouldnt have matter if he lost both if he got a few delegates it was a done deal the DNC made sure of that. Anyone wonder why Hillary was still winning primaries when the media were saying she was out of it can't win? Cause people wanted it be known who they wanted and the DNC didnt want the priamries to continue because they knew Hillary would win some up to the end. Hillary was called a monster by someone in BO's camp DNC said nothing but Pelosi had no problem beign publically upset that hillary said that McCain had experience. Hillary was told to go iron shirts then we had that stupid hillary nut cracker and the constant ragging on her clothes, then attacked for beign emotional, then attacked for not beign emotional enough. I heard nothing from DNC, Nothing from the civil rights leaders(even though until BO start running the clintons were there bestest friends) They only stuck up for Barack. In the End it is sad that the DNC treated hillary like a stepchild even the RNC did not put much pressure on Ron Paul to quit his race and suspended his campaign after Hillary. Yeah I will probably vote but it will be with such a heavy heart. I have never felt this bad about voting in a long time, but that doesnt matter to the majority of the barack supporters just as long as we go out and vote hun.

    Oh and for those complaining about clinton tickers, hello its called political ticker Not only barack and mccain, cnn is free to post a ticker about anyone in politics thank and lets move on.

    July 12, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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