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. Mark

    Who says Obama is flip-flopping? No, this is just his change he wants us to believe in.

    The only thing is that his followers are starting to feel slightly shortchanged...

    July 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. DC

    He can do all the pandering and flip flopping he likes, I will still never vote for him. He's still running his campaign like a popularity contest, all fluff and no substance. Sponsoring Nascar now? You have got to be kidding!

    July 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. randy

    OHIO,well america dont care about name calling or all of those BS you are talking about.vote the future or the past end of story.

    July 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Ted:Canada

    Obama Clinton finally the "crushing blow" to the Republicans!!!

    Hillary go after Universal Health Care. I works in Canada.

    Take care of the people first and they will love you forever!!!!!!

    July 12, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. bruce

    Gee, perhaps it's a good time for a review of the facts:
    #1 Clinton completely misread the mood of the country touting her experience and "ready from day 1" instead of change. Can we afford a President with such poor instincts?
    #2 She hired and surounded herself with incompetent people. Scares me to think about her making cabinet appointments.
    #3 Bosnia! Sniper fire! Not an exaggration, but a complete fabracation!
    That speaks for itself
    #4 Her first attempt at managing a major organization with a large budget, her campagian, was an utter failure.
    #5 Just like Bush, she did not let the facts get in her way.....she kept campagianing and building debt........and trashing Obama when she had no chance to win.
    She did not lose because of the media. Or because she was a woman. She lost because she ran a terrible campaign and deserved to lose.

    July 12, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. whiner

    whatever president obama decides,i will support it.

    July 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. captain

    Angry Hillary supporters-

    If there are so many of you, as your threats would imply, why don't you each kick in 5 or 10$ and retire her debt. Put your money where your mouths are. It should be easy because you're "millions strong."

    Typical White Person – 11:43 AM-

    Obama speaks all the time, and always has, of immigrants' need to learn English. Kids all over the world are bilingual, even multi-lingual. To want the same things for our kids isn't un-American – its pro-Common Sense.

    July 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Willam from Texas

    I think that Obama supporters that don't want Clinton, or thinks that Obama doesn't need her don't know what they are talking about.

    Bottom line is that Hillary is the best choice for VP. She is the only one that measures up. As far as Bill Clinton being a former president, I can't think of anyone else that can better advise Obama in a time of crises.

    July 12, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. DM, Let talk about the truth!!

    The Vetting Process, let see former president who owes so many around the world. He recieved secret cash for promise What???? Promises???

    Hillary Clinton, cant manage her own campaign money now her supports wants her as VP??? What a Joke!!!!!

    I really like Senator Clinton but poor management style.

    Let get a leader who actually struggle with street life and actually help some one beside their own wallet!!!

    I like to see a reformed Republican on the ticket with Obama... Let Unite all American not just the Democrats.. We all live here togather..

    July 12, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Kim, Studio City, CA

    There are 18 million unhappy Democratic voters right now. Hillary was treated unfairly and with great sexism by the media and the DNC. It was disgraceful. However, Obama did win. In order to move on,
    though, it's important that Obama and the Democratic Party examine what happened during the Primary and address and correct these problems within the Dem. Party. The Primary is over, Obama is the nominee and the leader of our party. Obama, DO THE RIGHT THING NOW...pick the most qualified candidate on your short list for VP. That is clearly Hillary. This will unite the party, heal the wounds, and guarantee an administration with the best and the brightest. You can win without this; but your administration and the Dem Party will be so much stronger with the choice of Hillary. It will send a message to the Dems, to America, and to the world, that your commitment to fairness and Democracy trumps petty politics; it sends the message that you are running because you want the best for America. Your administration will truly be historic and put America back on track.

    July 12, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. randy

    She is like the ex girl friend that never let go of her boyfriend.even do her ex boyfriend dont want her.Hilary please go.

    July 12, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Austin, Texas

    Once again, Barack Obama is pandering for votes.

    This man is all lies, and no substance. He flip flops, and manipulates people into thinking he's the right choice.

    I'd love to see Obama pander to me for my max contribution. I'm a Hillary supporter who won't vote for Obama in November. Not because i'm "angry" that Hillary isn't the nominee, but because McCain is a better choice than Obama.

    July 12, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. PG

    DNC and the media did nothing to Hillary. She did it to herself! Of course she and her so called supporters need to blame someone for her personal failures. Grow up people!

    July 12, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Filipina

    Jan you did not ask me...if Hilary won the candidate I will vote for her.
    You are so bitter, why such a sore loser? When Obama wins you should go and migrate to another country and whine there.

    July 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. Filipina

    What is wrong of learning different language? Heck my kids knows how to speak 3 language and proud of it.

    July 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Ross

    Obama shout be more honest about this and not use lame excuses. He knows the best VP candidate would be Hillary. If he really wants to win he should pick her in a split second. Hillary proved to shine with her own light and she did it astonishingly.

    July 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. TheTruthHurts

    Who was it that was talking about a hot kitchen? Absolutely Laughable if it wasn't so sad. Unity begins with respect. Barack has respected Clinton from the beginning despite some overzealous supporters. As to the DNC, I hear a great deal of whining. There was no lack of respect from the DNC, just a disagreement that didn't go one groups way. It's called DEMOCRACY. the sour grapes seem like a great deal of whining.

    Obama has told his supporters that disrespect is not to be tolerated, but at the same time understands their anger given what he was subjected to by her campaign. There however has never been a lack of respect from Obama.

    July 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. sue calgary

    Obama stand firm! Do not buckle under the pressure to pick Hillary as yuor VP! You need to break any from The Clintons and create your own legacy. You are showing them the respect that they feel is due and that's wonderful but you need to be able to be a President without distractions. Give Hillary the Health Care issue.... and pick someone else as VP. The eyes of the World are watching!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Real person for Obama.

    Noah, over and over again Hillary was told Bill was hurting her campaign with his arrogancy , but Hillary could not separate herself from Bill.

    Let's not forget Bill was the back bone for Hillary's campaign. If Hillary had divorsed Bill long ago, she would not have gotten to where she got to.

    Noah you should never count Bill Clinton out around Hillary.

    Blacks don't like Bill Clinton as it was earlier liked, becuase his hate comment about blacks.

    Think about it, when he was in Office for 8 years blacks were sitting in the back stage and when it is time for a black mix white man's turn to govern, Bill attempt toblock the way.

    Even when it was impossible for Hillary to clinch the nomination, bill encouraged her not to quit. Now will Bill Clinton call that a wise moves? $20,million in debt is not a wise way to end a campaign, she did not win and she rackup debt of that magnitude.

    I am for Obama to help her with paying down her debt.

    On vep. I think Obama should get a governor or a military experience person for his vep.
    Mitt rony also accumulat debt, but the repub and the media didn't ask mccain to pay or help pay up Mitt Rony's debt.

    July 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Peter of Oregon

    Hillary's so called PUMA supporters are all talk, little action. They insist on Obama picking her as VP, but they can't raise more than $100,000 for her to rest her campaign debt.

    You can't trust a PUMA "supporter." The Republicans can have them.

    July 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. whiner

    marge hibbing mn-you were never a dem.you just vote for female.you dont think about issues,just bruised ego.why dont you pay off her debt?

    July 12, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. NC

    I am so sick of the entitlement attitude from Hillary's team and her supporters. I would love for Obama to win but if he doesn't that's fine. It's not like McCain's "psychological help" is only going to affect some of us.

    July 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. randy

    Kuse,i am with on this one people so naive.

    July 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. Adedokun from Atlanta

    Whenever I hear Obama , I hear love. The "love" has a wide range – Some love him unconditionally and some just love to hate him.
    Obama ,you can not satisfy everybody. Do what is best for the country and you.

    July 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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    July 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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