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. HG

    Its all about Bill. If I was Bill Clinton I would promise Obama I would stay away from speaking and disapear in very small towns if Hillary is chosen as VP.

    Obama will pick one of these 5- Hillary,Bayh,Kaine,Schweitzer or Richardson.

    July 12, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Glad to be an Independent

    I am quite sure that Clinton is on Obama's list of VP candidates. The problem is Bill Clinton and his baggage. I did not support Hillary Clinton but I have respect for her because she was a real fighter. At one time, I supported Bill Clinton but by the time he left office, I was sick of him and all of his scandals. If not for Bill Clinton, I would say yes to Hillary being VP. The only way Obama could choose her as VP is if there was an understanding that Bill Clinton stay away from the White House and policy. As long as Bill Clinton focused on his charitable foundation and kept out of politics. Even if Bill Clinton agreed to stay away, I still have some reservations.

    July 12, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Wolf

    For those who think the media was fair to Clinton....you need to go back to school and figure out what sexism is. I will give you a brief example: " Illinois Senator ahead of Former First Lady". This should have read: "Illinois Senator ahead of New York Senator". Now that would have been fair and even treatment. So – NO – Clinton was not treated fairly by the media. This goes for every station. And until naiive people understand that, they will also promote a true division in the Democratic Party. Clinton is the best suited to be VP and Bill Clinton is not a problem, unless you are Obama who painted Bill Clinton as a racist. Stupid candidate and now a stupid presumptive nominee.

    Clinton or no White House in January! PUMA!

    July 12, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Real person for Obama.

    Hey so call typical white person"

    your comment doesn't make sense.

    Obama encourage parent to let their kids learn spanish and did say Spanish children shouldn't learn English.

    I know people that hate Obama will always find away to make a sincere words into argument.

    Go south of the continent from Mexico down to South America our neighbour they all speak Spanish. So, what is wrong when Obama care to lecture family to let their children learn spanish?

    July 12, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. No Hillary

    No HIill Bill.
    You do not need a SNAKE in your vicinity.

    July 12, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Tarrie

    Clinton on VP short list...oh...CNN must be thrilled...seeing that its been pushing Hillary for VP since May.

    July 12, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Texas Trail Dog

    obama will be a much better president without any clinton baggage.

    July 12, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Anyone but Hillary for VP

    Hillary is a dishonest self-serving fraud. She makes nice to Obama in public while telling her donors to hold back. She isn't seeking the Vice-Presidency, she wants a co-Presidency. Obama should resist the temptation to pick Shillary at all costs.

    July 12, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. clayton

    Gina please, by all accounts Hillary's "majority" was suspect at best. The rules of the primary process are set by the DNC – if you don't like them or don't agree with them that is fine, but it isn't fair to change them in the middle of a race. Even if Hillary got the delegate split she wanted in FL and MI it would not have been enough to put her over the top (yes, it would have made the race even closer). Obama should be punished because he ran a smarter campaign and was a more effective fundraiser? Hillary's mismanagement of her own campaign should be a telling sign of her executive attributes.

    July 12, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Get someone decent for VP

    So Americans can look up to – A few good men (women) – Colin Powell, Condolesa Rice, Chuck Hagel. Don't be afraid if they are Republicans. Bipartican Govt. A Democratic president and a Republican Vice President.
    Obama- Go for a change. You are the only one who can do that.
    God bless you

    July 12, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. just another whiner

    pumas PAY YOURS AND HILLARY'S DEBT!dont bash our candidate then ask for money from us.

    July 12, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Laura

    This was suppose to be a landslide year for the Dems and It would have been, had the DNC not selected the weaker candidate. If you haven't noticed the polls are tightening up. Obama needs to seriously consider HC for that spot, because the White House is slipping away.

    July 12, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. No Hilary

    No Hill Bill. No SNAKE in the vicinity.
    God protect you

    July 12, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. km

    People, grow up. If the object is to win in November, and both candidates brought in 18 mil. votes in the nomination process, it would only make sense to team up to win. This is to pick a leader of our country, not a high school prom king. None of you know either of these two personally, yet you talk like you are fighting for your best bud. I've been an Obama supporter from day one, but if Clinton will help keep the presidency out of the GOP's hands I'm all for it.

    July 12, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. strong

    I miss Hillary !

    Bring her back.

    July 12, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. I don't believe you suppsed "Hillary Supporters"

    YEAH RIGHT!! You people commenting everywhere online pretending to be hillary supporters that are voting McCain are most likely REPUBLICANS. You think we're all stupid enough not to realize that these postings are anonymous and you could be anybody, typing anything. Anyway, as someone who was a TRUE Hillary supporter, I know that there is no way anyone who voted for Hillary would ever vote for McCain.

    July 12, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Erika, KS

    Let's not kid ourselves; Clinton "lost" because of her gender, because of Pelosi and the DNC. Obama didn't win anything! He's been appointed.

    Hillary does indeed have more experience and more accomplishments than the junior senator. And, no we will NOT EVER forget how Clinton was treated by Obama, his blind followers, the media and sexist pig men! I won't vote for Obama.

    Hillary should stay in the senate where she will do more good for the longevity of the democratic cause. If she's VP, she's out. Obama will not win this election. She will have more influence in the long run by being a Senator.

    July 12, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Cricket

    Hillary Clinton needs to be considered on her own merits, and not that of her husband.! He is not running!!! If Mr. Obamba really wants to win this election, he could strongly consider her as a running mate. She carries a lot of votes with her, including mine.

    July 12, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Xavier

    Texas Trail Dog,
    You do not keep a quotation going past the speakers own statement and mix it with your own. If you do then it is a misquote and thus a lie. Obama actually said that the death penalty should apply to child rapists, or weren’t you listening?

    July 12, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. Toni

    I am also on the fence re:voting for Obama.I still believe Hillary would have made the best President.Unfortunately she was not nominated and it it is to our detriment.I believe the only possible way we could finally retake the White House is with Hillary as Vice President,otherwise you might as well kiss it goodbye.

    July 12, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Jan

    We middle income earners will definitely have higher taxes with Obama. The wealthy always find ways to hide their income–so who will pay? everyone! If you people think you are getting a free ride with Obama, you are dreaming. His policy is actually the opposite of our hero, JFK .Obama–"Ask not what you can do for your country-but, ask what your country can do for you" . When did the democrats fall into this abyss? JFK would roll over in his grave.

    July 12, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Xavier

    18 millions devoted supporters of Hillary Clinton? Are you sure? Why dont they all send her one dollar each and take care of most of her debt? If they are true supporters like they claim to be they would. Just an idea.

    July 12, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    I'm a Clinton supporter that does not like Obama much. Afraid we have to make a chouse. Obama is less likely to create real dammage.
    McCain I like and trust but could never vote for him. McCain is an idiot
    just like Bush, not very smart we already did that for 8 years. The Obama and Clinton supporters are just fueling the fire. All the nasty bloging. I'm not happy with Obama Either but he's got my vote.

    July 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. Larry, Apex, North Carolina

    Please don't pick Hillary! You will lose more votes than you will gain. She is a conniving, self-absorbed pig who cares nothing for the country.

    July 12, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. RJ, CA

    I don't see how Bill Clinton would complicate anything - except that he would outshine Obama every step of the way. THAT is what Obama could not handle. But still – it's too late. Even with Hillary #2, Obama would still be #1 - and that is totally unacceptable to me.

    What a great team it would have been with Hillary as president and an accomplished ex-president by her side! As an ardent supporter and contributor to Hillary, my vote now goes to McCain - the only one now left with #1 credentials.

    July 12, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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