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. KP

    Obama/Hagel '08!!!

    Obama for America and America for Obama!!!

    July 12, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. John



    July 12, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Keep It Simple Stupid

    Senator –

    You need someone ...

    1.) you can trust & work with as a partner when you deem it appropriate.
    2.) that you can delegate tasks to, and be confident that they will get completed as you want them to be completed.
    3.) that can GUARANTEE you a huge RED state that you would not otherwise get.
    4.) ready to be president if something should happent to you
    5.) that mutes McCain's percieved wisdom, experience, and the superficiall allure of his POW status.
    6.) some that pulls white men in the south.
    7.) Smart enough and yet smooth enough to show up McCain and his running mate in the debates.
    8.) would be capable, willing and acceptable to the entire US population in 2016 to continue the Democratic juggernaut.

    – – – – – – – – – – –

    Hillary isn't very experienced as a leader despite what her supports say

    1979 to 1981 and also 1983 – 1992

    Wife of the Governor of Arkansas ... also refered to as the 1st Lady of Arkansas (not an elected office ... no duties)

    1992- 2000

    Wife of the President of the United States also referred to as the 1st Lady of the America (not an elected office ... no duties)

    2000- 2008

    After moving the State of New York in 2000 to she is elected to US Senate to represent its citizens.

    July 12, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Citizens For America First









    July 12, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. MD

    Stop putting her in the news! We've had enough of her for 18 months! It's time for Obama!

    July 12, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. scott

    I said it before, W/O Clinton Obama can not get elected. But what is more troubling is the way Obama is moving toward the center in regards to the war. He is starting to sound more like a politcian that will stay with the status quo. He talks a good game, but that is all he is about. THere is no change wiht Obama, just another worthless politican. This country has not had a decent President since Kennedy

    July 12, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Blayze Kohime

    I think that Bill Clinton does complicate things. He complicated HiIary's campaign a great deal and Obama is nervous that he may do the same to his campaign. If not for this, Hilary would probably have a lot better chance of being chosen.

    July 12, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. WoMaN4McCain

    ewwww....icky. I actually felt sick when I read this. Why on earth would you even consider a woman who said the horrible things this hag said about you Obama??? I watched those democratic debates and my mouth would literally drop open at times from the comments coming out of that woman's mouth about a fellow dem. SHE SAID YOU ONLY GIVE GOOD SPEECHES. Please get a clue. I have actually been leaning your way lately because of all of McCain's missteps.....but..pick her and I'll be forced to stick with the old man.

    July 12, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Foreign Observer

    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." Shouldn't you learn what the system _is_ before you spout off about democracy? Hint: it doesn't rely on "the popular vote." Homework: how many votes does it take to get into the senate?

    July 12, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. Kevin

    Hillary is one heck of a woman that cann`t be trusted. I would rather trust a snake than trust Billary.

    July 12, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. john

    barack cant win without hillary. like it or not, he wouldnt get enough votes to beat mccain. its not issues, its a popularity thing

    July 12, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. richard - Minneapolis

    So a candidate goes out, solicits sufficient money and handles his campaign effectively and another does not solicit enough money and handles hers ineffectively. What does that say about the candidate's managements skills and appeal to voters? In a lot of ways, the fundraising is the "first primary": most of Obama's opponents dropped out when they failed to raise enough money to conduct a campaign. Point: THEY DID NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT SUPPORT!

    Hillary didn't have sufficient support, but she tried to pay her own way. She should have dropped out like the others! This was an entirely democratic process and the people have spoken as they will again in November.

    July 12, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    July 12, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. aware

    Senator Obama has no good choices other than Senator Hillary Clinton but I would not suggest that she join the arrogant guy who has no moral center or core principles. She is too good for Obama! 🙂

    As for Bill Clinton, he would be the best thing that could happen for Obama. If Obama really wants to win not just one but two terms, he will work hard to convince Hillary to join him as VP.

    Otherwise, he will lose in 2008 and 2012! 🙂

    July 12, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Lisa

    Obama should should select Hillary as the Vice President because she's the best qualified person to become President when Obama is impeached.

    July 12, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. John form NYC

    I would like to know why do black americans hate the Clintons so much now ? Now that we have a black person running for president they use to call Bill their president. Is that racism?

    July 12, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Brad

    Hillary who? Get over it, the Clintons have been in control of a dying party for far too long. Even Barack, as the new "party leader" fails to address issues of importance to most Americans; rather, just like McCain, he addresses issues by kissing butts with an eye on pleasing all of the fractured minorities rather than touching the reforms that people want.

    Illegals don't vote and people without jobs have every right to be angry with a government that is more concerned with dumping money into other countries for the benefit of American corporations, than with the welfare of its own citizens.

    July 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. J Kay - PCMO

    This past week I had the priviledge to attend a nationally focused democratic forum. During that event I met many hard working State level persons who were with Senator Obama through the primaries. Trust me, I learned a lot of what happened on the campaign trail. And, I won't repeat them here. Deliberate political dirty tricks from the Clinton's and their camp toward Obama. They obviously would do anything and I mean anything to win. Because of that and other tawdry reasons, I ask why would he want HRC around again? She can't wash the dirt and mud off of herself to be presentable to America at any level much less be at Barack's side. This is one sixty something female Obamacan that will never go near a Clinton. It is time for change and Hope..........let's take a look at the seriousness of our economy and the war, and put the Clinton saga to rest. No more...it is over HRC.

    July 12, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Newsdiva

    No way Jose. NO "Hillbilly" in the Obama White House, talk about disaster! Yikes.

    And that October suprise that everyone talks about? Well if she's on the ticket, the "surprise" would be this:

    She's scheduled to go on trial sometime this fall, I think in October.

    So let's be real folks, Hillary just doesn't work as his choice...way way too much baggage, and I'm not talking about the one she married or the ones under her eyes.

    GO OBAMA 08 & 12

    July 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. maya

    Hillary had better be his VP.

    Then Obama will have my vote.

    July 12, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. Lisa

    The top five reasons Obama supporters do not like Hillary. Now listen folks these are some of the dumbest reasons i've ever heard in my entire adult life.

    1. Her last name is Clinton
    2. She ran a bad campaign
    3. She's a women
    4. Bill is her husband
    5. She's mean

    Not one of the reasons has absolutely anything to do with her policies, or the fact that she wants universal healthcare for everyone and Obama does not.

    July 12, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. Ann

    If Obama offers Hillary the VP position, I hope she will refuse it. Let the stupid lose by himself in November, don't get involved.

    Many Democrats will never vote for Obama, with or without Hillary on the ticket. They will better accept/support a McCain compromise for 4 years which will give Hillary a better chance to run again in 2012.

    Obama is Mr. Flip-Flop who set a bad example of campaigning (mockery, manipulation, tricks). Why would he be a good president? This guy already proved to be a liar.

    July 12, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Brandon

    I love it. Hillary is good enough to vote for and lead this country, but when she loses the nomination fairly and she asks her voters to stand behind Obama, they will not.

    Obama is not perfect ... but the policies that he will support and try to establish are much more in line with what I am looking for in a candidate than those that McCain supports.

    Call it what you want ... but from the outside looking in, considering that Hillary and Obama are almost a political mirror of each other (which Hillary herself stated " ... our differences are small ..."), it sure does look like the Hillary supporters who are claiming to stay at home or vote for McCain, are nothing but bitter, sore losers who are destined to see another 4 years of Bush administration policies because their candidate lost. Wake up and get over it.

    PUMA's ... LOL.

    July 12, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    I don't understand why women blame Obama for any perceived "mistreatment" of Hillary. Obama treats his wife like a queen, and speaks so highly of his mother's influence in his life. He has been exceptionally gracious to Hillary, when he could have brought up all of the 90's issues.
    On the other hand, Bill Clinton disrespected his wife about as much as any man could – and perhaps still is, according to some sources. When McCain was slightly younger than Obama, he was cheating on his disabled wife, then divorced her in favor of a much younger woman.
    Now who do you really think will address women's issues as president?

    July 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. Bulldog

    It doesn't matter who the VP is as long as the Republicans are not allowed in the White House next year. Whoever can help keep the GOP from power for the next 4 years is just fine with me. I sure how the Obama campaign gets it right.

    Obama / Whoever will help defeat the Republicans '08

    July 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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