August 6th, 2008
06:41 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton: I have ‘no inside information’ on VP process

Sen. Clinton will campaign for her former rival in two states this month, according to the Obama campaign.

Sen. Clinton will campaign for her former rival in two states this month, according to the Obama campaign.

(CNN) – Senator Hillary Clinton spent Thursday in New York on Senate business, but she couldn’t escape questions about the vice presidential search.

The prospect of Clinton joining the ticket remains the subject of much speculation, as even as some believe her odds of being chosen may have diminished in recent weeks. Reacting to reporters her name may not top Obama's VP list, Clinton told reporters “I’ve consistently said I’m very happy being a senator for New York. I love my work. I love representing the people of New York.”

“[T]his is a very personal decision for Senator Obama and I have no inside information as to how he is proceeding with his decision,” she added. “I'm out there supporting him, doing everything I can to make sure he gets elected and I will do same for whatever ticket there is.”

Asked if she would accept the job if it were offered to her, Clinton did not rule out the possibility. “I will do whatever I can or whatever I’m asked,” she said, “but I’m happy doing what I’m doing.”

Clinton was in Yonkers, New York for a family and caregivers event.

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Hillary is a great Senator. She will hold much power in the Senate in years to come.

    August 6, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. TheTruthHurts

    I now feel sorry for her. She's stuck. She's got all these wonderful supporters who won't even help her pay the bills. They want to "March on Denver" and she'll be put in the position to tell them that their efforts are undermining the goals she believes in. Not fun!!

    She knows she's not going to be VP, but everyone keeps ramming it down her throat when she'd rather focus elsewhere. I hope these Dems realize the stakes. Our country will be TOTALLY BANKRUPT and in debt to CHINA, RUSSIA, THE MIDDLE EAST if we let current policies continue. We will have no hope to stop the great extraction of wealth from the nation or the dispartiy of income within our borders.

    We are so stuck in backbiting and negativity, the primary shareholders (the rich) will continue to rape the people of this land and get subsidized for the privilige.

    August 6, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. A Woman In California For Obama

    These two definitely have this all mapped out. They are just not letting us in on it. The best thing ALL of us can do is keep out of it. Although I am still not in favor of her joining the ticket, I do think they have come to a mutual understanding (finally) and the outcome will be in BOTH their best interests. You can definitely count on that.

    August 6, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. Jim in GA

    Hillary – DON'T DO IT. Obama is a sinking ship. I sailed off shore about 5 miles to where the oil platforms are and it went straight to the bottom. The drilling issue is going to hurt Obama and will be part of the reason he LOSES in November. It's amazing how the dems can ruin their chances in a year like this by nominating such an inexperienced narcisist.

    Still for Hill in 2012

    August 6, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. Bayou Joe

    Yes, You do and you lie, lie, lie. Why settle for VP when you can be the candidate for President. At least you have a chance of winning. Remember in the General election there are no caucuses and we will not be intimidated.

    August 6, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. Jasmine, CA


    Watch your back, please. She can't be trusted, she will throw her mother under the bus to be the president.

    August 6, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. RJ, CA

    I love you, Hillary. You're paying just enough "lip service" to Obama to keep the corrupt DNC content. YOU DO NOT NEED a failure like Obama on your resume! Please don't accept the #2 spot. That would still leave Obama with the #1 spot - and that is still UNACCEPTABLE to millions of us. We know YOU are the REAL DEAL!

    August 6, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. texas DEM

    Hillary better be on the ticket.

    If Hillary aint on that darn ticket, it'll sure bea shame.

    August 6, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. Orange

    At least we have you in the Senate if we cannot have you in the WH.
    Keep up the good fight, Mrs. Clinton we recognise and appreciate your hard work and your efforts.

    August 6, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. Sherry, Atlanta

    It would have been a 'Great Ticket', had Hillary not been so destructive!

    August 6, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. Still for Hill but now ONLY for Hill

    Too bad... You might have saved him... going on too late to do any good now...

    Obama will finally pick you when it is too late to restore party unity....

    Just like fully seating all the delegates when it no longer matters.

    Obama is running on EGO and his bandwagon is fueled by hot air.

    August 6, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. Jesse

    Hillary is no Ted Kennedy to spend years in the Senate. She needs to blossom, and to do so she needs to be put in the White House.

    August 6, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. Dan

    Does CNN try to create news, when there is a relative paucity of it out there? Do they hope to prey upon the public's weakness by overtly dramatizing eveything as if it is a reality show? So why is asking Hillary who the VP is going to be somehow news?
    Try again CNN.

    August 6, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. Selected by hate and division and race card

    We miss you.

    Obama can not win without you...

    soon- the democratic party will be so damaged that he won't be able to win EVEN with you.

    His Ego trumps the good of the party or the nation.

    Obama lost the democratic party.

    August 6, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. aware

    Hillary is the best but McCain is a great second best! 🙂

    At the moment, there is no other choice! McCain 08! 🙂

    August 6, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. Aida, CA

    I am a Democrat, a Christian and an African-American woman. I voted for Hillary for so many reasons but will happily support Barack whoever he picks since it will be disaster for the average American as well as the world if McCain wins. However, I will work my heart out if Hillary is on the ticket......with an Obama/Clinton ticket we WILL take back the House and the country!

    August 6, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. Canadian black & white man for Obama.

    The media are helping Mccain gain confident by telling us McCain is very close to Obama in polls when he haven't fill up event since getting the nomination of his party.

    August 6, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Cindy

    She's hedging... since she's not been given the attention she thought she deserved. There's nothing wrong with that, everybody miscalculates sometimes.

    Regarding the Obama coverage vs McCain coverage... well "duh..." Obama needed the coverage, McCain did not. Honestly... a year ago, I didn't know who Barack Obama was. McCain's been around for so long, I don't need to see him on my tv at all, to know who he is and where he stands. This is like Geraldine Ferraro's way of thinking.. It's so unfair..Obama's so lucky cause he's black. Obama's so lucky cause he was unknown... gimme a break. He's just evening the playing field. How else would a fresh, smart, non-white guy get even in the polls if no body's heard of him? Viva la media coverage!

    August 6, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    If Obama waits too long... even Hillary will not be able to convince her supporters to go along with the ticket.

    Democrats are tired of the choices we are stuck with.

    Obama eliminated the winners from the field so he could go up against McCain- but even tired old McCain can trounce the Obama.

    August 6, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. Jasmine, CA

    I hate to state the obvious, but McCAIN brought Paris in the picture. She was minding her own business, and her parents even supported McCain. Now his supporters have the nerve to talk about her because she didn't follow the GOP script, and defended herself? She didn't keep still like that bimbo Cindy Lou when her husband offered her up to a raunchy beauty contest.

    Paris showed the world she has more brains than the brainless, idiot McCain who is wound up every morning and pointed in the right direction.

    There must be ditto heads on this board.

    August 6, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. Phantom of the Oprah

    Hillary might still be able to save Obama and restore unity... but every divisive day that goes by... the more damage Obama does to the democratic party and any hope of winning in NOV.

    Maybe Obama and the DNC were planning to lose?

    August 6, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. Bob

    Obama, should add her to his VP list. Her support will be needed this fall.

    August 6, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  23. Listen UP Obamanation

    Obama's lust for power knocked the true leader out of the game.

    Without her he can't win.

    His ego won't choose her until his electoral death is imminent.... by THEN EVEN HILLARY won't be able to save the democratic day.

    WAY to go Obamamaniac and DNC

    August 6, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  24. Mike

    SHE is the ONLY person who is qualified to be not only VP – but PRESIDENT.

    If BO doesn't pick her – he's sunk!

    August 6, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. Rise Hillary, Rise

    We will all suffer because of Obama's big ego and his full of himself attitude and his mad grab for power without earning it by merits and deeds.

    Hillary has walked and walked and walked the talk. We know SHE don't give up and capitulate just with every poll.

    She works and fights for what she believes- An America with justice and Equality for ALL.

    August 6, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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