August 6th, 2008
06:41 PM ET
6 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. AKRON, OHIO OBOMA SUPPORTER

    I think oboma will make the right decision no matter who he pick for is vp. Many people think that oboma is just all talk . But im telling you people oboma is going to make the unit states of american a great president. he maybe young but you do not have to be old to make wonderful chances

    August 6, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. WoMaN4McCain

    To all of you who think Hillary can actually help Obama win...dream on. McCain can beat Obama and Hillary together...no problem. Heck....Dubya got reelected. Get a clue. The Republicans dominate. You dems don't stand a snowballs chance no matter what you do or what precious Hillary does. You're toast.

    August 6, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. rachel

    Love ya Hill dog, do what you need to do.

    August 6, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. YWC

    IF OBAMA WANTS HILLARY FOR VP, THAT'S HIS CHOICE. MY CONCERN AS AN OBAMA SUPPORTER, SHE WOULD TRY TO RUIN HIM, SO HE WILL NOT HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE TO RUN AGAIN.

    HILLARY IS NOT DOING VERY MUCH TO HELP HIM WIN. OBAMA DOES NOT NEED HILLARY TO WIN, BLACK PEOPLE CAN ACCOMPLISH SUCCES ON THEIR OWN, WE DONT NEED A WHITE PERSON TO HELP US WIN.

    August 6, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. Peter E

    Why is Clinton still relevant? Oh, right... because the MSM told you so!

    Obey the pundits or thou art not allowed to speak! Thou shall not think for thyself!

    August 6, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Jim

    I'm a supporter of Sen. Obama, but I'm not going to pounce on or disrespect Sen. Clinton or her husband. She and he are savvy politicians and know it is time to support the Democratic ticket enthusiastically. No one is entitled to the Presidency, whether it be a former Vice President, First Lady or military veteran/POW. The country needs Sen. Obama's leadership and a new direction, and I'm convinced the Clintons will help bring that about.

    August 6, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. No Hilary

    Change is not about electing Hilary.
    She bad mouthed Obama during the primaries as such gave unneessary ammunition to the republicans.
    She should stay in the senate only .

    August 6, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. rhoward

    Even if Senator Obama does not pick Senator Clinton as his VP, you can bet she'll end up in a prestigious position in his administration should he win. Why so many feel that the VP slot is the only place she can distinguish herself is a mystery to me.

    August 6, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. gary

    OBAMA BOUGHT THE DNC S .DELIGATES ETC. TO SWIFTBOAT HRC OUT. HILLARY SHOULD JUST TURN AWAY AFTER ALL THE SLAMS SHE HER FAMILY AND SUPPORTERS PUT UP WITH. LET OBAMA FALL ON HIS OWN SO THEY CANT BLAME IT ON THE CLINTON'S. OBAMA IS SO HUNG ON HIMSELF ,AND ACTS LIKE HE ALL READY IS OUR PRESIDENT.THAT WILL BE AMERICA'S BIG MISTAKE ELECTING O.B. YOU THINK WERE IN TROUBLE NOW. YOU O.B. SUPPORTERS WILL WISH YOU NEVER TRASHED THE CLINTONS DOWN THE ROAD. YOU ALL SAID SHE DIVIDED THIS PARTY. OBAMA TOOK US BACK 100YRS. OR MORE WITH RACIST,DIVISION AND HATE. THERE'S YOUR CHANGE. AMERICA DESERVES WHAT THEY ASK FOR.

    August 6, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. Vicky Avare

    The strongest candidate, Clinton, should be picking her VP. Obama
    won the nominee by default. The flawed /Dem., system and the way Fl., and MI., were handled, unfairly favored the Rookie! With Hillary on the ticket, Obama wins, without her he can forget it! I've got news for the Party, Her supporters will not forgive and forget and end up voting for the misguided, deluded Obama! McCain sounds good compared to the Strawman and will have our vote in protest! We can't believe Obamas words; what he says and what he does are too different things! Beware, buyers remorse is pending. Ex Democrat

    August 6, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. YWC

    CNN, WHY ARE SO NEGATIVE ABOUT OBAMA, YOU SHOULD JOIN WITH FOXNEWS, BUT ARE YOU VERY NEGATIVE TOWARD OBAMA.

    I HAVE SEEN YOU BLOG ANYTHING GOOD ABOUT OBAMA THIS WEEK AND IT HAS BEEN SOME GOOD STUFF.

    THE ENERGY PLAN WAS ONE OF THE BEST BY A DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE, WHAT ABOUT HIM MOVING UP IN THE POLLS, CNN YOU ARE RACIST.

    ANDERSON COOPER YOU WERE FOR OBAMA, WHAT HAPPENED, DID YOU GET PAID TO BASH HIM FOR THE GOP.

    August 6, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  12. Peter E

    You know, in another article people complained about how the MSM over-emphasizes Obama and under-emphasizes McCain. I'd love to see the same poll about Clinton, and how people perceive media coverage of her.
    Oh, but if it's about Clinton it MUST be HER self-centerdness, but if it's too much news about Obama the media is willing to admit it's at fault? Hypocrites!
    Just look at today's tickers. Was Clinton in them because she called the media and told them to cover her? No! It's because the media can't stop talking about her.

    August 6, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  13. jimmy velman

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS ARE PROPOSING AN 18 MILLION VOICES
    MARCH AT THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION.
    WE HILLARY SUPPORTERS HAVE AN ADDED IDEA FOR HILLARY SUPPORTERS TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD AND HEARD LOUDLY ..........HOLD ON TO YOUR WALLETS AND POCKETBOOKS
    HOLD OUT AND DO NOT MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN UNTIL WE HEAR FROM HILLARY AND OR HILLARY IS VETTED AND CHOSEN AS THE VP WITH OBAMA.
    MONEY.....BIG MONEY FROM HILLARY SUPPORTERS IS THE BIGGEST TALKER IN THE DEMOCRATIC VP VETTING.

    August 6, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  14. Stop this NONSENSE

    Hilary, ask your supports not to march. If they want, they can give you a buck to pay off your debt.
    By denoncing the march, you show loyaly to Obama. You may be flattere by this but you lost so does your supporters.
    When every one was treating you like dirty, Obama tried so hard to lift
    you and your name.
    You have done enough devision in the primaries. Don't let this stupid
    whinning parade to have an opportunity for republicans to join in the wolf's clothes.
    Stop this and show loyalty to Obama.

    August 6, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  15. GH

    A black man who's middle name is Husein and a white woman who's last name is Clinton in the WHITE house.........wow sounds like a nightmare that would wake you up in a cold sweat

    August 6, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. lou

    I was dead set against Hillary in the run off, but now miss her greatly. I hope Obama picks her. It's become very boring without her constant drama.

    August 6, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  17. steve dumford, Scotts valley ca.

    The Democratic leadership will go down when it's realized that they forced a know nothing , done nothing empty suit down our throats. Democrats will realize that Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Howard Dean and company are responsible for losing this election.

    Wonder why the news media has been so quiet about the fact that Obama NOW wants to count ALL the delegates from Michigan and Florida.when he and his campaign and their lawyers did everything in their power to keep that from happening when it mattered.

    Hillary is the real nominee and if Florida and Michigan had have fully counted and Pelosi and company hadn't pressured the super delegates she would be the nominee and would be way ahead of McCain at this point.

    Don't campaign for this Prima Donna, Hillary. Take your fight to the convention and rid us of this arrogant fake.

    August 6, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  18. Vicky Avare

    JOHN MCCAIN SHOULD SEND PARIS A BILL FOR ALL THE GOOD PRESS COVERAGE ETC., HE HAS GIVEN HER, THANKS TO HIS CELEBRITY AD! THE FREE ATTENTION, SHE HAS USED WELL! GO JOHN AND PARIS, THE ONES THAT DON'T LIKE IT ARE THE HUMORLESS, WHINERS WHO MISS THE POINT! ITS NOT ABOUT THE GIRLS, ITS DEPICTING AN EMPTYSUIT SUPER STAR OBAMA IMAGE, WHO NEEDS THAT IN THE WHITE HOUSE?

    August 6, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    The deal can be made. Caroline Kennedy is heading Obama's search committee. She is now interested in holding office like her famous father and uncles. Hillary gets the vp nomination, and if elected, Caroline Kennedy gets named by Gov. Paterson to replace her in the Senate. Hillary makes a statement saying, "I agreed to take the vp slot on the specific condition that Caroline Kennedy agrees to take my seat in the Senate, her Uncle Bobby's seat, if asked by the governor. New York gets one strong feminist senator replacing another"

    Makes all the sense in the world doesn't it?

    August 6, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. Kevin,FL

    All I have to say is Obama is slipping bad in the polls, I want a 1932 Convention to repeat itself!

    August 6, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  21. Objective Minded Independent American

    Hillary, you really talked yourself out of this job... An Obama/Clinton would have been unstoppable!!!
    At the moment, Obama's hands are tied because if he pick Hillary, the RNC will simply replay her criticisms of him during the primaries over and over and over again!

    Sadly, Obama/Bayh 2008 rather than Obama/Clinton 2008

    August 6, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  22. REDNECK 4 OBAMA

    OBAMA OUR NEXT US PRESIDENT.

    August 6, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. Noah

    WE WANT HILLARY.....True democrtas.

    August 6, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  24. Dem08

    Its becoming more obvious that the Obama landslide will not happen. Obama and democrats need Hillary Clinton on that ticket.

    August 6, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. Moe, NY

    Hillary for VP is the only way to go!

    August 6, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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