August 19th, 2008
12:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Poll: Clinton leads veep choice among delegates

More Democratic delegates want Clinton for VP than any other candidate.

More Democratic delegates want Clinton for VP than any other candidate.

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton was the top VP choice of Democratic delegates willing to state their pick in a new poll released just days before the party’s convention in Denver.

Twenty-eight percent of the 970 pledged delegates and superdelegates surveyed in a CBS News/New York Times poll want to see Clinton as Barack Obama’s running mate, with Joe Biden coming in at 6 percent and John Edwards, Bill Richardson, and Evan Bayh at 4 percent. Thirsty-six percent did not have a preference, or would not state their opinion.

But just 61 percent of Clinton’s delegates would still like to see her name the Democratic ticket this fall — leaving open the question of just how many will still cast their votes for her when her name is placed into nomination at next week’s convention..

Few Obama delegates surveyed — just 3 percent - would like to see him offer Clinton a place on the ticket. But the names currently rumored to be on Obama’s shortlist hardly fared better: Richardson garners 8 percent, and Biden draws 7 percent.

Nearly half the superdelegates interviewed didn’t offer a pick.

Most delegates heading to Colorado agree that Clinton would help the Democratic ticket win in November: 61 percent believe she would help the party re-capture the White House, while 13 percent believe she would hurt its chances. Yet another divide exists between the Clinton and Obama camps here: almost all of the New York senator’s pledged delegates say she would help, while just 35 percent of Obama’s say the same.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Hillary Clinton Supporter

    I think that if Hillary Clinton is offered the VP slot, which she will not be, she should turn it down. It is my strong belief that Senator Obama will lose in November. I supported Senator Clinton in the primary, and I now support Senator McCain. No matter what Hillary does from this point forward, the Hillary haters are going to badmouth her. If anyone doubts that fact, think back to the Father Pflager comments shouted from the pulpit. Also, Reverend Wright's. Oh, and lest we forget, the recent Ludacris trash Hillary rap. When Obama loses the election, she will be blamed. She should go out and campaign furiously for Obama, although we still will not vote for him. The one thing that will wreck her career is to be on Obama's losing ticket in November. My advice to Hillary Clinton, unsolicited though it may be, do not give anyone definite proof that you are not full throated in your support of Obama and look torward 2012 after President McCain's first term.

    August 19, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. the way I see it in Canada

    Why do you post comments about no Hillary no vote? Do you actually think that he will take what you think into consideration? I wouldn't. Look who you voted for.

    August 19, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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