October 5th, 2010
03:52 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama-Clinton ticket 'on the table,' Woodward says

(CNN) – Some called a Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton pairing the "Dream Ticket" in 2008. It didn't happen.

But what about 2012?

"It's on the table," veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward told CNN's John King in an interview Tuesday on John King, USA. "Some of Hillary Clinton's advisers see it as a real possibility in 2012."


The scenario – whereby Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would switch positions - has been bandied about by political observers for months, seen by some as a potentially savvy strategy to gin up excitement among what appears to be a depressed Democratic base.

But it's never been clear if the idea has been actually discussed in the White House, until now.

"President Obama needs some of the women, Latinos, retirees that she did so well with during the [2008] primaries and, so they switch jobs, not out of the question, and the other interesting question is, Hillary Clinton could run in her own right in 2016 and be younger than Ronald Reagan when he was elected president."

Clinton will be 69 years old and three months in January 2017. President Ronald Reagan was just shy of his 70th birthday in January, 1980.

"Now you talk to Hillary Clinton or her advisers and they say 'no, no there's not a political consideration here,'" Woodward continued. "Of course the answer is, you point out to them that her clout around the world when she goes to Europe, Asia, anywhere is in part, not just because she's Secretary of State or because she was married to President Clinton, that people see a potential future president in her."

The latest politico to predict an Obama-Clinton ticket in 2012 was former Bush Chief of Staff Andy Card, who, during an interview with CNN, said the notion doesn't surprise him.

"That would shake things up," said Card.


Filed under: 2012 • Hillary Clinton • President Obama
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. CNN is trying to censor me

    A random reporter thinks it's on the table and that makes it a real possibility? He doesn't know anything!

    October 5, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Rickster

    Good....pair them up. These are two of the most despicable and dishonest people on the entire planet. Team them up so we can knock them down at the polls in 2012 and be rid of them.

    October 5, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This is all speculation. When I see their names on the same ticket, that's when I'll jump for joy. Right now it's nothing but a pipe dream. A nice pipe dream though.

    October 5, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. AJ

    Hillary Clinton would not gain anything from running on an Obama ticket. She would do better to challange him for the nomination again and make him run in a primary. The idiots who ran to the polls for Obama may finally have come to their senses and see that he is not the right man for the job.

    October 5, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. malabar

    Not unless it is Clinton/Obama. or better yet, Clinton/Biden. yea, thats the ticket! :)

    October 5, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    He might as well run with Lady Gaga. It will still be uno dos tres quatro, Adios senior Obama.

    October 5, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. scarey

    This would be AMAZING and would give the Right Freakshow the worst heartburn of their pathetic careers!

    October 5, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. WILLARD BULLOCK

    Kick out of obama presdient so hilliary must keep good her job about presdient

    October 5, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    OMG! If this were in fact true (and nothing against my Joey) I would indeed be OVERJOYED!!!! The only down side is that they could not get elected to a second term TOGETHER!

    Obama 2012

    October 5, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. Likehuff

    I hope this is how things turn out. Question is what would Obama do after he finishes his 2nd term in 2016? Could he and would he want to be secretary of state? Could he be positioned as Vice President?

    October 5, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Wont believe it until I see it.

    America, what has the GOP done for America lately? Be specific.

    October 5, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Eric

    At the rate Obama is going, he'd be lucky to have even his own shadow on the 2012 ticket, let alone Hillary Clinton.

    While I disagree greatly with the woman's politics, I can admit Hillary Clinton is a smart woman who seeks a future in politics. She simply isn't that stupid to hitch her wagon to the Obama Fail-Mobile.

    Obama has added a new word to our lexicon: Fail-ocracy

    Right now, Jimmy Carter is convinced there is a god, because God has answered Jimmy's 30-year-old prayer of, "Please God, please send a bigger failure than me to rescue my legacy."

    October 5, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Marty, FL

    It would make a strong & exciting candidacy with Obama/Clinton. Hillary Clinton has built great credentials in foreign policy as Secretary of State and earned her support from the majority of Americans. It would also create a solid position to run for presidency in 2016. Love it!

    October 5, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Eric

    To put it another way, Obama is the Titanic. Jump off early while you can safely swim away.

    If you stick around too long, you won't be able to escape the downward pull and you'll get sucked to the bottom of the sea for the next 75 years... which is exactly what Obama is doing to Democrats. They'll be lucky if Americans trust them again in the next 50 years.

    ...which is entirely why Hillary is simply too smart to join Obama on the 2012 ticket. It's a guaranteed "McGovern" blow out, one by which you'll be able to set your watch. Hillary is too smart to buy a ticket for that train to Fail-Ville.

    October 5, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. You got my vote!

    Yahoooo!!!! now that's what I'm talking about. You go Mr. President and Sec. Clinton. Unstoppable!

    October 5, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Dennis

    Hillary should challenge Obama for the nomination in 2012 . She will be too old by 2016. That was the know on McCain.

    October 5, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Alistair

    It won't happen!

    October 5, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    God has answered Jimmy's 30-year-old prayer of, "Please God, please send a bigger failure than me to rescue my legacy."

    God took care of that one with Dubya. You KNOW it, I know it. The Taliban both domestic and foreign knows it. The world knows it. You must've just wanted to hear it........AGAIN.

    October 5, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Lori in St Pete

    LOL!!! The rethugliban are scared $#!+less over that thought!!! They KNOW that any candidate they put up to run against team Obama/Clinton would lose by an embarassing margin!

    October 5, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. R

    @ LacrosseMom,
    "America, what has the GOP done for America lately? Be specific."

    They've done the same things as Democrats – which is not much of anything, if at all.

    October 5, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. geecee

    This would be an awesome ticket! Love Joe Biden, but he would also make a great Secretary of State. So, to me its a win-win situation. This would definitely get it done for the Dems in 2012! Definitely, let's do it.

    October 5, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. Eddie

    Obama could run by his self and beat any gop candidate. Remember that ass kicking at the gop retreat? Really can u imagine romney (the loser) or palin (the quitter) debating obama, lol. that would be must see tv. oh BTW stock market approaching 11,000.

    October 5, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hillary is brilliant. She hitched her brilliant wagon to Obama's administration. She is civil, intelligent, and a LADY something your women-folk over at the GOON GOP could learn something about. If The President and this lady agree to run on the same ticket I do not know WHAT COUNTRY YOU GOPers WILL GO RUNNING OFF TO AS NO COUNTRY WILL WANT TO HAVE YOUR TYPE OF IDIIOCY INFESTING ITS" POPULACE.

    Good luck with that secession thing. It will be YOUR ONLY hope.

    October 5, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. geecee

    The possibility of this pair teaming up will have the Rethuglicants shaking in their lock-stepped boot(ie)s.

    October 5, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. rdepontb

    To: CNN is trying to censor mem "A random reporter thinks it's on the table and that makes it a real possibility? He doesn't know anything!"

    We have in Bob Woodward one of the world's best reporters ever. Ask any other reporter or author or politician or accomplished person-this guy is the real thing. He has nothing to gain by misrepresenting the facts, and get the facts he does. So, is CNN "censoring" you, or are you simply unable to write coherently?

    October 5, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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