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.


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soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. mark

    to all u obama bashers u have no one too blame but yourselves you sat back quietly for eight years while the bush administration sent us in a downward spiral now u want to bl

    October 5, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. phoenxi86

    More like a Clinton / Biden ticket in 2012.

    October 5, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. gt

    the dream is a nite mare ,if obama is on the ticket anywhere... go hillary ...run aganist the worest president ever, sorry carter...

    October 5, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. GDMS.REPUBLICAN

    President Obama will still lose. it doesn't matter who the Vice President is. Republicans are taking over the government in 2010 and 2012.

    October 5, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. gar

    I don't think that adding Hiliary to his ticket will help Obama. I do think that if the republicans win and Obama moves to the center, he would have a chance to win in 2 years.

    October 5, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Dave

    While Biden would be a phenomenal choice for Secretary of State, I just don't see this happening. He's doing a fine job as Veep, and Hillary's doing a fine job as Sec. of State, and a switch-out just doesn't make sense. If you think Obama drives the right-wing crazy, just put Hillary closer to his job and you'll really see them go insane.

    October 5, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. tyler blangiardo

    Clinton and Obama are both great candidates, especially after they have gained this experience in office. They are both extremely smart and capable.

    October 5, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Ouch

    She'll be 69 in 2016? I figured she had reached that milestone long ago. Must be all of the stress involved with singlehandedly bringing peace to Ireland and running to avoid sniper fire in Bosnia.

    October 5, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Mikey

    That would be a great idea. There are few more knowledgable in foreign affairs than Biden, so notwithstanding his penchant for major-league gaffs, he would be excellent in that role. Hillary, who did not account herself well in the 2008 campaign, has been magnificent as Secretary of State. I now believe she would be an fantastic choice as the VP candidate in 2012 and, probably, will make an excellent 45th POTUS beginning in January 2017.

    October 5, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Mary

    I'd rather see a Clinton/Lieberman ticket squash Obama 2012!

    October 5, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Johnson5

    Another sign of failed leadership and poor jusgement if you have to make a change at that level. He should do it, show the Country and the World how weak he really is.

    October 5, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    I wanted a Clinton/Obama ticket in 2008.

    This would be a dream ticket in 2012.

    We'd have two competent individuals who love this country and follow the Constitution and are well respected at home and abroad in charge of this country.

    This ticket would get my vote, hands down.

    And we'd probably see the Democrats beat the Rethuglicans in a landslide that makes the Reagan vs. Mondale campaign look like a square dance.

    October 5, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Catie

    Hillary yeah!!! Obama nooooo!!! I would love HIllary Clinton as President, not Vice President!

    October 5, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Johnson5

    You keep telling youself that "Dominican mama 4 Obama". Smokin the pipe are you?

    October 5, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Miriam

    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?"

    No...the Vice President has to be eligible to be president.

    October 5, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Mr. Obama Watson

    the country is already in horrible shape, why try and make it even worse?
    Obama is a 1 term president, and that's that. People whined and complained about how bad Bush was, how much Bush spent, how Bush "lied", yet Obama in comparison is 1000x worse! Where are all of the same complainers that bashed Bush? They're all hiding under a rock somewhere? hypocrisy at it's best. I would love to see Michael Moores new movie about how horrible of a president obama has been, and it's only been 2 years!

    October 5, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. A Dem

    Probably because he knows he won't win with Biden, and he needs a big name behind him to get the votes back.
    Hillary should run again. I would vote for her... again.

    October 5, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Mr. Obama Watson

    oh yea, and Hillary is even worse a choice than Obama! wake up!

    October 5, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Rose

    I don't think this is going to happen, Michelle won't like it one bit, that is why Hillary is not now the V P.

    October 5, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Ron in Asheville, NC

    If that is an idea they're entertaining, they had better do some polling, especially of the black community. I'm an independent, voted for Obama, and would probably vote for him again, depending on who the opposition is and what happens in the meantime. But after the racist primary campaign Hillary and Bill ran, I won't vote for a Clinton on any ticket ever again. I know a lot of people of color who say the same thing.

    October 5, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. No way!

    No way would I vote for anything, anytime that includes the term "Obama." And - as an ardent supporter of Hillary during the primaries, if she stoops this low - to join this guy as second banana after the rotten, lying, thieving things he and the DNC did to her - Hillary Clinton will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER ever get my support for ANYTHING - because that would mean that she does not, after all, have an ounce of honor or integrity left in her.

    October 5, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. jamez

    Obama is a pussy cat compared to the evil witch CLINTON. Talk about corruption, thats fat legs hillary.
    In his speeches, bill clinton has been laying the groundwork for hillarys platform.
    God help america.

    October 5, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. KB

    Yes I will take the advice of all those posting comments who cannot spell, use appropriate grammar, or exercise some understanding of the English language. You have all clearly bought in to Obama's education plan. This country is in the worst shape its ever been. Tax and spend. That is all Obama and the democratic led administration has accomplished. Hillary will just continue the parade of failures!

    October 5, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. KB

    Yes I will take the advice of all those posting comments who cannot spell, use appropriate grammar, or exercise some understanding of the English language. You have all clearly bought in to Obama's education plan. This country is in the worst shape it's ever been. Tax and spend. That is all Obama and the democratic led administration has accomplished. Hillary will just continue the parade of failures!

    October 5, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Rob

    Would be great... but how would Biden be as Secretary of State? He has hoof in mouth disease. That could prove to be lethal internationaly.

    October 5, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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