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. fideauxdon

    Before the GOP gets giddy with victory thoughts, they should check the Gipper's popularity ratings two years into his presidency. Don't measure the drapes for Palin yet.

    October 5, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. MacTooley

    The only that could work on their election would be full time kennel employees Who else could stand the wretched stench of these baffoons?

    October 5, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. curtis

    I think Mrs. Clinton should switch spots with Mr.Obama; and go from there.

    October 5, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. The Real Me

    Please NO!

    October 5, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Zebula

    It's on the table so that Hillary doesn't run against Obama in 2012. He needs to keep her in check.

    October 5, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Michael in Houston

    You anti Obama people are really something else. You had zero concern about the Bush Presidency for 8 years and now you would like to remove Obama after less then 24 months. Lets call it for what it is....you hated him BEFORE he was elected and it mattered not what he did or didnt do...you would hate him regardless. And yet most of you are probably Tea Party...talk about deranged and twisted. You people are insignificant, loud, and will be slapped back into your collective swamp soon enough. Your immaterial to this argument.
    Clinton will not be on the ticket. I think she will serve out her role as Secretary and retire in private life. This country has become unrecognizable to most of us and I see no reason whatsoever for her to put herself through what will be loud mouth vile hatred for no reason other then its Hillary Clinton. If I were her...I would pass. If I were Obama, I would not run for re-election. Its too toxic out there and since the right wing has poisoned our churches, our school boards, and now our government, I would leave political office to those who wish to govern with, by, and for hate.

    October 5, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. jerry

    Hillary Clinton surprised me in her campaign by her pragmatism and sensibility. She is lightyears ahead of Bill. She has done a very capable job as SoS. I say bring her on! The only scary part of this whole scenario is Biden as SoS. Can't they offer him UN Ambassador or White House gardener or something?

    October 5, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Rob Johnson

    I don't see this helping Obama much. Frankly, if Hillary had that much enthusiasm and support from the Democratic base, wouldn't she have won in 2008?

    The idea that somebody who had the biggest "head start" in the history of Presidential politics, only to lose to an unknown first-term Senator with a Muslim-sounding name, is some kind of golden ticket that Obama can ride to a second term seems totally ungrounded in reality.

    If there is anybody the GOP hates more than Obama, it's the Clintons.

    October 5, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. DIANA

    Please don't get my hopes up just so they could crash down. Though I LOVE our present vice-president, this would be a dream team. I guess the only way the right could answer this ticket would be a Palin/Bachman ticket. Or a Palin/O'Donnell ticket.

    October 5, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Ben

    Okay, Clinton does not need to run; she is further right than Obama, who is already too far to the right for my taste anyway...

    October 5, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. All the news that is fit to omit

    Sorry Obama Dumba Mama, our next President will be Paul Ryan with a VP of Condi Rice, two people who unlike your zeroes have uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh actually done something in life besides have everything handed to them based on NOTHING (OBAMA) or by living off of hubby's coattails (Hillarity).

    See you in November

    October 5, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. IL CHIC

    The only way I'd vote for him again is if Hillary is on the ticket. No Hillary, no vote for Obama. I'm very disappointed in his performance.

    October 5, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. JANUARY 20, 2013 - THE END OF AN ERROR

    To: Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I would be real careful if I was you about referring to other Americans as "Taliban". Some of us have relatives and friends who are actually fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan and other groups just like them.

    Perhaps it would be better for all concerned if you went back and stayed in that third world crap-hole you seem so to be so proud of.

    October 5, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. Mikey

    @ Eric and other Obama-bashers – please get a clue. The Obama Administration has a long list of accomplishments in less than two year. Their major failure is that the economic recovery has been painfully slow. But to compare either Obama or Carter to Bush is an extreme insult to either. Bush took a booming economy and buget surpluses and turned them into the worst recession since the Great Depression and the largest deficits in history. Further, he accomplished all that while getting us into two wars and making zero progress in energy policy, climate change, health care, and any other important domestic or international priority. He damaged our relations around the globe and shreaded important provisions of our Constitution. The wealth gap widened, middle class incomes flatlined, and regulatory protections were routinely ignored. If you don't think Bush was a failure, you must think Obama is fantastic – either that are you are an illogical, partisan hack.

    October 5, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. JohnNC

    Don't tell me we are going to have to start looking at Hillary again. She is getting old and ugly.

    October 5, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Name

    I would love that.

    October 5, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Paul from Phoenix

    She should run against him, not with him.

    October 5, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. NameMe

    Who cares

    October 5, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Brazil

    This isn't speculation, this is going to happen. I'm surprised that this hasn't become factual yet. Hillary tires of all the travelling, but would never leave the Obama administration until elections. And, as far as Hillary running against Obama in 2012 ? I guarantee she would never do that. Hillary is no Palin, she would never quit her post. But Biden is bored with the small amount that he has to do as V. P. Biden wants a bigger challenege, Hillary would love to come off of the road. I can assure you, just as you are reading this, there will be an Obama / Clinton ticket in 2010. The only thing better sounding that this ticket, is the sound of the Tea Klanners soiling themselves. As far as a Hillary run in 2016 ? It's far too sonn to predict. That would depend on Bill's health in 2016.

    October 5, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. Honestly Speaking

    What planet are some of these posters from? I"m really starting to think most of these people are republican plants. I mean to say Obama has failed presidency? Really? Explain? oh and no FOX talking points, EXPLAIN. Cause saving an economy from total depression, health care overhall, tax incentives for small businesses, and reworking the College Loan network doesn't sound failed at all. Actually sounds quite the opposite. Oh yeah btw Obama/Clinton sounds awesome. Clinton vs Obama will destroy the Democratic base and give Republicans a (W) in 2012. Either all you idiots hoping for a Republican WHITE wash this november and in 2012, I got two words. Keep Dreaming or better yet three...Keep Hope Alive but either way it doesn't matter because republican (Majority) won't win another election for at least 10 years....

    October 5, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. Ellid

    I see no reason for this except to satisfy the few remaining PUMAs.

    And no, the Constitution prohibits a former President from serving as Vice President. Frankly, I expect President Obama to write his memoirs and then go back to teaching law when he leaves office, not subject himself to more nonsense from birthers, teabaggers, and right wing racists.

    October 5, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. jeff, alabama

    A dream ticket......or a nightmare ticket ?
    How foolish would Obama be to have Hillary
    Clinton one heartbeat away from the Presidency ?
    The Clintons have been involved with others who's
    heart have quit beating. Just saying........

    October 5, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Keep It Real

    Y'all are posting this crap because you are scared to death that if this is true that President Obama will get re-elected. Hillary would put him over the top. Than, she would run and win in 2016, and get re-elected in 2020. 16 years straight baby!

    October 5, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Illinoistom

    Hillary will challenge Dear Reader in 2012, not be his running mate. I don't agree with her on a lot of issues, but she clearly loves her country.

    October 5, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. Tom in Wheaton

    To all you Obama-haters: Your recurring theme is that the country is in the worst shape it's ever been. OK, maybe, but how has the President had ANYTHING to do with it. There have been no tax increases, his healthcare overhaul has not taken effect yet, and the unemployment figures are getting better, not worse. None of you has a clue as to what you're talking about. In 21 months, the President and his party have successfully stopped the bleeding that was caused by 8 years of Cheney-Rove-Bush and have started to turn things around. And DON'T talk to me about Socialism. There has been a strong Socialist element to American government since the 1930's – that's 80 years ago. Get over it.

    October 5, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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