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. Dimi

    These news have made many right wingers very nervous it seems.
    It will definitely be a winning ticket.

    October 5, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. marty

    not that i think clinton would challege obama, but if she's on the ticket that eliminates the possiblity. she would be the most powerful vp in u.s. history. (i don't consider cheney a powerful vp because he, in fact, was the president). "the know" on mccain wasn't so much his age, but his choice of palin as vp candidate...and palin herself.

    palin/o'donnell in 2012.

    October 5, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Wade

    Obama and Clinton, two morons on the same ticket. It will be "Driving Miss Daisy!" Yes'em boss....what's ever youz sayz .

    October 5, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Josue

    This idea scares the hell out of republicans. This will be the best ticket in America history. Clinton will teach Obama how to kick some republican ass! Forget about bipartisanship. Do what the left one. Let republicans and Sarah Palin criticize all they want, who cares? Obama/Hillary 2012

    October 5, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. antsdaman007

    I feel sorry for the Tea Party and Republican supporters.

    Anyone can blurt out nifty party line slogans – Stop Spending, Small Gov't and Cut Taxes!!

    BUT – Have we seen their actual policy??? Where is the Beef of the Tea Party and Republican policy to move this country forward?????

    THE TRUTH is that The Tea Party and Republicans have NO CLUE. These are the same people who pushed us all to vote for GW in 2004.

    Better yet – Their leaders (who are in the right wing media) make MILLIONS of Dollars off stupidity by stoking fear while advancing lies and misinformation.

    The American people are too smart! I feel the thrust of the truth coming out. GET OUT AND VOTE!!! Unless you want the Tea Party wack jobs playing with our great country's future.

    I say again to the Tea Party and Republicans – The Mind is a terrible thing to waste

    October 5, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Josue

    Rush Limabaugh and Shean Hannity are hidding already.

    October 5, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. GeorgeB from Ohio

    This would be a great pairing. Democrats have done a lot, stabilizing the economy that was nearly destroyed, much needed health care reform, the vast majority of the stimulus money has been repaid, nuclear arms reduction in tandem with Russia ... the problem with the Democratic Party is they don't do propaganda as well as the "slash and burn, protect the wealthy, give lip service to God and country" party.

    October 5, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Josue

    Hey Wade, how about Palin/O'Donnell for you? Those are very smart women to you, right? What can you expect from republicans like you?

    October 5, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Otto

    This is all spec-u-la-tion BUT, it would drive the Republicans up the wall. The Republicans would not stand a chance in hell; mark you, they don't stand a chance in 2012 even if Obama does not have a VP. The fun part is that the insane GOP NeoCon poster will explode like an IED set under their toilet, just at the time they are making a number 2 (AKA crap)
    The NeoCons can't be more hateful and insane than I have seen since 01/2009 and I would love to see them implode like an Atom in a smasher, going a million miles per second. We'll need more crazy homes for them, or a ship to the Atlantic or Indian Ocean.

    October 5, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Jacob

    it's the second best dream ticket (my first pick would have been Clinton/Obama)

    October 5, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Wow...is that an oil spill I smell or did something like 15M conservatives just crap their pants?

    October 5, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Jason

    I know I am not the only one who sees what would happen there. Hilary is determined to get in the White House no matter what it takes. So if that were to happen don't put it past her to go as far as an assassination to get there.

    October 5, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Not certain whose dream this ticket would be ... maybe Karl Rove's. He would become relevant again as he could dust off his 2008 anti-Hillary playbook and sell it to the Republicans.

    As for Hillary, she is no prize running mate. Her record as Sec State is beginning to rival that of Condi Rice e.g. totally ineffectual. Maybe that does make her VP material after all. Wonder if anyone would notice if she and Joe Biden just switched jobs?

    October 5, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Banks

    For the same of the economy it might be nice, Dumb and dumber aren't cutting it.

    October 5, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Mike In NJ

    I'd vote for that ticket. Secretary Clinton has proven herself a capable leader, an accomplished negotiator, and a person of great intellect and integrity.

    October 5, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Do it! I would love a Republican shoo-in for pres.

    October 5, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Tami

    Putting Clinton on his ticket is the only way he MIGHT have a chance.
    Without her, the Democratic party is in the ditch.
    She should have been the nominee in 2008.

    October 5, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Never Going To Happen!

    October 5, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. I-Hop

    They are and will always be a great team. Its funny how people only see that Obama has done nothing so they think. This man has taken the biggest position to try and recover a world that was set up for failure. When in hell will we learn? Forget about (D) and (R) there just letters we need to focus on the big picture who's going to take care of the people that work hard to make life possible in the USA. That's what kind of president we need not someone who wants to make sure their people stay rich. Food for thought...

    October 5, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Rachel

    I am not sure Hillary should put herself through that again, the vile remarks from republicans and complaining and nasty comments from ultra liberls. I don't think it would be worth it. I think after she serves her term she should write some books teach and hopefully have some grandkids to spoil. ( but I wouldnt hate the ticket).

    October 5, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. common sense

    Obama again in any fashion is still a mistake. Hillary was good until she jumped on board with that POS Obama. Why can't you people see that he does whatever he wants. No matter that it's illegal, immoral, anti-American. Why are you Obama-lovers so blind to what he has done to undermine this nation. Are you that insecure of yourself or who you are that you need to latch on to this? Do you REALLY think we should allow 11M illegals to just "walk in" here scott free and get everything we, as Americans, have worked for? And most of us don't have or can't get. Really? Grow some, stand up and be a proud Amreican before its too late and you won't have the right to do so.

    October 5, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. TX_MBell

    It was bad enough during the Clinton administration.
    It was believed that she was telling Bill what to do.
    Just imagine the controversy of who would be in charge with an Obama and Hillary or Hillary and Obama presidency.
    To cover their bases they may both run in the primary. But if Hillary wins I doubt that she would willingly choose Obama as VP.

    October 5, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    No surprise. If things start to look bad, she might run against Obama in the primary, so making her the VP candidate shores up loose ends, allows the Democrats to capture the female voters and probably assures Hillary a legitimate shot at the White House in 2016. I actually thought President Obama might name her to the Supreme Court as she is an excellent lawyer – look at her work on the Watergate hearings as deputy counsel to Senator Sam Ervin.

    October 5, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. ufadoof

    Jesus/Mohammed 2012

    Dogma You Can Believe Im

    October 5, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. vette gal

    God, I hope not. Didn't like her when she was running for President and don't like her now. Obama would be a real fool to get rid of Biden. Biden's one of the most honest politicians out there. He doesn't make millions, doesn't live in a million dollar home and is down to earth like most of us. A real mistake, in my opinion, if he doesn't run with him on the ticket. People say he's always saying things he shouldn't, but doesn't that make him honest? In my opinion, here is a politician that doesn't just say what will make him popular with the other politicians or popular with the general populace, but says what he truly thinks. He's not trying to spin the public with anything other than his own honest thoughts.

    October 5, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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