February 4th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Clinton chairman: Obama would be good running mate

(CNN) - One of Hillary Clinton's top advisers said Monday Barack Obama could make a good running mate if the New York senator is the Democratic Party's nominee.

Appearing on NY1's "Inside City Hall," Clinton Campaign Chairman Terry McAuliffe praised Barack Obama’s ability to “excite people,” adding that Clinton “needs to make sure the next, whoever the next vice president is, could take over if anything happened to her” - though he said it was too early to seriously discuss potential vice presidential picks.

When he was asked directly whether adding Obama to a Clinton ticket would be a good idea, he responded: “Sure it would. Absolutely. How could you deny consideration of someone who has excited so many people?”

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At CNN's debate in Los Angeles Thursday, both candidates were asked about the possibility of a joint ticket, regardless of who held the top spot – a suggestion that prompted cheering from the audience. Both suggested it was too early to discuss potential running mates.

-CNN's Alexander Mooney

soundoff (702 Responses)
  1. Java

    I agree with Rechi that Barack Hoesin Obama " You can't just become a CEO of a large corporation just out of university. People who are inspired by his preaches are equally stupid because he really does not have any substance, talk talk talk and don't know how to walk….... "

    February 5, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  2. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Obama might be on a short list for Hillary, but Hillary is not on the short list for Obama, because to him, she is divisive. Obama would choose someone more like him, who has integrity, tell the truth to the American people. The reason people are turned off by politics is because they no longer believe in these politicians ... until Obama comes along. So, let's hope we can turn this country around.

    February 5, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  3. anonymous

    Obama 2008 and beyond

    February 5, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  4. rich

    Obama would be wise to say to Hillary thanks but no thanks when he becomes the Democratic nominee. Hillary represents the past; Obama the future. She would be a drag on his ticket.

    February 5, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  5. SF, CA


    The GOP will tear Obama apart. He himself has written in his book about his past drug use. Do you really think the GOP will just "let that go?" They'll use that in all their commercials leading up to the November general election.

    February 5, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  6. D.

    Rechi wrote: You can't just become a CEO of a large corporation just out of university.

    Bill Gates did it, the guys that run and started Yahoo did it. What about Google and YouTube. These are some of the countries most successful companys and they were all ran by innovative people that understood people.

    Rechi I truely respect your position. I just feel strongly that Barack will perform as well as Clinton but he certainly has more upside potential.

    I would like someone that staffs their cabinet with skillful advisors and listen to them. Not some one that starts handing out favors. I just don't want someone in office with a husband that feels he gets to right the wrongs.

    Hillary has tenure not experience. Her judgment is questionable and so are her loyalties. Her tactics are bullish and furthermore she is hated by even moderate republicans. The presidency will be nothing but complete grid lock.

    Rechi we really need to move away from this, because the only people benifiting are bill collectors, oil companies etc.

    Rechi. Please reconsider. Hillary didn't start this excitement and interest in change. If she was a leader she would have. If she was a leader, Obama would only be an afterthought.

    With all of her "advantages" there is no way this race should even be close. And the fact that she didn't start this movement towards "political reconcilation" is the very reason why I don't feel that she as anything fresh and next generation to offer.

    Rechi vote your consciousness. You will benifit from supporting Obama. Liberate yourself, trust me you wont regret it.

    February 5, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  7. keem4u

    For those guys questioning Obama's expirience, let me tell you this, we've seen the limit of the clintons( and not impressed) however Obama is the hope and futurre, do you know the limit of hopful future?

    America is ina mess both within the country and all over the world. The world sees the United states as a big selfish nations these days. If you've ever travel out of U.S then you will know what I'm talking about !

    American have got to take back her beautiful name and economy among other nations, it's not going to be easy, but there's hope and that hopi is OBAMA.

    February 5, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  8. Peace

    This is all about calculations, They know for sure if Obama is not on their ticket there is no way Hillarry can win. They know without Obama they will loose Independent and Young Voters in a large number.

    February 5, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  9. Nathan

    Obama would definately make a good running mate for John McCain, but this is a DEMOCRAT primary and we don't need a pretend Democrat to have the nomination. If you're not going to have Universal Healthcare Obama, just go and join the Republicans you bloviating, blustering, stuttering traitor. I've never seen so much rhetoric that actually doesn't mean anything. The last time I heard such crap was with George W. Bush. Obama is George W. Bush-lite.

    February 5, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  10. Chris

    The "experience" mantra only works for those already supporting Hillary and her talking points.

    Experience is meaningless without judgment. Hillary repeatedly has displayed poor judgment DESPITE her experience:

    1. Her intransigence and secrecy that doomed her first attempt at Universal Health Care.
    2. Her vote to go to war in Iraq.
    3. Her vote to name the Iranian Revolutionary Guard terrorists as Bush was trying to ramp up to a war with them (thank goodness the NIE derailed that).
    4. Her alliance with Rupert Murdoch and allowing him to hold a fund raiser for her (he endorsed her for Senator too).
    5. Her position that lobbyists deserve just as much of a seat at the table on policy issues as citizens.
    6. Hillary and Bill's negative campaigning that has alienated core Democrats from them.

    As has been said repeatedly, there are not many more experienced than Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, they have not exactly proven that experience has any bearing on being good leaders or making good decisions.

    Not to mention, if experience is the reason for Democrats to vote for Hillary than if she faces off against McCain, who has far more experience than she has, then accordingly those Democrats should vote for McCain over Hillary to elect the candidate with the most experience.

    Experience is a terminally flawed argument to use to convince people to vote for Hillary.

    February 5, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  11. alexblack

    Well, there goes Camp Clinton's argument that Obama is too inexperienced to be President. They just said that he's prefectly ready to take over the job.

    February 5, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  12. Lara

    WHO would be VP under Hillary and Bill? Oh my god, I would feel so bad for that person.

    February 5, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  13. stacy clarks, TX

    This is very presumptious of hillary's people, as if they already know that hillary will win the primaries, trying to make Obama's surge ahead seem like nothing. This is RIDICULOUS!!! WHEN, AND I MEAN WHEN OBAMA WINS THE PRIMARY, HE SHOULD NOT CONSIDER HILLARY, SHE WILL BRING HIM DOWN!!!!

    OBAMA/EDWARDS 08!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  14. vicki

    If Senator Obama allowed Hillary Clinton to run as his VP, I would not vote for him and certainly I will never vote for her. Both of the Clintons have demonstrated reprehensible behavior toward Barack Obama, particularly after Senator Obama's Iowa win. The Clintons went absolutely beserk in New Hampshire and continued their racially coded innuendos in SC. How do their supporters reconcile the Clintons lawless ambition and their outright lying? Everybody tip toes around it...never calling the Clintons out for their dispicable behavior. The Democratic party had better hope Obama wins big and goes the length..else I suspect the Democratic party will lose a lot of voters who simply could not reconcile voting for Hillary Clinton!

    February 5, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  15. Hope, arizona

    You are all so biased in your thinking. Why not a woman President? She is experienced, accomplished and delivers results. She is committed, dedicated and understands the political machine. She does not have to learn it ...step by step. Obama will have to go to Ted Kennedy to get anything done, because he has sold his soul! Do you people not get it! He cannot stand on his own...he requires an immense amount of support. A strong candidate he does not make!

    February 5, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  16. Vibs

    If Obama comes out to be the nominee, I would immediately shift my allegiance to John McCain. There's practically no sense in voting for a rookie like Obama. He's just good at rhetorics, all inspirational words without any substance as far as the issues are concerned. Is he a god that doesn't make a mistake; I don't believe a word he says. How could people be so stupid to get excited with this guy. It is too dangerous to let a rookie run the white house without any experiences . How can you implement change when you have practically no substantial experiences to excute that change.

    Be intelligient, use your head and not be carried away with all these baloneys.

    February 5, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  17. Michael Dunn

    Yep; if you can't beet the message, try to reduce it's affect; well Clintons I have to tell you I'm not buying it! I'm ready for real change and I don't think Hillary is the one to bring it! Take a look the other article on which candidate will unify the Republicans the most...The Republicans don't know how to handle someone that is a hope-monger; but they know how to handle someone that polarizes people like Hillary does.

    February 5, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  18. BillBlue

    Silly and pointless speculation. Obama will win the nomination and he's too smart to have the diva Hilary and the uncontrolled and uncontrollable Bill as part of his administration.
    In the unlikely event of a Clinton nomination, Obama would be insane to jeopardize his future electability by participating in a Clinton administration circus.
    Never happen!
    Yes We Can

    February 5, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  19. pearl

    Hillary's main experience is "First ladies" of Arkansas and the US (yeah tea and cookies). She is a 2nd term Senator. Oh yeah she's got a lot of experience, so much that she went along with Bush on the war, so much that she LIKE Bush can't ADMIT HER MISTAKE! Oh yeah real experience to trust.

    February 5, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  20. Jim

    Terry McAuliffe is a moron

    February 5, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  21. vena

    That would be career suicide for Obama. The Clinton's would ditch him as soon as he served his purpose(ala Gore). Were he to run 2016, not only would he have to answer for his own baggage, he'd have to answer for the Clinton baggage. Not only that, as VP, he'd be playing second fiddle to Bill. She needs him more than he needs her. He doesn't need her on a ticket at all.

    February 5, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  22. jdk

    The Clintons are despicable. I'm still dreaming about an Edwards endorsement some time after tomorrow and a Obama / Edwards ticket.

    Obama '08

    February 5, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  23. Corey

    One thing is clear: Obama seems to be willing to say anything to get into the White House. Hillary has experience that she can bring, she speaks to me as young person and seems to be in touch with real issues that real people are facing today, lack of health insurance, poverty, war in Iraq, economy..... If Obama wins the nomination I will either seriously consider McCain or not vote at all!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  24. JohnS

    How can a Professor of Constitutional Law have no experience with National Politics? Hillary supporters are really "uneducated." It is like saying a general MD has no experience with screening for simple stomach pain!!! How dumb can some of these voters really be; it makes it difficult to give some CREDIT to a fellow citizen!!!

    February 5, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  25. OBAMER

    Clinton talks and talks... and talks. This country needs a serious uplifting and inspirational leader. There are tons of GREAT people by his side who will make up for any inexperience. GO OBAMA!!!! All the way!!!! Latinos should be the first ones lining up to vote for this man, seriously. Shame on you if you can't see past your prejudice. This is a new America, here we come!

    February 5, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
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