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. Cathy

    Who in their right mind would serve as VP for Hillary. Bill will be all over that administration and there won't be room for anyone else.

    Anyway, this is an attempt by McAuliff to marginalize Obama. Sorry, won't work. He will win!

    February 5, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  2. realtime

    .......it's hard not to believe in pure idealism........it's what we all want to hear right?
    Hillary knows the difference between what will work, and what is pure fantasy, which was what her husband was trying to say in SC until it became a twisted racist sound-bite.
    just think back to what Washington did to Jimmy Carter?......same pure idealism that roped him into the oval office for cover until the hostages were released.......same "we gotta believe the middle-east just needs a kind, helping hand"......and then they slaughtered Anwar Sadat.
    I love what i hear from Obama, but in my gut i know the world just isn't that way. Bill wasn't being negative or racist, he was being honest.
    A vote for idealism is a vote for ineffectualism.........Hillary can make things happen.

    February 5, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  3. CE, Wisconsin, USA

    Why would he want to be VP in name only. Bill Clinton would be Co-President. He would be better off running for governor in Illinois.

    February 5, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  4. George from Minneapolis


    I think the Obama supporters want CHANGE... real significant change... and we know that Hillary is not CHANGE...... SO, since Obama supporters want CHANGE.. we support Obama.

    Do you know what they call people who do the same things over and over and expect a different result ?? those people are called ... INSANE. (people who support Hillary and expect meaningful change)

    As a Obama supporter, there is not much difference in Hillary and Bush, Romney, McCain, Huckelby which equals same old b.s.

    So, I would say Obama fans are incredibly smart, patriotic and brave because we know that America and the world can be changed for the better and Obama more than any candidate can help facilitate that change. ITS REAL SIMPLE, EXTREMELY SIMPLE.

    February 5, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  5. Who Am I?

    Rechi's comments / observations are very valid, realistic and true in the real world. But, NOT applicable or existing in hope, fantasy, promises, poetry, evasiveness to issues, uncertain & unclear sense of how to govern, exciting words...words...words, eloquence.
    Fellow Americans, we are talking here not just about a big corporation. It is USA, a superpower that faces at home and abroad huge, intricate, enormous, and intractable challenges from many varying situations, from many different groups / nations / personalities.
    We need someone whose exposure, experience, knowledge, clarity of direction, and proven abilities make her more than equal to the task!
    Think. Be wary of the Pied Piper!

    February 5, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  6. Guvany

    we seen what experience Clinton has. she voted for the war because it was the popular thing to do at the time . we know what type of experience she has " fallow the crowd experience”.

    February 5, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  7. Jay

    All this Obama haters keep claiming he doesn't have substance....
    My question to them....have you heard the debates? have you read their policies? Have you even the slightest idea about the what the issues are?

    Exhibit A:

    Obama wants to make it just has affortable as Clinton but he doesn't want to MANDATE coverage ( this means he leaves the decision up to the ppl and doesn't want to fine and/or garnish their wages if they cannot affort it)

    Obama believes in transparency and accountability. There is no competition on this from the Clinton camp.

    Special interests:
    Obama is against special interests running government. Again, there is no debate over this from the Clinton Camp

    Obama believes in talking to everyone, including hostile nations such as Iran. The Clinton camp argues that we shouldn't talk to hostile nations. This is a fundamental difference.

    War in Iraq:
    Clinton voted for the war. Think of her argument against a republican opponent in the general election: " i did vote for the war but not I want to cut and run!" I wonder how persuasive that wiil be. Obama can say "I've been against the war from the beginning..."

    The Clintons are very polarizing and make a living by bashing republicans and even some dems. They will have a tough time drawing in republicans and independents. If anything, they will re-engerize the republican party and unite them under a common "anti clinton campaign"

    February 5, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  8. Susan

    Hillary Clinton is a liar and a fraud. She has padded her resume which was just exposed on AOL yesterday. She also lied about her daughter jogging near ground zero when the planes hit the WTC. How disgusting to try and benefit politically from a tradegy. Anyone Hillary Clinton choses will be marginalized. She should just chose Bill and be done with it. Obama has displayed more guts, integrity and courage in this campaign than the Clintons have in lifetime. I'll take that over Hillary's so called "experience" any day.


    February 5, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  9. Elizabeth in CA

    The last time this country voted for inexperience and vague promises, we were rewarded with 9/11, a war in Iraq over non-existent WMD's, a housing market crash and a near-recessesion.

    As for transparent motives, Obama completely discounted the Hispanic vote until pollsters indicated Hispanic voters just might be enough to put one of the democratic candidates over the top. Obama now shamelessly uses Ricky Martin music and the slogan "Yes We Can," which has long been the battle cry of the United Farm Workers ("Si Se Puede"). These are the same United Farm Workers which... uh-oh... wait for it... have endorsed Clinton.

    The democratic race has been turned into a popularity contest fit for American Idol. It terrifies me to think that when the choice is between a seasoned politician offering specific solutions / accountability and a para-celebrity offering rhetoric out of the Karl Rove playbook (remeber "flip-flopper"?) that this country might actually permit Oprah to choose it's next leader. As for a Obama-Clinton ticket? Try Obama-Winfrey.

    February 5, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  10. Mike in Texas

    This Republican is for Obama. I'll never vote for a clinton. The only way that Obama does not get My vote is if clinton is on the ticket.

    February 5, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  11. Ann Aloha Independent Thinking, PA

    The Better Ticket
    Unstoppable in November
    Too Too many hidden issues for Senator Obama..and the public is recently getting the info...Finally

    February 5, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  12. alfufa

    I am not sure why HRC supportes think HRC is better qualified than anyone. Only qualificantion I can see is she is a women and wife of former president. For me HRC experience does not count anything. This is the great spinning HRC is doing to confuse people who are not well informed. As most of the people who vote are people who are not well informed these type of tactics can sway them and vote HRC. HRC is playing dirty politics. Hope people understand this and defeat her and make her stay home.

    February 5, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  13. Jhonk

    if she becomes Obama's V.P., i fear for his life. I am not kidding...

    February 5, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  14. alfufa

    If Obama gets the nomination I want him to choose a better women candidate for VP and not HRC. She is plastic.

    February 5, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  15. Jose

    Clinton/Obama '08.... I can taste the victory. When Clinton and Obama pair up, America WINS. Si Se Puede!!

    February 5, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  16. kobby

    who can show or tell me the people obama brought together or united?He,ll be good for vp so can learn more about the system i mean how d.c. works.

    February 5, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  17. rightnow

    .......ahem......remember when the budget was balanced?.....Wall Street was out of control?.....
    NEVER forget that a Clinton was in the White House trying to kill Osama BEFORE 9/11.........
    the one thing history will always recall is that Americans have a VERY short memory......unless there's some sort of scandal right?
    give me what has worked over what might work with flowery language....and if anyone cares to remember, the entire USA wanted blood after 9/11....and we got it.
    if Obama wins, and i wish him well , stay tuned for Jimmy Carter all over again.....ideals work very well on paper.

    February 5, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  18. Dusacre

    Yea, this so-called experience of 35 years–or 25 years whatever– costing us 4000 lives in Iraq and billions of $$$. What is the usefulness of Hillary's experience when we needed it in Iraq? Hillary cannot even say that she made a mistake on Iraq vote. She blames Bush. “If I know then, what I know today” she said she would make a different vote. This is always the reason of loosers. I will not vote for another Bush who cannot admit mistakes.

    I will take good and sound judgment anytime before experience.

    February 5, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  19. Murry

    No way. That's an insulting job offer from the Clinton camp after all the insults they hurled at him.
    Obama will win this primary because millions of his fans believe in him.
    Clinton raised $13.5M in January. Obama raised $32M in January from individuals. Nuff said.

    February 5, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  20. rightnow

    delete the Osama thingie?.......*blush*.........i was truely after cohesion......Freudian maybe?

    February 5, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  21. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Yes, I second Al Gore as vice president for Obama. He speaks out against the war from the start. He is intelligent like Obama. Definitely will have good ideas on how to combat Global Warming. Definitely a better choice than Hillary.

    February 5, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  22. Jack Lane

    I would not like to see a Clinton/Obama ticket. Obama would try to subvert her every day and his loud, crude and abnoxious wife would try to compete with Hillary. Afterall, did you see that cheap "Jackie Kennedy" suit she had on the other day. She is to Jackie Kennedy what Al Jolson was to mistrels.

    February 5, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  23. Definitely Hillary

    HIllary will be president. She knows who'll make the best VP for her. I hope it's not Snobama. There are many better candidates out there who are highly qualified and down to earth.

    As for Obama, hopefully Oprah will rescue him and boost his career as a daytime talk show co-host. After all, talking is his specialty, isn't it.

    February 5, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  24. John


    If Hillary does not get the nomination and Obama does, I will volunteer/vote Republican. ( This includes Mitt Romney)

    Not falling for a guy that promise Change and Hope that how we ended up with BUSH JR..... I want a person that acutally vote on something or at least show up to vote.... This time I want somebody that is qualified and experience... Please dont give me somebody that dont know how DC works....

    If it not Hillary the REP will have allot of new Clintons voters in NOV.........

    February 5, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  25. aware

    No to BO. Ego driven males do not make good leaders. They do make OK movie stars. 🙂

    An Obama vote is a Republican vote.

    Hillary 08

    February 5, 2008 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
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