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. Let's Turn The Page America

    Obama doesn't need the Clintons stench on his lapels...Its win now or wait for Obama!

    February 5, 2008 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  2. Sarah Jane



    February 5, 2008 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  3. Jon

    Obama: President of the Harvard Law Review. Constitutional Law Professor. Civil Rights Attorney.

    Hillary: Flunked her bar exam.

    I want a President who understands the Constitution and have the wisdom to take us to the next century. Don't need anyone with 35 years of "experience" taking money from special interests. She is not even in the same league.

    Obama/Edwards 08!

    February 5, 2008 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  4. Carrie

    No more Clintons or Bushes!

    Obama/Edwards 08

    February 5, 2008 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  5. matt

    kim i am with u..if obama does not get the nomination..i will vote for republicans..the only thing i vote for democrat is because of obama.go obama2008

    February 5, 2008 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  6. matt

    kim i am with u..if obama does not get the nomination..i will vote for republicans..the only thing i vote for democrat is because of obama.go obama2008

    February 5, 2008 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  7. temitope


    February 5, 2008 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  8. puzzled

    If Obama chose Mrs. Bill Clinton as his running mate or ran as hers, he would go down as on of history's greatest hypocrites.

    The Clintons are the personfication of what must be changed in America. There is no compromise with the Clintons. PERIOD.

    February 5, 2008 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  9. bccity

    The children have spoken. Too bad they did not have anything intelligent to say.

    February 5, 2008 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
  10. e

    If Obama is all about hope and integrity, why are all of his supporters so hateful and vicious? Really, some of you sound like right-wing cultists, or the Nader supporters who helped to get Bush into the White House. It's really offputting, and one of the things (besides his own immaturity) that put me off your candidate.

    February 5, 2008 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  11. John Gesang

    What a low and asinine tactical move (though it's perfectly in keeping with the Clinton campaign's snide and often Rovian approach to things). Clinton ain't gonna choose Obama if she wins the nomination. (Richardson is the most likely VP she'd choose, to try to bring in the Latino vote, which she's been very good at conning.)

    And what's more, Clinton vs. McCain is a losing bet. Look at the polls. She's the ideal Republican choice for an opponent because she's easily beatable; the Democrats can't afford to run a candidate with a close race. Obama would open up the South and also carry the more usual Democrat states, quite possibly in a landslide, against McCain.

    I'm not voting for Clinton if she wins the nomination . . . because I am not voting Republican. Period.

    February 5, 2008 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  12. Shirley Says

    I am a republican and can't vote for Hilary Feb 5, but will in Nov. You go girl. Hilary in 08.

    February 5, 2008 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  13. e

    oops, I didn't mean 'all of his supporters', but rather 'some of his supporters'. Most of the people who write on here in support of him seem to be jerks, but I am sure there are reasonable people out there that are for him as well... apologies.

    February 5, 2008 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  14. Lee, York Pa

    Hillary all the way....give Obama a post to get more experience but NOT VP
    I'd bank on a CLINTON / BIDEN or RICHARDSON ticket>
    As long as it's HILLARY!

    HILLraiser from PA

    February 5, 2008 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  15. jimmy

    To my own best of knowledge Clinton should leave her wife a loan, to campaign for her self, to see if she is a good politician by condeming fellow runnig mate ,because Clinton has build his name into the world standard and we didnt expect him in such situation. jimm from Ireland

    February 5, 2008 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  16. Lee, York Pa

    By the way.... I'm over Celebrity Endorsements>
    They have never swayed my vote nor will Oprah,Caroline or anyone else....
    The only difference between us is paychecks ....which is why

    February 5, 2008 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  17. Nhan

    Obama will be the nominee. I would not suggest Hillary to be the running mate.

    February 5, 2008 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  18. Steve

    Hillary all the way. She can deliver results. Obama is much like John Kennedy, alot of style but won't be able to deliver anything of importance.

    February 5, 2008 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  19. Ryan W

    The only way the Republicans have a prayer in this election is if Clinton gets the Democratic nomination. That will mobilize their base since all they have to run on is fear and hate.

    Oh and while we're on the topic of experience, can I ask that rather than talk about how much experience someone has, let's talk about exactly what kind of experience they have.

    What experience does Clinton have that Obama does not? She was a president's wife? So that somehow qualifies her? From what I've seen of her, she has a lot of experience in lying, dirty tricks, taking bribes, meeting with lobbyists, etc.....

    If we really want change in this country, why would we allow the same two families to rule us for 24 years?

    February 5, 2008 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  20. jean

    Hillary has the resume. Versus Obama's only experience in the streets of Chicago.

    February 5, 2008 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  21. Patricia

    No! No! No! No Clintons on the ticket, unless we really want another republican in the White House and more warmongering a la McCain.

    February 5, 2008 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  22. Susan in Cincinnati

    Oh yes... the dream team is coming. To take back Washington. These two together will be unstoppable...... The world knows it!

    February 5, 2008 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  23. Gavin

    Clinton 08

    February 5, 2008 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  24. Here in Britain

    The coverage of the election by certain US media channels (CNN, Fox, MSNBC) has been nothing short of a disgrace. They consistently favour one candidate over another – no wonder the polls are as close as they are.

    The sad thing is that if Hillary Clinton were a man she would have kicked Obama's butt into touch a long time ago – unfortunately the misogynistic press have their own agenda and that means that Obama gets away scot-free whilst Clinton receives criticism.

    Obama increasingly reminds me of a politician from these shores- Tony Blair. Obama seems to offer some of the vague hope and generalised dreams that Blair threw around in '97 and for years after...it 'sounds' good, 'looks' good...but the reality and delivery is somewhat harder to swallow.

    February 5, 2008 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  25. Joe-Wilmington, DE

    No. He would be a great President.


    February 5, 2008 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
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