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. Peter 4 Obama

    If you want to be part of history today is your chance, we have talk all we want, but let's go put our ink for him. Obama has done his job campaigning around the clock, now is your time our time to spent sometime and vote him.

    Vote Obama God Bless you. God Bless America!!!

    February 5, 2008 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  2. Jack Jodell, MN

    Hillary would be a good running mate for Obama, too.

    February 5, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  3. AJ

    I'm a Clinton supporter but I will not vote for any ticket that has Obama on it. All I can hope is that after he gets beat in the primary, he goes away, never to be seen or heard from again...

    February 5, 2008 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  4. Alecki

    Obama fans are acting like rock stars for Obama.

    THIS IS A PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY not a concert!!!!!!!!!!

    We can't afford to have a Rookie in the White House. We are at war, our economy is a mess and our health coverage is poor at best.
    Please read resumes and you wouldn't even consider Obama. His name alone would initiate a background check.

    Let's get it together and vote for experience.

    Vote Hillarry.

    February 5, 2008 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  5. BCNU purple state, usa

    Wow, three for the price of one! What a last ditch desperate ploy. Obama doesn't need her.

    February 5, 2008 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  6. Alecki

    Someone tell me what Obama is saying about health care. He doesn't want Universal health care.
    Is that what we want.

    Someone tell me why Obama didn't vote for 100 issues in the senate?
    Is that what we want.

    Someone tell me why Oprah's opinion matters?
    Is that what we want?

    Someone tell me why experience doesn't count
    Is that what we want?

    Yes we can...\
    No we won't!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  7. citizen

    Obama Lovers,

    I am all for OBAMA/BUSH. They sound same before the election and offered hope with full of dope.

    February 5, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  8. hal

    More stupid surrogate tricks from the Clintons.

    Yeah Terry, and Eli Manning would make a terrific backup NFL quarterback who could come in off the bench and win the game.

    February 5, 2008 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  9. pam,s.c.

    SPIN. how arrogant is this jerk. this is the same type of spin the clintons perputrated in s.c. . a wink here a nod there regarding obama's race.

    February 5, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  10. hailey

    We are a day away from Super Tuesday. If you are thinking about voting for Barack Obama, consider whether he is the best candidate to go toe to toe with John McCain in the Fall election. Let's look at the attack line that McCain would undoubtedly use against an Obama candidacy.

    What is Senator Obama going to say when Senator McCain asks him why he is in favor of granting drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants as Obama has admitted at least twice in Democratic debates?

    What will Senator Obama say when Senator McCain cites Obama's present position that undocumented workers will not be covered in his health care proposal, yet when he was running for the Senate he said that children of undocumented workers should get the same health care benefits that citizens get?

    What is Senator Obama going to say when John McCain starts to ask people to compare Obama's qualifications to be president to McCain's experience? That his years on the Senate Armed Services Committee don't matter?

    What is Senator Obama going to say when John McCain begins to ask him about negotiating in unstructured summits with the leaders of Iran, North Korea and Cuba without preconditions?

    What will Senator Obama say when Senator McCain asks him why he said in 2004 that he did not know how he would have voted on the Iraq war authorization and that his view of the Iraq war was not different from President Bush's? What will Senator Obama say when Senator McCain compares Obama's votes to fully fund the Iraq War in the Senate to Obama's rhetorical opposition to that war?

    What is Senator Obama going to say when Senator McCain questions Obama's claim to be "the most qualified person in America to conduct the foreign policy of the United States"? What is Senator Obama going to say when Senator McCain says that Obama is not one of the most qualified members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to lead this country in today's dangerous world but instead one of the most absent?

    What is Senator Obama going to say when Senator McCain points out that Senator Obama has not conducted a single policy hearing as chairman of the subcommittee on European Affairs of the Foreign Relations Committee?

    February 5, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  11. Kris

    Obama is the ONLY candidate who will receive my support and my vote. If the Clintons receive the nomination, I'll be leaving the Democratic party immediately.
    Obama's intelligence and integrity are head and shoulders about the Clintons- both of them.

    Hillary's supposed years of experience are finally being clarified in the media and we're finding they amount to little more than 15 years working for a large law firm in Arkansas and sitting on the boards of big corporations. She can't even be clear and forthright about her own resume! She may feel dedicated to helping the downtrodden, but there is a big difference between sitting in a cushy law firm office feeling dedicated— and walking the streets of Chicago with the people, or practicing law in a small firm for the people as a civil rights attorney.

    Today we have a CLEAR choice. OBAMA is the future! Go for it!

    February 5, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  12. Dee

    Hillary is a wax faced fake and the leaders of the world know it. She would only hurt OBAMA's reputation as a V.P.

    GO OBAMA - Stand tall and brave! We love ya!

    February 5, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  13. Erica

    Who in their right mind would want to work for a tyrant? So, Hillary's thinking about garnishing pay for those that don't comply with her mandatory health care? And we thought Bush infringing on our lives and rights?

    February 5, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  14. AJ

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

    Are you going to stomp and cry too? I wont vote for any ticket that has Obama on it but I will never, ever vote republican. It's idiots like you who vote out of spite that make a mess of our democratic process (not to mention having a stupid electorate – what else can explain Obama's popularity?)

    February 5, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  15. Whitburn

    Obama for President, not co-VP with Bubba

    February 5, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  16. Jeff

    As a Canadian living in the twin Saults (Ontario and Michigan)
    and being a morning dj on a country radio station, I am truly facinated with the
    Democratic race. I like Wolf and Jack and all the terrific reporters at CNN
    absolutely am losing shut-eye with today's anticipation of Super Tuesday results.
    I have tons of family in the U.S. and I have been a political junkie since JFK
    there and Pierre Trudeau here.
    I wish Hillary and Barack all the best. I feel it will be a very close one.
    Obama has a ton of charisma and is one terrific motivator and speaker.
    I think Americans need and want this type of leader!
    As we tell our Canadians, "Get out and vote;exercise your right. Make a difference!~"
    All that jazz and advice aside, I for one will lose more sleep than usual as a morning guy (Zzz!) staying up the watch the amazing 'Best political team on tv!
    ps- Hi to John Roberts whom we loved on Canadian television way way way back!

    February 5, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  17. NObama

    To all Obama suporters... you must all be young, you speak without wisdom. You need to really open your ears and LISTEN to the empty words of HOPE Obama speaks. I hope too....

    I hope for healthcare where I'm not constantly fighting to get the coverage and medications my child needs,

    I hope our economy improves so I don't have to worry if we can continue to make ends meet,

    I hope to have improved funding for college, low cost loans, grants to young leaders,

    I hope to live in a country that's not racially or politically dividided and will NOT war with other countries!

    It's great to speak of hope and dreams, but when there is no substance to back them up, I lose interest.

    February 5, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  18. WMW

    There were 25 or so Dems in a focus group on tv last night and when asked what Obama has done as far as any achievement, they could not think of one thing!

    I rest my case. Hillary will win because she has the experience. Just being different or liked is not good enough for something so important!

    Wake up people and use some common sense!

    February 5, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  19. Allan

    This is called spinning folks, they will say anything to get to the white house…

    S.positive, and Obama will not say anything to get to the white house, he did a lot to marginalize Hillary and get away with all criticism... lol

    Hillary 08

    February 5, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  20. Kristine

    I support the idea. I like both candidates, but lean toward Hillary on the issues (esp. universal health care) and her experience sets her apart. Also, the economy and recession is a huge issue and she's been there, done that. The other idea to consider is it would give us the White House for two decades. In one brave moment, the Democratic party would not only break gender and racial barriers, ushering in a new age, it sends a clear message here and abroad that America is rejecting the politics of division, greed, and war and moving forward with a clear and bold vision of leadership, cooperation, engagement, responsibility, and justice.

    February 5, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  21. Allan

    Any candidate can talk about HOPE AND CHANGE. If you are gullible enough you would believe Oprah can run this country. But it takes determination and skills and experience to run a country. And who can do that job: HILLARY. Obama supporters, wake up please! Lets get back to reality and start to talk sense. Lets face it, Obama is just hot air. Give him another 8 years, let him run as VP to get experience and then he can run as President. Cmon USA, you can do better that Obama. You deserve better!

    February 5, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  22. Intellectuals

    Obama is second to none

    Born to lead and Born to win

    Obama '08

    February 5, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  23. observer#1

    Guess if Obama gets the nomination McCain, as bad as he is will be our next President. I, too will switch parties. Vote Hillary! Save us from McCain!

    February 5, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  24. Lynn

    Vena, you got it exactly right. Obama would get no "experience" whatsoever in a Clinton White House. Bill will be the co-president and the only thing the VP will get to do is go to a bunch of funerals. There would also be more Clinton baggage that would make it impossible for Obama to win if he were to run later.

    If - a big "if" - Obama doesn't win the nomination, I hope to God he does not accept an offer by Clinton to be VP. He would be infinitely better off staying in the Senate, and staying as far away as possible from the Clinton baggage and divisiveness.

    February 5, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  25. Hello from SC

    So many Hillary-haters for no good reason. Obama told the world that Hillary is his friend. She did raise money and campaign for him in the Senate race. If what you say about her is true, he is crooked to have accepted the support. If Clinton is the nominee, clearly he will support her.

    In light of all this, and if what you say about Hillary is true, it means that Obama has poor judgement to have a friend like her– or - if he just said she is his friend for political reasons, it means he is just another lying politician.


    February 5, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
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