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. Roger

    Again I see and again I write with little hope of it being posted because it is a supporting comment for Hillary. Here we have this supposed great uniter in Barack Obama and yet as I read the blogs and postings from his supporters all I read is hate. I read where when Hillary is our candiadate Obama supporters are going to vote Republican or not at all. Now that's being united. It is clear that Obama has brought new voters into the thick of things and it shows just like his lack of experience. This is the campagian trail folks and if you think it's rough now wait until the Republicans get a hold of him. Our country and our party can ill afford reaching November and shaking our heads saying "I never knew that about Obama" or " I wish that would had come up sooner, now were in trouble". I for one will work for the party no matter who our nominee is. My hope is that we can have control of the White House for 16 years. Clinton / Clinton / Obama / Obama. All who I know would work for and support Obama in 2016 for presidetnt. It's ashame that his supporters do not see the big picture and are only out for themselves.

    February 5, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. Barb

    If Hillary becomes President, whoever she chooses to be her Vice President will be an individual with a title only and no power. If she becoms President there will be no need for a Vice President because Bill will be the second President with all of the power and the voice to go along with it. If anyone things she will be able to mute his voice think again, she has not been able to do it during the campaign.

    Obama, Edwards, Richardson they are all too intelligent to fall for this.

    February 5, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. Jeff, Geneva, Ill.

    Geez Cnn why do you keep pushing this story. It's a non issue. Even your analysts from the best political team on tv say there is no way of this. Being VP in a Clinton white house has proven to be a waste. Al Gore's career took off once he got out of their shadow. Clinton's were too busy prepping Hilary's career in 2000 and could have cared less. Quit trying to downplay Obama and sway people to think like the Clinton's that he should wait his turn. This is a democracy...nobody has a locked path to the White House.

    Obama isn't about the superficial change like race/or gender in white house. He's about a fundamental view of change which means a chang from the Clintons. You better believe that steams them. Look at his support w/out any Clinton backing compared to Gore in 2000. Obama has her scared and they know it. She won't win the general election if its her and a usual Clinton lackey.

    February 5, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  4. Cole

    You guys are nasty....

    Don't hate the other canidate because you support one.

    I'm personally an Obama supporter, but I'd be happy with either one.

    February 5, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  5. echeola

    Ask Gore how it was being Vice. I wouldn't expect him to do it. He would have to live in Bills shadow, and the Clinton grime would rub off on him.

    February 5, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. Nash

    Hillary doesn't need Obama. He will only drag her down when she becomes President.

    February 5, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. Chuck, Colorado

    McAuliffe is an idiot prone to shooting off his mouth and making promises he cannot deliver – witness his tenure as DNC Chairman tha saw Democrats losemajorities in the House and Senate.

    Obama is the guy. Hillary is unelectable in a general election – she's a Dennis Kucinich with breasts.

    February 5, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. Jim, Milwaukee

    One can easily make the case that Obama would make a good running mate.

    One cannot say the same of Hillary.

    February 5, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. Michael in Prague

    So now we can see, that after Bill trashes Obama, their guy Terry is tasked with floating the idea so Hillary doesn't have to, in order to test the waters.
    If this scenario ever materializes it would show who has character and who, does not. She has none and only cares about winning. After all, we now know Gore and Clinton were never wild about each other as they protrayed. If Obama has any character he would never even consider it. Leave the marriage of convenience and expediency to Bill & Hill.

    February 5, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. Jay

    The smell of desperation. It gets better and better. The only thing standing in the way of a Democratic landslide that would give this country a progressive majority for a generation are the Clintons and their cronies like Mr. McAuliffe. If Mrs. Clinton wins the nomination, McCain will win the White House because a substantial segment of the population will not vote for Mrs. Clinton under any circumstance (myself included). Hopefully Democrats are waking up to this.

    February 5, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. MJ North Mississippi

    It will be nice to awaken on Wednesday morning and know you don:"t have to look at or listen to Obama any longer. He will be done. Of course then he will be cozying up to Hillary looking for a bone.

    February 5, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  12. JRI

    Obama would be the perfect pick for VP. Hillary is unelectable without him: too many people just find her insufferable. But with the charismatic Obama on the ticket, just about all those people will hold their noses and vote for Hillary. A Hillary-Barack ticket couldn't miss. Which horrifies me, but there it is.

    February 5, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  13. from denver

    Elitest Terry – you will be scratching your head when, after tonight, your phone calls go unreturned from the Obama campaign. You, my friend, are what gives Democrats bad names. The Clintons don't deserve anything. The long, awful Clinton psycho drama soap opera is finally coming to end.

    Out with the Establishment, in with hope!

    GO OBAMA!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. Ken

    What is this? The Clinton News Network carrying water for the Clintons. No, never. You people at CNN should drugde up old Bernie Shaw. He was one heck of a Clinton Cheerleader when he was there. Imagine the shear joy that will be expressed on Bill Schneider's face when he presents his objective polling(HA, HA) and how much America is pulling for these two liberals. Some things never change. The Clinton News Network is proof of this.

    February 5, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  15. lois shmidl

    Reading CNN's blog is so different than ANY others. They post the Clinton haters. All of the others post both sides, and yes, they favor Hillary. How can tClinton supporters ever expect to get heard if they say something good about Hillary to a biased station as CNN. So glad there is a mute button when Wolf and Cafferty come on. Sometimes we watch it just to see how biased you really are.

    You would not dare mention the fact that the other Kennedy side are all supporting her, so is Magic Johnson and more governors and senators. But that is not noteworthy to you guys. I almost wonder how Wolf sleeps at night. I asmum $$$$$$$$ mean a lot to him, or is he just hoping to get Obama in so his Rrepublicans can grab the presidency?

    February 5, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  16. S. GRoss

    The only real news is that Hillary orObama is capable of beating the republican nominee.

    February 5, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  17. stever

    i plan on voting for obama if he gets the nod. I will NOT vote for any Clinton/Obama ticket. id rather vote for a mental patient than for a woman.

    February 5, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  18. Daniel Stevens

    It is so sad to me that intelligent people have so lost any sense of faith that we can be as capable as our words. Obama is not just a suit wrapped in pretty language, he is a capable and experienced leader who can also inspire the nation to great things.

    February 5, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  19. Jim

    This is significant enough to be printed in red and the largest headline on the web page?

    It's getting pretty sickening watching Raw Story sucking up to the Clinton campaign. The big story is Obama's huge lead in California.

    February 5, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  20. Chuck

    Vote republican if you want to save America. It's that important!

    February 5, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  21. KC

    McAuliffe is a dishonest, DLC loser, sleazebag. Period.

    That VP talk is a bunch of BS & shows that Hill needs Obama to succeed (and win over voters) not the other way around.

    To that a said...to bad, so sad. We're not following for it.

    I can't wait for him & the say anthing/do anything Clintons to receive their walking papers when the primaries wrap up in a few weeks.

    Obama '08

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  22. JJ

    Bill is going to be Hillary's VP selection. Then Bill will do away with her (a la Vince Foster) so he can be President again.

    February 5, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  23. Tony

    If I have to hear him give another "I have a dream" speech when the question is, "what is your favorite color," I am going to throw up. People need to look past words.

    February 5, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  24. Mike

    I'm for Obama for president.

    I will not vote for another Clinton, even if Obama is her running mate. I will support McCain.

    February 5, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  25. Alex, Florida

    Obama seems to have the momentum in his favor. I don't think he should consider being Hillary's Vice President at all. He's better than that. He's beating her. Why would he even consider it ? It just seems to be a charade by Hillary and her camp to "plant the seed" that he would be a good VP to her. BAH HUMBUG! Hillary is fading fast...and she'll utilize any desparate measure to try and keep Obama down. The nation is ready and eager to have a new order ...a new vibrancy ...a new direction than the past Bush-Clinton-Bush powers that be. Obama is a breath of fresh air....and Hillary or the name Clinton doesn't deserve to be in the Obama stratosphere. She can only bring him down. Up with Obama. Down with Hillary.

    February 5, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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