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. JeffB

    Obama has integrity? How do you know this, because he told you so? Obama has more "behind closed doors" deals going right now than he'll know what to do with if he wins. How is he going to handle that in conjunction with magically bringing hope and change to a system he is up to his eyelids in? How is he different from Hillary. His people are attacking her ten times more than the attacks coming from the Clintons. Obamas official website posted the same picture of Hillary waving that made her look like she is saluting Hitler – On his official website. The same picture Drudge posted – that's not the same crap you are accusing the Clintons of? In the last 60 days there have been over 400 negative articles posted on Drudge about hillary, and 6 negative articles, and that's reaching, posted about Obama. You don;t think the republicans want Obama more than Hillary. A vote for Obama is a vote for Mcain as president. And this ridiculous hyper scrutiny of moisture appearing on the eyes of Hillary Clinton, entire articles written about the fact that the tear was substantial enough that it had to be wiped – what a joke. That is for the National Enquirer crowd and if you take that seriously then that is you!

    February 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. norb

    Clinton and Wes Clark.

    February 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. virgilT

    Good try Terry, spin, spin away. Hil ain't going to pickin' a running mate.

    February 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. AJ

    observer#1 posted: 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!

    What is with you people? If your candidate doesnt win the primary you're going to vote republican out of spite? Hey, I LOATHE Obama and am a huge Hillary fan, but I would never vote for a republican. I wont vote an Obama ticket, I'll sit the election out, but I wont vote republican out of spite! Grow up!

    Nash – You're absolutely right! If Obama is on the ticket it will be bad for Hillary once she wins the white house. He would play the race card to try and gain more power than a VP ought to have and make evey squabble public. Obama cant be trusted.

    February 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. virgilT

    Good try Terry, spin, spin away. Hil ain't going to be pickin' a running mate.

    February 5, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. Melvin

    A weasel being a weasel such as what Mr. Terry is, do we expect anything different from him. The Clinton's made Terry famously rich beyond his dreams, so it's payback time.

    February 5, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. mksutherland

    No – I think this is stratergy by Clinton folks to try and get Obamam voters. – two for price of one..... I dont support an Obama Claimton or Clinton Obama ticket!

    February 5, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. gilbi

    John from Las Vegas is right on! How can Clinton's campaign manager say Obama would be an excellent veep–able to take over in a heartbeat–while his candidate's entire campaign seems to be to claim Obama does not have the "experience" to serve as president?

    February 5, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Jim

    (Hello Moderator: Are you going to approve my comment? I know that I expressed displeasure at the Clintons, but I don't think there was anything offensive, over-the-top, or vulgar in what I wrote–certainly nothing worse than other comments that appear here. Anyway, I hope you allow it to be posted. Thanks.)

    February 5, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Joelle, Milwaukee, WI

    The so called "Dream Ticket" is, in reality, a Nightmare Ticket!

    First of all, Hillary will get the nomination, based on her intelligence, experience, knowledge and ability to get things done, even across part lines.

    Secondly, Obama as VP, Valedictorian Prince, would NOT bring anything useful to the ticket [Remember his support base is the 18-29 year olds who do NOT vote and think people like Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, to name a few, are their heroes; couple that with the bases lust for alcohol, marijuana and cocaine and you have an Obama support base that is, well, just about unacceptable and counter-productive anywhere – maybe not in the GREAT US though!]

    Hillary would be forced by the DNC and common courtesy to ask Obama, however, because of Michelle – she really fancies herself as First Lady Material – and Obama's prodigious ego, he would refuse.

    Hence, this would be the end of the Nightmare Ticket…

    February 5, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. andyklug

    I'm a California Democrat and I can honestly say I'm not sure who I'm going to vote for later today between Obama and Clinton. I like both of them quite a lot and either would be a dramatic improvement from the disaster of the Bush administration. I think there are very compelling reasons as a Democratic primary voter to choose either of these two candidates. (Hillary's iron-willed competance; Obama's charisma and leadership skills).

    That said, the biggest negative for Obama, for me, is the behavior of his fanatical supporters on the internet. The hyper-sensitivity to every campaign development as an "insult" to Obama's honor has long grown old. If he wins the Presidency is this what we have to look forward to for 4 years? How else could McCauliffe respond to a direct question about whether Obama would be considered for the Vice Presidency?

    Frankly as a lifelong Democrat it is quite troubling that so many of Obama's most vocal supporters, seen on every political internet forum under the sun, are so quick to announce that if he doesn't get the nomination, they'll be voting for McCain. Given the similarity of Obama and Hillary's positions on so many of the issues and McCain's dramatically opposed stands, this to me indicates someone who is completely unserious about politics, who is attracted to Obama as a cult of personality, and who is so petty that they would rather resign vast numbers of people to unnecessary suffering and hardship (the uninsured; the soldiers being maimed in Iraq; the rape victim forced to carry a fetus to term) than support a candidate who wasn't their A#1 favorite.

    It's disgusting and selfish.

    I'm confident that either Democrat can win the general election without the support of such unadmirable voters, and I look forward to casting my vote in favor of the Democratic candidate, whoever it may be, in November. If it is Hillary, I will savor the thought of those Obama "Democrats" who went on to vote for McCain getting beat by her twice in one election year.

    February 5, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. STL

    Here's what's funny – the Obama people just repeat what Obama says – Change, Hope, A new direction. Sounds great. The Clinton people are arguing actual issues and giving specific reasons why they are supporting her.

    February 5, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. Susan

    Another sly way to win votes? You bet! Clinton knows the contest between her and Obama is favoring Obama. If you can convince voters they can vote for her and get Obama too, that is the game I think. GO BARACK GO!

    February 5, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. Uncle White America

    Terry McAuliffe is not a subtle cat. Hillary's main experience is in billing lawyer hours, so let's cut the 35 yrs of working for America jive. People like Obama not for policy specifics, but because he brings the hope of a less rancorous approach to national politics. Of course, the GOP won't cooperate if he does win. Trent Lott and the rest of the Hairpiece Armey will oppose everything. The Clinton's are like HPV, and Bill's pet name for Hillary, oddly, is "Mitt".

    February 5, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. Nikki

    What infuriates me is the men calling Hillary "that woman", this is one of the smartest people in America and to talk down on her shows we still have a "big" problem with equal treatment for women...look what a so called "man" has done to this country, it is high time we get someone like Hillary to run this country and straighten out this mess "that man" made. I am surprised how the media has been praising Obama and making fun of Hillary. If Obama wins it will be with the medias help.

    February 5, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. John

    Forget who is running with who for a minute. The grammar and spelling on this board is atrocious. If you have the time to weigh in on a national attention, you should have the time to grab a thesaurus.

    February 5, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  17. Rufus, Racine, WI

    Kim February 4, 2008 9:51 pm ET

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

    Go Kim!

    And if I don't win my ball game, I will throw my ball and bat away and go home... and you are how old?

    February 5, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. rebecca sc

    The Clinton campaign is putting this out there to get people who are having trouble deciding between the two. Hilary is not going to select someone who is more dynamic than she is. Anyone who thinks the vice presiden is going to be second in command is fooling themselves. Who in their right mind would take that job with old Bill hovering

    February 5, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. shwe

    Obama is getting a Free Ride of his life time because of his race.
    Imagine Obama is white; will he be where he is now? I do not think so.
    It is good to know white do not see color when they vote, Obama get a lot of white vote. But it is sad to see black people vote is one sided. 80% black vote for Obama. It is clear they are voting race over qualification. I would be very suspicious if 80 out of 100 african american say Obama is more qualified. After long history of race/color discrimination, you would think they would be color blind. I guess nobody is innocent.

    Obama would even be behind Edward if he is a white male. Now who say this race is not about race?

    February 5, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. Stephen

    Some people are suggesting that a Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton would be a "dream" ticket for the Democrats. More importantly, for the Republicans it would be a real nightmare!

    February 5, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Gator

    Yeah, right. The truth is Clinton wouldn't make a good running mate for Obama.

    February 5, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  22. NubianJedi

    Whether it is a Clinton-Obama ticket, or an Obama-Clinton ticket we all know that together they would be unstoppable.

    February 5, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. Mac

    No way Obama would be VP under Hillary. Bill Clinton will be defacto VP and any paper VP like Obama would be reduced to 3rd man. No way he goes for that.

    February 5, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. bodypolitic

    She should cry and ask him. Seems to work.

    February 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. AP

    NO!! Many Obama supporters are so completely anti-Clinton that they will vote for McCain just to keep Bill and Hill out of the office!! Speaking is an Independent (w/ a liberal slant), if the Dems. want to ensure the Presidency, they better vote Obama as their candidate. Not only will the Clinton supports rally behind him in the general election, but he'll take w/ him all the new, young Dems and Independents that he's inspired. Let's not forget that McCain does well w/ Indep., too. Dems need a less polarizing candidate.

    Obama 08

    February 5, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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