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. Lauren

    How pompous. This is indeed an attempt to marginalize Barack. When Obama becomes the nominee, I don't think he'll even consider Hillary as a running mate... Bill's ego definitely couldn't handle that anyway.

    Hillary and Co. are shaking in their booties right now because Obama's on the move and they are slowly sinking. Is this really the last ditch effort? They couldn't come up with anything better?

    February 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. Eric, San Diego

    Oh please, here we go again. I don't think Obama will play second fiddle to Clinton. It is true that she needs him, but I dont think he needs her.

    John Edwards 2008!

    February 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. Will, CA

    What is this all about? Do they not realize that primaries in 22 states will be taking place tomorrow?

    Instead of telling the United States that Obama would be a good #2, they should let THE PEOPLE first decide who will be #1.

    Andrew, you got it right... another attempt to marginalize Obama.

    February 4, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. Scott

    CNN now needs to go to Barack Obama's campaign chairperson and ask them the same question.

    Fair is fair, CNN

    American/Democrat living abraod
    Vancouver, BC

    February 4, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. Lee

    I think Obama would be a great president in 4 to 8 years but he is just not ready yet to take on the problems of this country right now. If he took a prominent roll or a influential cabinet spot and gained more experience ( he has only been in the senate a few years and he is so young) he would be seasoned and ready to fight any republican which at that time will be a strong group and all democrats would stand behind him then.

    He is just 4-8 years to early and we need experience and hard work right now – his speaking abilities are great but he needs more policy making.

    Hillary is the president whos time is right now. Obamas will follow.
    That way we have 16 years 8 strong now and 8 strong after that. Thats what people are missing here.

    Hillary is getting my vote.

    February 4, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  6. Steve, Chappaqua, N.Y.

    Of course it's a good idea. The only way clinton could win a general election would be to have Obama on the ticket, and McAuliffe knows this. This is just a ploy to get people to think that they could still get Obama even if they vote for clinton.

    I'm sure Obama won't pick clinton for v.p., she would hurt him more than she would help him.

    February 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  7. JohnS


    "Obama secured endorsements from: Janet Napolitano, Democratic governor of Arizona; Kathleen Sebelius, Democratic governor of Kansas; Claire McCaskill, Democratic senator from Missouri; Tim Kaine, Democratic governor of Virginia, and Ben Nelson, Democratic senator from Nebraska.

    What do all these states have in common? They are all states that George W Bush won twice. If you’re the next generation of Democrat, trying to appeal to the centre of the country, Obama is your candidate. Clinton takes the party and national politics back to the polarised red-blue ideological past. The danger of this is that if you are someone in the middle – on the purple edge of the red-blue divide – then the polarising nature of Clinton might mean that if she were the candidate you might vote Republican. Obama is the salve for this syndrome."


    February 4, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. stan pitts pa

    andre in florida: you are right on, desperate is what this smells as, first the tears, obviously not working now this? obama will never accept her as his running mate, he is trying to move this country forward not backward, all her schemes and plots will back fire! we are not gonna buil bridges to the past, only to the future to make America super- duper strong!

    February 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. Dem all the way

    The junior senator should be honored to be considered as VP. How is he stronger on most issues, Andrew? His rhetoric may be stronger- but his positions actually don't go as far (Hillary is for Universal Health Care and Obama's plan falls too short and thus probably won't happen. That's not just my opinion- read Krugman's article in the New York Times). People can say that they like the way that he speaks or that he "inspires" them, but it can never be said that he has a stronger understanding or grasp of the issues. Seems a VP position would be a good fit.

    February 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  10. Jerry CA

    Andrew: Pretty sure of that, are you? Even after Clinton got over a quarter of a million votes more than Obama when NONE of the candidates had campaigned in Florida? (Well, except, of course, for Obama, who ran ads there before the primary.)

    February 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  11. Sterling

    Sure he would say that. It's just an attempt to slow his momentum. But it won't work.

    February 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  12. Reginald

    This is an attempt by the Clinton camp to bring Obama down.

    No, he will not be her VP.

    Obama is a genuine person. Clinton is a politician.

    Obama 08!

    February 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  13. Jean, Indiana

    She's courting his votes with that, desparately. No way would she choose a veep who upstages her. Go Obama!

    February 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  14. Elijah

    Obama all the way
    on Clinton,s on the ticket..

    February 4, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |

    Obama for President! No more Clintons in the White House. If Hillary wins, she will be the vice president and Bill will be the president.

    February 4, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. Sérgio, Porto, Portugal


    Stand-up comedy is a plus on HRC's side. On the other hand, it ain't happen. Especially, when he is more chances than ever before.

    February 4, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. Mike

    Good news..since I never seen any accomplishment Obama had during his senate and being vp can made him a good candidates as president in the future.

    February 4, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. Jack, Greenville, SC

    She is really pushing this because she thinks that it will help her if she can convince people that a vote for her will get people Obama too. Thing is, it is kind of pathetic. She needs Obama. She would be poison to Obama as a VP running mate, not that she would take second anyway.

    February 4, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. Andrew, Niagara Falls, NY

    I can't see either of them on the same ticket.. I am pretty sure quite a few obama supporters quite peeved if he did cop out and run with her! But... did any one else catch lou dobbs getting roasted for promoting hatred against immigrants?? wow! that was sure something. That man is such a bag of wind, im glad someone is finally calling him out. Theres no reason to let him continue to spew his intolerance without any consequences!

    February 4, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. Beans

    I agree, Andrew. this ain't gonna happen because Obama is going to be the candidate. The more people he reaches, the more people like him. Go Barack!

    February 4, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. k

    Help us Hillary!!!

    February 4, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  22. Erik

    yes, and Einstein would make a good 2nd author

    February 4, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama is simply the best and even Hillary's people speculate if she's president she will lose the White House to republicans after 4 years. Vote Obama and let's keep the White House for 8 years and more to come. Further, Hillary's statement about it taking Clinton's to clean up behind both Bush's, we lost the White House to Bush because of Clinton. Hillary is very transparent if we keep our thinking caps on, that's why for so many reasons Obama is simply the best.

    February 4, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  24. fernando

    this is an unbeatable ticket


    I hope democrats will be smart and choose this combo

    Lets make history
    bestof both worlds


    February 4, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |

    Clinton's love Blacks so much before the votes.

    Its after the votes when they lose that bothers me.

    February 4, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
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