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. Ed Harley

    As much as I am impressed by Obama. he is a breath of fresh air. a very likeable guy

    I can 't vote for him because he stands for opening the borders and rasing taxes.

    if the dems were tighter on securing the borders an

    February 5, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. TAHJ

    Don't let them make you think that this will inevitably happen and that a vote for Hillary will eventually lead to a VP Obama. Get out and vote and lets get Obama on the ticket for president!

    February 5, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. John Hardina

    (B)illary doesn't have room for great people, only slimeballs need apply. If she gets the nomination.....PLEASE OBAMA.....STAY AWAY FROM THE CRYING GAME lady!!!! She'll bring you down. You're BETTER than her!!!

    February 5, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Jim

    Suzan, talk about the pot calling the kettle black (pardon the pun). Obama has worked in the inner city as a community organizer, served in the Illinois as a state senator where he had a proven track record of working productively with politicians from both parties, and forged relationships in the US Senate to the point where so many senators have been willing to endorse him and thus expose themselves to the wrath of the notoriously vindictive Clintons.

    If you would take the time to read his first book, you would see that he has a deep understanding of the poisonous racial divisions in this country. He knows what racism is through first-hand experience, but rather than respond to this with vitriol and negativity, he's instead realized that taking the high road and appealing to people's best instincts for reconciliation is the way to go.

    Come on, Suzan, can you really say with a straight face that you want the Clintons back in the White House? Look, I can't stand Bush and the Republicans as much as anyone else, but the Clintons have proven time and time again that they are petty, vindictive, and, let's call it *morally challenged*. Hillary brags about all the attacks she's weathered? That's because the Clintons bring those attacks upon themselves with their scorched-earth tactics, "triangulation" strategies, and constant lying.

    The way Bill and Hillary have tried the good cop/bad cop mud-slinging against Obama and cynically attempted to paint him as the black candidate is shameful. As if Bill couldn't debase the dignity of the presidency any more than he has, now he's at it again.

    Four more years of those people? God help us!

    February 5, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. JM

    Yeah, right. Talk about how he doesn't have the experience, then say she should pick him becasue you need someone who is ready to be president. Hill's only hope to get back to the WH is if Obama picks her as HIS running mate....not bloody likely.

    February 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Joanne in Indy

    I'm curious... Hillary supporters use Bush's lack of experience and the disaster he wrought as a reason to vote for their candidate and her experience. Bush was a 2-term governor, Hillary's hubby was also a 2-term governor. Does this mean they think Bill sucked too? What am I missing?

    If she becomes the nominee (which I think she will), all the Republican candidate has to point to to win is Hillary's mandated health care program and scare many people away. And frankly, that alone kills any prospect of her getting my vote! Go McCain!

    February 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Kris - Bristol,PA

    So much for the will of THE PEOPLE…

    794 "Superdelegates" (made up of Congressmen / women and DNC officials) will be deciding our Democratic nominee if the race is anywhere near as close as the polls say it is.

    The list of of superdelegates and who they support is available online, and it looks like they support Hillary almost 2-1.

    February 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Anne In Florida

    Neither of them is equipped to be Commander in Chief.

    Hillary lacks charisma, intuition and an understanding of fundamentally important issues like the economy – on which she's a Communist, for God's sake. Obama is much better on charisma and oration - and he doesn't give the impression that he's sell his soul to the devil to be president. Still, he doesn't understand that forced redistribuition of wealth doesn't do anything but create disincentives to achieve for those who have historically achieved. For those who have never achieved, it takes away any incentive to do anything but wait for the next handout. People who take positions like these two do just want to feel good about THEMSELVES, not help anyone else.

    February 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Norton Bowells

    Obama as V.P? No way. He is the man. Her place is at the bottom of the ticket, and to make coffee while the men run the country.

    February 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. r young

    Obama would possibly have gotten my republican vote, get my vote, until I saw Ted Kennedy sitting behind him at his rally.

    February 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. jp/michigan

    It would not hurt Mr. Obama to spend more time in the senate and actually be there representing the people of Illinois. He would benefit from the experience which now he is lacking. He has made it his goal since getting out of law school to run for political office, but while in office ( part time in the state house and absent more than there in US senate)he really didn't do that much, except make influential friends. Then he would be ready to run for president of the USA. His speech in 2002 with an ANTI-WAR group stating the Iraq War was dumb, propelled him in to the State House. So he does know how to use political stands to benefit oneself.

    February 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Daddy K.

    Hillary Clinton. Is. Not. Experienced.

    No matter how many times you say it.

    It will never be true.

    February 5, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. shelley

    We need Barack now. Not another corporate conformist who bows at the alter of the Bildebergers and proponents of Bhemian Groves One World order. We need change before it is too late!

    No, Obama does not need to be number two. And I doubt that he will choose Hillary as his running mate. He has far too much integrity for that!

    February 5, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. jack

    wow !..i guess i'm in the minority here, but can't anybody see that BOTH obama AND bilary have no experience...it's all lip service. "change"..what does that mean ?...back it up man ! obama is an empty suit. he's riding an incredible high since he gained momentum for just being a new guy with a fresh look. he says he didn't vote on the war. ok, fine, but do many know that he couldn't have voted on the war since he never was in office at that time..it's all hype and no substance.
    hillary ?...jeez, can't people see that she has zero experience. her motives are so transparent and she be a nobody if it weren't for billy boy. moving to chappaqua, trying to establish herself as a new yorker, a real person with americans best interest at heart...HA !! i don't know who has a bigger ego, hillary, obama, or bill ?
    just look at the last cnn debate...both candidates make me want to puke with their arrogance. an another thing, blame bush for all that's screwed up with america..no matter who we had in the office for the past 8yrs, our country would be scewed up since the WORLD is screwed up. i support the war in iraq and our president. if we just pull out of iraq and put our heads in the sand , our problems will not go away. do you think our forefathers of WWII would agree with all these pansies today. it's us or them. guilani said it best at his withdrawal speech " the only chance for true peace is through incredible strength."
    mccain 08' !!!

    February 5, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. Porter

    McAuliffe's attempt to marginalize Obama isn't even consistent with their message. If Obama isn't ready to be president because he doesn't have enough experience, then he wouldn't be ready to take his place in the line of succession.

    If he doesn't have enough experience to be prez, then he doesn't have enough to be vice prez either. Which one is it Hillary? Let's triangulate some more everybody!

    February 5, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Wisely Said

    From the beginning I've said I'm for BOTH Obama and Clinton. When I watched the mild "debate" the other night I took away a really excited feeling: that both of these amazing people will put SERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY first and run together. Of course Clinton would be president– she's going to get the nomination... and then it would guarantee that Obama gets the experience and serves as our first black president 8 years later.

    Obama supporters are smart if they welcome this. The Clintons put Al Gore in a powerful role as VP and Obama needs the cred that comes with the VP-ship.

    Supporters of both are smart if they don't polarize the Democratic race too much because of their own egos. Both Obama and Clinton have FANTASTIC GIFTS, uniquely their own, to make a really strong ticket together and defeat McCain. We need to be grown up as their supporters to let them do this. Let's all be BRAVE and go for it! Imagine what great governing could come from such broad-based support!

    People, don't play to the Republicans and reject this unbeatable partnership for America.

    February 5, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Michael

    Why so many of you believe that a democrat is going to unite the american people. It could have been done already if your party wasn't so devisive. The fact is we will never truly be United again because our differences are like night and day. They are creating false hopes to you who are so gullable to believe it, the only thing a democrat will do is destroy our nation and some republicans as well. We the people need to make those choices not the government.


    February 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Aron J

    Ha. Ha ha. There are two arguments against Obama prevalent here... no experience, or not enough exposure (the "who is he"? argument).

    Paleeeease. Hillary can't answer a straight question without referring to "experience" or her husband... it's literally laughable. As if experience is somehow transfered by merely being around people. Seriously, what HAS she done? Been on Walmart's board?? HA! I would vote for ANYONE but her.

    If those are your arguments, I'll run the floor with you debating for Obama, laughing all the way. Do your homework, if you're going to attempt to spout off about politics. Hillary is a joke, and being exposed for it. Obama is genuine... maybe that scares some people, but it certainly excites me.

    By the way, how much more experience did Bush have before he was elected? Exactly....

    Obama has plenty of knowledge to perform the job. This "experience" argument is simple smokescreen by opponents to try to mitigate Obama's momentum... sorry guys and gals, it ain't workin....

    Not only that, he has endorsement from a growing number of intelligent, influential people! Sorry if you think you're somehow above everyone else... it must be that he's brainwashing America's brightest, somehow pulling the wool over EVERYONES eyes. I'm sure if you were in the race you would be mopping the floor with everyone because of you're superior leadership skills and intellectual insight. Seriously, who ARE YOU to question him, or his supporters? How much political experience do you possess? If you're going to throw arguments out there, please stick to reality and not throw out taglines like "experience", "socialism", etc. They mean nothing if you don't know how to define and use them in a complete argument, and then back that up with facts that differentiate Obama from other candidates. The comments left here lack as much "substance" as they claim Obama lacks.

    It's time for change, for progress, to move forward, not backward. Obama will take us there.

    February 5, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. F Rodgers, International

    Obama = integrity, strong moral courage, leadership, and sound judgment.

    Hillary....I can't say Clinton, because most would think Bill Clinton.

    Anyway, Hillary = questionable experience, emotions, and has the advise of Bill. But remember key words like impeachment and banishment from practicing law.

    Obama potential VPs....John Edwards, Kathleen Sebelius, Bill Richardson, Colin Powell, Mayor Bloomberg, and Joe Binden

    Hillary's potential VPs....Bill Clinton, Tom Vilsack, Evan Bayh, Bill Richardson, and William Jefferson Clinton (spin you by using his full name)

    February 5, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Pam

    I actually like Richardson for V.P. Not related to this story, I'm shocked by how the Press is pushing for Obama to be elected. Not because he is qualified but for the drama of it. Personally I don't think Senator Obama is ready yet. I'm not even sure what he really stands for after reading what his "church" stands for. How could he say he wants to be a Uniter when his church is so DIVISIVE? You cannot unite if you live divided. Is he conning a whole nation?

    February 5, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. David


    That is the ticket that would work. Obama's only weakness in a general election would be Republican attempts to siphon off Hispanic voters. Having Richardson on the ticket, in a state the Democratics NEED to win is an absolute.

    Clinton's negatives are so large, that why saddle Obama with her? What state does Clinton bring? None. Obama can win Illinois, her home state without her. Obama can win Arkansas because of the African-American voters. Obama can win New York, because New York is a progressive and liberal state.

    Richardson adds VALUABLE experience, not "pretend 35 years" of experience covering up Clinton's girlfriends.

    By the way, I'm a Republican myself, and would vote for Obama/Richardson over McCain/Crist without a single worry. If Obama can make his policies work, more power to him. I'm sure he'll work for compromise with Congress over his views, in a way that George W claimed he would but never did.

    February 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. ndu

    I think by the time we are done with super tuesday, Hillary Clinton would have become the nominee. However, Hillary will loose my vote if she picks Obama as VP. Hard work and experience should always be rewarded folks while hope and inspiration should be sought at church and through Jesus Christ whom we were not worried about self agrandizement. Obama lacks gravitas to lead this country and i wish that the leberal/skewed media were fair enough to let people know that while Hillary was buzy working for the common good, Obama was buzy sleeping with the energy companies but then Obama is the one candidate who will fight for the common man and push back interest groups. Everybody should remeber that in this Election process, its Hillary v. republican + Obama + leberal media (cnn,msnbc-biased media) + HATE. The real thing here is that we are in the process of choosing the president of United State of America and voting wrong today will simply be too late tomoro.

    February 5, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Dave

    Of course Obama would be a good running mate, he'd also be good in charge. But the difference is that Hillary would *not* make a good running mate for anybody.

    February 5, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. margaret

    Two communists are better than one!

    February 5, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. John

    Do you think John F Kennedy would have been somebody VP? A candidate of Obama's caliber doesn't come around often, and we need to seize this unique moment. Obama will be our next great President.

    February 5, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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