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. mike in tn

    would you like to be pres with Hill as vp.
    life expectancy – short

    February 5, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. Brett

    Obama should show that he is willing to work with the other party by asking Romney to be his VP. Many conservative republicans don't like McCain, and this would give them a great ticket to vote for. People are fed up with the party system – the first candidate to go across parties will be elected.

    February 5, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. JW Morrison

    I will vote for Obama but not for Clinton.

    February 5, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. Conservative Professor

    And, I've got a water front property to sell Barack at the North Pole.

    February 5, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  5. sista2sisthas

    Obama running with anyone other then a Clinton, yes I said it, who wants to see Bill Clinton in the White House trying to play Vice President? Perhaps John Edwards is waiting in the wings..

    February 5, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  6. Fernando de Magalllanes

    It would not suprise me if Hillary picked Obama for her VP. Remember, the Clintons will do anything, say anything, and appear to be anything that the voters want to get elected.

    February 5, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. James Strup - Catawba North Carolina

    Who really thinks that a ticket with two first can win? A woman and an African American American. There isn't a southern white male anywhere that will vote for that. White men have run this country since the beginning and still do. If the dems want a losing ticket put both of them together. Separately maybe one could maybe win. Hillary still has 50 percent of the people who will not vote for her no matter what. The only way she wins is if there is a third party. Just like hubby got in because Perot put him in office the same goes for her. Her politics are just left of Joe Stalin. At least Barrack gives the country some positive outlook.

    February 5, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. Steve Minyard

    Obama would make a great VP, as his Senate record reflects, because VPs don't have to decide anything at all (ie. skipping any vote that requires taking a difficult stand), and aren't missed when they don't show up for work. A Clinton/Obama ticket would be a loss for America and a win for just about everyone else except Israel and Iraq.

    February 5, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. margaret vanostrand

    I don't even want Hillary to try for the vice presidency when Obama is elected president. Then again, he's too smart to ask her.

    Hillary is a politician while Obama is a statesman.

    I have respect for him, but little for her.

    February 5, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  10. Rex Range


    February 5, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  11. j'adoube

    Kucinich/Tinky Winky '08

    Dream Ticket!

    February 5, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  12. Eric

    If Obama consents to be Hillary's VP he has lost my vote in any future election. And if he picks Hillary as a VP he has lost my vote. He is the one who is dynamic, experienced, an agent of change, charismatic, etc. He needs to stay above the corruption of Hillary.

    February 5, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  13. PreCustomer

    As someone almost certain to vote Republican, I can't think of a better "opponent" than a Clinton/Obama ticket.

    PLEASE make this happen!

    February 5, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  14. Sam Clifford

    I want to see her put Bill in the VP slot.

    February 5, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  15. New England Voter

    What are Vice Presidents traditionally? Attack dogs. Senator Obama is neither an attack dog nor a Vice President. He will not risk Clinton scandals attaching themselves to him...EVER.

    President Obama, with Senator Clinton for his first Supreme Court nominee. There she would flourish in her many talents and Bill would be away from her center of influence there. Perfect solution!

    And we're sparked Billary being appointed as a 2 for 1 to the Supreme Court because Bill has been disbarred.

    February 6, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  16. larry boucher

    Clinton now Gore latee.......Whoops guess after a Clinton it VP it Never Works!!!!!

    February 6, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  17. kip

    A Clinton rubber door stopper would get more respect than a Clinton Vice President!

    February 6, 2008 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  18. Henry

    Stay away from the Clinton's! I know of them from way back...Stay away Mr. Obama

    February 6, 2008 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  19. Kelly in Denver Colorado


    Nice try Terry McAuliffe! In your dreams Obama would join your candidates ticket! You and Hillary are in denial that the American public HATE the Clinton's mafia style Washington politics. Hopefully Obama doesn't piss Hillary off too much and have him pushing daisies of like Vince Foster!!

    While I am Republican, I could not TAKe another 4 years of the Clinton's in the White House. If McCain gets the nomination for the GOP, I WILL vote for Obama...give the people what they want. For every Jimmy Carter type president, it will make way for a Ronald Reagan to clean up Democratic disasters. Even if a Democrat makes it to the White House this time, the American public is not stupid enough to elect all of one party for all branches of govt–Senate, Congress,etc...!!!

    February 6, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  20. Ray Aucoin

    Though interesting in theory, I cannot see how these two come together to form the Democratic Party ticket for '08. I do not think there is bad blood between them and the issues of race baiting that were prevelant during the SC primary were, I believe, an isolated occurance. Having said that, I see both candidates as being too 'alpha' to accept a VP role comfortably. Additonally, the polls/election returns show that each candidate also enjoys wide spread support. This means that if Sen. Clinton or Obama were to take the VP slot, the ticket could be seen as having to much charge in the #2 spot, which begs the question; who are we really voting for? Finally, can a Clinton/Obama ticket, or vice versa, handle Former President Clinton? We know that he will act as an unofficial VP if Mrs. Clinton is elected. How would this be received by Sen. Obama if elected VP? On the reverse, what role would he play if his wife were VP? I believe as many of you do, that an Obama/Clinton – Clinton/Obama ticket would completely dominate any Republican ticket, but how do we make it work?

    February 6, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  21. Mike

    I think the democrats have managed to salvage a loss out of a sure win with their candidates. Much like picking the smug unlikable Kerry in 2004, Clinton the insincere, hustler with little real experience and Obama the smooth talking, empty suit with absolutely no real experience have very strong negatives. Put them on the same ticket and watch the dems go down in flames again. The best democrat running is John McCain. I expect a large crossover vote for him and another dem defeat.

    Silly liberals!!

    February 6, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  22. Howard Ino


    Mr. Obama is WAY too savvy for that Menage a Trois!!!

    Better to wait 4 years and REALLY run on change!

    February 6, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  23. Mike McGowan

    The real problem with a Clinton/Obama ticket is that IF the Clinton administration is caught up in some type of scandal or in too deep then Obama becomes involved in a mess that turns him a very young Mondale and his career is gone...

    February 6, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  24. jcibme

    Obama/Clinton ticket PLEASE.... Alot of people are so divided between the two, we want them both. They would make the strongest team U.S.A. has ever seen. Please don't divide the country further, this Election is about change and should be about bringing people together; who better to show this path and how to achieve this goal but the two top candidates in this election?! America has spoken we want both!

    February 6, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Rukhsana

    It is time to get all this hate out of the way, before Obama supporters get carried away. We older women have experienced discrimination in the worst possible way. All the younger women who say they do not have that problem at their jobs have us older women to thank.
    I want a strong leader who thinks on their feet, not speeches. Sittting in the Oval office typing speeches won't run the wheels of government.
    Look deeper newsmen, Obama can't be without fault. Why this campaign to build Obama up by the media. You are reporters. Report the news not twist it.
    Clinton is the strong leader I seek, and no Bill Clinton will not be neede to support her. Uncle teddy on the other hand will need to hold Obama's hand.
    By the way if Obama is the nominee I will vote for him. I know how to lose with grace.

    February 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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