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. gina

    With Obama, it's definitely four years of a McCain Republican administration.

    These Obama Kool Aid drinkers are completely delusional.

    The Democrats best hope of defeating the Republicans is Hillary Clinton.

    February 4, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. AJ, IL

    NEWS FLASH: Hillary Clinton raises $13.5 million in January!

    This is impressive, but Obama raised $32 million in January. For 2007 Hillary raised $118 million to Obama's $104 million. But WE ALL must remember Hillary moved $10 million from her Senate campaign money "war" chest into the presidential campaign "war" chest. So in 2007 Hillary actually raised $108 million to Obama's $104 million. Therefore Obama has outraised Hillary Clinton by $15 million since January 2007 to January 2008.

    This makes him very competitive going forward after Feb. 5th.

    Obama in 08!

    February 4, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. Asare

    Obama is the best for Dems. If the Dems party loose this all important person for the nomination they have cost this world the greatest service and the greatest good.

    February 4, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  4. Yes We Can !

    Obama for President, Clinton for the Senate!

    February 4, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |

    HILARY 08

    February 4, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. Yes We Can !

    Philip get a therapist !

    February 4, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Richard

    Clinton is the best for America. Only can she beat the Republic!!! If Obama wins, he will lose any of REP candadites easily. America is not ready for Obama as President. Wake up, smart american guys!!! It's time to take action.

    February 4, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. Heather Peterson

    It certainly seems Clinton needs Obama more than Obama needs Clinton....There are, after all, "Obamacans". I would venture to say there is not a single Republican that would vote for Clinton, lol.

    February 4, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    People who endorsed or support Obama are out of their mind. What Obama did for our CountrY? This is cutting in and snatching because his color.

    February 4, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  10. ron strawbridge


    Have you ever ed that story...The pied Piper..it was the old folks that were at fault because they wnted to chaet and lie, and spin

    February 4, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Ben


    February 4, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  12. Adarrah for Obama

    I don't hate Hillary. I think she is more of the same. We need to change the way we do politics to ensure we'll never see another Bush/Chaney in the White House. Not in 4 yrs; not in 8 yrs; not ever!! We need someone completely diffferent. I truly believe Obama will give the citizens the upperhand so that we will run the government and not be ran by the government. This is what is urgent. Hillary can say she'll put in place new policies, but this can and will be undone. Easy come, easy go we seen this 7 years ago. Impowerment will endure. Hillary is divisive. The majority of Americans will never believe in her(some dems, all reps and most ind).

    Obama 08'

    February 4, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. Chris, Jacksonville

    If Hillary is on the ticket the Dems will lose big time.

    She is despised throughout this country.

    Dems pay attention:

    Hillary is UNELECTABLE!!

    Get that through your heads.

    She is the most divisive person in politics today (the Current Occupant included).

    BTW I am an Independent....an Independent who as sick as I am of the Republican party would never vote for someone as dishonorable and disingenuous as Hillary!

    There are millions more just like me.

    February 4, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. tickered

    I live in a screwed up country that we can never find a large majority in anything.
    Maybe I can go to Canada or Mexico and get one of my jobs back.

    February 4, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. Rick

    I think Obama would be a great VP. I just feel he is a little wet behind the ears. How could the first woman and the first African American on the ticke be stopped?

    My only fear is that he wouldn't try hard enough to hedge his bets in case she lost. So is he tough enough? That's my only question.



    February 4, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. ken

    Another Clinton's sarrogates injecting mean spirit to other candidates. After I read stuff like this, being undecided, surely doesn't persuade me to vote for her at all!

    February 4, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  17. Collette

    I spoke to McCain campaigners today, I said if Obama doesn't make it I will vote for MCCAIN!

    February 4, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. Lade

    it would be alot better if Obama as president and AL Gore as Vice rather than Clinton...

    If i was Obama, i will solicite Al Gore First then Clinton last.

    It just looks alot better that way, when you have two honest people in the White House.
    And that was ruin by the clinton's Action.

    And yes, AL Gore had alot to do with the economy during the Clinton era. And it seems the Clinton is taking the credit for that.

    So they are still lying to the public.

    February 4, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. pat

    Nicole, Wisconsin

    What experience that Obama doesn't have. Tell me if Hillary ever ran a corner store or manage anything.....The last time I checked they had the same if not almost equal experience.....

    February 4, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. ABC

    This is a cheap attempt to make voters think they can still get Obama if they vote for Hillary... NOT!

    If Hillary gets the nomination, she needs Obama, but... Obama has no need for her and in fact she would just drag him down.

    Half the country hates Hillary, while Obama has a very high favorable rating and very low negative rating.

    EZ choice – Obama all the way.

    Yes We Can

    February 4, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  21. Chad

    I agree that Clinton/Obama would be unbeatable. However, I would not vote for it because Obama would be a sellout. And besides, like most people in this country – he can't stomach being in the same room with her.

    February 4, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. Nowhere Man

    What a con job by this sleazeball! The day before Sooper Tuesday too. You will notice HE said it, NOT Hillary, so she can disavow it if it comes up later. IF someone is "not quite sure" if they should vote for Obama over Hillary, don't worry cuz Hillary would "really, really, REALLY consider" him for her running mate later. What the heck then, I should just vote for Hillary now cuz Obama would come along anyway, right? After Hillary locks it up tomorrow, Obama will be just a distant memory to that gang. The Clintonistas at their finest. God help us if this gang gets back in the WH.

    Obama '08!

    February 4, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. john

    A vote for a tearful clinton is a sympathy vote. We are electing a leader not an emotional crybaby who may break up in tears during a personal bout with the other world leaders.

    February 4, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  24. JP in Maryland by way of California

    I would direct everyone to Roland Martins article on this "dream team". I agree with him that neither ticket (Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama) would be appealing to the Vice-Presidential candidate. It sounds good on paper but it would be problematic in the end.

    February 4, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  25. Karen Smith

    Go Hillary!! She won the debate with Obama, hands-down. Did you see that he would take her answers and make them his, when clearly he didn't know before she had spoken!!! Such a thief – admit it Obama, the woman is the BEST candidate and you should throw in the towel!!!!! Go Hillary tomorrow!!!

    February 4, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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