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. @

    We miss years of Clinton! Gasoline price was cheaper than a bottle of water price,stock market was up,up and up.us dollar was strongest in the world!
    Go Hillary,08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. Christian, Tampa FL

    This is quite a tactic on her part: Make everyone think that they get a 2-for-1 deal with her, and end up with the inspiring change candidate as her lackey.

    We'll see what happens, but I for one would like to see Obama in the top spot. If he's on a ticket, I'll vote for it, but preferably for him as President.

    February 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. George Crawford

    I wouldn't even consider Hillary Clinton for Vice President. Barack Obama has quickly closed the gap after the debates and after the televised election forums, such as MySpace/MTV's program that aired this weekend.

    In fact, younger voters clearly disdain Sen. Clinton in favor of Barack Obama. The tide is turning with middle aged voters too. I see an Obama nomimation. Thank goodness too.

    February 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  4. Grant

    I think Hillary would be smart to consider Obama as a running mate. As some one who voted Obama into the Senate, and will be voting for Hillary tomorrow, I think they both are wonderful and would make a good team. Why some Obama supporters try to twist this to make her look bad, is beyond me. If she were NOT to consider him, they would be saying the same nasty things. She can't win. There is VERY little difference between these two, whether you want to believe it or not...

    February 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  5. Kevin

    I'm an Obama supporter all the way. I will vote republican if Obama does not get the nomination OR the vice president spot anyone. He must be president or nothing at all.

    February 4, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  6. Kingsley Brown

    Why does Hilary shed tears on the ve of every major primary elections.... Is this the latest Clinton tactics?

    February 4, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  7. Jay

    Obama would be very lucky to be offered the vice-president position on Hillary's ticket. Since he has no experience whatsoever in national politics, this would be the time for him to learn the ropes. You Obama supporters sound like the position would be a step down. Get real here. It would be a huge step up for Obama.

    February 4, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  8. Kim

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

    February 4, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  9. Rechi

    Obama fans are either incredibly loyal or incredibly stupid because you can't really vote for someone who does not have any experience whatsoever unless you are one of the two. When you apply for job, the employer always looks for someone with experience, not somone a fresh graduate. You can't just become a CEO of a large corporation just out of university. People who are inspired by his preaches are equally stupid because he really does not have any substance, talk talk talk and don't know how to walk...

    February 4, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  10. Ammonius

    Like other's said before, Clinton is a ticket back to the '90s, Obama would do well to stay away from it; anyway she'll probably go with someone with some national security/international credit... But it doesn't matter, because if she gets the nomination she'll loose.

    Additionally, she'll loose the House and the Senate.... to a Uber-United Anti-Clinton Charged Republican-Independent supported McCain run...

    Her commercial on the Hallmark Channel is a joke... it's a network of rooms full of plants, breaking up her stump speech between cities reading off leading questions. She even called it "Solutions for America", seems to imply that she believes America is a "problem."

    February 4, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  11. Lorie

    People like Kim.. If Hillary and Barack share the same views pretty much, why would you vote Republican if Hillary gets the nomination? That makes no sense, and obviously you really don't care what your candidate stands for. That's pretty sad.

    February 4, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  12. tomdavie

    Clinton needs Obama for the youth vote.

    She needs Obamas rhetoric.

    obama cant use Clintons experience on a VP ticket. We all know the VP does nothing.

    So it doesnt work with Obama being prez.

    obama should pick that female candidate from Kansas. That would be an excellent ticket for him.

    Joe Biden would be ok, but again, a senator should pick a govenor.

    February 4, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  13. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    Hillary already has a VP in the waiting room, his name is Bill-Richardson that is-brilliant Hispanic politician who would also make a wonderful President one day.

    February 4, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  14. Patrick Peavy Plano TX

    I have always thought they would be an unstoppable team. Clinton/Obama 2008/2012 Obama/? 2016/2020!!!

    February 4, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  15. sean

    gee, i wonder if he'll over look the clintons calling him a drug dealer and a radical islamist

    February 4, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  16. Eric


    February 4, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. Bryan Gibson

    Yea, Clinton did Sooooo much for this country (sarcasm)....Hillary's Chairman knows that if Clinton is the Democratic rep McCain will be the president. The Chairman is just trying to build false hope. If Obama loses I will defenetly vote for McCain!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. Brian

    This is a blatant attempt to portray Barack as the weaker candidate. Hillary has lost all of her momentum, and this guy is talking like she has already won. This is typical Clinton underhandedness. OBAMA 08!!

    February 4, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  19. connie floyd crockett, texas

    We must think of it this way, 8 years with hillary and 8 years with obama, then we could make some headway for this country.

    February 4, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  20. lc


    If Hillary really felt this way she would have said it during the debate.

    This is a thinly veiled attempt to belittle Obama's leadership and apparent momentum.


    If she plays dirty like this in the spotlight, what schemes will she play out behind the oval office doors?


    February 4, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  21. lisa

    Please you guy's should give me a break form some one who so call obama, first obama has no ex[erience whatsoever in national politics, so he would be very, very lucky to be offered the vice-president position on Hillary'stictet.

    February 4, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  22. Greg, CA

    Independents, such I myself, will not vote for a ticket with Clinton on it. But don't you worry, OBAMA will choose wisely.


    February 4, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  23. Ann Kuminns

    Lord, no! Obama should never consider being a running mate to HRC. It would be the biggest mistake of his life and I hope that all his advisors will give him advice against this. Sheer folly to even think of it.

    February 4, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  24. Collette

    Wait a minute WHAT EXPERIENCE does Clinton have she cannot take credit as a FIRST wife for EXPERIENCE. She was a child lawyer for less than a year and a corporate lawyer for 15! SHE IS SUCH A FAKE if Obama doesn't win I am voting for MCCAIN!

    February 4, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  25. wg

    Is Hillary really the best candidate? It depends on the 'meaning of what is is'...If Hillary 'is' the most savvy candidate as she learned from Bill... she may be the most qualified. But if Hillary 'is' the most inspirational leader, least devisive personality....then Hillary may not be the most qualified. You see it depends on what the 'meaning of is is'. We learned this from Bill that words can have atleast two different meanings....so which meaning for best candidate 'is' applicable?

    February 4, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
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