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. leny

    You people in the media, I don't know what happened that you have more exposure of
    Obama's campaign.Please try to be fair. Do I smell something fishy here. Don't be deceived of a 'wolf in a sheep clothing". People, your country is at stake. Vote with your brain and not with your senses. Clinton for 2008.

    February 4, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  2. Matt

    Rechi, you are extremely offensive. Obama supporters are not stupid, just the opposite. They tend to be very educated, but you would know this if you did your research. You would also know that Obama has more ELECTED experience than Clinton. Again, please do some research. Why would we vote for a person we don't trust? In your scenario, why would an Employer hire someone they don't trust? The name calling you are stooping to does nothing but show your frustration that the better person is winning.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    February 4, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  3. Beetlejuice

    A clue for all those who say Obama doesn't have enough experience:

    He is older than JFK when he took office. And older than Bill Clinton when he took office. His resume includes more years of elected office than Hillary has, not to mention his time as a community activist. This "experience" thing is a misleading fear tactic.

    And to Debra Ziegelmeyer, who tried to compare Obama's experience to Bush's, give me a break. Bush was a bumbler and failure in every job he ever tried. Terrible analogy...

    February 4, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  4. Simon

    We'll see about vice presidents once someone has won, which Hillary has certainly not done yet.

    Obama '08

    February 4, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  5. randy

    give me a break

    February 4, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  6. Dan

    Hell NO...forget it. Obama is in a league of his own. He is not corrupt, divisive, polarizing, etc... why would he be paired up with Clinton? Hell NO!! Obama will win and Clinton goes home. Period!!

    February 4, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  7. Elinda

    I think there are many good candidates for VP other than Obama. And I am confident that Hillary will make the right choice.

    Hillary '08 ... 'cause she'll be great!

    February 4, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  8. PPrice

    No one will beat McCain if Ralph Nader enters the race again. "The spoiler", if you didn't know it already, is poised to further trash the US in the name of strengthening it. Remember Al Gore and the 2000 election?

    February 4, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  9. kate

    Rechi .. what is Hillary's experience? 8 years as first lady and yeah don't forgt 15 years at the Rose Firm ok? .. then come back talk about experience .. so Obama at age 47 has no experience?

    February 4, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  10. Mariann Pepitone

    If Hillary would need some good counseling if she picked Obama as a VP. Obama has been so busy listening to JFK's speeches, he can imitate him when he's campaigning. Obama should stop wearing the shoes of another president. Of course he will never be as smart as JFK. He is the complete opposite. Who is kidding who. I expect Hillary Clinton to win the nomination and leave Obama in the dust to be swept up. Then the media can eat crow again since they are doing a lot of promoting for Obama. It is understood that Obama was running out of money so his campaign worker's were calling up for donations. But I don't believe he was running out of money, he just wanted to double what he had so he can say he collected that 32.5 million. What a fake he is. He has most of the public fooled but he doesn't fool me. Obama was an attorney for a crooked businessman so I wonder how much money Obama collected from him. Of course Rezko is in jail now. Obama didn't earn over one million dollars by just being a senator. Give me a break.

    February 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  11. Jessi, Fl

    Clinton “needs to make sure the next, whoever the next vice president is, could take over if anything happened to her”

    Well, I suppose that would require experience...It would be pretty hypocritical to ask him to run with her after spending the last year saying he isn't qualified for the job.

    February 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  12. V


    February 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  13. JJ


    February 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  14. Zoey

    In the same breath as they say they need a VP who can hit the ground running if the president dies, they say Obama would make a great VP - so then, how can they claim he doesn't have the experience to be president??? Hillary is a hypocrite!

    February 5, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  15. Raj

    Is America in that dire need of inspiration as to be fooled by Obama? If you want a great orator or someone to inspire you, get a preacher or a life coach. Neither Obama nor generations after him will be able to 'change Washington' (what a cliche!!!!). The question is who can best manage and negotiate with others in Washington to get stuff done. Answer = Hillary. Sure she has her flaws...but as long as she gets stuff done on behalf of the people, I am okay.

    P.S. If Ted Kennedy loved change so much (as to support Obama), he should step down himself first.

    February 5, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  16. imogene


    Wrong. Barack Obama was in the Illinois State Senate for 8 years, before becoming a US Senator. He is a civil rights lawyer and constitutional scholar. He's got a lot of experience. Stop buying into the Clinton meme that she's the only one with experience. Not to mention, he is both brilliant and humble, two qualities that give me confidence in who he will choose to surround and advise him.

    February 5, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  17. observer#1

    What ever in this world would qualify Obama for VP? He needs to move to Hollywood and pursue his dream. Taking over Dr Phils position would be a great starter gig for him. He seems to like to talk about nothing any way. And maybe Oprah would be happy having him under foot. Hillary for President and Nobama, ever!

    February 5, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  18. Celion

    Is Clinton looking for another coattail to ride on?

    February 5, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  19. Michael

    Barack Obama would be the luckiest man alive if he were given a chance to become VICE PRESIDENT. His lack of experience and naivety regarding Washington politics would be overcome under the supervision of Hillary Clinton.

    Voting Obama in '08 is a incredibly stupid mistake.

    February 5, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  20. Derek


    You Clinton supporters really need to stop with the "experience" argument. Of Hillary's "35 years of experience", 15 was as a corporate lawyer; that is 14 more than she spent working at the Children's Defense Fund. The rest of her experience was principally as either the first lady of Arkansas or First Lady of the country. Her only claim to fame from that "experience" is the dramatic failure of Hillarycare.

    Obama was 23 when he began working and since he has been a community organizer, president of Harvard Law School, a civil rights attorney, a constitutional law professor, a state legislator and finally a federal legislator. He's been a legislator for longer than Hillary! Youth does not translate to inexperience.

    The experience argument is hollow. I'd encourage you to think for yourself as opposed to parrotting whatever Hillary's campaign sends you.

    February 5, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  21. Jake, California

    you must be stupid yourself.. so does that mean fresh graduates never get a job since they have no experience...and who told you that Obama needs to be first lady before becoming a president?

    We are credibly loyal to Obama and and credibly smart because we know what's good for America. You think America will get anywhere by electing Bill Clinton for a thrid term? The Clintons are the past and I don't know when all you folks who are still living in the past and thinking inside the box will get a chance to come out...

    First off, Obama can never become a running mate of Hillary because it would contradict him so much that no body would believe anymore what he says..

    secondly, Obama being a running mate of Hillary, whether he's the president or vice would interject Bill Clinton which is an absolute no no...

    Obama wins Super tuesday and gets the nod and select his own vice....just get over it because its already done!

    February 5, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  22. Danny

    You people are biased against women to the deep root without wanting admitting it, even some of you are women. Women can't even unite themselves. When she's not emotional, you accuse her being cold. When she dresses too conservative, you say she's cold. When she dresses less covered, you say she's not appropriately dressed. All her shortcomings are so trivial if only she were a man. So sad, Americans.

    February 5, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  23. Ryuken

    Clinton at this point has considered many people for the VP spot and there are many more qualified people: Sen. Bayh, Gov. Strickland, Gen, Clark, to name a few. I suspect that Senator Obama would consider a few, well, less qualified people in an attempt to please the media. Senator Clinton would definately pick a better qualified candidate, one that could really take the reigns should he/she be called to serve.

    February 5, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  24. kujtim

    Hillary president and Bill VP!!!!! i am sorry it is going to happen, GOD blless CLINTONS....... Andddddddddddddddd u never know, their doughter could be president one day if Hillary is sucsesfull as Bill was!!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  25. Ted, WEHO , CA

    If Obama wins, I will go to Canada! I have lost faith with the American people electing candidates with no experience. I will vote for HILLARY since I still believe that she can bring us back again from the mess created by the BUSH.

    February 5, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
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