March 5th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
15 years ago

Clinton: This may be headed to a joint ticket

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Clinton said Wednesday the race may result in a joint ticket."](CNN) - The morning after primary wins in Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island, Hillary Clinton said she would consider being part of a Democratic “dream ticket” that would include both her and presidential rival Barack Obama.

"That may be where this is headed,” she told the CBS Early Show during a marathon set of appearances on the network morning news shows. “But of course we have to decide who is on the top of ticket. I think the people of Ohio very clearly said that it should be me."

The New York senator has made the claim before. Last month, in one of several interviews where she said the scenario was a possibility, she told a Vibe interviewer: “Of course there is (a chance of a joint ticket). Of course there is. Now neither of us will answer this question because we don’t want to look presumptuous and premature. But it is more than fair to say that — of course there is.”

While Clinton has said a joint ticket is possible, the Obama team has largely avoided making similar statements. Some of the Illinois senator’s campaign surrogates have said they believe the claims benefit Clinton because they may convince Democratic voters drawn to the Illinois senator that a vote for her is essentially a vote for both of them - or a vote for him to head the ballot in eight years, after she has had her two terms on top of the ticket.

Primary season rivals who have successfully shared a presidential ticket after tough nominating fights include Democrats John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, and Republicans Ronald Reagan and George Bush.

- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

soundoff (916 Responses)
  1. Part of the Ohio Primary

    If you consider yourself a democrat, but would vote for a republican candidate in the general- you should stop considering yourself a democrat. You are an independent. Have fun losing with Nader.

    March 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. kd

    FOR those that don't like the tactics, you must have never run for any type of public office. It's cut throat to the end and like they have both said friends before and friends after. It's politics 101 for god sake.


    March 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. gobo

    Isn't that interesting most of Clinton supporters suggest that they like Obama as running mate if they candidate wins the nominations (which I think is a complete fantasy because Obama is the leader in states and pledged delegates) so that he can help her win the general election. On the other hand, most Obama supporters seem to think that they do not need Clinton on the ticket to win the general election.
    Here is a question for the Clinton supporters: Why do not you simply vote for the Obama, who is ahead in the nomination race, and whom most people, suggest has a better chance of winning the general election?

    March 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. edweena

    I just don't believe that all these people who voted in the primaries, largely due to the enthusiasm brought by Barack Obama, will be voting for Clinton against John McCain in the fall. Millions have voted for the Democrats, and I believe that if Obama wins the nomination, the same millions will vote for him against the republicans. But if Clinton win, you can be certain that they will not vote for her.

    March 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Chris

    I think it's just a little presumptious for Clinton to flirt with the idea of a Clinton/Obama ticket at this point. It's seems as though she hasn't realized that despite her three, hard-fought wins last night, that she is still behind in the delegate count and popular vote. Ohio voters alone don't decide who becomes the nominee.
    She should really take a look at things and realize that she did not win in landslide victories Tuesday. Furthermore, she really had no choice but to win Texas and Ohio last night to even stay in the race. Let's be real, Clinton's victories Tuesday were a necessity for her! She still has a huge fight in front of her, yet she's already crowning herself the nominee. Getting ahead of ourselves, aren't we? If anything, I would love an Obama/Edwards ticket! Let's not forget, Obama is still the front-runner!

    March 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. David Solomon

    I just remembered what Clinton said " kings dream came true when a white president signed for him" something like that earlier this year. I guess the only way Obama can be a president if she grant him as a VP. She also said she doesn't know for sure if he is a christian. For her to be fully christian his Dad and Mom has to be christian. That may not qualify him as a president right? Yet you said last night "An american can be whatever they want to be!" What a Joke!

    I wonder where that makes Hillary qualify as a foreign policy expert. She doesn't respect others race, religion and culture! what a 35 years experience!

    March 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Matt

    I think Hillary is dreaming. If she wins, the Dems are going down to John McCain. She has no cross over apeal. Obama already has had Republicans voting for him. The only Republicans voting for her are Rush heads.

    March 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Earl

    How can you people hate Karl Rove and love Hillary Clinton? Their political philosophy is identical.

    March 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. K Fergus

    If Mr. Obama doesn't agree to the dream ticket with Hillary at the top, it proves that he is nothing more than a politician who cares only for personal gain and power. He should do the right thing and become the VP for at least 4 years so he can gain some experience and real credibility. As he stands now, he will be torn to shreds by John McCain. It will be quite the eye opener once it begins. The rhetoric will evaporate and the public will realize that once again, they have been duped.

    March 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Hans (Zürich, Switzerland)

    Should a man who is ONLY the first generation in America, without very much political experience, who has not suffered like the rest of us in the Civil Rights movement, who has never really lived overseas (except for some years in Indonesia with a single mother), who has NO CRISIS experience(!!!!!!), who has NEVER served in the Armed Forces of the U.S. be the President of the United States and the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces? Can he REALLY face Putin, Ahmanjad, North Korea, etc.? I STRONGLY say NO, NO, NO!!!!!!


    March 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. M

    haha, isnt Obama beating her in overall delegate count. So what if Ohio said it should be her, the majority of the rest of the nation (so far) are saying it should be him. When did Ohio matter more than the rest of us?

    March 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Inez

    This would've been possible if HRC had not been so negative about Obama. How can you put these two on a ticket for democrats and expect them to win it now? The way she's tried to pull his integrity, his experience his capability to run the country to pieces its just awful...

    Can you imagine the Republican ads? If something happens in the early morning who would you like to answer the phone?

    March 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Carol, CA

    I support Obama.

    I will never vote for Hillary under any circumstances.

    If Obama runs with her – he is a sell out.

    I would no longer support him.

    I do not like McCain but I would against HRC

    March 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Obamabot Alert

    GO HILLARY: You have had to fight through media bias, party appartus bias, the Obamabot crazies. You are tough, and let those who count you out THINK AGAIN..WOOOOHOOOO

    March 5, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. RVKW

    Watch some of Hillary's words. Just the other day she said that the two candidates with the experience were her and McCain. Think about it. If Barack win's the nomination is she saying that everyone should vote for Mccain? What will she do then? Flipflop and suddenly endorse Barack's "inexperience"?

    And this thing about them being on the same ticket as if she'd be the president and him vp. How presumptuous and arrogant!!!! As if now he's the "small" man in this campaign and she's the matriarch and top gun of the two.

    She is totally ignoring her delegate slump.. If the tables were turned she'd be talking about how important delegates are just like she was when she was in the lead before.

    March 5, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Barbara Tucker

    CNN excellent ....Clinton News Network...
    I used to respect CNN but as of are no longer my main source of information. You are clearly biased..I want a news program that presents all the news, both sides of the picture so I can sift thru the information and actually use my brain not yours to have an opinion.

    March 5, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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