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

Clinton: This may be headed to a joint ticket

 Clinton said Wednesday the race may result in a joint ticket.

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. SPH

    No matter what happens in this primary race, Clinton and Obama need to be on the same ticket. They have both paid their dues and it would disastrous for the future of the party if Obama supporters (especially African Americans and young people) felt shut out by the party elite. Although I support Obama, it is true that he is young and could learn a great deal by being vice president. Perhaps the Clintons would even help him in a future campaign for president. Wouldn't that be amazing?

    March 5, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. KJ, CA

    I would be very disappointed in Barack Obama if he picked Hillary for the number two slot after all of the dirty tricks that she has played to try and win this nomination – especially her recent tactic to engage in the politics of fear.

    March 5, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Uncle Sam

    There is only one great man in this year's presidential race. McCain '08

    March 5, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. David

    Clinton – Obama?
    Obama – Clinton?

    It just seems more unlikely than likely. As we progress further and further in this campaign and she bashes him more and more... what is happening? Both of these campaigns are so strong willed.

    I just don't see it.

    March 5, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. vote

    A dream ticket will be a good idea for democrats as long as Obama is on top.

    March 5, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. changing times

    Why would she want him on a ticket after she has insulted him in every possible way? She's gone very negative against him to get the wins in Ohio and Texas. She's called into question his honesty, his religion, his friends and pastor. Her supporters have insulted African-Americans for supporting him calling them racist and mindless, even thugs.

    This is very interesting that she's reaching out here.

    March 5, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Michael"C" in Lorton, Virginia

    It appears that Hillary has proclaimed herself as the Democratic nominee after her victories in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island. Has she looked at who leads in "delegates?" Hillary is blinded by her ambition and when she raises herself to a position where she cannot mount higher, she will fall with the greatest loss. She is counting her chickens before they hatch......and that could be dangerous.

    March 5, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Black Man For Hillary

    This scares the Republicans more than any other scenario. They know they can't beat this ticket, no matter if it's HRC/BHO or BHO/HRC. If this is the ticket, the landslide will be the largest in presidential race history.

    DEMS '08!!!

    March 5, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Corinna

    I'm sure Obama would be safer with a Republican on the ticket with him.

    March 5, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. lisa

    please lets join each other. We must unite or we will have four more years of G. W. MC Bush.

    March 5, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Teresa

    We want change! We need hope! We are sick of politics as usual!

    Obama for President!! I don't want to see Hillary as President or as VP! If the race is between McCain and Clinton, I will switch back to Republican.

    March 5, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Edgar

    I agree! Clinton & Obama or Obama & Clinton is a power house ticket. I am more interested to see how well Obama response to last night losses. Is he really tough or better said is he really Presidential?

    To Obama supporters: Your candidate has to be strong on National Security and prepare for the General Election because that is what us Democrats are going to have deal with.

    March 5, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Lets see....people vote for Obama because he represents everything Hillary is not – honest...forthright...clear vision that doesn't sway with opinion polls....for this reason – he attract smart Democrats, Independents and Republicans (like me) – she has been trying to sell herself as "just like Obama....but with more experience" – I can only speak to the Republican and Independent Hillary – you are not – and if you are on the ticket....and polls show that any halfway literate person will not vote for a ticket that has her on it....never...(not because she's a woman either....because she supports licensing illegal aliens....then not supporting....she supports NAFTA...then doesn't support NATFA.....she wants to insure "everyone" on taxpayers dime....(including illegal aliens who are here....well...illegally) – hasn't backed out on that one yet....Hillary is nothing like Obama....

    March 5, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Alvin

    I really like both of them... With this talk of having a dream ticket, brings tears to my eyes... Go Hillary and Barrack!

    March 5, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Deana


    Congrats Hillary on your wins last night! And congrats Obama on your win in Vermont.

    March 5, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. IONA

    I am not opposed to a joint ticket as long as Obama is the lead candidate and H. Clinton listed as vice-president.The USA desperately needs credibility concerning other nations and to finally after all the injustice and the contradictions this country has portrayed, it may finally have it. America needs to finally live up to the Declaration of Independence that sparked it greatness.Though Michelle Obama was crticized for her statement "that I can finally be proud of my country" as a black woman in America I FEEL the truth of her words and if the hypocrities opposing her statement would takes a real look at America they will see what non-whites nationally and internationally already know. We need this change to progress and be the nation we aspire to BE.

    March 5, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Patrick Belvin, Lake Stevens, WA

    I do not see the possibility of this sort of ticket because Obama and Clinton too strong willed to concede to be second! In the white house, the VP is widely seen as the supporter who agrees with everything said by the President. And with the negative campaigning Clinton has shown over the past few weeks in reference to Barack, I don't think Obama would like to be on the same stage with a person who he feels represents the same old Washington politics. NO WAY!

    March 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Tavares

    I'm wondering now ( and this may have nothing to do with this ticker) what the remaining Republican voters will do in the later primaries now that the Republican ticket has been determined. Will they be voting in future Democratic primaries and if so, how will it affect the outcome. If they can vote and they vote for the who they think is the weaker person (the person McCain can beat) who would they vote for and would they be making a good decision? I wonder who McCain wants to win?

    March 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. robbie2

    I am a 61 year old female who has never failed to vote in a primary or general presidential election. I would find it very difficult to vote for Hillary Clinton at this juncture...even as a VP to Obama. She is unbelieveably divisive, untrustworthy, and corrupt! How can she even suggest such a so-called "dream team" after trashing Obama as she has done. Unless, of course, she is doing so only in an attempt to once again attract potential primary voters. I pray that people have greater wisdom than to fall for this trap. Shame on you Clinton! You have forever lost whatever respect I may have had for you.

    March 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. adam

    lot of gall on her part to use the scorched earth (even Begala thought she went too far) and then suggest herself at the top of the ticket. she is toxic.

    March 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. kay

    In the democratic primary, only 67% of Texas voters were democrats. In Ohio, it was 69%. Doesn't this suggest that Hillary's victories were due, in part, to Rush Limbaugh's comments on air, encouraging conservatives to vote for Hillary. His reasoning is that McCain can beat Hillary at the national level.

    March 5, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. jwilliams

    I really think this is a good ideal and Hillary needs to be the first in line and then Obama can Listen and learn go to these countries abroad and get some much needed experience under his belt They both have a lot to offer.This would be a much wiser choice than just handing him the reins and saying go to it .Out Country is more important than to do that .
    They both would win that way and the country would have a good base to have democrats in the white house for 4 terms and they country would have a chance to get on track and stay on track for a while.
    These two are unstoppable together no republican can beat them together.
    Hillary /Obama 08

    March 5, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Trannon

    I would definitely support that ticket regardless of who was on top. I am a Hillary supporter, but I have warmed to Obama.

    He is WAY better than the alternative (McCain).

    March 5, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. Cris in Texas

    Clinton/Edwards will be more ideal. Who knows how many more skeletons in Obama closet there are....

    So proud of my girl Hillary!!!

    March 5, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Matt

    Well, if the people of Ohio think it should be Hillary on top of the ticket, then they ought to shut down the whole race right now. It's over. Ohio has spoken.

    March 5, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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