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. Linda Fisher

    It is interesting (though not surprising) to see that CNN does not have a Barack Obama icon. Obama is a wonderful, inspiring candidate who has a superb, rich background in Illinois and Washington, DC. It is interesting that this knowledge is not widely known. If you are uninfored, please see the Obama website. His plans for our future are unbiased , specifc, and visionary – just what we need at this crucial time! So, although Hillary won last night due to dirty tricks, we can continue the fight for our nation through Obama's candidacy.

    March 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Doug

    You are kidding right? He would be good for her ( if she wins). Not the other way around. She is a loose cannon. Honor sitting next to him one day, he is lying the next. PMS must be pretty powerful stuff.

    March 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Matt M.

    Just another part of Hillary's tactics. She realizes that practically the ONLY way she can get in the White House at this point is on a ticket with Barack Obama.

    I'm disappointed with all the voters yesterday who voted to prolong the process and weaken the party.

    OBAMA 08!! Do the math, people, he's the only one who can win!!

    March 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Susan

    Obama would be a great VP. She is clearly the heavier hitter in terms of leadership and wonkiness. He is an inspirational speaker in training to be a president someday – maybe in 8 years. By then we will know more about him and he will have proven his abilities beyond just 3 years out of state senate. For now, let's support Sen. Clinton and get ready to take on McCain.

    March 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Bill

    I'm glad she's saying this now. I have thought for a long time that the best way to get maximum benefit from Obama in the executive branch is to have him be VP for eight years and then President for eight years. The Democratic Party would be insane not to have some sort of dream ticket.

    March 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Tony, Powell, OH

    The only way a joint ticket works is with Obama as President, Hillary as VP...anything other than that and it's the same as Hillary running by herself, which IMHO is a "can't win" scenario for her.

    March 5, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. wallflower

    This has got to be a BIG joke. Barack is ahead and Hillary wants him to be her vp? Run a clean campaign, Hillary, and you might make the long list.

    March 5, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Giovina G. Crisalli

    IN YOUR DREAMS!!r r your de

    March 5, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. rayjay

    Whoever has the fewer deligates at the end gets the second seat on the ticket. I don't think Hillart will go for that

    March 5, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Kathy, Andover

    Now let me get this straight. You are supposed to pick a VP that you think would be able to be president, if something happens to you. Is Hillary now saying Barack is ready to be president? We're supposed to trust her judgment, correct? So now she thinks he can answer that "red phone" @ 3 am? With her 'logic' there's material for another SNL skit . . . maybe not one she would find so funny!

    March 5, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. John Dolan

    It Clearly seems that Hillary should be the Nominee she has won every big state by double percentages and that 's what is needed in November. Barak should be her running mate and the Democrats can take back the white house for a long time.

    March 5, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Becky in Indiana

    If Obama isn't on top, the ticket will remain A DREAM!

    March 5, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. MinneapolisZach

    Yes. We all saw this coming. Obama will get his experience as Vice and it'll be merry.

    March 5, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Jay

    I don't think Obama supporters would be agreeable to a ticket that includes Clinton. It would call in question the ideals and appeal of Obama if he attaches himself to her.

    March 5, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. therealist

    i. e. Help me! Help me!!

    March 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Jane

    Hillary needs to go back to the Hillary Land of Oz. She gets boos and jeers at every Democratic forum she attends, while Obama gets cheers. She is not popular in this country, nor will she ever be. She needs to suck up any remaining self-respect she has left and bow out.

    March 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Phil, KC, MO

    It is highly unlikely that Obama would pick Clinton as his running mate and he would be a fool to accept the VP nod from her.

    March 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. Ron

    A so-called "Dream Ticket" would be the correct course of action and would constitute REAL CHANGE. Anything less would be "business as usual." Neither Clinton nor Obama should support intervention by the Superdelegates. The Superdelegates are synonymous with the Electoral College and disenfranchise American voters. American voters WANT a "Dream Ticket". Americans want a smart and intelligent President. Americans do not want to be mocked on the world stage anymore. It may be too much to ask, but if both Clinton and Obama want to stand up to their promises for change than this would be the best first step.

    March 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Natasha

    I hope not...I'm disgusted by Hitlery's ability to woo the public by playing "victim", when informed and well-educated voters know that she is a predator. The Clinton Regime has a list longer than Yao Ming's legs of corruption, scandal, and "suicides". Poor America, I'm voting for Ralph Nader and whoever the nobody is that's running with him.

    March 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Felly

    Hillary needs Obama to win in November more than Obama needs her because she is very polarizing.

    March 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. Pastor

    Obama and Clinton would make a great team as President and Vice President. This would empower the democratic party. Please consider this for the entire party and the people in our country.

    March 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. j

    It`s the only logical thing the Democrats can do. This would attract most of those 'true" Democrats who voted in the primaries, not the Republican "spoilers". --The real trick is, " Who will head up the ticket ?".

    March 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Al Hilton Palmdale, California

    Although it may seem like a dream ticket of Hillary/Obama is possible, I do not believe it is probable. It looks like a ploy on Hillarys part to seem as if she would be willing to work beside Obama. Obama has not said much about it, which may be because he is not considering it. Hillary has proven time and time again that she will say or do anything to get a vote, as did Slick Willy. Obama will probably win the nomination, which is a reason for Hillary to try to get on his good side now. Her intentions are clear. She wants in, no matter what. I just laugh at those two, because niether of them will beat McCain in November, dream ticket or not.

    March 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. James

    Hillary atop an Obama-Clinton ticket? But she's not the leader in the delegate count, and she never will be. She's not even the one inspiring thousands of new people to join the process. At best, she could be Obama's Cheney.

    March 5, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. Kevin - ID

    I think the majority of the states in the Union say that Obama should head a joint ticket.

    March 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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