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. Sarah

    She's playing games again. Does anyone not realize how many Democrats (including myself) are going to vote independent if she gets the nomination?

    March 5, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. dede shepherd

    I think a joint ticket would be great. We would have experience and
    new ideas for change in washington.Mrs Clinton first.

    March 5, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Alex from IL

    I did the math, and the net amount of delegates that Hill picked up today was very little, if anything (18-20 max: probably far less if caucus split 55/45 for obama). The math just doesn't add up to any realistic situation where she can win. Sound's like she might be trying to strong-arm Obama into a place where she can force herself VP, or perhaps create a brokered convention where she can convince the DNC to make her the head of the ticket, regardless of the will of the people.

    March 5, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Blah

    Too bad the nomination system doesn't reflect the electoral college system. According to my calculations, Clinton would have 272 to Obama's 180, which would put Clinton above the 271 mark for the nomination.

    March 5, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. D.

    Yes, Clinton 2008!

    Obama is not ready yet!

    March 5, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Andy

    There's no way she can cut into his delegate lead, so he will come out of this in June with more pledged delegates. Thus, superdelegates would have to overturn the election results for her to win the nomination. If this happened, the Democratic party will be irreparably divided, and McCain will landslide. These electability arguments coming out of the Clinton camp overlook this reality. From here on out, her efforts damage the party and our chances to win in November. I see no cogent arguments to the contrary.

    March 5, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. Change is Coming!

    This is not the dream ticket....Clinton is not a viable national candidate. The Republicans will rally hard against her....

    Barack will pick a strong running mate.

    March 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Justin

    What you say maybe true............but somehow those Florida and Michigan votes will gets counted, and if this ever gets to the floor in Denver, theres no way Obama wins.

    March 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Juan Bowers

    Hillary has finely shown her true colors. She found a way to use the fear tactic while displaying her ture devisive nature to turn off African American voters who will be poised to stay home or vote McCain in the up-coming gerneral election.

    March 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. J.C.T.




    March 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. KM

    That dream ticket ship has sailed. Does she really think that is a possibility at this point? Maybe she should have thought about that before she decided to endorse McCain.

    March 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Patricia

    This woman is seriously delusional. Why does the Press let her get away with such Nonsense talk. She just now won 3 states after losing 12 to Obama and she has the audacity to pressume that Ohio decided that she should be on top of the ticket. She actually thinks this is her birthright. She constantly belittes all those hopeful young people as if they don't know what they are doing and nobody calls her out -if you don't have hope – you have nothing, hope is what makes you want to continue pushing in hard times, hope is what gets you up in the morning for your daily routine and my gosh if there' s somebody out that can give hope to us particularly to the young, then good for all of us. With hope, we are just encourage to do better for ourselves and our country. She constantly plays the gender card, press is not my side card and you people buy into it. She needs to just go away already. Please let me know when Obama has this wrapped up, then I'll start watching again.

    March 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Anonymous

    I think the democrats fighting among themselves will cause them to loose the White House this fall. It is clear the Clintons will destroy the party before they loose.

    March 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Praetorian, Ft. Myers, FL

    The way I see it...a good portion of 'near-conservative" thinking people took a second look at Obama and his clearly socialist leanings.

    A combined ticket probably would be of advantage to both candidates–and would be history making in it's own right.

    March 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Bashir

    Interesting.Experience+Judgement go together plus democrats can control the WH for the next 16 or 20 years.

    March 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Craig

    This would be a nightmare for GoP. Of course, one of them would have to swallow their pride and be the V.P., but there are numerous upsides to this ticket. You would have 2 political machines united under one cause, which would be to reverse the damage Bush has done to our nation as a whole. Whoever ends up being V.P., would gain valuable experience and the full backing of the party when it was their chance to run for President.

    March 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. Michael

    To answer Dick's question as a Democratic voter who lives in NJ (a potential swing state) and a Hillary supporter....Yes, I would not vote for the young and dynamic Obama. I would vote for John McCain.

    And I hate to break the news to you, there are alot of others out there like me who could give a state like NJ over to John McCain, so please stop thinking that the longer this goes on, the more she is taking this away from the "second coming" and let the DEMOCRATIC process play out. What's the rush...there isn't much on TV now anyway.

    March 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. clinton muehlenbrock

    The the person who said hillary/obama would draw the youth. I can guarantee you the youth wont participate in any form of joint presidential marriage.

    March 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. HOLA



    March 5, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. Open Society

    In either configuration — Clinton/Obama, Obama/Clinton — the ticket would win. I hope an agreement can be struck.

    March 5, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. gina

    I'm a Hillary supporter but I would be very disappointed if she chose Obama in the #2 spot. She has emphasized time and again how much experience he lacks, so why should she choose him just to garner the 'fan base'? She can get someone else so much more qualified.

    March 5, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. jer

    She played to the underlying fears of human nature. Maybe it's best to get the negatives out of the way in the primary season. But now how does the democrats put humpty dumpty back together.
    Joint ticket. Maybe as Obama as VP but never Hillary as VP.
    It looks like a train wreck heading off the cliff with a new electorate on board and engineer is Hillary the Solutions candidate driving the train.

    March 5, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Judith, Ridgewood, NJ

    Icky Icky Icky

    She's a fighter alright...but not a fair fighter...I don't want her anywhere near the white house...again...ever...NEVER

    March 5, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. SPH

    They make me sick too, but Obama needs to be on this ticket one way or another. He is not only an amazing talent but also a genuinely decent person. At this moment, he is the only one left who can truly reunite this country.

    March 5, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  25. Mac

    Some dreams are called nightmares, aren't they?

    March 5, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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