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. Roger

    "I don't think so. I'm getting tired of seeing the Clintons. They make me sick"

    LOL Republican aren't ya?

    March 5, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. HomoSapien

    If Hillary STEALS the nomination by overturning the will of the pledged delegates, I will leave the Democratic party and officially become an "independent".

    Also, I will vote for McCain in November.

    I am disgusted with the Clintons.

    Time for Barack to start questioning how her husband's experience became hers by default. Let's start talking about exactly WHERE that '35 years of experience' comes from.

    March 5, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Mike D

    If the Democrats are smart and they want the best chance to win the general election, they will make the Dream Ticket happen, no matter who is on the top...


    March 5, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. viv

    I hope that Obama comes out fighting, she has done so much dirt during her so call experience in the white house. Sheshould not win but apparetly you all want the same old rap from the clintons. maybethis time she will steal the laptops and computers. also she will get four more years to hide her tax returns and meanwhile make sure she gets a piece of the stimulus package. really do hope obama comes out swinging. OBAMA 08

    March 5, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. AtlantaVoter

    Clinton/Obama would be a dream ticket.

    Obama/Clinton? I'd have to sleep on it 🙂

    March 5, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. AJ

    I just read through the comments of the Obamazombies. This is why I wont vote for any ticket that includes Obama, I dont want to have to listen to his psychotic supporters for 4 years. Go join a cult, drink the kool-aide and disappear. You give America a bad name. Worse than G.W. Bush!!

    March 5, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. AMN

    Of course she would say that. It sounds so lovely and long as she's the one next to the punch box for President. I honestly believe that if she were to lose the Presidential nomination, she would refuse to deign herself to the VP checkbox. Note that she said “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." She won't have it any other way, or she will refuse to work with it. The diva.

    March 5, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Angela.

    Obama and a republican Tre?
    Is that what he is cooking? Well I know now who not to vote for.

    March 5, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Chris

    What i am tired of is hearing people say there tired of the clintons. Why? If i remember the last time a clinton was in presidency i remember Bill Clinton doing a far better job than any of the Bush's. I am voting on who can run our country better and right now that is CLINTON. People who cant stand Hillary clinton have really no educated answers as to why they dislike her. A woman president is going to change our country far more than any male president regardless of race, Women tend to make better Descisions. GO HILLARY!!!!

    March 5, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Ms H.

    Oh. Yesterday she was "just warming up". Now she's willing to be part of a "dream ticket"....

    Dems will lose a lot of voters if they try that bit.

    The Clintons should leave. Period!

    March 5, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Greg, Athens

    I think I am going to throw up.

    March 5, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Dan

    Sen. Obama still has some questions to answer. This house purchase with Rezko is troulbling. If you do the math its fuzzy at best and looks like Barak might have gotten a payment through this deal. To be continued..........

    March 5, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. Jeannie, Sacramento, CA

    The disappointment in their faces and commentary was glaring - Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews of MSNBC, Tim Russert and Brian Williams of NBC, Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer of CNN. Now, I can't wait to hear what Jack Cafferty has to say and how he'll look while saying it. These are purported "journalists" who are supposed to report the news, except that in the past 3 months, all they've done is put down Hillary Clinton. Well, too bad, too sad.... their darling boy Obama lost the most important bellwether state, the battleground for democracy, and the final arbiter for who goes to the White House - OHIO. Any more predictions out there, boys?

    March 5, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Brett

    To quote Bill Clinton, the coverage of this campaign has been the biggest "fairy tale" I have ever seen. Where is the emphasis on the fact that Barack Obama has won:
    1. The most states
    2. The most pledged delegates

    I knew before that the media was absolutely ridiculous and not offering fair and balanced coverage of the hill the Clintons must climb to earn the nomination. But then to see this crap about her picking him as her vice president is absolutely absurd.

    The Clintons lost at least 10% of their support throughout the last two weeks in Texas and Ohio and if we give Barack the opportunity from June after the Puerto Rico primary until November, he will have no trouble continuing to convert those Clinton supporters towards his side and translating them into close contests and potential victories in the fall.

    For all of you Hillary supporters out there, how about you consider being the vice presidential candidate on the ticket that is currently WINNING???

    March 5, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. naomi

    In response to YOU NEED TO KNOW,
    Obama's campaign has run a negative campaign against Hillary. Attacking and distorting her health care plans and bringing up NAFTA in a negative light and the never ending revist to the vote on the Iraq war (one he didn't have to vote on). The the candidates need to draw differences between one another because they have so much in common. I think these differences will also show that only one of them is qualified enough to make it to the white house.

    March 5, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Ann Kennedy


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  17. ryan

    the clintons have too much blood on their hands to be back in office. didnt they have enough people randomly "suicided" their first time in office? How many murders have been attributed to their first two terms?

    i would never vote for a democrat, but at least obama hasnt been around long enough to have gotten into as much dirt as the clintons.

    March 5, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. J.C.T.



    March 5, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Adele Loessberg

    Come on. Barack Obama has been slinging plenty of mud. Mostly that Clinton is slinging mud, putting out pictures of Obama in a dress, etc. Barack also gets special treatment by the press. I bet if he was not running for president the ethics committee would be looking into his friend who helped him buy his house. That has not been covered by the press - it seems like it's being treated in a similar way to Bush's military record. In fact Barack Obama has plenty in common with the B-word. No experience. Just promises.

    I think unfortunately that his campaign has slid into a typically black posture of 'I'm being discriminated against.'

    March 5, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Joelle, Racine, WI

    Now that might just be as silly as you can get – but don't put anything past the Democrats... there are some huge EGOS here, and whoever got the VP position would have to swallow a lot of pride.

    Additionally, Senator Clinton has consistently, quite accurately, portrayed Senator Obama as being very short and lacking in the area of experience. With the VP position being a mere heartbeat away from the position of president, should something happen to the president, I just don't know how you can reconcile that.

    Senator Clinton would simply NEVER accept a VP position, primarily because of all her experience and service, so I think anyone thinking that scenario is really deeply on the Kool Aid.

    And who knows? What with politics being what it is: honest, above board, no corruption, no back room or party deals, etc., this just might be what was scheduled all along...

    March 5, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. Tod

    Per Erin "After the negative ads against him, how could she even consider that he would accept her offer. She hasn't won yet. In fact, her tactics have pretty much played right into the Republican strategy. Why to go Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island – you just gave McCain a huge boost. She cannot beat him and she has so much scandal in her past that they will have a field day if she is the nominee. I am so ashamed to be a Democrat today."

    Good thing the "scandal" is in her past. Old stuff that we all know about and has not hindered her progress so far. For Obama, we don't know what scandal will crop up. The devil you know is better than the saint you don't know.

    BTW, her husband was the scandalous one, not her.

    March 5, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. jessica

    I will NEVER vote for Obama !

    Hillary can do better!

    March 5, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Border Latino

    Obama is not going to be her VP. Hill folks please leave the drugs alone. Howard Dean will tell Hillary "Look Here you old bag, you are the VP or you are out". She is Obama's number 2.....yeah number 2

    March 5, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Jordan - San Marcos TX

    Having Obama at the top of this ticket is the only sceniario where I can see casting my ballot for a ticket with Clinton's name on it. Her campaign has been too bitter and nasty for me to retian much respect for you.

    For the record, Hillary gained a slight edge in the popular vote in Texas, but she didn't win the state the way she needed too...and considering that she led here by 20% just three weeks ago means that in a lot of ways Obama won and gained a lot of delegates that he wasn't going to get. Obama also won by huge margins the major population centers and delegate rich areas like Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Austin-San Marcos (which had a ton of delegates). This is being spun as a huge win for Hillary by the media but ultimately the delegate count will show Obama gaining more delegates in Texas. Hillary chose to campaign mostly in areas with fewer delegates and alininate some delegate-rich larger cities and progressive liberal areas of the state such as Travis and Hays counties...which each had large delegate counts for their size.

    March 5, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Anthony

    Do the math ; there is no way she can catch Obama in pledged delegates before the Convention ; is the party ready to run its second choice and disenfranchise primary voters ? I don't think so – and I don't think the party chairman does either.

    March 5, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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