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. Mary

    It would mean potentially 16 years of Democratic rule in this country and that would be a very good thing. I also think they are talented enough to make this world a much better place – together.
    Sadly I don't see their egos or their hate filled supporters allowing it.

    March 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. From PA

    Hillary-Obama ticket!!!!! Make history twice!!!!!!!!

    March 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Vote4BO

    I personally believe… that U.S. Americans should vote for Obama because some people out there in our nation don't have maps… I believe that our education, like such as in South Africa and… uh… the Iraq, everywhere, like, we want change and hope…. So we will be able to build up our future… Plus I like him because it smells to me like BO has a lot of teen spirit behind him.

    March 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Fav

    Thank God for Clinton's wins!!
    It is a relief to know that Obama's tactics (hiding his identity and selling himself to us as a true African American) are not working!!

    The big states, the ones that truly count, know that Clinton is the only one w/ the power, the might, the brains, the experience and the attitude to beat McCain.

    Obama, get over it!!! America doesn't want you!! You're not American enough to be our president — OUT Obama!!

    Goooooo Hillary!!! Mrs. President 2008!!

    March 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. R from Ohio

    Oh no way! You make that a joint ticket and you have really
    lost any hope for my vote! The media has adored Obama
    but there are many of us who do not!

    March 5, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. josh

    If the dream ticket happens.....they will crush matter who's on top. It will probably be the greatest landslide victory of all time.

    March 5, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. KaptKarl

    Democratic dream ticket
    Hillary's not on it..........

    March 5, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. BL-NYC

    A joint ticket would be outstanding... As he is not ready to deal with the major issues we face at this time, It would give Senator Obama the eight years of experience he needs to Govern our great country.
    Senator Clinton is the perfect person to get us out of the mess we are in!!!

    CLINTON 2008 – OBAMA 2016

    March 5, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Republican

    LOL She wins a couple of states and now she is trying to force herself on the ticket!

    March 5, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Dustin

    I meant to say unite..not "untie"(big difference!)

    March 5, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Surge, IL

    Obama, why not join the dream ticket and use your 8 years of VP work to show the American people that you are not just a talker. If you do a good job, you will have another shot in 8 years.

    March 5, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Gary

    I think Hillary President and Obama would be the best team.Obama will get alot of training and know how about our country that way. She would go that way,but I think Obama wouldnt have her as VP. I hope Hillary just keeps doing what she is doing,because she is our only chance for real change.She is the strongest to go against the republicans.She has already took their slams and stood tall. Hillary is the only one to lead this country and get things done. Hillary reminds me of The Fighting Irish .Go Hillary

    March 5, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. jack

    More like a nightmare!

    March 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. mike nyy

    If Clinton is the nominee she has no choice other than to take Obama. She`s to polarizing otherwise. I saw a poll that said 70 percent of Clinton supporters would be okay with Obama but only 50 percent of Obama supporters would be okay with Clinton.

    If Obama is the nominee though i don't think he can continue to claim he is the "change" candidate as effectively with Hillary as Vice President. Also, how interefering would Bill if Hillary was VP?

    Webb or Richardson would be better VP's for Obama

    March 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. NORMAN

    For the sake of party unity and winning the presidency both of them must sacrifice to make a win-win situation!

    Barack Obama use your much touted good judgement!

    Go USA!

    March 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Cynthia

    what a spin.......

    March 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. simple thought ?

    wisdom comes with age,
    obamanite children,
    listen to your elders,
    if you ever listened to them, now is the time to listen closely?
    a shared ticket Clinton/obama = probable 16 years of dem.service,
    remember, judges, it's time for the age of wisdom.

    March 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Kevin

    Clinton's comment is almost laughable "the people of Ohio very clearly said that it should be me". How about so far, most of the delegates have said "Obama". It is amazing how after 12 straight losses suddenly she feels she is going to get the nomination, despite still having a delegate deficit.

    March 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Clinton is a fraud

    Never will I vote for a Clinton ticket..never....
    Rather, if Obama is not the nominee then I will vote for McCain.

    March 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. Kitty

    If Clinton becomes President with Obama as her VP, and her Presidency is a disaster, Barack will never have the chance in 8 years. Gore would be President right now of Bill had kept his pants on. Skip her.

    March 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Godwin Morka

    The 'dream ticket' is very realistic. The Obama team would not directly comment on this idea because he is so sure of getting the ticket – but this might turn out to be presumptuous. The Clinton late surge might gain traction.

    March 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Mike

    Yes – dream ticket... Hillary/Obama-2008....Obama/Hillary-2012

    March 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. Jes

    Great Idea, President Hillary Clinton and Vice President Barack Obama. Keep the momentum going!!!

    March 5, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. Jack Robertson

    Even if Obama were the Vice-Presidential candidate on a successful Democratic ticket, he would have to suffer the indignity of serving in an administration that would have two Clintons, one as elected President and the other as de facto co-president. If he cannot win the Democratic nomination, Obama would be better off to remain in the Senate and try for the nomination again in four years. He will still be relatively young and he wouldn't have the albatross of having been Mrs. Clinton's Vice-presidential candidate hanging around his neck.

    March 5, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. Carol

    Hillary does well and now it has to be a joint ticket, Obama does well and no way he will have Hillary. Give me a break, Hillary/Pelosi 2008

    March 5, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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