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. Timothy B. Robinson

    You can't have it both ways, Obama supporters! 24 hours ago you wouldn't shut up about how she was finished and could NEVER win Texas and Ohio. Now that she did, and convincingly, you won't shut up about how LITTLE it meant compared to Obama's delegates.

    But did you happen to notice that he lost much of his support base that had defected from Clinton? Sounds like people are starting to forget Obama's speeches, because I CANNOT FIGURE OUT WHAT ELSE THEY'RE SUPPORTING.

    I would support a Clinton/Obama ticket. Obama is a smart man, there's no denying it. And Clinton is smart to mention it, because she knows that she'll never win over Obama's core support, since they're young and/or black and won't research facts or face reality.

    GET OFF THE DREAM BUS AND GET REAL. Texas, Ohio, and Rhode Island certainly did.

    March 5, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Richard

    Hillary says that Ohio voters cleary stated that she should be the next president. Has she forgotten that the majority of the nation has decided that Obama should be the next president and not her. Does she think that the opinion of Ohio voters are the only ones that count. Besides that, her margin of victory in Ohio was not that fantastic and it was even smaller in Texas. Has anyone told her that she is still behind as far as delegates are concerned. And how does Bill fiqure that if Hillary wins Ohio, she will be the next President. Does the rest of the nation stay home on election day? What a pair of idiots!

    March 5, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Sam

    After the Clinton's "smear & fear" tactics, how can Hillary even suggest that Obama would consider her as VP?

    March 5, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Tim

    Obama came til her with the help of press, he knows that, Obama has a speach and clinton has 35 years experienc!!!!!!! think people. He should be happy and consider him selv a winner if cllinton gets him for vp. Come an obamas suporter , use your head, this is not american idol pls, we are woting for PRESIDENT OF USA .

    March 5, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. michael

    i would consider a hillary/obama ticket, but as of right now, i would choose mccain over obama in the general election.

    March 5, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Bit, Alabama

    Why not make this a "dream ticket?" The people have clearly voted for the both of them! I would rather see them in the White House than another republican "mess up." Our nation is in a crisis right now and needs to be fixed. I think that the Democrats can help put this nation back on its feet-although it will take some time. Let's get our country back to the prosperous, healthy nation that it once was and embrace change & experience.

    So what if we have a “female” (which happens to be a Clinton) and a “male” (which happens to be black) coming together for a common cause for the people. We need CHANGE and EXPERIENCE to make a come-back for our nation. Put away your biases and stereotypes and let’s make history and let’s make the USA healthy, vibrant, and strong again!

    Clinton/Obama 08
    Obama/Clinton 08

    Yes we will and yes we can & yes we can and yes we will!

    March 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Rob

    Let's get real, people: a Clinton/Obama or an Obama/Clinton ticket will NOT win. We're still in a war, and you NEED someone with military service on the ticket to truly be a legitimate contender in the post-9/11 age. Regardless of who wins the Democratic nomination, if you would like to cream McCain in November, put Senator Chuck Hagel on the ticket. He's a Vietnam War vet (military experience) AND he's a republican (would show true bipartisanship on the part of the Dems). A Clinton/Hagel or Obama/Hagel ticket would dismantle McCain/Whomever in November.

    March 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Sick and Tired

    Dawn.....Hillary is The Manchurian Candidate!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anyway, the Dems are going to mess this up-split the party and the Republicans will rule once again.

    March 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Brad from Canada

    Is she honoured to be on the same stage as Obama again, or should be ashamed of himself today? Did Hillary start taking her medication again? I'm confused.

    March 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Tom

    Why is that the Obama supporters seem like a bunch of zealots and yet the Clinton supporters are game for entertaining a combinaton ticket?
    It's been this way from the start of the primaries. Something seems to be amiss with the Obama supporters and no one can figure this out.

    March 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Lesley the Indep.

    Ok so listen, Clinton has won the swing states that the Dems need in November, despite the odds against her. There are also plenty of the older Clinton supporters (aka. true old-school democrats) who will go towards McCain if Obama is the nominee because they don't trust him with the economy, or with most other things since he's so new... Trust me, I know plenty of them.

    Not to mention the fact that if Obama is the nominee, the Republicans will attack him like crazy and Obama won't do what he has to do to win (i.e. fight for it)

    Hey Dems, get it together... Do you want to win the general election or what?

    Clinton '08 - and Obama as the VP would be even better!

    March 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Taylor

    I think it's a great idea. Clinton can be President for 8 years while Obama is VP and then he can be President for 8 years.

    March 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Ted, WA

    No way, I would rather see the DNC implode then Obama sell out on his principles.

    March 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. Independent thinker

    I don't like this. Unfortunately this fight to the nomination will hurt the dems in Nov. There is going to be some hurt feelings on the side that doesn't get there way. There is no way Hillary can catch him in pledge delegates, even if Mi and Fl. re-votes, so they will just beat each other up until the convention. Then what? The Superdelegates decide? Bad Bad Bad all the way around

    March 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Phyllis/ PA

    Why are Obama people saying that Hillary was throwing mud last night?
    1. It was the Canadian TV that said a member of the Obama team told a government official not to worry about NAFTA comments because it was just "politics". 2. It was not the Clintons who brought up the "long" term relationship between Rezko and Obama. This came up the last minute because the trial of Rezko started just the day before the elections. 3. The purpose of the phone ad was to simply illustrate that Hillary was more experienced to handle the unexpected. It was not ment to cause fear. (Obama must also have agreed as his rebuttal was "copy" her ad!

    This primary has been a cake walk. If Obama wins we will loose.

    March 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Where's Bill Clinton?

    Just a thought...I was watching ALL the speeches from yesterday. Mike Huckabee was with his wife...John McCain was beside his wife...Obama's wife lead him out to the stage to speak...BUT WHERE IS BILL CLINTON?!?....I"m I the only one noticing that Hillary Clinton and her campagin are trying to HIDE Bill Clinton? Why do I not see them together...You only see Hillary by herself or with their daughter, or you see Bill by himself or with their daughter...Interesting Hillary...Do you honesty think Republicans will not pick up on this if you win the nomination?!?

    March 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. John

    No idots we cannot now have a joint ticket Hillary must go. Obama has the delegete, if the super delegete decide this i will never vote for a demacrat again for life. Hillary has no place in U.S. politics anymore, Hillary the mudslinger, shes a liar, she will not ever get my vote. Obama/Edwards or right over to Mccain. Hillary cannot be a choice.

    March 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Hill Supporter from Minnesota

    Why bother with Obama. When I think of how you and your husband have supported the African-American community through the years and now when you need them most, they desert you, please look to Bill Richards as your running mate or some othe loyal surrogate.

    March 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Everything Clinton does is considered low and a smear tactic. How stupid are people that they cannot see that Obama has done the same. The only thing he does is say that he is above the fray, but he really isn't. I think the presidential nominee should have the option of choosing the VP candidate and people should respect their decision. Afterall, if H.C. is the nominee, there are wonderful and talented and more experienced candidates than B.O.

    Furthermore, I don't believe either candidate will have enough delegates, thus the superdelegates will come into play. Obama has not been able to carry key states needed to win the general election. Lets wait until the "democratic" process to play out. To have one campaign try to force the other one out (which many analysts now agree should not happen), is pretty arrogant.

    Either outcome, the party needs to stop bickering because the Republicans read the blog too and they are calculating their strategy.

    March 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. dan

    question; The fact Obama is not being ask the tough questions is whose responsibility? And what kind of leadership does that represent? If I don't know the tough questions to ask, then I must not have any business in the race.

    March 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. mama sue

    Am I the only one who thinks that so many of those old people who voted for Hillary were republicans who would much rather see McCain up against Clinton than Obama? Listen to Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter push this! I didn't mind when the American Idol voters went for Sanjaya as a joke, but this is real. No wonder so many people are turned off by politics.
    We need Obama in 08, and if I were him, and the Clinton's manage to pull this off, I would refuse an offer of VP. He has nothing to gain. And if he wins, as he should, he would be crazy to saddle himself with her.

    March 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. Goodheart

    Hillary won Texas, Ohio, California, New York, New Jersey, Florida..... these are the BIG states that matter in the general election. Obama cannot win a general election by winning Delaware, Washington D.C., Hawaii, and other small states with few electoral votes. He can't compete with McCain in the big states in a general election. He
    will lose. Go Hillary!

    March 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. JR

    First and foremost Im an Obama fan, but Im ok with a joint ticket. If they took all the voters these primaries are bringing the Democratic ticket and put them together, the Republicans wont have a chance. Yes Im aware they dont compliment each other as far as states and electorial votes, but they still bring alot to the table together.

    Hillary is slinging a little mud lately but remember they are still competing. Plus this mudslinging is mundane compared to some political races in the past. However with his reluctance to return the punches (which I can respect him on as well), I wonder when he gets to the White House if he can play dirty when needed to get the job done. Being a President sometimes requires some grit and backbone! Im not saying Obama couldn't do that, but Hillary is obviously gritty! Plus I remember a time a few years ago the idea of a Clinton back in the White House made people giddy! Funny how quickly thats changed!

    March 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. TJ WILLIAMS, Los Angeles, CA

    It's just not worth it. She soo sleezy, crooked and vile all his integrity will be dragged down in the Clinton filth. He'll never be able to run for office after them. (remember AL GORE!) When she steals the nomination...let her loose it on her own. He does not need her. She needs him. Thousands of new voters...Bye Bye! Black Democratic vote...Bye Bye! Independent vote...Bye Bye! Hillary trolls...48%
    Can you say President McCain?

    March 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. dbacchus

    Well, that might be Mrs. Clinton's "dream", but it is defenitely not happening. Not after what she has done. She should better go and ask McCain – maybe he will take her as his VP!


    March 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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