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. M

    Go Hillary! I would consider only if Hillary was the nominee. Obama vp.

    March 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Stud

    The democrats can't lose in November with a Obama/Clinton or vice versa ticket!

    March 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. kaemae

    A dream ticket is Obama/Edwards

    March 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Adam, LV, NV

    This is a good idea if you think about it. And would be better for Obama IF he is VP for several reasons.

    1. He gets experience. To a lot of people, he is still not that well known. While having state experience, he only has 3 years at the Federal level. He needs more experience and exposure. State politics are a lot different then National politics.

    2. As VP, he gets to sit in the Senate and try to truly bring them together on issues. While he only votes if there is a tie, it does not stop him from talking and mediating. This allows him to build up a large relationship on both sides of the isle.

    3. He can help restore America's place in the world better from the VP position then as the President. Because the job of President is very demanding, he can go to these places and help restore our image while Hillary takes care of domestic matters. While it may sound sexist, let the woman clean up, let the man handle the fights. Barack Obama and Bill Clinton visiting these other countries, just imagine what they could do together. Imagine what Obama could learn from Bill Clinton.

    4. He sets himself to be the 2016 Presidental nominee. If he graciously said, OK I do lack a bit of experience nationally. Let's join forces and allow me to learn more to be a better candidate for the future. Let us together bring about the change that needs to happen. His ideas and her abilities to make them happen would be unstoppable. He is not as stiff as Al Gore. He will not suffer that fate. What he could learn from BOTH Clintons would make him a formidable opponet in 2016.

    March 5, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Jane, Maryland

    Pardon me for thinking, but how does a win in only Ohio decide who the nominee is when you are behind in all categories?
    This is why I do not respect Sen Clinton, they are so used to spinning, and manipulation, they think everyone is uneducated and stupid.

    March 5, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Charlotte

    Obamas' concession speech says it all. He cannot speak without referring to AFRICA. I think the people are tired of "I did not vote for the war in Iraq." The NAFTA flub showed how he is just like what he preaches to change. Mississippi is mostly black, therfore, he most likely will win there. But, who knows for sure. The super delegates know you cannot win in November without at least two or more of the big blue states. Obamas' wins are in the predominately republician states. A joint ticket might be the only way to unite this party. I don't see Obama excepting this concept even though he preaches unity. He is in this to win. Michelle says he will not run again and he does tend to look to women for answers, so he will not except a VP position.

    March 5, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. L. Tran, TX

    Hat off to Clinton. She is smart to announce this after the victories. Don't care what Obama would think or do but people will talk about this Clinton-Obama ticket for a long time, thinking Obama is inferior. Hat off.

    March 5, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Fowler

    We know what Ohio did in 2004 - result GW Bush, what a shame Ohio, again !

    Even God cannot take you guys out of your woes !

    March 5, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Bruce

    Oh mama! It's still not "old bomber" versus Obama.

    March 5, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. CB

    If it would help the citizens of this country and keep the democratic party from any more in-house fighting, let's do it. OBAMA-CLINTON or CLINTON-OBAMA is stiil far better than McCain and whoever in the BIG HOUSE. A combination of both's candidates ideas and abilities could be AWESOME. GO DEMOCRATS!

    March 5, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. jujub

    The country will vote for the Democratic nominee. And that nominee should be the person who won the most pledged delegates and popular vote. As of today, Barack Obama has 700,000 more popular votes than Hillary Clinton. And, he has the most pledged delegates.

    Its not about the big states, its about the country.

    March 5, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Ryan

    Hillary is conniving and the epitome of all the bad qualities women are often accused of having. She's not to be trusted and she has NO experience! What crisis situation did she ever respond to with effective results? How did she prevent the war? Conservative talk show hosts told all their viewers and listeners to go out and vote... for Hillary because the republicans know they can beat and know it will divide the democratic party and delay things until June. Everyone fell for it too which is pathetic.
    Many people, like myself, will vote for Obama or no one at all. I'm not voting for "second best" – especially when she's insane and evil.
    My prediction, like everything else she's done, she'll manipulate the system, and cheat her way to Election day, lose against McCain (after all doesn't HE have MORE experience??) and then divorce Bill. After blaming him.
    She will cost everyone the White House. She does not care about the people – she cares about personal glory. Women who vote for her just because she's a women are voting on the weakest pre-requisite.
    I'd love a woman president... just not THAT women president.
    The joint ticket is a lame consolation prize that she's using as leverage to lure voters to her – Are people seriously stupid enough she will let Obama take part in ANY decisions once she's the boss?
    The republicans want her to get the nomination because they have a plan to take her down that's more effective than the one they have in store for Obama. Anne Coulter & Rush Limbaugh actually endorse Clinton for a REASON.

    March 5, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. ldmeyers55

    That "dream ticket" Hilary talks about is for votes.

    SHE IS NOT CONSIDERING OBAMA FOR VP. Their styles are polar opposites.
    There has already been a poll that Obama supporters would not vote for Hilary and she knows it.
    I also take offense " as Ohio goes, so goes the nation".
    I am from Missouri and I do not want my President to think so much about winning that every other state is UNIMPORTANT because he/she did not win it.

    These two statements are starting to divide the party and that is not Presidental.

    GO OBAMA!!!

    March 5, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Mand in Texas

    To all you Obama supporters blaming Hillary for attack ads. I didn't hear any complaining after the candidates second debate when Obama and Edwards both attacked Hillary. If you say it then you have to be man enough to walk the walk. So far Obama likes dignity. He is a whiner. All he is running on is I didn't vote for the war in Iraq. He's right he didn't. He didn't have a chance to. He simply was not part of the Senate in 2003. GET REAL PEOPLE DO THE MATH, How could he as a first term Senator. He wasn't around at the time> She is simply the best candidate for the job of President. These two candidates do need to definitely think of joining up because going separate now with the Democrat party so divided the only change for them to beat MCain is to join together. Ideal ticket is: HILLARY/OBAMA 08

    March 5, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. SM

    What now, it will be another decade of rule between the Bushs and the Clintons?? Clintons' will clean up after Bushs' and Bushs' will clean up after the Clintons. I think its time to clean them all. But then again who is hearing to the little guy....Once again the establishment wins – Congratulations!. As anticipated Hillary may lead and Obama will be her VP. GOD Bless America!

    March 5, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Shannon Shiflett

    clinton is delusional. obama is way ahead in the delegate count, so the AMERICAN PEOPLE have said VERY CLEARLY that it should be OBAMA.

    March 5, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. POhio

    I believe right now Hillary is the only choice we have to win the November election against McCain.  Her experience and knowledge with politics goes weithout saying.  Hillary is our only choice.  McCain will eat up Obama and spit him out of the race.  We do not know what else they will dig up about Obama and I hate to find out.  This thing about Obama being her running mate, I do not believe right now that it is a good idea.  We must know what is the truth about this Chicago problem and if he really did tell Canada that his belief in Nafta will not effect our position with Canada.  This Chicago and Canada problem are so vague and we must know what significance it has to do with him personnaly.Truth must be known before any joint ticket shoud be contemplated.

    March 5, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Jen

    caroline rose... she is getting her tax returns "fixed" just like she has "fixed" alot of things in her campaigns etc to slide by from getting put in jail.

    March 5, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Texas Democrat

    Only if Hillary is the Presidential nominee and Obama is the VP.

    He cannot carry Ohio or Florida. That means he loses the general Election.

    The latest polls show Hillary beats McCain in Florida, but McCain beats Obama. And of course, there is Ohio!


    On to Pennsylvania, and of course, we also have Puerto Rico. BIG TIME HILLARY COUNTRY! She will WIN the nomination and rightfully so!

    March 5, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. kd

    Hmmm let me see.....

    I'm ahead in the delegates
    I'm ahead in the popular vote
    I'm ahead in the number of states won

    Now why would I want to be Hillary's VP?

    Obama has no reason to accept a VP position.

    The math does not add up for Hillary..........

    March 5, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. Edgar

    I 'hoping' for Obama to take it all, but would consider a Hillarry/Obama for 2008 and 2012. Obama can be president in 2016.
    This is Hilary's last shoot at the presidency. Obama is young and can wait a bit longer... although America needs him now.

    March 5, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. tasha vigoda

    Personally, I would love to see a Clinton/Obama ticket. In that order.

    March 5, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Pam Free

    If Obama puts Clinton on the ticket as a veep, he will not live long enough to make any changes.

    March 5, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Cruiser66

    I don't want to see Hillary on any ticket. She has continued the dirty politics of old. I wanted to see oponents dealing with issues not slamming each other. Hillary took the low road and the obviously Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island like that road. I guess many Americans just want to see a dirty fight – regardless of truth or not. And anyone who believes it's easiler to be black than a woman in America is delusional.

    March 5, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. WW for Obama

    Only Obama/Clinton will work for me. Clinton's dirty tricks would ruin Obama forever!

    March 5, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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