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. therealist

    More like a nightmare ticket if your not a clintonian..

    March 5, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Sandi

    Oh my gosh, do we really want a Bush-Clinton and then another Bush-Clinton. Lets go with Obama and get our country where it has a right to be. We DO NOT need more of the same. Do you for a minute think Mr. Bill will be able to operate in the role of "First Man." Think again. Come on America, lets do what we need not what the Clinton's need.

    March 5, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Adam, Texas

    Hillary has worked so hard and so has Obama. You guys need to practice what you preach and stop bickering yourselves!! They have both made strong cases!

    Be happy for the Party at LARGE!

    March 5, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Janice Reed

    Why now is Hillary hinting at a dream ticket? She knows that she cannot win the election, and if she steals the nomination with these bogus Superdelegates I know it want happen. I am joining a great number of people calling for a blackout the vote against her in the general election and voting Independant. It's time for changee and she and Bill need to stop all their gutter politics. Selling there souls for a position.

    March 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Teach On

    I am slightly irritated for those of you who believe that Obama is a bad candidate because he would rather take the wrath and answer the tough questions rather than hide from his own securities by attacking others. Hillary is self centered and seeking self fulfilment by making others look bad instead of working on herself.

    To her fans, I was a Hilary fan until she decided that the only way she could get ahead was by tearing others down. This certainly is not change. Do you all really believe that Hilary is not dirty. Barak has chosen to keep his word and show respect for her campaign. This gives concrete evidence of how he might handle our nation, with care, respect, and concern. Remember it takes a strong individual to refrain from immature and defensive mannerisms. This is the truly.

    Lastly, I'm glad Hilary has big dreams for our nation, however, that is the problem. Bush had dreams to, unfortunately, he never listened to the dreams and hopes of others. This is not a president for all but a president for one. Go Hilary....You seem to have it all figured out.....You will not have my vote until you learn how to be a team player and I don't see that in the near future.

    March 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Mike

    She says this because she's afraid she will lose the nomination because though she says that the only thing that matters is to "win, win, win" and not look at the numbers, it's the numbers that matter, and even after winning the Ohio and Texas primaries, she still is almost 100 delegates behind Obama.

    March 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. NY

    I have a question for all those Obama supporters, if Obama is so wonderful and Hillary is so polirazing, why can't he just win. I mean, he is supposedly running against a candidate that could never win, so why is this so hard for him?

    I will tell you why, because all he does is talk and agree with Hillary. There might be substance on his website but he never talks about his plans and never answers questions from the audience.

    Hope is great. But people should have enough hope that they don't need to seek it from a politician. Or have our lives become so empty that we look for hope from anyone.

    As for those states he has won, take into account that many of them he won because they were caucus (and not many people voted), which disenfranchise voters who cannot make it because they have to work. Also take into account that many of those states were not swing states, but states that are going to go republican in November. One should wonder how many states he would have really won if they had primaries.

    March 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Jonathan, Providence, RI

    A joint ticket is the only way for the Democrats to retake the White House...a newbie like Obama doesn't have a chance against an old hand like McCain. Both Hillary and Obama would bennefit from the partnership, especially with him being so short on experience. Hillary can beat McCain in the general because she can carry Ohio and Florida, but it will be a much more decisive win if they are on the ticket together!
    "Experience Change"

    March 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Paul

    What if Obama lost 11 states in a row?

    What if Clinton won the popular vote?

    What if Clinton had doubled the amount of states Obama had won?

    What if Clinton had more delegates?

    And then they handed Obama the nomination...

    Think about it.

    The ONLY way for her to win is by the superdelegates handing the nomination to her.

    March 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Charles

    The only Democratic dream ticket possible excludes Hillary altogether. She can not win the majority of elected delegates, her only hope is the unelected smoke filled room delegates. A stolen nomination will DESTROY the Democrats at all levels, it is certain that major Democratic voting blocks will refuse to vote period. Hillary is the major hope of McCain and of continued war in Iraq. Her ego condemns our country to continued disaster.

    March 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. John

    Where are your tax returns, liar? Give me a break. What a piece of work can screw over the party and smile in the morning Hillary you will do anything win, even split the party and let the republicans rule for 16 more years. Unbeliveable one of or own ruin it for america just for her person ego. How is that good for our country? Hillary is wanting us to vote for Mccain she might just get her way. and Howard Dean i though you were smarter then this are you going to let her ruin or chances to rule for 16 years. Howard you know better rein in Hillary tell her she will lose this for all of us if she keeps it up. She will not win, now or in Nov.

    March 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Nate

    I was really proud watching Barack Obama give his speech. The truth is, he doesn't have to do anything like what Senator Clinton is doing in order to win the nomination. He's got integrity in spades, and she's just lacking.

    As long as he remains dignified and runs a campaign that his supporters can be proud of, everything will be okay. I would hate for Clinton's standards of integrity to rub off on him or more likely on his staff.

    For those people working for Senator Obama: Please don't stoop to Hillary's level. Continue to make us proud. Maintain integrity. If you make a mistake, just admit it and we'll keep on moving with you. Not being able to admit a mistake is what GWB and Hilllary Clinton are most famous for. Let them "do them" and we'll continue to change the world one believer at a time.

    Obama will not win a campaign built around negative attacks because the people that like him and believe in his candidacy believe in his ability to be different and truthful. All he has to do is continue to inspire us to be the people that we know we are.

    Don't waste time getting into specifics in speeches either — if people are serious about understanding policies, they can EASILY read them. the details are too cumbersome to deal with on a stage.

    God Bless America,

    The world is watching.

    March 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Annamica, OH

    And the sore losers come out to play...haha

    March 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. WW for Obama

    Only with Obama as President!

    March 5, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Dan, USA

    The people of Ohio state hillary should be at the top of the ticket? What about all the people in the previous 12 contests that stated Obama should be at the top of the ticket? When do we find out how many repub crossed over to vote for Hillary as Rush called for just to keep the Democtratic ticket in a jumbled mess longer?

    March 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. vl

    Obama supporters, please don't shoot yourself in the foot by making some of these comments. Sit back and think about how much better off the US would be with a Democrat in the White House for 16 years! Having Clinton in the top seat for 8 would give Obama the much needed experience he needs on the national scene. With the potential changes that could be made in the next 8 years, he would be unstoppable! Too many of his "followers" come from those "red" states, states that WILL vote for McCain in November. Think before you balk and spew all the hatred. Aren't you going AGAINST what your candidate "says"?

    March 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. John

    Obama/Edwards the future is now.

    March 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. dee

    Hope not!! I'd much rather see a Clinton/ Wes Clark ticket. A lot of us would not like to see Obama on the ticket.

    March 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Geoff, Long Beach CA.

    Obama-Edwards '08! Obama is going to win the Democratic nod and has a better chance not having Hillary on the ticket. Hillary's remarks only make it a "dream team" for her and her supporters. No thanks.

    March 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. John

    Obama/ Edwards 08

    March 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. moderate dem

    Obama is too proud to a fault. He looked angry last night while preaching about hope and the power of words. He needs to get a grip on that and not show his anger so visibly.

    March 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Robert NYC & Miami

    I am so proud that you are my Senator!

    Go Hillary, All the Way to the White House!

    March 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. GoHill

    How is the DNC stealing the nominatin if Hillary is on the ticket?
    The DNC set up the superdelegates specifically for a situation like this.
    1. Neither nominee gets/earns the required MINIMUM delegates.
    2. The race is virtually 50/50 so neither gets a clear mandate.
    3. And, So many voters that are NOT registered democrats turn out in a given primary and vote for one candidate (Barack), thus "STEALING" the vote away from the candidate that MOSTof the core democratic party voters want (Hillary). The superdelegates then are supposed to bring the vote back to the wishes/votes of the party faithful who have voted in the past and will continue to vote in future elections. That is what they superdelegates are there for. To disenfranchise the core democratic party base just to cater to the newbies, the independents and the republicans is just silly, wrong, undemocratic and disenfranchising to the registered democratic party electorate.

    Bottom line? Clinton BETTER be on the ticket... Barack, not so much.

    Bottom line?

    March 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. NY

    Obama supporters cannot be democrats because if they were democrats they would accept a ticket with both candidates who have received support from the democratic party.

    March 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. DJ

    Obama should pick a woman running mate (white) before PA primary. There were many woman governors who are moderate as well as REAL EXPERIENCED. That should bring back the women voters and blue collar workers.

    March 5, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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