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. JJ in NY

    Why should Barack Obama, a man with integrity, want to partner with a liar, a cheat and a dirty politician like hillary ?

    March 5, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. Go Obama

    Now that Mccain is gloating all over himself as being the Republican nominee, he thinks he has the advantage.
    We are looking at the Democratic ticket already!
    Where is his V.P?

    March 5, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Mark

    Unacceptable. I will NOT vote for ANY ticket that has Clinton on it.


    John Edwards is the logical choice for VP again,
    Obama/Edwards '08

    March 5, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. judi in NJ

    Not good for the party!

    March 5, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Emily Coletta

    She's out of her mind if she thinks Obama will join her in any capacity.

    March 5, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Brian, Colorado Springs, CO

    Oh for crying out oloud. Didn;t we just go through all this last month? Like her campaign, this is sad, boring, and pointless. Will not happen, and she will not win the nomination by playing a consolidation card to Obama.

    I'm two inches from voting McCain. Way to ruin yourselfs Dems.

    March 5, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    I guess I could live with that, provided Obama is on top.

    March 5, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Sandra

    Is Hillary planning on asking Obama if she can be his VP?

    Because Obama is leading in delegates. She needs him, he doesn't need her.

    March 5, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. john mcgreevey

    not possible to have clinton-obama ticket, that is pure trickery. mark my words.

    perhaps america will get its comeuppance once again when hilary does a surprise and announces bill clinton as her VP running mate. how's that for thought?

    end nepotism.

    March 5, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. Jeff, Dallas TX

    Please, oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please.

    Clinton/Obama = Goodbye Repub White House.

    I love them both. But we need Hillary at the top of the ticket. This election will be about the economy. Both Obama and McCain shy away from the topic. But Hillary can address that issue and win the election with it.

    But Hillary, if you shun Obama then you are in for a wold of hurt.

    March 5, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Lorenzo Tindal, New Jersey

    Hillary Clinton must first stop playing on the fears of white Americans with the negative TV ADS about OBAMA. We all remember White Water, Vince Foster and her destroying the files in his office. Fosters dead body was still warm when she did that. So let's stop trying to fool the public. With that being said, Obama is on the top of the ticket.

    March 5, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. Dian Mo

    Clinton is smarter than Obama to talk about joint ticket at this moment since the win of the republic nominee yesterday.

    It looks bad if Obama continues to use the sensitive foreign policy such as NAFTA to against Clinton so does Clinton uses lock experience to against Obama.

    The points are NAFTA is much better than WTO and Obama has his experience to be a good VP.

    March 5, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Las Mascaras de la Nada

    Obama is the 2008 version of the "Macarena" Just because the cool kids are doing it doesn't make the song or dance any better.

    March 5, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. Matt, Nebraska

    Nightmare ticket is more like it.

    If one of them were anywhere close to a centrist maybe, but this country doesn't need two leftists running us into socailism.

    March 5, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. evelyn

    A dream ticket with Hillary on top would guarantee 16 years of Democrats in the White House.

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

    Does she mean nightmare? I suppose that is a dream.
    The thought of Hillary as President makes me cringe. What is left of the US that can be auctioned off?

    March 5, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. William

    This is the way to go. Both are qualified to be president, both are qualified for VP. It is a dream ticket that would become a nightmare for the republicans.

    I say bring the nightmare on.

    March 5, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. Carla

    Most Obama supporters would consider that a nightmare rather than a dream.

    If she thinks she is going to win the nomination, then she is the one who is dreaming.

    Yes we can! Obama '08

    March 5, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. Mike

    Obama has won 25 states out of 41 so far. He is truely the winner in my book! He is what the people want

    March 5, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Walt, Belton,TX

    God help us!

    March 5, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Julie-Albuquerque

    Although a "dream ticket" involving Clinton and Obama would be a powerful force to defeat, it doesn't appear that either one of them would be happy being second in command. If, however, they can both concede and run together as a team, it's highly probable that McCain will lose his bid for the presidency. Obama and Clinton are making history and together they will unite the country.

    March 5, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. Kip Omaha, NE

    I don't think a "dream ticket" will work. Hillary's campaign has become far too negative to gain the respect of Barack and his followers. I don't think this is anything that Barack would embrace, but stranger things have happened. The math is still in Barack's favor and until that changes there is going to have to be serious consideration to the damage Hillary and her campaign are creating in the Democratic election. It would be to the Democrat's betterment for the party to move on with the candidate that will carry the popular vote.

    Obama 08

    March 5, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. MNDem

    Yeah, the Rovian politics of divisiveness, hatred, and fear still works!! What a boon for Democracy!! Congrats Hillary!

    March 5, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. SB

    I think Hillary has the Latinos and whites so she doesn't need the black vote....why would she put him on a ticket with her. Don't did Hillary you will turn the white and Lation voters away.

    March 5, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Grand Nagus

    I for one would not be opposed to a joint ticket.
    It would be a great opportunity for Obama to get some hands on experience being Hillary's VP for 8 years before he gives the presidency another go....


    March 5, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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