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. Chris

    I am really surprised about the lack of eduacted people in this post. People who say " I will not vote if obama is not on the ticket" This is exactly the reason why AL Gore isn't the current president. If the voters for Obama are going to call it quits, then that tells me what kind of voters are voting for Obama. The two candidates would be far better than another bush in the whitehouse so everyone put your EGO's aside for a few minutes and really understand that this is OUR COUNTRY and we need to be smart about voting in this coming election. I have no issues with obama, but he just does not have the experience. Clinton is a fighter and will stand up for our country and the republicans, People who talk about clintons dirty tactics are just plain uneducated, these are the people that tend to believe everything the media says. We need to vote smart not based off of our EGO'S.

    March 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Bob

    Its very unlikely you will see a dream ticket because it will be hard to ask someone to share the ticket who you just a day ago stated "their entire career added up to nonthing but a speech". She has said that words don't matter well I know she wish she could today take those words back.

    March 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. michelle

    everyone should not get a knot in their knickers
    I am cheering on Obama but who knows whats going on behind the scenes.The longer this rivalry carries on the more it becomes a train wreck for the DNC and the party would be split
    Not exactly what they want facing MCBush
    something needs to give here and and both of them as a team is just what the doctor will order
    her so called experience along with his likeability and cool head is a sure road to victory in the fall no matter who is pres or vp!
    think of what they can do TOGETHER not divided
    against MCBUSH and more war tearing the country down!

    March 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Sabrina, Las Vegas, NV

    And a side note to those who may say, who cares about the black vote.....

    The democratic nominee will not win the election without a heavy black vote turn out. If you don't believe me, ask Al Gore and John Kerry!

    March 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Patrick

    James and Obama has called her a liar, taken shots at her personally and said she is the status quo like Bush! It goes both ways my friend

    March 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Hope for the world

    If Sen. Obama accepts a joint ticket he will lose his credibility. He stands for integrity, change, judgement and not dirty politics à la Clinton. I truly hope he won't disappoint his supporters and the whole world who's watching carefully. It is time to show that the country who voted Bush twice can do much better. It is time to say NO to media manipulation, too.
    Yes YOU can!

    March 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Samantha

    This is what Obama and co. says after Hillary's wins last night:

    "Tonight was the Clinton campaign's last best chance to make a significant dent in our lead in pledged delegates, and they have failed."

    He keeps promoting his pending and impending "victory" with unabashed arrogance and disdain for this opponent(s). And then he loses. He will also lose to John McCain, a person of character and integrity (never mind experience) - whether or not you agree with his political views.

    Last night was Obama's last chance to complete his snow job on America. And he failed.

    Hillary is the Democrat's best chance, and only chance. Obama should absolutely not be on the ticket.

    March 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Susan Cusson, Mohave Valley, Arizona 86440

    I wish all of America a Great Election this year.

    March 5, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Tom

    After reading the first 30 or so of these comments, it scares the hell out of me that this is the way my constituents think. How about the issues? My goodness, aren't we finished yet with personalities and RACE. You all frighten me an whole lot more than ANY of the candidates.

    March 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Jules999

    Obama is ahead in delegates ONLY because Michigan and Florida didn't count and his strongholds in Texas get to vote twice (caucus).
    I like Obama, but can't help thinking this is not a fair way to do things, at all.
    The votes of the people in two states are totally ignored, while more importance is given to the voters in certain areas of Texas?
    So much for "one man, one vote"

    March 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. pamela

    If Obama doesn't win i'm not voting

    March 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Sara

    I will only vote if Hillary is President, if not Mcain..

    March 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. Andrew

    First the Bush-style campaign based entirely on Fear. Now, the Bush-level arrogance.

    The more I see of Sen. Clinton, the less I want her as my President.

    March 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Eric in Lincolnton, NC

    Obama Cannot win the general elaction without Hillary! I will NOT vote for Obama alone!

    Hillary 08!!

    March 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Lance

    Id rather vote for McCain (the carbon copy of Bush) or Ralph Nader, than to have Hillary Clinton in the white house. I just dont trust or like Hillary Clinton. She is so deceptive its amazing the american people even takes the time to listen to her or take her seriously.

    March 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Lou

    I also think that even if she finds a way to win the nomination through the supers that it would a very bad idea for Barack Obama to join her ticket. Look at what the Clintons did to their last VP. He is still trying to get the slime off him.

    March 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. james


    sorry, 28 years of two families running the country is something I could never vote for.

    Down with Nepotism!

    March 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Leon 619

    May the gods bless whomever prevails!!! The next president will be faced with the most severe of problems: two wars, crashing economy, broken health care, broken education system, poverty, real estate crisis, environmental degradation and global warming, terrorism at home and abroad, and civil unrest. Hillary has been deceitful, opportunistic, and manipulative. John McCain is like the Vice Principal who brings out the paddle and says this is going to hurt me more than you. Senator Obama is the most dignified, reasoned, and intelligent choice in the group. Even though I wouldn't wish this job on my best friend, I believe Senator Obama has the best opportunity to dig us out of the ditch.

    March 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |

    The media is not the king makers they thought they were!
    Hahaha-hehe 🙂 I loved watching their facese last night say Uh ... oh it looks like Hillary is winning by big numbers!! Like we tryed to to tell everyone she is the one that can get the job done*******

    March 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. Suraj

    The Clintons have no morals left! Clinton victories last night are a testimony to our fail education system in this country! Too many uneducated ill-informed voters! Ohio and Texas give us G.W and now Clinton WOW!

    Obama and the American people don’t need the carry the baggage of the immoral Clintons.

    It shameful when you have to avoid your husband (former president) on the most important day in your political career!

    March 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Chris

    I don't think hillary will accept a VP, knowing how dirty and sleazy the Clintons are. Obama has won more votes and states. He should be the president.

    March 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Tara F. - TX

    All the Obama supporters keep screaming for Senator Clinton's Tax Returns .... how about this, she'll release her Tax Returns when Obama releases all of his Rezko documents.

    Secondly, Senator Clinton is winning all the BIG states that a Democrat needs to win in the General Election and this, my friends, carries more weight than the slight delegate lead Obama has as a result of winning the states that Dems. won't carry in the General ... especially since, at this point, NEITHER of them can possibly reach the magic number to clinch the nomination.

    As a majority of Clinton supporters, I will vote McCain in the General if Obama gets the nomination.

    March 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Larry

    When all the states have voted Barack will have the most pledged delegates, most popular vote, and won the most number of states. And your telling me that he won't be the nominee?? They say she has won the big states that you need to win in the fall. Are you telling me that California is not gonna go to the democrats?? New York is not gonna go to the democrats?? Obama has the crossover appeal to win some red states. The only way for Clinton to win is to make backroom deals with the superdelegates, and if that happens it will tear the party apart. By the way, the only fusion ticket possibility is Clinton/Obama. It would be a mistake for Obama to choose her as VP, it will alienate to many independents, liberal republicans.

    March 5, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. Melanie Alston

    Let's ask Al Gore what it's like being a VP to a Clinton. Use and discard is what I seem to remember.

    March 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. lavern

    Is she KIDDING? NO WAY Let her run on John McCain's ticket since she aligned herself with him. Sen. Obama will win and he will not choose her the establishment as his VP it goes against everything he believes in. His supporters would not vote for that ticket although we deeply back Sen. Obama. We do not reward behavior using Tricks, dishonesty and half truths and clearly making fun of one's religion including siding with a Republican against Sen. Obama. Totally unacceptable!

    March 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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