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. Summerville, SC

    Hillary's ambitions are only destroying BARACK OBAMA'S ambitions–not the Democratic Party. She's laid the ground work for years!! Who's the ambitious if it's not OBAMA? How DARE that rookie act like he deserves to sit in that Oval Office. It's the height of arrogance in my book!! HIS ambitious hot-air campaign is what's destroying the party. He's pitted blacks against whites in a way we haven't seen in decades. How else can you explain the pressure on black Superdelegates to switch to him? That's disgusting. And, check out how he got the polls held open in Ohio! Shady dealings, and STILL couldn't win. He's done, and I'm smiling!!

    March 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Fred

    Let's work out a deal – Hillary in White House for 4 years only then Obama takes over!

    March 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. stephanie

    Clinton/Obama would be a dream ticket. Together they would clean house. She has the plan, the details, the determination and can handle her business. Obama is charismatic. Dems, let's kiss and make up.

    Clinton/Obama 2008/2012

    March 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Against the Cult

    Stop following the press, those ads are not negative. The press termed them negative, Obama called them negative so now you all call them negative. So sad...people really are like sheep

    March 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Jimmy O

    Very interesting, the candidate that is running behind in, number of delegates won, number of states won, number of popular votes won, is talking about asking the leading candidate to be her running mate, and no one is challenging her logic – No one would ask her about tax returns, no one would her ask her about what she knew, when she knew it – about the Marc Rich Cash for Pardon Scandal, Names of donors to the Clinton Library Fund.

    Only the Clintons can spin this successfully.

    March 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Collaboration

    I hope followers of Obama and Clinton wake up and realize that neither Clinton or Obama are truly the "enemy". The "enemy" is the ideology of the Republican party that has torn this country up for the past eight year. The in-fighting might not be bad for the politicians, but it's horrible for the people. Just look at the comments here. If you are willing to vote for the other party or not at all because it's not your person is tragic. Both candidates are better than McCain. Wake up Democrats!

    BTW, Obama is a manchurian candidate? That is just plain racist, a statement based soley on his name and skin color. NO FACTS to back it whatso ever.

    March 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Sam C

    Senator Obama had no airtime last week when Hillary was crying and screaming Media Bias! I guess it worked! They propped her up on SNL, The Daily Show With John Stewart and anyone else who was Too Stupid to fall for her Crap Strategy! The Big 3 sided with her by rehashing all the negative trash she was throwing out at Senator Obama! The Media just wants to keep this thing going!

    March 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. B. Smart

    Only after Senator Obama wins the rest of his delegates, and then he
    gets to decide. But don't vote for Hillary on that "promise." I don't trust her. Don't be fooled by the "a vote for Hillary is a vote for Barack" scam that will surely be her next plot. Then after she dupes
    his voters into voting for her, picks someone else for vp. I would just
    rather wait for CNN to launch their next campaign game of "bring the candidate with the most momentum" down. By then, there will be so many past Clinton white house scandals exposed, Barack can then count
    on his higher delegate count to win.

    YES WE CAN!!!!!

    March 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Matthew Erwich

    Why is it that people who submitted after I did got on the Clinton News Network message board and I haven't yet? Are you guys at the Clinton News Network censoring the voice of the people? Or are you bought by the Clintons?

    Matthew Erwich March 5th, 2008 11:12 am ET
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    A dream ticket? Sure… Only in her dreams! Who wants to run with a person who is as polarizing as she is and always will be? That is why no work is getting done in Washington. The only thing they do is to fight. Nobody else cares about you enough to make the effort to bring a working majority together in Washington, so that they can get things done for us the people. I make close to 200.000 monthly. The outcome won't have any effect on me either way. In fact comes November, if Hillary ends up being the nominee through back door negotiating, I will vote for McCain so that I can continue getting my tax cut big time. I would think that less educated people would vote for Obama because he is the one who will make their lives better but unfortunately they gave in to fearful adds. That is just sad and silly too.

    March 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Lawrence

    Darn it just makes me mad to see all you children spatting your anger "If I don't get what I want, then I'm not voting"! Fricken grow up America!! You all wonder why WE are so divided? Stop, look and listen to yourselves!
    I'll take whatever ticket can get the WE (All AMERICANS, REGARDLESS OF PARTY!!!) back in our vocabulary.

    March 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Barbara Graehl

    If there would even be a possibility of a shared ticket between Obama and Clinton, the only winning option would of course be Obama/Clinton. .Clinton is so narcissistic to even entertain the thought of the people wanting her as their leader.he vote has shown just the opposite of that over the entire country. Her lead is narrow and way late to be considered. We are being duped by the Republicans again. Obama is the countries choice. Even the Republicans are aware that Clinton is obviously not the one with the power needed to win the election over McCain. The Republicans have shown they are afraid of the only real candidate, Obama. What happened yesterday was exactly what Limbaugh, Ingram suggested their 'crossover Republicans' do. They voted for Hilary Clinton in order to upset Obama's lead..
    Wake up Democrats or this will be a repeat of 2000!

    March 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. ?, Cleveland Ohio

    Wow- It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion! If the Democrats were really serious about winning back the White House they would have supported serious candidates.

    March 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Bush is the Terrorist

    I don't mind the idea of a 'Dream Ticket' and think it might actually be a good thing. We need to take America back from the corrupt Republicans who've given us a $10 trillion deficit, taken us from a $2 trillion budget in '02 to a $3 trillion budget in '08, given us a war, a recession, the dollar at an all time low and an economy that's in the toilet.

    March 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Barb

    I don't think anyone who doesn't know whats going on should VOTE! To all of you who say it's because Hillary caused the whole Canadian NAFTA situation........Shame on you! If you still refuse to accept the truth on anything, how can anyone pay attention to what you have to say? A nation united by a bunch of naive, (if I don't want it to be true-it isn't) type of voter, is exactly what went on with Bush!

    March 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Joe, Florida

    Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton MY GOODNESS

    McCain won't stand a chance. Come on isn't it obvious, we want both Senators Clinton & Obama to be in the ticket, the reason I would go for Clinton/Obama is because of age and (like or not) experience, Senator Obama could carry one and add his own style to it eight years later.

    It's obvious we want both Senators to be in the White House, it is the only way to keep this party together.

    March 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Michael Dunn

    Here we go again, Hillary marginalizing Obama! "the people of Ohio clearely said it should be me"; translation, I'll only consider the dream ticket if I'm in control of it; in the mean time I'll make sure everyone realizes that Obama is at best a VP. I'd love to ask the question does anyone really fall for this; but I think we all know the answer to that one!

    March 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Kim

    First the win for Clinton was not that big and Obama has more real votes he should be number one if there is a so called dream ticket Ohio is not the only dtate in the union.

    March 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. A Patriot

    I want an Obama/Clinton ticket or a Clinton/Obama ticket. I want it all:

    Bill Richardson as Secretary of State
    Biden as special emissary to Iraq
    Edwards as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
    Robert Reich at Treasury
    McCain as Secy of Defense (why not?)
    Russ Feingold as Attorney General

    America's problems are too acute to settle for a second tier cabinet that will merely keep the departments running and the files in good order. Lincoln chose his political rivals for his cabinet, and his administration got pretty good reviews.

    March 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Lucille

    I am in Hillary's demographic and I started out in this campaign firmly commited to vote for either democratic candidate. Well, I am here to tell you that there is NO WAY I'd vote for Hillary now! I am so disgusted with the Clinton's bitter, angry, fearmongering tactics (sounds like the Bush administration doesn't it?) and their persistant attempts to take this campaign into the gutter and discredit Obama. Hillary has ALREADY lost it for the Democrats (if she wins the party nomination) because she has managed to take an energized Democratic party and DIVIDE it. Her candidacy would strongly energize the Republican base - they are just dying for her to be the opponent! Independents will vote for McCain or stay home, and many Obama Dems will not vote for her now either because it already appears to many of us that she is trying to steal this candidacy. Shame on YOU Hillary!

    March 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Tafoya A. Hubbard

    Wow and Sean Hannity likes to say America is no longer racist. He needs to read some of these comments about not needing the black vote. Her husband needed the black vote and got it twice and when some blacks support Obama we are wrong and turning our backs on the Clintons, yet her supporters want her to turn her back on the black vote. I am not surprised at least yall are honest.

    March 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Mary

    It is time to stop bahing the woman and listen to her. She is not just playing to a certain race or to the wealthy suburbs; she is talking to all of us who have been shortchanged and hurt by the reigns of Bush 1 and Bush 2. I am tired of listening to the same speeches by Obama, and did you notice how he can not look straight into the camera. Reminds me a bit of another person!!!! Nixon ring a bell.

    March 5, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. MANDY


    Hillary has soooooooo much baggage and soooooo many skeletons in her closets, how can you Hillary people even get behind her? Does no one remember the Clinton scandals? That Hillary was put under criminal investigation?

    And she refuses to release her tax records. If Obama did that she would have screamed it that he was hiding something!

    She is so negative and is only getting away with it because Obama won't lower himself to her level. She wants it both way! She won't get the respect that Obama has shown her from McCain! The Republicans will eat her up!

    Maybe some of you Hillary supporter should check out her history. She is not the RIGHT woman to be president!

    With all these skeletons hiding in her closet and the media keeping mum, I NEVER want to hear her whine how the media is so hard on her!

    March 5, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. js

    hillary has lost the texas caucus in a texas size way...

    how is the news biased now, in letting her delay the results for a news cycle or two to gloat despite the fact that she will have lost ground....after the caucus results are released...

    She is destroying a four-decades old system in Texas that has worked fine the entire time, even when bill was running.....only now, she has lost, so she is crying and whining.......

    We want ALL the results now...not just results favorable to hillary, unless big media has an ulterior motive to try to extend this for their own sake and for more "eyeballs"......



    March 5, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. Virgina-

    Im a bit shocked!! That so many people want the Bill and Hillary scandals back to the white House!!! Barack lost in Texas because many poor hispanics voted for the CLINTON name. They fell more comfortable. More educated people vote for Barack. Im sorry I do not want Bill clinton runnig around the white house again. Hillary represents the old status quo and the past of scandals. Barack is still agead in Delagates, more states won.

    March 5, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. Lou

    HRC on any democratic ticket drives a significant block of Obama supporters to McCain because they are anti-Hillary voters looking for a better solution that John McCain. With Hillary on the ticket the Dems will lose house and senate seats as well as the big house.

    March 5, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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