March 5th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
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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. Joe-Wilmington, DE

    A ticket without a Clinton would be my dream ticket. I hope voters in the Democratic party grow a brain really fast and start sifting through the huge load of BS coming out of the Clinton campaign. Her "experience" is really quite mediocre, at best. Remember the yes votes for the Iraq war and Nafta?

    Come on people, wake up!

    March 5, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Hans

    Ohio has screwed the country in the last two major elections. Why do they keep continuing that trend? Now this race goes on. Clinton needs Obama if she is the nominee. She is too divisive. Independents, I think, will be more likely to vote for McCain. Obama does not need and probably does not want Hillary to be his running mate if he is the nominee.

    March 5, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Roger from Arkansas

    That is a great idea. Obama can gain experience. It would be more logical for Hillary to be the president. I just don't know if Obama would be willing to put his pride aside. I don't know if the Obama supporters would be able to put their pride aside to let this happen.

    Hillary – President
    Obama – Vice President

    March 5, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Rick FL

    Great idea!

    March 5, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Obama support in Iowa

    Hillary – release your tax returns.

    March 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. s3xys4die

    the only people backing obama are the young ignorant people who are easily influenced by everything oprah endorses,first she ruined books for us now she is choosing our president?Really people your honestly going to elect a man you never heard of before oprah stamped her seal of approval on him,someone with absolutely no experience,at a time when what our country needs most of all is someone to lead us out of this mess we created for ourselves by re-electing bush four years agao,come on people can't we get it right for once,the clintons, despite what everyone says about them left our country in good shape when they left office eight years ago,I strongly believe she can get the job done without obama!

    March 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Pia

    Hillary is so pityful! She wins 3 states after losing 12 (Vemont) and now she thinks she's def. the nominee because Ohio has spoken! The other 12 states that voted for Obama don't count? He is still ahead in delegates because the Ohio and Texas margins were narrow for her. Her own advisors stated on CNN last month that she must win both states with large margins of 60% or more. She didn't.

    March 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. TM, Virginia

    Now THIS is a fairy tale!! She has two wins and thinks that she is in the position to put Obama as VP? I'd rather vote for Nader than her. She is not about uniting, but dividing. Haven't we had enough of that? She belittles Obama's supporters for having hope, but her followers follow her blindly, believing every lie that comes out of her mouth. That's why the educated vote follows Obama.

    March 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Tex

    Obama supporters in Texas are sore losers!

    Late last night, the Hillary signs disspeared from my front yard and Obama stickers were placed on our car.

    I wonder if they know this is Texas and we could have shot them?

    The win 11 contests in a row, loose a couple and they can't take it?

    Thanks from the HILL country!

    March 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. mo

    I will only vote for that ticket if Hillary is the Presidential candidate.
    If it happens and Obama is top slot I am voting Republican.
    Obama thinks Hillary is negative, he is in for a big surprise when
    it comes to the real world. What will he do when the President
    of another country refers to him negatively? Hillary speaks the truth.
    The media has had no problem trying to make her look bad,
    I am sure Obama has some skeletons in his closet that will
    eventually come out. I am a proud Ohioan and I am glad
    that we made our point loud and clear. It isn't over yet guys!
    Great job Hillary!

    March 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Cee

    I would vote Republican if Hillary became the Democratic nominee. After years of Bushes and Clintons in the White House, it's time for a change – if not Obama, then certainly McCain. It's obvious that neither of the Bushes, nor Bill Clinton, have bolstered the economy or this nation in the long run.

    March 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. the messenger

    BS! No Dream Ticket and no Clinton Ticket... I'd rather vote McCain if Obama isn't the candidate. Fortunately, Obama still has an insurmountable lead in delegates. Now watch Hillary "win at all costs" Clinton blow up the Democratic Party to satisfy her personal ambition. That'd turn off just enough left-leaning independents, like me, to make sure the Repugs win in the year they couldn't...

    March 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. Katy

    After many negative & dirty attacks, if Obama joints Clintons, he is stupid. He already done a stupid thing – the NAFTA . He lost because the NAFTA thing; he must fire that stupid professor.
    He won't stand and have any chance with the Clintons co-president (Bill). There are more states to go, he must change his campaign strategy strongly attack Clintons and improve his debate style. Let American know his plan for the country and American clearly.

    I will vote for McCain if Hillary wins.

    March 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. anita

    IS OBAMA strong enough to take on the role of guard/ attack dog?

    Face it, McCain does not dictate to the right wing radio hosts and they are not going to play patty- cake with Dem ticket no matter who is at the top. The DEM VP candidate can't be afraid or unprepared to diffuse or counter attack them with specifics, not populist messages.

    Of course, you can always rely on the Obama core supporters to cry foul every time he is attacked. Like that will help in any way.

    March 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Kimber in Indy

    If Obama wins he should pick Edwards for VP.
    If Hilary wins the nomination she'll need Obama as her VP to win the general election, but I doubt he'll settle for that.

    March 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Kramer

    Obama wants to unite the country.

    Hillary seeks to divide her party AND the country AND the world.

    Supporting Obama is the only right thing to do. Hillary and Bill have baggage that Obama hasn't even scratched the edge of. The Republicans will and they are justing hoping she gets the nom, many even voted for her last nite because they know McCain CAN'T beat Obama, but he can smear Hillary, even if Obama is VP candidate.

    Obama's only hope for the White House is to go all the way as the Presidential Candidate, NOT VP. Hillary WILL cost him his chance to lead.

    March 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. erica

    25% of Hillary supporters say they will vote McCain over Obama where only 10% of Obama supporters say they would vote McCain over Hillary.

    Clinton/Obama – I don't like him but it just makes sense...

    Otherwise, I, too, will vote McCain.

    We're in two wars...We need experience.

    March 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Frank Bedra

    I waited, I voted, I went back that evening, the final tally was 61 for Obama, 53 for Clinton... with 14 delegates at stake it should have been 6 to Hillary and 8 delegates for Obama. But the Texas math said the Candidate with lower percentage gets the final delegate? So it went 7-7
    I felt cheated, it’s crazy! The whole deal was wrong and unfair. The person who I voted for Obama, had the highest number of votes and yet Texas math cheated him...cheated us. And then throw in the visiting republicans who voted for Hillary just to toss a monkey wrench in the works. What a sad out come to a historical vote.

    Precinct # 499 Houston Texas

    March 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Why do people believe Clinton when they say she has so much more experience then Obama? Just because she was first lady does NOT give some HUGE amount of experience! And she hasn't been in the senate for much longer then Obama! The fact is that, although she has a little bit more experience then Obama, its hardly a trump card in her arsenal . . . not to mention most of her "experience" has been in mistakes and failures (her failed health-care plan, voting for the Iraq Invasion/Occupation) . . . and here is why she shouldn't be the democratic nomination: elect-ability. I can't tell you how many people I talk to that say, "if Hillary is the candidate, im not voting for her". People DON'T like her. Democrats will vote for whoever the candidate is. Its the swing voters, the independents who count. Those people have consistently voted for Obama in the primaries. Lets not forget that McCain is also known for getting those types of voters as well! If the two are such similar candidates as people seem to think, then shouldn't we put forward someone who has the better chance of winning? That person is Obama. . . not that it matters. Clinton cannot win the primaries unless Obama makes some huge mistake or drops out of the race, and both are unlikely.

    March 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Jbecks

    Nothing like taking a post-partisan ticket and contaminating it with Clintonism. That's all she has to run on now. Don't let her tie his hands.

    Obama/Sebelius '08

    March 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Shirley in California

    Beware! The divisive Hillary is just playing a trick to distract people's attention! Don't buy it! She only cares to get herself into the white house. Bill will take care of the VP slot!

    March 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. Tom, St. Paul

    The problem with Hillary is her baggage (NO, that's not code for gender). If she was on the ticket as pres or vice pres, she'd be bringing that baggage either way. Progressive people who really want change know there's no room for baggage on a winning ticket.

    March 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. vl

    Hey Fred, Hillary didn't give Ohio NAFTA! You can thank GHW Bush for that, he started it, Bill Clinton finished it. Nowhere did Hillary sign anything. Also, if you'd listen to reports, and/or READ, Hillary was AGAINST NAFTA. However, it would be in poor taste to verbally diagree with your husband, the President of the United States. Get your facts straight.

    March 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. Bella-Latina

    Obama/Gore ticket, now that's what I'm talking about!!

    March 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. Patricia in NH

    Barack has integrity.... Barack supporters have integrity..... Clinton does not......... no matter what she tries, Clinton/Obama won't work for Obama supporters. 'She' can not win against the republicans... Rush is spot on.

    March 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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