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. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    If Obama wins the nomination, she would never accept being second in command. If she wins, I hope Obama does not accept because it would be a waste of his talent because she would surely not include him in any decision making. Besides, he is clearly so much more intelligent than she is.

    March 5, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Sherry in Kentucky

    But, if she gets President, with two Clintons in the White House, does Barack has to fight for relevance like Al Gore did in the previous administration? I am being brought around to a dream ticket to prevent splitting the party, but I think Barack should be President and Hillary vice president.

    March 5, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Bayou Joe

    Bring on this nightmare ticket. Twittle dee and Twittle dee dum will have the biggest fall since humpty dumpty sat on a wall. It is hard to say which one will be the greater drag on the ticket. Same negative philosophy, same anti-military posture, same more welfare mentality and no experience. This is the dream ticket for the Republicans.
    Bring it on McCain and clan are ready for either one of you or both of you together.

    March 5, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. objectiveman

    Why can't Obama state that a dream ticket is a viable option?

    With the voters splitting 50/50 it is hard to consider any other solution as fair and equitable.

    I hope it is not ego.

    Sounds like Obama does NOT want to turn the page in history and write a new chapter- HE WANTS TO BE THE STAR of his own chapter. Sorry, but the good of the nation supercedes his lust for fame and glory. I don't care how many speeches he recycles from true, sincere inovative voices for change

    March 5, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Richard

    If Hilary or Obama get the nomination it would be very smart to choose the other as a vp. It will help party unity and it basically will make an indestructible ticket.

    March 5, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Rediva71

    Hillary, keep your dreams to your self.
    We want real change, not a monarchy for the Clintons.
    Obama will win the nomination! Maybe you can be Secretary of Defense, since you have so much experience w/the red phone.

    March 5, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. William O in Michigan

    Of course she wants him on her ticket. He'll help her. He won't want her on his ticket because that'll hurt him.

    March 5, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Jen, Gainesville

    The Clintons are tricking us again!!

    She needed at least 20% in both Ohio and Texas. But she got 10% in Ohio (a difference of less than 20 delegates) and tied on the delegates count (may be even 5 to10 fewer delegates) in Texas.

    The math does not work out for her. There is no way she will have a lead on pledged delegates even after the negatives tricks and ads that are destructive to the Party.

    The Party is bleeding by the day until she bows out. Does she really care about the party and country or her own ambition?

    March 5, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Helen

    A ticket with Hillary and Obama would be a winning ticket in November.

    Although I would rather see Clinton for President and Obama for Vice President, I think whichever way it goes the Democrats would win. Clinton would be getting the White and Hispanic voters while Obama would get the black and young voters. This would be the ideal WIN WIN SITUATION and in eight years Barack can go for the Presidency.

    Let's hope when the final candidate is chosen the loser will do what's best for the country and go with the "DREAM TEAM."

    March 5, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. john

    Vote for Hillary!!!

    March 5, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Joan Thomas

    Of course the Dream Ticket is Hillary Clinton (Pres.) with Barack Obama (Vice Pres). Sen Clinton would take the Big Blue States, and Sen Obama would energize all the wonderful young (and other) people in the Red States and help elect Democrats to Congress. With a real majority in Congress, the Democrats could begin to clean up the domestic and foreign policy mess the Republicans have created. The mess is so huge that Barack Obama could count on being in the Executive Branch for SIXTEEN YEARS.

    March 5, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Hank

    For Barack to accept the VP position with Bill being the obvious #2 in a Clinton White House would be a death sentence on his political future. It would serve as an endorsement to the "old ways" that he has been successfully fighting against in the primaries, and destroy any chances of running in 2012 should the "dream team" lose to John McCain.

    March 5, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Trini

    I agree, only if hillary is on top. Trini, WI

    March 5, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Eugene- Go Hillary 08

    A Dream Ticket with Clinton as President and Obama as Vice-President sounds good to me. I would go with the opposite as well though I have to say I would much rather have Clinton steer the American Boat because she knows how to steer. Obama is good at charisma and motivation but nuts and bolt activity, which is needed in these rough chaotic times, has not yet been shown to be his forte.

    March 5, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Todd in AZ

    If she steals the election he should have nothing to do with her. How could he be on the same ticket with a woman who uses Carl Rove Lee Atwater tactics in her campaign that would make him a part of the "same old establishment " STAY YOUR OWN MAN OBAMA!!!

    March 5, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Jay

    Don't do it, Hillary!

    March 5, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Amy, Kazoo

    I'd love that ticket- any ticket where they were both on it- but I don't know that the majority of Obama supporters would want her on the ticket at all. I get the sense here and with that poll after the WI primary that Clinton supporters are more open to that then Obama supporters.

    March 5, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Wilberto Jimenez, Monmot, MD

    New Campaign Slogan: "Let's Alienate EVERYBODY!"

    Somewhere, John McCain is chuckling quietly to himself, and planning the new color scheme of the Oval Office for the next 8 years...

    March 5, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. Knowledge

    It is pleasing to see that two great candidates can come together for the "gretaer cause." I dislike politics that use scare tactics to obtain control. It is time for the "United States" to live up to it's name. We as a nation will continue to decline in comparisson with other industialized nations until we address the cancer of bigotry. I beleive in the concept of change, as my ancestors beleived that slaves would one day obtain freedom. Everything humans have created started as a idea or dream.

    March 5, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. ed

    Lets join together to beat the "Doll"

    March 5, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Renee Va.

    Hillary knows that she is not going to win so she is shooting for the VP position. I hope that doesn't happen I wish Obama would pick a VP with integrity and respect someone that all dems would be really proud of I would prefer he select a women. But please don't pick Hillary she is mean and reminds me too much of a female Cheny another very nasty person.

    March 5, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. jeff

    Yeah. Obama is ahead in pledged delegates, states won, popular vote, and money raised therefore he should be second on the ticket? Just another example of "the man" wait "the woman" trying to keep a brother down. Is this reconstruction all over again.

    March 5, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. Mike in NJ

    I'm an Obama supporter, but I wouldn't mind seeing Hillary and Barack on the same ticket. It doesn't matter to me who is on top. The important thing now is to unite the party.

    March 5, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Frank

    This has been my prediction. However, the fight for the nomination is far from over.

    March 5, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. S.Breeden

    History is definetly in the making if there is a joint ticket....Here you have a African-American and a Woman running for President 4 the first time ever...... This is what our ancestors have died for and fought for so why not have a joint ticket...The Democratic Party needs to be unified in order to beat the Republican Party in November and this would be the best way to do it.....I would rather see Obama take the Nomination because we need a new , fresh face in the White House but regardless of who gets the Nomination I will be voting 4 the Democratic Party come November.......

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA 08'

    March 5, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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