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. LifeLongDemocrat

    Perfect! This will ensure 16 years of Democratic rule.

    March 5, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Es Pea

    Hilaary Clinton and Barack Obama both can capture Whitehouse by forming a "Dream Ticket" and both can become presidents by Hillary accepting first two years and offering remaining two years to Obama. You can have Two birds with one shot. Barack and Hillary and all Super delegates should ponder on this possibility and they can finalize democratic as early as yesterday.

    March 5, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. jeff New yorker

    Im at a loss why Hillary's so called experience is a positive factor. She ran Health Care into the ground in the 90's and voted for a war she didn't believe in to seem tough on terror. She is running a campaign that started out far ahead and now is slightly behind. I ask you is that the kind of experience we are looking for?

    March 5, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. vo bich lan

    A dream ticket with Obama in the Veep slot would make a lot of sense. He will have a front seat to witness every presidential event. In eight years, at 55, still young, he'd be ready to take over the top spot. The problem is in exchange for esperience he will no longer have all the stuffs he now has like hope, change, outsider, charisma....

    March 5, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Mike, Arkansas

    how come you deleted my post??? It was not derogatory in any way!

    March 5, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Mary

    I fail to see why Sen. Obama even needs to consider being on Hillary's ticket, Obama is ahead and there is no possible way that Hillary can win. This is the Main Stream Media bias towards Obama, I don't think so. I think CNN is afraid of the Clinton Machine and the old white men who run CNN are afraid of a Black Man becoming President. Hillary said that Ohio has spoken, well so have 12 staight other states, Oh wait they don't count!!!!

    March 5, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. randy

    The race may result to a dream ticket,but obama will be the clear front runner cause he have won more state more dalegate and won the most popular vote.which make him the best man for the job.

    March 5, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Serge from Miami

    Hillary is still behind in delegates and willl most likely not even catch up to Obama. If she wants a ticket to the white house, she'll need to go for VP status. Reaching beyond that will be fruitless this go-round.

    March 5, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Mike, Arkansas

    No dream ticket with Hillary on it.. Obama and Edwards! If Hillary is on it I will vote for McCain!! and Ohio is not the voice of millions across America!! If that is the case the government is really messed up and Hillary is too for even saying it.

    March 5, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. Laura

    This will only be a "dream ticket" for Hillary if SHE is the presidential nominee..would she really agree to take a back seat to Barack for the 'good of the party'? Since when does ANY Democrat do anything for the good of the party...they are too emotional, they think with their hearts and not their heads. Hillary wants to be Top Dog and call all the shots. In the past 15 years (at least) when have we really seen any Vice President do much of anything (except maybe doze off during a State of the Union address!)

    March 5, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. t-bone

    What are you hiding Hillary? Release your 2006 returns now so we can see who is really funding your campaign.

    I guess it would show that Slick Willy is up to his old tricks.

    March 5, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. aj1575

    I don't think that this will happen, I Hillary isn't really considering to run with Obama. It won't be a good team either, their styles are too different.
    The best ticket, the real dream team would be McCain/Obama. Even if they are from different parties, and have different views, they would work together as a team. It's their styles that would do the magic.

    I don't think it will ever happen, but they would win the election with over 2/3 of the votes, and they together could really change the USA.

    March 5, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. randy

    She wanna spin the whole thing cause she fills like she can tell the superdaligate anyting and the will just vote for her.

    March 5, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. debbie

    Most every vote in this election has been decided narrowly and when you take a look at the numbers, clearly America wants both of these dems to be on the bllot. perhaps for once our governmbent should listen to the wants of the american people ratheer than ignoring us for thier own political agendas.

    March 5, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. me3

    This gets interesting. I think as this campaign goes on there will be more exposure for both candidates, that whoever gets the nomination and choses the other as a running mate will blow out the general election in November. I think it's time for them to start consistently drawing out their contrast against McCain in the following weeks.

    March 5, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Paul


    You are the best candidate we have, and having Mr. Obama as your VP will traing him to be President of America in the years to come.

    Hillary 08,

    Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island you showed America that you stand with her and believe in real success for our party!

    March 5, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. Ben

    I would call it a nightmare, not a dream ticket. How could they work together after the finger pointing and name calling? What? They would just kiss and make up? Oh please no one is buying that.

    March 5, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Rick

    It would be unbeatable.

    March 5, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Ada

    If Barak Obama refuse to fight back when someone throw the sink at him, the Democrats should not give him the nomination. Hillary was nice enough to tell him she would be throwing the sink at him. He should have had his own sink to throw back at her. This is what the general election would be about. If he is not going to fight back aggressively, then he would not make it in the Fall.

    Time to change your game plan Barak. It's called "AGGRESSIVENESS TILL IS OVER"

    March 5, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Vince - Phoenix

    Why "surely" Hillary couldn't consider someone of Obama's "doublespeak", "inexperience", "possible" questionable religion, and high rhetoric, but vague details..."

    Surely... after her arms being exhausted from all the mudslinging....

    and the tearing down of a brilliant man... she CAN'T be considering him as a running mate..... SARCASM OFF!!!

    BUT, because she's more calculating than a chinese abacus, she KNOWS she has a HUGE problem on her hands with African-Americans.... what to doo.... what to do.

    March 5, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. Diane

    The DNC needs to remember that many people (especially independents like me) aren't necessarily supporting Obama, they're simply against Clinton and hoping for a non-Republican option in November. Any sort of Obama/Clinton pairing is not going to get our votes.

    March 5, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. James of VA

    Clinton knows she's lost the Pres. and is looking to be the VP. If i was Obama, i'd leave her out in the cold by naming a running mate before PA. After all her attacks that Obama can't be trusted at 3 am, is unamerican, and on NAFTA i don't see why he would want to share the White House with her.

    March 5, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. nic

    give me a break. clinton has done all she can to smear obama for weeks. she has claimed that she and mccain are the only ones qualified to be president. she ran fear mongering ads in texas and ohio that will only help mccain in niovember. now she wants a joint ticket, oh and by the way she'll be at the top of the ticket. why would obama want to be the second vice presient after bill? hillary you are losing the race, check the numbers and the superdelegates are swinging against you. it will be close, but obama will win. bill and hillary are very different in many ways, but similar in that they are willing and able to tear down the democratic partyy for personal gain. if the party rewards her egotistical personal power at all costs campaigning with the nomination it will hobble the democrats for another decade.

    March 5, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. FELISA

    absolutely not! Obama has too much integrity

    March 5, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. Bruce Taylor,Berkeley/Sacramento,CA

    She needs to release her tax returns as well as the White House archives well before the Pennsylvania primary.
    This should be made incumbent upon her by the press and the public.
    There are no excuses – voters have a right to know.

    March 5, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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