March 7th, 2008
11:25 AM ET
15 years ago

Rendell pushes for joint ticket

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Rendell is a supporter of Clinton."](CNN) - Hillary Clinton supporter and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell became the latest member of the New York senator's campaign Thursday to raise the prospect of a joint presidential ticket with Barack Obama, saying in an interview that whoever comes out on top in the presidential race should offer the vice presidency to the other.

"I think it’s important that it be offered, and if the loser doesn’t accept, I think the loser can say why," Rendell told the National Journal's Ron Brownstein. "You know, obviously, I’d love to see a Clinton/Obama ticket. But if Senator Obama won, I think his offering it to Senator Clinton would be a great gesture.

"I’m not sure she would take it, I’m not sure he would take it," Rendell also said. " But either way, I think that it would be good if the offer were made."

Rendell's comments follow those of Clinton on Wednesday morning, who told CBS she thinks the contest may be headed for a joint ticket. Terry McAuliffe, a top adviser to Clinton, has also raised the prospect on more than one occasion.

Obama's campaign brushes aside any speculation on the matter as "premature," and some backers of the Illinois senator have suggested the Clinton campaign raises the prospect so voters think a vote for her will come with Obama as well.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (559 Responses)
  1. Al in Wpg

    Talk about power hungry.

    Connect the dots people… Crist is in line to be McCain's VP, he's leading the Fl MI recount/re-vote, Hillary will buy the nomination for 35 Mill, probably not a penny of it will be her own money, McCain/Crist will then beat Hillary in the National… Wow, this is even worst than the last election Florida messed up…

    And the worst part is, Florida gets EXACTLY what they wanted by moving up their primary in the first place… to be the deciding vote.

    Your system is messed. You get what you deserve… unfortunetly, the rest of us have to live, or die, because of your stupid childish irresponsible actions.

    Shame on you.

    March 7, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Trev

    I agree. I think Clinton would offer it to Obama. I don't think Obama would offer to Clinton. This is about the only way to heal the party now. I ask undecided voters to choose the person who is willing to hold out the olive branch if she wins.

    Hillary 08

    March 7, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. norb

    That would never happen. As long as both candidates are spending millions to get votes anyway. Why don't they just split the cost of the Florida, Michigan re-do so to speak. Maybe the Democratic party would kick in a third? You're buying the votes anyway.

    March 7, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. 4hill

    Clinton/Obama '08!!
    It's the best way to harness the incredible energy generated in this race, get us the more capable president now, give BO the training he needs, and give the Democrats the White House for the next 16 years!

    March 7, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. VP

    A ticket with Clinton is not worth, because she was too nasty in this campaign. She is not the person I look forward to lead me.

    March 7, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Todd

    If she steals the nomination she should ask Carl Rove to be her VP. It would be a perfect fit.

    March 7, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. doug

    I think it is good idea for the democrat party to win in general election.

    March 7, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. What

    If a party can't even run a primary election properly, I don't know if they can run the country properly

    March 7, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Independent

    The loser will clearly be Clinton, Politicians know the outcome so their just pressuring clinton to accept it, either way i don't see why Obama would pick her since she's full of negativity!

    March 7, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. CB

    What the heck? How can you be a Clinton supporter and speak such blasphemy? Are you believing in the power of numbers too? Barack Obama should get a grin out of this one.s But if this a ploy to get PA voters to think a vote for Clinton will come with Obama as well, GOOD JOB!.

    March 7, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. R. Hanson

    Why would Barack want someone who lies, lacks in character, and will do ANYTHING to gain power?

    March 7, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Zina

    I would not mind Barack extending the VP position to HRC, but she has denegrated him so much in public that the world would see the ticket as a FARCE.

    March 7, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Crystal Ball

    And what if Hillary steals away the Democratic nomination; and she selects another old flunky, like Biden or Nelson, for her Veep?

    And what if McCain is clever enough to select Colin Powell as his running mate?

    And what if a big chuck of Obama's supporters were so fed up with the Clintons and their crap, they stampede together to the McCain-Powell ticket in November?

    March 7, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. MMB

    If it comes to voting between two senators who voted for the war in Iraq, many of the military family (members, former members, and the dependents of members) are going to vote for the one whose children have completed military tours in the Middle East, not the one whose child takes campaign tours to places like Hawaii: That translates into McCain over Clinton.

    The economic mess we are in is a result of their bad judgements on the war. Obama has sound judgement where Clinton's is like her marriage–one of convenience. The democrats better figure it out that Obama stands a much better chance of winning in the big show.

    March 7, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Chinyere

    I don't think Obama should be Hillary's vice thing years from now she will say it took a clinton (white woman) to make the dream /fairytale/whatever they want to call it come true.

    Obama, if it does work out, just know that you tried your best and move on. Al gore is doing pretty well without being a president. I hope you win though...

    March 7, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Mike, Toronto

    This rumors benefit Clinton, who wants to suggest that voting for her would also benefit Obama. I fail to understand how Obama could accept such an offer without contradicting the essence of his campaign which is directed against 'old style' politics, and without compromising his future attempts to become President.

    March 7, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Eric

    McCain will be the clear choice with Hilary Clinton on the ticket.

    On either side of the Democratice ticket, Hilary Clinton will do for the Democratic Party what George W. Bush has done for the Republicans.

    Unfortunately, Obama appears to be weak. Folding to Clinton's outrageous demand for Samantha Powers to resign! If he can't stand up for his people making the mildest of "PC" mistakes at the same time as Clinton core professionals attack him with links to Ken Starr, Farrakan, and other folks far afield from his clear core beliefs.

    I am a strong Obama supporter. But, McCain with a democratic congress my be a better 4 year solution for the democrats should the Clinton machine twist arms with promises of favors or retribution. Let's face it, the Democratic party seems weak. Where is Obama's fortitude!

    March 7, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. oludare, arlington TX

    I will be shock if this happen

    March 7, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    Might be the only way, but Hillary has to be the VP.

    March 7, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. Charlotte

    If a joint ticket were possible, I can't see Obama being on top of the ticket because people would go to Hillary instead of Obama. It's called cutting out the middleman. He looks to her for answers in the debates and that would carry over to the White House. He would have to find someone weaker then himself and I can't think of anyone. I wish we lived in a perfect world but we do not. This is going to be an election for the history books. Most young people have no idea what it was like to be a female in the sixties. Unless you were twice as intelligent and very beautiful, you did not stand a chance in the mens world. Affirmative action helped women and minorities. It was more helpful to male minorities than women. Young girls today can study to be engineers, doctors, lawers anything they want to be. In my day that was not the case. My forte was space and mechanics, guess what, that field was not open to women at all. So, if you want to know why we support Hillary, think about how much she has done to help women and minorities fulfill their dreams. It is easy to dismiss the people who paved the way for the youth of today. Easy to say, so what, that was yesterday

    March 7, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Brian, Ohio

    Obama's campaign brushes aside any speculation on the matter as "premature," and some backers of the Illinois senator have suggested the Clinton campaign raises the prospect so voters think a vote for her will come with Obama as well.

    That's exactly what she's doing. As well as hedging her bets to try and force him into picking her as VP when he wins.

    No way should he pick her as VP, she'll be constantly cutting him off at the knees as much as she can.

    March 7, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. carlo

    I think that ole Hillary is realizing how she is crushing the enthusiasm of so many young voters, and that what she is doing with her campaign is going to turn them off enormously. I say she should have thought about the consequences before she started her crusade to win at any cost.

    Additionally, I don't think that Rendell, an ardent Hillary supporter, should be offering options at this time.

    March 7, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. James

    I don't think Obama would pick her. She practically endorsed John McCain the other day, she smeared him as a "muslim" even though he is a lifelong Christian. She's been too ugly.

    I think Obama should choose Kathleen Sebelius, gov. of Kansas, as his VP. A woman on the ticket would be great, just not that nasty ruthless divisive Hillary.

    March 7, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. Dave

    Obama is having his staff to do his dirty work. It's ok, nobody cares, it is old politics. Obama people have so thin skin they need to come out and swinging with negative of their own instead of having his staff go after Hillary here and there. That's not going to work. Oh, wait a minute, I forgot, he is running himself as "holier than thou" candidate and little college students with naive perception of politics following like some kind of cult movement. Thank god, Clinton stop them. I thought this country has gone crazy.

    March 7, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Miami

    I agree with Rush. Obama/Hillary is a nightmare ticket that will award the election to John McCain with no contest.

    March 7, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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