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. RSP

    Clinton would accept Obama as a VP, but Obama is too arrogant to answer to a woman. He has seen power, he has heard the worshippers, he can't step down from his faith-based politics and play second fiddle. And unfortunately, this gigantic ego problem of his will be the downfall of the Democratic Party. I challenge Obama to stop seeing the country through his own delusions of grandeur and support Hillary.

    March 7, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. W

    Andrew Jones –
    Ed Rendell is not a racist. He said that some of the votes he received in his election could be attributed to some people not voting for Lynn Swann because Swann was black. I believe he said ~5 percentage points of the 22% lead could be attributed to this. That is a statement based on voter demographics and people voting with the candidate with whom they could best identify themselves. This is not a racist observation, any more than observing that 75+ % of black votors have been voting for Obama is a racist observation.
    Obama supports should stop trying to demonize Hillary and her supporters.

    March 7, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Lee

    I along with every independant I know will vote for McCain before we vote for the always corrupt always deceiving Clintons. There are no 35 years of experience that she is bringing to office. Being the decorator for the Governors’ mansion followed by the White House decorator isn’t elected official experience. Conversely Obama has been working as an elected official for the last 15 years. I have wondered why the medis has ever let her say that she has more experience. Her experience seems to have more to do with insider trading, and illegal land deals than political decisions.

    March 7, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Shannon in Galesburg, IL

    All this talk of a joint ticket is advantage Clinton. If she hints at Obama as her running mate then some of the undecided voters who are considering the argument that Obama isn't ready to lead might think they're getting a package deal: the experienced leader (that's debatable) and the inspiring orator.
    Obama is wise to brush aside comments about the "dream ticket" for fear of talking himself out of the nomination. He needs to present himself as ready to lead, which I feel he is doing adequately.

    March 7, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Cindy

    THIS idea only benefits Clinton... When will people see the light?

    Clinton knows that she cannot "screw" Obama out of the nomination and then expect his supporters to support her. SO she "implies" (or has her flunky put out) that a "dream team" would be Clinton / Obama. She knows that he will not accept (See disclaimer by aforementioned "flunky" saying that if he/she does not want the VP spot they can say why) BUT she now has appeared to come across as the one to "unite" the party. Obama would be put in a lose/lose situation if he were to accept the nomination. If he accepts, he has to be smeared by the chaos that is sure to follow any Clinton administration (however we can hope she gets impeached and is removed from office) and if he doesn't accept and HRC loses (which she will) SHE can place the blame at the feet of Obama saying that IF he had joined the ticket and UNITED the party, the dems would have won.

    I hope that OBAMA comes out ASAP and strongly indicates that HE WILL NOT BE ON THE TICKET WITH BILLERY.

    March 7, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. RuthieM

    Governor Rendell needs to shut his trap. This coming from the same man, the same Governor who said the people of Pennsylvania are conservative and he doesn't think they will vote for a black man. So Gov. Rendell needs to go suck a lemon. And If the situation were reversed here do you think this talk of a joint ticket would be happening? No!! Hillary started this talk AFTER she won(?) Texas and Ohio. It's a ploy. The only reason Hillary and Rendell and supporters are speaking this now is because they want the voters of Wyoming and Mississippi to go out and vote for her thinking Barack will be with her. Barack Obama needs to come right out and say he is not pursuing a joint ticket with this person. DON'T BE FOOLED Wyoming and Mississippi. There is no joint ticket with Hillary and Obama, Obama has not said there is, he is running for president of the United States with no joint ticket now and I pray to God he does not chose her as his running mate! And if they become running mates I will not, cannot vote for them then, as I cannot vote for Hillary Clinton, so this democratic vote will not happen!!

    March 7, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Thomas in Houston

    I think this would be a great idea. I deeply care for both candidates, and it is quite obvious that most of America feels the same way. If we can effectively break down the last racial and gender barriers in the U.S. in one step, why wouldn't we?

    March 7, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    It is not fair to talk about a vice presidency position when we do not even have a nominee yet.

    Can we take it one step at a time please!


    March 7, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Anderson

    Please Obama stay away from this evil women. Let's get rid of her and move on for the November election with MCcain.

    March 7, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |




    March 7, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Roger from Arkansas

    I think that it would really be a good idea either way. Personally I'd rather see Hillary be the president because of her experience but I think that it would be a golden era for the United States. Whoever is vice president would surely have a good chance of being president in the future. I get so sick of trying to argue my point that Hillary is the best candidate. It's becoming clear that everybody has locked in there votes already. So can we all just try to get along? I've never been into politics in all my life like I have been during this race. So just vote for whoever you want to be president and try to keep this negative talk to a minimum. Alrighty?

    March 7, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Alexis

    obama would not accept becasue he is only concern on "making history" and pleasing his ego. he does not care for the country. it scares me to see the kind of advisers he has around.

    More detriment than calling Hillary a monster, is the rest of the unintelligent comments Samantha Power made during her interview. Just watch it on BBC America. All these obama people giving interviews to the foreign press is so presuntious and arrogant. they are trying to present to the rest of the world as if obama is the already the president.

    March 7, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Jen

    A senior Clinton aide said her supporters were scrambling to "freeze" members of Congress on the verge of announcing for Obama, and said a good night for Clinton would be key to forestalling the move.

    March 7, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |

    When I hear Clinton in Mississippi tell those voters, that she will consider Barack Obama as her VP choice, but she will need the voters of Mississippi to help her out on tuesday........Is laughable. This woman will do anything to win delegates. The now NAFTA-GATE scandal that took a swipe at Obama in OHIO, has her fingerprints all over it. What gets me, is all those Unemployed Ohio hard working citizens who were affected by NAFTA, fell for her smear against Obama. Lets hope the Steel Workers and Factory workers in PENN STATE, dont fall for the same trap, and sees right through Hillary's win at any cost tactics.

    March 7, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Wilma, in Georgia

    TO: what u talkin about :

    Hillary does not need Obama either. That's a fact !

    If McCain did offer Hillary the V.P spot, ( but most likely not to happen)
    Then i would vote for them !


    March 7, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Sig, Los Angeles CA

    If she steals the nomination, I think she should complete the circle by offering Liberman the spot since they're both very fond of John McCain.

    March 7, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Jorge

    No way.... She is just trying to secure something for herself !!!! NO WAY!!!!!
    Obama/Biden '08

    March 7, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Get Real

    I think Obama would be stepping back if he offered Hillary the VP....NO way, he is the canadiate of the "New Potilics" Hillary respresents OLD politics....

    Don't Do it OBAMA.......Select a new team...if you get get that D-Bill.

    OBAMA Supporters....DON"t BE FOOLED.......

    March 7, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. IAMWMD

    Any logical thinking person knows that Billary is only mentioning Barack as a vice presidential candidate to try and sway minority voters. She's running the swiftboat campaign that Bush ran against Kerry but only this is worst coming from her . I lost all respect for her and Bill after the Jesse Jackson comment and I will without a doubt vote for McCain if Hillary wins the democratic nomination. He's more of a democrat that that she is and I believe he's the lesser of two evils. Her negative campaigning should prepare Barack for McCain if her political partners in Florida don't steal this election.

    Obama – Edwards 08

    March 7, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. marc Jasin

    He shouldnt do this. He will be the nominee and if he's not after all. you can see John Mccain win the election. after al, she said that Mccain is better than Obama and Hillary.
    Go Obama
    the truth is they are scared because you want to change the country and people dont want that. at the same time, i lost my faith in American people because there's no position for honest people and you have to be nasty and dishonest to get elected as president.
    how could you give your respect to someone who is nasty and dishonest and untrustworthy and hoping that person will protect you.
    if obama is not there, we are voting for Mr MCain, at least he's honest what he wants to do.

    March 7, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Gil - California

    I don't think Clinton is serious about this at all. She is saying it now and hoping more people will vote her way thinking it will also bring along Barack but if she gets the nomination she would never share the spotlight with him ever. Besides, were Obama to accept the position, Hillary's loss would tarnish his future hopes. Look what happened to Edwards losing with Kerry.

    And Barack is too smart to offer the number 2 spot to Hillary. She would take it in a heartbeat knowing she was only a heart beat away from the presidency.

    This reminds me of an article where Kennedy offered the position of VP to Johnson just to be nice. The article then quoted an unhappy Kennedy after the phone call, "the SOB accepted".

    March 7, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. BW

    Hillary has already made it clear that she intends the wreck the dem's chances in the general by touting her and John McCain are the only ones with experience in this campaign.

    Basically she has said to the nation - if you don't vote for me – vote for my best friend John McCain.

    I think she is trying to be John McCains VP not Obama

    Vote Obama in 08 and get rid of this nonsense

    March 7, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. Samuel, West Virginia

    At first I thought an Obama/Clinton ticket would be a great idea and I for one was all for it. The more I see the nasty and dirty underhanded tricks pulled by Hillary Clinton the more I just don't trust her. I'm a life-long democrat and if I see Hillary Clinton on any ticket I would rather vote for John McCain. Hillary Clinton and her win at all cost politics have really got to me and many other democrats that I know.

    March 7, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. JP SW

    RUN Obama...Run

    Today you might be offered the Vice President position...after the opening statement in Chicago yesterday during the Rezko trial, tomorrow and following weeks do not look real good for ya. I don't think Hillary Clinton should take the chance and even consider offering it to you.

    Your name being mentioned at all...even once in the Rezko trial is poison, but twice in just the opening statement? Well, you're a Chicago tough guy, or so you said.

    March 7, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Obama 08

    No way. Obama doesn't need her. Hillary is using psycology on the black race ,Just like her husband use it on the litinoes . But hillary is behind in delegets she is losing and when she is laughing she is crying and mad .She just said she and mc cain is just alike,She is campaigning for the Reps already.

    March 7, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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