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. Wake Up America

    The only thing Hillary Clinton has to offer the American people as President or Vice President is proximity. That is proximity to Bill Clinton. The only reason I can see that George W. Bush was elected President was proximity to George H.W. Bush, and we have seen how that has turned out.
    Funny how Americans' point their fingers and send their bombs to countries that don't have democracies, but do we? Are we all going to sit by for the 2nd time, and watch (Florida) republicans determine the outcome of our "democratic" race for a Presedential nominee? Republican Governor Charlie Crist VOTED TO DISENFRANCHISE HIS DEMOCRATIC VOTERS by moving up his primary, now he wants to portray himself as a Governor for all of the people of Florida...give me a break! He knew the consequences of his actions, and now the GOP is going to get exactly what they wanted; the upper hand in the Democratic nomination.
    Now, we are being strong armed into taking a losing Presidential nominee and naming her V.P. Wake up voters.
    We are just puppets on a string until we stand up for ourselves.

    March 7, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Steph, Philadelphia

    If she become a VP then she might just say that she is the one who made Obama a great president. Lets be fair here, they might make a great team with Obama at the top but Clinton just need to be nicer to him. Be nice Hillary...

    March 7, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Make sense

    Regarding the Florida and Michigan delegates

    If DNC decided not to count their delegates, they should then also reduce the total delegates reqired for nomination from 2024 (half of the total delegates) to about 1870 (half of the delegates for the remaining total delegates).

    That makes perfect sense and solves the whole problem easily.

    March 7, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Eseme

    Obama should be on top of th ticket if a joint ticket becomes possible.He has brought in alot of young people who are very engaged in the process and may loss interest in the process if he is not on top of the ticket.The person who has more pledged delegate should be on top. I am for Obama but at this point I am very realistic.Clinton brings in Hispanics, older voters, Obama brings in Young people and African Americans.To keep things intact a joint ticket can save the democratic party.Obama may not want Clinton on his Administration for he is the change candidate.

    March 7, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Jen-0-palooza

    NEVER NEVER NEVER! Because Hillary would ruin Obama!

    March 7, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Richard

    Hillary has been involved in too many scandals to be either President or Vice President. Bill will have too much influence in either case.

    Obama should stay clear of Hillary

    March 7, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Rod

    We don't want Clinton in the White House. She is too racist to be Obama's VIce President.

    March 7, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. A Bag of Chips

    This current campaign has been so heated, I think that it will be difficult for any of them to offer the other the VP position.

    However, I think that combined they would be hard for the GOP to beat. I just don't think that it will happen.

    March 7, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. david

    I too am all for a Clinton/Obama ticket. However, it's harder to imagine it the other way around.

    March 7, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Elizabeth

    My belief that Senator Obama is not prepared for the most crucial office in the land is supported by the comment regarding Senator Clinton being a monster and practicing to decieve the American Public. I want to make it known that I am one of the 25% of Democratic voters who SHALL without ONE DOUBT vote for a Repbubican for the FIRST time in my voting life if Senator Obama is the nominee. The character of such an advisor is deplorable ;and , confirms for me that Senator Obama as President would continue to exhibit an inabiltiy to choose mature people in decisive positions of power . I sincerely believe that an administration under Senator Obama would be more choatic than what we have experienced with this current President.

    March 7, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. obamarama

    i know he said it a few times, but i don't think he (obama) should be friends with hillary. when she praised him in the debate calling it an honor, it was an attack she was planning to get him to put his guard down so she could smack him silly. now his guard is up and may realize that he's got to be more aggressive.

    March 7, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. maggie

    Informed people in this country DO NOT want obama as president.......vice president............or even DOG CATCHER.

    I will vote for clinton as long as she distances herself from this racist traitor.

    Clinton must understand that the people who are voting for her are VOTING AGAINST obama just as much.

    March 7, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. CaliMale4Hill

    IF MLK was alive, he probably would have supported Hillary, that would be a KILLER ticket to run on. He was an honorable man and would not have abandoned those who supported him.

    He would not fall for false words of hope, and blindly support based on race. He would support based on ethics and experience. He was a champion for all people.

    March 7, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Tim

    Austin wrote: "Some people say that more Obama supporters would (not) vote for Hillary. This statistic is wrong"

    Austin, you are being naive.
    Everyday that goes by more of us wont vote for her. Every little trick and cheat she tries, pushes us away even farther. Her actions have consequences.
    The hope you have for us uniting around her is bleeding. Better get used to that reality.

    March 7, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Al in Wpg

    Talk about making the Republican job easy if that was the case... they would just use their own sound-bites against each-other to describe how neither are qualified.

    "Miss Clinton, you said McCain was more qualified than Barack... thank you" McCain.

    Clinton is done, all she has to go on is "experience". McCain would beat her bad on experience, plus he gets the torture simpathy vote... Hillary is now seen as the killer of hopes and dreams... not exactly leading from the heart there Hill.

    March 7, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Debby

    No thanks, after reading the childish antics of Obama and his camp the last 2 days, Hillary needs a grown up to run for VP when she gets the nomination.

    March 7, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Rod

    Hillary doesn't have the qualifications to be Vice President either.

    March 7, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Kay

    Never, Never, Never!

    I'll vote McCain before I'd EVER vote for the Clintons.

    My republican husband feels the same.

    Obama '08!!!

    March 7, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. CA boomer for CHANGE

    Many Dems see this as the way to resolve the conflict between the campaigns. However, I am not so sure Hillary being on the ticket with Obama will be an advantage outside of the Dem party..... she is not all that popular within her party and even less popular with Repubs and Independents.

    March 7, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Tex'un

    No ticket with Senator Clinton on it will carry Texas. Bet on it! After her increasingly negative campaigning, I suspect that a significant number of Obama supporters will stay home on election day if she is the party's presidential candidate. That spells four more years of Bush policies in the White House and diminished Democratic gains in Congress.

    March 7, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Paula Miller

    I thought it usually is the one candidate that is behind that asks for a joint ticket. It is obvious that Hillary sees the writing on the wall and wants to be on the ticket, even as a vice president. I really don't think it is a bad idea, since together they will be much stronger in the general election. I am an Obama supporter, but I think he needs the Hispanic votes and additional experience in foreign experience ( she doesn't have much) to make a stronger ticket against McCain. The Republicans politicals appear nervous every time a duel ticket is mentioned.

    Paula Miller CA

    March 7, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Jen B.

    Clinton needs Obama, he does not need her.

    March 7, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Robert, WA

    I will not vote for any arrangement that puts Hillary in the WH. PERIOD. You can take that to the bank.

    March 7, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. john

    Hey Fast Eddie!!

    Stop eating cheesesteaks and appearing on talk shows and start taking care of business here in PA for ONCE!!

    Maybe if you showed some leadership or initiatives to your fellow Pennsylvanians, your opinions on the Presidential race would count. But until then, keep your mouth shut and do some work for a change!

    March 7, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Ken, Suitland MD

    You pie-in-the-sky, "let's have a new bi-partisan way in our politics" [D]s had better get a grip. Take a look at what the [R]s posting on these blogs have to say; look carefully at the past 8 years...the past 14 years in Congress.... Where do you see an opportunity to work with the [R]s; where do you see that they want to work with the [D]s? They are going to continue the politics of Rove and Cheney, the swift-boating and SC-McCaining of good Americans who dare to have a different hope for America than they and their corporate puppet-master have.

    Whoever wins the [D] nomination, and all us dems, had better wake up to the fact that the [R] DOG still has the sock of power in its mouth, and it is mindlessly shaking it around, growling, and biting so NOBODY can get it. We had better be ready to hit the DOG over the head HARD to get it to release that sock. Talking NICE to that idiot DOG is not going to get it to cooperate. But some harsh discipline will soon have it sitting in the corner licking its hindquarters, while the rest of us can get back to making America great again.

    March 7, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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