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. Char

    I'm ready for this to end...but if Obama chooses her as his running mate I think it will be a huge mistake. His best options are Richards & Edwards.

    March 7, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Jeremy

    She's extending an olive branch while she's behind in the delegate count? I'm confused.

    March 7, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Greg, Pennsylvania

    Ed Rendell is an idiot! He's a liberal left wing gun hating fool! He promised property tax relief to Pennsylvanians in his first term seven years ago and has failed on that too. By Clinton having Rendell's support and endorsement will guarantee that Clinton will lose the PA primary. I will vote for Huckabee in the PA primary even though he has withdrawn, however I am this close to not voting for a Presidential candidate in the fall given the apparent current selections are going to be. God Save the USA! Please!

    March 7, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. liz

    It looks to me like Hillary is trying to unite her support base and unite the party. I'm a Hillary supporter, and would not mind seeing a Clinton/Obama ticket- I would vote for Obama/Clinton- I would never vote for Obama if he wins the nomination and doesn't offer Clinton the VP spot. The party is divided and they both have a large number of supporters-

    March 7, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. KK

    I definitely do NOT support a ticket that showcases BO & HRC–that is sheer lunacy. After the way that she has handled herself, denigrated Barak and because of all of the enormpus baggage that she inevitably brings–I want her no where near my Barak. Heck no! If he would even consider it–I would jump ship–BUH BYE!

    March 7, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. paul

    Where is the reporting about Clinton and Rendell's fraud with Peter Paul. This is much more important than reporting that someone called Clinton a monster.

    Also, where is the reporting on the Canadian NAFTA mess up that damaged Obama when it was really Clinton who claimed she was only "political positioning:". More important, she then had the nerve to blow the story up about Obama while the story should have been without her.

    Come on CNN, you are really looking more and more like the "Clinton News Network".

    March 7, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Kevin Orr

    Interesting angle, that the nominee should, as a courtesy, offer v.p. to the other. But, I don't think that's a good way to choose a v.p.

    I also don't think the two should be running mates. I can only imagine the internal dynamics. It is hard enough being president without having a v.p. of whom many think ought to be the president.

    March 7, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. mo

    Please don't do it Hillary, you don't need to babysit and raise
    another kid. Call on Ted Strickland, we like him!

    March 7, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. josie



    March 7, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. rana karimi

    i just like to say if obama become the nominie of our party then i will join republican party obama and his supporters realy scare me to death they act and talk likea criminal mafia oraganization

    March 7, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Zach

    I for one would be THRILLED with a Clinton/Obama ticket – Experience with Vision! We need to pull the party together to fight the real enemy – McBush.

    Lots of presidential races have had bitter fought nominations that ended up in a sucessful Pres/VP partnership, so I don't think the arguement that the campaign has been too ugly for a partnership to be possible holds any water.

    March 7, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. David Solomon

    If Clinton and MeCain elected the world would be the same. Plus their responsible for the war cause the UN and other nations unhappy and distance from united states. But if Obama elected America will be seen in different face and the world will be happy to co-operate to resolve the war and to fight against the common enemy such as terriest, poverty and diseases. Obama represent as respectful and negotationar while Clinton and Mecain represent as fighters and the same old washengten players. They can not bring peace to the world!

    Clinton joint ticket does not represent Obama! She may claim to help Europe during their struggle but she never help the poor Africa during Rewanda war where millions died. She would try to claim herself as a mother Teresa, the fact is she is the opposite who is starving for power!

    March 7, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Oops

    You have got to be kidding. How can an illegal candidate court the presence of a legit candidate to the candidacy ticket?
    Obama would be the most stupidest Black in the world if he did!
    From the onset, Hillary wanted Gov. Richardson from New Mexico. What has happened.
    Nothing surprizes me anymore with this campaign.

    Go OBAMA '08

    March 7, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. tuycan

    Honestly , I am not sure that our country is ready for a female president and an african american president ; I also doubt that , because of his age , senator Mc Cain could be a " right " president if he is elected in November . That is what bothers me and maybe other people as well . From the bottom of my heart , I always wants senator Hillary Clinton to be our next president .

    March 7, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. S.K

    Of course if Clinton comes out on top she will need him or she will be known as a 'flip-flopper' by McCain and she will end up like John Kerry.

    March 7, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Asking Clinton to be Obama's VP makes no sense. Obama would be inviting both Clinton's to his administration. . .

    Once the campaign rhetoric is forgotten (if ever), President Obama might want to consider the former president for some diplomatic role. Senator Clinton should go back to the senate and get more experience.

    March 7, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Obama 08

    Well it has been said befor some vote for hillary they will vote for mccain. Having Obama as a vice president will destroy the hope for change that we have deposited on him and will move him to the dark side (Clintons politics).

    March 7, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Mark, VA

    Clinton/Obama ticket makes more sense. Obama can gain the experience needed and the Democrats can hold on to the White House for at least 16 years!

    March 7, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Brad

    This ticket would be a disaster for the Dems. Clinton started talking about it because she knows she can't win and will do anything to get to the Presidency. Having Clinton as VP would be going backwards for the DEMS and the Clintons are stale and have too much baggage.

    OBAMA needs to find a fresh personality that brings life to the campaigh and isn't tied to the Washington elites.

    I am Republican by the way, but might vote for OBAMA. I wouldn't vote for Clinton if she ran against Putin. She is a back stabber and not trustworthy.

    March 7, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. summer

    I believe in Obama and hope I get the chance to vote for him, but I would not vote for a ticket that contains Hillary, even if it means voting republican. I really think that the only she is doing right now is destroying the democratic party, both by turning her voters against Obama and by turning Obama voters against her.

    March 7, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Obamacrat

    Shrillary has lost me completely. I cant support any ticket with her on it.

    March 7, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Moodi

    hmm. a GENTLEMAN and a MONSTER. It does not look fair.


    Go Obama Go.

    March 7, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Regie

    Two untrustful people. And they want them as our future President and Vice President....How simple are these voters. I guess they want socialism very badly to support them.

    March 7, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Ralph

    A clinton/obama office. That would have been nice but considering the way the dems have ran this race, i do not think that will happen. Even if either candidate offers the position, it will be turned down in a nice way (well, i hope instead of a dogfight).
    All in all, if Clinton wins the nomination, the Republicans have it easy to win the national BUT if Obama wins the nomination, The Republican will think they have it easy but not quite so because they really do not know much about Obama which will definitely impose a problem on them.
    During this race however, my respect had been for the Republicans. It was a nice, clean (maybe not quite) but respectable race compared to my so called DEMOCRATS...
    The Dems race would have been quite respectable if hillary had not gone ballistic.. Plus what in the world does she mean those states Obama win does not count??? She is otherwise implying that the people in those states does not mean anything!
    Very shameful coming from someone who vows to bring together the country..yea right!

    March 7, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Debra

    If's funny how the Obama people are so negative. Don't you want to pull the party together? Do you really think you will win the election by splintering off the Clinton people along with Florida and Michigan? It ain't gonna happen! Wake up! The Republicans are a lot stronger than you think. Why do you think we have a Republican president right now?! What Hillary cares about is not dividing the party and you should be too! Hate mongering will only lose the election for us all. Besides, Florida had both Hillary and Obama on the ballot and Hillary won by a strong margin. She would likely be in the lead if everyone in this country were getting their votes counted and the election hadn't been tipped in favor of Obama by not counting the votes in two states. Is that how Obama really wants to win? By cheating? This party better get rid of the hate and start looking out for the best of the party. Also I question the fairness of black delegates being threatened if they don't support Obama. Now that is really a crooked race! Who is going to extreme ends to try and win now?

    March 7, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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