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. Bob

    A ticket of Clinton/Obama would almost guaranty that the Democratic party 16 years in the Whire House. The time is now to look at the big picture that would make that happen.

    March 7, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Erin

    It seems to me that Hillary as of late has been positioning herself to be McCains VP. Obama should not be on the ticket with anyone that would put their Republican opponent above a democrat. She can go with the McCain if she is such a great friend and holds in such high standing. The democratic party does not need someone like that to be in our party.

    March 7, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Ken

    Why would Obama want to have a 165-pound poison cyst attached to his butt?

    Obama......God, please!!!!!!!! Choose anyone else!!!!! But not her.

    March 7, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. nate

    Joint ticket? President Obama and Hillary for dog catcher.

    March 7, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Jackie

    Why doesn't she try to be McCain's VP? She seems far more attached to him, even though he called Chelsea ugly and said that Janet Reno was her father.

    Hillary is pathetic.

    March 7, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Brad

    I was watching Hannity the other night asking people what OBAMA has accopmlished and trying to insinuate he's done nothing.

    Might I add that he has entered a race against a mighty machine who thought of this primary as a coronation and didn't have the forsight to plan past super Tuesday and essentially kicked their butts.

    That in itself tells me he could be President.

    March 7, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Robert from Texas

    I think a Clinton/Obama would be a great ticket. This would be great for Obama since he's not really one to embrace confrontation. He'll learn from the best. Then after Clinton's 8 he can step up with more experience and some cojones and be the President that we deserve. 16 years!!

    As far as who's paying for it? Well I think that the decision to move up the dates were made by a group of people and those people and who they represent should pay for the cost of redoing it. Then they should be fired for making such an idiotic decision.

    March 7, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Cali

    It's funny that Senator Clinton continues to talk about a "joint ticket" with Senator Obama while she throws mud. She will not win the delegate count/nomination and she and her cronies know this. A joint ticket with a mud slinging, polarizing, Republican candidate supporter? Please. It will never happen.

    March 7, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. Rosalynd

    More nonsense from the Clinton camp and it is never going to happen. Clinton has no principles and her camp is destroying the Democratic party. Obama is not going to fall for this crap. Steal the election Clinton and you are on your are on your own to suffer a humiliating defeat to McCain in the general election as all your dirty tricks come back to haunt you.


    March 7, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. chris

    hey all you hillary and obama supporters read this article and tell me how you feel about your candidates of change

    March 7, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Lyn

    Although I am enraged on a daily basis with Hillary's campaign, I think democrats may not have a choice based on how the demographics seem split up. However, I think the fact they are offering it to him is only a strategy to make them look like the party unifiers to the Super Delegates. I would not doubt for a second that she would do an about face and ask someone else to be the VP. Now if she were willing to be VP right now, then it would mean something else. I would vote Democrat as long as Obama is on the ticket.

    March 7, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Kevin - ID

    The person who is trailing should really not be talking about having the leader be their VP.

    March 7, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. from NH

    Barack is much to intelligent of a person to fall for the offer of VP from Hillary. He knows that he would not be #2 but Bill would push him to the #3 slot.

    Not only that but Hillary would bring to much baggage with her. There are many many other intelligen women that are respected by all that would be a good running mate for him if that is the direction that he wished to go in.

    March 7, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Lyn

    I will concede she *may* actually have human blood in her, and probably actually cares about some of her policies. But I am sick of her negative campaigning and I hope she is being sincere about a joint ticket.

    March 7, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Liz


    March 7, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. D.

    This is the same person who said," White men will not vote for an African American Man. "
    Now he wants these two candidates on the same ballot. How will he himself vote?
    I think there is too much mud on the field and daily more dirt is poured for the Clinon Machine to emerged with Believing in Change People
    I am a little confused she had Wolkson speaking aggressively about her camp and Senator Obama and has she requested his resignation?
    How can Senator Clinton request Senator Obama fire someone?
    If she can forgive her [previous] wayward husband certainly she should be able to forgive anyone else. You would think!

    March 7, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Peter Canada Obama 08

    Right now she have said twice that She and McCain are the same and Obama is different. " senator Mccain and I have lifetime archivement to bring into whitehouse, but senator Obama has speeches'.
    That to me is telling democrats that she and mccain are more of the-same, so it will be hard for democrats to argue that there will be changes when Americans vote democratic party into the White House
    . Obama is different from them and that is what American people need at this moment. Change will not come with the same people doing the same thing and hoping it will be different.
    It need different person to do a new and different thing.

    March 7, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. rabblerouser

    Hillary would offer the vp to obama because she's savvy enough to realize that using his strengths would help their common goal. However, I don't think Obama is as savvy to offer her the VP – which indicates to me that he's naive – and still needs some training.

    March 7, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. norb

    Al Gore? Please step in and stop this stupidity.

    March 7, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. Eileen

    Hillary is promoting a Clinton/Obama for her and get
    both. I think Obama should make it clear that he is not interested in being
    vice president, or should he win, he is not obligated to offer the vice presidency to Hillary.

    March 7, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. HSHS

    she stands againts everthing is fighting to eliminate.

    March 7, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Sabrina, Las Vegas, NV

    NO WAY!
    Obama will never put Clinton on a ticket. Clinton has shown, she is not a trust worthy person. New Yorkers can have her.

    March 7, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Slap Stick, FLORIDA

    If Obama was to offer he the VP spot, Hilliary true colors would show because she would be arrogant and ignorant enough to probably decline since she could not have her way.

    March 7, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Arkansas Undertaker

    Clinton/OBAMA=No way!!!

    Obama/Clinton= That sounds better!!!!! I really dont know what makes Hillary Clinton feel like she's in the driver seat.

    When Obama gets the nomination, he does not need to offer Hillary the VP spot at all. That will just polarize the ticket and raise the Democrates chances of loosing the White House in November.

    March 7, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. JerryZ

    McCain will win the nomination.

    The wisdom of the DNC will let Hillary and Obama slug and bloody each other. Obama has the pledge delegate lead.
    When the DNC super-delegates overturn the pledge delegates for Hillary or run to Obama side, one side will not vote, may vote for Nader or McCain.

    We are falling into the conservative republicans plans. If they overrule Obama, 90% of the black vote will be gone and all of the first time and young voters will join.
    If jumping to Obama, over sixty years old and women will protest. I don't want to miss the uneducated that Hillary always says she gets. They don't know better.

    March 7, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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