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. Robert Wiseman

    Here in Canada there is a lot of concern about the leak from our government regarding the NAFTA issue. It has been made clear here that Clinton should not have been mentioned at all because it was Obama whose advisor went to the consulate in Chicago and gave 'background' in an effort to allay fears regarding Obama's position on NAFTA. One wonders why that advisor hasn't been fired for his role in this whole issue. It is probably because he was acting on instructions from his candidate. You all need to get real about what you are doing and how clumsily Obama handled this whole situation. International relationships are on the line.

    March 7, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |


    March 7, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. jen

    are you kidding me??? clinton is doing her best to make this soooo ugly and try to hurt Sen. Obama's standing just so she doesnt get left behind when he wins..... she would rather try to tear down the DNC through in fighting for her own gain than lose on her lack of votes...... now she is getting anyone and everyone she can to try to ride his popularity back to the white house........... since when is losing a 20-something lead in the polls to just barely win some kind of positive thing???? now she is playing the "experience card" ........what??? does she not know that mccain has more experience then her??? DUH!! I say let Sen. Obama win fair and square and then he can
    ask EDWARDS!!!! OBAMA & EDWARDS IN 08!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. Chris

    Hillary has no chance at all. Even as a VP, i don't think it will benefit Obama. Obama should hold it out and he will win. There is nothing Hillary can do. Even if she wins all 12 states with 55% and 60% (PENN) she will still lose.

    Quit now Hillary before you destroy the party.

    Obama/Webb 08

    March 7, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. PeterO

    I'm not a huge fan of the Obama/Clinton ticket, but it would be a good way to pull the Clinton supporters in. There is no way it will be a Clinton/Obama ticket – she cannot catch up in the delegates. News out now that the delegates in texas will likely make Obama the winner of that state. He also picked up some more from California today.

    March 7, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Army Vet

    Obama/Powell in 08

    March 7, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. ibeam

    I will not vote for any tix that Hillary's name appears on. Hillary Clinton has poor morals and lacks the character to be my leader. I'm a member of the miltary and completely understand what it takes to be a Commander in Chief. Hillary does not come close to the min requirement . Its not about exp but character. Why would I put my life on the line for someone like Hillary. She only cares about herself, she divides people based on race and gender, and lacks the character to inspire our nation's warriors to fight. The Clintons have lied, cheated and stolen their way to power. Now people want them to rep us to the world once again. How many scandals and lies will it take before the country understand that the Clintons are the worst thing to happen to American politics since E. Hoover or Andrew Jackson. Bill Clinton dishonored the office of the Commander in Chief because of his poor morals and character. Now there are those whom want to give another Clinton with poor character an opportunity to do the same thing.

    March 7, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Lou

    Everyone keeps talking about Hillary winning the big states that are needed to win the general but these have been nomination processes. In the general they will run against a Republican and those states may work very differently then. The DNC strategy has been to re-create the electoral map. This is the strategy that Obama has taken and why he considers every state important. In retrospect, I bet HRC wishes she would have done the same.

    March 7, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Marguerite Nash

    I think at the rate Hillary is going ,saying all those nice things about John McCain, we won't have to worry about Hillary or Barack being president. Hillary has set the stage for President McCain with all her good will and praise. Good going Hillary!!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Robin

    Oh, Hell No. She would taint his ticket after her recent despicable tactics.

    March 7, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. MCNEIL


    March 7, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Karen

    If Obama gets the ticket I will probably stay home in November.

    You Obamanites are unreal. You say he is great because he will "unite the country". Not hardly. Anything he does you say is oh so altruistic and anything Hillary does must have nefarious motives (yes, go get your dictionary to look up the meanings...).

    If we end up with a junior president with people advising him like this Nasty woman with her "Monster" comments that she made to a FOREIGN PAPER while advising on FOREIGN POLICY – well – it won't be my fault any more than the last 7 1/2 years have been.

    March 7, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. W B in Las Vegas

    Ed Rendell is an Tammany Hall style political hack who is probably angling for the VP spot if Hillary is the Democratic nominee.

    WHY would Obama want HER as the VP with all the baggage she and Slick Willy would bring? Obama should select a Democrate with a strong military and/or foreign policy background.

    March 7, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. mike

    Can't everyone see what she's up to again? She rips apart Obama as not being ready to be president but thinks she'd offer him the VP slot if she gets the nomination. What nerve!!! Here's why, though:

    1. If she doesn't get the nomination but tears him apart so much that he'll lose to McCain, then she can run in 2012 using the theme, "I told you I should have been the nominee".

    2. By tearing Obama down, she'll make it impossible for him to accept the VP offer since she'll have to have stolen the nomination from him. This will give her a built in excuse for losing to McCain. "It's all Obama's fault not my sky high negative ratings with the electorate or the fact that I destroyed the party to get what was rightfully mine in the first place."

    All of you Hillary defenders need to wake up and do some electoral math. No red state turns blue for Hillary and some blue states will turn red because of Hillary. All independants will vote McCain over Hillary and she'll drag all down ballot Democrats down to defeat with her.

    March 7, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Obama for President

    Obama isn't going negatibe he's getting more aggressive in his stance against Hillary and it's about time!!!!

    This MOVEMENT IS ALIVE!!! If you believe in unity then you must vote for Obama!!

    March 7, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Democrat Supporter, Davenport, FL

    Sorry about the double post, my daughter hit the keyboard. What fun they are at 2 years old.

    March 7, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. Independant

    How can Cinton have Obama as her running mate when she says Obama is not ready to be commander-in-chief? The VP is second in line to the president.

    Don't even ask!!! Hillary.

    March 7, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. Peter

    I'm sure that the Hillarminator would love to soothe the millions she has alienated with her malicious campaign. I think its pretty offensive to go against the will of the people and then try to clear youir conscience with a consolation prize. Even Bush didn't try to buy off Gore after stealing the election 7 years ago.

    March 7, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. MCNEIL


    March 7, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. mr singh

    The person with more delegates should be candidate for president. It's looking like it's Obama. If Obama picks Hillary for VP, she'll snuff him out somehow and coronate herself. Look at all the dirty tricks she's done, do you trust her? I would look towards Edwards or even Richardson or Lou Dobbs!!! Lou Dobbs can still report to us but from the white house, that will be great!!! He should take along Mr. Cafferty. I like that guy, too!!!

    If Mccain runs with Romney, that's a great ticket for republicans. Crist looks too old and nobody knows much about him and he looks too feminine!!

    The fact is if Obama is not the nominee and so far he's earned it with hard work with his wins, black americans will stay home after realising the dirty tricks of the clintons. The only huge vote base for the clintons will be the illegal aliens!!

    March 7, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. JJ

    There is no way Obama would run with Clinton. There is a lawsuit against the Clintons right now, as we speak. The Clintons stand for everything Obama is trying to be against as far as ethics and transparency go. Its not about holding out an Olive branch its about being smart and Hillary Clinton on the ticket would undermine his efforts to clean up Washington. HE DOES NOT NEED HER!

    March 7, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Jordan Fitzpatrick

    Voters should also know that Rendell is one of the politicians mentioned in her up-coming trail for Campaign Finance Fraud– at which she will be forced to testify in October, (though, so far she has managed to duck the subpoena)

    March 7, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. yagerlij

    A joint ticket with either of them on the top would have been the dream-ticket for the democrats. But after Hillary's kitchen sink strategy in the past two weeks she has turned this ticket into a train wreck ticket.

    March 7, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. Joyce

    Don't play into her tricks, it is a tactic to get votes from Obama.

    They are a master at this game, she makes you believe what she want you to believe. These are the Clinton's who will do anything to win the White House.

    She is a Rep hiding behind the Dem banner.

    March 7, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Stavy

    Clinton will never win the white house and she does not want another democrate to win. She hopes that Mccain wins so that she can run in 4 years...but for what party, I bet you she will loose her senate seat. If democrates are not smart enough to end this now, they will not only destroy their party but, blue collar voters who gave in to fear tactics have more to loose with a Mccain presidency. A vote for hillary now is a vote for Mccain in Nov. The republicans know this and democrates are in denial. You can support Clinton for all you can but she will never be president..if superdelegates vote her in then they will alienate the young votes, independents and majority of the black vote that the democratic party always count on. With Obama, the independents and new voters will cancel out the defactor clitonites, with Hillary its back to blue and red states, guess who won in in 2000 and 2004.

    March 7, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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