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. Audacity of Hope

    An Arkansas state legislator once said of Bill Clinton that he would pat you on the back while he urinated down your leg. The corollary for Clinton's wife Hillary could be that she will tell the world how honored she is to share a stage with Barack Obama even as she's gearing up to smash him. When it comes to politics, the Clinton philosophy is simple: It's war, and wars are for winning. Bill put it this way, back in 1981: "When someone is beating you over the head with a hammer, don't sit there and take it. Take out a meat cleaver and cut off their hand."

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

    Pennsylvania... do not fall for the same dirty Clinton tricks that she pulled in Ohio!

    Vote Obama April 22nd for REAL CHANGE AND TO RESTORE HOPE in America!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    March 7, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Lady D

    If Hillary wins the Prim Where would her voting strength come from
    all Obama support will not support her after all the dirty remarks and lies she has told
    All you black voter should remenber where you came from Ist there was Man then was a woman but never the less you were born black and 21 years later you were a man or woman so lets do the right thing
    Man before woman
    For Rendell to make a comment about white in PA are not ready to vote Black? Who helped him get where he is?
    As for a Leader of a black organization NAACP and backing a White woman whetre does that put you " OUT" I'm afraid you power is gone man. You should practice what you preach.

    March 7, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Roberto

    On paper, a joint Democratic ticket (Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama) might make sense in order to heal the divisions in the Party and galvanize enthusiasm and energy for the national campaign against the Republicans. However, I predict that this will never materialize. Hillary will not accept being second fiddle to Barack (her outsized political ego would not permit this). On the other hand, Barack would jeopardize his future presidential prospects by agreeing to become Hillary's running mate + he would have to be constantly looking over his shoulders in the White House to see what Bubba Bill is up too!

    March 7, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. 3Wisemen

    The heat is on...the DNC is sweating bullets! They are now forced to choose between the old predictable cow,and a hitherto unknown goose that now lays the golden egg. A choice they never thought they will have to make. Sorry guys, you can't eat your cake and have it. A Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton ticket is just what it is, a dream, and John McCain is the alarm clock!

    March 7, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Dico

    I think that the Dem should let this primary go all the way, it would serve them better than the Rep – such a move would give McCain less time to attack the Dem candidate because he would not have known in-advance who to prepare for.

    March 7, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Obama 08

    I hope Obama already have a vp in sight .Wow is this the Clinton campaign way of saying again that Obama dont no what to do,and he need a toter on day one.Wow how low will the Clinton campaign go.

    March 7, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Concerned

    I hope Clinton will reject the VP position if offered. One can not "mend" fences and play nice after blatant insults and barrage of sexist attacks. I don't think these attacks on her and the insults would stop if she is a VP for Obama. Even worse, she would become a target for taken fault for all his mistakes.

    March 7, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. vl

    That's the ONLY WAY I would EVER, EVER, EVER vote for Obama.... if he was the VP. I'd rather give my vote to McCain in Nov if Obama is the Presidential nominee. Together they stand a very good chance to obliterate the republican party. Clinton alone could make a decisive win, but Obama won't.... too many republicans that voted for Obama in the primaries will vote for McCain in Nov. I don't know who the Obama campaign thinks they're fooling.

    March 7, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Nuwan Samaranayake

    This is great. I am happy that Hillary made that offer. Obama has to remember that, democratic party is almost equally divided in its support for him and Hilary. But he didn't have the guts to make that gesture even as a possibility. Shame on Obama. But Hilary shows a great statementship by accepting the fact that their is a big chunck of democrats support Obama so that getting him onboard is the best thing to win in Nov. I think the best hope for democrats is to run with a join ticket so we can win.

    March 7, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Marguerite Nash

    OMG!!!!! It is true!!!!!!!!! Wow, I thought it was a joke!!! So how come no one talks about this lawsuit and what the Clinton's have done!!!! And they talk about Obama?????? Wish I could be a fly on the wall when they actually go to court!!!! And we want Hillary Clinton for PRESIDENT WHY?????

    And how clean is this campaign???

    March 7, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Francie

    I agree with Gov. Rendell.

    We need to unite. This will give Senator Obama 8 years of experience in the VP capacity; which will make him the best and strongest contendor for the Presidency in 2016.

    Hillary/Obama '08

    March 7, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Texas4Obama



    NO NO Clinton in the White House!

    Clinton can go and run with McCain since she likes McCain MORE than the people in her own party. She has NO integrity!

    March 7, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. Myra


    March 7, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. carolyn

    Will never work. The Clinton campaign, headed by Hillary Clinton has managed to distory the respect many held for the Clinton's, and the democratic party as a whole. Two weeks ago, most people I know would have supported either Hillary or Barak; now, we would support McCain before we voted for Hillary. We don't agree with McCain politics; however, he is honest and respectfull. With my crowd, and our adult children, that goes a long way.

    We will not support a candidate who can, and will, look in the face of the nation and lie, again. enough already.

    March 7, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Brandon

    Great idea, BUT...I feel that Hillary Clinton has crossed that respect line that you draw in a position of this nature.. Why have someone as your VP when they've mounted more nasty attacks against you than your real competition in '08...

    March 7, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Jermaine

    The winning ticket from day one was Edwards/Obama, but now that the Dems have successfully ran Edwards out of the race, I now support Obama. Hillary is a liablity to the party, and it would be political suicide for Obama to team up with her in any such instance.

    March 7, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. idahosa, Canada

    i totally agree with James that obama should pick a female VP (certainly not billary). also, his government should be bipartisan to truly reflect his message of unity.

    actually, i think i should be posting this on his campaign site!!!

    i just love this man called Obama

    March 7, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Jake

    I don't think it will happen do to the fact there has been to many bad things said about eachother. If it did happen i think that it would be the strongest Presidence in History, But as you know men think with there privates not there brain.

    March 7, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. jimmy in st. louis

    frankly...i would like to see a CLINTON/EDWARDS ticket. does that make me a racist too? it seems that everyone who does not think that OBAMA is ready to be president is branded a racist on this board. i think OBAMA seems like a really great guy and i think he may make a good president some day. but not now. this country needs someone with CLINTON's intelligence and fighting spirit.

    March 7, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. Noans

    Did anyone see the Canadian government apologizing to Obama for calling him instead of the other way around. They also said it was HILLARY CLINTON's campaign who called them with the wink and a nod comment about not worrying about any repeal of NAFTA. We haven't heard a word from Clinton apologizing to Obama for accusing him of dirty politics when in fact it was Hillary.

    Obama doesn't have to degrade himself by acting like Hillary but he needs to stop acting so cool and use Hillary's own words and actions against her. I know he's trying not to stoop as low as Hillary is and continues to be but Obama needs to remember he's dealing with a candidate who is amoral.....

    Hillary is also playing right into the Republican's hands who want Hillary as the nominee because they know they can beat her and not Obama. Just listen to Fox and other right wing shows. They're laughing and happy that Hillary finally won 3 after losing 12 in a row.

    Hillary has now proven she is a divider not a uniter who will never respect the will of the people before her own blind ambition to be president at all costs, even if that means discounting and denying our votes.

    McCain/ Clinton 2008

    March 7, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. JarryHames

    Don't believe the hype! This woman will do or say anything to become the next president. I wouldn't be surprised if she started offering Bill the VP role. We have a greater chance in hell for that happening vs. a Clinton/Obama ticket!

    March 7, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. Chris

    If she is the nominee and given the lies she has pulled to get it, I will stay at home before voting for her!!! NO WAY!!!!

    She needs him he don't need her.

    March 7, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. M. S. Indiana

    Now who is fairy tailing ???

    March 7, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Lesley, Texas

    Clinton should take the vice-president role. She could use her attack dog tactics at Obama's discretion.

    March 7, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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