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. Angie

    PLEASE don't do it Obama. Please don't go over the the Clinton's darkside. The Clintons are unethical and corrupt.

    March 7, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. DJ in TX

    This ticket would not work at all either way. Hillary's polarizing figure would do more harm to Obama's chances at ever becoming President. She has thrown everything at Obama saying he's not qualified among other things. But now he's qualified to be her VP. I think we can all see through this ploy. She tryig to make people think that a vote for her is also a vote for Obama, knowing full well she has no plans to offer him the VP slot. How could she just forget everything nasty she's said about him, and then raise her hand with him on a stage. How would he be able to now talk "good" (which there is none) about her after how she's trying to bring him down now. The party is broken, she knows it. To keep all the enthusiasm that he's brought to the Democratic party, she's trying to play to that base. All that enthusiasm would be lost if it is perceived that she "stole" the nomination vs win it. I'm a lifelong Democrat who voted for Bill twice. My party has let me down. I'm looking to change my registration to Independent.

    March 7, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. frank

    I don’t think Obama can win the General Election in November based on the following points:
    1. The US is not ready to accept an African-American as a President yet. Obama got more voters is due to the fact that there is no strong male candidates in the campaign. However, this will be changed in the General Election.
    2. Obama got more voters from the independent and republican groups. These voters, especially from the latter, will partially come back to support McCain in November, since they think Obama (inexperience) is weaker than Clinton.

    March 7, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. J Robinson

    "Most young people have no idea what it was like to be a female in the sixties."
    Quit living in the past! Should the whole country elect Clinton because a bunch of women felt disenfranchised 40 years ago? Should you be 'compensated' by a female president just because of the time in which you lived? Sounds like you are actually jealous of all the freedom women have gained and are still carrying a big grudge.

    March 7, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. RAFi68

    let s be realistic they need each other to win in november , if they go by thereself they will nnnot winn because the party is cut in 2 allready .....

    March 7, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. jay

    This woman hillary is so vile and dispecable as we've come to see over the last three weeks. Every comment she makes and every one of her gestures is just another under handed, decietful trick.

    This one is no exception. A vote for Hillary is NOT a vote for Barack.

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

    Yeah, cause Obama really needs an obsessive, micromanaging, Mean-spirited and deceitful, highly negative politician on the ticket to win? Come on. As long as it is only a gesture, then maybe.

    March 7, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Jaroslav

    I am just surprise how many people (mainly from HRC camp) is now calling to stop personal attacks and be nice to each other when HRC nasty campaign before Ohio and Texas had already results which she wanted to have and Obama lost. Is he suppose to be nice guy and wait until HRC has 50% lead built on faulty and dirty campaign? I don't think so. He needs to be tough and ask all questions (requesting answers now not after primaries) to show voters which kind of character his opponent is. Joint ticket is just another trick nothing else. Barack Obama doesn't need her but she has not much choices.

    March 7, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Deb

    CLINTON 08 – OBAMA NEXT. It is a win/win and makes the most sense given their experience and potential and ages.

    March 7, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Dico

    I think that the Democrat 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 Democrat candidate because he would not have known in-advance who to prepare for. Obama keep the faith good always win in the end.

    March 7, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. karl From: Congo

    ain't happen my friend. I guess white people would not vote for obama in our state sir. you should be ashame of yourself governor. I no it is America and I no racisim is at a forefront of what you do down there but for a governor to come out that way it is a shame for America and its good people

    March 7, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. di

    how can you be offering a vice presidency to someone you are honoured to be with on stage and shame on you barack obama in less than two days. i obama accepts vp from her its a mistake because it,ll be a poisonous gift. the clintons after their tenure will pull one of their scandals and obama will have al gore in his hands he should not take it. if he wins hecan choose joe biden or governor tim kaine of va, or some other decent and principled candidate without baggage.

    March 7, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Stavy

    HRC's 35 years of experience:

    1. Worked for a corporate law firm.
    2. Served on WalMart board and had no issues with the labor policies there.
    3. Formulated a disastrous health care plan that postponed universal coverage for years.
    4. Had tea with foreign leaders.
    5. Voted for the war
    6. Scandal after scandal. Why oh why?
    7. Within a couple of years managed to lose both the house and the senate due to vindictive and divisive politics

    Experience we can count on?

    March 7, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. SGC

    I would have been much more open to this thought process had Senator Clinton and her campaign not gone so negative, and most importantly lied ever step along the way leading up to RI, VT, Ohio, and Texas....

    Senator Obama is the change this country needs, he will carry every democratic blue state in the fall w/ overwhelming numbers, not to mention several swings states and maybe another "red" state such as FLORIDA!

    Obama 08!

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

    Why are all the Obama supporters so hateful in their comments? You can call a successful woman any bad, violent name you like and it is still OK in this country. What kind of new(old) cult is this?

    Fight the sexist remarks Hillary and don't stop.

    March 7, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. MC

    Obama supporters hammer, hammer,hammer on Hillary Clinton, like the repub. right-wing did and still does, to absolutely no avail.
    What Obama supporters fail to realize, yet Republicans know, is that we HRC supporters(over 13 million of us so far) are inured to anything negative you might say about her. We have heard it all before, and for years. Yet we still think she is the best choice for this country.
    I think what causes you Obama supporters so much angst, and venomous frustration, is that you really know nothing of import about Obama, and are scared to death of what is out there. You will not have to wait long, it will come!

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

    I think she's getting ready so that it dosen't look like a total loss when Obama wins the nomination. This way she's preparing to set herself up to run with him. I feel like her comments show her insecurities and his show his confidence. He dosen't want to bother talking about it because he's going to win! She really needs to bow out gracefully and work to bring the party together instead of tearing it apart!

    March 7, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Shinons

    Yuck. She'd try taking over the White House if she were in the VP spot. What a monster.

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

    This much is clear - at this point, if the superdelegates go against the people (which I don't see happening), then Hillary would have no choice but to ask Obama to be VP.

    IF Obama gets the nom, which I think will happen, he cannot offer the vp to Hillary. It's political suicide, because she stands for the exact opposite for what Obama stands for (ethics reform, moving on from the politics of yesterday, fighting special interests etc...). Obama will be seen as a hipocrite - he needs a VP who shares his vision for a better America.

    And, yes, I'm one of those "moron" or "idiot" Obama supporters, as I've been called by so many Hillary supporters in the blog. The thing is though, I have Ph.D. and am able to think critically and logically. So stop calling Obama supports idoits and morons, because we're not!

    March 7, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. ian

    Obama/Clinton '08!

    Ok, Hill, you've been JUST annoying enough that I guess you deserve the VP spot. Just cut with all the vitriol already! No one needs another Joe 'send the troops in' Lieberman . . .

    March 7, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Cindy

    Ahhh, Hillary HAS NOT MADE THIS OFFER to Obama. Her lacky has "suggested" it. READ the ARTICLE.

    March 7, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Ben

    Well McCain should just be crowned now. The party is so divided over these two that even a joint ticket is likely to fail. A clinton/obama ticket would make some sense for a 16 year run but obama would lose his "change" motif and obama is more likely to win the nomination anyway. A obama/clinton ticket is more likely to win, even though it might unify most of the party too many will be disenfranchised and to many independents will run away at the possibility of another Clinton in the white house. Oh well here is to Peak Oil hitting hard in the next 4 years and the economy as a result falling like a skydiver with a lead parachute, then McCain will end up being Herbert Hoover (outed because of great depression) perfect time for obama's "change" style... as long as Hilary stays in put in 4 years time.

    March 7, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Cindy

    Hillary's grandstanding. Like she did with the Mich and Fla voters. She would never stand for a vice-president who is more popular than her.

    March 7, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. JC

    We CAN NOT TRUST Hillary.

    March 7, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Jen-0-palooza

    This is another CHEAP trick by the Clintons. Make it appear as though you'll get both candidates if you choose her.
    She IS a monster!

    March 7, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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