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. Michael

    Obviously all the Republicans who voted for Obama must have gotten confused on their directions from Limbaugh, Cunningham, et al regarding their need to vote for Clinton as they view her as much more of a formidable candidate to beat their McCain (NOT!!!).

    March 7, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. TJ

    Hillary knows she has no chance of winning in Nov. without Obama being on her ticket. That's why she and all of her little friends keep pressing the issue.
    Obama 08

    March 7, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. suzanne

    I will NOT vote for a democrat if Hillary steals this election through dirty tricks, slander and the usual Clintonian tactics. This 65 year old and all her friends and family made a pledge after the Ohio behavior of the Clintons, that it is now Obama or no democrat for us in November. And shame on CNN for Wolf Blitzer and his biased coverage!! I won't vote for YOU either, Wolf!

    March 7, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Ry in Seattle

    This is a thinly-veiled attempt by Sen. Clinton to court voters on the fence – "Hey, vote for me and you'll get both of us!" Furthers the truth that she will do anything to get the nomination. Hopefully voters will not be convinced by this pandering. What's next? Vote for me and I'll deport George Bush! She's beginning to sound like a used car saleswoman.

    March 7, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Rae

    I would NEVER NEVER NEVER vote for Obama. NOT EVEN an Obama/Clinton ticket. I will vote for McCain if he's the nominee. End of story.

    March 7, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Jaycee Delaware

    Hillary, and independent Joe should will both try to be John McCain's vice president. Obama will will get the nomination. The monster will then become an independent.

    March 7, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Not Another Clinton in the Whitehouse

    There're better, honest, women democrats that Obama can choose for VP. Hillary Clinton is just devising and pure evil. We need to show her and the rest of the Karl Roves in this country that the American people are not going to take it anymore. I’ll vote for Obama in the General election if he peaks any other women except for Hillary Clinton. She is so evil that most likely will try to kill Obama in order to be President. Yes, she is that evil.

    March 7, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Mark

    Hej Ed?

    You guys in Pennsylvania must be getting pretty desperate – thought you were going to deliver the State in big fashion to Hillary. Let the campaigns stand on their own merit, have the candidaets exercise integrity and transparency (bonus points here for the resignation of Ms. Powell) (minus two or three for Hillary and Bill not releasing their tax returns or White House papers).... and let the People decide.

    This is what the democratic process is all about. Not superdelegates and back-room deals of the Old Days.

    March 7, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Manny

    OMG, Andrew that is what I have been trying to say about Rendell. He is a RACIST and a career criminals like the Clintons. He is involved in that Clinton, Peter Paul mess too.


    What are you talking about? Clearly your old age has diminished your brain cells.

    March 7, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Larry Buchas

    He can push all he wants. Hillary is poison. A Monster, no! The one word I would use is simply "dishonest."

    There's no way they will reconcile this mess. We have no choice but to nominate Barack. She can go back to the Senate.

    March 7, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Bev H.

    My husband and I just moved back to Texas from Philadelphia, and I find Ed Rendell to be a repulsive human being. He preys on the gambling habits of the poor to fund his special interest projects in PA. There is a reason why he's referred to as "Fast Eddie". I think it's very appropriate that he's promoting the HillBill-ies, and I hope it works to Obama's favor.

    March 7, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. CW

    This ticket would ensure Democrats in the Whitehouse for the next 16 years. This ticket scares the hell out of the republicans.

    Look beyond the petty politics and think of the good of the country.

    March 7, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. NoMoreRecounts!!!

    If Clinton and Obama were smart, they would stop providing fuel for Mccain to attack either one of them. Instead, they should both refocus their energies specifically on Mccain until the voters resolve who should be their Democratic nominee.
    Negative attacking your way to the top just sounds like a really creepy way to be the Democratic nominee. Repairing the party by ganging up on Mccain sounds like a better plan.
    So get to it!

    March 7, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. VA

    Just in, Washington Times reports a $700,000 windfall Bill Clinton received in dealings with Armand Rousso who was recently convicted in some shady dealings. Check out Washington Times online.

    March 7, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Obama 08

    Hillary Clinton doom herself when she said she and mc cain is some what the same.Well she forget to mention george w bush.Obama for president.

    March 7, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Angelika

    Nuwan, she's losing and she knows it. If she does NOT win Pennsylvania with a HUGE lead, she can't get ANYWHERE NEAR catching up. She's trying to ask Obama indirectly to choose her as a VP.

    March 7, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Michelle

    The only way Clinton would offer to have Obama has her VP would be to get the African American votes because she has developed as a bad taste in our mouths and without our vote she will lose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Larry Buchas

    to: Les March 7th, 2008 2:26 pm ET

    Spell it out to me, how has Obama been sexist? Anyone? Some of the reasons for disparaging remarks against Obama are ludicrous! Obama's ads focus on QUOTATIONS CLINTON HAS MADE! You can't lie when they are quotations people!

    Here's one quote of hers from 10/10/02:

    "And perhaps my decision is influenced by my eight years of experience on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue in the White House watching my husband deal with serious challenges to our nation. I want this President, or any future President, to be in the strongest possible position to lead our country in the United Nations or in war. "

    Her 8 years experience in the White House was from watching her husband. Now she takes credit for what he did. That's equivalent to lying on one's resume.

    By the way, that was her speech for voting to trust Bush when he was going into Iraq. POOR JUDGMENT ALL AROUND!

    March 7, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    As Clinton like to say "Obama need a reality Check". I think her supporters are the one in need of a reality check. I don’t know how people can be blind and vote for her. She is not serious, she just want to make history and prolong the Clinton legacy. She always talk about experience, Obama is a more realistic person, to be a commander in chief you don’t only need the experience but you also need good judgment. If you realize McCain is always talking about judgment recently. Can Clinton talk about judgment, she can't of course. With all her experience she led us to a war that is destroying our economy. She is a Washington insider, and I don’t believe she have the right judgment to lead this country. Bottom line, experience you can achieve that in your life time, but good judgment is a skill that is not given to everybody. I want Clinton to list what experience gives her the appropriate skill that will lead to good judgment. Obviously the war in Iraq was a crucial one, and she failed to show good Judgment. The phone wasn’t ringing , she was awake when she vote d yes for the Iraq War. Obama is the candidate that will fight for our interest as a country and restoring our reputation in the world.

    March 7, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Jaycee Delaware

    After Obama gets the nomination, Hillary will become an independent hoping that John McCain will ask her to become his running mate. That is when everyone will know she is a monster.

    March 7, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. John Z.

    I think a Clinton-Obama ticket would be a sure winner for the Democrats but it would only make sense to put Hillary at the head as she has the superior experience. Obama could then use the vice presidency to gain the experience that he is presently lacking and then go on to run for president at a future time.

    March 7, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. mattT

    If we look at all the states each candidate has won so far based on electorial votes, Hillary won all the big states and she is way ahead of electorial votes of 220+ to Obama's 160+. This primary is all about who is more electable and the numbers clearly show Hillary is the one. If there will be a joint ticket, Hillary should be on top.

    HILLARY 08

    March 7, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Alecki

    If Obama is on the top of the ticket many people will jump on the McCain bandwagon.

    March 7, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Constance Hampton

    Barack Obama needs to come out and state that under no circumstances will he run on a ticket with Hillary Clinton. She has shown herself to be who she is... not someone with the integrity or high moral values as Barack Obama. If that is the decision that he makes to run on a ticket with her (either top or bottom), I will not vote for either.

    I am a strong supporter of Barack Obama and up until the 60 minutes interview with Hillary, I would have voted for her in the fall if she fairly had won the nomination.

    Now I will vote for her "endorsed" person - John McCain if she wins the nomination and I am a life-long Democrate.

    That's my message and I am sticking to it!!!

    March 7, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Nay

    Gov. Rendell, like Senator Clinton and her supporters, is delusional. A joint ticket with the two of them is NOT what most Americans want to see. These 2 people hold contrasting views, just look at the vast difference in the way they've ran their campaigns. One has taken the honest, respectful and dignified approach, not dipping into the ENORMOUS pool of corruption that is Clintonian politics; the other dug very deeply for scandal and came out with things so petty she ended up looking more desperate than powerful. I will never cast a vote for any ticket Hillary Clinton is on, not even with Obama at the top. And trust me, my sentiments are shared by many. Obama's biggest mistake would be offering or accepting a VP invitation to/from Hillary Clinton. She will be the death of the Democratic party, all because the DNC has not intervened and made her back off, sit down and shut up. She's running this Party into the gound with her "win at all costs" antics, and now she's aligning herself with McCain. Pretty idiotic considering more folks like and trust McCain than they do Hillary. McCain doesn't have to campaign for the next few months because she's doing it for him. Now she sends her surrogates to try and force Obama's hand in agreeing that one of them will be the other's VP? Yea right! I tell you, daily I'm convinced even more that Hillary Clinton is crazy. Too bad the poor, uneducated and Hispanic people don't know enough about politics to have made the right choice in TX and OH.

    March 7, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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