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. Jessica, MI

    You see, Mr. Rendell, that after your slimy candidate Hillary has relentlessly trashed Obama for weeks now (throwing an unprecedented amount of slime at a same-party opponent), it would seem inconsistent for her to ask him to join her ticket. That's one of the consequences of the filthy campaign she's been running.

    Also, unless she finds a way to steal the election, she will not have the option of selecting anybody...

    March 7, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Louise

    Lets get real!!!!Are we going to allow Hillary Clinton to set the tone: freeze super delegates, create the fuss with Fl & MI, and now insist the firing of someone else's campaign staff?? "If you cant take the heat, get out of the kitchen and take Bill with you". I am sick and tired of dirty tricks by the Clintons. What face would we see in the White House..weeping, yelling shame on you, or nice nice like SNL? Please everyone wake up and see what is in front of you!!

    March 7, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    No way! Obama will not be your VP. He is going to win the nomination and will not select you as his VP. The Obama aide that called Clinton a monster is right and you know you can't work with a monster. I know Obama camp apologized to be polite but she is king of monsters even Hillary knows that she is.

    March 7, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. concern citizen

    I find it rather upsetting that CNN still has not discussed on the air that Clinton made the comment to the Canadian goverment about her NAFTA position being political rheortic. When is the news going to discuss how she has been putting down Obama with her sly racial comments. Why isn't she firing the staffer who circulated the pictures of him with a Kenyan outfit insinuating that he was a Muslim? The news is not being hard on her as she claimed but easy. She is getting away with dirty politics, slander and untruths. Obama should refused to join the ticket with her until she provides him and the American people an apology for mistreating him, insulting people of color with her sly racial comments and lying to the American people about her record and the NAFTA situation.

    March 7, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. dave

    If Obama wins and Hillary is not on the ticket. I will never never vote for him! He is a flip flopper. Now he is showing he is like all politicians.

    March 7, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Gary in CT

    Obama couldn't trust her that much. I wouldn't.

    March 7, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Peggy

    Crossover republicans will not vote for Obama if Clinton is on the ticket. But they will vote for Obama if someone like Edwards is on the ticket.

    I dont think Obama should do this.

    March 7, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Hillary Clinton 2008

    It is so amazing how much the Obama campaign points the finger. If they don't want to engage in a joint ticket than fine. But don't dismiss Clinton's actions as dubious. How stupid do they think we are? As if we don't know the difference between voting for a President and a Vice President. Obama should get his head out of his Behind and start SHOWING the public that he is truly for unity and doesn't just like to talk about it.

    March 7, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Stan

    In chess, it's always the losing opponent that wants to offer a draw.

    Sorry Billary, Obama isn't taking a draw. He's in this to win it, and he doesn't need Billary to do it. But the same can't be said in vice versa!!

    Obama 08

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Independent-Latina-voter, Salt Lake City, UT

    How can Clinton & Obama be on the same ticket, when Clinton has all but destroyed him with her constant barrage of attacks?! Is Rendell blind?!

    The Democrats have shot themselves in the foot, and nearly destroyed their chances of winning the White House!

    If McCain is elected the Democrats can thank Hillary Clinton for endorsing McCain and attacking Obama.

    This is ridiculous! And sad!

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. souza

    I think because people are separated by supporting either Obama or Clinton, this would be a way to bring both side together when campaigning against McCain.
    I fear if this is not at least offered our party will remain divided and we cannot afford the Republicans another 4 years.

    March 7, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Mark

    I'm in PA. I did not vote for Ed Rendell, especially after he endorsed and helped to elect John Street as Mayor in Phila. He is another political opportunist, just like Clinton. I'm not surprised he backs her.

    I will oppose any ticket with Clinton on it, either as President or VP.


    And Rendell's time will be up soon, too.

    March 7, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Linda

    NOOOOOOOOO. Does anyone really think that there could be a cooperative atmosphere with Hillary's jealousy of Obama? She wouldn't work with him and he wouldn't want to work with her after all the dirty tricks she has played, like costing him votes for NAFTA Gate when it is HER campaign that did it.

    No way.

    March 7, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. Amy

    I don't want Hillary anywhere near the White House. She's toxic.

    March 7, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Austin, Texas

    I believe Obama supporters are a bit blind to this.

    What I see as a Hillary supporter, is an attempt at a gradual run to a united party. By throwing this offer out, people are looking at both candidates in a new light. I for one am looking at Obama differently than I have. I'd always looked at him based on his supporters. His supporters are arrogant, and down right mean in some instances, therefore always came to the conclusion that Hillary was my gal.

    Her mentioning a joint ticket gets me looking at his political side. Tho I cannot vote for him in a General Election over McCain, I could possibly vote for him with Hillary on the ticket.

    Some people say that more Obama supporters would (not) vote for Hillary. This statistic is wrong. The actual statistics are reversed, and give a good reason. Clinton can still offer change, Obama cannot however offer experience, and that is what the vast majority of Clinton supporters want.

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Hillary might make a good Vice President.

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Rodriguez

    The Clinton's and their subordinates are selling the idea to have Obama as a vice president as a win-win situation. No way Jose!
    The reason, we, the new voters, independents and old voters are engaged and voting for Obama is to look for a new way of doing politics.
    Hillary does not represent a departure from old politics and negative campaigns. Actually they are making all the efforts to drag him into their muddy campaign. Having Obama as a vice president will destroy the hope for change that we have deposited on him and will move him to the dark side (Clintons politics). We are not voting for more of the same. We do not want Hillary as a vicepresident neither. We want real change. Obama with a new staff.

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. andrew jones

    Ed Rendell is a rascist!
    While the rest of the world is moving away from rascism and bigotry, Ed Rendell is still making disparaging and denigrating comments that put African Americans and minorities down.
    I do beliEve he is in the right camp – the Billary Campaign; where you have people like Hillary, who is putting down Mississippi with her negative comments and gender smear campaign rhetorics as well as Bill Clinton, with his South Carolina sad rascist remarks!

    I'm surprised that all of a sudden Rascist Ed Rendell is now asking for an African American to be in a ticket with Billary!

    SHAME ON YOU Ed Rendell and the Billary Clinton's!

    OBAMA is the uniter – VOTE OBAMA!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. Chris

    All of this back and forth stuff is getting out of hand… I read all the posts on here and people are fighting over words and gossip… this is getting out of control… this is exactly what the Republicans want to happen…

    Obama's ad in Miss… that was a spin and taken out of context… if you read the story she was commenting on the fact that neither Iowa or Miss have never had a woman elected… She was shocked to hear that…

    What is sad is if you watch CNN last night the Republican Analyst was cut off when he started to talk about how Obama was the easier candidate to beat… A democratic analyst questioned the math scenario because Clinton has won the states that by the electoral college gives her the nomination… all of them were cut off and it is sad that the real stories do not surface…

    Both of them were telling CNN why the super delegates are not taking sides… this has caused a split in the democratic party… the super delegates are afraid of all of the threats of not voting… we are headed for a disaster!!! The republicans are fanning the flame.

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Obama Al-Gore Ticket

    A Obama Hillary ticket is a recipe for disaster. America desrves a government that works. Two candidates tangled involved that much bitterness and fierce fighting can't effectively work togather and run the government. My dream ticket is Obama Al-Gore!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    Being a Clinton supporter, I can see why he would say this. Being an Obama supporter, I say- "when hell freezes over!"
    What a nightmare. She is everything he is fighting against.

    March 7, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Kareem from Hampton VA

    One minute you say that all Obama is, is a speech from 2002 but yet he's good enough to run on the ticket with you!! How can you even make such claims when YOURE LOOSING? It sounds to me that Hillary is trying to draw up a "treaty" before she gets blown away completely!! Did her wins in Ohio and Tx really make her think that she's the front runner now? She needs a few more wins before she can make such claims! I love Hillary to death but she is REALLY REALLY beginning to turn me off!!

    March 7, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Rebecca

    Senator Obama doesn't want to go negative like the Clinton campaign is more than will to. But that does not mean the media should not report on happenings like Rezko, "I haven't been really proud", and the Canadian NAFTA ordeal that turned out to be falsely focused on Obama rather than Clinton costing Obama votes in Ohio, Texas, Vermont, and Rhode Island. So where is the coverage of the Peter Paul election fraud case being successfully delayed until November after the elections will be over? This is a media responsibility to put it out there.
    Look it up, PETERPAUL.COM. If the media won't report on it do your own research. This is just one of many cases the media should be reporting but chooses not to for whatever reasons. Clinton more than willing to throw the kitchen sink with the garbage disposal fully functioning. Obama does not want to bring up negative issues like this against Senator Clinton. Therefore, she has taken full advantage of it claiming to be the victim while attacking at the same time.

    March 7, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. what u talkin about

    No way. Obama doesn't need her. McCain will offer Hillary his VP spot. She is campaigning for the Reps already.

    March 7, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Elly

    what would be so bad with this combo either way!
    something has to give in the nastiness surrounding both camps
    they are both democrats and this is dragging on just getting worse every day.... pulling the party down

    *together* they could both conquer MCBush in the fall
    Isnt that the most important thing!
    who needs 4 more years of Bushs policies!!

    March 7, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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