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. dee

    Obama..all you have to do is maintain you know it is tough for you to win in PA..make sure you do not lose by big long as you lose by 6-7 points in are absolutely fine

    March 7, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. tfc

    Hilliary Clinton is only concerned with beating Obama up enough so that he would lose in the gerneral election. She knows that she is not going to get the nomination this year so she is looking at 2012.

    March 7, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. uchujin

    Too many idiots, not enough thinkers. Wake up people. Hillary cannot carry the states she has won in November without carrying the urban centers. That will not happen without BO on the ticket. He will not accept a VP position with her because of who she really is. His stock goes up if he sticks to his principles and works towards effective legislation for the four years she would divide this country. A dream ticket only benefits her and no one else, any ticket with the name HRC on it loses. It is moot however because he will win the nomination unless she gets even dirtier than she has. If she does it will backfire and she still loses. Here's your dream ticket if you really want one........ Obama/Powell '08.

    March 7, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. CW in DC

    Over on the Washington Times newspaper online, they are reporting 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.

    I'm still waiting to see something on the Peter Paul vs Clinton campaign finance fraud case in California as we speak. Unlike the Rezko trial that didn't list Obama as a witness – ALL of the Clintons (including Chelsea) are listed as witnesses.

    March 7, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Jean

    A Democratic win in the fall is not worth this kind of compremise. The election should provide A REAL CHANGE, if not McCain would be a better decision. The Clinton years have served thier purpose. A lot of us have and are still working hard for CHANGE not a compremise with the Clintons.

    March 7, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Bernadette Williams

    Why does everybody think he should get behind her when the media and others has said there's NO WAY she would be a vp to him......I wonder why, because she thinks she better than him. I HIGHLY dout it!

    March 7, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Dave

    Reading these blogs... Is it just me or are Obama supporters who claim they want change and unity filled with more negativity and hatred then Clinton supporters. The Obama campaign has certainly launched its share of "Rove Style Politics" . Remember the letters that his campaign sent out about NAFDA and her health care plan?
    They really were distortions. I don't see anything new in his approach other then he makes light of the counter attacks to make himself more appealing to those that claim they are tired of negativity in politics. It just seems to me his followers are not very interested in
    the ideals and unification of the Democratic Party, but more obsessed with hating Bush and Clinton.

    March 7, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Will

    Hillary, Republican VP! Sounds good seeing as how she's already jumping on John Mccain's lap lately.

    March 7, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Jack

    No way, Ed!. Just because Hillary and her crew are starting to realize they cannot win, doesn't mean Obama owes them anything.

    They are trying to bully their way onto the ticket. It won't work.
    Your time is up, Hillary.
    Better luck next lifetime.

    March 7, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. seah5

    I think I would have to vote republican if obama was on the ticket.

    March 7, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Frank

    Ed Rendell's comments clearly show why a significant number of Pennsylvania residents believe he is best described as that part of a horse's anatomy covered by its tail.

    March 7, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. William

    God help us.

    March 7, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Danny

    During the last Ohio debate, Obama said his campaign didn't "whine". I think that statement he made is sexist and its intention was to belittle Hillary because she is a woman. Shame on you Obama. I am voting for Hillary for sure.

    March 7, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. Lee

    To bad the American people cannot see the coming judgement.
    Obama calls himself a Christian yet . goes to the word of God and tries to twist is to say Jesus is for gay unions..
    He does not need to be on any tickek; I think the altar would be the best place for both of them
    American people, please don't be deceived!!!!

    March 7, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. dan in the bronx

    Hold on a minute Hillary. Is it not you on the daily attack with a central arguement that Obama is not ready and does not meet the basic qualifications to be commander in chief??? The Vice President is a heartbeat away from the presidency. Does it not shatter your arguement that Obama is not somehow qualified? If I were Obama i would run an Ad with this. Hillary says i am not ready but then tries to bribe me to be her running mate. The vice pres should be a person also qualified to be president so her crock of doo doo is finally exposed. Boy when are people going to realize that the clintons are all about power. If they somehow steal this from Obama the democratic party might as well dissolve itself. Obama can always make the arguement to the feminists that by voting for mcain they risk overturning Roe vs wade. That should be enough ... Its Obama and the Governer of Arizona or Kansas or Jim Webb/Bill Richardson Hillary is done.

    March 7, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Dave C

    Let's be realistic Clinton would not want Obama as a VP because he would completly outshine her, besides the fact that she doesn't really seem to like him anyways, the only reason she would choose him is because she won't be able to beat McCain without a great likeable VP choice because the independents would more likely go to McCain than her. And Obama would never choose her much less make the suggestion because he doesn't need her to win, he already gets great support from the indepenents, and so many of his supporters can't stand her.

    March 7, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Roy, Merrimack, NH

    Neither Obama nor Clinton would be a good choice for the VP slot on the other's ticket. They don't make up for each other's weaknesses, they don't defend the parts of their constituency that McCain would erode in the general election, and neither is likely to want to take orders about how to campaign from the other's staff.

    Both Clinton and Obama need the same thing on their ticket: a white male with a military background. Jim Webb would be a good choice if the Dems could replace him with one of their own in the senate. Bill Richardson would also work. I'm sure there are others that would fit the bill as well.

    But Obama/Clinton, or Clinton/Obama? That's silliness.

    March 7, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Ladyleo Atlanta

    I don't think so, Hillary does not need to be no where near the White House. She as thrown so much mud at him I would not want to work with someone like this, I don't think he could trust her.

    March 7, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. florence

    if senator Clinton gets the democratic nomination by going negative, this is what is going to happen. McCain might pick Colin Powell as his VP who will sweep Obama suporters.
    because there is no way Clinton can attract people that were attracted to Obama like the young, african americans and independents.
    so vote wisely, we cannot afford to have another term of republicans

    March 7, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |

    It would be a dream ticket then they can squeeze mccain and his vp

    March 7, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Tom

    Didn't Hillary endorse John McCain yesterday, indicating her preference that he be commander in chief and not Obama.


    March 7, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. MP- Pennsylvania

    Are you out of your mind. Hillary will not have Obama because he will outshine her. If Obama have her has VP it is just like Cheney and BUsh. Cheney harmed bush more than a help. Same way.

    March 7, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Debmood

    Obama would never agree to be Hillary's VP. The thought is totally disgusting to me as an African American. The only reason that Hillary would even consider Obama as her running mate would be because of pressure from the Democratic Party to try to bring the party back together and use us to help her defeat McCain. Sorry Governor Rendell, it will not happen. The Clintons wounds on the African American voters are too deep. You can thank Bill and Hillary exclusively for that.

    I also find it curious that there is always the dream of a Clinton/Obama ticket. Isn't Obama still in the lead and still in the race? I have yet to hear a dream of an Obama/Clinton ticket. Interesting but I guess the more things change the more they stay the same.

    March 7, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Karen, TN

    CNN – I took the time to write this comment – Please post it!

    Senator Obama should come out clearly and say he will not consider the "dream ticket" either way. That way, he strips the power from Clinton with the trick she is trying to pull here with implying that people can just go ahead and vote for her and they'll get Obama too. Of course, stating he will not be party to it will require extreme caution. Otherwise it will appear he is being undiplomatic because of the spin that is already being put on this – that somehow it's a goodwill gesture on her part. Bull! That woman does nothing out of goodwill, and shame on the people who buy into her bull!

    March 7, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. newboot


    Your a lame brain.

    March 7, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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