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. Bill, St. Louis

    Hillary on any ticket is the best way to elect McCain! Of course she's extending the "olive branch", it's the only way to ensure getting her name on the ballot... and isn't it strange that she currently seems to use that branch as a stick to beat the air with offenses? As far as being sexist, the idea that voting for a woman because she's a woman is the only sexism I've seen... my wife is very insulted by the idea that anyone should accept that as an excuse to blindly vote for Hillary, and if we were speaking on the flip-side (voting for Obama because he's a man), it would no doubt be condemned as being sexist! I've noticed that the only people who seem to support this are Hillary fans. I also noted that there seem to be some condescending remarks about Obama's experience... just what experience did Hillary gain as the first lady of Arkansas, or in the White House for that matter. She wasn't the governor, nor the president. She did quite a bit of traveling and met some people as the first lady, which isn't quite the same as the role of the president... by a very long shot! As far as I can tell, she jumped ship to New York and became their senator which started her official career as an elected official. Obama has far more experience and needs to make that clear to the voters, exposing the lies being spread about by Hillary and her supporters.

    March 7, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Sandy

    There are way more qualified VP's out there than Clinton. I don't want her in the white house at all and I think Obama is smart enough to leave her off his VP list. She's a divisive personality and dishonest in her business dealings, Nobody's administration needs that, especially one rooted in change and hope. We don't even need to discuss her asking him to be VP, she doesn't have a chance of gaining enough votes to be in the lead.

    March 7, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Walt, Belton,TX

    If the Democrats can't even run a primary election without screwing it up, how in the hell are they going to be able to handle National Security, the economy, and the other big problems and crises?

    Pelosi obviously hasn't been able to do anything constructive in a year plus in running the House, Reid's a bust doing anything in the Senate, and even our wonderful Al Gore has found out his Global Warming was all a charade................. Isn't there anyone capable of leading in the Democratic Party. It sure isn't Howard Scitzo Dean.....

    March 7, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. shundee

    This just another one of the "monster's" underhanded ploys to deceive the voters. I agree with Power she is not just a monster but a Frankenstein who sucks the blood of the country. I will never vote for her even if Barack is her VP. He is too good for VP and should/will be the Prez. I don't beleive he would ever select a "monster" for his VP. She would undermine him. Voers do not fall for this ploy.

    March 7, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. TERRY


    March 7, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Hussein

    Obama can find a better VP than Clinton. Clinton's 7 years of legislative experience leave her unqualified to preside over the U.S. Senate.

    March 7, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. D R

    We will see if the pro Clinton news, CNN blocks this also! The extreme right wing Rush Limbaugh is telling everyone to vote for Hillary! That is a good indication of whom the conservative right thinks they can beat in Nov. Now I'm all for a women President, BUT NOT THIS WOMEN! Many seem to be blinded to the fact that the Clinton's are capable of doing anything and everything to get back into the White house! I cannot believe Texas and Ohio gave her a chance to steal this election! I doubt Obama would be dumb enough to invite this cancer onto his ticket! We were close to impeaching the Clinton's just eight years ago! Doesn't that mean anything to her voters! If Hillary jumped off a cliff, would half the women in this country follow?

    March 7, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Laura in Austin

    Suck it up people. I don't trust Obama as the *president* because I don't think he has the experience. But I fully support the ideals that found the Democratic party, so whether it's a Hillary/Obama, Obama/Hillary, or something different democratic ticket, I will support it. Please don't divide. Democrats will surely lose the election if we do that. Remember what's important. And for Obama supporters, if he doesn't win the nomination, remember that he's young and has time to mature politically. Don't ruin this election because you think your dream of *hope and change* has been ruined! And HIllary supporters...will you really put McCain in the office over Obama???

    Come together...right now...Democrats!

    March 7, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. R from Ohio

    I can't imagine Clinton and Obama getting along much
    less running a country together. . . .bad idea.
    If we can't have McCain I sure don't want someone
    who won't even salute our flag.
    It's McCain or Clinton for this Ohio resident.

    March 7, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Rich

    If Hillary steals the nomination with her negative comments, I would rather see Obama run for President as an Indepentant than to accept being Vice President on the ticket with her. I would rather vote for the Republican candidate the very first time in my life, than to vote for her.

    March 7, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Francis, the Netherlands

    The Dream Ticket? For months on end your two candidates are fighting it out in State after State, only to – in the end – fall in each others' arms? What would that say about the credibility of both candidates? And why were all these millions of dollars – in campaigns as well as primaries! – spent?

    You have TWO very good candidates running but matching them? When is the last time you had a President and an equally strong VP in the White House? Never?

    March 7, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Tshadow

    If it plays out the way you suggest Hilary steal, I would strong urge every Obama support to Vote McCain \ Powell ticket on the Republican side.

    March 7, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. steve

    hey the obama camp apologized for the remark. so let it go.

    March 7, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Hillary would have far more to gain by this while Barack and the American people would be the great losers. It is so interesting to hear the Clintons (yes, all 3 of them) answer the question about "Bush, Clinto, Bush, Clinton". They always respond back that there should never have been a 2nd Bush while most Americans don't want to repeat the same error by having a second Clinton.

    March 7, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. pam Eugene OR

    Since Hillary has so much baggage and her approval ratings are SO low I could only accept this arrangement if she were VP.
    However, Obama would be a fool to be VP under her. I am sure if she is elected her term will be filled with scandals, back stabbing, and corruption. It would forever taint Obama. I do believe he should offer the position to her and pray she declines it.

    March 7, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. Nader not looking so bad...

    This campaign has become so divisive (surprise, surprise) I can not see how you can hold onto many supporters unless their candidate is at the top fo the ticket and, in some cases, if the opponent is on the ticket at all. This is what all the negativity has gotten us to, a obvious schism among Clinton and Obama supporters.

    March 7, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. VA

    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 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Dr. Vincent Petrosino

    All Pennsylvanians know that Ed Rendell and the Clintons have much in common. They know how to run sleezy and down right dirty campaigns. Rendell who defeated Lynn Swann last year because Swann was a sacrificial lamb shoved out there by PA republican party and not supported. He believes in political machinery and believes in sledge-hammering the opposition by "any means necessary". But Rendell only knows Philadelphia. He does not know Pennsylvania. Obama speaks to young people who are victimized by old politicians who cannot stand to lose power. We Baby Boomers messed up! Our young people need to take over and save this country and this planet for future generations to come! Hillary failed to provide a complete list of delegates for the PA primary even after Rendell extended the deadline for her! See what I mean? Bush did not get PA in 2000 or 2004 because the urban areas were not fooled by this joker. Close your eyes and just listen to Obama speak and tell me it does not give you hope. Yes, Rendell, PA is ready to vote for Obama regardless of his race! Is that why you never emphasize your Jewish heritage when campaiging? Did you think that fact would not get you elected in PA?

    March 7, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. me3

    I think they have no choice. This might be the only solution for either candidate to unite their bases of support. If Obama becomes the nominee, he will need to think hard how this will benefit him.

    March 7, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    C'mon, Ed, you certainly know that two losers do not a winner make.

    March 7, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Nicki

    Hillary...No you didn't! I have been a proud life-long liberal and there is no way in gods creation that I would vote for Hillary after her lies about Obama. Hillary, you have no right in commenting about an Obama advisor. No right after your team leaked a photo of Obama and suggested "Well as far as I know, he's not a terrorist". Well, as far as I are not going to be POTUS!

    March 7, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. AnotherBob

    Obama should hold a press conference to tell the voters that he is dropping out of the race for Vice President. Hillary is just using it for political gain. If she gets the nod (God, I hope not) then I'll just have to hold my nose and vote for McCain. There is no way that I would vote for that "monster" Hillary.

    March 7, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Mark

    I saw the Florida govenor on TV last night admitting that he doesn't care about DNC party rules. He caused this intentionally and Floridians need to hold him accountable.

    If the rules can change so easily, why don't they just change the nomination rules and say whoever has the most pledged delegates wins.

    No do overs!

    March 7, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Jake in Austin

    Everyone: Obama has won the nomination. It's mathmaticaly impossible for Hillary to overcome the non-super delagate lead that Obama has. She'd have to win 62% of the votes in every remaining state. A Re-Vote in Michigan and Florida will not do her any good at all. She needs the current vote to count (what she's been calling for). Because Obama will win Michigan. She has no chance at beating him in Michigan. Obama will win Mississipi, North Carolina, and Michigan without a doubt. All that does is make sure his lead will likely remain at over 100 delagates. Which means the Supers will pick him. They can't pick her. He will have won more states, delagates, and the popular vote. So her only chance now is to "force" a joint ticket.

    March 7, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. Brad

    In my 40 years of voting for president, I have never seen Americans as excited about one man as they are today. People are referring to Barack Obama as another Bobbie Kennedy. When I stood inside a Northern Nevada caucus and observed almost 70 all caucasians hand their precinct over to Barack Obama when they could have easily chosen John Edwards, who nearly failed to receive the necessary number of delegates to proceed in their process, I knew that America was about to turn a new page. By supporting those 40 to 50 million Americans without health care, Hillary Clinton set a new standard for First Lady. She didn't have to care...she had her coverage.. but she DID! Obama needs to be president because this country needs to repair its image in the world. We have already learned that the military option cannot solve Iraq or stop those who want to KILL US. The world needs to see that America is ready to behave... then we can implement Hillary's health care. The only way this will work is with Obama leading the ticket...Hillary VP...if she wants it. If Hillary is leading the ticket, Barack would have very little credibility when talking to our "future" friends.

    March 7, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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