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. AB

    I'm glad the fact that Hillary is clearly making her case for VP is coming out. She is now continuing her campaign in order to boost her chances of becoming the VP to Obama! I think Obama should consider making that offer and have this whole thing come to an end!

    March 7, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Kareem from Hampton VA

    It also looks like she's trying to eat into Obama's base by making it seem like a vote for her would eventually be a vote for him too! *shakes head* Solutions! yeah right!

    March 7, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Jab

    I think is Senator Clinton wins Pennsylvania, the other big state, it should end there and forget the do over in Florida and Michigan and Senator Obama team up with her after that. You know if she wins Pennsylvania that she will win Floriday and Michigan again for sure, so why waste the money on doing it again.
    Clinton/Obama ticket – yeah!!!! That would be a quick healing of the party!

    March 7, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Tdub

    To heck with Rendell. In an era of acute partisan politics, any ticket that features Hillary "the great divider" Clinton will not accomplish anything. If any, Obama/McCain migh have been more appropriate

    March 7, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. KM

    Why would either candidate offer the other the VP job when they both have ill feelings toward each other. To me, that ticket would just mean "we" will do anything to win. I want the nominee to pick the best person that they feel is qualified to help them run this country. Not because 50% of the people like Hillary and 50% like Barack.

    March 7, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Tomi

    I will not vote this ticket if in fact this is the case. I will vote Mccain instead.

    Potential Independent for Mccain.

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. laura

    The problem with a Hillary/Obama ticket is that a lot of woman republicans and democrats that would vote for Hillary will not vote for Obama. If Obama is on the ticket, they might go to McCain. We want to see a Hillary/Webb, Hillary/Biden or Hillary/Richardson ticket.

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Jen

    That would be a huge huge mistake. I wont vote if Hillary is on the ticket.

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. McIntyre

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Barack don't go to the dark side.. you are too good to be her lap dog.. let the force guide you Barack! I will be forever sad if you "sell out" to that person.. please don't do it!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Obama Fan

    Obama should completely ignore this discussion and not even comment on it. HRC is desperate...she sees the writing on the wall. SHe is throwing this out in hopes that if he wins, and she is not offered it, he looks like the bad guy.

    Give us a break! We can see right through this. Obama doesn't need her to win this.

    March 7, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Michael-Miami Beach

    I am simply a good American & neither Republican nor Democrat. My vote is still 'up in the air'. Great % of Obama's appeal is he represents change. Clinton is business as usual & this goes against the grain of attractiveness of Obama. Joint ticket would be great for Clinton but BAD for Obama.

    March 7, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Allen

    Makes one wonder what position in the whitehouse she promised him?
    President Obama would be a fool to have a running mate with such a dispicable person.

    March 7, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. what u talkin about

    Obama would lose his support If he accept being her VP. This is about the Past Vs the Future. Barack do not give in you have got this won. Stay above the garbage. I would not vote for her even with you on the ticket.

    March 7, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. California Independent

    Why would they discuss this when the Obama campaign is imploding?

    Let the B (Obama) 'movement' get flushed down the 'toilet.'

    March 7, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. L. Tran, TX

    Clinton for 4 years. Will not seek second term. Obama gets some experience and goes for 8 more years. Howard Dean's 50-state dream becomes reality.
    Beyond McCain, I don't see any good Republican in the future. Not yet. But Obama can deal with it easily. He is still young.

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. George

    You cant compare Ken Star to Monster.... Grow Up.... also im glad that Texas and Ohio people dumped the kool Aid out move...

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |

    NO WAY should Barack offer the VP nod to Hillary Clinton if he wins the nomination. The Clintons are the biggest scam artists in Washington and Barack does not need to infect his campaign with the Clinton cancer. I'm from NY, and would love to see Mike Bloomberg on the ticket. His political views are on point and unbiased. He would undoubtedly make a great VP.

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Sam Texas

    Obama/Billary ticket? Not till hell freezes over! As a VP, Billary will claim that she is running the country just like she did before – at least that's how she got her "experience".

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Spencer

    Why isn't anyone asking Hillary about her comments practically endorsing John McCain. The DNC and news media should be questioning her loyality to the Democratic party. Why has the media not picked up on the Nafta-Canadian-Clinton connection that was misreported. Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get on the issues or we are going to have another president that "you can have a beer with". That criteria got us in this mess to begin with.

    March 7, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Frank THomas

    This is the same guy that said in PA White people will not vote for a Black person. Please

    March 7, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. VP

    Why would Obama need her while he is the leader who can win on his own. She will a baggage he will be carrying in his terune otherwise. She couldn't be believed either.

    March 7, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Dale Wise

    I'd probably vote republican if Hillary was even the VP candidate. Just too much of a possibility of her ending up in the white house. Not worth the risk.

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. noway

    I will vote only if Sen. Clinton comes out with an apology for the negative campaign and lies

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. rebecca

    Clinton needs Obama....

    Obama does not need Clinton.....

    Who is the better canidate?

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. SD

    Bad idea, some people just don't forget that easily, less that a week she has endorsed McCain publicly on the record, she just came back on earth and realizes she has no chance now they are pushing for a joint ticket lol

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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