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. Jay

    if barack does in fact win the GE on a joint ticket, this election has shown that hillary would at least consider drugging him so that she could rise to the presidency.

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. James Mo

    Picking a VP is supposed to be about picking someone that is ready to lead if something should happen to the President. If Hillary is suggesting that she would pick Obama to be her VP then she is saying that he is ready to lead! Obama should run with this.

    March 7, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Karen, NJ

    And this request is coming from a known racist, Hillary's biggest supporter. Amazing, I guess they think the American people will bow down and give HIllary the ticket for the sake of ending this campaign war....will Hillary, we're just getting warmed up!

    March 7, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Ron, NY

    No Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama ticket. That will be such a betrayal of both campaigns because the two campaigns are polar opposites on principle.

    March 7, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Will

    Hillary may extend the offer to Obama but there is no way Obama would choose Hillary as his running mate. She is too far from his core message. I think if Obama wins, then Biden or Richardson would be the front-runner as a running mate.

    March 7, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Sandra

    I think if the DNC does the math not just on delegates, they would see that Obama brings much more to the table. He is able to raise significantly more money than Clinton and bring more people to the fold to a dying party. He is able to make inroads in states where there were none and make this a 50 state election rather than a short sided 'big' state election. This is the longer term vision, not a short stint on Pennsylvania Aven.

    March 7, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Rendell sounds stupid because the fact still remains, Hillary needs Obama but Obama doesn't need Hillary. Obama voters have proven, we will not support Hillary. So don't even try it.

    March 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. simple thought ?

    people,people,people, let it go to the convention, it allows everyone
    to vent their frustration at the direction the republican have taken this country.
    then when the woman wins, we'll have a better country within her first
    tour of duty.
    mr. obama, wheres the beef.
    to all you obamanites, youth has its advantages, it allows you the time to lick your wounds and come to your sense's.

    March 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. rj

    As long as Billary would not be on the top i'd still vote for the combined ticket. if she is on top, i would not. There is no way i could vote for more of the same from the Clintons. how many more 'gates' can we endure. how many more times do we have to see her 'forgiving her straying husband?' i say enough of them. please...anybody but Clinton

    March 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Jack

    Why would Obama want to take on all of the Clinton baggage? He's too smart to offer her a VP position.

    March 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Lilia, from PA

    Hillary is like a CRYING BABY She knows how to manipulate her parents. If she cannot win it in her own, then I want to IMPOSE IT on OBAMA to make me the OFFER.

    DISCENT PEOPLE DON'T DO THAT. Discent people are offered the job, they don't try to HIJACK the posisiton.

    HILLARY YOU HAVE A NERVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PENSILVANIA WILL NEVER VOTE FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    March 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Vivacious

    I will vote for Obama,


    This idea is ridiculous. After all of the humiliation and disgracing of his candidacy by Hiliary, I wouldn't give her a second thought.

    March 7, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Vee

    Having a Clinton/Obama ticket would not be a wise decision. It would be dramamatic during the whole administration, and nothing for the people would get accomplished. Obama would have to clean up behind her and her husbands mess. Remember the past Clinton administration. There is nothing new under the sun with them.

    Obama/should team up with a candidate that is for the people. Suggestions, Edwards, Caroline Kennedy, etc, You get my point.

    Someone with integrity.

    Not a Negative candidate who thinks of herself only. She learned her behaivor from her husband.

    We're not blind. We all can see it. It's not rocket science!

    March 7, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. susants

    This is a joke, isn't it?
    Exercise the nuclear option in the Democratic Party and you are rewarded with the Vice Presidency?
    I suspect Obama might feel as strongly about Clinton as his Veep as Jack and Bobbie Kennedy did about LBJ.
    He needs a substantive foreign policy/military/security expert for VP not a divisive former First Lady.

    March 7, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Tonya from Delaware

    Are these people smoking crack?

    Anything to get another wiff of the White House, huh Hillary.

    March 7, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Voter in PA for HILLARY !

    I for one can say that PA is looking very promising for Hillary !!!

    We here in Pa are focusing on REAL issues facing our nation. Food on the table, health care card in the wallet, and a job to go to when we wake up every morning!

    Hillary is our BEST solution for the real issues facing our nation

    GO HILLARY.... Obama Camp.... meet us in PA !!

    March 7, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. katie

    If you Obama supporters think he can win the election without the Clinton supporters votes think again. If you want another 4-8 years of MCBush just keep her off the ticket if she wants the spot. The entire democratic party better get behind a Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton ticket if we want to win back the White House. We are going to have to join forces and say YES THEY WILL!!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Angie, Charlotte NC

    Charlotte – Actually you're DEAD WRONG. Studies have shown that the biggest beneficiaries of Affirmative Action were/are white women.

    March 7, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. fred

    Hillary's supporters are pushing for a joint ticket because if she wins the nomination from Obama, she is going to need him to win the general election. Basically she needs him and he doesn't need her. So, don't offer her the VP obama

    March 7, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Daniel

    No way, imagine Bill in the middle. Obama is not an idiot like Hillary.

    March 7, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. LeAnn


    People, please don't be fooled like the people in Ohio by what Clinton says. She lyed about the whole "NAFTA-GATE" issue so she could win... now shes lying about a "DREAM TICKET" to win in PA.


    March 7, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. An Agnostic Democrat

    I wouldn't share a ticket with this woman if she were the last candidate on earth. I would want a person of integrity, decency, honesty, equanimity and character. She fails miserably on all of them ... and more.

    March 7, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Lynn, Sparks, NV

    So if Clinton would offer it to Obama, then she is being untruthful when she says that Obama is not ready to be President. The Vice-President must be ready to be President. Obama is ready to be President, but Clinton is trying to say he isn't. So this is another example of her double-speak. She will say anything to win.

    March 7, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. jp/michigan

    Clinton can do better than Obama. Anyway I don"t believe his ego would let him. Obama would never ask Clinton. Obama having a vice-president thats stronger, more experienced and of substance who make him look inadequate as President..

    March 7, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Marlene

    There's already a VP for Sen Clinton: Bill Clinton.

    So where would Obama fit in? Would he just be used to attract the voters at election time and then pushed aside? I don't see Obama doing such a thing. I don't see voters approving such a thing either.

    March 7, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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