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. David C. In Indianapolis

    Obama-Clinton '08 Bill gets to be "second" man. Magnificent!

    March 7, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Danielle, OH

    The only way to heal the party is to put them both on the same ticket. Both sides have attacked the other side but that is what happens in a close competition. They are both going to be great leaders and we will need both of them to clean up after Bush. Let's stop attacking each other and make this happen !!! We dont want to see McCain win bc the party is developing harsh feelings toward the democratic candidates that is not the first choice. We can do it TOGETHER !!!

    March 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Terry F

    Never Hillary as VP.

    She would do an LBJ on him, remember Dallas!!

    You never want someone with that much to gain behind your back, EVER...


    March 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. I don't Think Hillary should Accept VP

    If Hillary wins, I don't think she will offer VP because Obama is old washington political player, with full of rhetoric. If Obama wins, Hillary should not take VP, because if Hillary clear out mess as VP Obama would hope came true and take the credit. I don't think this joint ticket is good for democracy, Hillary supporters would be disappointed if Obama wins & vote for Mccain which will make this mess greater mess

    March 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    A little collegial arm twisting to get Obama to concede and join forces no doubt.

    How can two people like these who have emmensely prospered from the opportunities and financial rewards of a free and capitalistic nation–desire to create a new order with government controlling all aspects of society and depriving those same opportunities to millions of other Americans.

    Beats me.

    March 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. HRC is Nonsense....

    You all must understand one thing, Obama DOES NOT need Clinton to win the Presidency. He needs Webb (for Nat'l Security reasons), Richardson (Latinos), Edwards (for blue collar workers), or Gore (just because he's Al Gore).
    On the other hand, Clinton has ZERO chance of winning the Presidency without Obama, that is why she's bringing this up. She should be begging Obama to get on his ticket as the VP instead of implicating that Obama will be her VP. 'Silly season' in politics.

    March 7, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Franky

    Ohhh boy, I haven't seen so much hate since some of the southern states declared secession from the Union.........ohhh yeah, we're going old school......

    March 7, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Bill

    Clinton all but admits defeat!

    But she wants power!

    So as loser she wants Obama as her VP, to be treated the same way as Al Gore was treated by her husband!

    Forget it!

    Clinton you've lost, America has won.

    Bye bye Clintons'.

    March 7, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Cathi

    Helllooooo! Clinton represents EXACTLY what Obama's campaigning against! She accepts lobbyist money, she's been accused of some "not so clean" dealings and she's tried to run him down her garbage disposal with throwing her kitchen sink and dirty dishwater at him....and this guy thinks Obama wants her for VP? He must be of small IQ.

    March 7, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Brian

    James....excellent point! Kathleen Sebelius is a great person as VEEP...not mention Edwards....actually, true independents and maybe even an honest republican like Colin Powell would really show Obama is looking for talented people no matter the "party." It's all about the country folks....not a fantasy football game. We must support people that want to work for the good of the USA and the world, not the good of themselves (Hillary), special interests, and even the party.

    March 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Alex

    Rendell's racial comments last month suck in a major way. He was a good mayor, but now everyone can see he's a bigot if there ever was one. And so is Hillary.

    Don't let the Clintons push the whole country to the back of the bus, just like the Bushes did. A plague on both their houses.

    Vote for Obama.

    March 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Kris

    Well, well well, look what the Clinton campaign's cooked up this time.

    I thought it was McCain/Clinton 08?? At least that's what it seems like these days.

    Obama has no reason to ask Clinton to be a part of his ticket. Clinton on the other hand, she needs Obama's support because she needs the support of the people.

    Aren't we all tired of this dirty politics....we're smarter than this cheap rhetoric and win at all costs campaigning. We see what you're trying to do Hillary...and it isn't working!

    OBAMA 08!

    March 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Greta

    Hillary has endorsed McCain, she might just be his VP. The joint ticket will never happen, that is why it is a DREAM ticket. It is a ticket for DREAMLAND. Obama will win the nomination and will pick someone else.

    March 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Rodney Dallas, TX

    If Obama wins the nomination, Hillary can forget about the VP offer. If the Clintons steal the nomination, She will offer the VP to him but he should turn it down. If he loses, he should run for the Governor of Illinois. The man is a leader he does not need to be a number 2 to anyone. The VP spot is severely overrated. The VP rarely becomes president later. Also, Obama would be dragged down by all the scandals of the Clintons if he pursued the presidency later. Why would he take on the baggage of the Clintons. Hillary is trying to drive a wedge thinking that if she floats this idea Obama supporters will support her. If Obama is not at the top of the ticket, I don't even vote. America needs Obama as president now not eight years later.

    March 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. Brian

    BTW...Rendell is exacrly what he looks like in that pic...a tool

    March 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Obama 08

    Obama should offer her the position of Driver.

    March 7, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. JohnSmithP

    As president, Bill Clinton pardoned Viktor Bout's partner Marc Rich before he left the office.

    Will Hillary Clinton "reject" any pardon request for the merchant of death Viktor Bout if she becomes president?

    March 7, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Obama-Clinton

    She's just saying that to get votes!!!! she smears him to the point where it will be impossible for him to join!!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Steve H minneapolis

    When Hillary’s improprieties come out good old Obama and his integrity will soften the blow she has things to hide it is only a matter of time before its found Obama has to much integrity to run his campaign to destroy he could he wont and good for him Obama In Hillary out or McCain gets my vote

    March 7, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Wilma, in Georgia

    If it comes down to a joint ticket , "Clinton" must be President not Vice President.
    I would consider voting for a "Clinton" / "Obama" ticket (notice i said consider) but not likely.
    But i will NOT vote for a "Obama"/ "Clinton" ticket.

    March 7, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Chriss Miller

    She has gone nuclear even to the point of making a commercial endorsing McCain over Obama and, inadvertantly, over herself as well as G.H.W. Bush over Bill!

    She has no scruples, integrity or honor.

    While she continues to play FEAR and SMEAR, she will play the victim and magnaminous politico all the while she and her surrogates viciously attack anyone in their way.

    Heed Bill Clinton's sage advice:

    "If one candidate’s trying to scare you and the other one’s trying to get you to think, if one candidate’s appealing to your fears and the other one’s appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope."

    March 7, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Gregor

    I see no possibility of a joint ticket. HRC-supporters, consider this: Do you really think, that a lot afro-americans would vote for Clinton in November, if she beats Obama in a unfair way (by superdelegates, re-vote, negative-ads ...). I don´t think Hillary Clinton will become president. Maybe Obama can do it, but he seems to be more and more damaged. Thanks Hillary ...

    Go Barry!


    March 7, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. AJ, IL

    Rendell is a Clinton puppet. The Clintons have helped Rendell raise millions of dollars of money over the past decade, so I can understand his dedication to them.

    For Rendell to be talking about a VP ticket, when everyone else is saying there are still 12 Democratic contests left and Obama is currently leading in total delegates, pledged delegates and popular vote, is simply a faust to lull Obama supporter's to sleep.

    Why doesn't Rendell ask Obama to give Hillary the VP slot once she drops out?

    March 7, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. MS

    Hillary Clinton is a mad cow disease. She must leave the race, otherwise she will infect all democrats.

    March 7, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Teri

    The only way that I want Hillary to go back to the White House is as a tourist! NO JOINT TICKET!

    March 7, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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