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. Gilbert

    I see the possible joint ticket as way to unite the party and to give a better chance of winning back the Presidency. I can understand people have personal preferences and emotional issues for both candidates, isn't it time to set aside our personal preferences and think about good of the country?

    March 7, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    He may want to consider being Barack Obama's running mate because Hillary is starting to become more like Bill–everytime she opens her mouth, something stupid comes out!!! Obama will definitely become the next President of the United States of America, as well he should! I will cast my vote for him as a registered voter in the State of Mississippi on March 11th, as will my daughter and son-in-law!

    March 7, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Mike

    Hey Zena, Hillary has not denegrated Obama, the media has. One of Obama's people just called Hillary a "Monster" and had to appologize and step down – are we blaming Obama? No so don't blame Hillary. She never "personally" attacked Obama. She has every right to question his credibility and experience (as does he) so please!! She has been a "Lady" and a "great sport" through all of her beatings. this lady has been "knocked down", beat up", "kicked in the stomach", "spit on", "spit out", and still got up and dusted herself off. That's a president – that's a female president – that's a champ! My Hillary

    March 7, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. NC

    She has done NOTHING but belittle Obama, monk him and endorse McCain...she needs to be on McCains ticket. If she is on the ticket, I will not vote him. I love his political stance on things, the way he has actually helped people organize for more than a day visit, the way his campaign has been organized but if Hillary is on the ticket I will not vote for that negative woman.

    March 7, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Beverly Simpson

    A Clinton/Obama ticket would mean that Hillary probably wouldn't have any competition in 2012. Meanwhile, look up Paul vs Clinton, a huge campaign finance fraud case, due to open in the court in November, shortly after the general election. Why is the media so silent on this one?
    No wonder the Republicans think they can beat Hillary.

    Getting Real

    March 7, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. lukoki

    we are experiencing the 8 years of this experience in the democratic republic of congo: 5.4 millions dead women,children and men.
    Raped women,traumatized generation.., can we call it also a genocide??

    Funds money flewn in and out of a company in Arkansas which was directly connected to hillary clinton and her husband bill!!
    There are a lots of people who also can define their expericences of 8 plus 27 years of Sen.Hillary Clinton, but she will probably say she did it because the phone rang at 3pm and bill was sleeping!!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. tigerjcs

    Clinton/Obama '08!!
    BO needs more training. This will give the Democrats the White House for the next 16 years.

    March 7, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. roger

    No WAY! Clinton should run with McCain

    March 7, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Jason

    I can't believe people think this is possible. Obama has a long career ahead of him and he would be throwing it away by attaching himself to her in any way. It sure helped Al Gore, didn't it?

    If Clinton is anywhere on the ticket, Dems lose in November. If I could buy stock in it, I would.

    March 7, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Johnnie f

    Hilary is a monster she will pull out all stop to get what she want, Shows her action if she gets into office, she says and does what she want to you, but don't bounce thats a problem forher. She has double standards.

    March 7, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. troy

    It would be nice to have a unified ticket, but there's so much hate and negativity by the supporters of both sides, that I don't see it happening. I, for one, cannot forgive the racism I've noticed from the Clinton supporters.

    I will not vote for ticket with Clinton on it.

    March 7, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Rosa

    What a laugh.. Clinton has said EVEN MCCain't is more prepared than Obama. Clinton is a mean spirited woman. I love her foreign experience. Wonder how many tea parties and women's events she attended. Certainly she DID not make policy.

    March 7, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Kim, PA

    This OBAMA/CLINTON chat is ridiculous!
    Hillary is the most qualified, most reality vs. obamalism unreal, and I CAN NOT BELIEVE he has even 1 supporter.

    IF you remember the earlier debates when SHE LEAD, she was attacked in every one of them. WHY is this so NEW to anyone???

    REMEMBER when BUSH promised to bring everyone together in WASHINGTON??? HE NOR ANYONE will ever do that! SO WHO CARES about Obama's speeches, his empty promises, and his UN-EARNED right to run. No one would even be looking at him if they were not mad or angry with Hillary.

    GET OVER IT, and GET to the HILLtop with what's best for AMERICA and our children!!!!

    HILLARY IS THERE and i'm ready to vote for her in April.

    March 7, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. LC

    Of course Clinton and her surrogates want to throw the idea of a joint ticket out there-




    When she had a chance to win, before she ignored the insignificant states, she would think nothing of the matter.


    March 7, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Al, NY NY

    If she pulls this out by winning Florida and/or Michigan all the Obama people better get on board or else it's 4 more years of Duh-bya and his policies courtesy of JSM (Sidney) and whomever he picks as the VP.

    If Obama gets the nod, he'd better wise up and get with the program. He's gonna get torched by Rove, Limbaugh, and every other GOP hack there is and we STILL get McCain

    So far it seems like HRC would be at least open to the possibility of a joint ticket while the Obama "army" seems completely closed to the idea

    For all those who are clamoring about the Obama staffer, I think calling her a "monster" is a bit different than comparing tactics to Starr's. I don't particularly like HRC but all this diatribe about waiting for her to fire Wolfson is a waste of time

    March 7, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Grif

    You're number one, Hillary...

    March 7, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. rich

    Obama/Pelosi 08

    March 7, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. hannah

    Obama/Jim Webb!! Virginia democrat and former marine. This is the ticket to the white house my friends.

    Remember his democratic response? Impressive.

    March 7, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Tom Wittmann




    March 7, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. James


    1) Hillary can't win a general election.

    2) Barack doesn't need Bill running around behind his wife telling her what to do.

    March 7, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Debbie

    There's no way these two candidates will run together.

    The Clinton lobbyists would force her to take someone they can control. It's just like the Clinton's on NAFTA and Iraq. Say one thing. If she's elected, she'll make sure to take someone else.

    In February, Rendell made racist comments that front page news. Now, he's saying they should run together. Give me a break. Rendell was the DNC leader in 2000 election and he immediately told Gore to give up despite major problems in Florida. If Rendell did his job in 2000, we might not be in the same Florida voting mess in 2008.

    Florida democrats are important. Why did Rendell not do his job then? Why did the president, Bill Clinton make sure America would never have a voting problem like again.

    March 7, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Ohio Democrat

    You Obama people. Hillary doesn't need Obama to do anything. I like the comment about the young people buying into the cult-like ability of Obama. That just about sums it up.

    March 7, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. No Obama on any ticket I'm a Clinton supporter and if Obama is on her ticket I'll vote for McCain. I think Obama is a terrible leader with a campaign based on lies. I also think he has a hidden agenda. I wont' vote for him on any ticket, and that includes Hillary's.

    As for Hillary going on Obama's ticket, she has better things to do. Unlike him, she enjoys being a Senator.

    March 7, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Jeff

    It is clear that either Obama or Clinton have secured a spot on the ticket. To those that think it would never happen, remeber that we used to make the loser of the general election the vice president–in this case, a Republican. We could use both of them in the White House.. and it would be nice to have the White House on the correct side of things for the next 16 years. They both have history to make.

    March 7, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. Jose Delgado

    Negative campaigns are very effective. Hillary's gutter politics these past few weeks have been so effective that I am now convinced she cares more about being President, than about our NATION. If she is awarded the nomination without winning the majority of the delegates, I will leave the Democratic Party and will NOT SUPPORT a ticket that does not include Senator Obama.

    March 7, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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