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. Kristy

    Hillary will lose him the independent votes as V.P. Why choose a V.P. that decreases your chances of winning?

    Also, even though her policies are the same, her character goes against what the Obama supporters are looking for: transparency, honesty, and accountability.

    Keep her AWAY from his ticket!

    March 7, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Mike

    The same darn guy that said America is not ready for a Black president. What a moron

    March 7, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Cyril, London

    Lyndon Johnson eventually accepted being VP to JFK after he couldn't overtake his delegate lead in 1960.

    I wonder if Hillary will be willing to accept the silver medal? I doubt it but she's so desperate for power, she might.

    March 7, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. lee

    Sen. Obama will lose in his bid for the presidency with Hillary on the ticket, the citizens of this country will not allow Bill and Hillary back in the white house under any circumstances, Mr. Rendell suggestion shows the magnitude of the problem the Democratic party insiders have with a new guy like Barack unexpectedly popping up on the scene.
    The voting public is not dazed by Gov. Rendell and others who make such an argument, my view is the Democratic will lose to a very weak Republican candidate with Hillary anywhere near the ticket.

    March 7, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. ryan

    if hillary is on the ticket at all, I think that a lot of people will cross back over to the republicans, making it a much more even race...

    most of the high turnout I think is caused by Obama, who, at least in my mind, is seen as almost a third party candidate, and therefore the numbers showing how democrats are turningout to vote 3:2 versus republicans is partially cause by this fact...

    Obama is the average between McCain and HRC...

    March 7, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. mk

    good idea.
    The one with most delegates gets to pick who they want for VP

    March 7, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Mel

    Obama/Clinton would mean two Vice Presidents and
    Clinton/Obama would mean that Obama would be the Second V.P.
    We need a clean break or stick to the same-old, same-old.

    March 7, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Phil

    All of a sudden the Obama camp is having to retract just about everything they say; and the explanation always is that the comments were not approved by Obama. I seem to recall a lot of posts on CNN from Obama supporters earlier in the campaign to the effect of "if Clinton can't control her advisers, how can she be President?" Maybe now the Obama camp and supporters will retract those comments too?

    And when Clinton fired heer advisor for a similar idiotic gaffe, the Obama supporters were crying that it was all a scam, and that she had to have known about it and planned it. So the same must be true for Obama, right?

    I knew Obama was green and unvetted,a long with some of his camp and supporters. I did not know they were hypocrites until now.

    March 7, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Charles from FL

    Clinton would offer VP to Obama since she knows he would never agree to play third-wheel to her and Bill.
    Obama should not offer VP to Hillary since she's power-hungry enough to take it and then stab him in the back to take over! He might do it just for the sake of party unity, but it would be a big big mistake.

    March 7, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Matt

    Billary will steal the election for sure!. Period

    March 7, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Brian Austin, TX

    No. Clinton needs to crawl back into the ditch from which she came. An Obama/Clinton ticket will not get any vote from me. A Clinton/Obama ticket nets McCain my vote. That woman has no purpose in modern politics. Let her flail around under she loses Wyoming and Mississippi then knock her out of the race entirely.

    March 7, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Julie

    No matter what the reasoning is behind the suggestion of a dream ticket, the truth is, Clinton and Obama together would be a force to beat.

    March 7, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |


    March 7, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Houston Texas

    I can just see President Obama and Vice President Clinton at their first policy disagreement. Hillary appearing on TV saying "I of course support President Obama even though both President Clinton and myself prefer another approach".

    Both on a ticket is permanent division and would turn the Executive Branch of government into a permanent cat-fight.

    March 7, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Karen Charlottesville, VA

    You must be joking!! Hillary stands for everything that Obama is trying to change. She's happy slinging dirt in her sandbox while he is trying to elevate politics to a substantive level. I would be very disappointed in Obama if he picked her as a running mate. Plus, he'd probably need to hire a FOOD TASTER!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Nita

    Kareem from Hampton Va, I agree. She's a really tricky one isn't she. Well Obama is smarter, i'm sure the camp is on her like the rest of us...

    March 7, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. CaliMale4Hill

    The only way Obama would get my vote is if he is on the same ticket with Hillary, if not, I won't vote McCain, I'll write Hillary's name in.

    This country has no need for on the job training. We don't recruit soldiers and throw them on the battlefield without teaching them to use weapons.

    We dont need a President that hasn't fought.

    Hillary 2008

    March 7, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Karen from Ohio

    This is an insult to Sen. Obama. So basically HIll's saying that the only way democrats can come together is to have HER on Obama's ticket??? Give me a break! It's just another one of her ways to slither into–or near–the White House.

    March 7, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Gideon, Chicago, IL

    No, no, no – any ticket with Clinton on it is poison.

    And calling her a monster is an insult to monsters everywhere...

    March 7, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. lee from Treasure Island Fl

    Obama/Clinton ticket...I am staying home.
    The idea was Change. I don't want to see or hear from them anymore.
    Let her go run a University or something. Just get off my TV screen, before I throw something at it, out of frustration at the dancing, weaving, and bobbing direct questions, her smear attacks, lies and scandals, I can't take anymore. It will be a miracle if I make it till August, (if she hasn't checked out earlier).

    March 7, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Adam, CA

    Why would obama want to add a candidate that will polarize the republican base to show up in november.

    So he can have a vice president with an ex president husband that could absolutely destroy his policy agenda should they not stay on the reservation?

    Obama has every reason to not include clinton and no single reason to include her when there are much better choices to face McCain with. And in considering her the dynamic duo nature of her candidacy makes her an unsufferable policy and political liability as VP especially as off message as he has gotten in this campaign.

    I can understand Hillary wanting obama for VP but the political math for obama is all bad the other way.

    A new politician with 90's baggage just isn't a good change ticket.

    March 7, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. mel

    Frankly I am happy to see the truth coming out about Obama
    it seems to me he can dish it out but can't take it.

    He has been going negative all along but since being annoited by Oprah – he was the media darling. I hope Hillary doesn't pick him for her VP – he is damaged goods and his momentum is gone. Thank God the country is waking up to this phony. I will vote for McCain before I ever vote for Obama – after all Obama's wife isn't even proud of her country.

    March 7, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Carol

    If Obama were to get on the ticket with Hillary, he would end up like Al Gore. I am for Obama, but I would never vote for any ticket that had Hillary on the ballot. Just think of the poor democrat that would follow Hillary.

    March 7, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. S Logan

    I want to comment on the unfairness on how this election is being conducted. It is not fair that Hillary gets to do what ever her little heart desires. Let’s be honest, if the tables were turned and Obama lost 12 elections in a row after Supper Tuesday, the rug would literally be pulled out from under him and the media would show him the exit! Hillary losses 12 elections in a row, and the media helps build her up; ignoring all the dirt that comes with being a Clinton.
    Why do we even bother to vote, when it is clear the establish candidate will always get the nomination regardless of what the people want. Wait your turn is what they say to Obama.... what about us the people. I don’t want to wait any longer for change! We need a President like Obama to help us now!!!

    March 7, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Dee in AZ

    Why would Hillary want Obama as a VP? She's on record as saying is "all speeches" and no substance. Why would Obama want to be her VP? HE'S WINNING!! Why would he want Billiary in his administration. Look what they did to Al Gore's political career.

    The Democratic party has created a gigantic mess changing primary and caucus dates .The whole superdelegate thing has always been stupid. Now they want to candidates to fix it for them by a decisive win or someone dropping out. Then the superdelgates don't have to help choose a winner and the party avoids looking bad. Howard Dean needs to 'man-up' and tell the superdelegates to do their job, choose a candidate. The longer the the Shillary and Obama show goes on the less evidence of 'change' in the way parties politic there is. That will hurt us with Independents and some Republicans in the fall.

    March 7, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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