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. James

    There is no reason for Obama to be forced to pick Hillary Clinton as VP. Yes, Hillary would be VP since she would be behind the delegate count, the popular vote, and the states. Her BS about I should be President because I won less states than Obama and states that will automatically go to Obama in the general election will not fly.

    Give it up Eddie. I'm from Pittsburgh and we all know you are full of bull.

    March 7, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. jackie

    How in the world can anyone say Clinton is buying the election when Obama is out spending her at least 2 to1 in every state since super Tuesday? And I don't understand where people get off saying that she has been dirty when he has said and done more to hurt her and his own party then either of them. She has had to fight on 3 fronts. First Obama , The unfair media, and then John McCain. Obama couldn't ask her to be his V.P. because she would over shadow him. Hillary Clinton is clearly the better choice for the American people.

    March 7, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Lee

    Clinton is warm and open mind, Obama is too shallow and too empty... don't know if it's a good idea.

    March 7, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Karen from Ohio

    To all of you who've posted here saying "when Hillary wins" or "if Obama wins"...

    Obama HAS won. There's NO WAY Hillary can come anywhere near his pledged delegate count. Wake up and smell reality!

    March 7, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. OBAMA 08

    Hillary would make a great VP! Too bad she's ruined her chances by going so negative on Obama. Otherwise I could've imagined the 2 on the same ticket.

    I must say, Hillary Clinton has managed to turn many voters away with her tactics!

    March 7, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Val

    This would be a great move if hillary brings her so called experience to the table and Obama brings his right judgment. They would make a good joint ticket. I still think Obama should be the commander in chief and get advice from Clinton but make sure he uses the right judgment on Clinton's advice because as much as she has succeeded, she has failed in many areas. just a thought from canada

    March 7, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Will

    How about an Obama/Farrakan ticket. Why postpone the inevitable?

    March 7, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Karen, TN

    Senator Obama should come out clearly and say he will not consider the "dream ticket" either way. That way, he strips the power from Clinton with the trick she is trying to pull here with implying that people can just go ahead and vote for her and they'll get Obama too. Of course, stating he will not be party to it will require extreme caution. Otherwise it will appear he is being undiplomatic because of the spin that is already being put on this – that somehow it's a goodwill gesture on her part. Bull! That woman does nothing out of goodwill, and shame on the people who buy into her bull!

    March 7, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. RightyTighty

    Nutcracker sparks bomb scare
    Police say a package that prompted a bomb scare at a state capitol started with a Hillary Clinton nutcracker.

    Looks like this monster thing is getting out of hand!
    Ha Ha!!

    March 7, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Natalie New Jersey

    This will never happen. By the time June arrives they will barely be civil with each other.
    This idea is all part of CLinton's strategy Pleaseee Obama's followers can see right thru her tactics!!!
    Clinton started with the negative attacks comparing herself to McCain and dissing Sr Obama!!
    No way if not Obama then McCain gets my vote!!

    March 7, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Sakina

    Rendell, rhetoric isn't going to work.

    March 7, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Carol

    If Obama isn't ready to answer the phone at 3:00 AM, what happens if she is in surgery and he is acting president for that time? Aren't candidates supposed to pick a vice president that can take over if necessary. Well, the honesty of Hillary shows again.

    March 7, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Lee

    Whatever she said was whatever Obama wanted to say but wouldn't say, they are on the same boat and ther're same kind of people. We can see a better view of Obama now...

    March 7, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Meme

    Baloney. Clinton thinks she is being slick by touting this idea; as if Obama supporters will vote for her thinking that he might be the VP. If anything, it should be the other way around. He has more pledge delegates, more popular votes, more states 27 to 14. Maybe he could consider her for HIS vice president, but I think he should chose someone with soul instead

    March 7, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. John, Las Vegas, NV

    Yeah, like Hillary would listen to Obama over Bill when it comes to decision making. If Obama accepted the VP spot on the ticket, he should plan on getting used to be calling "boy" by Hillary and Bill, because at that point he will have demonstrated that his call for a new kind of politics lacked all credibility and backbone. Plus, would the American public really want a VP who was one heartbeat away from the Presidency and wasn't ready for a call at 3 a.m.? On the other hand, if Hillary took the VP slot, would Americans vote for a President who put all of his ethics aside to put a person in place who represented all the old politics and gridlock of Washington into a position one heartbeat away from the Presidency?

    I think the perfect pairing would be Obama and the Breck Girl.

    March 7, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Phil, KC, MO

    First, I do think it's premature to be having this discussion.
    Second, I think it's up to each candidate to make that decision. They should not have that choice taken from them by political wonks and dreamers.
    Last, I do not think it would necessarily be a good idea to have both on the same ticket. Not sure whose 'dream ticket' this is.

    March 7, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Only If the Clinton Background Check out Clean

    The big question must be answered first. Where the Clinton Money coming from? What about those taxes?

    March 7, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Dan, bethlehem, pa

    Please people see through her lying teeth. Why do people take her seriously when there is countless factual proof that she lies soo much. Please do your research, don't just listen to people(aka candidates). Take their ideas and so-called "facts" and do research! You will eventually see Barack is much more of an honest person. Why would you elect someone that is lying about everything that means so dearly to you. Take this stuff very seriously, please!

    Another thing to point out is that after a president leaves office only when the next president comes into office do you see most of their economic footprint, whether good or bad. Some of it is immediate, but not all of it. Bill Clinton left a mess, George Bush left a catastrophe. So don't think so highly of the clintons. RESEARCH!

    March 7, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Jacque Bauer

    I AGREE! The President/Vice President ticket is nowhere big enough for Obama-Hillary-Bubba-Michelle. It would be great fun however, as a Republican, to see the daily battle of these titanic egos that would result! Oh, PLEASE, bring it on!

    March 7, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Darrel from Iowa

    I really wanted to give my thought on the monster deal that CNN shut down way to early. Talk about freedom of the press whenn Cnn lets some go on much longer than others.
    There is some kind of mob rule going on here
    Monster Mob that is
    Hillary is certainly at least a monster
    take care
    Darrel D. Schmidt
    Independant from Iowa

    March 7, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Jen

    Hillary's trick is she is sending bill to the smaller counties in the states to work for her where the big press doesnt go. As you could tell the main places that she won delegates at were the small towns. Seeing a ex president has alot of backing. That is why we havent heard about Bill for awhile. He is getting the small town people for her so she can keep battleing Obama in the big cities.

    Obama.... lets beat her!

    Obama 08

    March 7, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. Alice

    Oh my. lookie here Hillary and Rendell side by side...codefendents in the Peter Paul campaign fraud trial. CNN, why are you talking about the upcoming trial in October 2008? Isn't it important in the decision making process for the Primary voters?

    March 7, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Sam

    Never in a million. After today it is true. Hillary is a "monster." We need change from her divisive politics and tactics. Obama is too good to allow her to be his VP.

    March 7, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. James

    After watching the way Hillary Clinton has acted in this campaign I would rather vote for 8 more years of Bush.

    March 7, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Peggy Ledbetter

    Hillary Clinton needs Barack Obama. Barack Obama needs someone like Sam Nunn on his ticket. He does not need Hillary. Bottom line: I am an Independent, and the ONLY way I would vote for Hillary Clinton is if Obama is on the ticket. The Independents will determine this election. And if Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, she will not get most of the Independent vote!

    March 7, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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