March 12th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Blitzer: Get ready for a primary season extension

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The primary season is about to get a bit longer."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - Right after Barack Obama won the Mississippi Democratic Primary, I had a chance to speak with him. Two points that he made stand out in my mind: 1) that he’s open to possibly having Hillary Clinton serve as his vice presidential running mate; and 2) that he believes there eventually will be make-over Democratic contests in both Michigan and Florida.

“Senator Clinton,” he told me, “is a very capable person, and, as I’ve said before, she’d be on anybody’s short list.”

That certainly doesn’t mean he would ask her to join his ticket - but it does mean he’s clearly not ruling it out.

She seems to have gone further in recent days, hinting that she would ask him to serve as her Vice Presidential running mate. Bill Clinton has made a similar point.

All this is happening despite the increasingly nasty exchanges that have been hurled against each other. Obama told me that he was “confident” that once the Democratic contest was resolved, “the party is going to be unified” in the battle against John McCain. An Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama ticket, many Democrats believe, would go a long way toward uniting the party.

On the make-over contests in Florida and Michigan, Obama expressed some concern about the logistics for another election. Will, for example, a mail-in ballot work? But he noted that conversations were currently underway between the campaigns and the Democratic National Committee. “I’m sure it will get sorted out,” he said.

Bottom line: get ready for the Michigan and Florida make-over elections in June – after the last scheduled contest in Puerto Rico, now expected to take place on June 1.

–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

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  1. roger lodge Wisconsin

    obama wont get anything done in the white house...
    all he will do is yell change change change in the white house... and nothing will get done..govt will try to change, but the american people will continue to suffer to do obamas lack of experience......

    March 12, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Deannie

    Let's be fair about this election. The news media, reporters, newspapers are not being truthful about what they report. This is causing even a bigger problem. Now, what it looks like is they want the people divided against each other with this black/white race. I do keep up with everything that is going on and both candidates are drawing blacks, whites, latinos, independents, republicans also, so why lie about it and call it a black/white race. Is this what you do to sell papers, or to get your ratio or what because if it is, everyone need to get another job. The people of America for once and for all would like the media,reporters, newspapers to speak the truth and nothing but the truth and stop twisting everything around like you want it to be. Let the candidates get back to clean campaigning, we really do want a change from the same old politics. They can do this if you let them and stop interfering with this non-sense. I am shocked that CNN would stoop this low and cause this much confusion as well as reporters and newspapers. CNN you say you have the best news cast well that is not what you are showing right now because before it is said and done the cast and the guest you have on the show will be into because we have seened a little of that also. I have been watching a long time and I am not proud of the station right now, I am one of your biggest supporters and I expect to hear the truth about the news from you guys, I always had in the past. I believe everybody just need to step back, take a deep breath and just slow down and let's get this back on the right track. I believe both of the candidates are good and have good issues and points, please can we just give them both a good even chance, I know everything will work out for the best.
    Be Blessed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 12, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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