March 31st, 2008
03:06 PM ET
15 years ago

King: Democratic elder statesman warns of potential disaster

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Cuomo’s plan is the latest proposal to resolve the Democratic impasse."] (CNN) - Another day, another idea to end the remarkable race for the Democratic presidential nomination - this one from former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.

In an essay in the Boston Globe, Cuomo warns of a potential disaster for Democrats if the race goes on and either Clinton or Obama supporters become embittered by the eventual outcome.

“Who can solve the problem?” he asks. “Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton by putting aside personal irritations, and to some extent personal aspirations, and agreeing to end the hostilities and form a ticket that gives us both of them, a candidate for President and a candidate for Vice President who is clearly good enough to serve as President, should the occasion arise.”

Funny: he doesn’t suggest which candidate should be the nominee, and which the vice presidential nominee.

And already, he is suggesting there are better odds for an alternative he raised in the essay: continue the nomination fight – but have both candidates commit now that if he or she wins, the other would be the vice presidential choice.

'Thanks, but no thanks' is the reaction of the Clinton and Obama camps. They say it is premature to begin thinking about the No. 2. spot on the ticket. But Cuomo tells us today in The Situation Room that he believes such an arrangement is the best hope for a Democratic Party he believes is losing votes to Republican John McCain “every day.”

It’s an interesting idea - and though it is unlikely to be embraced by camps Clinton and Obama, it is the latest reflection of the worry among some party elder statesmen that the protracted nomination battle is creating wounds that won't heal in time for the November election.

Of course, there are others who dispute that the damage is lasting - they see record Democratic turnout and fund-raising as a sign the protracted race is helping, not hurting. Count former President Bill Clinton among this group, though also be very well aware of his bias. His weekend suggestion - those pushing for a fast resolution to the race should just “chill out” - was the latest proof his wife the candidate is in no mood to listen to those who say she should call it quits for the good of the party.

Still three weeks to Pennsylvania. Plenty of time to chill, or debate the pros and cons of the protracted Democratic battle.

Related video: Watch John King's interview with Mario Cuomo

–CNN Chief National Correspondent John King

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soundoff (220 Responses)
  1. Nancy

    I CAN NOT and WILL NOT vote for Hillary.


    The Clintons have been involved in more scandles than all of Hollywood put together.

    I will vote McMcain if Hillary is on the ticket !

    March 31, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. Thanks, But...

    Thanks Cuomo, but I could never vote for Hillary.

    Obama 08

    March 31, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. kentucky

    Its not that Hillary is losing because of Obama, its because NO ONE REALLY LIKES HER......DUH

    March 31, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. La Bomb ba

    Hillary is the most conservative on the Ballot
    Conservative on Budget, Taxes and Family
    and a Good Neighbor and Christian too
    Hillary eats Health Food and Obama is a tobacco addict–what does that tell you about their real self on Health Care.

    March 31, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. mimi de la cruz


    SI SE PUEDE !!!!

    March 31, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. Hillarygate

    Hillary has so many political favors she has to give to large corporations. Why would Obama want to get mixed up in that?

    Obama 08

    March 31, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. Joseph Adewole

    Huuuu! The words of the elders are words of wisdom; the handwriting is already seen on the wall.

    March 31, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. Cal

    Mrs. Clinton should run as a INDEPENDENT! Should could win in such a role against Senator OBama and Senator McCain.

    March 31, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. lee

    Cuomo obviously doesn't mind having a liar in the white house. He didn't mind having a sex maniac there either. I don't think his opinion is worth much.

    March 31, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Ree

    Interesting, wasn't it Bill Clinton who floated the idea in MS that a vote for HRC is vote for BO. Now HRC is saying no way, was the comment just a lie to get votes?

    Say it isn't so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. dlr

    Not a good idea...

    She's a liability!!!!

    March 31, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. Grif

    Fixing Fences, Now? The Arm's been done... And Obama will

    Regret 2008 for the rest of his life. He's left it too Late, to get

    out of the Gate... McCains 2 Furlongs clear...

    March 31, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. Liz

    Didn't we already rule this one out? Senator Clinton can't save Obama from himself, no one can. The guy is a cooked goose.

    March 31, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. paul k

    things are bad enough why would any one want to elect a clinton
    we all ready know that she lies !

    March 31, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  15. Karen Johnson

    Obama has about $31 million in the bank, and can raise much more. If Hillary Clinton steals the nomination, Obama could and should run as an independent and drain as many votes form her as he can.

    March 31, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. Jim

    obama needs to drop out now for the good of the party. Hillary is our only hope of beatting MCcain.

    March 31, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. Yes, DM again Arlington, TX

    What about her taxes records, and where did Bill Clinton get those Millions$$$$$$$$? Why is Senator Clinton allow to break Campaign finance laws.

    March 31, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  18. MD in Florida

    I did not agree to move up the primary. The republican heads of Florida did that. I just voted when I was told. My vote has not counted, and neither have the multitudes of voters just like me in Florida and Michigan. We the voters are the ones who have been ignored. If my vote is not counted by my Democratic party now, I will either vote for McCain or not at all. If the will of the voters in Florida and Michigan were counted, Hillary is in the lead in Votes and Delegates. What's the matter Obama. Are you scared? You should be. Hillary is the better option, and the if you tally the real votes, She IS the will of the people.

    March 31, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |

    democracy requires that every person should be counted in a free choice of candidates, and not be denied by rules, that don't allow states not to be heard.

    Remember the supreme courts interference in the Al Gore and George Bush contest

    March 31, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. Lawrence

    This should be it for the Hillary supporters. I just received word from reliable sources that the FBI found out that Obama was trained personally to be a terrorist by Osama Bin Laden. When Fox News gets a hole of this story, I believe Americans will finally wise up to the man Obama. This is true, please believe me, please................ Also, it was announced that the entire news media industry mis-spoke when they said that Hillary mis-spoke about the sniper fire in Bosnia. Actually, she was in Iraq with 101st Airborne troop when they found the map to Flavor Favs apartment in the hood.

    March 31, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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