May 13th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
14 years ago

Hagel laughs off - but won't rule out - joining an Obama ticket


Watch Sen. Hagel’s interview Tuesday.

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, who has been mentioned as a possible running mate for Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, laughed off the possibility Tuesday in a CNN interview – but didn't rule it out, either.

"I don't expect to be on anyone's ticket this year. I don't expect to be in anyone's government next year," Hagel, who is retiring from the Senate this year, told John Roberts on CNN's American Morning.

But would he consider joining a bipartisan unity ticket with Obama? "I'm going to try and find some honest work," he said, adding that "If [Obama] asks, I'll let you know."

Hagel, a long-time friend and Senate ally of presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, has not yet endorsed any presidential candidate.

soundoff (346 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Hillary Supporters….Lets start a movement to Have Hillary run as an Independent. Obama doesn't know what he is doing and recent polls have shown that 50% of Democrats that voted for Hillary will not vote for Obama. Obama and his fans are just hateful!! Lets shown them that we are not going to stand behind him and are not under his spell.

    Hillary Clinton 2008 Independent!

    May 13, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Peter in PA

    Obama/Hagel will be an unbeatable ticket!!

    May 13, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. peter

    yeah, chris, that's really smart. then folks like you can ensure McCain is elected and that the Iraq will continue, US economic policies will favor the rich and the corporations, and that the conservatives will get to install at least 2 Supreme Court Justices in the next term. good move.

    May 13, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Hillary or Bust!

    If Hillary is not the nominee, I'm voting for McCain.

    I can't believe anyone would vote for Obama. He's horrible.

    May 13, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. j gannon

    Love Obama, would really show America coming together!

    May 13, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Milwaukee for Obama

    go ahead Chris and launch that movement. Obama is winning the nomination LEGALLY but all of you Clinton supporters will never accept that because either you are republicans in Democtratic skin or you are sheer racists. Go ahead and launch another four years of McCain's war in Iraq and your kids, brothers and sisters dying for no good reason. Go ahead and launch it.

    May 13, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Haley Rodman Clemson

    Can Obama have an old-school politician as his veep? Personally, I would like to see a real mover and shaker like Deval Patrick, Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi be his veep. Progress would not be stopped with a ticket like that!!!

    May 13, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Scott Hughes ATL

    Clinton folks seems to be saying, "If I can't be the pitcher, then I'm taking my ball and going home..."

    We had a kid like that in our neighborhood as a child... I can only imagine that he's grown up to be a Hillary supporter...

    Nevermind the fact the most people that don't like Hillary are not black, are not Obama supporters, and are not men...

    So what does that tell ya?

    May 13, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Kim

    Hagel would be a most excellent VP.

    May 13, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. NSM

    Chris, you say Obama and his fans are hateful, yet you're willing to sacrifice putting a Democrat into the White House? You also say that polls are showing that 50% of Hillary supporters won't vote for Obama...yet you think she has a chance at an independent bid.

    I don't know if that's hypocrisy or stupidity.

    May 13, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Democrat

    It would be a mistake to have a Republican on the ticket – because if anything happens to Barack, then a republican will be president. HAD ENOUGH OF THEM THANKS! Their ideas are too crazy – "small government" translates as "you're on your own! we don't care if you you don't have health care, its your own fault" – instead of seeing the insurance companies for the bloodsuckers they are. NO THANKS.

    May 13, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. Ray

    This would be a good move for Obama and would shut up a lot of bipartisian bull!

    May 13, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Glenn


    You are an idiot. Yea, let's just hand the white house to John McCain and a third Bush term. Since you cannot even comment about the story you are probably just some republican hack.

    As far as Hagel, I think that if Barack asks Hagel, and Hagel accepts, that would be an unbeatable ticket.

    Obama/Hagel '08

    May 13, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. EC

    SMART man. He knows that he's on the list.

    May 13, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Will

    Hillary or Bust: Do you even care about policies?

    Hillary and Obama have the same ones! Anyone switching from Hillary to McCain is quite ignorant

    May 13, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. brandon

    Man, this country has issues...moving to Bhutan

    May 13, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. Sue

    A bipartisan ticket – now that would be amazing. Forget all the crap and loyalties...imaging everyone working together for a common good? Wow.

    May 13, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Rob

    Having Hagel (a decent man who just happens to be Repubican) as VP would further enhance Barack's message of doing things differently. I too believe that the ticket would be unstoppable. The question is, would the DNC go for something like that.

    May 13, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Robert Mpls

    Hillary supporters: You're angry now, and I see why. But think about McCain. REALLY think about McCain, and get yourself informed about what his presidency would mean.

    May 13, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. Thomas

    America will have made a grave mistake by not electing Obama as president of the United States.

    He is the only one gifted enough and and decent enough to lead us out of our current economic and moral decline.

    Hillary Clinton has proven to all the world that she is corrupt and full of an insane desire to attain power at any cost. Her husband is pushing her in that direction because he is corrupt as well.

    I hope we don't miss the opportunity to select a very talented and energetic individual to lead us.

    May 13, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. Jake

    You know what would be cool, McCain should pick Hillary as Vice President!! And then she can lose twice 🙂

    May 13, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. Billy From Fla

    Alright Chris,

    Your right on. Millions of people are going to write Hillary on the
    ballot anyway. I know in Fla if Obama is the nominee he will
    loose here.

    Obama has lied too many times, and these young voters love
    Brittney Spears, If the Beatles were on stage saying "YES WE CAN"
    they would vote for them. Obama gives great speeches, but that's
    all. The presidency is not an internship, we need EXPERIENCE.

    May 13, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. Lucas

    Hillary or bust:

    clearly you don't vote on the issues. clinton and obama's platforms are by and large very similar, and they both differ greatly with mccain's. whenever i hear a hillary supporter say something like this, it makes me realize how often people vote for a candidate for the wrong reasons.

    May 13, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. mitchell from arkansaw

    at least hagel's not another bush.what better way to unite the country?obama/ron paul,anyone?

    May 13, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. NO

    je,je... NO CHANCE, NO WAY


    May 13, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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