May 13th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
13 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. Publius

    Michael ... I agree that Colin Powell would be a great VP choice. More than anyone, he brings military and state department experience and he is appears to be a decent and principled man like Senator Obama.

    May 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. CPO, USN(Ret)

    Obama/Hagel would be unbeatable!

    A year ago I was amazed at how impressed I was with Senator Hagel and realized I preferred him over most of the Democratic Candidates (admittedly, Biden was my first choice). Now that it appears Senator Obama will be the presumptive nominee, choosing Senator Hagel will not only strengthen the ticket, but exhibit his (Obama's) willingness to reach across the aisle to do what's best for the country.

    OBAMA/HAGEL '08!

    May 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. DAN

    Hillary 2012, 2016 GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Mind

    Concerning predatory loaning, in the Illinois State Senate, Obama called attention to predatory lending issues. Obama sponsored legislation to combat predatory payday loans, and he also was credited with lobbying the state to more closely regulate some of the most egregious predatory lending practices.

    May 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Jana Goodwin

    I can see Obama choosing Hagel or Dick Lugar, both respected senior Republican Senators...and anyone stupid enough to vote for McCain rather than the Democratic nominee–whomever it might be-is insane. Sorry, but being the dutiful, long-suffering wife of a philandering U.S. President does not count towards experience!

    May 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Coyotita

    Underscore "some." That is important, because whether we like it or not, there are some Demos (spell that blue dog demos) who cannot seem to get unstuck in the past glory of the Democratic Party, and are intent on old politics. Please! After 9/11 and the comparative disaster of George W. Bush and the reign of neocons, we will forge a new kind of party within the ranks of both Demos and Republicans, sick of the good old boy system. Clean up your house Demos! Get rid of the good old boy Blue Dogs!

    May 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Bonafide Conservative

    Those suggesting an independant run must be Republicans who know its about the only way for McCain to win.

    There is a lot of attempted manipulation on these posts. Don't get sucked in!

    Obama is not being arrogant. He is being smart. He has an insurmountable lead and now is focusing on winning the White House, which is what is best for all Americans.

    Go Obama '08 – 148 delegates to go

    May 13, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. John Doe

    Chris, how old are you? A child will think better than you. Grow up......

    May 13, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    He actually is one of the VERY FEW honest Republicans. There aren't many, as far a s the Obama ticket, he is socially too conservative for my taste.

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

    I think that Hagel is one of the wisest and sensible republicans around. I do not agree with all of his views, but his foreign policy ideas match those of Senator Obama. But I think that it would be a strange ticket and I simply do not see what else he would be bringing to the table, besides the obvious "bipartisan ticket". Also, he is a conservative in many other areas and he could clash with Obama and the Democrats.

    On the other hand, I think that Obama and the Democratic Party would be looking at putting someone in the ticket that could ran for President after Obama. I think that I like the idea of an Obama/Sebelius ticket better.

    On another note, those people making comments about voting for McCain if Hillary is not the nominee are not making any sense. I doubt that they are Democrats or even that they are from the United States.

    May 13, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. Dexter

    It would be great if Hillary supporters could open their eyes and hold her to the same moral and ethical standards they are pushing on Obama.

    Once you look without emotion and see her for what she really is, I think you'll be shocked.

    This is the woman who said she's willing to obliterate 20 million children in Iran, isn't it?

    I'm starting to think you Hillary supporters don't have a problem with that, and it's scary.

    May 13, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Victor, NJ

    I am amazed by the ignorance and stupidity of some of the american voters that write on this blog. I cant understand how some protest to cast their vote 4 McCain if Hillary is not the nominee. Last time I checked Hillary and Obama agree on just about every issue. Then again this are the same people that voted clueless Bush in twice.

    Listen up ignorant and guilable voters (the ones that can read at least), imagine consequences of putting McCain in office. Lobbyist and special interest group controling washington, the economy is in deep depression, Gas is $8.00/gal, another in 4,000 plus soldiers dead. And who do you think suffers, definately not Bill and Hillary, they have $109 million to survive on.

    May 13, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. chompchomp

    Alan in Fla. – Ridiculous.

    May 13, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. Andrea

    Alan in Fla, he must be doing something right if he can raise records amount of money in primearies and if he can beat the Clinton maschine and keeps her from "closing the deal". For you to say that he copies her is totally ridiculous and dumb. It looks like he was, again, smart enough, not to "copy her" on the gas tax hoax. Remember when he not copied her about the war issue?

    May 13, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Darth Vadik, CA

    Hey Hillary supporters,



    God, I've never seen such sore loosers in my life.

    May 13, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. Ron

    Let's see, if Hillary runs as an Independent then McSame ends up as our next president, this is good for the country how????

    May 13, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. Independent

    I am with you Chris!

    Hillary Clinton 2008 Independent!

    Hagel might not be happy with Republicans but don't think he will wreck the party or McCain. Nice pipe dream!

    May 13, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. joao

    If I am Obama, I choose Ted Kennedy as Vice-President, if he wish. That's what I mean.

    May 13, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. George--FL

    I'm going to do what no other Hillary supporter is willing to do - I'm going to be honest. I don't want to see a Black man be president. Sorry. It's the way I feel and it's the way MOST of the people around me who are Hillary supporters feel. There is a TIME for all things and I and many other Americans just don't feel that it's TIME for a Black president yet. Black people have not paid their dues, so to speak, in the areas of meaningful, progressive world events. And now to suggest that one is positioned to become the most powerful man on the planet - many of us just aren't ready yet. So, no - if Hillary doesn't get the nomination, I WILL cast my vote for John McCain. Maybe I'm racist, but I'm also honest.

    May 13, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. Karen in TX

    I am a Clinton supporter but I will vote for Obama if he's the nominee since the policies are about 95% the same. However, many of the Obama supporters are very disappointing with their continuous attacks on Hillary. You can't unite the party while you continue to do that. So use your brain also just like Clinton supporters need to vote for Obama. It works both ways.

    May 13, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. Dennis F

    If Obama Becomes the Nominee for the Democratic Party then so be it.

    It will be a very sad day, when (quite probably) Hillary will lose the nomination. I will have a tough time in deciding who to vote for but probably in the end, I will vote for Senator McCain. As much as I would like to support the Party, that I have supported for many years, there is just too much unknown about Obama.

    I wish it was easier for me. His inexperience is very troubling and his past relationships with Pastor Wright, Rezko, and William Ayers are haunting. I think that Obama does seem to be a very nice man but as a President, I have my big concerns about his ideas and his ability to lead America thru these difficult times.

    I heard a comment that was said on CNN last nite, that sums up the Obama issue for me and that is:


    May 13, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. Angel for Obama

    This could be a smart option to help with Bipartisan View and outcome. it could look John Mcain look very week and draw some independents and unhappy repubicans to the Obama side. Obamacian's lol.

    "Obama 08 enough said. "

    May 13, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    If Hillary is not thje nominee, I'm voting for McCain, what kind of crap is this?

    God you people are pathetic, if you don't vote my way I'll ruin it for everybody attitude, and now the threats





    May 13, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. Jeanne

    I think there are enough talented Democrats that Obama doesn't need to seek a Republican to join the ticket, no matter what his sterling qualities are. If he wants to attract Clinton supporters, Obama's probably going to have to do more than select someone that might carry Ohio, Florida or one of the key states.

    May 13, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Coming soon on VH-1: The Fat Lady Sings – Behind the Music! 🙂

    May 13, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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