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. Terrell

    This just in Chelsey Clinton and Jena Bush will run for president in 2012 as Republicans. With all the foreign experience that Chelsey Clinton has and Jena Bush has millitary experience.

    Chelsey/Jena 12'

    May 13, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Wayne

    Yeah, ladies, vote McCain, enjoy the Supreme court nominees, throw a big kiss to Roe V Wade as it sets sail. Yeah, back McCain, I could care less, as a middle aged, white, business owning male, Im the top of their food chain, so Obama support is ethical and moral but isnt likely to benefit me, but go ahead and shoot for that shrill, emotional, peiric victory, and keep blaming men for the fact you arent where you want to be.

    May 13, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. elvira

    if the democrats want to win in november, count fl. & mi. and the superdelegates should have a bak bone and do what they are there for, support the candididate that will win in nov. bunch of stupid wimps.

    May 13, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Dylan

    Chris... get a clue. You are the perfect representative of these militant HIllary supporters (only about 30% of her supporters overall) that are so delusional that you're willing to put your hurt pride over the fate of the nation.

    I simply cannot understand you people. Hillary would never cast a vote for John McBush and neither should anyone who considers themselves a Democrat.

    May 13, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Dan

    All Democrats who support Hillary need to temper your emotions a bit. I voted for Obama in my local caucus, but would vote for Hillary in a heartbeat if she were the nominee. Not all of us have want to demonize the 'other' candidate. Let's stop making out the 'other' candidate to be the straw-man who supposedly represents everything you despise. The fact is John McCain is a far right-wing conservative. He would dismantle social security. He would transform the health-care system into a radical free-market experiment. He would appoint reactionaries to the supreme court. He would invade Iran...Is voting for McCain really even an option for disgruntled Democrats?

    May 13, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Warren

    I hope Barack will not ask a Republican, really.

    May 13, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Steve

    Exit polls suggest there was more than a 90 per cent chance that Ray Nagin would endorse Barack Obama.

    May 13, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Democrats Unite

    To Chris and all the Clinton supporters who would rather see McCain as president than Obama. Sure it hurts that your candidate isn't going to be President. But ask yourself who is really being selfish and hateful when during McCain's first term another 4000 troops die in Iraq. You can prove your point that Obama can't win without Clinton supporters, but your hatred for Obama is just going to cost 4000 americans their lives. Maybe your hatred can give those 4000 families comfort over the next 4 years. Let's vote with our heads and not our hearts. There is too much at stake.

    May 13, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Pam

    Anyone but Hillary.

    May 13, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Anonymous

    With the party's history, do we really want a Republican a heartbeat away from the Oval Office? As if Pres. Obama won't have to watch his back already, with the number of closet (and uncloseted) KKK-types in this country. Read the article on MSNBC re: Indiana's racist voters.

    May 13, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Jerry

    Hagels a good man and would add honesty and credibility to either party's ticket as the VP.

    May 13, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. for deejay....

    I am responding to a commet you made, you support who ever you want to and respond to what ever you want to respond to, but you need not respond by telling people what they should say and what they should not say. With that said, if you are not supporting Obama, you are a looser.

    May 13, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Marv...

    Chris.... you really sound deranged. You are telling me and the rest of the nation that it is alright with you for our young American Men and women to die because you can't have Hillary as a president? Are you completely out of your mind? You are one sick puppy to sit there on your butt and see the unnecessary death taking place in Iraq. Either you are a republican who think the death of our young is in line with your beliefs or you have become so wrapped up in this blog crap that you’re not thinking straight. How old are you anyway…12? How many Hillary supports are saying the same thing? How sick are you people? Really how sick are you?

    May 13, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Dan, TX

    IF Obama is the democratic nominee, and he isn't yet. But if..

    Hillary Clinton is going to vote for Obama. Bill Clinton is going to vote for Obama. Chelsea Clinton is going to vote for Obama.

    And I am going to do what Hillary wants me to do. I am going to vote for Obama.

    May 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Kim


    May 13, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Karin

    To tell you the truth I think Obama should make Gen. Collin Powell his VP.........if you really what to talk about a winning ticket......Let say it together



    May 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. RJR

    Condi won't be on anyone's ticket because entering a political campaign would get her outed, and I don't see that as something she wants to happen. While I don't think it is a bad choice, America is not ready for a lesbian VP.

    May 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. MD

    CNN is just blowing up smoke again.

    Do go ahead and find an honest job. We are sick of Republicans.

    May 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. YES, YES, YES!!!!!!!


    This symbolizes change at its best!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. M C de Vera

    reading up on how shallow a lot of Americans are, it is just very disappointing, the big country with lots of very ignorant people.

    If you can't go for Obama if he wins the nomination, then don't vote and just be sorry for your fate cuz your country has gone down the drain with the Republicans. Go do that so we can all laugh on how stupid again the Americans are voting.

    May 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Obama 08

    Clinton supportes are so blind and deaf. People, wake up! Do you love your country or as KKKlinton you love only yourself?

    Ex Clinton supporter for OBAMA 08

    May 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Gin

    I liked Hagel until I learned that his voting record has been at least 97% with George Bush. He talks one way, then votes another.

    May 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Sean P. in Bremerton, WA

    I know CNN won't pots these comments oh well here it goes to give the moderator a good read.

    Everyone who says "Clinton or McCain" realize that Obama voters are some of the youngest and/or most educated in this country. If Hillary costs Obama this election in November from her campaigning in the next election those Obama supporters will still not vote for Hillary because of what she has done in this election. Not to mention those who support Hillary will be dwindling in 2012 problem with the older vote is that it may not be around in four years as much as the "younger" vote.
    Not only will Hillary not win in 2012 simply because the Obama supporters will remember every screw job, rules change Hillary has tried and won't let her get away with it. We, the educated, have long memories and we'll remember the division Hillary has caused that will in all likelihood put another republican in office. And Hillary will be ostracized, blackballed, and usurped...uhh for you Hillary Supporters all those big words mean "KICKED OUT and OFF" her Political seat. Her Political Career is over after this election both in the Senate and in any hope of EVER being president.

    We Will Remember, and We'll NEVER Vote Clinton again, mark my words....

    Obama/Sebelius 08&12,,,hopefully.

    May 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Jed in Texas

    Obama and McCain both need a red stater to carry the south.

    May 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Ray

    TO: Disappointed in California

    Why is he in the lead then? Pledged delegates are not just handed out, he is winning because that is who the majority of voters wanted to win! Spite will get you no where and no matter how you spin it, she lost. Deal and get on board so we don't have another 100 years in Iraq!

    May 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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