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. Independent

    I would love to have Hagel on the ticket. He brings much experience, including foreign policy with him. I so so thrilled that we will have Obama as the nominee. To those who keep screaming that Hillary run as an Independent- she cannot do that – look at the rules, oops she doesn't like playing by the rules now, does she! Obama o8

    May 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Roger

    Obama is in the lead because African-Americans started noticing a black candidate in February. Before then, hardly anyone knew who he was. Call me idiot but you all know it is the truth.

    May 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. JP, Downers Grove, IL

    Veterans for Hagel and Obama!!! End this War!!! Bring the Country together!! Restore our credibility!!

    May 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. charlie z

    we need to unite the party, not tear it to pieces. obama and clinton share very similar viewpoints when it comes to the main issues. i think obama's appeal has been that he's just a more positive campaign. it seems that most of the contentions that clinton supporters have with obama were brought to light from clinton's own smear-campaign against obama. to say "if not clinton, then mccain," is only going to hurt us all in the long run. please don't let your emotions overwhelm your rationality. choosing what is disadvantageous to the self out of bitterness is just plain idiocy.

    May 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Wow!!! A pretty good choice - Hagel's been a great leader/legislator. Fat chance though. I can't imagine the powers-that-be in the Democratic party agreeing.

    May 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. North Carolina Graduate

    Obama is only winning because of the black vote. 89% to 91% of 26% or more being the black population can help you win many states. If Obama was not black, Hillary would have already won.

    May 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Mind

    Marshall–count me in.


    May 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Aaron M.

    Hagel would be a very good SecDef, but not a VP. I'd like to see Jim Webb be the VP.

    Definitely not Hillary, I just don't think that it wouldn't be the right match for Obama.

    May 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Deb

    Well said Marshall. As a true democrat, I would vote for Hillary even though during this campaign I truly dislike her but in the end what truly does matter is a democrat in the White House.

    May 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Ed Andrews

    Clinton has the less educated white vote(fact), Clinton wins the dems nomination(highly unlikely), then Clinton becomes Prez(highly improbable). What does this say about the educational level and racial standards of the USA in 2008?

    May 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Sean McM


    May 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Roger

    We need to get the message through to Hillary that she needs to run as Independant. She may already be planning on it and that is why she is staying in this race.

    Hillary going independant would actually bring in a lot of votes from the republican party and the democrat party that aren't happy with their nominee, but don't want to cross over to the other party, but wouldn't mind voting independant.

    May 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Gen. Colon Powell would also make a great V.P., but if Hillary is the choice I support her also. Hillary undoubtedly is a great First Lady and it's unfortunate her quest for the nominee did some damage, but she will recover.

    May 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Miro

    VP: sen. Webb.

    May 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. Deb.

    Check it out Hagel backers. He's against the war now, but so is almost everyone else who voted Yea just like HE did. Google the rollcall and see who else voted for it like John Kerry. Why didn't Obama condemn that error is judgment when he gave his kiss-up 2004 convention speech? Can you say hypocrite?

    May 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Alex in San Diego

    Hillary Supporters that won't vote for Sen.Obama

    Come on folks,

    The two canidates have similar positions on just about every significant issue. Do we really want things to chage, if we want a shift in policy from our leaders, we need to grow up. Do you realize how idiotic that sounds, "If Hillary doesn't get the nomination, I'm voting for McCain". If that's truly the case, you don't really care about this country's direction. Anyone who will do that should come to grips, that stance is driven by one of two things, overwhelming bitterness, or sheer racism. I would at least have respect for those that would just be honest.

    May 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Sidney McCain

    Pretty funny how Chris calls Obama supporeter hateful as she calls for HRC running as an independent. Anyone else find that a but "emotional"

    May 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. Sean McM

    The old saying:

    How do you remember your original objective was to drain the swamp when you are up to your 'fanny' in alligators????

    Clinton, and those of us supporting her, know she IS focused on the present FOR REAL REASONS i.e., problems that MUST be dealt with, very directly and right now!

    Obama comes to us with "ignore the alligators, they are a mirage", don't focus on the present, look to the FUTURE .....HOPE your way out of the swamp.

    Nomination to Clinton, for OUR sake...our being AMERICA, unqualified by racial references....we are all in here together folks!

    Vote CLINTON '08

    May 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Chris

    To Venus: Get your panties out of a knot!! Its people like you that are making us Clinton supporters defect to McCain. Dont be mad because the Clinton supporters do not share your views of Obama!! We dont care about him and we dont care about you!! Stop being so "SPRUNG" on this man. Get a life.

    Hillary or Bust!!
    Hillary or McCain!!

    May 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Frustrated Fem

    I can't believe anyone but frustrated feminist could vote for Hillary

    May 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. Dana in north Carolina

    George in FL, thank you for your honesty. It goes a long way to explain to some of the folks who want to say that African-Americans are racist for voting so heavily for Obama. What these folks don't understand is that African-Americans liked Hillary and Obama about the same, and that their policies are almost identical, but that if faced with a choice, some but not all would go ahead and give Obama the benefit of the doubt if for no other reason than folks like you who would not. Then comments made by Bill and now Hillary sealed that deal. Yet even through all of that, most would still vote for her if she got the nom just to stay with the dem party. Can you say the same?

    May 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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