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. Girl 2



    May 13, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. HAHA


    wow sounds like you two really know what you are talking about

    Clintion is the embodiment of pure JOY!

    SARCASIM.... yeah you two have no idea. Go ahead, write her in. Maybe McCain will draft you.

    May 13, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Sachin

    I am a republican, seriouly considering Obama...with Hagel on the ticket I would surely vote, becides Hagel is not a sell out like McCain! Just my thoughts! Not a right wing republican but somewhere in the middle...

    May 13, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Allison

    Chris woopsie do you people are not loyal to the democratic party. It just shows the state of denial you are in just like Hillary. This is not a popularity contest this election is to let go off the old ways of doing things and being in the 21st century so that America is not runnign behind India ahd China – Hello wake up

    May 13, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Alex H


    I'll take that as your personal signature on the recruitment application.

    WELCOME TO THE ARMY! I'm so glad to hear your personal interest in heading to Iraq!

    May 13, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Brian

    Hagel would be an excellent choice as a VP. Biden, Sebelius, Schweitzer, or Clark would also work for various reasons. As for the Hillary supporters who claim that they will vote for McCain- I have to think that they will come around once they get a chance to objectively look at the candidates. I'm sure there are a few conservatives who are voting for Hillary as a means of achieving progress for women, and I'm sure there are a few Hillary supporters who will not vote for a black man under any circumstances, but anyone who is voting for Hillary based on her views will eventually vote for Obama. I can understand some anger in the moment based on the perceived mistreatment by the media, but I don't think anyone really believes that electing a candidate who will continue the war and appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade is the best way of getting back at MSNBC.

    May 13, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Phil-Little Rock

    Well, the fact that he hasn't endorsed his long-time friend says a lot!! Hagel, cut the crap: you can either be John McCain's best friend or you can be Vice Pres. Hagel. Power trumps friendship every time. You think I'm kidding? Look at how Bill Clinton has alienated the very community who dubbed him 'the first black president'. When this is over, you won't find one black church he can go in and sing 'We Shall Overcome'.

    GO OBAMA '08!!

    May 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Creative Woody

    Yes, have Hillary run as an independent.
    Let the world finally see that she'll do ANYTHING to be president, including turning her back on her party and virtually guarantee another 4 years of GOP in the WH.

    Yeah, that shows real character.

    May 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Kenneth M

    It is odd that Slick Hillie is crying sexism while at the same time trying to emasculate the Obama and the Democratic Party for scorning her and electing Obama.

    May 13, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Jeanie Martindale

    It is the Hillary camp that is hateful and racist. the only thing Hillary is going to be president of is the LIARS CLUB.

    May 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. lol

    doesn't matter who obama picks, because hillary is going to be the next president. the UNITE AND WRITE campaign will be a reality if hillary is cheated out of the nomination. hillary owes the democrats nadda for the horrific treatment she has been given by them. loyalist of hillary UNITE AND WRITE our candidates name on the ballot in November.

    May 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Geoff, NH expatriot in Canada

    This is a good idea. Hagel may be a Republican, but he has been against the war from day one, and he disagrees with the party on a lot of different issues. I've looked into his positions, and I'm not really sure why he's affiliated with the GOP at all. However, he because he is part of the GOP, he would draw a lot of moderate Republican voters towards Obama, and away from McCain, especially the pretty vast number of Republicans that want the war done and over with (a much larger number than the MSM and GOP would like you to think) Its a good idea, and would prove Obama is post-partisan, but allying himself with an experienced post-partisan VP. Only trouble: it might make some of the more leftist Dems a little disgruntled, and he is also a senator: Obama probably needs a governor as VP, someone with executive experience.

    May 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. Ron Las Vegas

    I like the idea of Chuck Hagel or Sam Nunn. Both would be great. As for the Hillary supporters, obviously they have not read of any of Obama's posititions and proposals. As for the nomination being stolen, bull. You were all very happy to have super delegates put Her over the top, and say they need to be independant and make up their own minds. Now it seems if the y don't support Hillary they are somehow not making up their own minds. He leads in every catagory even if you include Florida and Mich. ad don't onclude caucuses, For those of you who say caucuses are unfair, and complain about voters being disenfranchised, you are disenfranchising all of us who went to caucuses. In a causcus you are voting for a candidate. To say otherwise is uninformed and wrong.

    May 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. Omar C. Baez

    I want to first say that I'm for OBama in this race and want to say something to the Hillary Clinton supporters who are stating that if she doesn't win then they will vote for McCain.

    This is not meant to be an insult but the blunt honest truth, there is a connection between the fact that most of her supporters are not college educated and Obama's are.

    It is called reading and checking into all the facts before making a decision and not just following like blind sheep.

    I didnt just choose Obama because of his speeches but it was his judgement.

    The most important issue and vote in the last 20 years was the decision to authorize and give up their responsiblity to Bush to go into Iraq. The democrats who voted against it voted with integrity.

    How could anyone have voted for it with out reading the NIE?!!! Hillary states she was briefed. People I'm sorry but we had one president (Bush) who was "briefed" (referring to Bin Laden determined to strike in US memo).

    We need a president who will READ intelligence estimates and not just be "briefed"

    My son is in Iraq and I can never forgive Hillary nor any democrat who voted for this war. It is not forgivable for all of the people who have lost their lives, been crippled, families destroyed. And that is just here in the US. Imagine that destruction rought upon families in Iraq.

    May 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. bill in nyc

    great idea...hagel is a republican, but unlike most republicans, he has common sense, and is a reasonable and smart man...i think it would be a great idea to signify the end to partisan nonsense...

    oh yeah, chris (and all you hillary supporters who aren't even answering the question)...YOU LOST!!! GET OVER IT!!!

    May 13, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Jump Ship To Obama In Florida

    The Saturday night live skit of Hillary tells the truth. Any body who says if Obama wins they will vote McCain is RACIST. Go ahead and tell the truth. You don't want a black man in the white house. Obama have not lied about anything. Obama have not attacked Hillary . Her negative, say anything to win campaign is everything he is against. He have alot more choices for VP. Hagel has pros and cons.

    May 13, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Yankee Dog

    Don't laugh it off. Please Chuck, for the good of the country, you would be a fantastic VP candidate and the perfect antidote to the bipartisanship that has crippled this country since the Regan era. You and Obama – wow!

    May 13, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. RON

    i think it would be a great idea.... even though i dont know much about him... it would be nice to have a REP as the VP

    OBAMA 08

    May 13, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Alan in Fla., don't count my vote

    I like Hagel, he needs to keep away from Obama and all his corruption. watch out for the October surprise if Democrats nominate this empty cotton candy candidate Obama. Hagel stay away from Obama save yourself....

    May 13, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. southerner

    Obama/Hagel vs. McCain/Lieberman

    That would throw the "conventional wisdom" to the winds.

    Toss in Nadar and Barr, and we have the most interesting (weird) election of my lifetime.

    May 13, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. AnnT

    I am amazed how the HIllary camp simply "refuses" to acknowledge Obama's lead and would actually turn traitors to the party and vote for McCain. I feel as though they are trying to strong arm us Obama supporters into backing down and going for Hillary. It "ain't" gonna happen. Grow up and support our party's nominee or YOU ALL will be to plame should McCain win in Nov.

    May 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Kev

    Fellow Obama Supporters,

    Try empathizing with the Clinton supporters. If our candidate was down 150 delegates out of a few thousand and therefore pretty much out of the race, we'd be ticked off too.

    May 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. Michael Houston TX.

    Chris it would be much more healthier for you to use your energy to support Obama who has never done anything to you. You keep on saying negative things against Obama for no good reason. How about visiting his webb site and find out about the facts and if your are not satisfied don't vote for him. Be careful or you will get a stroke or heart attack, because his conscience is so clear towards you!

    May 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. After further review,Texas

    It wont be Chuck.

    May 13, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. deborah jeane p, Boston

    obama / hagel vs. mccain / clinton! who'd have thought that the so-called two parties are indeed one and the same!

    May 13, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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