May 13th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
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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. MC- Atlanta,GA

    Whatever Gets A Democrat in the White house in 2008 I support. Let's just hope that Hagel does not become President after being VP.

    The OC in 2008!

    May 13, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Nicole in NE

    Do you EVEN know what you are doing by voting for McCain out of PURE SPITE if Hillary doesn't get the nomination?

    Gas prices are rising, our jobs are getting shipped overseas, grocery bills are rising, the housing market is in desperate need of fixing. our environment is the worst it's ever been, don't even get me started about the national defficit and the tax cuts for the wealthiest of us! Oh yeah, what about the trillions of dollars spent on this war that could've helped create opportunities for Americans in THIS country!!!!

    Yes, let's have John McCain in office, because guess what? All these things that you claim to care about are going to just get worse with a Republican in office.

    How can you people not see this? Are you seriously that BLIND?

    May 13, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Kathy

    Last year I moved from Oregon (where they hold a primary to nominate a presidential candidate) to the state of Colorado (where they caucus). And I have to say I'm shocked at how UNDEMOCRATIC the caucus was.

    I attend Colorado State University where I live in Fort Collins, and there wasn't any visible effort to organize voters in this city to participate in the caucus.

    I had no clue HOW to vote, WHERE to vote, let alone WHEN to vote. I'm an Oregonian - where the state runs the election process and doesn't leave it up to local party members. A small number of people in this state swung the election for Obama.

    The fact that Obama is claiming that he WON the state of Colorado - based on the showing in the caucus - is a JOKE. Give me a primary election any day. That's the only FAIR way to conduct an "election".

    Obama will be in for a surprise when the people in Colorado - and all the other caucus states - actually have an opportunity to cast a VOTE.

    May 13, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Doug R.

    Why would anyone with any objectivity or brains want someone like John McCain to be our next President?? Just look at the guy. He is a liar and a fraud and CNN is giving him a free and easy ride. He has a closet full of skeletons (i.e. Keating Five, Hagee, adultery/ extramarital affairs, temper tantrums, health issues, false patriotism, etc.). He needs to answer up to the American people about each and every one of thsese issues.

    May 13, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Levae

    Obama will get a fresh new face.

    May 13, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. lala

    I really thought Americans are intelligent.But with the things I see and hear America needs to wake up.There is a great deal of illiteracy at your backyard.Hillary Clinton,please,when a woman begins to display such as you now do,there is a lot sinister about your person.

    May 13, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. gary jennings

    You Obama supporters and Clinton haters are in for a rude awakining. If Obama dosn't put HRC on the ticket because of you young arrogant punks and his race, he will loose the election. Over 54 % of dems want this and will vote republican, than you haters will get what you deserve.HRC has the track recordand know how and can be a real big deal O.B. If you haters keep hating ,you will fall at the end. O.B. keeps bringining up Iraq ,and didn't have the right to vote. Thats a prety weak issue always bringing up against HRC. Almost 100% of our country wanted war after the 911 issue.So dont come weak on the country now with your B.S. O.B. and your hating supporters.Without HRC on the ticket ,you might just as well be ready for 4 more yrs. of a Republican. You haters and media have done nothing but trash and be bias against the best choice for your changes in this country. HRC GO ALL THE WAY.

    May 13, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. RealtiyKing

    A bipartisan unity ticket with Obama, the most liberal Senator in Congress???

    No wonder Hagel laughed it off....

    May 13, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Mrs.Ricks

    So sad that people use terms as under his (Obama's) spell, how childish is this? We are a country that have lost jobs to other countries (who are doing great) , gas and food prices through the roof, and families are having difficult times.

    Let's start to look like the SUPERPOWER we are. I want a President who would rather communicate than bully. Oh no I am not against war but, only if necessary the last resort. Billions are our dollars are going to Iraq and families are suffering at home. PLEASE! Mrs Clinton is a good politican but we need NEWNESS. Please let's unite in getting a new start and fresh start. Let's get rid of the OLD way of politics. NEW DIRECTION is what we need and the reason is the old way has not worked or we would not be in this mess we are in now. Some people are looking back to the day of Bill but, this is not THE BILLARY's contest and if anyone would rather be inmature (and as the old saying) cut off there noise to spite there face well live on. God Bless America! Thanks

    May 13, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. steve ga

    There starting to be alot of Clinton supporters switching to Obama for the sake of the democratic party, there's no hope for Clinton they might resit the delegates of Florida but Michagan would have to vote again because Obama wasnt on the ballot an he mostly likley will win Michagan the demographics favor him [thats if they consider MI & FL] which I think they want so Clinton suppoters saying the will vote for Mccain over Obama if Obama is nomineee you voices will note be heard the young voters, African American voters, well-educated white voters will overide your voice. Not all hard working whites support that ideal in the end Obama will be the next president. He is compared to John Kennedy I've never voted before Im 25 an African American I live in the poor section of my city I've register to vote an been speaking to all my brothers an sisters in the streets those that are eligble to vote need to register we've made this a priority. There's excitement were register people left an right. Dont let those polls fool you theres a lot of people for Obama that cant be heard now but in November you will here of the biggest Demorcatic turnout of young people an African Americans people period. It's Obamas destiny that cant be stopped

    May 13, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Nelda

    That would be an awesome choice for Obama,lets hope it happens.

    May 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Mike in Columbus

    Hey, I think this would work...

    I like Hagel, always have. One of the few Republicans who can do more than walk the party line, and like's straight talk.

    May 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Mike in Columbus

    The majority of Clinton supporters will support Obama in November…

    Some will not, but I think most realize the stakes, and put that above sour grapes and petty jealousy.

    However, most of the folks who keep repeating they won't support Obama on this blog will probably stick to their word.
    They can congratulate themselves if Obama loses, and smirk for a bit. They can also pat themselves on the back when the
    US troop casualty count comes in each month, and feel proud they help perpetuate that. They can smile to themselves as
    the dollar continues to weaken and friends and family can't find blue collar jobs in America, and know they had a hand
    it that too. As more conservative judges are appointed to the supreme court, they can laugh to themselves and say "yeah,
    but we sure taught the DNC a leason, didn't we?"

    So be proud Obama haters, you are the true Americans aren't you?

    May 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Benoit

    ..and what if Hillary is at the bottom of McCain's ticket

    May 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Iam U.

    I am Hillary follower, but I have to face the truth, I think we are wasting time, money and dividing the party, One my big questions is How come she doesn't have any campaing funds? and Obama does, Does that mean that the supporter are not "supporting"? Is this a clue of what is going on? Who is going to repay her the money that she's lent to campaing? please advise, this is my first time voting(i am just 19 years old) thanks. Iam U.

    May 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Claudia

    Hillary began this contest with immediate name recognition and vast numbers of Democrats who love her husband - that is why she won Michigan and Florida. No one in those states really knew anything about Obama. But the fact remains that even with Hillary's great name recognition and Bill campaigning for her - she cannot raise the money or votes to beat an unknown (to most of us) candidate. I love it when Clinton talks about how much more Obama is spending than she is –she is just emphasizing the fact that she cannot get the support he has gotten. Clinton brings too much baggage with her and Bill should not be given a third term.

    May 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. Blaising

    Hagel? Hmmmm....interesting.

    Obama's choice in a running mate will be so much fun to watch. In the end, his superior judgement will trump all the pundits and party players.

    May 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Michael

    Why not Bobby Kennedy Jr., Kathleen Sebelius, Richardson or Collin Powell??? They all help to unify the country or constituencies in different ways.

    May 13, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Berat (Pronounced buh-RAHT), Park Ridge, IL

    Hey Hillary or Bust:

    If you're going to vote for McCain over Obama, you're not really a Clinton supporter. McCain has morphed from a maverick to a right-wing loon. Clinton and Obama are nearly identical on policy; their main differences are on Iran and in style/presentation. You, and all so-called "Hillary" supporters like you, need to either start paying attention to who and what John McCain is or just go away.

    May 13, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. norm

    Anybody who votes for McCain or does not vote because Obama is the nominee is to be held responsible for EVERY DEAD AMERICAN SOLDIER during McCain's administration. Your children, spouses,friends,neighbours etc will die by your hands. May god forgive you for your hate.

    May 13, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. ferris_b

    I strongly support Obama but I would feel very alienated if Obama picked a republican as a running mate. I left the republican party because I wanted nothing to do with double speak politicians and I don't want to make my first vote as a democrat go to a republican veep. This is probably a float to see what the people think of the idea. I doubt that it will be offered to any republican. Still thinking Richardson or Kennedy... though I know Kennedy has a tainted past... but it was 40 years ago. I would like to see a good socialist as veep.

    Obama/ Social Democrat

    May 13, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl


    Did you notice how many bloggers are Hillary haters? Hillary
    supporters work and can't spend hours on the blog, Obama suppoprters don't work , sit home blog all day, collect food stamps,
    welfare and so on.

    Hillary may not be avble to run as an independant, but we can sure
    put her name on the ballot. Hillary isn't the one tearing the party
    apart, it's Obama with his lies. Why is Hillary getting blamed for
    all Obama's mistakes? She didn't make the bitter remark,
    she didn't sit with Rev. Wright for 20 years, Bill Clinton didn't
    get up in front of millions and say he was never proud of America.

    You Obama need to get an education, and a job.

    May 13, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Alan in Fla., don't count my vote

    those of you who say Hillary and Obama are almost identical have not been watching. Obama has no thoughts of his own. He voted present over 100 times while a state rep. because he couldn't make a decision. He sees what Hillary does and copies it and calls it his own. He has no mind. He is a cotton candy candidate. He has no experience and has accomplished nothing. and Hillary could be Obama head to head as an independent, chris does make sense. Obama wouldn't have all those caucuses to pull him so far ahead. He did not play by the rules as all you claim, and he in not about anything including change. he is an empty suit with good speaking abilities. He has run one of the most crooked campaigns in recent history, but you guys were so blinded by the glitter that missed it.

    May 13, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Addendum

    It doesn't matter if this is not posted because it's most important that you media guys read it. The title of this article is so misleading in addition to the real intent of what you write. And you mentioned, that this information you write was "mentioned" somewhere. The question is where was it mentioned, among yourselves talking between bathroom stalls?

    May 13, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Venus

    New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Endorses Barack Obama; Delegate Countdown – 148 To Go
    by Sam Graham-FelsenTuesday, May 13, 2008 at 07:00 AM

    YES! Go Obama! Thank you Mayor Nagin!

    May 13, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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