May 13th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
12 years ago

Hagel laughs off - but won't rule out - joining an Obama ticket

CNN

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. Anonymous

    Obama/Hagel 2008!!!!

    May 13, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. clinton

    Hillary can run as a independent all she wants man. Let me tell you something right now he will beat both of them!

    May 13, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Sebelius and Board Games for Obama

    Gov Kathellen Sebelius sounds like an ideal nut-job to add to Obama's General Election Loss:

    "Don't Drop the Soap," a new, adult-themed board game based on life in prison, is being sold out of the Kansas governor's mansion.

    Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and her husband, Gary, support the efforts of their 23-year-old son John Sebelius in creating and marketing the game, Sebelius spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran said Friday.

    May 13, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. G in NH

    I dunno people. Isn't Freedom spectacular and scary at the same time? So many other places everything's planned out, determined. Here, everything's up in the air but our opinions matter. It scares me that Hillayr supporters would vote for McCain, but hey that's their right. I think Obama's closer to Hillary, and honestly, come November, democrats will support democrats – republicans will support rebuplicans, but it'd sure be neat to have both vote for both with an Obama/Hagel ticket!

    May 13, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    How about Obama/McCain?

    No, I don't mean John McCain. I mean his MOTHER! 🙂

    May 13, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Tammy - KCMO

    "Hillary Supporters….Lets start a movement to Have Hillary run as an Independent. Obama doesn't know what he is doing and recent polls have shown that 50% of Democrats that voted for Hillary will not vote for Obama. Obama and his fans are just hateful!! :"

    Comments like this I just don't understand. You've got the same people posting over and over on this site, probably under different IDs and in all probability not even Democrats or Independents, just commenting to cause problems for the Democratic party.

    Don't base your vote on what you see on this website or any others. You may as well be deciding on who to vote for after reading the National Inquirer. Find out about the candidates and make an EDUCATED DECISION. You have no one to blame but yourself if we end up with 4 more years of Bush politics.

    May 13, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. goblai67

    Chris, I think you are the one that don't know what you are doing.
    I also wonder why you call yourself democrate and ready to vote for Mc cain if Obama win.
    I am an obama supporter and i know he is the one that can brings
    change and not Hillary.
    1-America is a racial divided country Obama is the solution for that.
    2-The image of America is tarnished Obama is the solution for that.
    3-The world is bigger than America ,today new vision needed, Obama has the vision.
    4-The world is divided with China,Russia,Iran,Latine America,India,
    all those country are powerfull Economicaly and military as Hillary as signed to blow Iran and her lack of vision about Iraq; make Obama the only one to bring respect and democracie on the international stage.
    THE DEMOCRATS OVER SEA HAVE VOTED FOR OBAMA
    AMERICA ISLAND HAVE VOTED FOR OBAMA
    CANADA WANT OBAMA.TO WIN
    MIDLEAST, ASIA THEY WANT OBAMA TO WIN.
    AFRICA, WANT OBAMA TO WIN.

    HAVE YOU ASKED YOURSELF WHY?

    "IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT, GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN" HILLARY CLINTON. What does it mean?
    She negleted the smalls states, are their not important?

    IF YOU ARE A DEMOCRATE AND YOU KNOW WHAT THE ROLE OF THE PRESIDENT IS IN THE WHITE HOUSE, THEN YOU WILL VOTE FOR THE NOMINEE.

    BUT IF YOU CALL YOURSELF A DEMOCRATE BECAUSE OF HILLARY, THEN WITHOUT HER YOU ARE NOT SO YOU ARE COMPLETELY NOT A DEMOCRATE AND FOR YOU, POLICIE AND RULES DO NOT MATTER, IS HILLARY THAT MATTER.

    By the way good luck in your next move and have a nice day!

    May 13, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Noah

    Please reconsider voting for McCain, we need your support. I'm a strong supporter of Obama but will still vote for Clinton if she pulls off a miracle victory at the convention.

    Think about what you’re saying before making remarks like that. We have two candidates both of whom are planning to end the war in Iraq, improve healthcare, boost the economy and protect the environment.

    Are you really willing to give that up if you party doesn’t choose the candidate you’d prefer? Would you really prefer 4-8 more years of failed Republican policy?

    Once a nominee is officially chosen, the winner will more than likely adopt or reach a fair compromise on most of the issues where the two are at odds.

    Hillary, Bill and all of her delegates will be supporting Obama if he becomes the nominee as will Barack, Michelle and his delegates if Hillary wins.

    So in the words of Former President Clinton, “Chill Out!”

    May 13, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. John from Chicago

    To all you Obama haters who call yourselves democrats,
    the bottom line is that Obama is the nominee; end of story. Now, considering that he and Clinton have similar views 99% of the time but yet you'd rather vote for McCain (whose policies are totally opposite), then you'd have to really ask yourself why do you hate Obama that much. Dare I say that it has something to do with his race? If that is the case then go ahead and vote for McCain, hopefully you'd come to your senses after Bush's third term.

    May 13, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Nicole in NE

    I am from Nebraska, and people here have a lot of respect for Chuck Hagel. Mostly because he stands up for what he believes in and doesn't just go along with whatever the mainstream "conservative view" is.

    John McCain actually used to be that way about Bush's tax cuts and immigration, but I guess changed his mind and went along with what he had to.......it's sad.

    May 13, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Francis

    A message for the person named "Hillary or Bust!"
    You are the horrible person. On what grounds are you calling Obama horrible?

    May 13, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Garth

    To the individual who said we all wanted war after 9/11. We did and we got it. That war is in Afghanistan. No one is arguing we should be there. On the other hand, no one has made the case we needed to be in Iraq other than the neo-cons in the White House that needed to finish George I's war. If we hadn't gone into Iraq, we would have good strong fresh troops for Afghanistan and would probably be in a better shape there.

    This is the problem with the ready, fire, aim approach. We see this is McCain and in Clinton right now. We need leadership, not a fighter. We need someone with a level head, not a hot head (that would be both McCain and Clinton). We need Obama.

    May 13, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Dana in north Carolina

    This could work, or Sebelius. As a Barack supporter, and an African-American woman, I think he would do well to get a Caucasian as VP to soothe those who will not be happy unless there is one on the ticket, and if it was a woman then maybe that would soothe some of the Clinton supporters who are voting based on gender. I have no problem with either as long as they are willing to work the platform of new politics that empower the people, and reverse some of the Bush years' damage.

    May 13, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Ray

    A bipartisan ticket!! Now that would make this year the year of change in the US. Not only do we have record breaking voter turnout, fund raising, and of course the obvious, Hillary and Obama, but a bipartisan ticket would really establish Obama's message of change. As it has already been said here, it would mean that our government would actually be able to help US! and not others overseas or the extremely rich!

    May 13, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. ???

    "I cannot vote for Obama, mostly because of his bloggers who spew hate and racism." -Charlotte

    Are you kidding? Think about what you just said, you're going to punish Obama, who isn't the one saying the comments, punish the party, and possibly punish the entire US including yourself (if McCain continues Iraq, which he likely will) all because of what some random bloggers that you'll never see again in your life said. Think about that really hard.

    May 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. Joe Regis

    Hummm who is more likely to provide leverage?

    Obama and the DNC will decide.

    May 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    How about Obama/Powell?

    May 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. obama all the way

    Mike in columbus

    You are a smart person – very knowledgeable !!!

    May 13, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Chris

    Jeanie – Nice..Do you have a job?

    Obama needs the people who have a GED to win also. Think he can win w/o them..I dont think so. Stop putting people down.

    May 13, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Franky

    Don't worry Senator Hagel, I'm sure my boy has something for you. You see Senator, my boy will hook you up...and by the way, did it surprise you because Senator Hagel was mentioned for for the Vice ticket???? The surprises keep on coming and expect more...

    May 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. European Observer

    Having followed this campaign from the begining, i find
    it HILARIOUS that a lot Clinton supporters wont vote for Obama when
    he becomes the democratic nominee..

    Because both candidates are practically the same on issues,
    its clear that the only reason for this must be your own emotions.. which is extremely childish! Clintons campaign and her supporters have become the laughing stock of Europe!

    Please dont give the world more of Bush..just because you didnt get your own way!

    May 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Chris Jr

    I agree with Chris. The Nobamabots can't win without us.

    May 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Dennis

    Since it was floated by Chris in the first comment (that has almost nothing to do with the story), I'll tell you why I don't want Senator Clinton to run as an independent. If she runs as an independent, then Senator Obama will lose and Senator Clinton will lose. They'll likely split the Democratic vote (not evenly, but it'll be split enough). That is a sure way for McCain to win. The general election vote will go something like 46-48% for McCain, somewhere around 30% for Obama, and somewhere around 24% for Clinton.

    Not to mention, Hillary Clinton is too smart for that. She knows she won't win the presidency as an Independent. Furthermore, she knows she won't be the Democratic nominee in 2012 if she runs against the Democrats' nominee this year.

    I think it is time for the Democrats to start putting aside their differences, which are really small if you step back and look it. The differences between Obama and Clinton are really about personality. A Democrat is needed in the White House. I think we need to respect the nomination process and rally behind whomever the Democratic nominee is, be it Senator Clinton or Obama.

    We don't need a third Bush term! Vote for the Democrat!

    May 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. gary

    ALEX. YOU JERKS ARE THE RACIST ,BIAS SUPPORTERS. CLINTON SUPPORTERS ARE NOT THE SORE LOOSERS. WE ARE THE WISE AND SMART SUPPORTERS THAT VOTE FOR A TRACK RECORD ,QUALIFICATIONS AND KNOW HOW. YOU O.B. SUPPORTERS AND CLINTON HATERS VOTE FOR GLAMOUR, MONEY, GLITTER AND SMOOTH EMPTY SPEECHES. YOU ARE THE STUPID ARROGANT SORE LOOSERS. YOUR CANIDATE PLAYS THE RACE CARD EVERYTIME HRC FIGHTS BACK. THIS WHOLE RACE HAS BEEN RACIAL AND BIAS. HRC KEEPS FIGHTING THATS BECAUSE SHE HAS DONE THAT FOR OUR COUNTRY AT THE BEGINING. SHE HAS BEEN THERE FOR US WHERE O.B. TURNS HIS BACK AWAY. WHO WENT TO NEW ORLEANS? IT SURE THE HELL WASN'T O.B. HE WANTS YOUR VOTES THAN THE HELL WITH YA. HE IS IN THIS FOR HIMSELF.HRC IS IN IT FOR OUR COUNTRY. YOU NAIVE O.B. SUPPORTERS DONT KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN CON. CLINTON SUPPORTERS ARE NOT THAT STUPID . GO HRC.

    May 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. HILLARY CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER!!

    OPRAH WILL BE HIS RUNNING MATE OR MAYBE HE WILL CHOOSE REVEREND WRIGHT AFTER ALL THEY THINK ALIKE!!!!!!!

    HE ISN'T FOOLING ME OR HALF THE COUNTRY!!!!

    THIS IS WHY HILLARY IS STILL WINNING STATES!!!!

    OBAMA WILL BE A DISASTER FOR THIS COUNTRY!!!!

    GO HILLARY FL AND MI SUPPORT YOU!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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