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. Alfred.Jr

    In a more positive thinking, there is a bridge to cross here, and the posibilities Following the kind of disceet person Obama are, narrows the chances of Hagel beening on his Ticket...

    Lets see, Obama always goes for the best, thats why his team is the best politacal team.
    Alfred.JR

    May 13, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Get a clue!!!

    To the Clinton supporters wanting Clinton to run as an Independent, do you plan on bankrolling her campaign because you certainly do seem to be donating right now. Or maybe you have and she BLEW through the money you sent her by mismanaging her campaign finances. Don't worry, she still has that $109 million to fall back on while she is using your hard earned money for a lost cause.

    Not attacking, just stating facts. Fact is, she can't manage her campaign, how is she going to manage the economy?

    Has anyone else noticed she stopped talking about the "gas tax holiday" now that NC and Indiana have come and gone?

    May 13, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. John W in NC

    My lenghty response did not seem to get through. Allow me to say that the Obama campaign is about Unity. After all of the "hateful" things that have come out of the Clinton campaign, we are still willing to work with the Clinton supporters to win in November. However, if Obama is the nominee (it appears that he will be), then we all need to get on the "Hope" and "Change" bandwagon and work toward a "United" States of America. If we do not join together, then the cause will be lost and the War in Iraq, the Economy, and the other issues we care about will continue to spiral downward, until there will be no recovering from it. As Obama says, "We can not wait!"

    May 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. SOLOMON EMERUWA

    EVERY PAST NOMINEE OF EITHER PARTY HAS GOTTEN THERE BY WINNING THE PRESCRIBED NUMBER OF DELEGATES TO THEIR PARTY'S CONVENTION. IF THE DEMOCRATS CHANGE THE RULES NOW JUST TO DENY A BLACK THE PRESIDENCY, HILARY WOULD HAVE PREVAILED BY DESTROYING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
    IF ON THE OTHER HAND NANCY PELOSI AND THE DNC INSIST ON THE RULES BEING THE RULES, AMERICAN PRESTIGE ALL THE WORLD OVER WILL BE THE HIGHEST SINCE 1776!!
    THE WORLD ,BOTH FRIENDS AND NON-FRIENDS , IS WATCHING HOW AMERICA TREATS OBAMA AND TAKING SERIOUS NOTES!!

    May 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Phyllis

    This is to Chris – and I say that 100% of the democrats who voted for Barack WILL NOT vote for Hillary and this is why WE DO NOT want her on a ticket with him!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. kenny cole

    CHRIS!! SHAME ON YOU...I UNDERSTAND RASICT IS A DESEASE,THIS TIME AROUND WE WILL NOT BE DEVIDED...................GO OBAMA..08

    May 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. ez

    great team..............

    May 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Venus

    Indiana Congressman Joe Donnelly Endorses Barack Obama; Delegate Countdown – 149 To Go
    by Sam Graham-FelsenTuesday, May 13, 2008 at 06:53 AM

    May 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Coyotita

    Chuck Hagel is one Republican that is not of the extreme right kind. He seems to have the best interest of this country at heart. Why not an Obama and Hagel ticket? What we have in common with some Republicans is that we can think and reason and, most of all speak the truth!

    May 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. bones

    Hagel embodies the worst of "The Stuff" weenie-Repulicans are made of and why the Weenies are going down to defeat bigtime to the Demoncrats.

    May 13, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Jay NY/NJ

    I think it would be nice to see him pick a Republican, that will show real change. It will show that Democrats and Republican's can work together for a common goal. But for those Hillary supports like that knuckle head in the top of this blog, You must be racist or just out right dumb. I can understand not voting at all, but to vote for McCain, that's just stupid if you care about this country.

    May 13, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. kajhleen

    Hagel would totally offset any appeal McCain might have-war hero, anti-war from day one and he offsets Obama's deficits and affirms the "change" theme in an unprecedented way! Yes, HAGEL!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. pat

    i find it very hard to vote for obama after reading a blog about his wife concerning her theiese she wrote in collage she really hates white people an this country that not accetable to me therefore like many of my fellow party members i will have to vote for mccain if hillary is not given the nod for the presidency i am only i of many million who feel this way. you the dnc have caused this problem an you superdelagates once you pladge your vote to hillary you should have stuck to it no abandon her. SHAME SHAME ON YOU.

    May 13, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Dennis

    I don't understand how Hillary was "cheated" out of the nomination. As far as I can tell, Obama played by the rules. In fact, I haven't heard Senator Clinton suggest otherwise. The argument seems to be that Senator Clinton was entitled to the nomination, and if she doesn't get it, she was cheated out of it.

    I still believe cooler heads will prevail, and when the nomination is decided, Clinton supporters will have some time to consider the candidates (McCain and likely Obama) and will do what is right for the United States by voting to support the candidate that most closely shares their view on the issues. If that truly is McCain, then so be it, but I doubt it.

    May 13, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Roger

    I hope that Hillary dosn't take the VP spot if she is offered it. I will write her in in November. I hope that she will run as Independant.

    May 13, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. piecrust

    Obama for President is too risky. He is a copycat, copies everybody's work and never an original. Even when he went to the Senate, he copied the so-called Clinton Model (how things operate in the Senate). In the Chicago legislature, it's all the same, never wrote anything original but made sure he wants his name put in each one of them. The country is too much at stake at this moment. They say that the "bright ones" are for Barack, I do not think so, they're super DUMB, DUMB and DUMBER!!!!

    May 13, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Mind

    Alan in Fla., don't count my vote
    For one, he voted AGAINST the war in Iraq, and outright spoke out against it from the very beginning.
    and Hillary voted....for the war.
    You're right, they are not exactly the same.

    May 13, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. Franky

    And one last comment guys, don't expect the Dems to try and seize everything. TRUST ME, there are some Reps out there who my boy would love to work with....is not just about the Dems, is about who's ready to wake up and start working for each other........To be honest, I have so much to say about this...

    May 13, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. A.M. Saqib

    Chuck Hagel will be an excellent choice for VP, and perhaps a landslide win in November for 'Obama/Hagel'.

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texas

    May 13, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    You will never have a bi-partisan ticket.........it goes against the principles of politics.

    May 13, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Susan MO

    Some states have a "sore loser" bylaw that if you lose in a primary you can't be on the General Election ticket..

    Former Hillary supporter, now for Obama

    p.s. John McSame voted against equal pay for women, and some of you want to give him your vote as a penalty for Hillary losing. Not smart at all.

    Obama '08

    May 13, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. Enough

    Excellent choice – it would truly resonate Obama's message. Hagel is the best option I've heard so far.

    May 13, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. Mind

    Furthermore, concerning housing in the U.S. Senate, Obama introduced the STOP FRAUD Act to increase penalties for mortgage fraud and provide more protections for low-income homebuyers, well before the current subprime crisis began.

    May 13, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. john

    the best thing to happen to the Rebublican party this year is Chuckie leaving the party...The guy needs to see one of those couch doctors.

    May 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. Randy - Denver

    Obama/Sebilius!!!

    Although I DO like the idea of a bipartisan ticket unfortunately the Parties would ahve a coronary!

    May 13, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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