May 13th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Majority of Dems want Clinton to be V.P.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A majority of Democrats want Clinton to be vice president."]
(CNN) - Even as the prolonged Democratic presidential race has become more divisive in its final stretch, a majority of Democrats want Barack Obama to choose Hillary Clinton as his running mate, according to a new poll out Tuesday.

A new Gallup poll shows 55 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents surveyed think Obama should offer the New York senator a spot on his ticket. That number is significantly influenced by Clinton's supporters - close to 75 percent of her backers want the No. 2 spot to be offered, while only 43 percent of Obama supporters feel the same.

The poll comes as some of Clinton's highest profile backers increasingly suggest Obama and Clinton should team up for the general election. Speaking in New York Friday, Sen. Chuck Schumer said he at first didn't think such a team was possible but now believes "it could be."

"Hillary and Barack have both run very strong and great races, and I think they'd be a strong ticket together," he said.

Rep. Charlie Rangel, who also backs Clinton, also put his support behind a joint ticket Monday. Speaking on CNN, the New York congressman said such a scenario would be "terrific," adding "I hope it works out that way."

soundoff (274 Responses)
  1. Lana from Texas

    If she is the VP, it will be as bad as giving her AND her husband the presidency. They cannot be in the shadows – they have to be in the forefront. She doesn't even like Obama and she bad-mouthed him for months – linking him to Farrakhan and pointing out the issues with his preacher on every occasion, now she wants to be on his ticket!?! Someone needs to teach this woman that you reep what you sow. You cannot run a negative campagn and get rewarded for it. She will not be selected as VP and I, as a Democratic supporter who will support the rightful nominee, will NOT contribute to Obama so that he can help her pay her campaign debt (subject of other articles on Fox and MSNBC).

    If this situation were reversed and Clinton was in the lead, the DNC and the media would have forced Obama out by now. Because she is who she is, she is being allowed to throw her tantrums and carry on as she pleases. And if the shoe were on the other foot, would ANYONE be in support of Obama being on her ticket?!? Doubtful. I do not respect her or her motives. I see her now for who she really is, and I do not think she should be givenm the priviledge of leading this country.

    May 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. I don't think..

    this is a good idea. They will eventually kill each other on the campaign trail. Obama has talked about we need change and new people in the WH. Well, if Hilliary is VP, where is the change and where are the new politics. Bill will be trying to take over and run things and Obama wil not have that.

    He needs someone else on his ticket. No offense to Hilliary.

    May 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Steve

    To Jane L- So despite the real voting returns, you are still in denial that she LOST?

    To Debby – they may be right to worry since so many bitter Cllinton supporters will sit at home or vote for Bush again if Obama has rightfully won.

    So many hillary people are in such denial that the process has played out and their candidate lost. There are racism charges, conspiracy implications, divisive comments that will make you all sit home. You're emulating your candidate. No matter what the voters say, she will never admit she lost, but that the better candidate wasn't chosen.

    Will you vote for her as VP and accept Obama as the president or will you still think of her as co-president? Or still sit home since she didn't really lose?

    May 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Steve

    For someone who is about "change" and "turning the page", to select an artifact from the 90's as VP would make Obama the biggest hippocrit in Washington.

    Not only that, I would not only vote for John McCain if HC was VP, but I would send at least $50 a month to McCain's campaign.

    May 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. rona

    I think that Bill Clinton cannot be contained and his ego will eventually and always get the better of him and what might be best for the Democratic Party or the country.

    This country is responding to Obama's message of change and getting rid of the old-style politics. It would be a huge mistake, and one that could be conceived as not really be straight with the American people, if he now changed course and offered her a VP.

    We need fresh starts and fresh new energy. I trust Obama to select someone of his stature and to compliment not just winning but working with the American people for a fresh beginning.

    May 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Chad

    Myself and my familly are Hillary supportors, we would love to see Obama and Hillary joind ticket for November against John McCain. That will be undefeat able team. If just Obama and no Hillary in the dream ticket, we will support Join McCain.""

    Then you'll get the government you deserve.

    May 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Chris

    Clinton certainly has the machine behind her. But after the gas tax pandering, the sniper fabrications, the slurs about "hard-working whites", the elastic logic about MI and FL and what constitutes winning the nomination, etc., I don't believe she has the integrity necessary to be on an Obama ticket. After all of my support for the Clintons over the years, that saddens me. But I'm excited to see who Obama will pick; it'll be a formidable team.

    May 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Cali

    Oh really? Clinton said Obama is not ready. Got very angry at people and said Obama can't win. Said she would begin throwing the kitchen sink at Obama. Even touted McCain over Obama. Clinton has run against this fellow democrat like he was an alien enemy. The racist and vile comments posted all over the blogosphere by those who claim to be her supporters have been eye opening. I wouldn't trust Clinton with a 10 ft. pole.

    May 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. MC in TX

    I'm a Democrat, and I have ZERO desire to see Sen. Clinton in the VP slot. Sen. Obama should choose someone who agrees with his vision for America, someone who shares his positive and uplifting attitude, someone who can help him win over more moderates and independents, and someone he can trust. Sen. Clinton doesn't fit that profile at all.

    May 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. LAK

    If Senator Clinton is on the ballot with Obama, Obama will lose because of the Hillary factor.

    This would be a mistake by the dems if they do this. Then again, we all know that the dems have an annoying habit of losing when victory is within their grasps.

    May 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Mike from Westchester

    Wow! I'd have to get my arms around this one. There has been a lot of crud that has come out of her campaign that we would have to swollow. Even HRC herself spouted the memorable, "Well, uh, I don't think he's a Muslim", "John McCain would make a good commander-in-chief and Obama has a speech he gave in 2002", "I would have quit that church", and the recent "Hard working people, er, white people" (does 'er' mean equals in Clinton speak?)....and there's so much more I can't remember right now.

    I guess she will now say it is okay for him to answer that 3 a.m. call and that he is acutally electable. How would those sound bites play when your own VP in on tape questioning your basic fitness for the job?

    I am not sure she gets the whole inclusive politics thing. Would the ticket be strengthened by adding someone who has been so divisive, employed the kitchen sink strategy, courted Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly?

    I don't know. My gut tells me – "Barack, don't do it!"

    May 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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    May 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Joe White

    Obama should offer Hillary the VP spot.

    He should also hire a food taster.

    Hillary will do anything to win, and she has friends in low places.

    May 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. Sean

    So 3/4 of Clinton supporters want her on the ticket. Not surprising. This is news because?

    May 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Michelle, Baltimore

    I initially thought that the two of them on the same ticket would be great for the country but not any longer. There is just too much animosity between them to make this work. I think that the media should give up this idea and let Senator Obama figure out who would be a good fit for his ticket. He should choose someone with his ideas for the country as well as national security experience.

    May 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Carmen

    Why should the Democratic Party influence such a ticket anyway. We will be torn between good and evil. We will have Hillary doing her thing without Obama knowing and Bill giving advise as to how to do this and that which may take away from the positive image of what and how Obama plan to steer this country.

    This is not what the American People ask for but what and why do our voice count if we don't see the change we are asking. Hillary do not want the change and so does her colleage, so this may be a little impossible for Obama. I guess we will see. God help this Country if Hillary is on the ticket. Evil in the White House.

    May 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. jeff

    please don't bring sort of argument now, Obama is all about change and hope and Hillary is about the past and everyone knows she is not a honest politician, she will destroy Obama's reputation, Hillary better luck next time, thanks!

    May 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Linda

    We do not need Bill and Hillary in the WH again. This would be a major diaster and I mean major. Let's not even start this rumor. Hillary is not concerned about America; she concern how she will go down in history. I can't believe people don't believe this. Our future is not about Hillary; it's about a change needed in America such as adequate healthcare, ending a war, gas and food prices, education, and an understanding that all people are created equal. Ask yourself if you get cut what color will your blood be? Do you bleed white, black, latino (mexican), indian or asian blood. How ridiculous to even go there. We are all American and if God wanted this world to be all one color he had the power to made it all one color.

    May 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Greg

    NO WAY!! We, Obama's supporters will not let that happen, trust me!!!
    HRC is going home after she retires from politics FOREVER!!!

    May 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. clara

    we want hillary as president so don't say we want her to be vice president we are going to have her in as a write in if not on ballet in nov. thats how some of us who supporters are going to do go hilllary go

    May 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. d

    No way!! She is exactly the kind of politics that Obama is trying to get away from. Republicans hate Clinton, so if you hope to bring some of that vote over, she is just not an option. and do you really think Obama wants Bill Clinton running his mouth around the White House. It will NEVER happen.

    May 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Mike

    Two powerful people on the same ticket? I don't think that's a good idea.

    Governor Bill Richardson would make a better VP

    May 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Lito

    Lan Hennessy, if u only vote for dems cause of a name your not a dem because Mcsaine is for George bush policy's so dont try to threaten the party with your stupid nonsence.

    May 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. PA-Danielle

    This may get Obama the Presidency but it would give him and us nothing more than headaches for the next four years. Plus Obama would have to basically get Clinton to sign in blood that she wouldn't challenge him in re-election in 2012.

    Gov. Kathleen Sebelius or Gov. Bill Richardson are much better choices as VP. Even Webb or Hagel are better ideas than Clinton. With clinton, you are just handing her four years to chip away at Obama's popularity whenever she can and then stab him in the back in 2012.

    It really is a shame – I went into this primary season liking both candidates and was willing to accept either (and would still 100% vote for a democrat over a republican in this election) but Hillary Clinton lost so much of my respect and she has no one else to blame for that but herself.

    May 13, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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