May 13th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
14 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. AC 360

    There is no place for her in Obama's cabinet

    May 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Proud West Virginian

    There's a smart reason for that.....OBAMA SIMPLY CAN'T WIN WITHOUT CLINTON!

    It does not matter whether Obama likes it, whether his supporters like it, whether Clinton likes it or her supporters, or whether the Democratic party likes it....the only way the Democrats are going to win the General Election is for Hillary to be on the ticket.

    If Obama does win the nomination but decides not to choose Clinton as VP...then he has committed political suicide. This Democratic race has been too close....there are just too many die-hard Clinton supporters that will not support Obama. If Obama wants to win the General Election, he is going to have to swallow his well as Clinton...or else McCain is our next president.

    May 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Stop that Woman


    May 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Mike

    Obama is the factor that cancels out all other factors in me voting democratic this time. If the DNC wants me to continue being a democrat they need to get Obama off the ticket totally.

    May 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. shirley

    I don't know where you are getting your numbers, none of the Obama supporter's I know would support Hillary as Vice President.

    May 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. enoch needles

    Hillary helps (maybe) on the campaign trail, not on the ticket. Ask Al Gore about "2 for the price of 1". I'm happy to be in the minority in saying that's the dumbest idea since the gas tax holiday.

    If Obama puts Hillary on the ticket, I'm voting for McCain, no – Charles Manson, no – Hitler (sorry, just acting like a typical Clinton supporter)


    May 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. jen

    Not me...white college educated woman, thats me, but I don't want the Clintons back in the white house, its time for a new, fresh start. Gen. Wesley Clark would probably be an excellent choice. Pick women for key positions, sure, but not Hillary for vp!

    May 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Paul

    Bad idea, would leave me wondering who to vote for.

    May 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Captian Obvious...

    Just go away Hillary...

    May 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Kathleen

    If Obama is such a great leader and genuinely seeks to UNIFY the party, he should lead by EXAMPLE by joining with Clinton to form an unbeatable ticket.

    An Obama / Clinton ticket would FORCE the hateful supporters in each campaign "UNIFY" in support of the DEMOCRATiC party.

    Like I's PERFECT!!

    May 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. JB, Merced CA

    We don't want Hillary.

    Obama/Richardson '08.

    May 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Kel in Auburn, AL

    Actually, Jane L., the majority of dems prefer Obama. No matter how you slice the primaries and caucuses, and even if you add in the popular vote from Florida (because there was no choice in Michigan).

    May 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Corny Cornelius 21212

    Clinton knows that the VP slot is almost a "kiss of death" for presidential aspirants.

    She can't play 2nd fiddle to anyone, her ego is too big.

    May 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Jenny

    No, a majority of democrats don't want Hilary on the ticket. Please, no more Clintons in the whitehouse. As far as the polls saying Hilary supports won't vote for Barack, that won't be a sad day in America for the Democrats. If you are truly a Democrat and don't vote for the nominee it can only mean 1-you are racist or 2-you like the policies of Bush and want McCain to continue them. If you stay home and don't vote ask yourself what message you are trying to convey?

    May 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. wolfsbane

    There are better choices for VP. Name recognition only gets Clinton so far, she doesn't deserve to be on the ticket.

    May 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. kd in NY

    I hope he doesn't offer it to her. Then sit back and watch as the Clinton supporters either choose not to vote or choose to vote for McCain. Obama and his supporters can then say bye bye to the presidency.

    By the way Clinton supporters don't hate Obama, we just think he would be the worst thing for the country.

    May 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. NC voter

    HE HAD BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA/CLINTON OR MCCAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. For Hillary 08

    That'll be the only way he can possibly win or even unite the party. It would be the only way i'd vote ofr him.

    May 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Sean

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

    May 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. pee-d-feet cause something stinks

    NO!!! NO!!!! NO!!!! NO!!!!!

    NO!!! NO!!!! NO!!! NO!!!!

    NO!!! NO!!!! NO!!!! NO!!!!!

    NO!!! NO!!!! NO!!!! NO!!!!!

    NO!!! NO!!!! NO!!!! NO!!!!!

    NO!!! NO!!!! NO!!!! NO!!!!!

    NO!!! NO!!!! NO!!!! NO!!!!!

    This is not the political style game that Barack is playing. Her style is old and 'CUT-THROAT. The polarization she brings will really wake the GOP to give them something to fight against more than the 'Wright Rev' himself!

    May 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Nikki, Florida

    I don't understand why those who support Hillary are so bent on voting for McCain in the general.

    It is a spiteful, petty thing to do and shows no concern for our country whatsoever.

    Please get out of your own selfishness long enough to support the DEMOCRAT because nothing good can come out of another 4 years of GWB, and that is what McCain offers.

    Also, FL and MI knew what they were doing – and so did both Barack and Hillary – it was agreed to.

    Barack has the popular vote and the delegates – it is time to UNITE as a country

    May 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Patricia

    I say no to Clinton.... she's too selfserving and disingenuous.... It took watching her campaign to realize she is in it for herself.... Kathy Sebelius is 'for the people' too. She's another one like Obama... the real deal.

    May 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Kay

    Senator Obama does not need Hillary Clinton as VP to win the election. She is too power hungary and after all the negative things she has done, the people don't want her on the ticket. These are only her people putting this info out.

    May 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Andy

    The idea that this ticket will be unbeatable is somewhat unrealistic. It in fact weakens the message Obama campaign and gives the Republicans plenty more to attack. There is the argument that this is a way to mobilize Hillary supporters that will turn to McCain in the general, but the fact is most of Hillary's constituency will turn to Obama regardless of what is being said now and having Clinton on the ticket – whom the right really dislikes – gives a better shot at the Republican party mobilizing their base and independents. The best shot for Obama, for better or worse, is to pick a moderate, experienced politician as a running mate. Bloomberg would be my choice, but I think that would be a longshot.

    May 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Jen, Gainesville

    I do not want Hillary as Obama's VP and have heard a lot of people who hold my views. Where did you get the statistics? Hillary represents the dirty, divisive politics. We can do better than that.

    May 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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