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

Majority of Dems want Clinton to be V.P.

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(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. E. POWELL I MD, E POWELL MD II & ER. POWELL MD

    A GREAT IDEA. THE ONLY DRAW BACK IS THAT IT WOULD BE LIKE ADDING OIL TO WATER. HRC IS THE PAST. A PRESIDENCY OF MR. OBAMA IS A TOTAL BREAK OF WHAT POLITICS USE TO BE. WE FEEL THAT ALL THOSE OLD HEADS (NEO-CONS) THAT HAVE GOTTEN OUR COUNTRY INTO THIS MESS WE ARE IN CURRENTLY
    SHOULD BE REPLACED. IF THIS COUNTRY IS TO START ON ANY ROADS OF CHANGE THEY SHOULD BE PLACED IN REAR VIEW
    MIRROR. THE GRAY HEADED SYNDROME DON'T OFFER ANY KIND OF HOPE FOR A BETTER FUTURE. THEIR EXPERIENCE WAS FOR THEIR TIME.

    May 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. disenfranchised

    All the Obama people keep saying the Clinton supporters wont vote for Obama and we hate him. Thats not true, we arent voting for him cause he isnt QUALIFIED... WE DONT HATE HIM.

    May 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Jan

    I think that would be a disaster for Obama. Hillary can say she wants to be his ally and supporter (in order to get the VP spot), but in reality, he would be enlisting BOTH of the Clintons to be on the ticket. The Clintons don't like playing 2nd fiddle to anyone and would be playing politics under the table and undermining Obama. They are power hungry people and will do ANYTHING that will make them look good...even stabbing Obama in the back at every turn. Obama needs to be his own man...not Hillary Clintons "boy". She is racist and evil and he needs no part of that.

    SAY NO TO HILLARY AND BILL BARRACK!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Belle

    Obama would be wise to put Clinton on the ticket for the following reasons:

    1. States he cannot win in the fall, like Kentucky, Ohio, PA, FL, MI, AK, NH, WOULD NOT GO TO MCCAIN.

    2. It would be a tital wave election.

    3. The ticket would be HISTORY as the first AA and Woman VP

    4. He gets the benefit of Clinton's Fundraising Machine (Don't forget, she too, made history in fund raising).

    5. Clinton would work harder for Obama than any other VP in history. (That is in her mold).

    May 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Jason

    Why would anyone want to add enemies (Hillary's enemies, not Hillary being an enemy) to their ticket? Obama needs to add an older, probably white, male with a solid military background to his ticket. That is how he brings more people to his ticket rather than drive them away from his ticket.

    May 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Edwin Portland

    Jane L.
    "Actually, the majority of democrats wanted Clinton to be president."
    Why didn't they vote? Because of those whom voted, your statement is undeniably false.

    May 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. MK

    WHAT MAJORITY? No one ever asked me, or anyone I know, 100% of whom think this would be the stupidest idea imaginable...

    May 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Chelsea

    Hillary will not decline a VP offer. It'll be a great spot to undermine Obama's presidency!

    May 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. irie5000

    Ummmm...how about 'no'

    May 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. bernice

    NONONONONO Way!

    May 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Michigan

    NEVER, EVER, NEVER IN A HUNDRED YEARS. Having this divisive and dishonest woman undermines all that Mr. Obama stands for. If she is anywhere on a ticket, I will vote for McCain even though I have support Barack with money, time and enthusiasm. Having her 2nd in command is too scary for me.

    May 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Please not Clinton

    Dear Mr. Obama,

    Please don't choose Hillary as your VP. Some might consider it the dream ticket, but you need someone who shares your values and can move this country in a new direction. Plus it would be nice if you chose an older (experienced) white male as your veep so the ticket won't seem so "different" to all of those folks who are a little wary of electing a black man.

    Thank You,
    Obama '08

    May 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Tony

    If you know much (well, -anything-) about United States politics, you'd know that the President and VP don't actually do much "working together." Just because Cheney wiggles Bush around like a marionette, doesn't mean the normal relationship is anything like that. I don't care for Hillary, but if making her VP is enough to convince her stubborn and ignorant voters to choose Obama over McCain in November, so be it.

    May 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. bill

    I support Obama for President, but I would never vote for him if Hillary were on the same ticket.

    Hillary is done as a political leader in this country. She has destroyed the healing of the races and destroyed the goodness in many Americans. Her campaign is full of racists. James Carville and Bill Clinton included.
    If the democrats put her in any position I will not support this party. I am white and I am appalled by her actions.

    Hillary Clinton has totally played the race card and has aligned herself with any and all racist voters in West Virginia. I believe she purposely made those comments about hard working white people to say to West Virginia support me so we can make sure the black guy does not win.
    She is down deep a Racist Pig!!!!

    May 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. After further review,Texas

    I guess McSame will ask Hagee to be his V.P

    May 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. Come On!!!

    Do what now?!
    That is SO not the change we are looking for. NO MORE Clinton in the white house. PERIOD.
    Barack, you know better.

    May 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. Mary

    No, No, No, No, No, No, No! ! ! !

    May 13, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Obama 08

    Give it up CNN...your job is to report news not to try and make it!!

    May 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. Ryan

    When are people going to understand that their styles are too different to work together? The main similarity in that sense is that they're both alpha-types, which isn't helpful when they should be working together.

    Let Obama pick his own running mate. Surely all of you Hillary supporters don't really believe that with everyone else in the Democratic Party at his disposal, that she is the one who would best mesh with his agenda and thought processes.

    May 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. Wake Up America!!!

    The hell you say!

    May 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Step

    I don't mind just as long as Bill Clinton stays out of the presidental office. And Hillary respect him as her peer and stop talking so negative about Obama. But, it's not going to work. Because Hillary don't want to be a follower she wants to be the leader.

    May 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Mike

    If it happens, Obama better hire a food taster.

    May 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. The Prophet

    Clinton should not and will not accept the VP spot with Obama. She does not want to be responsible for the destruction of America. History will record this election as a turning point in The American Empire. Whether McCain can hold the country together as a strong nation or whether Barak will usher in the destruction of the United States as a world power. That is what is at stake in this election.

    May 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. Rom,NY

    Why not?
    I look forward to reading some silly/stupid comments from trash Republican guys that pretend to be Hillary supporters hoping that can widen the division between Real Obama supporters and Hillary supporters.
    We are not such a fool !!!

    May 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Karen from Charlottesville

    Please spare us.

    May 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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