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. Mister D

    As a life-long Democrat, I am honestly torn on this question.

    I am an Obama supporter (though I did vote for Hillary in the CA primary before I really knew Obama). I also have become less and less supportive of Hillary with her "scorched earth" method of win or die in this primary.

    I am concerned that bringing Hillary into the ticket will harm Obama's message of change. To some voters, this will imply "more of the same" and could actually hurt Obama's support from non-demos. The Democratic congress has done NOTHING since it took over in 2006. Certainly, GWB has vetoed everything. But, they dont' even try. And, Hillary is a part of this. yes, Obama is too but not so much as he's new. Additionally, Hillary is a very strong willed person who could want to get her way. Additionally, Bill becomes even more of liability as he might feel he's the expert and Obama needs his constant advice.

    BUT, the Democratic party appears to be more divided now than at any point I can remember. Just read the postings here. People on both sides of the issues are fighting like cats and dogs, Democrats and Republicans. Maybe this is one way to bring the party together. If we don't , we WILL LOSE IN THE FALL! There is no doubt in my mind. And, even if we Obama supporters can blame Hillary and her minion for the loss, as our county continues on this fast train to Hell, it won't really matter...

    May 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Ex-Democrat now Independent

    May 13th, 2008 11:24 am ET
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    I personally don't want her to be on the ticket. Let McCain take the office in November so Hillary can take him out in '12.

    This party has done Ms. Clinton a major disgrace and I cannot forgive those that abandoned her.

    May 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. kathy

    I think it is absolutely absurb..hilary clinton should NOT be on the ticket! i believe in obama and his ideas of "change" and w/clinton on the ticket there is no way. a clean slate for obama...his cabinet...his choices NOT the DNC dictating so she will get out of the race...she needs to get ot becuz the american people have spoken...she found "her voice"...she needs to find her EXIT.......

    May 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Irene O

    As David Bergen said the other night on AC 360, "If he chooses her, some people in Obama's camp feel he will need to hire a food taster."

    May 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. fairandstraight

    That would be good as long as it is clearly understood that she will be the VP and not Bill Clinton. It would take a lot of pressure off of the coward superdelegates that knew they should have ended this after NC and Indiana's race.

    May 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Anya

    Hillary, please do not accept the VP. Let this guy sink on his own and then come back in 2012. By then these lunatic liberals (left wing of democrats and liberal media) will come to senses.

    May 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. DMWhipp

    Absolutely not. His whole platform is change and new politics and Hillary represents neither of those.

    May 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Sue P / PA

    Hillary is NOT trustworthy. She also comes with Bill at her hip...

    Obama has run his own race and won....he didnt have 2 xtra ppl crisscrossing each state campaigning, plus he didnt have a well known name and he was still strong enough to win the nomination.......

    Obama should be able to chose someone that compliments him and what HE stands for. Not a polar

    Please post this.

    May 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. No Way

    Jane had better do your math homework...more have voted for Obama. That is why she lost the nomination. Why would Obama pick someone who continues to say she is better than him...Duh doesn't make a lot of sense does it?

    May 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Kristy

    As much as Barack fans do not like Hillary, they need to understand that this is the only way to keep Hillary's fans on the bus. It makes sense to me. We've all been told not to hold grudges, have the fight, regret the mistakes or hard feelings, but in the end it is always best to make up. Forgive each other as religion would say and move on. It is the only way to bring supporters together. And for me the only way, I personally would vote for Barack and no, I'm not a democrat or republican. I'm unaffiliated and ride the middle.

    May 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Independent

    I don't believe that for a moment. The American people know that if she is on the ticket, she will continue to be devicive and to push her way thru the crowd. People want a change in the way things are rrun in Washington, and Clinton is part of the old guard who still likes making back room deals. No Clinton on the ticket!

    May 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Jamaal Kansas

    She would bring him down if she was on the ticket she is a liar and that would go against everything His campaign stands for because she is the example of Old Kind of Politics

    May 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Mr. Blives

    The thought of Clinton anywhere near the whitehouse makes me want to blive all over myself. I'd rather blive into a cup and eat it.

    May 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. James

    A strong Clinton victory would not materially change Obama's prospects nationally. But it would lay bare the racial divisions and other polarizing aspects of the protracted and often bitter Democratic contest.
    This is why this liberal democrat will NOT vote for Obama. I am sick and tired of the insinuations by the media and the democratic elitist that I am a racist if I support Clinton.

    May 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Eddie W.

    There is not a snowball chance in hell that Senator Obama would have Hillary Clinton on his ticket. Why would he have someone carrying that much baggage( Bill Clinton) and who had laid claim to the office before the campaign started?
    He would be totally undermined at every turn...back room deals by the Clintons and their cronies. Common sense people.

    May 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Lyle

    What the majority of Democrats know is that Mrs. Clinton should be at the helm, not Mr. Obama. If he wins the nomination, Mr. Obama may offer the VP spot to Mrs. Clinton, but hopefully she will not accept. She is much too important a figure in American politics to sign on to a sinking ship.

    Mr. Obama will not win the general election, and Mrs. Clinton should not and will not want to be aligned with yet another failed Democratic candidate. The Democratic Party continues to show that it has no interest in winning the White House. Al Gore gave up, John Kerry was mush, and Barak Obama has a hidden agenda which obviously does not include being President for all Americans.

    If Mrs. Clinton does not win the nomination, she is obligated to support Mr. Obama, but the majority of her core supporters are not. Mrs. Clinton is the right person for to run this country and this does not change if she loses the nomination. Between Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama, John McCain will win handily.

    May 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. H Phelps

    What "majority of democrats" want Clinton to be president??? Where? W. Virginia??

    Obama 08

    May 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. KD

    Actual Jane L., The majority of democrats want Obama to be president. This is why he leads in all categories. I don't think they can have a joint ticket together. They have torn each other apart over the past months. There are still a lot of other people Obama could choose which would put any "inexperience" away. The president is one piece of the government. The people he surrounds himself with will define his presidency (as with any candidate).

    May 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Dylan

    Dean... your "Orwellian nightmares" comment just went WAY over most Clinton supporters' heads...

    May 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Truth


    I like Clinton but I don't believe this is the right decision
    Many factors need to be considered for a good team

    May 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. brettjay


    May 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. Nick R.

    Honestly, I feel that if Clinton was put into a VP position she would manipulate the system in any way possible to put herself and or her agenda first. Every move made by Obama would have to be to be a cautious one because the moment he allows a window for her, she would burn him for it. She is desperate, and it is pathetic.

    She is a wolf in sheeps clothing but she is against many in her own party and not afraid to burn important bridges – that is disconcerting

    May 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Dee Okla.


    May 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Frank

    Jane L.: "Actually, the majority of democrats wanted Clinton to be president"

    Well you'd think so, but good old reality has shown that to not be true.

    May 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. NO, NO, NO!!!!!!!!

    NO,NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO.............BLANKETY BLANK NO!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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