May 13th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
13 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. Fani

    That would be a tragedy. I don't want Obama-Clinton ticket.
    I want Obama- but never Clinton.

    I will be VERY disappointed in Obama if he picks her for those "hard-working white voters who have not finished college"

    May 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. RL

    Obama, PLEASE do not put the Hill-Billies on your ticket....They will stab you in the back some time down the road.
    You are dignity and the are pitiful!

    May 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Mike in Fairfax

    I do so hope that, if he asks her, she says "No!". He has no business being the President of the United States of America and she should not choose to be 1st Mate on his sinking ship if he actually wins in November. I'm not all that worried though as I don't think she would accept the offer, for her own good/future.

    May 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Yes we can!

    Not I....Obama has made it thus far with abstronomical odds against him....He's been pulled into uneccessary drama, controveries and so much hate & racist rhetoric, but yet he's still standing. Not one super or pledge delegates has left his campaign, but yet he gain some of her support......she has repeatedly said, he's not ready to be president, he can't win white hard working voters...that was so discouraging being a 37 year old african amercian single parent...i feel no one works harder than me....that totally turn me completely off from the clintons. there are plenty of people to choose from and he will make the right judgement call on the vp slot and he will win the general election!

    May 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. ner

    That's what the senior politician or Reps/Sen. wants but majority of the people or member wants Hillary C.

    May 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. KAB

    Oh no they won't steal it but it will be hers!!
    And if any of you know anything about the Clinton's you know exactly how SHE will be president!

    Keep them away far, far away!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. jane in CA

    She'll take over the microphone, the bible, the WH, the command in chief, then sworn herself in as the pres of the US, kick Obama out anytime. She can't be VP.

    May 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. Greg

    You democratic are just plain dumb, give me a break. OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. kingsley

    No to clinton and Obama ticket. Its too political. thats not the change in washington that Obama is trying to achieve. The candidate thats supported by most lobbyist on his ticket as a contraditory to his message

    May 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Generation X

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS- The reason why Obama supporters can not support Hillary is: 1) She should be more humble, don't expect the nomination! 2) Don't lie in public, especially if you have video proof you are! 3) You should have left your husband once you found out he was cheating on you...yes even in the White House, shows character and integrity.

    May 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Rich

    Not this one. I really hope he does not chose her. He does not need her baggage dragging him down.

    May 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Lynn Greinerf

    Obama? Nothing more than a pole turtle...what is that you say? If your ever driving along and see a turtle sitting atop a pole, you know he isnt suppose to be there, someone put him there, and he has no idea what to do while he is up there...
    Go HIllary!

    May 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Lynne

    Not me.

    I want the Gov. of Kansas!! =-)

    May 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. EBK

    NOOOOOO! Stop this talk. No Hillary on the ticket! Please stop this madness!

    May 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. leslie

    I think your article said it best by stating this poll was heavly swayed by Clinton supporters. So having said I hope Obama picks someone which can help him bring real change.

    May 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Chuck

    Jane – You must be a MCCain supporter.

    The majority of Democrats ( even after you add in Mich and Fla.) want Obama. Some VP candidates besides Clinton : Bill Richardson, Kathleen Sebelius, Joe Biden, Bob Casey

    May 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Aura Velasco

    Obama only will win the presidencial nomination in November, with
    Hilary in the ticket. Is not only the "dream team" is "reality" why
    He can not accept that. I am 80 years old and I predict it......

    May 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Ken Austin, TX

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Don't do it Barack!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Bob, Lyons Oregon,

    Well, this democrat does not think Clinton would make a good VP, she has lost my respect, when she went personally negative and her honesty is in question, as well as her integrity, so Im not sure where CNN gets their figures, but I do not believe that the majority of democrats want her as VP.

    May 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Michael, an indepedent

    CNN knows this to be a controversial issue. All this article does is further polarize an already divided Democrat party.

    May 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Steven Barone

    Don Wharff – You have a ton of nerve saying that after the horrific train wreck this country has had to endure for nearly the past 8 years. Grandpa McCain is just 4 more years of Bush. Some people just don't have a clue! It's because of people like you that we are in the mess we are in.

    May 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Bill Hamlin

    This is not a good idea. Obama does not need Bill Clinton offering voice of experience advice through VP Hillary. People with the best wishes for Obama and the country would not approve such a ticket.

    May 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Changing to Independent PA

    No Way! Sen Clinton has been completely malicious! I can see the swiftboat commercials now based on the venom that has spewed from her lips! And if you want to see the republican base come out put Clinton on the ticket. As for the people who say they will vote McCain, I'm shocked a women could say that. If you want your daughters to have any rights, you would not be that foolish. McCain was just quoted as saying, our men and women will never have to fight for oil again. If you are that foolish, I hope you are able to live with yourself when your family members and neighbors children are dying in Iraq, 5 years after mission accomplished. I understand your support for your candidate, but after all of this Sen. Clinton will still be a millionaire, while her mostly blue collar supporters are struggling to put food on the table. Something has got to change. Support Sen. Clinton until it's over, she very well may be the nominee but if she isn't vote for your own dreams and aspirations!

    May 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. DAVID

    SHAME ON THE MEDIA AND JOHN KING AND ROVE AND MATHEWS AND OLBERMANN WHO KEEPS SAYING HILLARY IS DONE AND TOAST AND SHE SHOULD GET OUT OF THE RACE.
    THE LAST TIME CHECKED THIS IS A DEMOCRACY AND THE MEDIA DOES NOT CALL THE ELECTION (WAIT…. YES HE MEDIA DID CALL THE ELECTION FOR BUSH IN FLORIDA IN 2000)

    ANY WAY THIS IS AMERICA NOT SADDAM HUSSEIN'S IRAQ. YOU MEDIA DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY WHO SHOULD DROP OUT AND WHO SHOULD WIN.
    LET ALL THE VOTERS VOTE FIRST AND THEN DECIDE.
    STOP TRYING TO DERAIL THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS JOHN KING
    YOU SHOULD JUST REPORT NEWS NOT GIVE YOUR OWN PERSONAL VIEW AND PREFRENCE.
    STOP THE WITCH HUNT AND THE DOUBLE STANDARD.
    LETS BRING REAL CHANGE TO THIS COUNTRY BY ELECTING THE 1ST WOMAN PRESIDENT IN AMERICA.

    May 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Dougy Giro

    You can count on this independent to NOT vote for an Obama/Clinton ticket. I can see the attraction of the ticket from a political point of view, but it would not represent Change the way Obama has been promoting it (and why I support him). Clinton as VP would represent, to me, Obama caving in to politics-as-usual. If that's the case, my vote will go elsewhere.

    May 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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