May 14th, 2008
09:20 AM ET
10 years ago

Rendell: Obama should ask Clinton to be VP


Watch Gov. Rendell's interview Wednesday.

(CNN)-Governor Ed Rendell's name has recently come up as a potential running mate for Barack Obama, but the Pennsylvania Governor said Wednesday, why settle for a Clinton supporter when you can have the real deal.

Rendell, who has encouraged the New York Senator to 'stay the course,' despite calls for her to end her campaign, said Wednesday she may not win the nomination - but should be on the ticket either way.

"If Senator Obama becomes our nominee and he wants someone to carry the Clinton banner there's no question in my mind he should ask Hillary Clinton," Rendell told CNN's Kyra Phillips.

A major rift remains among Democratic voters as exit polls continually show a large portion of Clinton's supporters will not support Obama if he is the nominee in November, and vice versa. Still, the Pennsylvania governor said he would help Obama in his state as he did Clinton.

"If Hillary Clinton is not the nominee, I know that she cares very much about making change, and she will absolutely support Senator Obama enthusiastically," said Rendell. "But I believe with all my heart that she is the most experienced and most ready to be president."

soundoff (331 Responses)
  1. Think

    Be practical people. All the democrats see are the democrats. You have lost sight of the fact that Obama has support from only 1/4 of the voters. Obama can barely win his own party. I know that by democratic standards Bush isn't smart enough to be a dog catcher, but yet somehow he got elected TWICE. That's because a LOT of people aren't democrats!! Be smart, THINK!! Obama needs to come to the center to win in November, and the road to the center runs through Clinton. If the liberal left doesn't stop trying to hijack the democratic party, and get their heads and @sses out of the clouds, the democrats are doomed in November.

    May 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. matt from NY

    I became a DEM this season basically because I was wowed by both Obama and Hillary.

    I never wanted Hillary to be the VP, i get the argument that it might undermine the efforts of the President.... But I no longer have that concern.

    It is fairly evident that Obama needs the base that Hillary brings to the voting both. He also wants a VP that can rally support for HIS ideas and the direction in which he plans on steering the country.

    Even the pestering and most times annoying Bill Clinton adds value to the ticket. He will help raise money, he has friends in the senate that he might be able to sway.

    Remember people..... it takes but one or two senators to completely sink an initiative or a bill on the floor. If you REALLY want change, an Obama/Hillary/Bill (lol) ticket should get a lot of work done in 4 years... let alone 8!!

    I say go Obama, go Hillary...... and go away Bill until someone asks for your opinion.

    matt from NY....... a converted Republican!

    Democrat 2008/2012

    May 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Grant

    LOL, Ed, we all know he would never make it to the Inauguration Ceremony!!!!

    May 14, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Judi in the heartland

    Dear Kentucky man.
    When Obama gets the nomination, the party will pull together. Ten million people will not be switching sides. They will vote for our Democratic principals; not against Sen Obama.
    However, if by some stretch of theimagination, you are correct. Those who choose to note vote or who vote against Obama, will be choosing to vote against the Democratic party and principles deserve the goverment (Bush-3rd term) that they will get. Unfortunately, those of us who believe in the Democratic principles and vote that way would also lose.
    By the way I am a 60 year old white female.

    May 14, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Jen B.

    Barack Obama has earned the right to choose his VP. There are many worthy candidates out there.
    Returning the Clintons to the White House would be a liability.

    May 14, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. ACH

    Why should he ask her to be his V.P.? If she was in the lead I don’t think she would ask him. Not only that with everything that she has said and done, doing this campaign I look at her and her family very differently. I don’t think they really care about African Americans until it’s convenient. She lies, he cheats and they want to be considered the first family again. I think that it time for a change a total change. The old way doesn’t work let’s try something new.

    OBAMA 08

    May 14, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Michele, WV

    NO....Edwards is way better than either of them. Hillary has some balls if she thinks he should even ask her to be VP after all the trash talking and lying she has done on him..WHATEVER!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    The differences are visible even on their signs...

    Obama's signs have a big "CHANGE" as the most visible component...

    Clinton's have a big "HILLARY" as the most visible component...

    In the face of such blatant egotism, how the heck can Obama expect to be President unfettered by egomaniacal attempts to take the reins?

    May 14, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Steve

    The Democratic Party, wih its caucuses, apportioned delegates, super delegates and elimination of Michigan and Florida from the electorate has utilized a nominating process that mayl come back to haunt it in the general election. This process has created a leading candidate who has serious shortcomings in attracting the mainstream voter. Having a college education and a high income does not increase the value of a vote. It was these maintream voters who turned the tide in the last two general elections. The Republican Party will againdo very well with middle American voters and the Democrats must find a way to appeal to them as well. The Democrats must lean a bit to the right here. If not they may find themselves on the outside looking in– again.

    May 14, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Laura PA

    Not going to happen – plain & simple. She represents everything that he doesn't. As far as the "white" vote I believe he's gotten that or he wouldn't be ahead in the POPULAR vote all you einsteins out there. The Democratic party needs to worry about the "black" vote that Hillary cannot even buy @ this point. Remember Bill won in 1996 w/out the majority of the "white" vote. You want to know why because of the "black" vote. Also, for all the women who will vote for McCain, who will not vote for Obama or will not vote @ all – consider this the next president will appoint the next Chief Justices. So whether you are pro-life or pro-choice do you honestly want Roe vs. Wade to be overturned?

    May 14, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Derrick in Houston, TX

    two superdelegates, Pete Visclosky, representative of Indiana, and Christine Schon Marque, the chairwoman of Democrats Abroad (whose voice counts for half a vote) endorsed Sen. Obama today.

    Also, those two remaining superdelegates from the youth vote demographic decided to support Mr. Obama. Lauren Wolfe and Awais Khaleel, president and vice president of the College Democrats of America, made their official statement via a YouTube video.

    Why is CNN not reporting this???

    May 14, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Teddy Hardigree

    Obama should pick Hillary for VP if he wants to win. He will not get full party support (which he must have) without her. He needs to listen to someone other then his wife. shes not the candidate!!! He is.

    May 14, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Nancy, DE

    She and her henchmen introduced race to the campaign.

    I think not, absolutely not. I will never vote for any ticket with Clinton on it because along with Hillary comes Bill. It would be ludicrous of Obama to think of such a thing. We hate her.

    She does not want him to win, and if she's on the ticket she will "help" him by pushing him over a cliff. Absolutely no Hillary on any Democratic ticket because she is poison.

    Obama NOT Hillary 08

    May 14, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. sophia nyc

    Obama should offer Clinton something, the VP not sure. But to ignore her and her supporters would be a mistake.

    May 14, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Chief lagosboy, NJ

    HELL NO!!! Hillary, is a disappointment and a disgrace to this great country. No to Ed Rendell as well, he is one of the reason why Hillary is acting all crazy! You have no right to tell Obama who to pick as is VP. Obama, we need change! Please do not nominate her as your VP, she is no good, she is a Bigot and a Race Baiter. ”Dream Team” more like “Dumb Team”. Obama, please get a Food Taster in case you make the silly mistake and she becomes your VP. A word to the wise.
    Congratulation Obama, we are almost home!

    Our President Obama 08’ & 12’

    May 14, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. JFoster

    Frankly, If Obama does want someone to "carry the Clinton banner" I'd rather he ask Chelsea.

    May 14, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Monica, Texas

    Obama should be able to pick the person that would best compliment his vision and that would not be Hillary. There are other canidates out here that could pull in the support on OH, PA, KY, and WV....the map is changing what about CO, NM, NV,VA.....or even MI? W should focus on the future not the past.

    May 14, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Republicans for Obama

    OH NO. Maybe Rendell for VP but NOT THE CLINTON's. IT would be political suicide for Obama. They would work the back channels to their benefit to to Obama's demise.

    THE BEST VP IDEAS. Hagel from Nebraska or the Gov Of Kansas or Ted Strickland from Ohio. I would be cool with any of these 3. However, if it must be a Clinton Supporter then I say Gov. Ed Rendell. He has some great background even if my fellow Obama supporters don't want to admit it.

    Rendell would land Obama PA for Sure. He never said anything that was too bad to recover from. Clinton has said to many things that she can't take back now. I would be really let down if Clinton and her husband were added to the ticket. For the first time in 20+ years I HOPE THERE IS NOT A BUSH OR A CLINTON ON THE TICKET. THEY ARE ONE IN THE SAME.

    May 14, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Obama Nation

    If they both run together its shame to America.

    I dont mind Obama and Mcsame running together but not Clinton.

    It will be Mom Dad Grocery store. Whole of Clinton family will be running the government and treat obama like whatever.

    Obama shouldnt allow clintons to come near white house not even for visits especially Bill Clinton.

    Looks like Rendell is in love with Hillary

    May 14, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Fred Marcano

    Kathleen Sebelius, the Governor of Kansas is my first choice for V.P. She handily defeated her Replublican rival, and in less than 2 years eliminated a billion dollar deficit without raising taxes.

    The only way I see Senator Clinton become V.P. is if the "alleged" riff between her and Senator Obama's wife Michelle is extinguished, gracefully bows out after her Kentucky victory and then helps Senator Obama to "unify" the Democratic party. A party divided is a bad example for our wonderful nation and we need all of our Democratic leaders to put their best foot forward if we're to stand a chance against the McCain (Bush 3) political machine. Thank You.

    May 14, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. rusty

    Hillary for President. Period.

    May 14, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. kani



    OBAMA 08

    May 14, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. Anna

    I don't think Hilary is qualified to be VP. Her voting record on Iraq, Iran, ect. suggest she will be another Cheney.
    A vote for Hillary is a vote for Cheney. She surely shows that she is not above using fear, religious discrimination and cultural discrimination as a tactic to gain what she wants.

    May 14, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. Michael

    you people need to get over yourselves if her chooses her you all can go pout about it and say you're not going to vote for them if he chooses her becuase of this or that but you say you want change but you would rather see McCain in the white house then Obama just because he chose Clinton as his VP You people are losers

    May 14, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. Tom Swift, Shopton


    There are a lot of people out there just like me.

    I usually vote GOP in presidential elections.

    I am looking for a reason not to this year. I could be persuaded to vote Obama.

    I will never in a hundred years vote for Rodham-Clinton, or a ticket with her on it.

    You can take that to the bank.


    May 14, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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