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. Alison B

    Why should he have to make that choice. Every other candidate that has been in this position choose whom they wanted to be their running mate and I believe that he should have that choice as well and it should not be dicated to him.

    May 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. PJ Independent, New York

    I agree with you HILLARY SUPPORTER.

    May 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. Terri

    Please don't we do not want Hillary as the VP any woman anybody but her she is plain evil.

    I can't believe I supported her husband twice and her in the begining lord forgive me for I have sinned.

    Who would have ever though the clintons would divide the races for thier own selfish quest for power.

    Hillary can not be trusted when she finally realizes she is not the nominee how own earth does she go to her supporters and ask them to vote for man she demeaned and crucify for the last year + it will all be fake

    May 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Bratt

    NO WAY!! Obama doesn't need the loser, the liar, the evil HRC!!! Rendell is going down with Clintons... Nobody can stop Barack anymore! He got 4 MORE SUPERS TODAY.. and this race will be over for HRC by next week... I am so happy to see her out of the politics FOREVER!!!

    May 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Susie, SF, California

    NO! She is untrustworthy and to be honest, I am not sure that he would survive his presidency. People around her have a way of conviently dying!

    May 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Cammi317

    Hillary does not want to be VP and will not accept, but asking her would be the politically correct thing to do.

    May 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. Lourdes

    NO. I think he should ask one of her high-profile supports (perhaps Rendell himself, or Wes Clark), but it would be a slap in the face of his supporters after all this talk of a "new kind of politics." I think Hillary would make a great secretary of state, but not VP.

    May 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. An American in Canada for David




    May 14, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. David, Paducah, Kentucky

    Absolutely not! Obama would be opening his White House door to all the Clinton scandals (past, present, & future). Remember, Hillary is already a defendant in an election fraud case in California that is on hold until after the election). There are a lot of Obama's supporters who would not vote for him if Hillary Clinton were his VP pick. She has extremely high negatives and represents exactly the type of politics that Obama is trying to change. There are other people out there that would be better suited to Obama who can benefit the ticket better than Hillary Clinton. Obama will win New York with or without Hillary Clinton.

    May 14, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. Brattleboro, VT

    Poor frozen minds!
    You still live in the 1800s but to refresh your memories, we are in the 21st century. What you do here is no more a secret. People around the world see how lesson givers behave and to tell you, you are giving them solid rebuttals for their poor case.

    May 14, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. proud army and navy mom

    rendell would be a better VP. he could get the uneducated white voters. he will be in his element

    May 14, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. pastjob, il

    It's time to say goodbye......jsut hold hands with Bill and walk in the sunset. That's where u belong. if Hillary were to be Vice President she still would want to try and run the country. be graceful and walk into the sunset. u have lost already, why r u wasting people's time. I'm sure people from Kentucky have better things to do than going to the polls for a vote that won't count anyway...she has lost already, why put more people through this, why make people take time off of work and lose money so they can vote for nothing? HILLARY SUPPORTERS STOP HILLARY NOW! THE VOTES DON'T COUNT ANYWAY!!

    May 14, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. Superdelegate

    No-one with any political knowledge would suggest Rendel for VP. As for Clinton for VP, that's just silly. Clinton for NY Senate.

    May 14, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. Steve in DC

    Sorry way in Hell will that work...that woman cannot be trusted...he needs someone that's totally committed. She will just take the position for a run in 2012.

    May 14, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. Bob

    Is this article for real??? Obama will never put her on the ticket...Let's not get carried away with the fact that she won W.Virginia...These are the numbnuts that voted Bush in – twice. 1 in 5 actually admitted at exit polls that race was an issue for them...Since she played the race card really well it's no surprise that these brainiacs gave her a landslide..However, this particular landslide does not equate to her being eligible to share the ticket. Stop talking nonsense!

    May 14, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. MC, Pa

    people have spoken, we don't want another Clinton to shame our nation.

    May 14, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. Who Cares

    WHy should she team up with him. He is an anchor.

    May 14, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. Bridgette-PA

    No he shouldn't ask her anything except how her exit strategy plans are coming along!


    May 14, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. HP Boston

    Never ever going to vote Obama no matter who is VP!
    The DNC has shot it's self in the foot AGAIN.
    John McCain the next US president.

    May 14, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. JC


    And for those saying Hillary should ask him... Hillary is still LOSING!
    What kind of insane person cannot see that she will not get the delegates?

    May 14, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. Venus

    No way! As per Hillary – he can't win!

    Go Obama! Hillary is not fit to step back in the white house!

    Watch how the superdegales roll out today for Obama!

    May 14, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. Marge Hibbing Mn

    I would not sully myself, if I was Hillary, by having anything to do with this butt. He can dance, we saw that. He can give speeches someone else writes for him, he can chant, he can wave....BUT WHAT DOES HE HAVE GOING FOR HIM TO BE PRESIDENT. Not one darn thing. He was made into a rock star, the zonked out youth thought they were voting for an American Idol, the good old boys couldn't get enough of butt kissing because they hate women. And we all know the blacks are voting for him because of his color. And not one darn person is voting for him because he knows what the heck he is doing. HE ALONE HAS RUINED THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY...something the republicans have been trying to do for years. How much did they pay him.

    May 14, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. Erik B

    As an Obama supporter I wouldn't want her to be VP.

    Hopefully he picks the Gov of Kansas.

    Hillary has destroyed her family name.

    I was actually going to vote for her, until she showed her true colors.

    May 14, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. Kentucky Man

    It doesn't matter to me anymore. Obama will be the nominee and at least 10 million Clinton supporters will vote for McCain, including myself. Sorry angry black people who post on this board.

    May 14, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. Brenda

    Although the majority of Democrats are approving a dream ticket of Obama/Clinton, I agree with Ted Kennedy. Obama needs someone with the characteristics he exhibits. Hillary is smart but her negativity would take away the essence of "change", and it will be politics as usual. By the way, Huffington Post has reported that despite Hillary's sizable victory in West Virginia, Obama has picked up 4 more superdelegates today. Hopefully, very soon Obama will be able to select a VP with the same characteristics and qualities that he demonstrates.

    May 14, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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