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. Robb

    I don't see a joint ticket happening. The media has dubbed this scenario the "dream ticket". I think its more like "Nightmare on Elm Street". Regarding the comments and opinions that have gone back and forth during this campain, how do you justify working together and expecting everyone to just forget about what you said earlier. The question then becomes "were you lying to us before or are you lying to us now?". I guess we all know he is predisposed to fibbing, though.

    May 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |

    This whole debate about hillary being the VP is just plain stupid!
    and i really hope that Sen.Obama wont be intimidated by these knuckleheads that are trowing the idea.Mr Obama's message throughout his campaign has been based on CHANGE and not being just another politician from washington!! and thats why his movement has been so strong,and thats why he has my vote and money!! and I'm sure there are thousands of people like me that will be greatly disappointed if Hillary is on the ticket!

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. carmen

    You're funny, LOL

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. honkey white guy from cali

    Hey Hillary supporter that is funny the person who lost by the rules ask the person who beat them to please let them be there VP. You just stupid as you candidate

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. NY RICAN American

    How about The Governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano (D) as VP!!!

    America can still have the first Woman VP, while pulling the "Clinton base" to support the ticket? (plus she has backed Obama, and I think it best to have someone who actually believes in your ability, we all know Hillary will be sour, and salty, from her hard fought campaign, and the best thing for the party is to no insulter herby bringing up her loss during the GE.

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Eddie G

    Rendell should shut up. Clinton would be a terrible mistake, just like the one Rendell made by backing her. Obama would have to have a food tester, a car starter and sleep with BOTH eyes open. He would have to deal with Bill. She would attempt to undermind every thing he tried to do. After Obama gets the nomination, he should rid himself of the Clintons and do the country a great justice.

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Linda. Boston, MA

    That's the only reason she is still in the race – she wants to strong-arm her way into the VP position. Her strategy at this point is clear. She wants one of two things: to be VP, or for Obama to lose so she can run again in 2012 on an "I told you so" platform. She will take either one of these, and this is how she will get it......

    You will see more and more of her surrogates pushing the "dream ticket" idea with her as VP, and I wouldn't be surprised if she comes out herself and asks for it at some point (which would be in bad taste, but this is Hillary). This will create overwhelming pressure for Obama, leaving him no choice but to comply, or Hillary will make sure that her supporters feel disenfranchised and cheated by all the "mean boys in Washington". That could (maybe) cause Obama the election, leaving her in prime position to run again in 2012.

    So she either guarantees herself the VP slot, or gives herself a real chance to run again in 4 years. It's an underhanded tactic, for sure. But Hillary wants power, and she will do whatever it takes to get it.

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.


    She has to win the nomination first.

    Which boils down to begging, pleading, cajoling and brown-nosing over 200 superdelegates, groveling and grabbing their ankles while they walk away toward Barack Obama.

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Lauren

    Why there are penty of qualified people Obama can choose from. Why does it have to be Hillary Clinton and after all of the damage she has and continues to do to him and the party

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Kay, Columbus, Ohio

    No. Both cannot work together in the same office. Clintons cannot respect Obama as President. Rendell suggestion is more of political calculation. It will harm the country.

    May 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. J.S.

    Absolutely Not. She doesn’t deserve to be Vice President. Her selfish quest for power as a self-pitying victim and/or self-righteous fighter has damaged the Party. Besides, she already spent 8 years elbowing Al Gore out of the office as V.P from 1993-2001. She would not be here today if not for the former advisors and friends of President Bill Clinton. Former Bill Clinton advisors and friends who have re-emerged from hiding after turning tail and running scared for 8 years from Newt Gingrich, Ken Starr and Co. She would not be here if she hadn't married (or stayed married to) Bill Clinton to begin with. What has she truly ever achieved on her own? Besides proudly voting for a war that has sacrificed the lives of over 4000 young American men and WOMEN.

    May 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. A Real Democrat

    Why is everyone pushing Clinton down Obama's throat? Why can't he choose his own VP? I understand we all love our candidates, but they get to choose who they want. I'm tired of this dream ticket idea, its terrible! A lot of Obama supporters would lose some respect for him, as he is the candidate for changing this country and Clinton is clearly not. Its a BAD idea. If someone called me incompetent, unexperienced and out of touch, I sure wouldn't want to be forced to work with that person (plus her husband) for the next 4 to possibly 8 years. Obama is not a panderer and he doesn't need Clinton to win.

    May 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Willam from Texas

    Rendell is right, If Obama wins the nomination, Clinton should be the VP, and vice versa. It's the only way to go.

    May 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. AJ, IL

    No No No...Hillary supporters! Hillary is not the front runner. Obama is within 146 delegates of cinching the Democratic nomination. Obama doesn't need Hillary, he needs Bill Clinton stumping for him in white rural America.

    Obama and Hillary can't be on the same ticket. It may look nice on paper but in reality it is not. Obama has run a fantastic campaign based on the campaign themes of hope and change. Hillary has run a strong campaign on the themes of experience and leadership. Hillary has said some pretty troubling things about Obama during this long primary season in which the Republicans will bring back up. Could you imagine Hillary trying to honestly defend Obama from her statements on Rev. Wright or about her and McCain bringing a lifetime of experience and Obama bringing a speech? Or could you imagine Obama having to defend negative things from the Bill Clinton presidential years, or his accusations that Hillary is dishonesty or gaffes made by Hillary and Bill Clinton during the long campaign season?

    Many of the pro-Hillary surrogates like Rendell are trying to publicly force Hillary onto the Obama ticket as VP. Many women voters want to simply vote for a woman to be president.

    I would rather see Rendell on the ticket as opposed to Hillary. Ted Strickland on the ticket? Ahhh no.

    May 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Sorry Hillary Supporters

    Time to get over it. It was her biggest supporter, Mcgovern, that first called for her to quit last week. And another, Rendel, recognizes this this is over. Stop being crying, sore sport losers. She lost fair and square. Double speak and rule changing will not give her the nomination with out destroying the party and thus losing in November. It is time to grow up and get over it. And Obama should pick who ever gives him the best chance of winning in November. If that is Clinton, fine. And to those that want Edwards, NO WAY! That guy can't carry the bags for Clinton or Obama. Nice guy, but he did nothing for Kerry and can't even carry his home state.

    May 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. TimeToUnite

    obama needs a strong white man on his ticket, not the Clintons who would try to overtake his position and they have too many scandals including being impeached, heck no!!!! He should pick Hegal before the say anything do anything Clintons, a lot of people have lost respect for the clintons who tried to use race baiting to destroy Obama. Obama never mentioned impeachment, whitewater, felony pardons except the weather underground pardons when Clinton tried to make obama and ayers seem like best buddies, or any the other conspiracy theories surrounding the Clintons....not a good voice if he wants to remain in charge.

    May 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. Kevin


    You must be demented.

    May 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. Ian

    I see you are still deluted "Hillary Supporter " (above). Her supporters seem to think that because they "feel strongly" that she would be the best president, the DNC should just throw out the elected delegates from all these primaries/caucuses and just let Hillary have it. The nomination isn't based on strong feelings but on delegate MATH. 2+2 will always equal 4, no matter how strongly you may feel about it. In recent days, there has been all this talk about Hillary carrying "white blue collar voters". And this is why the DNC should take the nomination away from Obama (who has rightly won it) and give it to her.

    The DNC is smart enough to know that if they take the nomination away from a black man who won it fair and square and "give" it to a white woman who lost it fair and square just to appease upset white folks, they will lose a qaurter of their African American base, will lose this election in November up and down the ballot, and will never recover this loyal voting bloc. This will ensure that the GOP will win every single presidential election for generations to come.

    If black people have not forgotten or gotten over the injustices of slavery over two hundred years ago, what makes you think they will just up and forgive having a black presidential candidate who played by the rules set up by a white organization (DNC) robbed of his chance to become president, all in a mere six months? You must be joking. If Hillary steals this nomination, you can kiss the Democratic party goodbye. Latinos will see for themselves how the most loyal voting bloc was robbed of their chance, and they will question what kind of treatment they will receive in supporting such a racist party.

    Oh, the Dems are all for diversity and the big tent, as long as the interests and preferences of white folks aren't threatened.

    Obama 08

    May 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. StopThinkVote

    Absolutely not. Obama's platform has been about changing the way the political game is played in Washington. Selecting Hillary would go against his core message. More than half of all American's find her untrustworthy, and Bill Clinton has NOT been vetted since leaving the White House. The GOP would love it if he selected Hillary because then they could attack Obama, Hillary and Bill's questionable business dealings. Not to mention the fact that the Paul v. Clinton trial, in which Clinton is being sued $17 million for fraud, begins in November.

    May 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. Chanakya

    I do not agree with Mr.Rendell's logic. Having waged a bitter fight so far, I am not sure how Obama-Clinton would perform as running mates. More over, Clintons that once derided Obama by maing a hue and cry about Obama;s lack of experience and his inability to attract blue-collar & white voters. I would prefer Mr.Edwards to Clinton as Obama-Edwards chemistry works well. It would be fun to watch Clintons campaigning for Obama this fall!

    May 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. Betsy

    Gotta love Rendell:-)

    He's a good guy:-)

    May 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. Tammy - KCMO

    Sure – let's divide the party even more. I think it's safe to say that a lot of Obama's supporters do not want to see Bill Clinton back in the white house.
    His wife is running off her husband's experience, not her own. I would rethink who I am voting for if she is put on the ticket with Obama. There are other just as qualified women that could be his running mate without all the Clinton baggage that could make Obama's ticket work and satisfy everyone. For example – Kathleen Sebelius.
    Get a clue people, you are not going to get back the good old days of the 90s with Clinton. That was before 9/11 and it's never going to be the same. It's time to move forward and make the changes needed to exist today.
    It's time for Obama to be President.
    Pull together Democrats or it will be 4 more years of Bush politics.

    May 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. Jamaal Kansas

    No She has played the race card against him too many times Barack I have been reading every report on line for the las 6 months of this election and if he pick her after crash and burn campaign she has been ruinning i will sit home that day.

    May 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. Matt

    I am a Democrat but no vote for Obama if he is the nominee even with Hillary on the ticket as VP. He just is not ready foor presidency at this time.

    May 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. Tony

    No, Obama can not offer his hope of CHANGE with somebody who uses the politics of old.

    The only reason Hillary still has breath is because the media stopped vetting her after her Iowa lost. She's old news. Except, the Republicans have recently just dugged up new details and facts about Billary's past scandals!

    Billary only cares about their legacy ... and ... how they will make another 109 million!

    Don't be fooled folks. That 20 Million is coming from somewhere OR somebody! There are a lot of folks with MONEY and POWER who want BILLARY back in the White House.

    For starters, just think China and Columbia.

    May 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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