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. Tim

    I think that would do more harm than good. I just think that Senator Clinton should take that same fire and back Senator Obama in the General Election.

    Obama 08/12

    May 14, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Rebecca

    Hillary, I am one white hard-working American who will not vote for you because of your negative baggage and scandals that haunt you. It's great you are woman, but your lies and manipulations are why I will not vote for you.

    May 14, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Steve

    Rendell is an idiot. If Obama selects Hillary as VP, then he better hire a food taster and have the Oval Office checked for bombs every day. Couple that with Bill Clinton underminding him and "skirt chasing" the female staff . . . uhh, no, I can't imagine him selecting Hillary as VP.

    Insofar as him losing West Virginia last night by a wide margin, who cares? Only goes to show you that we still have "Deliverance" type stupid, racist, poor white people in the hinterlands of our country. By the by, this is only one demographic group that the media keeps mentioning. What about black people, college educated folks, etc.? To win the general election, you need a coalition, not just one group. Moreover, it has already been said (but not really emphasized by the media) that Obama will have a different electoral map then the one Democrats usually pursue. Bottom line is that voters will either cut off their nose to spite their face (i.e., vote for the white guy or gal and have eight more years of Bush type politics) or select someone that has promised change in Washington.

    May 14, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. George from Minneapolis

    these hillary supporters want her to be v.p so that their careers dont go into the toilet..

    they supported the loser so, they have to take their medicine.

    show better judgement next time.

    May 14, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Have you seen it? The respect I lost for the Clintons!

    This is getting so old. If Hillary was winning like Obama is, the world would be yelling for him to get out of the race. Her supporters would be telling Obama supporters not to be crazy threatening to vote for the other party and EVERYONE would blast Obama for pointing out he has the young, black, and well educated coalition.

    Guys and Gals stop this fighting and move forward. Whether or not Hillary is on the ballot or not, McCain can not win. He and his ideas for the country parralell the ideas of GW. Understand that if your hurting now, just think were you will be if he is back in office for another term or the worse case scenerio, 2 terms.

    May 14, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Dee/Warwick

    Ed Rendell should mind his business, I can distinctly remember Ed Rendell saying that Pennsylvania his State was not ready to vote for a black man for President of The United States of America prior to the primary election there. How racist is that comment? Ed Rendell was very instrumental in playing all the dirty tricks that played out in his
    State with friends like him Barack Obama doesn't need any foes.

    I am hoping that Barack Obama chooses a running mate that truly reflects the message that he has built his campaign on and Hillary Clinton does not fill that bill. The sooner Hillary disappears the better for the Democratic Party.

    May 14, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. HD

    Absolutely NOT!

    There is no way after all of this back and forth in-fighting from the Clinton camp that he will add her to the ticket.

    I voted for Obama and after seeing him go under attacks from the Clintons and the media, I will not vote for the Obama/Clinton ticket. I will either not vote or vote for McCain/Huckabee. I could use the tax break anyway.

    Obama needs to choose a candidate who can win with rural, white voters –> John Edwards.

    May 14, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. Obama in 08

    Barack Obama should not allow the fox a chance to get into the hen house. Senator Clinton is so concerned about herself and not what is best for the country, she would cause more trouble than she could be worth. Barack needs to keep the Clinton machine from destroying what he and his supporters have worked so hard to build. I am a conservative and do not agree with all that the Democratic party stands for, but I will vote for Barack Obama. I will step back across the line if I see Clinton on the ticket.

    Hillary should concede now.

    May 14, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Heavy the D -Dallas

    How pathetic Rendell is, Now you want her to his VP, I thought you guys knew she was going to be the nominee , You campaigned so hard putting Obama off the records. Look it's simple Hilary does not deserve that slot at all. We a Governor and absolutely not you Rendell.

    May 14, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. ray

    In the words of Rodney King, "Why can't we all just get along?" LOL

    May 14, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. An Agnostic Democrat

    Rendell should shut up. Like him, the Clinton banner represent the politics of personal destruction, distortion, corruption and lies and frankly speaking, I'm more than tired of all of them.

    May 14, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. rehoboth ng

    Does that mean the Clinton camp has suddenly woken up to reality? God bless USA

    May 14, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Lucious

    I think having on the same ticket wouldnt be good for either of them......I think Obama would be better off picking somebody like Chuck Hagel, or Wesley Clark....but unfortunately I dont think it'll be possible for the dems to win the whitehouse unless it's a joint ticket...

    May 14, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. Stephen

    Heck No! CHANGE ≠ CLINTON, dont think so

    May 14, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. James

    Lets see...

    1. WV was not a caucus so a bunch of paid partisan 20 year olds couldn't hijack it for Obama.

    2. No large black vote to bank on getting nearly 100% of.

    3. A year into the campaign and he is still unqualified and has yet to say anything of substance outside of "Hope" and "Change".

    4. Rack up another loss in an important swing state.

    Obama is our guy. What a riot.

    May 14, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. geriatric


    May 14, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Sharon - NC

    Why would Obama want to carry the Clinton banner? Why does he need to? A large number of people have voted that they don't want a 'Clinton banner'. And those that have a discriminatory reason not to vote for Obama wouldn't vote for Hillary either.

    Hillary 'supportive' of Obama! Right.

    If I ever get to the point where I feel like things are too real for me, I want whever Ed Rendell and Terry McAuliffe are taking.

    May 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Rendell = Joke

    I'm from PA, Rendell does very little for the state. How can a man who cannot even take care of himself (overweight) take care of an entire state? We just put more and more unintelligent people in office in the U.S. that are in it for nothing but the money and benefits (and lack of work) and then we wonder why our country is going down hill and the world hates us.

    May 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |

    I'm still trying to understand what makes her the more experienced candidate. Is it age, is it her time in washington while her hubby was in office, or has she really done something to make a difference? You don't deserve to be the nominee just based on who you are related to. I want to see what she's done to make a positive difference in the our world. Just wearing the Clinton name is not enough

    May 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. Hillary Supporter

    If offered, I hope she does not accept a VP position but watches the democrats lose with Obama as their candidate. The unspoken and not articulated truth is there are many who will not vote for Obama.

    The DNC deserves to lose. Why should she want to be a second banana to someone who stole the candidacy away from her with the help of the very party she and her husband worked so long and hard for? The DNC is akin to the Supreme Court: their decision to leave Florida and Michigan out and the Supreme Court's decision to give Bush the presidency; a most undemocratic route to take. How ironic, it all came down to Florida. As a first-time activist in selecting a candidate, this is very disappointing to participate in and support.

    May 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Former Obama Supporter

    Obama should ask Clinton to be his vp if he is the nominee. He says that we should talk and work with our enemies, then he should practice what he preaches and choose Hillary. He says we need to come together, then get together with Hillary.

    May 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. jay

    don't ask her Obama! let her and her supporters suffer! for every democrat who votes Mc Cain because she lost, there is a black person who didn't vote this primary season who will vote for you. turnout is high but less than 30 percent of registered blacks voted. McCain the 71 year old white republican won't get none of the remaining 70 percent

    obama/anybody but her 08

    May 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. Anthony

    It's been clear for a while now that Clinton is basically running for VP. There's been no real shot at victory for her in months, yet she continues to blow money like we're not in a recession.

    As much as she can annoy me, I don't think it's that bad an idea. Though she would be viewing it as a co-presidency since she likes to redefine the rules as we progress.

    May 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. DoneWithDems



    May 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. J Prioleau

    Hillary does not have the leadership vision, values,ethics, teamwork, that Obama has and there is no room in the white house for attack politics , separation and devisiveness. That is what has been going on in Washington and Clinton has been a big part of it. Also Rendell has the same party old mentality that Clinton has. I am not a young voter but it is so obvious that for this country to move forward, a huge shift and change needs to take place. Clinton is part of the current attack politics, don't address the issues regime and the current non-productive law making process and both she and her husband have too many alliances to that political system for her to have any positive affect for our future. Also people have not forgotten Bill Clinton's lack of ethics in the white house. A fresh approach is needed.

    May 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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