June 2nd, 2008
09:29 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton message: She'll do what it takes in November

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/02/art.clinton.sd.cnn.jpg caption="Obama insiders believe Clinton is sending signals she would be willing to join the ticket."] NEW YORK (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton is poised to deliver a message Tuesday "that she will do whatever it takes" to put a Democrat in the White House - a message that Barack Obama insiders say indicates she would accept an offer to be Obama's running mate if asked.

"In her speech tomorrow night, she will convey the message that first and foremost she is committed to Democrats winning in November and will do whatever she's asked to do," a close friend and adviser of the former first lady, who speaks with her regularly and is privy to her deliberations, told CNN Monday.

"She will do whatever it takes to bring the party together to win and whatever is asked of her to make sure the Republicans are defeated."

That message has been conveyed to the Obama campaign via informal channels, according to Obama insiders who said the message is a signal that she would be willing to serve as his vice president.

Both the Clinton and Obama campaigns told CNN that there have been no formal discussions between the campaigns.

Obama insiders are split over whether considering Clinton to be on the ticket is a good idea.

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soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Brian

    This "Hillary or McCain" nonsense needs to STOP. Clinton supporters that say this – you need to GROW UP. It is irresponsible, immature, and flat out reckless to put another Republican in the White House. If you vote McCain out of spite for HRC losing the nomination, then you have no one to blame when our economy continues to plummet, gas prices continue to soar, and the war's end will be nowhere in sight.

    As far as HRC as VP, I'm on the fence. On the one hand, I could see it somewhat "unifying" the party and appeasing everybody. However, I think Obama could do better because HRC will always think about HER priorities first. She has been dishonest, mishandled her campaign and her funds, and just can't be trusted to have the American peoples' interests as her number one priority.

    June 2, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. Pockets

    DEAR GOD ALMIGHTY ....... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, do not let this happen....let Ole Bill go on doing his tramp routine with all the 'ladies' out there....what a disgrace.

    Barack does not need that pair for anything. He will win in a landslide, without Hillary. Send her back to the Senate. Send Bill back to obscurity.

    June 2, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  3. Noclinton

    Please no. Anyone but Hillary. Let her help out by campaigning, give her a cabinet position if you must, but please don't make her VP. She's evil, manipulative, dishonest, and disengenious.

    June 2, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. Ed, Santa Fe, NM



    June 2, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. Lynn Waldrip

    To let Hillary into the White House by making her VP (yes, she would finagle it) would be going backwards from the change Obama is calling for. Don't fall for it, Barack! We are first-time donators who are NOT paying for Clinton to be on any ticket.

    June 2, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. Erma

    I am voting for McCain.. as a Democratic, I am sick of the media and the Democratic Party.

    June 2, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    "Obama insiders are split over whether considering Clinton to be on the ticket is a good idea."

    What exactly are you smoking?

    June 2, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  8. dave

    why won't you publish my posts any longer? Because I'm not an Obama supporter?

    June 2, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  9. DAT

    Don't be fooled Obama! Hillary comes as a packaged deal; Bill is included. You don't want to be distracted trying to reign them both in and handle the national and international issues.

    Forget Hillary in 2008! There are many other great choices for VP.

    June 2, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. angel in NV

    Obama/Clinton 08' DEMS Unite!!!!

    June 2, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  11. Colin

    There's only 4 days in November before the general election. I hope she plans to help before November.

    June 2, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. Richard

    Hillary didn't have a strategy. She used Obama's playbook all through. No wonder convectional wisdom has been defeated. She is in debt and dilusional
    Time for a new leadership!
    Go Obama!

    June 2, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  13. Jason33

    Now that Hillary is out, we the people who supported her will now focus to McCain. Obama supporters, let us not forget how you humiliated us and treated us badly!

    June 2, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  14. CL

    If the DNC hadn't given Obama all those Delegates in the decision involving Michigan, then he wouldn't have the momentum that he is currently gaining reguarding Super Delegates and ucommited Delegates. So If the DNC had decided the Michigan and Florida primaries fairly, Hillary wouldn't be forced to be in this position of near defeat. It just goes to show you what a few "important" people can do behind closed doors and how it will effect history forever.

    June 2, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  15. Emiliano

    It would be a perfect combination. I want Hillary as President but still... Obama-Clinton sounds good!

    June 2, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  16. JKan

    Even if Clinton is the VP candidate, we are not going to vote for Obama. Period.

    If we can't have the BEST (Hillary), we go to the seond BEST (McCain).

    Hey, SDs – is it clear?

    June 2, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  17. RB

    Then, here comes Bill....again. Now, he's letting the country know that he has too much baggage to get back into the executive branch. He's out of control and a liability for Hillary. Republicans would make the election about him just as Obama will try to make the campaign about George. He would stir up their base more than Hillary. She cannot be on the ticket if democrats want to win the white house in Nov!! She knows it. I hope her supporters recognize this fact before we give the white house to McSame.

    June 2, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  18. VA Dem

    DO NOT DO IT BARACK! Hillary only brings baggage not any states that you can't win without her. Hillary doesn't have any foreign relations experience except for receiving flowers and having tea with the First Ladies of other countries....she will more of the old. We want Barack because we want someone NEW!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. Josh

    Hillary as VP will solidy her 17 million voters as oppossed to letting a few million tip McCain's way. Her negatives are so well known there shouldn't be any surprises. Making her the offer will make Obama look like a good sport also..even if she doesn't accept it.

    June 2, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  20. Surge

    Even in her final hour, as she's about to get out of his way, look at the vitriolic words of the obama supporters. So much for the new politics, so much for party unity.

    June 2, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  21. Cynthia

    I'm glad that she said that and I hope that when Senator Obama is the nominee that shes say that she will support him in any way that he would like.

    June 2, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. Amit NYC

    sure why not.

    June 2, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  23. Sean the thinker

    Okay Hillary,

    If you're really serious about doing what ver is necessary to ensure that a democrat wins then here is what you have to do.............

    GET OUT OF THE RACE NOW !!!!!!!!!.


    June 2, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. chris

    There is one problem... There are many disenchanted republicans (like myself) who have been supporting Obama in this election. I, like many others, will most certainly return to my republican party if a Clinton is on the ticket.

    June 2, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. Kevin

    She deserves it. If she gets it and they win the election she will just have to concentrate on policy making and try to forget that Obama is a complete fraud. It will be in her long term interests to make an Obama presidency work.

    June 2, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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