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. 45 white male in PA

    under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will I vote for Obama if the sore loser HiLIARy is on the ticket. I will vote for McCain and so will all my family and friends if she is offered vp. She is no good, she brings the same old poliyics , we do not need or want her.

    June 2, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  2. M

    NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!

    Please don't encourage her. She would (most likely) want to be a co-president instead of VP. She and her campaign have broken the rules and now expect to be rewarded for it? Don't encurage that type of behavior. We try to teach our children about playing by the rules, if she ends up in or near the presidency, how will we expain to our children that she was rewarded for breaking the rules?

    June 2, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. Josie WA

    Clinton has not been fully veeted yet and thDNC knows this. Bil and her baggage and unveeted new problems will be a hand out to the Republicans. Clinton has been dishonest and divisive to the party already and as VP will encourage record turn out of republican voters who detest her. She is better off with a different position were she can not be in 2nd place, anyway. Thre are plenty of other good choices for VP. He will lose as many votes as he gains with her on the ticket.

    June 2, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  4. No2Obama!

    I still won't for Obama even if Hillary is the VP. I will just vote for McCain.

    June 2, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. Brian

    Aww, Hillary is out 🙁 Hope Obama at least picks her for VP.

    Just whoever becomes President please understand what normal regular people around the USA and around the "WORLD" are going thru. It's tough times these days... ahhh sigh....please God help us.

    June 2, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  6. Jody Monroe

    Hillary, is the Vanity Fair article about Bill the "BANANA PEEL" you've been waiting for???

    June 2, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  7. john

    This is the only way I will vote obama,with hillary.Or have to go mcsame

    June 2, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. pat

    I don't think she's going to want it. But why the bitterness about the Clintons? His presidency was the last time we had a degree of peace and amazing prosperity. Why do you hate them so? I'd rather have a flawed leader who does well for the people. Those who preach perfection seldom are.

    But that's behind us. We have little chance of a repeat of that now.

    Too bad. We've left so much behind.

    Be careful what you wish for now. You'll probably get it.

    June 2, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. M.E.M Kansas city


    June 2, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  10. s.boat

    No Gas Tax Holiday, . . No VP Spot!

    June 2, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  11. Alice in FL

    I don't care if God or Jesus Christ is Obama's running mate. That racist liar with the ugly anti-American wife will NEVER get my vote.

    Too bad for the DNC and the MSM. They never DID understand that if they shove someone inappropriate down our throats, they might get him vomited back up in their faces come November.

    June 2, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  12. show me

    i have backed obama from the start but if clinton s on the ticket i m done with him

    June 2, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  13. paul

    They should go with Easley, Vilsack, or Strickland.

    Not Hillary! Hillary can be the lead Senate sponsor for the health care bill (and she'll probably bollix that up, too).

    June 2, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  14. Kea from Honolulu

    Another Clinton in the White House equals a doomed America... Mr. Obama isn't stupid, and won't consider this as an option.

    June 2, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  15. David, Chicago, IL

    More nasty, vile Bobama fan boys ans girls. Not a good thing to say for anybody except Bobama. Listen to what you are saying and pray that yopu become a better person.

    June 2, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  16. John

    A campaign on change means that Clinton should stay out of the White House. You can't run on a platform and than have someone as your running mate who has close connections with corporate america and plays politics in Washington with special interest and hidden agendas.

    June 2, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  17. Brian

    OK, people they are "politicians". They will do anything (both Obama and Clinton) to win the Presidency and for their party to win because that is good for THEM.. Which menas Obama Clinton is going to happen...

    June 2, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. DerekJ

    Whatever happens, we have to remain committed to getting a Dem in the Whitehouse. I'm a bit split as to whether HRC on the ticket would be a good thing but at this point, I'm not sure what else the Republicans can put out there that we haven't seen before.

    June 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  19. Peter E

    Is this really the 'positive change' Obama is bringing? By firing up his supporters to attack fellow democrats? Is this the 'unity' and 'hope' he'll bring to the rest of America as well? If his supporters are any indication, he'll be just as much a 'uniter, not a divider' (note sarcasm) as Bush promised during his election...

    June 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  20. marzxyz

    Obama is an empty suit. I am a lifelong Democrat who will not be voting for him. Why? He has the one of the thinnest resume in the history of presidential politics. When the subject of national security comes up, he never fails to remind everyone that his grandfather served in WWII. By comparision, it was little more than 50 years ago that a presidential candidate was the former Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces!

    June 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. s.boat

    Hillary Has Been Given The Nod! . . . To Get Behind Barack!

    June 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  22. Anne

    It always amazes me the way people go on about the Clintons. Why? What have they actually done? We had a great time when Bill was Prez. Hillery is a formidable woman. Men just can't handle that. And its mostly men who have a problem with her. Obama-Clinton is an unbeatable combo..Go For It Dems!!

    June 2, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. Harry Osei-Mensah

    This is a good idea as it will help to unify all the Democrats behind their nominee and make the ticket stronger.If both Obama and Senator Clinton means what they say , that is to bring the country together this is the time for them to show by coming together .If it were Republicans this will not be a problem but for Democrats nobody knows For this particular Presidential Election ,the democrats must do everything possible to win.

    June 2, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  24. Becky

    she cannot be VP, why? she has been nothing but disrespectiful all along, what she needs to go is go home and take care of her family with the 100m+ they made last year

    June 2, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  25. Chris

    Clinton has made her bed and now she must lay in it. Back to the Senate you go, Mrs. Clinton.

    June 2, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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