June 3rd, 2008
03:50 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton says she's open to being VP

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(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton is willing to take the vice presidential slot on a Barack Obama presidential ticket, New York lawmakers told CNN.

CNN first reported Monday that Clinton was signaling the Obama campaign of her interest.

Two New York lawmakers told CNN's Candy Crowley that Clinton told them she was open to being Obama's running mate during a conference call.

One of the lawmakers said that former President Bill Clinton has been pushing the idea privately for several weeks.

Earlier, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, told CNN that "I have reason to believe she is open to the V.P. slot."

On Monday, Obama insiders told CNN's Suzanne Malveaux that the campaign had received signals via informal channels that Clinton would be willing to serve as Obama's running mate. Clinton and Obama go into the final two primaries of the Democratic nomination fight Tuesday with Obama leading in delegate totals, although the results in South Dakota and Montana won't give him the 2,118 delegates he needs to secure the nomination.

Instead, the Illinois senator must depend on superdelegates - party insiders and elected officials - to put him over the top. Obama picked up 12 superdelegates on Tuesday, including former President Jimmy Carter, leaving him just 30 delegates short of securing the nomination. Thirty-one delegates are at stake in Tuesday's primaries.

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soundoff (355 Responses)
  1. Steve in DC

    As much as I hate to imagine the idea....together they would crush McCain. I can only imagine what it would be like to have her and Bill running around the white house!

    June 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Time4change

    If she hadnt threw all this muck onto barack attacking him like it was a general election and she was a Repub. with all this pastor non-sense and saying he cant win the general.
    It would been a swell idea but now she can only hope for a cabinet spot if that!
    because all i see for eight years is bill and Hillary trying to undermine barack and that wont work for our nation.

    gas here washington state is now at 4.09
    its past time for change

    Obama 08

    June 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. allen

    Please for Heaven's sake, just go away already. Please. It's really getting to be a bit much. If her behaviour is any indication of the type of president she could have been then case closed- Hillary you never had a chance.

    June 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Sure

    Hillary for Secy of State (perfect for her and Bill) or go back to the senate and wait for a Supreme Court position.

    VP – Webb, Hagel or Bloomberg

    June 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. outsider

    the clintons shame knows no band, they are very, very selfish

    June 3, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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