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

Clinton says she's open to being VP

Clinton told New York lawmakers Tuesday she's open to serving as VP.

Clinton told New York lawmakers Tuesday she's open to serving as VP.

(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. ltd1974

    Wow! but sad to say its a good idea

    Obama/Clinton '08

    June 3, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Why

    We are not open to you. Bye

    June 3, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Alison

    sounds like she's conceding to me...

    June 3, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. PartyHeartyArtie

    Oh no please!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. White Woman for Obama

    of course she is.

    Always wants ths spot light.

    Obama-Gore

    June 3, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Noooooooo!

    Oh No!

    June 3, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. JT, AZ

    Why would she do that? I though she said he can't win?

    June 3, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Elaine, Joliet, IL

    Michelle better make all of Barack's food from now on if he does select her.

    June 3, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Dan Campbell

    I wish it was the other way around (Clinton as President), but this is the only way Obama will get my vote.

    June 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. Good For The Gander

    I'm confident that Obama will make the best choice in a running mate. He has run a good campaign and will continue to do so in the general election.

    June 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Big 'O"

    she has no other choice but tobe open to a V.P. spot because the President spot is taken.

    June 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Veterans for Obama

    Thanks, but no thanks.

    June 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Paula

    Barack's message of change would be tremendously compromised if Clinton served as VP. She was too malicious and divisive in the primary season.

    June 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. trellskig

    I JUST BET SHE IS...I JUST BET SHE IS! LOL

    June 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. deborah

    Obama please please please do not offer the Vice Presidency to the Clinton's They are evil and will try to hurt you.

    Find a candiate who can truly support you and not one who will envy you and try to undermind your goals for this country.

    Please NO MORE CLINTONS

    BIG MISTAKE to have the CLINTON"S on the ticket!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. Tammy - KCMO

    Obama – JUST SAY NO!!!!

    This would not be a good thing for the Democratic party. She crossed the line a long time ago and you can't trust her or Bill anymore.

    June 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. Ramone C. Aiken

    i will NOT vote for Sen. Obama is Clinton is the V.P. I have been pulled into this message of change, if she is the V.P i don't think change will take place. She is very strong candidate however i think the Sen. Clinton is opposite of change.

    June 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. judesuper

    Why is it always all about her? Who cares? Barack Obama has won and she has lost. Let him have his time as winner without her tagging along. Give him the spot light for once.

    OBAMA – YES WE CAN!!!! AND FINALLY DID!!

    June 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Shawn T

    N O !

    Kathleen Sebelius.

    June 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Amber

    Unstoppable ticket! McCain mind as well go on back to Arizona if an Obama/Clinton ticket happens. Thats the only way the Dems will win in November!!!!

    Obama -Clinton 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Open to what? The arrogance of Hillary when she hasn't conceded to Obama. Obama there are better choices than Hillary and please don't be held hostage to Hillary's disrespect to democrat party. How dare you Hillary Rodham Clinton. This makes me furious.

    June 3, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. Tired of Hillary

    Can you read my lips....NOT ON YOUR LIFE!!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Independent woman voter

    I will only vote for Obama if he has a different running mate than Clinton. I will definitely not vot Democrat if Clinton is on the ticket. I do not respect her after the race she has won.

    June 3, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Chris

    I do not think Clinton as VP is a good choice.....she would not be able to take a back seat, now maybe something in his cabinet

    June 3, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. GERALD STROTHER

    NO WAY ALL SHE IS TRYING TO DO IS TO TAKE DOWN OBAMA IF HE TAKE HER AS A VP I WILL NOT VOLT FOR HIM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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