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. Truth Be Told

    the pressure is on!

    i just hope sen. obama do not ask her. i fear it, for his sake. clinton and her surrogates have already sowed the seed of racial hatred and divide and some kook out there may do the unimaginable just so she can take over. i hope to Good Lord not.

    June 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Honest Running Mate Wanted

    Don't call us, Hillary – we'll call you.

    June 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. DGBark

    I think an Obama-Bloomberg ticket would offer better results for our country, but the other side is that an Obama-Bloomberg ticket might now win. Taking down Obama-Clinton would be like taking down a Titan.

    June 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. gam

    please do not take her. we will need to bathe every time her slimy husband shows his horns. she has been so negative about Sen. Obama's campaign the republicans will throw all this in his face. this is not change we can believe in. please no,no,no,no.

    June 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Jennifer, VA

    Uuuuuuhhhhhhhhhh....NO.

    June 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Pete

    Don't do it, Barack! We haven't gone through this drawn-out primary season only to kiss and make up at the end. It's time to redefine the Democratic party, break the Bush/Clinton cycle, and move this country in a new direction!

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Hillary Democrat

    Even though History will be made, why does it STILL have to be a man on top of the ticket?!

    Your day will come Madam President...

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. LATINO FOR OBAMA

    HELL NO!

    How can she come back after what she has said about Obama and think that he'll offer the 2nd spot?

    Keep dreaming.

    Bye, bye Clinton.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. People are still voting

    CNN – People are still voting,would you please refrain from reporting hear-say information while people are still going to, or deciding whether or not to go to the polls.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Chi4Obama

    Hey CNN,
    What's with all of the Contradictary headlines that you keep posting today?

    Case in point:
    1) "Clinton not ready to concede race, her campaign chair says"
    2) "Clinton says she's open to being VP"

    You have both of these articles as headlines on your website. But only one can be accurate. In order for her to consider a VP slot, she obvisously has to concede the race...... So which one is it?

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Alexander

    At least she'll be limited in what she can do. My biggest fear of her being VP is that she'll undermine the President. After all, it's her fault that the party is so divided because she didn't think of the consequences of throwing Obama under the bus in terms of experience and beating McCain. If she can behave herself, I guess I don't really care.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Its OK to be right

    HMMMM...i guess

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Crystal (North Carolina)

    First she would "allow" Barack to be her VP when he was winning, now she will "allow" him to select her as VP. Gosh, the generosity of Hilary Clinton is overwhelming!

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Write HILL in

    Too late.

    After all the hate and the ugly nasty comments and actions by the Obama camp... I will not vote for Obama even if you are there to help him.

    I will still write your in for a NOV win.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Beth

    It is difficult to imagine that someone who has fought this vehemently to be in the #1 spot would psychologically be ok with second chair. Nor do i think if you come in second you should automatically be considered for VP. the qualifications under normal circumstances are different. it is much more than just a presidential fill-in. She is far better suited to be secretary of state. she would be incredible at that and it would leverage her existing relationships.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. ron from california

    Make Hillary supporters happy.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. Allyn

    Honestly he'd Win without her like he has been plus there many other great woman whom aren't scorn and catty

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Dena in SC

    I don't want to see her on the ticket but if she is open to it then it's up to her.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. DGBark

    now = not

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. lil

    Obama,You should think had before you make this deal. Remember
    Bill and Hillary comes as a package deal and he will run you stone
    crazy looking over your shoulder everyday.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Whiteboy in PA

    I strongly disagree on VP slot....she is unpredictable, and untrustworthy.... why the delay and wasting money, and time???..... this race was over months ago...she is just waking up from slumber...
    No VP for a candidate who wishes her opponent something evil......I will not vote for that ticket....

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. Bitter in Texas

    What ever Sen. Obama thinks best is good for me....just but a leash on Bill (and would be a very short leash).

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    she has no pride

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. CMitch FW, TX

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Frank, Missouri

    Obama better gets a good life insurance with Clinton in the waiting position the presidential office. I don't think she'd be waiting for long.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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