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. Binh

    As much as I hated the way that Hillary ran her campaign down the stretch, I still believe in her role as one of America's leaders. There is no better way for Obama to prove his efforts for unity than by uniting with Clinton and having her as his vice president.

    Obama '08! (+ Clinton)!

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Nathan Johnson

    Heck no!!!! This the same man that you called "naive" and does not have enough experience to run the country and now you want to be his running mate. Senator Obama do not take the bait. She will be a major thorn in your side.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Jeremy, Houston TX

    What she's done here is interesting. By coming out and essentially asking for the spot, she knows that Obama will have an even tougher time winning over her supporters if he says no. I don't care for her all that much, but you have to give her credit for tenacity. One way or another she's going to bull dog herself into a position in the White House.

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

    The ONLY way I will vote for Nobama is if Hillary is the VP. That is the only way he can win in November anyway. If Hillary isn't VP then I will either write her in or vote for McCain. NO WAY will I vote for someone who gives good speeches, has no experience or ideas on solving problems other than saying the word "change" one million times, and who has the most rude and hate filled supporters of all three of the candidates.

    I didn't drink the Koolaid...

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. HSNP

    That's the only way he's getting my vote.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. DD

    I'm for Barack, but would be in favor of Hillary being his VP. I think it would be a very strong ticket, but Bill is going to have to be quiet and not get involved AT ALL since he has a hard time controlling his bad manners.

    People: Put aside all the differences we have and let the next President of the United States, Barack Obama, unite US.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Lawrence for barack

    NO NO NO

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Femi

    But didn't she say McCain would fare better than Obama. Why would she now run along side him????

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. John Smith

    Let the Clintons please GO AWAY!!!!!! No to the Clintons; this is very clear, it is over–

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. obama == supporter== arkansas

    WONDERFUL
    welcome hillary
    it will work out

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. David- Columbia SC

    I don't like the idea because of how she acted towards FL & MI when she really played unfair in breaking the rules but if it will help I'm for it. I think that she has more power off the ticket personally but het if thats what Obama and she wants I want it too.
    We are behind you Obama!!

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. mhm

    Ok, now lets see where Obama's prioritys lie. If he wants the Democrats to win, he will put her on the ticket. If he wants the country to have the best possible Vice President, then he will put her on the ticket. But if he wants to preserve his future legacy and ego, he will not. Lets see.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    I can just see the first debate now with McCain and Obama:

    McCain – Well, according to your vice-president, both she and I are more qualified to be president than you are.

    Obama – Um.....

    There has been a lot said in this campaign by Hillary and Bill that will come back to haunt Obama in the run against McCain and could weaken the democratic ticket as well honestly.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. EBK

    This is funny. First she offers Obama the VP position and now she's says she's open to it. You are not going to be on that ticket HillBilly. Just go to your mansion, hang out with your fancy friends and enjoy the little dignity you have left.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. al/Alabama

    Her behavior has been despicable. She does not deserve to be VP. Besides, she refuses to admit she has lost the primary race.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Obama should listen carefully to the folks that have worked closely with the Clintons in the past before he makes HIS decision.

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

    Hell no who wants to see this evil woman for four to eight years. If Obama picks her as his V.P he will lose my Vote.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Rk

    NO! NO! NO! She is still hoping some lunatic will bump off Obama...Hook or by crook or by divine or lunatic intervention, she wants to be President.

    June 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. ed

    if i were her, i would refuse the job as he needs her to win in nov. but she does not need him. i would fight it out at the convention. i for one will not vote for him even if she is the vp, i will write her name in on the ballot as will many more, if all her supporters do that she will win and beat both of them.

    June 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Adam

    I sincerely hope that this is false. Even if she is the running mate, I doubt her strongest supporters will come home just because she is the running mate.

    June 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. enomisa

    Honey, you will be doing all the work.

    Obama sucks.

    I would rather write you in in NOV.

    You are the best

    June 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Jason

    She wishes! Obama is way to smart to pick her as a VP. Crazy Clintonites that consititute roughly 5% of her constituency that claim they will vote for McCain if she's not on the ticket can go to hell. No threat that small number of idiots can make will derail the movement!

    June 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. linda

    Seriously, did anyone believe she wasn't...hahaha

    If this lady can't be first, she will definitelty take 2nd. But make no mistake about it, Hillary Clinton wants to be the president, and unfortunately for Obama and the rest of us, she's not likely to give up that long sought quest even as the vice president.

    Offering VP to HRC would be like offering drugs to an addict...haha

    June 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Proud US Army Combat Veteran

    Whoa. This is interesting, considering how bitter HRC supporters are.

    Example: I work for a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that Obama learned his organizing skills from, and we were reaching out to simply lend support to anybody needing resources.

    I received an email from a HRC for Prez Meetup organizer, who said since our group had "ties" with Obama, she would be unable to send me any more emails, and wished me good luck.

    What kinda crap is that?

    Are we not all Democrats? Progressives? Liberals? Whatever the label, aren't we tired of the past 8 years?

    And now I have to be involuntarily drafted into the "Operation Democratic Freedom" campaign, because of the way HRC and Obama supporters are conducting themselves?

    This is ridiculous.

    How's Bob Barr doing?

    June 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  25. Roland

    God forbid.

    June 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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