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. No HILLBILLY

    HELL TO DA NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. john

    I am a obama supporter and i think they wound will really kill McCain. The bottom line is to beat McCain. Some people keep worrying about personallties instead of winning. You have to respect all them women who worked hard. The other stiffs can't bring anything to the ticket.

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Dwayne Minnesota

    I don't like it. It will be hard for OBAMA to control the Clinton's. Something like what happened with Buss and the Dick.

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid!

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. bmark

    oh pls pls do not let her have the position. we need new ideas not her. I pray he would consider others!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Christina, Chicago, IL

    Amen to that Big "O". I don't want to see her on the ticket at all. It will be a definite win in the fall though if she is. I'm still not buying all these Hillary supporters saying they're voting for McCain. If you're a democrat then you're a democrat plain and simple. You don't vote AGAINST your own principles just because your candidate didn't win. Tonight could be the night for Obama...so excited!

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Chief

    After that JFK remark she can go to hell.

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Patricia

    If there's a God – please NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Tom

    I am not a fan of the Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama ticket, but if it is the only way to keep Clinton supporters happy, then what other option is there?

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Pam

    I hope Obama's smarter than that. If she and Bill are part of Obama's administration, they will do anything and everything to undermine him so she can run against him in 2012. And he'd better watch his back...

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. DONT DO IT

    She has waaaaaaaaay too much baggage!

    We need change, not a continued DYNASTY!

    We all know Bill will be sleeping over if Hillary's in the Whitehouse

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Clare in Orlando, FL

    Obama can win this without HRC. I pray that he chooses a Latino or a Female, or John Edwards.

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Bill PA

    Hillary must settle for the #2 spot.
    The tide of the black folks has pushed her to over the edge.
    The superdelagates are real losers in my opinion.
    They can't stand to see a women become President.

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Noel

    I would loose all respect for Barack Obama is she becomes his VP. She is a back stabber.

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Fav, Colorado

    Although I'd prefer to be President, i suppose it's best that you be VP – for the sake of teaching Obama i.e. the rookie, some lessons on patriotism, race, honor and common sense!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Josh

    If it brings unity... maybe. I still think Obama could do much better than her. But hey, I'm not an expert.

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Jane

    She adds nothing to the ticket. Obama needs someone like Jim Webb with military and defense experience.

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Pol

    Nooooo! Please, do not destroy what was created by Obama campaign for many months. You will LOOSE (not gain) MILLIONS of votes.

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Mark

    I think Obama and his team should be given the time and independence to deliberate on this important issue. Hillary should not try to force him to make any decision in her favor.

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. Go Hillary

    If Obama does NOT offer her the VP slot, he will be dooming his fate and all of Hillary's supporters will say, "I told you so."

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. JB

    Her being on the ticket takes away all of Obama's credibility. How can you be the candidate for change when your VP–who is one heartbeat away from the Oval Office–is the definition of an old school politician and who's husband an old ex-president will be interfering constantly?

    Say bye to those independents Obama-Clinton.

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Virgie

    Me too. I hate the idea of her being his VP. Honestly I don't trust her.

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

    dont do it, make her threaten to tear up the party. she'll never do it. unless she wants to be hated forever.

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

    I am glad that she's open to this, because at the end of the day, it's democrats versus republicans, not democrats versus democrats. If we cannot unify this party, then how do we expect to unify this nation?

    June 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. andrew houston

    Congrats Obama on his nomination. The only way, he'll be able to Win this Nov. is with Hillary as VP, else, many Democrats will sit it out or vote McCain. The other factor is the Latino vote...many prefer and trust Hillary! Obama'd better choose Hillary as VP, if he wanna stay 8 Years in the White House! ...and Hillary can be President starting 2016, for another 8 years! Time to take back America from the NeoConns! We've had enough! We want thenext 16 years for/as/by Democrats...as was in he Bill Clinton era! God Bless America!

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