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. Democrats Rule

    Can she not muzzle her campaign folks then? Seems to me being gracious now would be a good thing if she really does want President Obama to consider putting her on his ticket!

    June 3, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Brian

    I have a rhyme

    HIllary for VP
    HIllary for VP
    Hillary for vp

    June 3, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. karen

    How can she be on the ticket as the Veep when she voted to go to war in Iraq? BTW she has never really apologized for that vote. It completely goes against Obama's message of change

    June 3, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Michael

    just keep bill out of the white house

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Lovely in VA

    NO NO NO NO NO
    Don't do it Obama!!
    We don't want them anywhere near you for the next eight years.

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. DOH!!!

    Exactly!!!!! But will it be offered.........I regurgitate

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Anson

    All that trouble she has caused.... Now she's causing more trouble refusing to go away.

    Why won't she go away and see if she would offer the job. Obama might be foreced to choose her and risk of losing the independent as well as some republican if he picks her.

    We'll see how things go.

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Addis - observer

    ... "i am open to it" according to AP. Today – when the time comes- AP is the one who is getting the real "NEWS" ... Almost all papers and cables are refering AP for their "news" ... Interesting!

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Bukky

    I feel nausiated... If he does this Obama supporters will likely not fault him for it because the goal is to put a democrat in the WH.

    But after all the BS she has pulled? SHE'S GOT SOME D**N NERVE

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. C Parks

    This would be tying the Presidents hands ... the Clintons are too power hungry to settle for VP. Let her be the Health Czar ...

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Democrat in 08!

    Well now who wants to be on Obama's side. Anyways glad this thing is finally over was getting primary fatigue.

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Not even

    I am a supporter of Hillary Clinton. But even if she was Barack's VP nominee, I still won't vote for him. I just don't feel he has enough experience to run the country in a positive way. He hasn't even said how he plans on making all his dreams and hopes a reality. It's been over 8 months.
    I might vote independent.

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Sean

    It's about freaking time – but no thanks hillary, you polarized the community for your own gain in the next election. Have fun being a senator again.

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. clbrune

    She'd make a strong president or vice president.

    I still think the better ticket is Clinton/Obama.

    Considering how much Obama will need every vote he can get, it might be wise for him to make the offer.

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. andrew s

    to win this election they need each other and i hope we obama supporter will support that ticket. we do not need a third term of bush

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. EDW

    Make sure you get a food taster Obama!!!! As she stated a couple of weekends ago, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. Juan from L.A

    NO!!! N-O, and I hope not cause Obama know this is not about Change and goes totally against his platform. She will bring her baggage including the senile ex-president. Plus his wife doesn't like her because of all the dirt.

    No Senator Clinton just pack your bags tonight and stay in NY. You'll do the country a favor.

    Chuck Hagel should be the guy. Why because he needs someone more on the Right than him who can talk to the racists in middle America.

    Some say Sebelius but the problem is no one knows about her. No one. Two brand new people is not a good idea.

    And for all those femenists and radicals who threaten about voting for McCain well who cares about you!!! Seriously. You gals are a joke to democracy for being such sore losers.

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Willis, Texas

    HELL NO!

    OBAMA DOES NOT NEED HER AND HE WILL NOT KNOW IT UNLESS HE TEST THE WATER!

    MOVE AWAY FROM THE DRAMA QUEEN - RUN FAST!

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. RUSerious

    Of course Hillary will try to get the VP seat...I wouldn't be surprised if she ordered a hit on him the first week he is in office so she could get the job. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. Jim

    At first I said NO to Hillary as Obama's VP, but now I am open. Let's bring her on the ticket and win the White House this year. Let's unite the party.

    Obama/Clinton '08? Sure, why not.

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Peace

    We all belong to one Party. VP is not a bad idea. Its time to unite!

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. Karl

    I don't want her on the ticket. She is trying to BLACKMAIL Obama. What kind to crap is this? Oh I see... if he doesn't give her the VP slot, she's going to ruin his chance for the Office of the President. HILLARY and your SUPPORTERS...go away if you are unable to live in reality.

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. Griff

    D. Day the Sixth of June.. It's only the Third... Now how obsurd...
    Remember Robert in another 3 day's time... Not going to happen...

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Anacostia

    Big "O" I agree – lol

    hell no – let her go!

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. ENOUGH

    Ding dong the Witch is dead.
    Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!
    Ding dong the Wicked Witch is dead!

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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