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. larry from minnesota

    Hasn't Hillary burnt her her bridges with Barack?

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Judi in the heartland

    If he's the nominee he has every right and absolutely should pick his own running mate.

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Damian Salter

    Let's get on with the dream ticket... time to bring this donkey and pony show of a Primary to an end and move forward with a united party!
    Obama/Clinton 08,12

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. jeni

    Let's NOTdo this! If we could play back all of Hillary's spews aginst and judgement of Barack we'd see what and who he would be dealing with. At times she went lower than a bottom feeder. I recognize she is capable of doing good work in some areas yet I cannot even imagine her as VP. In no time at all she would become Cheney like. Yikes – how can that be a good thing? There are many 'friendly' choices out there – choose one of those!

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Nancy

    ha!ha!ha!

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Jim from Montana

    TIME TO UNITE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. I'm tired of republicans using blogs acting they're democrats and instigate infighting. We have more to lose if McCain becomes the next president. I'm an Hillary supporter by the way. However, if Obama get the nomination, I'll vote for him. The difference between the two is slim.

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. jac from LI

    No way, she can not be trusted.

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Howard, Westport CT

    My god no! Can you imagine the kind of mischief this woman and Bill would create in an Obama White House?!!!
    Please let Obama pick his own running mate. Let the Clintons go back to their lives and let's change Washington and the country. Bill and Hillary represent the old Washington style. If this nomination process didn't prove that, then I don't know what will. The Clintons used old style politics, and they lost. Let's let this type of behavior be something we only think about in the past tense.

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Losi

    Hillary said Obama is not electable
    Hillary said Obama can not win against McCain
    Hillary said Obama can not win against her
    Hillary used the race card first
    Hillary's campaign is in the red
    Hillary has been caught lying
    Hillary has been caught misspeaking
    Hillary uses fuzzy math

    Why would Obama want someone so backstabbing as Hillary for his VP

    Obama can and would win in November without Hillary.

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. joe

    Noooooooooooooooo. It is over with the Clintons and cronies in this country. Go home!

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. jersey

    that would be a mistake on his part.

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Jack from Texas

    Not sure the AP can be trusted today...

    Vote Nader (dot) Org

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Pete

    Please, Senator Obama, don't even consider it. There are many qualified VP prospects out there, you need not sell out your campaign and your supporters!

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. TN Voter

    Yes!!! I am so happy. Obama/Clinton 08

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. Truth

    That is a bad idea.
    Obama will loose alot of supporters and the republicans will become united.

    Obama/ Web 08

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. DREAM TEAM

    Unity is the answer.....AND THE WINNER IS.... DREAM TEAM 08

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. Karl

    Without Hillary on the ticket, a loss against McCain would seal Obama's political fate. Only she can deliver the votes in the key States and only she's got the experience.

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Ian

    Hopefully he'll take her just to shut up those female, hormonal, in-the-middle-of-menopause supporters of hers.

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    Now in a minute there will be a memo from the Clinton camp stating that this is not true.

    June 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. And Thats The Truth, Ruth

    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    June 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. Jasmyne

    Obama/Clinton 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. daniel

    It's a terrible thing to say, but if this happens, I'd fear for Obama's life :$

    June 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. proud army and navy mom

    don't be fooled by this monster, she and her staff has been openly lobbying for VP every since they realized after Feb 5th that they were losing.

    don't do it Sen Obama, you will end up regretting it.

    June 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Beth - Florida

    Hillary – Please no!!!!

    We want nothing to do with that racist pig NObama.

    June 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Ivar

    I am sorry Obama!!! But you loose my vote if you include her because she is not what you stand for. Besides I dont want a vice president running this country

    June 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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