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. amelia

    This has been a very long (and sometimes very hateful) battle and I'm so happy that the 1st part is over. As far as Hillary as VP, I'm not so sure but I think she would serve America in a far better position as a Supreme Court Judge. I believe that is the true calling for Hillary where a legacy she can build and continue the rights of individuals across our country.

    Obama 08.

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. C from the D

    She will get my full appreciation if she bows out gracefully tonight.

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Renee St.Louis

    This women is spineless. Barack has to make that decision. NO!

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Lee

    H3LL NO!
    Don't put her on the ballot Obama.

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Gene

    No!!! No! Capital NO...SHE IS UNTRUSTWORTHY........

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. SG

    Obama-

    After all that she and her husband have said about and toward you. there would have to be one hell of a public apology. Second, after that RFK statement, and with her as VP, watch your water and food....

    Keep them in but not too close. NO VP OFFER....

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. 5two

    Well I hope Barack is not opened to offering it to her. Nice try Hill.

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Umarica

    Hillary has the same goal as all Democrats; getting Republicans out of office. She has always been for the people and will continue to do what is best for the people. The “bullies” must learn that there is a better way of handling global issues, so we must show them. We must remember no one has ownership of planet Earth. Intelligent dialogue will prevail.

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. mama4obama

    My last choice, but it it means winning in November...so be it.

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Ben

    That is the only way she would get my vote at this point.

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Slick Rick

    Say it ain't so!

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Finally

    He better not offer it to her. That would take his chances down to ZEROOOOO if he adds her.
    She needs to go home.

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. Ramone C. Aiken

    The Clinton's are very strong, very strong, in fact they are to strong for a #2 position. I think she will try to control the power and will not Obama be commander and chief. She will treat it like a co-presidency. Bill couldn't have come second to Al Gore just like Sen. Clinton cannot be a VP. She wants more power then Bush (lol).

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. The Mind of Old-Man McCain

    MESSAGE TO THE OBAMA CAMP: DO NOT PUT HILLARY ON THE TICKET!!!

    Polls are showing Sen. Obama is already beating old man McSame and he hasn't even got started on him yet. When the Obama campaign gets rolling it will be unstoppable.

    The GOP elder statesman cannot even speak w/o squinting at a teleprompter. I really for sorry for the old coot. Obama is going to squash him.

    Good bye.............Hillary!!!! HAHHA!

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Caryn, WDC

    Oh I get it...you spit and kick and destroy the party but now you're open to be our VP.

    Screw you Mrs. Clinton.

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. KpKafle

    Please Mr. Obama, I didn't latch on to your message so that you could be dragged down by old politics. She didn't show you the respect you gave her so don't let her and the old guard dictate who your VP should be. The new young voters will be so disillusioned. If we lose without her then we lose but we will stand by you to fight for change.

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Anti-Clinton!

    I feel bad for Sen. Obama...who wants the Clinton Baggage...they through themselves on everyone...Go Away!

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. OBAMACAN- CA

    1:00PM

    The F*word News Network has Barack Obama at 2111 in total pledged and superdelegates.

    Here I thought they were a conservative news network.

    June 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. No clinton

    She is so full of it. So we were right after all....Only her selfish interests to the very end. Sorry but this mean lady slammed the door on her self. I wont vote for Obama if she is the VP

    June 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. chamonix

    Don't do it Barack....she is not necessary to win.

    June 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Hillary for President

    You are wrong!! Obama still not reach the nomination.

    June 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Ilene

    Dream ticket, here we come!

    June 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. Dancindukes

    There are so many better choices – Richardson would be great. Actual foreign policy experience, Latino. Hillary – you and Bill need to go home now.

    June 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. Liar, Liar pants on fire

    She still isn't trustworthy.

    June 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Douglas Democrat

    She may be "open to it", but really – there is no way that the Democratic Party can have a ticket in which the VP's husband overshadows the Presidential candidate. That's a disaster waiting to happen.

    Not to mention all the stuff she said about Obama not being "ready" while McCain is. How does she spin herself out of that?

    Time to pack it in – there are over 300 well-qualified Democrats that are not named Clinton for Obama to choose from.

    June 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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