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. Darryl M. Arlington Texas

    Can Clinton tell the truth about where her husband Money $$$$$ comes from?

    She needs to tell the truth?????

    Can we trust the Clintons again??????

    June 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Constance Mitchell

    Sen Obama should not be forced to select Hilalry. He won the game fair and square, and it is presumptious for even Sen. Clinton to engage in this talk.
    Sen. Obama should pick whomever he wants – preferably not Sen. Clinton who has been mean-spirited, divisive, and has so much baggage. It would be grossly unwise for Sen. Obama to choose her.
    It would bea disaster, and I would not vote for the ticket, although I would not vote for Sen. McCain.

    thank you, Constance E. Mitchell
    Rockville, Maryland 20853

    June 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. king from toronto

    i don't care is she's on the ticket or that.aslong as obama is at the top.

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

    Difficult to see how Barack Obama is going to get away from it after having declared several times that anyone would like to have her on the ticket.

    June 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Suzanne

    Oh, please.....the last thing we need is Clinton as VP......talk about overshadowing the President.....the only question is who would overshadow Obama more.....Hillary or Bill....tough call...

    June 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Rinie Pijnenburg

    I hope Obama is wiser and choose somebody else as VP.
    Hilary can be helpfull in another position.

    June 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Marilyn

    I will not vote for Obama no matter who is on the ticket with him!

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Valerie - St. Louis, MO

    Noooooooo!

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. lindsay, sc

    At first I thought it was a terrible idea, but now, after the most drawn out, painful primary season I can remember, I think it might be the only way to completely unite the party.

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Joe in NJ

    Obama would be nuts to pick her after all the BS she has slung during this campaign. I think a lot of Obama and Clinton supporters would be unhappy if this does happen. Also, I think the only reason she might be open to VP is because at this point she sees it as the only way possible she might eventually get the top spot. I wouldn't hold it past her to somehow get Obama kicked out of office.

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Jazzie

    I say no VP spot for Hillary because she is untrustworthy and I think she would put a hit out on him just so she can get the number one spot

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Bojan Jankovic

    Obama stands for change. Sorry Hillary.

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Emoney

    well this is what we need to unite the party lets do it!!!
    Personally I'm a Obama supporter...but having Hillary on the ticket will do nothing but help the campaign!!!
    ~Obama/Clinton 08!!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Mr Fix it (fixmaster33@yahoo.com)

    HELL TO THE NO
    NOOOOOOOOOO WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYY

    HER CHARACTER DOES NOT WARRANT HER TO BE ONE.

    MAY BE SECRETERY OF STATE OR ANYTHING ELSE.

    IT WONT REFLECT GOOD ON OBAMA USING HER.

    SHE WON'T BE A GOOD VP, COZ SHE RESENTS OBAMA

    DOES ANYONE REMENBER WHEN SHE LASHED OUT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL WITH THE FAMOUS "MEET ME ..... AND LETS HAVE A DEBATE?? "

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Bill

    I hope Hillary NEVER NEVER NEVER accepts VP.

    She has been treated miserably by so many and shs is by orders of magnitude the best person to be President.

    Conversely, Obama will never be President without her support.

    What a hypocrite Obama is for, inter alia, running against Hillary as a "Washington insider" and at the same time wanting the votes of all those "Washington insiders".

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. john

    If Obama picks Clinton be prepared to have Clinton sniping all the way through his Presidency.

    PS wear a flack jacket and a bullet proof helmet Barack.

    Ron Brown did not fare too well after he crossed the Clintons.

    Then there is the election fraud case in the California 7th District Apellant Court Paul v the Clintons and i'm sure the Federal election commission are following this closely very closely

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Ross

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't do it Obama. The Clinton's are way too much DRAMA. Bill Clinton is undisciplined and Hillary is just too calculating and selfish. Why can't Hillary concede and congratulate Obama and campaign for him? She is only thinking of herself. She is NOT a team player. The Obama campaign consists of team players. Hillary should not be on the ticket. She can be in the cabinet or maybe given a judgeship instead.

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Independent

    That's a recipe for disaster. We saw her dirty behaviour throughout the last several month. It will only escalate from there. YOU DO NOT OWE HER NOTHING. Be a stateman that you are and just congradulate her.

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. Alexandra

    I am an Obama supporter but i love Hillary too. I am sooooo happy they will be teaming up to destroy McBush.
    Please Obama, pick Hillary...
    Obama/Clinton '08

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Jeff in Alabama

    That is good to hear. Senator Obama would help himself considerably by having her as VP. And it is probably the only way he will have a realistic shot at the Presidency. I know it is the only way I would consider voting for the ticket.

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. Paul from Jersey

    I am a STRONG OBAMA SUPPORTER and until very recently was STRONGLY AGAINST Clinton as VP, but the more I ponder it, the more it makes sense.

    Hillary at VP will almost certainly allow the DEMS to be in the WHITE HOUSE for the next 16 years!!!!

    It might not be as bad as once thought

    thank you CNN

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Don

    This woman should go away quietly and await orders. I don't think she

    should be given the VP spot, she was so mean to BO. She claims she

    had experience and he has a speech, where is all that now? Be careful

    what you say, it will always come back to haunt you!

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. OBAMO SUPPORTER

    Great move! Let's unite!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Cruz

    If only she was open a month ago when she still had no realistic chance of winning. I don't particularly care for her filling that position, but at this point there may not be any other choice due to the staunchly anti-Obama supporters following her. May be the only rational way to bridge the gap.

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Sore loser

    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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