June 3rd, 2008
09:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Source: Clinton raised VP issue

  Clinton is reportedly interested in being Obama’s running mate.

Clinton is reportedly interested in being Obama’s running mate.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton herself directly raised the issue of serving as Barack Obama's running mate in a conference call with New York lawmakers earlier Tuesday, a source who was on the call tells CNN's Candy Crowley.

According to the source, Clinton told those on the call that if asked by Obama, she would be interested in serving as his running mate. That comment was not in response to a particular question.

The Clinton campaign maintains the New York senator merely said she would do whatever is in the party's best interest, and that her comments Tuesday are no different than what she has been saying for weeks.

The source also said all the lawmakers on the call thought that Clinton needed to be on the ticket.

Rep. Nydia Velazquez, one of the call's participants, told CNN that she expressed on the call that Clinton needed to be on the ticket in order for Latino voters to cast ballots for Barack Obama.

"I expressed to her how the Latino community felt so strongly about her leadership and how she became a champion for Latinos, in fact a Latino leader in the eyes of so many Latinos," Velazquez said.

"I said to her at that I felt and I hear from many Latinos that there is a problem regarding Obama connecting to them and talking to them and I mentioned that also the same is true with blue collar workers and the women sector and so I say if we really want to win we need to have a ticket that can bring people together that can unify the party," she also said.

The representatives on the call included Reps. Charlie Rangel, Joseph Crowley, Steve Israel, Nydia Velazquez, Nita Lowey, Gregory Meeks, Eliot Engel, Jose Serrano, and Brian Higgins.

soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Peter E

    So... when Hillary supporters say they'd rather vote for McCain they're considered traitors... but when Obama supporters say they'd rather vote McCain than have Hillary on the ticket... they don't see the hypocrisy of that?

    June 3, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. J.D., Washington, D.C.

    Those of you who say Clinton or McCain ought to grow up.

    June 3, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Kristen

    Obama should be smart about this. Don’t let Hillary bully him into making her VP. She is showing that the show must be all about her. People keep saying in her own time she will concede the race. Why must Clinton be babied? She has lost, accept it already and endorse Obama. No, that would be too much like right. This is just another political game she is playing; now if Obama doesn’t offer her the VP spot, he is supposed to look like the divisive one. Don’t fall for it Barack, be your own man. Take in this night because you truly have something to be proud of. As far as Clinton step aside and don’t let the door knob hit you where the good Lord split ya.

    June 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. JMS

    I think this would be a DREAM TEAM!!
    Both have proven themselves worthy and as a registered democrat I would absolutely love to see an Obama-Clinton ticket!!
    I have said it all along since both announced their ambitions for the White House.
    What a great change they would bring to our Country!!


    June 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. ryand

    Anyone switching from Hillary to McCain is either a Republican troll or an immature child.

    Your children and grandchildren's FUTURES hang in the balance...voting out of revenge is quote possibly the most idiotic thing a person could do.

    June 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga

    NO WAY



    June 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. KS

    Great comments by Hillary supporters! If not Hillary then McCain!!
    Another term for the Bush ideologies!!! Another 4 years of spending over war!!! Another 4 years to drive this country into depression era!!!!
    Great thoughtfulness by Hillary supports. Just like their leader. It should be ME or else everyone should suffer the consequences. Wonderful!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    Why doesnt she just threaten him for it?

    I think the quote is correct though, Clinton would be perfectly fine serving Clinton as VP. Serving Obama as VP, she would just be waiting for Bosnian snipers to "things happen" him.

    June 3, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. G. Gabelli

    Lettter to Barack Obama:

    Dear Senator Obama,

    Here is some unsolicited, unemotional, no-drama advice.

    Offer to help Mrs. Clinton pay off her campaign debt AND let her know there is a cabinet position waiting for her if she wants it. Do this in exchange for her vigorous help and support with your Presidential campaign.

    BUT do not offer her the Vice President nomination, please.

    Reasons not to ask Hillary Clinton to be your VP:

    1. It will energize and mobilize the Republicans against you and the Democrats.

    2. She will not be able to subordinate her ideas and style to your ideas and style.

    3. As a Clinton she will stand in complete contradiction to your over-arching theme of CHANGE.

    4. Bill Clinton! Remember what happened when Ferraro's husband was not vetted completely and properly; his dirty laundry helped sink that Democratic ticket. Bill is a loose cannon. Bill Clinton's many volitale issues, which you were gracious enough not to bring up in the primaries, will provide a field day for the Republicans to hurt you.

    From a loyal supporter who really does want to see you win the Presidency in the fall,

    June 3, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. Jack

    i think hillery is going to win it now. i need a another drink.

    June 3, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. Chut Pata

    "Hillary Clinton herself directly raised the issue of serving as Clinton's running mate "

    A very good idea. Bill for Prez and Hill for Vice. Spare poor Obama.

    Oops, hasn't Bill already run twice and that is the max limit 🙂

    (I know it was just a typo)

    June 3, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. Joe

    Sounds like a Kennedy + Johnson deal is being discussed. If that gets done, I sure hope it works. Kennedy + Johnson didn't much get along either. Interesting in any case.

    June 3, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. Bridget

    I do hope that you have noticed that the first line says that Clinton is going to serve as her own running mate...maybe we should try and proof read just a bit better...

    June 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Voter turn Obama

    Fired Up Ready Too Go

    June 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Pistoff

    She is a divider and a manipulator. This isn't high school ... it's time for real change. Bill cruising around the White House in his spare time does not equate to change.

    June 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. Rev Elethia

    If Hillary Clinton is not the Vice Presidential Candidate, I will not vote for Obama ....... It is also the year of the woman and if he doesn't know that he doesn't deserve to be president.

    June 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. Erin

    FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING PURE AND RIGHT IN THIS WORLD NOOOO!!! This woman is everything that is wrong with politics today....this whole fiasco has been insane for our country and she has proven, once again, that she is nothing more than a self righteous, self involved, greedy human being.

    June 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. Greg Atlanta

    All this talk of party unity, Hillary can bring that unity and now the Obama kool aid drinkers are bitter. He needs her more than she needs him. Do we want more of the same Bush policies or a winning ticket. Like it or not Clinton and Obama are very close in votes. Please people think the year 2000. We do not live in a democracy, the US is a Republic and now it's all about the Electoral College. Obama needs Hillary to win in November.

    June 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Jenny

    Please go away, Hillary! Obama supporters do NOT want you as the VP. You are exactly what we are NOT looking for. You will probably hope for Obama's demise everyday if you become his VP. Don't allow Hillary in any position for power.

    June 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. Johnny West Palm Beach

    A sure win!

    June 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. John Smith

    Give it up, the BEST always wins; Obama has won. Therefore, he cannot but be the BEST.

    Where did Hillary's experience get her in this process? She has loaned her campaign and is currently indebted.

    If I were to do a psychological evaluation of these candidates, it will be simple:
    Hillary: inadequate use of resources
    Obama: effective use of limited resources.

    Folks, this is what "opportunity" is all about in this nation; it is not about name recognition! So, give it up– this is Obama's and no one should take it away from him and his supporters!!!!

    June 3, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. Jackson in CA

    You can bet McCain is getting my vote if it's only Obama and no Hillary.

    June 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. ryand

    There are 72 million registered Democrats and growing.

    If a portion of the 17 million that voted for Clinton decide to be sore losers and switch parties it won't impact the millions of other Americans with sense.

    For every one of you angry individuals I'll be sure to sign up 100 new bonafide Obama supporters to vote.

    Lets get this country back on track.

    June 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. Hillary: The Real Nominee

    Obama's negatives are on an exponential process to infinity by November. Hillary may be able to bring down his negatives and somehow win the presidency; however, Hillary would be best to decline and believe any V.P. acceptance will be political suicide for whoever accepts. With that said, Hillary is Obama's only chance.

    June 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. Ellie, Boyds MD

    NO, Sen. Obama should NOT pick Sen. Clinton as his VP. There is way tooo much baggage here.

    June 3, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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