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

Source: Clinton raised VP issue

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(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. Doug Pancoast

    The predominant reason (not the only reason) Hillary got so many votes over Obama is that she's white...not that she's a woman. Last I checked Hillary Clinton wasn't the only white person in the US that Obama could pick for VP. Obama will be just fine without Clinton. In fact, he'll be far better off without her.

    June 3, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. Mrs. Green

    Senator Clinton is a strong person and not a child so she does not need to be "pacified" with a consolation gift of the vice presidency. Every four years all candidates fight a good fight. None of those fights have earned an automatic placement into the VP slot. There have been no package deals before. If Senator Clinton were in a position to win, go Democrats. If as it appears that she does not and Obama wins, go Democrats. We need a Democrat in the White house. Period.

    June 3, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. Kent in Dallas

    The process is always unfair when you lose. If the roles were reversed, Senator Clinton would be talking about how great the process is and her supporters would be agreeing with her.

    June 3, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Sandy

    Obama should not select Clinton as VP nominee. Obama can win without Clinton.

    Many voters in California have remorse for voting for Clinton – would now have voted for Obama.

    Many many voters were Republicans who voted for Clinton.

    Too much baggage with the Clintons.

    June 3, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga


    June 3, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Hannah

    Hillary should let Obama twist in the wind, let him lose, then she runs
    in 1912, wins and is President. She has been discriminated against
    through the whole campaign and Obama has been fawned over
    by the media until even he thinks he'll be a good President!

    June 3, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. Todd

    ok people...really?
    Obama is a big boy. and as president, you better believe that he could EASILY keep both Hillary and Bill in check.

    Any Obama support who thinks that he cannot handle it is slighting their own candidate. Having Hillary would be a smart decision for the party; I don't care if you do not like her because she ran against him...that's how this whole thing works.

    This goes for Clinton supporters as well, however. Stop whining and complaining that Hillary didn't get the nomination. We are not in fifth grade. This is not "I didn't get what I want so NO ONE gets what they want". This is simply incredibly immature and irresponsible. We are a PARTY, not a CANDIDATE. Please, get over yourselves. I, for one, was a Hillary supporter up until a month ago, but you do not see my going around whining and complaining.

    I'm sorry, but it is time for some of you to grow up. We are all adults, and as a party, we have to be able to look past this. We NEED to be able to look past this. Please do not mess this up for our country.

    June 3, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. Connie Sturgeon

    I have been listening to all the pundits since this news came out. Obama does not owe Hillary Clinton anything. All through the campaigning she has put him down,even at times praising John McCain over him.I would rather see him lose than cave to her demands. He has pulled him self up by the boot straps, he needs to decide for himself and continue to hold his head up very high. I will vote for Obama whoever his VP is.

    Old white,blue collar working women , Connie from Indiana

    June 3, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. CYNTHIA in Redan, GA

    OMG! If she becomes the running mate I am afraid that Senator Obama is really in trouble because Hillary and Bill will be truly divisive and dangerous. I think that his safety is a concern for me with that ticket. He'd be better off getting someone that is a staple in the Democratic Party and that the majority of people like.

    June 3, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. shirley

    Hillary will never win another election if she gives this one to McCain, her political career will be over. She has lost the nomination fairly, the only way she will save her career will be to concede and help us win in November. Then she may have a chance in 2016.

    June 3, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. william

    It is time for Hillary to become the independant candidate for president

    June 3, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Peter Damoah-Afari

    Hillary can be considered for another position, but not VP. It will be difficult for the pair to defend some of the damages caused by Hillary. So, the best thing to do is to keep her away from the ticket.

    June 3, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. RB

    OH, forgot to say that I can smell the fear of the republicans blogging away tonight. This is our night!! Democrats will win the Congress and White House in Nov!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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