June 4th, 2008
04:17 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton backer – and VP prospect – tries to cool joint ticket talk

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/28/art.rendell.gi.jpg caption="Rendell has been a powerful Clinton surrogate."] (CNN) - Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell – one of Hillary Clinton’s staunchest supporters – said bluntly Wednesday that the New York senator was in no position to bargain with presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

“There’s no bargaining. You don't bargain with the presidential nominee,” Rendell told NY1. “Even if you're Hillary Clinton and you have 18 million votes, you don't bargain.”

Rendell – the governor of a major November battleground state who has often been mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick – said Obama would need to be an “enormously big person” to invite Clinton to join him on the ticket.

But in a reversal from earlier statements – and remarks at odds with recent comments from many major Clinton supporters – Rendell seemed to signal that a joint ticket featuring the party’s two candidates was not ideal.

He said that if Clinton were Obama’s running mate, her husband - former President Bill Clinton - could be a wild card during the general election.

“The Obama campaign would have to make strict rules, you know, about what President Clinton could and could not do during the campaign...” said Rendell. “For example, the Obama campaign would have to control his schedule - where he would go into, what states.”

“You know, normally politicians don't want to be outshone. Well you know you've got Bill Clinton lurking in the background. But Hillary Clinton, a very charismatic figure for many Americans - generally a lot of politicians don't like to put somebody like that on the ticket," he added.

"You know rule one for the vice president is make sure you never upstage the president, right? It’s rule one. You know, Hillary Clinton in some ways couldn't help but upstage, even if she was trying not to.”

In an interview two months ago, Rendell responded to a question about the prospect of a joint ticket with a much different reaction. “I can’t speak for Senator Clinton, but I would love that,” he told ABC News, calling Clinton and Obama "a history-making duo.”

soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. Keifer S.

    Trueblue, it's over, your horse lost. She won't go Indy, and before you vote McCain, you better go over to McCain's website and see if his stance on the issues match up with yours. If you wanna waste your vote, I suggest you vote for Mike Gravel or Ron Paul. In the mean time, go watch some That 70s Show re-runs.

    June 4, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. Susan

    thanks Nunya,
    I try not to read and respond to blogs anymore either, but couldn't resist. I while ago was really surprised to read an article about just that – that there are professional bloggers out there, who are paid to write things on these blogs and stir things up, or to promote rumors or most recently to stir the division in the Democratic party... that is their job. So I'm with you, take everything you read on these blogs with a grain of salt.

    June 4, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. kimbo

    Hillary will be forever known not as a loyal democrat, not as a loyal team player, not as the best first female presidential nominee for the democratic party, she will be forever known as the MANIPULATOR.

    I am so disappointed in her for so many reasons and she keeps sticking her foot in her mouth ... who knew she would so blatantly manipulate the democratic party as she has and continues to do so? All of her former peers in gov't will NEVER forget how bad a sport she has been because remember as she has infused throughout her campaign, it's all about hillary, all clinton all the time. Either she created the bad advice herself or she took bad advice on more than one occasion and ran with it to the position of national loss.

    If her husband told her not to bow out Tuesday night (the worst advice to take at the most crucial time because of the spotlight), another bad mistake on top of numerous errors in her campaign's journey.

    June 4, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. McPoke

    I think it is disrespectful and disingenuous for any supporter of Clinton – Lanny Davis in particular – to force the PRESIDENTIAL nominee to choose his running mate. How dare Davis to put a petition out there to force Obama to pick Hillary. Won't these supporters ever stop being jealous, egotisitc, delusional, and divisive? To pick the VP is, get this Davis and other venomous supporters of Clinton, it is the RIGHT OF OBAMA TO PICK WHO HE WANTS!

    Get over it Clintonites – the better candidate and campaign won.

    June 4, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. Independent

    Can everyone please stop the freakin hate against hillary? Im an ardent Obama supporter but people that say "QUEEN HILLARY IS FINALLY DOWN," and "NO HILLARY, NO HILLARY, WE HATE HILLARY" are JUST as bad as the crazy hillary supporters that cheer on the old, pro-war, anti-abortion, double talking McCain because they just feel like whining,

    Hillary has run a VERY good campaign and atleast deserves respect. Yes, she lost, but she CAME CLOSE.

    I ask all Obama supporters to give Hillary the respect she deserves-which is a lot. It has been a shakey road but hillary is a very smart person and will eventually do what is right

    June 4, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. roxanne

    By the way, did any of you McCain supporters actually watch his speech last night? It was hysterically bad and boring! He's a virtual human sleeping pill! "My Friends” He’s a mealy mouthed, tiny little man with no charisma whatsoever. I can't wait to see him on stage dwarfed by Senator Obama. While the substance of what is said is most important, you've got to hold the audience's attention and he's going to get his clock cleaned! I almost felt sorry for him last night. He appears as a feeble old man who can't even read a teleprompter! I smell a landslide!

    June 4, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. paul oregon

    amazing this guy was following hillary around like a little puppy dog
    with its tounge draging on the ground. on the campain trail. why is he
    changing his tone now?

    June 4, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. ryan, seattle, wa

    Obama supporters.....you are drunk on your own egos and pride. Do not forget, Obama's win means nothing if he can't get elected. It's time to put down your guns, put aside your egos, and look at the clear facts. The democratic base (American voters, delegates, and super delegates) are split right down the middle at this time. YES, Obama pulled off the win; however, .1% is nothing to brag about, and when you consider they are separated by only 240 delegates out of 4,100, any "educated" & "rational" person should be able see that the party is split evenly. Time to put your own egos aside and realize what is best for our party. There's a reason they are calling Obama/Clinton the "dream team." They BOTH have inspired 20 million new voters, they both have been outstanding voices for our party, and they BOTH will be amazing leaders for our party. Do not be so drunk on your win or your candidate that you forget what the goal is: to unite the party, to take back the white house, and to put leaders in office that will best represent and lead our country. Obama = amazing change & progression, Clinton = awesome experience & fortitude, together they are the DREAM TEAM. Suck it up Obama fans. We've had to...let’s get together and play nicely now!

    June 4, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. Barbara Schieber

    If you expect the Clintons to be civil, be civil to them.

    I will write a book about the terminology used by the media and the blogs to adress Hillary Clinton and her family during this race.

    An adjective, in grammar, is a word whose main syntactic role is to modify a noun or pronoun (called the adjective's head), giving more information about to what the noun or pronoun refers.

    Analyse your adjectives and you will see yourself.

    June 4, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. ABC

    And we care if the "Clintons go down in history as the ones responsible for Obama losing this Presidency"?

    If she runs as an Independent she'd be out to win. That would have nothing to do with Obama other than beating him. And Nader didn't cost Gore the Presidency. I don't care who or how many argue that point. As a Democrat you can say Nader took votes from Gore and probably caused a Democratic loss. As a citizen no one should be looking at anyone's candidacy as "costing" another candidate or the country anything. Other then possibly federal campaign funds.

    June 4, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. Clinton Fatigue, Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    Is this her another ENTITLEMENT ?????

    The Clintons have been such DISGRACE!

    We need someone NOBLER to be Obama's VP!

    Hillary definitelY has DISQUALIFIED herself by being a Clinton!

    June 4, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Carol, San Luis Obispo, CA

    Don't tell us.
    Don't tell NY1.

    Tell Hillary!

    Less than 24 hours ago she announced she has 18 million voters and they are hers and she will listen to them. Judging from some of these blog comments, it doesn't sound like all 18 million Hillary voters are mindless and will only vote for the candidate she tells them to vote for.

    Does she also think she has x-ray vision?

    June 4, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. ABC

    If Clinton is the VP at least we can have some hope of her moving into the top spot.

    June 4, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Peter FROM NJ

    HILLARY 08

    June 4, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |


    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |

    No need to seek a VP Candidate OBAMA!!! (McCain wins in NOV)

    June 4, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  17. RB from NH

    Hey TrueBlue,

    Thats an idiot statement even from a Hillary supporter.

    June 4, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. Kim

    Thats a hoot. Rendell and Hillary in a Cat Fight ver the VP spot. Yeeow!

    June 4, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. dwc

    The only politician I have any respect for anymore, other than Hillary Clinton, is Joe Biden. He lived up to his word not to endorse either candidate until a nominee was chosen, and he kept his word. Biden was my second choice after Hillary all along. Another good politician who had a remark taken out of context by the pro Obama press and didn't have a chance of winning the nomination after.

    June 4, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. For Those Dems Voting For McCain...

    Ah hell! Ed Rendell is laying down truth like this! I'm stunned.

    And I could actually consider Hillary for VP but the Bill factor is what scares the crap out of me.

    June 4, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  21. Kim

    I have supported Obama. But, if he picks Hillary as VP. I will vote for McCain.

    June 4, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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