June 5th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Lanny Davis joins VoteBoth

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(CNN) - Lanny Davis, one of Hillary Clinton's most stalwart supporters, is stepping up his efforts to land Hillary Clinton in the No. 2 spot on the Democratic presidential ticket, joining the group VoteBoth.com as a senior adviser.

The organization was set up several weeks ago by former Clinton aides with the initial mission of landing both candidates on the same ticket, no matter what the order. In recent weeks the group has pivoted to expressly advocating for Clinton to serve in the No. 2 spot.

Co-founder Sam Arora says Davis, who has become a fixture on cable news shows, will be a "terrific advocate."

"He’s going to be out there making the case for how the Obama-Clinton 'dream ticket' puts Democrats in the best place to beat the Republican machine in November," Arora told CNN.

Often appearing on CNN, Davis has been a tenacious advocate for Clinton during the course of the primary season.

Following Obama's speech on his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright in March, Davis expressed concern on the Huffingtonpost.com that Obama still had not answered several questions about the controversial pastor. In a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed a month later, Davis again pressed the Illinois senator to address "unanswered questions" about his former pastor more fully.

He also wrote an article on the Huffingtonpost.com in April titled "The Top Ten List of Undisputed Facts Showing Barack Obama's Weaknesses in the General Election Against John McCain.

VoteBoth.com also reports its petition seeking a unity ticket has maxed out its web servers. The petition includes several prominent Democrats, most of whom are backers of the New York Democrat, including Govs. Ed Rendell and Tom Vilsack and Sens. Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein.

Clinton reportedly raised the issue of serving as vice president in a conference call with New York supporters Tuesday. Her campaign said the New York senator is willing to do whatever she can to help the party unify ahead of the fall election.

soundoff (320 Responses)
  1. Hari

    Absolutely not. Hillary represents the corrupted establishment that Obama is trying so hard to reform....not to mention all of her antics durign the election season. And then there's Bill who'll be trying to give directions 24/7. No way.

    Obama/Richardson 2008.

    June 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. William, from Cali

    This guy, is what's "all wrong" with............Washington- POLITICS, in America....Hey,somebody tell him to go get a real Job, or write another book..............He's one of the "Bitter ones";you can see it, in his choice of friends..............

    June 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Mike

    I do not understand why they need to pursue this. Her strategics failed her and now they are trying to do something to earn their millions that she paid them. This is Obama's choice and only his. He will pick the best candidate that he would be able to work with and compliment his ideas for the nation. Hillary and Bill have too much baggage and do not believe he would want an ex-President and a person that she should be President in the WH.

    June 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. max

    It is a shame that after Obama has made history, folks like Lanny can't even give him time to enjoy the moment before trying to push Hilary down his troat.

    Hilary should not be on the tickey after the way she has conducted herself during the campaign. How devious a comment she made for staying in he race. Tuesday night just spell out her true self towards Obama. No doubt Hilary has ran a good race, but the sad thing is after working so hard she exit with disrespect, working of her own.

    Remember Hilary always esteem others above yourself especially when it is due.
    Lanny needs to take some laxative and go to the washroom. Remember folks a decision out of anger will always be regretful.

    I wish the people of USA and Obama well.

    June 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Amber

    I know tons of people who have signed the Petition already. 🙂 and I just forwarded it to my entire email address book, telling them to forward it on as well.

    June 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Tjaye in LA

    Wow! How many ways can this man show he has no respect for Sen. Obama? She lost; let go. Most are moving on.

    June 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. former democrat


    June 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Mike

    OBAMA please Listen,

    What she did to Vince Foster is the same thing her backers what to do to you!!

    June 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. JJ

    These people need to leave this man (Obama) alone. He's going to pick someone that is effective and trustworthy. Let him make the decision instead of trying to force it down his throat.
    Obama is capable of making an intelligent decision. Leave him alone!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Sue Dilts

    Please stop with all the Hillary Clinton wants and wishes. I wanted to relish the moment in a very historic event in American History. Instead you allowed 75% coverage to Hillary and 25% to the fact that an African American had been chosen as the democratic candidate. It was the first time in a long time I was actually proud of America. Yet it was overshadowed by the Clinton coverage. I started my voting for President with John F. Kennedy. I feel fortunate to be able to vote for Barack Obama. Thank you for taking my wishes into consideration. I am a 66 year old white female lower income no college education that yes, surprise, supports Barack Obama because he DOES GIVE ME HOPE!

    June 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. mike

    Obama typical dem. put a abortion clinic on every corner. Kill those Babies, But when it fits his political agenda we must stop the troops from being killed. Hopfully after 8 years of bush and 8 years of Mcain the people that talk outb boths sides of there mouth will move to another country, maybe Iran.

    June 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Jerry in Fresno

    Hillary should remain a senator. She can accomplish more in the Senate.

    Obama certainly won't veto any legislation she champions.

    The thought that a Democrat would vote for McCain over Obama is laughable, so that threat is meaningless.

    June 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Andre

    Hillary would be more attractive if it wasn't for her group of Misfit surrogates.

    Bill Clinton: Will someone give him his meds? He sees more conspiracies than Mel Gibson (Conspiracy theory) and Russell Crowe (A beautiful Mind) combined.

    Wolfson: Looks like Woogie from "Something about Mary"

    Lanny Davis : I think he wants Hillary all to himself I wouldn't be surprised if he was her boyfriend

    Stephanie Tubbs Jones: Could she put anymore lips Gloss on her lips, they put a glare on my TV screen.

    Lisa Caputo: The least annoying of the bunch, but maybe the biggest Liar

    Bob Johnson: Steve Urkel of the Clinton Family

    Harold Ickes: His last name is Ickes how fitting.

    Terry MC: The Grench that lost the Election.
    and the rest of the donut eating Posse please go away, and Hillary just may be VP.

    June 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. JR Chatt TN

    This is a joke..right?
    Just say NO!!

    June 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    As inappropriate and ungracious as Hillary was in her speech on the night that Obama secured the Democratic nomination......so is Lanny Davis. There is a formal process to apply for the VP slot and Hillary should follow the rules.......not Hillary's rules.......but the DNC rules. Some of Hillary's supporters were also informed that any formal correspondence in support and/or political muscling to bear pressure on Obama to consider Hillary for the VP slot was also inappropriate....but it is individuals like Lanny Davis who are in denial. Obama will make his choice when the time requires it. I believe that Hillary is reserved to the fact her running as VP on the Obama ticket is highly unlikely......and likely.....so should her advisors. Adding more salt in the wound will gain nothing for Hillary...eithier politically or personally. Lanny.......let it go. Americans have had enough.

    June 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Dusacre

    If so who will pick up the 3:00AM red phone?

    There are just some ads or attacks that you cannot air dfuring the primary if you want to be in the ticket.

    Let face the true: Obama/Clinton ticket will NOT work.

    June 5, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Didine - Maryland

    Lanny Davis, please stay out of this. Obama is a grow-up and do not need your advice. He will pick who ever he trusts and feels comfortable with. This is none of your business Lanny.

    June 5, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Reagan Democrat

    Clinton should be considered but ONLY if she agrees to open up the records on (a) the contributions to the Clinton library and the Clinton foundation, (b) the speaking engagements of Bill Clinton during the past 8 years, and (c) the business dealings of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Let's see how good she looks then.

    June 5, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. jane in CA

    when will they understand the math? and when will they accept that's not going to work to put Hill in vp for Obama? Let's Obama committee work this out. Please, Hill and her camp don't blackmail or force Obama no more.

    June 5, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. Jim in Los Angeles

    I have one question: how come the "VoteBoth.com" website is only affiliated with pro-Clinton supporters?

    This seems like a last-ditch ploy by the Clinton campaign to not accept their loss. (Don't try to tell me this is an independent group, it is obviously not.)

    This is the very reason that party unity ranks low right now, but as soon as this issue is behind us (because Hillary accepts her defeat), the party will begin to mend itself under Barack and we will all be fine.

    Obama is a democrat. McCain is a conservative. 'Nuff Said.

    June 5, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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