June 6th, 2008
08:10 PM ET
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VoteBoth's petition draws thousands

A petition calling for a unity ticket has drawn thousands.

A petition calling for a unity ticket has drawn thousands.

(CNN) - VoteBoth, the organization that is aggressively seeking to land Hillary Clinton on Barack Obama's presidential ticket, says it has upwards of 25,000 signatures on its petition calling for the New York senator to serve as No. 2.

According to the group's co-founder, Sam Arora, the vast majority of those signatures came entirely after Obama clinched the party's nomination Thursday and were generated largely on media buzz and interest in the potential for a unity ticket.

"The online activity we've seen is a sneak peak at the millions of Democrats who are hoping for an Obama-Clinton dream ticket," Arora told CNN.

"The choice is Sen. Obama's alone, and we hope to continue making the case to him that choosing Sen. Clinton would unite the Party and lead us to victory in November," he also said.

Those who have signed the petition include several prominent Democrats, most of whom were backers of Clinton, including Govs. Ed Rendell and Tom Vilsack and Sens. Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein.

Since Obama officially clinched the nomination Tuesday night, several high-profile backers of Clinton have publicly urged she serve as the Illinois senator's running mate.

Clinton even reportedly said she was open to the possibility in a conference call with supporters earlier this week, though her campaign issued a statement saying she is not actively seeking the job.

Arora said the organization will continue to step up its efforts for a unity ticket, and explore several different avenues for getting its message out. On Thursday, ardent Clinton support Lanny Davis, whose fierce support of the former presidential candidate has become a fixture on cable news shows, signed on to the group as a senior adviser.

soundoff (271 Responses)
  1. Irwin,Thousand Oaks, CA

    I'm a repentent Clinton-hater, who's all for this ticket. We need to beat McBush at all costs. Hillary's one of the best campaigners and most knowledgeable that I've seen. If she can use that energy and commitment to bring home a victory in November, let's go for it. The stakes are too high to hold any grudges. Unfortunate things are said and done in campaigns, but we need to rise above it and think of the good of the country. Now that's real patriotism!! Not the crap the Republicans offer – more war, more poverty, higher gas prices, and less affordablem health care! GO OBAMA-CLINTON, '08.

    June 6, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. BubbiSmith

    CNN is so annoying... promoting Hillary to no end. Some people are so lame... There was never even much discussion about the policy diffrenences between Barack and Hillary... so now suddenly, people want to not vote, or vote for McLame.

    Do you want more war... more tax cuts for the wealthy? Get real...

    For these it was a personality contest... but they are very similar in their outlook... it only makes sense to help Barack now, and get off this feeling sorry for yourselves.

    Hillary's done with... move on...

    June 6, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. unity?

    God forgive them for they know not what they do.

    They think by killing the candidate, a beautiful, caring devoted woman whom we love... they will win our votes.

    I will honor HRC with my Nov vote.

    The other candidate can not demand it or force it.

    The unfairness left a wound in the soul of half of the party. To continue the rape, will NOT heal it.

    June 6, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. boered1

    I gotta laugh here, the clintonistas are crying that she "needs time ot adjust before she can come out and support obama" and then, in almost the same breath say "obama has to pick her as his running mate NOW or we will all hold our breath until our faces turn blue!"
    give her time to recognize she lost (psst look at the delegate count DUH!) but he must decide RIGHT NOW to put her on the ticket.

    yep the same old double standard they have been applying this entire race is still in effect.

    June 6, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. where?

    Where do I go to sign on?

    Lady liberty or death.

    June 6, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Democrat in LA

    What's this talk of "pressuring Obama to include Clinton" or "let Obama make up his own mind." The wishes of the Democratic voters aren't half as important as who Obama is comfortable with sharing his ticket.

    Frankly, it's a personal choice for Obama, like what car he drives or what cereal he eats. My impression of the way Obama operates is that he'll pick the running mate he and his advisers have the fewest qualms about– period. He's not going to ask the Democratic voters for their input about this any more than he's going to ask us for our input about where to put his daughters in school.

    Get over it people! What we think about Obama's choice of a running mate matters not one iota to Senator Obama. Let's move on to the next topic of discussion, like what we as a party are going to do about raising funds for and awareness of our party and its goals moving forward.

    June 6, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. tj

    If Hillary is not good enough to be Obama's VP because Obama is new and not a part of old the politics then Obama don't need Hillary's help campaigning nor does he need her old school supporters to vote for him in the general election.

    June 6, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Chula

    June 6th, 2008 5:41 pm ET

    All of you for Clinton's VP Spot:

    Where were you when Clinton and her campaign literally and nearly distroyed 'a gentleman Obama's' reputation? Where were you when Hillary humiliated and insulted Obama during the compaign on live Televison? Why did you not file petition then to stop 'Billary" from insulting Obama? And, now that Obama went thru 'Nightmare' from you and Billary and WON; you want a 'big pie' of his success? Shame on you all! I am just tired of you all Hillary supported to now 'invade' into the success of Obama!

    Tell Hillary to 'Go Home' and disappear! The country does not want her now and does not want to see her face and the world does not want her either

    The Obama we saw was NEVER a gentlemen.....he WAS an arrogant jerk who attacked Hillary and the Democrats and the media let him get away with it.

    Obama is the only Democratic Nominee that has ever insulted and trashed a First Lady, Two-Term President and all the Democrats that voted for him in an effort to win this nomination.

    If Obama truly cared about the Democrats he never would of attacked the best Presidential term this country has had in decades.

    SHAME on OBAMA and SHAME on all those who support such a fake!

    Our Nation deserves better!

    June 6, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. Phil, CA

    I've said this in a different blog and I'll say it again here:


    June 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. LA

    I hope this back fired on them!!!!!!
    This is typical of the Clinton’s campaign – HER HER HER

    Obama’s campaign is about US US US

    They are not showing any respect for Senator Obama. Clinton has not even conceded or congratulated Senator Obama and they are talking about what Senator Clinton wants!!!!!!!!!!!!

    After all she said and done to Obama, Senator Clinton is not the right choice for VP

    June 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Tjaye, Los Angeles

    Sen. Obama has been an ELECTED official since 1997. He started in the State Senate in IL. He actually had the job of State Senator, not married to a Senator. Sen. Clinton has been an ELECTED official since 2001...before that she was married to the President. If you all think that simply being married to someone gives you the same experience to do the job, then I challenge you to allow your doctor or dentist's spouse to perform your next procedure on you.

    June 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. PUMA_PartyUnityMyA.S.S.

    Let’s all unite?
    Let’s all come around our rightful nominee??

    Here’s a little something for the DNC:


    And here’s another little something:

    Let’s help put Alaska Gov Sarah Palin as McCain’s VP! She’s brilliant…she’s honest…and she’s a straight talker!

    palinforvp.blogspot dot com

    This Democratic Party doesn’t speak for me!!!


    June 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Marvin Pearlstein

    It's very obvious that Hillary Clinton has been tested during the primaries and there isn't any doubt she would be a great Vice President who would be qualified to be President should the need arise.

    What an historic event this would be if Obama selects Hillary as his running mate. It would be a two for one. A woman for the first time being a Vice President and a Black man as President. This may never happen again.

    It's in Obamas hands to make this dream a reality. Let's hope he sees the significance in such an historic decision.

    June 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. jack

    Peter E,
    Just want to set you straight....."Obama's people" were trained under the Tom Daschel's and the Dick Gephearts of the party NOT the Clinton wing. This is why Hillary and Bill are losing power from within the party, their people are being replaced with people who dont owe loyality to the Clintons. Dont believe me? Just look at who is the DNC party chief....Dr. Dean NOT Terry McAuliffe and at the #3 power spot is Nancy Pelosi...not a Clintonite.

    Like Obama says "Its time to turn the page" and that is happening, only the Clinton's don't like it.

    June 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Also known as "delusional dreamers" club.

    June 6, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. Peter E

    Yes, Obama won. With less than 0.1% of the popular+caucus vote. And it's not even their own party's vote. Hillary won the majority of registered democrats, and Obama needed the help of independents and republicans to mess with the democratic party's will.

    I find it amusing how barely over half of the voters who voted in the democratic primaries talk about what the 'country wants.' Guess what, you're not the majority of the country. You aren't even the majority in your own party.

    But I don't mind. If you want to alienate half of your own party with your pompous declarations of the 'will of the people' that will just make it easier for McCain to trounce you in the fall.

    June 6, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. NoMcSame

    Go ahead and write in her name if you want to. You don't have to tell us, just do it. We don't care if you help to put McSame in office. When the coffins come back from Iraq next and for the next 100yrs the mothers and children can thank you for it.
    Now go have a good day.

    June 6, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. Keisha

    Long live Hillary! Fight on! Denver '08

    June 6, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. Russell, NC

    Lanny Davis is pathetic.

    June 6, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. Heidi

    As a Clinton supporter, I made a contribution to the Obama campaign today and even bought two bumper stickers! I am very proud of, inspired by, and confident in both Senator Obama and Senator Clinton, and I am excited that democrats have had the chance to choose between two such qualified and worthy candidates. There have been those who have worried about the "unity" of the party, but I think there is nothing better than discussion and debate and choice to strengthen the party. While a simplistic "unity" usually means that many voices still get left behind, I think differences within the party are not only inevitable but desirable. With that said, I urge Mr. Obama to seriously consider Clinton as his running mate–not as a polite gesture, but because Clinton's experience and (sometimes different) stance on issues will truly make for a stronger ticket.

    June 6, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. MGR, Orlando, FL

    Oh yeah, I want to see 18 million of her supporters – thousands not good enough.

    June 6, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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