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. William D. Martinez

    I didn't get to sign the petition, but I sure would like to! In fact, if there isn't a unity ticket I am voting Republican. Not necessarily for Sen. McCain (although I deeply respect his ability to move to the center on left and right wing issues, but because he is our war hero, along with so many.). I would vote Republican, simply to prove how suptid the DNC and Super Delegates have been, not able to establish a Dream Ticket.
    A historical event could slip through our lives, if we do not have a Dream Ticket.
    I will have lost respect for Sen. Obama if he does not accept Sen. Hillary Clinton as his running mate!
    william d. martinez

    June 6, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. ObamaSupporter

    Wolf I do not care how hard you try you are not going to see Hillary as V.p with obama. You need to stop talking about hillary she is dead she can not hear you.

    June 6, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. anti evangelical 4

    I will only vote for Obama with her on the ticket.

    June 6, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Noah

    I think picking Clinton would be his best choice but he doesn't need her to win in November.

    The thing that shocks me is how many Democrats are willing to stab Hillary in the back and vote for McCain. If you really support her you'll vote for Obama.

    DEMS UNITE!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Marie

    An Obama-Clinton dream ticket would be wonderful. Perhaps Hillary's universal health care plan will go through.

    June 6, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. don seebrook

    Obam and clinton seems like a very bad idea to me.

    She brings her own baggage,not the least of which is Bill.

    Difficul t to imagine a person who thnks she is qualified for the no1 job to abide by being no 2.

    I rather expect women to like this idea far more than men.


    June 6, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Butch Dillon

    It has been said that Clinton ran the last campaign of the 20th century while Obama ran the first of the 21st century. She needs to stay where she belongs, with her husband and daughter in the 1990s. The sooner she exits politics altogether, the better for the nation. Chuck Hagel is Obama's absolute best choice for vp.

    June 6, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Dandelion.

    25,000 really isn't a lot of people.

    June 6, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. ClockWorkOrange

    This would be a great ticket. Good cop, bad cop–you can't go wrong. Obama needs a pitbull like Hillary. I hope he picks her.

    June 6, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Independent for Obama

    That 18 million argument is looking a little threadbare – so few people even pay attention to primaries, and most of those people care enough about their country to want a Democrat back in office.

    I really applaud those who see beyond the disappointment of their preferred candidate losing, but are big enough people to support the Democratic nominee anyway. You have my utmost respect.

    June 6, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Y

    25,000? That's all? I fnd it very insulting that the topic of VP is being used to overshadow Obama's historical win. He doesn't need to choose a VP until August.

    June 6, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Irene

    This is just wrong, will Lanny, Dianne and all of you stop! This is just not fair. Obama has won the primary fair and square and it is his decision who he picks a vp. It is ridiculous and truely a shame that you people continue to divide the party and thus hindering the healing process. The vp choice is NOT up to you petitioners, is like the campaigning continues. Should Mc Cain win the presidential election come November, the downfall of the democrats will rest on your shoulders. You all spent too much time campaigning for two nominees as oppose to one. Can't play by your own rules? For christ sakes, united we stand, devided we fall. Let what needs to happen, happen naturally and STOP forcing it.

    June 6, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. 45 white male in PA


    June 6, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Anita

    He stated that in his interview yesterday on CNN. Its not a light decision to make, but he'll be fair about it. I honestly don't think this is only way to unify the party. How about we rally against McCain and his Bush third term? Just a suggestion.

    June 6, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. Anderson Imes

    25,000 out of the 32 million that voted in the election? My gosh – this is sure evidence that this must happen.

    June 6, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. jcbama

    Very stupid move! Let the man and his search team do thier work.
    If she is the right one for the job, it should become obvious to his team. So far they seem to have run an an A1 campaign. I'll trust his instincts!

    June 6, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Peter E

    I still find it amusing that people naively believe Obama is somehow an 'outsider.' As Kerry said about Edwards in the '04 primaries 'The last time I checked, he was a member of the United States Senate. And that's in Washington.'
    Face it, his entire staff is made up of ex-Clinton aides, he's got the backings of Ted Kennedy and all his old democrat lackies. These people aren't supporting Obama because they expect to be bossed around. They support him because they know he'll be a puppet to their old politics.
    Bill Clinton was even more of an outsider when he campaigned in 1992. Did he win because people thought he'd bring change? No. He won because he had many insider old politician friends. Obama has 4 more years of Washington experience than Clinton had in 1992. He's even less of an outsider.

    June 6, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Mary

    The choice is his. Here you are trying to violate his rights. Why can't you people leave him alone? Would you be trying to get him on the ticket with Hillary if things were different?

    June 6, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. Jacque Bauer

    So? MILLIONS of Republicans are BEGGING for Hillary as Obama's running mate. That is what is called a Scream Ticket for the GOP. This would also probably get 25% of Dems on McCain's side, if not more.

    June 6, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. MrObvious

    Wow, that is .0014% of the so called 17,000,000 voters everyone's yelling about.

    June 6, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. Dameun

    I think this is straight up BS. If Obama were white, you would not see this sort of thing going on. It is clear to most that the woman that Clinton is does not fit at all with what Obama is trying to bring to Washington. I think this is sad and more proof of the continuing prejudice that pervades our country.

    June 6, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Heidi in Houston

    Brian from Knoxville,
    We all know. You're voting for McCain. Enough already! You were one of those "If Hillary doesn't get the nomination, I'm voting for McCaaaaaaaaain" types, aren't you?

    Yes, we know. People are judged by the company they keep. I'd like to see you put the Clintons up to the same scrutiny. I can help you out if you're interested.

    Dia Akin,
    Yes, I want to also sign the No 'Dream Ticket' petition. Where is that one?

    June 6, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. MT

    I cannot believe this immense hate to Clinton.
    What is wrong with you people? You should not have any chance to voice yourself, obviously you do not know what is happening. You just want your selfish mean desires.
    I do truly think that these haters are not sane. No sane person can hate this much. Besides, Clinton's era was good, did you forget, or you were little kids at that time?
    This is what repulses me -this hate, these mean, nasty comments.
    Hillary is fine. Obama is OK. McCain is OK. Each of them has good and that good parts. What matters is which one will be the "great" leader. At this point it should be Hillary and Obama together. He needs her – for many reasons. And she is a tough and strong fighter for what is right.
    He might have good ideas ( similar to hers), but he needs strength, and caring, and her voters too.
    So, it might be too complicated for simpler minds, but this how it is. Learn how to deal with it. Hillary supporters had to deal fast with her losing -and it was painful. And they do it well.

    June 6, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. ellen

    if not for Hillary, a lot of people will vote MCCain. Obama will lose big time if he doesn't pick Hillary as VP.

    June 6, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Agnes

    Write in Hillary for President!

    June 6, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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