July 11th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Wolfson says Clinton not being formally vetted for VP

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(CNN) - Is the so-called Democratic 'dream ticket' off the table?

Despite speculation that Barack Obama's presidential campaign is seriously considering Hillary Clinton for the No. 2 spot on the Democratic presidential ticket, a former senior advisor to Clinton said Thursday he doesn't think the New York senator is being formally considered for the job.

Howard Wolfson, the former Clinton campaign communications director, told Fox News Thursday he isn't aware of any official effort on behalf of the Obama campaign that suggests the Illinois senator is considering his former rival for his running mate.

"Not as far as I know," Wolfson said when asked if Clinton had been "asked to participate in the vetting process for VP."

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But the longtime Clinton confidante quickly added there is more information available in the public record about the former presidential candidate "than just about any public figure in America."

"She's been vetted now for a long time - she's got thirty years of taxes in the public record and financial disclosure forms. She ran for president for 18 months and every news organization in America had multiple teams of reporters look at all aspects at her career and her biography," he said. "So there's a lot of information out about her that I know Senator Obama is privy too, that may be sufficient for him to make whatever decision he wants to make."

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The comments come amid reports the Obama campaign has asked other public officials to hand over information about themselves as part of a formal vice presidential vetting process, including former presidential candidate Chris Dodd.

The five-term Connecticut senator said Thursday that he has been asked to provide "a lot of stuff."

“There’s been some inquiries, yeah,” he told the Associated Press. “They ask for a lot of stuff. I’ll leave it there." The Obama campaign and Dodd’s Senate office have yet to comment on the report, though the Republican National Committee has already leveled attacks on Obama for considering the Connecticut senator, in light of accusations he received preferred loans from Countrywide Financial – the same attack that led to the resignation of the original head of the Illinois senator’s vice presidential search team.

The Obama campaign also reportedly approached Virginia Sen. Jim Webb about the job, followed by an announcement from the freshman senator that he had officially taken himself out of the running.

Other potential candidates for the position are remaining far more circumspect about their interaction with the Obama campaign.

"The decision and timetable for the best person to help Sen. Obama lead the country is entirely up to him. All of us who support Sen. Obama have been asked to direct questions about his choice for vice president to the campaign," Kathleen Sebelius, the popular Kansas governor said in a Thursday statement.

"I'm not going to talk about it," longtime Obama supporter and freshman Missouri senator Claire McCaskill said Wednesday.

UPDATE: Adam Parkhomenko, the founder of Voteboth.com, said Friday it's time Clinton is asked directly if she is being vetted for VP.

"It's time to ask Hillary if she is being vetted. It's not responsible to assume she is not being vetted because a former campaign adviser said he does not know," he said.

soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. Matthew

    Dodd, Sebelius and McCaskill would be horrible choices. Dodd is corrupt and will leave the ticket open to accusations of hypocrisy. Sebelius has zero foreign policy experience (which Obama needs to balance out his lack thereof) and cannot possibly deliver Kansas. McCaskill also has zero foreign policy experience and her resume is even thinner than Obama's.

    Obama claims to have better judgment than everyone else. Let's see him demonstrate that supposed excellent judgment and put Hillary on the ticket. No one else comes close to bringing as much to the table as she does.

    July 11, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. irritated moderate

    If Hillary Clinton is not even considered for the Vice Presidency after she recieved over 18 million votes for the Presidency then do not be surprised if Clinton supporters stay home.

    Obama is an elitist and extremely out of touch. I am sick of Obamas words. Actions speak louder than words. Obama is an empty suit!

    July 11, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. JIM...TX

    Let's hope this is the case! We need to move forward an the way to do that is without HRC an the old ways of Washington. And YEA YEA YEA you 18 mil supporters of her's ranting about voting for McBush go ahead. If you were more than all talk you'd have ponied up your bucks an get her out of debt and get behind her supporting Obama. But some people are to biased to do whats right.

    July 11, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Proud American

    Lets Go Dems!!!

    July 11, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. Molly

    NO – I do NOT want Hillary with Obama – I will NOT vote for obama – he is Not qualified to lead our country – the DNC picked the Wrong guy. The obama group can try to Re-Package him anyway they want – he is still a FRAUD!
    Obama can pick anyone for VP – he will Never be elected due to the fact that HE is the problem.
    McCain is a good 2nd Choice – we can trust him.

    July 11, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Thomas

    I don't think Senator Obama should select any current member of congress for his VP. The Democrats need to keep as many seats as they can, hopfully gain some.

    This is especially critical in the Senate as currently the parties are split 49-49 with two independents.

    A governer or retired congressperson would be better.

    One thing the Democrats can't afford is to gain the White House but lose the Senate.

    July 11, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Veteran in Kansas

    And what makes anyone think that she would want the VP slot?

    July 11, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. silas

    I wanted her in the ticket for party unity but Obama runs things now and I believe he will make a good choice in Joe Biden

    July 11, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. Democrat

    No Hillary no vote for Obama. Simple as that. He is too new to the game and too "untested" in critical areas. Fancy ideals and soothing rhetoric do not a leader make. McCain will be receiving a lot of cross over votes in light of this.

    July 11, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Dave

    Well, I'm sure Jesse Jackson has been ruled out.

    July 11, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. End the Insanity

    Why would a winner pick a looser?

    July 11, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. LNJ , Houston

    Not being formerly vetted, and not being seriously considered are not one and the same. I still put my money on Hilary. I'm a strong Barack suporter, who learned to forgive and forget her shameful campaign during the primaries. Once you get past that......she is without a doubt, a hell of a lady. Go Barrack and Hilary. Let's kick butt in November.

    July 11, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Diane

    Terry McCaullough said that Hillary has worked harder for Barack than any other candidate. LIES, LIES, LIES. She's worked harder for herself because she wants to get her vanity debt paid. She's a piece of work and she got some gullible supporters. They have no money, and she has millions, yet she wants them to pay HER debt, when she ran up a 31 million dollar tab.

    I say NO to Hillary and her two-bit husband. Keep out of the the White House, and for that matter Washington, D.C.

    July 11, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. jacqueline

    No Hillary? No democratic vote from me.

    July 11, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. John in Binghamton NY

    What is FOX so called news interest in Clinton all of the sudden? You would think she was the 2nd coming of Ragen. That is only if you ignore that fact that there is no difference on the issues between her and Obama.

    Make no mistake FOX just wants the GOP in office again any way they can get it. Don't be fooled yet again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 11, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Nancy

    Rule out Hillary, rule out my vote!

    July 11, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. Trini

    It does not matter who he chooses. He is going to lose in November anyway.


    July 11, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Andy J, NY

    Sweet picture.

    its so touching, and it just shows how wonderful and awesome and inclusive and fantastic and omniscient and gentle Obama is.

    You haven't accomplished anything, other than changing, excuse me, "refining" your positions, BUT WE, THE BLIND SHEEP, LOVE YOU ANYWAY!

    Obama you are so great. You and your wife have lived the American dream, and you go out and campaign and talk about how its too hard to make it in America, and we need the government to hold our hands and do everything for us. Thank you for offering the politics of hope(lessness).

    You whine and complain about the rich, yet you donated far less than the evil George W. Bush and his wife.

    Blah Blah Blah, thats what it sounds like when B.O. talks.

    July 11, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. Lora B.

    Kennedy picked Johnson as his running mate, while Reagan picked Bush and Kerry picked Edwards. If Obama really wants Clinton supporters to support him, and he wants to win in November, he ought to select Clinton as his vice president.

    As a Clinton supporter, I don't know if I can vote for him if he doesn't select her as his running mate.

    July 11, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. GIFTY

    Right from day 1, Obama Huissein not a sincere person.

    Hillary never mine. God will make a way out for you.

    July 11, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. BNS

    Obama will win this election. All you have to do to see that is simply count the number of articles about Obama and those about McCain. The press covers Obama over McCain at least 2 to 1.

    Clinton getting stuck behind Obama in 2012 is the end of her career. Taking VP under the incompetent one will limit her.

    July 11, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Lynn in NM

    With any luck, he ruled her out.

    July 11, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Linda31

    Wolfson is just getting his chops wet in his new gig for Fox News. Any wonder why he doesn't know what is going on?

    July 11, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. Adam Smith TX, USA

    Reagan asked his former rival Bush Sr. on the ticket, Kennedy asked Lyndon Johnson on the ticket, Kerry asked formal rival Edward on the ticket ... If Obama thinks he can go it alone then he is mistaken.

    Obama – Clinton 08

    July 11, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Woman for Obama

    Um, didn't Hillary lose? I respect her, but I am tired of hearing about her. We don't have countless "tickers" about Huckabee do we?

    Obama 08 from Texas.

    July 11, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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