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. Clinton supporter 4 Obama

    The opening title for this ticker is completely wrong and untrue. Please rephrase the title.

    July 11, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Paul, Tampa

    Even though I voted for Clinton in the Primary, I'm at least smart enough to know that the differences between the policies of Clinton and Obama are like the eye of the needle by comparison with grand canyon of difference between Obama or Clinton and McBush.

    I don't have complete faith that Obama will solve all of our problems but the evidence that McBush is only going to keep us going down the same bad road we are on now is completely incontrovertible!

    The time for a change from Republican incompetence is now!

    July 11, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Charlotte

    Hillary may be the only hope for the democrats in November, myself, I will write Hillary on my ballot in November, unless she is the VP. That is not a threat, that is a fact.

    July 11, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Mike - Texas

    Well, Obama has just lost my vote.

    July 11, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. michigan voter

    I wish cnn would stop posting articles with misleading titles. There is no proof anywhere that says Obama does not have Hillary on his list for VP candidates. He is the democratic nominee, he has earned the right to choose his runningmate. Stop the negative media, it will not work this year, there is too much at state in this election!

    July 11, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. NotFallingInLine.org

    Of course not. Obama and Axelrod have such great big egos that they haven't figured out yet that Obama can't win without her as his running-mate.

    Eventually, Axelrod will order Obama to beg Hillary to join his ticket.

    And then Hillary will not take his calls, will not respond to his pleas, and, in the end, WILL TELL HIM TO FACE HIS IMPENDING ELECTORAL DEFEAT LIKE A MAN.

    July 11, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Duane

    We already know her, and she is not qualified to be the Vice President. Her husbands' practices are shady. There's your answer.

    Obama 08

    July 11, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Sue in MI

    Hillary or no one! Obama is making mistakes-voting for FISA, voting for more war spending-he needs Hillary to get my vote!

    July 11, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. Jay

    If Clinton is on the ticket, I will vote for Obama. WIthout her, I will stay home.

    July 11, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. rodrique

    If true ,there goes the election.

    July 11, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Charlotte

    It is not uncommon to have the second place candidate as a running mate. EX: Reagan/Bush There was a time when we had more then one VP, but that was a long time ago..

    July 11, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Jim

    We don't want Hillary anywhere near the White House, except for maybe dinner or lunch or breakfast.

    July 11, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Rob

    If Kathleen Sebelius and Chris Dodd are being vetted[Dodd a terrible choice and Sebelius would send the Clinton wing of the party into a frenzy] and Hillary Clinton ISN'T, that actually may be good news for Clinton.

    Of course, the only thing keeping Clinton from the VP is Bill. And that's quite a bit of baggage....

    July 11, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. nanao

    CNN loves to show pics of O and Clinton. Obama treats EVERY woman who introduces him at rallies the same way he treated Clinton, with a kiss on the cheek or a hug. He's always considerate towards women, giving them a hand as they go down the stairs etc.
    anyway, a Obama/Clinton ticket would be problematic for several reasons, one of which is TWO FIRST TIME minorities on one ticket. Can you imagine the remarks, insinuations etc that will plague Obama. He already faces racism and racist remarks. Look at how people watch EVERY MOVE he makes around Clinton. It's ridiculous. No ,one minority at a time is the most this country can deal with. That's my advice to Obama and co.
    I hope they listen.

    July 11, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Coastal Paradise

    Here's hoping Obama makes the right choice for the times we are living in right now......I know who my choice is and will vote accordingly in November.

    July 11, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Alexandra

    If Hillary can't handle her own financed during her campaign, how is she going to handle the country's finances?

    July 11, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Renee

    She doesn't need to be vetted, we know she's a liar.

    July 11, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Ha Ha

    If this were to come about and the Democratics would actually win, It would be like Al and Bill. Only difference Hillary would still want to run the show. Too bad you Hillary lovers still live in a dream world.

    July 11, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. ISAAC

    why keep on forcing an odd option? it will never happen. You cannot have your bitterest rival as your deputy , got overthrow you. simple common sense.please be over with hillary.

    July 11, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Fran

    Oh what do you want to know? She through loyal black supporters under the bus. End of story.

    July 11, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. GIFTY

    Mccain has to win this fall. Democrates should not be rewarded at all.

    July 11, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Jessie

    I'd rather him make the best decision not the most popular one. I'd see her doing great in a cabinet position anyways.

    July 11, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. Don Fitzgerald

    That's the best " news " I have heard since Senator Obama won the primaries. She isn't any more of a Democratic then Lieberman and I think most of us, Democrats, realize that, now. Strong-arming Senator Obama to pay her political debits is reprehensible, after all of her cheap shots against him !! I hope Senator Obama looks at Senator Stabenow, Michigan, she would make an excellent choice for his Vice-Presidential choice !!

    July 11, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Ron M.

    The one and only thing that will secure my vote is Obama chossing Hillary for VP. If he doesn't then he can just flip flop his own way in November and I'll just stay home. I am quite certin I am not alone in this.

    July 11, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. E

    Clinton for VP!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 11, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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