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. Huckleberry

    Hussein just lost 17 million votes.

    July 11, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Foreign observer

    Her role inside the Obama government will be a different one. Being a minister fits much better to her than just to be the number two.

    July 11, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. John Smith

    Just had dinner with a woman last night. She was african...from Kenya to be exact. I asked her what is the main difference between black africans and black americans. She said "Blacks in America" have a sense of entitlement. They feel the world owes them for
    slavery which is why they have under performed in terms of any accomplishment America can boast of outside sports and entertainment. She said its time for them to put the slavery routine to bed and fold the race card. She says all her friends are white. She prefers it that why. She also said black africans have absolutely nothing in common with Black american culture and actually look down on it. You learn something new everyday I guess.

    July 11, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. gl

    jean HUISSEIN,

    Get over it – there will be no OBAMA/CLINTON TICKETS. The Clintons and most of her supportors blow that chance with all their racist and hate. He can win with out a bunch of sore losers.

    July 11, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Giovanni

    Hillary is only a few Pledged Delegates behind Obama, That means she could pull off the nomination at the convention. Think about it, we could mess up Republican opposition research is we at the convention change the candidate! All of the adds republican's aired would be useless, and Obama's adds and attacks against John McCain would still be valid. Only a few delegates apart, why don't we still nominate Hillary?

    July 11, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    She'll probably steal Dick Cheney's modus operandi: vet the candidates, but select herself instead. Crooks of a feather!

    July 11, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. gl

    I mean, I am glad Mrs. Clinton is NOT being considered.

    July 11, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Jay frm TX

    If not Hillary, then John Edwards.

    July 11, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. IVee

    Hillary has not been fully vetted. The Clintons have never released a detailed list of donors to the Clinton Presidential Library (and Hillary has indicated that she has no intention of doing so), nor have they released an accounting of just where Bill's public speaking fees are coming from or a list of any other deals with which he might be involved. My guess is that releasing this information would put her out of the running for VP. Let's also not forget that little fraud trial coming up this fall....

    She's too risky as a VP choice. But she'd make a great Supreme Court justice.

    July 11, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Jason

    There is no room for anyone else in the spotlight, at the top of this democratic sham

    PUMA for McCain

    July 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Raman Chopra

    Obama has abaondoned the LEFT by coming to the Centre and hence lost the Democratic base. The LEFT or the RIGHT is the base of a Party. these people vote and get the votes out. He will NOT get the women vote. He will not get the hispanic votes. He will not get much of the white vote. The he has Jeremy, Michelle and Jesse Jackson's comments to deal with. Not to forget Two-term democratic President Bill Clinton whose legacy he twisted. Then we have Rezco who is in prison. Too much support from Elitists Kennedy, Kerry, Oprah etc. etc. Now the flip -flop label which most likely will stick. Add to this the attacks from McCain which will only get more vicious. Add to this Wesley Clark.
    ANSWER: Take Hillary and Bill will save him from all the mess and get him elected because the Clintons know how to deal with the Republicans. They do not have the Niceguy syndrome like Obama does. The Clintons were always winners and they can make Obama a winner. Ofcourse there is payback.

    July 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. OH

    Where are the 18 million supporters? Why are they not giving donations to erase her debth?

    Ok, I understand, they were only cracks made by those who can't see beyond their nose.

    July 11, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Olga

    Kevin,
    That is because there are the extreme Hillaries who can't stand Obama and then there are the reasonable Hillary supporters who have now shifted to Obama and the others who are on the fence. Hillary's supporters don't fall into one camp. It's just that the extreme Hillaries, small in number, are very vocal.
    You're right, on her own merits, Hillary deserves to be considered. But it's all gotten so complex.

    July 11, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. fitsum

    It is not surprising . Her era is over and she shouldn't overshadow his nobility and charisma through the coming years. he should run the office on his own and vett someone important but not from the whitehouse descendants .

    July 11, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Real person for Obama.

    Mccain can not be blamed, he is old and can't remember.

    He can't decide or makeup his mind about issues.

    On Viagra he doesn't know what to say when asked.

    About whinning American he can't say anything about it either.

    If the terrorist bomb and kill American it will favour Mccain.

    All these words were said from Mccain camp but they were quickly forgotten.
    Why ? They were said from Obama's camp.

    CNN be fair Mccain himself and his camp have made blunder comments and they are easily been foregetten.

    July 11, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. AT

    It was McCain that was scheduled to participate in the fund raiser with the Texas man that joked about rape victims, not Obama!!!!

    he has every right to choose who he deems the best candidate. it is amazing how Senator Clinton has so many supporters and is still in so much debt. If you love her so much, pay her bills for her. Senator Obama has ran a structured, professional campaign and it would be unwise to bring someone with the baggage that this woman has. I supported her until I saw how she ran her campaign. it was a disgrace. I am ready for change that I can truly believe in. I cannot wait to get to Denver!

    Obama 08/12

    July 11, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. m Parker

    Hillary supporters for McCain! Experience outshines arrigant inexperience every time. We just had 8 years of that thank you very much!

    July 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Michelle, Indiana

    I don't want Hillary on the ticket and I hope she's NOT being considered. Too much baggage and then there's Bill. It was stated a few weeks ago that Hillary was not in consideration unless Bill was willing to release his Clinton Foundation donor list which he still refuses to do. Get over it! Clintons are done and it's time to move on.

    Gen. Wesley Clark has the military/national security issues locked up. His military service record far exceeds John McCain's and Clark definitely has the tested leadership skills that McCain lacks. Someone made a comment about even graduating 894 of 898 from the Naval Academy made McCain better educated than Obama with his Ivy League schools. How about this – Valedictorian of West Point. Gonna have to say that trumps near the bottom of the Naval Academy. And just for kicks let's throw in Rhodes scholar from Oxford. He has the calm demeanor that compliments Obama's, intelligence, tested leadership skills in military situations, and did I mention that his degree from Oxford was in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

    Obama/Clark '08

    July 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. McCain is still Running?

    Fox News is not a credible source, please restrain from using their partisan reporting for news articles

    July 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Dolores

    Senator Obama poses Change, not more of the same. That means no more Bushes and no more Clintons. The media has pushed this tale to the limits and should back off at this point. Why not tell Senator McCain who to pick for his "dream ticket" for a change. As an independent, who thoroughly supports Senator Obama for President, I believe he is more than capable of choosing the perfect candidate for VP. I will respect his decision and continue to support him on his road to the White House.

    July 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Spanky

    I think the problem with Hillary is that she is disingenuous, and represents the "Old" Democratic party. My lack of support for her is due to this fact entirely, and has NOTHING to do with her gender. Also, the notion that she was treated unfairly by the press is total nonsense, she was dishonest and was called on it, period.

    I think it's best if she sits this one out and learns how to be truthful. She must do this before she will EVER earn my respect.

    July 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Florida Voter

    This is good news to me. The fact that Clinton is not being vetted for VP. She is to controlling and would be a distraction to Obama. She has way to much baggage. Obama want have any time to answer questions on the issues for having to answer questions about condemning allegations about her. He would be the president but she would get all the attention. The Clintons have had there time in the White House, give somebody else a chance.

    Go Obama Go!

    July 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Mighty

    Hillary is awesome and she can do the job. Either way i'll still vote for the Dems, never Reps

    July 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Marty

    If Barack wants to win this election he HAD BETTER pick Hillary or he's lost our vote !

    July 11, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. larry buchas

    Wolfson works for Fox. He's probably on their payroll to work against Barack.

    July 11, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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