July 12th, 2008
09:15 AM ET
15 years ago

LA Times: Clinton on Obama's shortlist

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/12/art.both.gi.jpg caption="The LA Times reports Obama says he is considering Clinton for the No. 2 spot."]Barack Obama told a potential donor to his campaign that Hillary Rodham Clinton is on his list of possible vice presidential running mates, but that her husband's status as a former president makes matters "complicated."

Jill Iscol, a faithful Democratic donor who was an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, said Obama reached out to her because he heard she was unhappy about the way the New York senator had been treated by the Democratic Party and the media.

Full story from LA Times

soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. uuuugh!!

    can anyone here say that they are not affected by the economy, war, gas prices? can any one here say that they are not concerned about their kids education, jobs and their health care? we as a country stand at a threshold, we have a chance to change our Nation, thus changing the world...not in the way Bush did, but we have the opportunity to make our country great again. i do not believe we can do that with a Mccain administration, not because he is Republican, not because he voted 95% of the time with Bush...i have researched McCain and frankly...this man scares the hell out of me. you don't have to go further than the USS Forrestal...but there is so much more.

    July 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Belle2

    I think it was mutual agreement that he does not want her; she does not want the VP. She will do what she must to show loyality to the party. The DNC treated her like crap but she remains loyal-what choice does she have? Anyone running with Obama will be playing craps with their political future. He may win because GWB has been the worst President in history; Obama may top that record. After all, it is GWB's arrogance that caused such problems. (He was so arrogant he believed if he wanted Iraqis to fall down in gratitude, they would.) Obama's arrogance makes GWB look humble.

    July 12, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. SUE, Michigan

    I DID help with her debt-she has the money, it's just that due to rules, she can't use it to pay off primary debts. And she must be on the ticket because she has the knowledge and experience he lacks, plus a base of, oh, 18 million voters! You all act like she was Huckabee with 28 delegates when she finally dropped out. She was about 100 delegates shy of the nomination! To merely shove her aside is not only rude, but dumb. Think back to every modern convention. In a close primary, the 2nd person is offered the VP slot for all those reasons! You Obama folks are all about unity and change, but you can't stand Hillary any more than we can take your pretty boy. And how long before you all are fed up with his changed sides on the issues? He is giving the Republicans much to throw back at him.

    July 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Jim

    Frankly, after this nonsense with the FISA vote, he needs someone like Edwards on his ticket in order to redeem any of his liberal cred with me.

    Clinton's just another old school pol.

    July 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. fojohnson

    please Obama don't chose her after all she put you through. Moreover she is a woman so full of power that she will think that she is the president. She will want to show the public that you are weaker. Then after your first term she will like to contest against you. She and Bill can be manipulative. I believe strongly in my heart that you will win so don't sell yourself short. You ran a wonderful campaign that is why you worn. You did not win primary to have her as your running mate. PLEASE CNN POST MY COMMENT.

    July 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Warren

    Obama needs to start thinking about whats good for the country. Having Hillery as a VP would be like have a golden team running the United States. We are in serious trouble and we need great leadership, Not GOOD leadership, Great leadership. I believe that the two front runners in an election should always be the President and Vice President. After all, The people said that they wanted one or the other for president SO, The other should be V.P. Thats the way it should always be.

    July 12, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Hispanic For McCain

    Kris Hussain from AZ what a DOPE you are , a BIG TIME MORON!!! you must be stupid there are LOTS of Dem that knows better and OBAMA is not the best, he not to be trusted, flip flop on everything, and a moron. There are Many Dem that is FAR better then OBAMA. Listen up don't hate suck it up and drive on cause the Latinos Nation WILL decide the election and that is going to be for McCain Yes McCain not your Boy Obama!!!! Hispanic people smells a Rat and that is OBAMA. Hispanic people the community knows better not to trust the Rat OBAMA. that is why most of their votes are going to McCain. What you crying!!!! Hispanic for McCain!!!! you moron

    July 12, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. jimmie.brenner

    Go ahead with your threats and write her in, the world does not need the likes of a Clinton remaining in the white house. DON'T BUCKLE OBAMA. She has not and will not ever change mainly because she is a "taker" and will never be a "giver."

    July 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Raymond Duke

    Obama is just talking crap. George knew that Dick Cheney was smarter and a better leader than him and could live with that fact. Obama cannot . He is too self centered and thinks himself as the smartest person around. Even though he knows in his heart that Clinton over shadows him in every aspect there is no way that he will allow his muslim teaching to consider a woman. Forget that line of crap . It is never going to happen.

    July 12, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. An American Whiner

    Why are Hillary's 18 Million Voters not helping her with her debt? Why do Obama's supporters have to retire a debt that she incurred while trying to smear him, and render him unelectable, despite the fact that there was no concievable way that she could have won???

    As a poster said on Cafferty File:

    "Where is that kid who sold his bike to donate to Hillary's campaign? I am sure that he has a Train set that he can sell."

    July 12, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Ohio

    Daniel in Chicago

    Thank you for your common sense – That is exactly what happened –

    July 12, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl


    You have a real problem...When Bill Clinton was President those
    were the best years we had.
    Speaking od NAFTA Obama is flip flopping on that issue now, and is
    agreeing we need NAFTA.

    Let Bill sulk if he wants, who said he had to support Obama. If I
    were him, I'd tell Obama to stick it.

    July 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Dr. Bob

    HRC – Don't settle for the #2 spot. 2012 looks promising. PUMA!!!!

    July 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Badger

    Do people actually believe Hillary would bring back the economy of the 90's? Everybody is tired of business as usual in Washington but the PUMA morons want to elect a bought and paid for politician like Hillary and think something will change. Maybe it is just as simple as the fact that she is female. Either way it is sad.

    We need a Washington outsider.

    OBAMA 08

    July 12, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Lisa

    Freida from NY

    Obama supporters are really mean. They are just mad because they fell for Barack lies and the belong to a cult. They cannot say one good reason they voted for Obama so they have to bash Hillary supporters. Ooh I forgot, the reason they are still hanging on to him is because he lied and said he was leaving Iraq in 16 months and he was all about change. Since he CHANGED and lied to them, they're bitter.

    July 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Stop Whinning People

    Gina (POST) Obama should not have purchased the democratic nomination …

    Are you serious, were you sleeping through out this whole process, or were you stuck in your room with the padded walls.

    July 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. James

    I'm tired of this 2 party crap. Before I die, I'd like to see Americans routinely have a 3rd choice in these important elections. But the 2 established parties tell you "you're wasting your vote" if you vote for a 3rd party candidate. That's simply not true. I wasted my vote by voting AGAINST the Republican Bush (by voting for Kerry, who i didn't like), when I should have voted for a third party candidate, just to build up another option for future elections. I think we can scrap the current election (it's the worst choice of candidates in my lifetime), and start telling these politicians we want more choices by not voting for the 2 party system. Personally, I'll probably vote Nader, but we should all pick someone other than Obama or McCain, no matter how obscure. Let them know we mean it when we say we want change. We need to get the ball rolling. It's not a waste to create more options for the future.

    July 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Concerned Citizen of America 2008

    I don't think it would be good to have HRC on the ticket as VP. Obama will pick the right person for the right job, and I see HRC as Sec'y of Health and Human Services so that she can continue her life's work on putting an intelligent universal Healthcare Plan together..So my STILLFORHILL friends, vote as you want, but realize that if you are STILLFORHILL, none of her aspirations for continuing the fight for women, children, and universal healthcare will happen unless a Dem is in the WH and we have a super majority in Congress..Period, end of story.

    Obama 08

    July 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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