July 31st, 2008
11:20 AM ET
15 years ago

Clinton backers' hopes dim

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/31/art.obamaclinton.gi.jpg caption="Many Clinton backers feel the so-called 'dream ticket' is off the table."](CNN) - The grassroots group "VoteBoth" announced Thursday it is abandoning its efforts to land Hillary Clinton on the bottom half of the Democratic presidential ticket, a sign even the New York senator's most ardent backers now believe she has little chance of being named Barack Obama's running mate.

Reacting to reports that Barack Obama has tapped Clinton to speak at the party's convention Tuesday night - as opposed to the Wednesday-night slot traditionally reserved for the vice presidential candidate - VoteBoth founders Adam Parkhomenko and Sam Arora said in a letter to supporters it no longer makes sense to press for the one-time presidential candidate to be Obama's No. 2.

"Senator Hillary Clinton is no longer under consideration as Senator Obama’s running mate," Parkhomenko and Arora wrote. "While we all were working toward a different result, ultimately we and Barack Obama are working for the same eventual outcome - getting ready to take back the White House and bring our country the change Americans deserve and so desperately need. There is nothing more important than that."

Watch: What happened to Hillary?

Parkhomenko and Arora, both of whom once worked for Clinton, say they amassed more than 40,000 supporters in the course of their campaign.

Watch: Clinton makes case for Obama

In Thursday's letter, both also stressed the importance of supporting Obama's presidential bid, even if Clinton is not a part of his ticket.

"To those who are hesitant to support Obama right now, we urge you to keep giving him the chance to earn your vote. We are confident he will," they wrote. "Because, when it comes down to it, even the most ardent Hillary-supporter must ask himself or herself, 'Do I want John McCain sending our soldiers off to more wars, giving Big Oil free rein to gouge us at the pump, and letting ideology overrule decisions that should be made on the basis of science and health?'"

soundoff (398 Responses)
  1. Reggie

    I guess he was more qualified than her because he one and she didnt' . . . . .That is like a losing sports team saying "we were the better team" . . . .no you weren't! If you were the better team, you should have won!

    July 31, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Scott

    I think it will be the wrong decision to not have Hillary on the ticket. If Obama wants change and listens to what the majority of people want to see happen, then he will listen to them as he says he does and really consider putting her on the ticket. She would add so much more to the ticket on top of what he adds already making ONE STRONG TICKET!!

    July 31, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    Hillary should let Obama dig his own grave. He is never going to win,

    and why would she want to go down with him. He is a disgrace to

    our country.

    July 31, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Noah

    I will not vote for Obama without Hillary...say what you like..I do not care. Many more feel the same way. Hillary won that nomination. She also earned it. The least Obama could do is offer her the VP. No money and no support from me.

    July 31, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. LK

    She showed her true colors this year. If she would of ran a half civil campaign im sure she would of been picked in a heartbeat. But with the low road ads, and bad talk shes deserves nothing. Remember when Obama had enough delagates and won, and they were still calling her the next president.

    July 31, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Maggie

    I'm thinking that if Obama is not selecting Clinton for the VP spot, he must be planning on giving her a cabinet post or possibly a supreme court nomination.

    July 31, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Ken

    I am so tired of Obama backers and others saying that the Clinton campaign was "dirty" or "nasty". Are you really all that blind! Who brought up race? Obama and his surrogates did! Not Hillary. Which candidate questioned the other candidates integrity ("she only says things to get elected)? Obama and his surrogates did! Not Hillary. Which candidate was criticised from the media, the left, and the right? It wasn't Obama. It was Hillary!

    Why was it so easy (and still is) for the media (as well as others) to use the word "Bit*h" to describe Hillary?

    This primary was shameful. It was shameful that more women did not vote for Hillary. It was shameful that she and Bill were demonized. It was shameful that, ultimately, a caucus system decided who the Democratic nominee was. It was shameful that Florida and Michigan did not play a role. It was shameful that Texas went to Obama when Hillary won it by a relatively large margin.

    And, it's shameful that this women who has dedicated much of her adult life to the good of many (rather than the good of a few) was treated with such disrespect from Obama (and others).

    I can't vote for McCain, but I also can't vote for Obama without Hillary on the ticket. And guess what, there are about 10 million+ voters that feel the same way I do....Good luck winning the White House without us. And, yes, I'm willing to sacrifice another 4-years if I have to...

    July 31, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. J. Ryan

    I am so relieved. Now I don't have to vote for Obama for sure.

    NOBAMA '08!

    July 31, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. 17 year old future politician

    How can you be a Hillary supporter, if you refuse to vote for her view pionts, the canidate that she endorsed, and the party she belongs to, as well as the only major party that favors women's rights? That's not supporting her.

    July 31, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Anybody but Hillary

    Thank goodness. It was always a stupid idea. Hillary doesn't seek the Vice-Presidency, she seeks a co-Presidency. Kudos for Obama for resisting the pressure to select her.

    July 31, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |

    about time.

    July 31, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. bulldog

    Why would he want her? She has tons of baggage from all of that "experience" and most of it is not very positive.

    July 31, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. A Woman In California For Obama

    Well, they should have realized this a long time ago. No one has the right to force him to do anything. IT IS HIS CHOICE. Although she was NEVER my choice-she completely lost me when she stated "I bring a life time of experience, Sen. McCain brings a life-time of experience and Sen. Obama brings a speech." I will NEVER forget that. Never. She's a nasty, low-down evil person and nothing she says or does will ever make me feel differently. Why doesn't she appear at the Republicans convention? Its more fitting since she helped them win this year.

    July 31, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. gregV

    We can breathe a little easier now that the whining-dog Clinton is that much farther from the White House. She caused much more animosity and tension in the primary than the Republicans have so far, and what's sad is that she was sincere about all of it. There's no way she would work out as Obama's VP. He doesn't need the headache. We don't either.

    July 31, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Cindy NC

    I was a big Hillary fan until the primaries then I changed my mind. My ? is to her supporters. Why hasn't she supported him yet in a big way, as well as you guys.

    Had Obama lost, you, she and everyone else who have raised hell, if he and his supporters acted the way she and her supporters have.

    In an ole fashion saying. Cut your nose to spite your face.
    You rather vote for McCain just see Obama loose and make the country even worse than it is. If McCain wins and this countries gets even worse, I won't blame him or the Repubs, I will blame those Clinton supporters.
    Let it go and lets take back the "White House"

    July 31, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Now if only the PUMA's–who are obviously of less import than this "VoteBoth" group–would take a cue and step up to elect Obama in November. VoteBoth has set an example that all those still whining and blogging as if HRC still had a shot at being President, need to follow. Hillary will undoubtedly have a spot in President Obama's Cabinet, ulitmately a more important post than what she would have held as VP and with more power to do things, except to become the President.
    OBAMA / Anyone but HRC 2008 & 2012!

    July 31, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. bill for barack

    Moses and Martin both made it to the mountain top, but neither was allowed to enter the Promised Land. Maybe Senator Clinton has led us, as a nation, to the mountain top so we, as a people, could cross over into the Promised Land.

    July 31, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. DEX

    Guess what people she just might be the one. Altough at times I cound not stand the womon, she is the only one out there that can bring a solid demograpic to the polls in November. Obama has shown that he is strong enough to raign in Hillary. I think that Hillary is just lying low to tamper down some of the friction established during the primary and the only reason this pick would work is because of the high road Obama took towards Hillary in spite of the low blows she leveled at him. To justify this pick he can simply argue that Hillary is a fighter and that she tought that the only way she would be able to defeat him was by going negative. Remember guys, she soap opra aside they share many of the same ideas that will benefit America.

    So here it goes, after she gives her speech on Tuesday night, Obama will stroll out onto the stage, stand beside her and announce to the world that she will be his VP. And together they will continue the historic journey they have started together to change America forever

    July 31, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Anna

    Nancy: She was already in the White House, and we accomplished many great things.

    Enlightened Voter: She said She was MORE qualified and MORE electable. She didn't say he was not qualified.

    When you run for the Most POWERFUL job in the world, you kinda need to roll with the punches.
    If you can't swing that, you really have no business applying for the job.
    The day Politics becomes sweet, harmless and friendly is the day noone will care.

    I think both candidates stepped into the critcisms they faced.
    I think both candidates handled their situations pretty well.

    July 31, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Peggy - TX

    Why do you make it look like a comment has been published to where the world can view it with the caption "Your comment is awaiting moderation. " when in fact the comment can only seen by the sender and no one else. Then, after many hours latter it actually makes it in to where the world can view it, but the extremely long delay greately diminished the impact of the message. At the same time, it appears that some commenters always get published quickly to where they are able to summit multiple comments within a short time and actually have a back and forth dialog going?

    July 31, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Pat in Cali

    Clinton is the only one who would carry on the work that she and Obama starts if she elected president after their first 8 year run.

    Clinton and Obama are two sided of the same coin.

    We all need to wake up and see how important taking back this country is to the USA and to the rest of the world. We will strong leadership over the next 16 years to repair the damage of 8 Bush years.

    July 31, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Chrissy, TX

    I never wanted them to run together after all the way they crucified her in the Dem primaries. I switched from Dem to Ind and my vote is going to McCain now. For all those people that keep saying that McCain is another Bush they are full of ????! If I recall, in 2000 Bush was the candidate of "CHANGE" and look where we are today. When he was elected (i mean selected, like Obama was in Dem primaries) he was also inexperienced so the American people should take that as a learning lesson. Go McCain and God Bless America............... there's no other country like ours!

    July 31, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. cyntia

    It's very good Hillary is not on Obama's ticket because true Hillary supporters does not want her on his ticket as they are not going to vote him anyway
    PUMA 08

    July 31, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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