August 20th, 2008
07:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Should Obama choose Clinton?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A new poll suggests Obama’s numbers would go up if he chooses Clinton as his VP. "]

DENVER (CNN) – What can Barack Obama do to reverse his sudden slide in the polls? Here’s an idea: surprise everyone and name Hillary Clinton as his running mate.

It would turn the Democratic National Convention into a love-in. 4,438 delegates locking arms and singing "Kum-Ba-Ya’’!

Consider this finding from the new Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll out Wednesday night. A bare majority of Clinton supporters, 52 percent say they will vote for Obama. Twenty one percent favor McCain, while 27 percent are still undecided or say they will vote for "someone else.’’

Nearly half of Clinton’s supporters are still not on board with Obama!

The holdouts tend to like McCain more than Obama and have more confidence in McCain’s ability to be commander-in-chief.

Would Clinton add to the ticket? Apparently. The poll shows Obama leading McCain by three points. If Clinton were at the top of the ticket, she would be leading McCain by six.

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Phil Newton, Murphy, OREGON


    August 21, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  2. Ian MacIsaac

    Of course she'd be leading by six, because she hasn't been attacked relentlessly by the Right Wing Smear Machine for the past two months.

    August 21, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  3. Jack

    No- she has done enough damage. She gave the ammunition for McInsane. Enough is enough. No Hilly Billy.

    August 21, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  4. Mark W

    I supported Bill Richardson in primaries specifically because of his extensive experience as a diplomat, energy secretary and governor. When the primaries boiled down to Obama vs. Clinton, I went with Clinton, buth because she was more experienced and because her work in the Senate earned her a solid reelection to a second term. I didn't consider Obama then because he lacks experience in major political office, something that hasn't changed simply because he beat Clinton and Richardson in the primaries.

    His 3+ years in the U.S. compares to the ineffective Jimmy Carter's 4 years as Georgia governor and George Bush's 6 years as Texas governor – which only covered three legislative sessions (they only meet every other year).

    It's the toughest job in the world. Given the records of those who've won as Washington outsiders with limited experience, and I don't want a repeat of that.

    I'm not a big fan of McCain, but he has the necessary experience and there will be a Democrat-controlled congress to keep him in check.

    August 21, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |