August 22nd, 2008
11:01 PM ET
14 years ago

Source: Clinton has been told she's not the VP pick

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Clinton has been informed she will not be Obama's VP."] (CNN) - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama has ruled out Senator Hillary Clinton as his vice presidential running mate, a senior Democratic official told CNN on Friday night.

Clinton - Obama's main rival during the primary season - has been informed by Obama's campaign that she is not his choice to be his vice presidential candidate, the source said.

soundoff (455 Responses)
  1. Samantha

    It's funny how everyone feel that unless Clinton is on the ticket Obama can't win he won the nomination, and even though Clinton folks keep counting the votes during the primary with the Hillar y Math he still won. Obaman can win the election without Hillary eveyone that I have asked have not wanted her on the ticket anyway. If your so stupid that you would vote for Mccain/Bush then the economy is going to be evern worse in four years. if you care so little about your families future that you would vote for McCain, not vote or write Hillary in then be propared to be living on the street in 4 years because McCain as president will be the same as Having Bush Cheney he has voted with Bush over 98% of the time so what does that tell you.

    All I know is


    August 23, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  2. mdrift

    Jason out of LA needs to learn perception. This gives the Clinton delegates the green light to cast their votes proudly for Clinton as President and for the PUMA crowd to vote for McCain and prepare for 2012.

    August 23, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  3. Not supporting Obama any longer

    That's it! Another 4 votes from my family going to McCain this November.

    August 23, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  4. Craig

    Listen folks, Hillary did not run for the position of VP. What makes anyone think she wants it?

    Obama chose a running mate who complements his vision for our countries future, and who has tremendous strength in areas where he himself has short comings. Namely, foreign policy and "experience" in terms of longevity in politics. He is sensible, charismatic, and a DEMOCRAT!!

    Hillary needs to step up and squash this ridiculous nonsense of her supporters voting for Mc Cain to show solidarity in their support for her. She has stated time and again that this is exactly what she doesn't want. I for one have faith that she will do just that.

    August 23, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  5. mark

    If Clinton's supporters were only going to vote for Obama if Hillary was on the ticket then they don't know much about politics...Obama is still the Presidential nominee no matter who is #2. He stands for generally the same policies as Hillary does. So to vote Republican is to sell your own beliefs for the most low and degrading of reasons...

    August 23, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  6. Independent jedi

    I have been a Hillary supporter all along, even when she was First Lady. I wanted her to win all the way. She did not win the primary, and she is not being picked for the VP spot. Obama and HRC talked privately at one time – I think there are plans for her. I am willing to find out what they are. The most important thing is though is to get the DEMOCRAT into the White House.

    Bill Clinton himself said: You can fall in love in the primaries – but after that you must fall in line.

    It is time for all of us HRC supporters to fall in line and get the Republicans and conservatives and war mongers and elitist out of office and start voting for our own best interests.

    August 23, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  7. carol Johnson

    Obama made a big mistake , It is obvious we live in a sexest country
    I have been a Democrat all my life ! This ia the first time I feel ashamed of my party the total lack of respect given Hillary and her 17 million voices they would have made an awesome team. I wont vote for McCain hes to much like Bush. Look where he got us and I think Obama is to Arrogant and already thinks he has the election in his pocket. I also will write in Hillary if my vote isnt going to get me any where , I will write Hillary in and at least she will know I took her serious!!! Carol Johnson

    August 23, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  8. Anonymous

    All you HRC supports, are crying that she was the best choice...well...when she can run a campaign, that is clean, and not go into debt, then maybe...just maybe...we can say she's a good popular can she be, when she had to switch her state of residency to run for senate, she lied about the sniper attacks on her, and lets not forget the shady real estate deals in Arkansas...but go ahead, and whine, and put the bush clone in office for 4 more years...don't cry when your son's and daughters don't come home, or are shipped over to fight a war for oil!!!

    August 23, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  9. 401 Error

    Slap in the face? That's why girls suck at sports. They cry and whine when they don't win.

    Stay out of politics and let the dudes run the country.

    August 23, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  10. mdrift

    If Clinton is old school, Biden is Ancient School, of the non-Founder kind.

    August 23, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  11. U.S. Soldier

    Hillary supporters,
    McCain has already stated on mutiple occasions he will bring us into more wars. He also stated on different occasions he is not against the draft (however his staff insists he is). My question to you is; Are you happy with the economy right now? The Iraq war along with McCain's friend/financial advisor (Grahm) are the main reasons the economy is in the condition it is in! How does McCain expect to wage more wars and fix the economy at the same time? It is impossible! We (active duty soldiers) can't even rotate duty stations near the end of the fiscal year due to being over budget. We don't have enough money for the wars we are already in! We don't have enough soldiers to fight more wars. We are already overstretched and doing mutiple tours. You make it out of one deployment alive and intact to find out you have to go through it all over again! We do not have enough soldiers for another single war. This means a draft would be necessary. We would need additional money for the soldiers, more weapons, more tanks, more helicopters, more aircraft, more ammunitions, more armor, more food, more uniforms etc...... Take a second to think about our economy after all this! Please don't do this to our country or us soldiers. We are the ones you are punishing not only Obama. I know a draft seems like a long shot to civilians, but it is obvious to us in the military. We can only do so much with the people we have especially if we are all wounded or dead!!!!! Please do not give up your vote or vote McCain because you are upset. Think about the consequences to everybody. There is a reason the military is donating 6:1 to Obama. We can see the end result of a McCain presidency. You would think military would vote for a retired military war hero, but we are not!! I think we are more afraid of McCain than Bin Laden

    August 23, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  12. Anonymous

    The smartest thing the democratic party can do is choose to elect Hillay instead of Obama. He has no chance of winning the election and by choosing him to be the democratic party's candidate, they are giving the election to the republicans.

    August 23, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  13. DannyJ

    Oh wow! Obama knew for a long time he wasn't picking Clinton, yet he strung along Clinton and her supporters… that's not going to go over well. Its going to raise questions about his loyalty and his promise of a "new" kind of politics.

    It has nothing to do with Obama picking Clinton. It's about him saying he was seriously considering her, and then proving that was never the case.

    So much for party unity. I wouldn't blame her if Clinton did nothing for Obama from now on. But she has so much integrity, I know she will be totally congenial and supportive. At least she's proven her loyalty. 2012 will likely be a good year for her.

    August 23, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  14. Sue in Florida

    Obamamanians, you can't tell another how to feel as you obviously think you can. And, Obama did lose Florida, you can bet your money
    on that, want to wait until the votes come in? I have tried to like Obama
    and see some reason why he should be elected, I truly have. I too have so many reservations about McCain, unfortunately, Obama packs his own baggage of such as well. I'll be writing in HRC, can't go
    with Obama. Too bad, he felt too intimidated by her to hear all the people speak, for that he loses the big package. Be prepared to see
    him lose ground by the day. Enjoy the bounce, it will be short lived.

    August 23, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  15. jojanne

    its not fair to anyone hillary supports wiil be disapointed im sure to dat

    August 23, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  16. Brandon

    If McCain wins this election because of you PUMA idiots, I am voting to re-elect him in 2012 out of pure spite to teach you all a lesson.

    August 23, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  17. jesuschrist


    So we had 8 years of BS with the republican party. Almost 4.50 a gallon for gas. Inflation like there is no tomorrow, A huge debt thanx to the war and now since Clinton didnt get the VP slot. You idiots want to have 4 more years of more BS? I am willing to bet some of you voted for Bush. God help us if mcbush wins

    August 23, 2008 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  18. Corey let me get this straight. (This is coming for someone who was a pro-Hillary supporter up until March '08). All of 'YOU PEOPLE' who say you're going to stay at home, vote mcshame, yada yada on election day. If you were running for the highest office in the free world, would you want your VP to be someone who could not manage their finances enough to make it past the primary race? Someone who went above and beyond negative attacks during the campaign? Obama supporters would of pulled behind Clinton had she won the nomination, but she did not, so everyone needs to grow the f^ck up and realize that the next Pres., will be in charge of selecting 4 more Supreme court justices, resolving our energy crisis, getting rid of our national debt and keeping jobs here in the U.S. from going overseas. So Hillary supporters get off of your F^cking high horse and realize that Obama won and if you guys stop making a fuss he may still put her in his cabinet or on the supreme court. So get over yourselves and realize that Nov. 8 is not about Hillary Supporter's about the entire U.S. moving forward as one and dealing with our crappy economy. And Obama will be READY TO LEAD ON DAY ONE...and Biden will be th one handing Obama the phone at 3am!!

    Former Hillary Supporter, now FULLY behind Obama/Biden '08,

    Corey R. (NC)

    August 23, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  19. Gail

    how many votes did we democrats give to biden during the primary elections????

    let me remind you sir, he was at the very BOTTOM of OUR choice.

    how far have we fallen, for in 2000 it was the rival party that stuck it to us.

    August 23, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  20. Chip J

    I was a Hillary supporter, but she lost. Obama didn't pick her for VP. SO WHAT!? This isn't American Idol folks, there is too much at stake. Obama's politics are much more in line with Hillary's than McSames and I will certainly vote Democratic in November.

    August 23, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  21. gp

    It is so sad to know how stupid Clinton's supporters are . They even are not able to grasp what election is about if they can mix Hillary and Mc Same. That is offense for her – she is not soooooooooo bad. They should not ever present them selfs as democrats. Party doesn't need freaks who do not know what is at stacke here. It just made me realize I am not part of that kind of crawed. Do not shame democrats !Do what ever you wont but do not talk about your stupidity!!!!

    August 23, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  22. Susan, Seattle WA

    Dumb move, not to choose Hillary.
    She's really good for the country. People "get" her.
    And you couldn't find a smarter public servant, or harder worker, than Hillary.

    Poor decision by BO.

    August 23, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  23. Tom G

    Sen. Clinton will be President McCains V.P.

    August 23, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  24. Republican Conservative

    com on post my previous comment Joe. It gives hope for the future for the clintonites out here! Chelsea 2020!

    August 23, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  25. Brother Grimace

    And so the cheerleaders of doom
    will begin their chants
    You should have picked Hillary
    will lead the rants

    PUMA's and republicans
    Kindred just the same
    can't seperate the sheep from the flock
    what a terrible shame

    This was never caused by sexism from obama
    nor did Obama insert Race
    These sad, bitter feminazi's
    Are just cutting off their nose to spite their face

    But that's okay youngsters
    the old guy's still got some
    Still, hard to see how you can vote for a guy
    Who went to sturgis and unwittingly pimped out his wife

    How very noble of you

    August 23, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
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