October 1st, 2010
10:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama-Clinton ticket a possibility for 2010?

(CNN) - Midterm elections are just 32 days away, but many are already talking about the presidential race in 2012.

Former Bush White House chief of staff Andy Card had a few predictions for how the race may shake out - including a possible President Obama-Hillary Clinton ticket.

"[It] wouldn't surprise me if she became the vice presidential nominee. And the vice president [Biden] became the Secretary of State," Card said on CNN's American Morning. "That would shake things up."

Card's prediction came a day after a new Gallup Poll showed Obama would beat Clinton in a Democratic primary rematch.  Talk of a potential Obama-Clinton ticket has been floating around political circles over the last several months, though neither Biden or Clinton have suggested they are interested in switching jobs.

But that may not be the only option that could shake things up, Card told CNN.

"I also think that President Obama may be inciting a Democratic primary challenge," he said.

And if anyone may throw their hat in the ring, Card said his guess would also have some New York experience.

"Mayor Bloomberg - maybe he'll say 'I'll jump in,'" Card said.

CNN American Morning's John Roberts asked if Card thought Bloomberg would look at running as an independent if he were to insert himself in the race.

"I'm not sure," he said. "He would want a chance to win the presidency not just be a spoiler."

Filed under: 2012 • Hillary Clinton • President Obama
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. diridi

    I like it....I vote for them...But Nation needs to watch, Dollar is going down, it is a bad sign....just needs to strengthen the Dollar in the world market.....work on it....

    October 1, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    She talks a good talk but Obama had it right the first time. Biden is a better fit. Clinton commands a ton of respect on the international scene and hopefully can finish-out her term building a peace deal in the Middle East.

    October 1, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Spencer

    Is there any merit to saying that, or is it just a wild rumor in an effort to get people to read the column?

    October 1, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. LIP

    Poor Joe...given the heave-ho for a dimenished role. As far as Hillary as VP...it will never happen. She is either too old and tired or she won't take second fiddle.

    October 1, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Really

    Typical – President Obama's many problems/issues cannot possibly be his fault. Liberals are so quick to throw their own under the bus.

    October 1, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. jeff, alabama

    As ambitious as Hillary Clinton is, would any of you out there
    dare to be first on a Presidential ticket with this woman ?
    Talk about one heartbeat away from the Presidency.
    Time erases memory. Remember all the associates of the Clintons
    from not that long ago who aren't with us anymore ?

    October 1, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. john, PA

    Here is what these two Democrats have to run on:

    highest unemployment in 15 years
    higher taxes
    highest home foreclosure rate in 30 years
    tax evading Democratic Party
    tax evading Obama administration
    the “Porkulus” Spending bill
    out of control budget / no budget
    health care reform disaster
    Cap and Trade=TAX
    4 terrorist attacks in the USA since Obama took office
    Oil spill disaster in the Gulf

    October 1, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Rob

    Obama should have chosed Clinton as his VP first time out.

    October 1, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Joe, San Diego

    Please don't pull a John McCain... this isn't Hollywood this real life preidency

    October 1, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Palin '12

    The Presidential election is in 2012... CNN, and Palin is going to win!

    October 1, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Chipster

    Clinton and Biden are doing just fine where they are. Although the media likes to exaggerate and create controversy, the economy is slowly improving and our allies have regained confidence in our leadership. International relationships have improved. We still have a way to go with jobs but losing 50000 a month is a big improvement over losing 700,000 a month. The President's detractors are loud but he is not deterred by all the nutty accusations and politically motivated negativism. He is focused ending 2 wars to help restore our economy.

    October 1, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. 33 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    I seriously doubt that hillary would lose in a primary match up against Obozo. He's been an unmitigated disaster. She is MUCH higher in the polls. He is sinking like a rock. In another year he'll be in the mid 30's at best.

    Hillary would have been better than Obozo for President. I don't see how making her VP makes HIM any more appealing or less of a disaster. IMO she'd be permanently damaging her own chances by getting any closer to this disaster of a President. One thing is for SURE, her on the ticket will NOT save Obozo from losing. He has shown the country he wasn't up to the job. In 2012 THE TRAINING PERIOD IS OVER.

    October 1, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Cliff Vegas

    This bit of news does not surprise me, especially in view of Biden's well-documented interest in foreign affairs and Clinton's political ambitions. From what I read in foreign press, Biden is well-liked abroad. I think he'd make an excellent SoS, perhaps better than Clinton. And maybe Clinton might be a better VP.

    October 1, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. Observer

    Vote Palin 2012 – 2014 1/2.

    October 1, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. Johnny

    Yea! That's the ticket! People shouldn't be quick to hate on Obama because some of the things done in the past ministration are now coming to fruition. There's a chance Obama can get another term I believe, especially if he has Hillary run as his VP. It sure beats more of what we had the last time. Think about it people!

    October 1, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. deb0155

    Let's just get rid of all of them! Obama has done nothing but quadruple the deficit, it's still the same old, same old in Washington and, basically, it's the American people who are getting screwed. It's time for all Americans to wise up and get rid of all the very, very crooked politiicans who call themselves "our representatives."

    As an American, I am truly disgusted with our government and I mean both sides of the fence. They have made our country weak and the United States has lost respect globally since this administration came in to place.

    Wise up people – make your votes count in November!

    October 1, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Dave

    When there is so much unemployment and the leadership is busy with agenda and old foreign ideologies, then the leadership should get unemployed! 2012 is not that far!!

    October 1, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. anthony

    Obama-Clinton 2012?

    That faint hissing noise you hear is the sound of every Rightwing/NeoCon/Republican peeing in their pants. Oh.. and the sound of air breezing thru Palin's empty head. Biden, do the right thing and bow down. you had your 4 years of hanging around, and congrats, you are now in the history books as an American VP for the rest of your life, it was good! Now...

    BHO/HRC 2012!

    finally striking fear in the hearts of those clowns!

    October 1, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Tea Party Time

    It really doesn't matter since neither one will be President come January 2013

    October 1, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. cjg

    I would have loved that ticket in 2008.....but it would definitly be even stronger now.

    Cannot pit the intelect of Obama and Clinton against anyone in the GOP and not come out a winner!

    October 1, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. Baby Boomer

    This is a perfect example of CNN trying to make news. VP Biden should remain right were he is and President Obama will get reelected in 2012 with him in place.

    October 1, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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