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. BigMowma

    Good grief, aren't there any other people in this country who can run for president besides a Bush, a Clinton, yadda yadda? What is this, Buckingham Palace?? That should tell you right there that your vote doesn't mean a darned thing! I want someone who is poor in the white house and not related to any of the "elites". At least they will be a little more in touch with the rest of us.

    October 1, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    That'd be GREAT! I wanted a Clinton-Obama ticket in 2008, but this would work too. Biden's done a good job as VP, and he'd be an excellent Secretary of State. Actually, as long as we can keep these three in their jobs, America is going to be much better off. It's great to have people in power that actually know how to do their jobs after 8 years of utter stupidity under the Bush regime - is it any wonder the GOP don't understand why having our current administration is a GOOD thing? The GOP seems to think that utter incompetence like what was exhibited with Bushco is acceptable and wanted.

    In the immortal words of Captain Lone Star to Princess Vespa, "Welcome to real life!"

    What we've got is good, and we need to keep it as long as possible.

    October 1, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. P

    Refusing to believe that Obama will ever be elected again but for the sake of discussion, can you imagine Joe Biden as Secretary of State? Secretary Joe meeitng with Angela Merkel, Chanc of Germany, "Hey Babe. Sure love the way you European women let it all hang out. Know what I mean, wink wink."

    October 1, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Wade

    In November 2008, more than half of American voters were hypnotized by this mysterious, messianic figure on whom they pinned all their hopes and dreams. But since then, many have gradually realized their shining savior was really an incompetent, deceptive, pathologically narcissistic man entranced by an evil ideology that has left a trail of unprecedented misery and death for 100 years.
    "Change" has indeed come to America, but not the kind most people had "hoped" for. Obama will not be relected no matter who is on the ticket. Good riddance.

    October 1, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. darnallash

    This makes perfect sense. Taking in to consideration the recent gafes by Biden and the voter Ms. Clinton would bring it is no brainer to think this happening. Perfect move. I have been thinking about this quite sometime. Surprised others were thinking the same!!

    October 1, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Illinoistom

    If Hillary loves her country, she will mount a primary challenge to this incompetent. We need a leader, not the Campaigner in Chief.

    October 1, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Seth Hill

    After watching so much TV news, I can no longer wait for something to actually happen! To heck with the 2012 election; I need to know who will run, and who will win, in 2016!

    October 1, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. c s saenz

    Hint: Give Hillary real power as a vice presidential candidate and it would be great to see her and Obumma really work together to solve the worst problems of today's world!

    October 1, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. patNY

    This is one of the most worthless articles yet from CNN. Hillary said, point blank, she will never ever run for president again, and that she will only do one term as SOS, because she wants to retire from politics. Guessing, stirring the pot, inciting rumors about a possible VP candidacy for Hillary is pig journalism. AND...Bloomberg has ruled out ever running for president himself, saying after his 3rd term is done as Mayor, he will become a full time philanthropist. AND...relying on anything coming from a Bush advisor is reckless...no Democrat will primary Obama..because the last time something like that happened, i.e. Ted Kennedy challenging Carter in 1980, it ensured the dem lost the general election.

    October 1, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Linda

    If the democrats put Clinton on the ticket, she better be for president without obama. The democrats may still like him but the independents will not have anything to do with him and will swing to the republicans. He will pull anyone down. I'm independent and while I may vote for Clinton, I wouldn't vote for Obama for anything. I am independent and have been for many, many years.

    October 1, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. kat

    It really wouldn't suprise me. Nothing this clown does suprises me anymore. He'll do or say anything to keep the title of President. God help us , especially if people are stupid enough to vote him back into office for a second term. We still haven't survived his first term!

    October 1, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Mary Hawley

    Why would we encourage Ms. Clinton to leave a job where she is working her heart out for the U.S. welfare and doing a good job, to bury herself in a token position–that of VP?

    October 1, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Marty, FL

    The Obama-Clinton ticket could be a strong possibility. Sec. of State Clinton has built great credentials in foreign policy and has positive support amongst the majority of Americans. It could also set the stage for President Hillary Clinton in 2016. 🙂

    October 1, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. JANUARY 20, 2013 - THE END OF AN ERROR

    What would SHE need HIM for?
    I bet she resigns from the secretary of state job in the next six months to CHALLENGE him for the 2012 Democratic presidential nomination.

    October 1, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. stufit

    That would be great, get rid of 2 corrupt, incompetents with one election and we would get that hair plugged gaffer Biden kicked under the bus at the same time.

    October 1, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. Toad

    Sounds like a losing ticket to me. What you have here is Obama a want to be and Clinton a has been and loser!!!

    October 1, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. Paul from Phoenix

    If she were smart, she would stay away from this trainwreck's vp ticket and run against him.

    October 1, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. Yinzer

    Who cares what advice this leftover from Bush-Cheney has for Obama. However, he has a good point about Bloomberg: Bloomy can't win as a Third Party, so he'll need a major-party endorsement – and he sure as fun isn't going to be nominated by the Republicans!

    October 1, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. redpens

    I guess Bloomberg wants to ban salt everywhere, not just in New York. I don't want any of them to be President. Obama's a total disaster. That's what happens when you elect somebody with zero experience in the private sector.

    October 1, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. vic, Nashville TN

    Best ticket Hillary doing good Job so I want her to be Secretary of State

    October 1, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. Tommison

    None of this speculation matter considering the source is a former BUSH administration chief of staff...now if it came from someone close to the Obama Administration then I'd consider it credible. It seems like this person is trying to cause some sort of facade of instability. not to mention the secretary of state role is almost as important as the presidents role and Biden being the dimwit he is has no place in such a big role.

    October 1, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Fair is Fair

    But... but... but... we're SO MUCH better off now... why change anything?


    October 1, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. lefty loosey

    Dumb and dumber , sounds good 2 me

    October 1, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. ST

    These are not welcoming news to Bill Clinton. I do guess he wishes Hillary could be leading on polls and not the current President.

    October 1, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. YoMama

    Certain pundits continue to demand Obama make Hillary his co-President, which would mean some sort of power-sharing agreement. No thanks. Give it a rest, Biden has served well as VP. We don't need two Presidents (three if you count Bill) at one time.

    October 1, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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