FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Here is perhaps the most fascinating statistic coming out of Super Tuesday: Out of 14 and a half million votes cast in the Democratic race, only 53 thousand separated Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
And in case you're interested: There were 73% more Democratic voters than Republican voters – 14 plus million for Clinton and Obama to 8 plus million for John McCain, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.
First off, this shows how much more interest there is on the part of Democratic electorate than the Republicans. And it shows how incredibly close the race between Clinton and Obama continues to be.
These numbers mean that it's likely this thing will become a long, protracted battle, continuing into states like Ohio and Texas, maybe even Pennsylvania. It's even possible the Democrats won't formally select a nominee until their convention in August.
And then what? With millions of enthusiastic supporters backing Barack Obama and millions more backing Hillary Clinton, what happens if only one of them winds up on the ballot for November?
Here’s my question to you: In order to unite the Democratic Party in November, will Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have to be on the same ticket?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Mr. Cafferty, your analysis is right on the mark. The presidency is the Democrats' to lose. The unity ticket is the key. The barrier is pride, for all of us. I favor a Clinton/Obama ticket because it sets the stage for 16 years of Democratic leadership in the presidency. But I will happily support an Obama / Clinton ticket if it develops.
Andy in Anderson, Indiana writes:
This combination is not a dream ticket. Clinton's name anywhere on the ballot would be a field day for the Republicans. Obama inspires and challenges each of us. Clinton keeps pointing to the past. And, as long as her husband keeps lurking around her campaign, he compromises any sense of character and integrity in her campaign.
A Hillary/Obama ticket would disenfranchise all of the people who have stood with Barack Obama for change. Obama stands for more than just his policies (which are more specific than people give him credit for). He represents the America that we were taught to believe in as children.
This is the only way that Obama will get my vote. Hillary is the next president.
The smartest ticket would be for either of them to have Edwards as the V.P. running mate. That puts a southerner on the ticket while simultaneously giving white males a presence on it. Not to mention paying homage to the traditional populist message of Democratic Party.
Yes, but only if Hillary wins. If Obama wins, he can pick anyone he wants to. She needs him WAY more than he needs her.
Erin from California writes:
Not only will Hillary and Barack need to be on the same ticket to unite the Democratic Party, they need to be on the same ticket to unite my marriage! I am an avid Hillary supporter and my husband is a staunch Barack supporter. We just voted yesterday in California and each of us tried to sway the other's vote during the last moments walking up to the polling location!
An Obama/Hillary ticket would win the White House. But a Hillary/Obama ticket would put a smile on the face of the Republican Party.
I hope not.... that ticket is possibly my worst nightmare, except for maybe John McCain winning the GOP nomination.
It could be a great ticket, but so far their egos may be too large to allow them to be in the same room much less on the same ticket. That includes the spouses' egos.
I'd prefer a speeding ticket over that ticket.
who said the democratic party is split? they look chummy enough to me.
if Obama wins – The Clintons' mutual hate of Bush and the GOP will overshadow any possible feelings of animosity they may have towards Obama.
if Hillary wins she's shrewd enough to want a Clinton/Obama ticket, so not a whole lot of patching up to be done there.
the question should've been who's gonna patch up the Republicans after their nomination process....leiberman? LOL!
Clinton is an old school entrenched Washington DC establishment old thinking politico whose personal ambitions know no bound. Clinton's constant claim that she wants to change things remind me of W's claims of success and victory in Iraq. Her constant claims of legislative prowess do not, notice, include 'successful' legislation. She is 'more of the same' politics in Washington; W in a pants suit.
Obama, in the long run, will have no part of an Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama ticket. I believe that he has fully understood that the time of the Clintons has passed.
i don't know if that could happen, but either one of them would make a great secretary of state for the other. this country has been war mongering and threatening others long enough and now we need someone who understands diplomacy to restore americas true values. they hate us in the middle east because we are occupying a country we don't belong in. we are trying to force democracy at gunpoint in iraq and there will be no victory in the end. only heartache and sorrow will come from the george w bush imaginary war. we need both hillary and obama along with the best of the best to undue the damage caused by the bush administration.
I don't think they have to be on the same ticket, but Clinton should be involved as either VP, Chief of Staff or a leadership role in Senate.
She is an implementer but has limited vision. Let obama set the vision and set the guidelines, including how to include state and Congressional leaders in the planning, and use Hillary to get it done.
No – and they shouldn't -
If Barack Obama is at the top of the ticket, he will not need her. It goes against his message of change. If Hillary Clinton is at the top of the ticket she will need him on the ticket to secure the youth and African American votes.
It would probably be the end-all of the Republican candidate. However, I doubt that Hillary would agree to be the vice presidential nominee. I do believe that if she is the presidential nominee, she could very possibly choose Obama. That would be a real winner. I have no idea if he would accept it. It would be smart if he did because that would give a him a winning chance in 2012 or 2016. It would be awesome if she could serve 4 or 8 and he could take over from there. He's got more time to grow into his own.
No, but it would be an unbeatable combination!
Stop using those mind altering drugs this will never happen. With Hillarys ego she will not be Obamas running mate and Obama will not be hers. Besides she has slick Willie.
I certainly hope not, I don't want a Clinton any where near
the White House!.
NO!!! although are both good candidates, I think that both together might be just too much change for the general election.
I think that General Wesley Clark would be an excellent choice for EITHER Clinton or Obama because that would defuse any talk of "lack of military experience" in the White House. second choice? it's obviously Bill Richardson not only for his foreign affairs experience but to capture the Hispanic vote.
just picking some political hack like former Iowa Governor Vilsack, Pennsylvania Governor Rendell or Evan Bayh from Indiana will NOT help the ticket. the VP nomination needs to be about a specific expertise the Presidental candidate may not have.
Either Hillary or Barack will beat McCain, regardless of their running mates. The only exception is if there is a formal Clinton-Clinton ticket (and that would not be a total surprise given everything else that has occurred so far in the 2008 campaign).
That will never happen. Clinton and Obama are polar opposites and like any 2 magnets when they are placed together with the same poles facing they repel one another. A Clinton Obama ticket would divide and part the Democratic party like Moses did the red sea. All that would be left of the Democratic party afterwards is seafood.
Since Christopher Columbus? Leif Erickson? the Mayflower? our country has been governed by men. It is time for a woman to lead our nation and she doesn't need a man to help. Barak Obama is right, we need change and he should not be a part of it.
Jack, I think uniting under the same party ticket shouldn’t be a problem for either Obama or Hillary. I believe that whoever succeeds to become the party’s flagbearer should bring the democrats together regardless. The Democratic Party subsists on ideals and principles, therefore adhering to party discipline is very paramount at this time. There is the need for all democrats to give their unflinching support to either of these candidates. At this time color, gender and all those cosmetic ideas are irrelevant. The most important issue is how to usher the party in the presidential leadership. I think this country needs people of vision like those posed by Obama and Clinton
No they will not have to be on the same ticket. What will unite the Democratic party and rest of American for that fact. Is to know bush will finally be gone after this election, and believe me thats all the motivation this country will need.
It would be an unstoppable ticket. The Dems would win the White House and Congress would be a sweep, bringing in a new Democratic Epoch. Then after 8 years Barack could run for president.
If they truly want change and love this country as they say, they would be foolish not to run on the same ticket. It is ironic that the vast majority of Super Tuesday races had the second place Dem vote count far outweighing the top GOP candidate across the board. We're ready for change, that is obvious, and if that is what it takes.....they should make it happen!
Hillary and Obama? Never happen! Their egos are too big and outsized to work together. Whoever was the vice president would think that they are Dick Cheney. They would want to be in charge. No,the vice president needs to be someone who knows what the job is and can stay quiet and in the background. My nominee is someone like Bill Richardson.
I can't even begin to imagine Obama, Hillary and Billy Boy on the same ticket in order to unite the parties. I believe either candidates can successfully tackle the job on their own. To see how Obama has rallied in his campaigining leaves me to believe Hillary would just get in the way!!!
If polls show that Senator Clinton being on the ticket would jeopardize a Democratic victory, it will divide the party. Half of the country swears they won't vote for her. She is the only hope Republicans have of staying in power.
I think so, Jack. HOWEVER...if McCain gets the nod and picks Mr. Turncoat (Lieberman) to run with him, it'll be a landslide with Democrats coming out the victors. I think it is quite evident that a Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama ticket would succeed, based upon their last debate. There are some minor glitches in their platform which can be ironed out...as long as they work as a team with the goal of bringing this country back together.
Well Jack, I must say that the Democratic party at this time is to my point of view very polarized. I dought Either Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama will choose one or the other for the spot, Im a Clinton supporter and I must say Im cheering for Wesley Clark for VP.
All I keep hearing is that the Republicans and Democarts need to unite. What in the hell are they uniting for? If 2 percent America's population control 60 percent of the wealth in this country, what do you think is going to unite the Republicans and Democrats in the nation?................MONEY!!! Money trumphs "everything. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and to be fair, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton "will never" be a winning ticket. One of them would have to sacrifice their character, beliefs and values....and it is evident, one of them has already accomplished this.
Yes, Hillary and Barack are two dynamic people with great ideas for what to do with our country. It would be distasterious not to have both of then on the same ticket. Their union would benefit everyone since Hillary and Barack could unite the party and bring an end to the Democratic feud. It's time to turn our attention to the Republicans and beat them.
can't see anyway around it, just like Johnson/Kennedy in 1960.
I'd admit i was there for that one also, but i don't want to give away my age.
Bowling Green, Mo.
Yes, they will be unstoppable. Clinton-Obama.
Not likely, though I can see Karl Rove and his dirt machine chomping at the bits for such a ticket. Barak said he and Hillary were friends before the campaign, and they'll be friends after the campaign. Don't you believe it. If Obama wins, Hillary will be angry at having been knocked out of her turn. If she wins, however, he will be angry at losing his place in history. A shame, because as a team they might be able to begin the long process of trying to repair the irreparable damage caused by the Bush-Cheney administration. I'd like to be wrong, but I don't think they will run together.
Jack I hope you are joking. This list is to long to write on my space to tell you what has united the Democrats, and most other Americans. Those reasons begin, and end with George Bush, and Senator John McCain, who promises to keep the war roiling. When the debates come, and we start talking about the war, and the economy, there won't be any doubt which party will be the winner of the election , and it does not matter who is selected as the Democrat nominee. The Democrats are united, as is most of Americans.
Not at all. They are both formidable candidates in their own right. Granted, a united ticket of the two would be a political colussus the likes that we've not seen in generations. Unfortunately I don't see either one of their egos allowing themselves to admit that the other was better and agreeing to take second chair. However, truth is often stranger than fiction, and we can can hope that the unexpected will happen.
Jack, I am a 54 year old white female that just cannot bring myself to trust Hillary. I certainly don't want her deciding for me whether or not I can afford to buy her health insurance. I think to unite the Democratic Party we should just strike Hillary off the ballet and go with an Obama/Edwards ticket.
delegates would be upset as they only get paid off once, don't forget they have cronies to look after also!
electoral college is the first step in how to corrupt the political system!
Jack If after the last 7 year s the if Demacrats Can not become unafied by wich ever one is the nominee then We will never be united .and we will deserve what ever our goverment will look like. So I guss My answer is It should not matter If they are on the same tickey or not.
Maybe not – the Democratic Party seems far more united than the Republican Party. Clinton and Obama need to consider a running mate who complements their individual strengths and makes the whole greater than the sum of the parts. Then, whoever wins can appoint the loser to a cabinet position.
Previous suggestions refer to a Clinton/Obama team as being the dream team. However, it could be a nightmare. Except for his oratory talent, voters really do not know very much about senator Obama. In another comment, I said that voters are getting hungry and waiting for Obama to give us some beef.
Phyllis Media, PA
No. It's been said many times on CNN and it's true, alot of Americans have a hatered for Hillary and they would much sooner vote Republican than for her. Where as Obama is more captivating and inspiring and would probably pick up alot more of Hillary's votes than the other way around. To unite the Democratic party Obama must win other wise it's anybody's guess what will happen.
If Hillary is at the top of the ticket, I could see her offering the V.P. to Obama, whether he'd take it is a different matter. If its the other way around, Obama is arrogant enough to think he doesn't need her, but actually he would. There is no way that Obama could win in the fall by himself. He would be run by the far left, an absolutely unacceptable possibility for most of Americans. Also Hispanics would vote overwhelmingly for McCain instead, many white women, myself included would not vote for him at all. I might not vote for McCain either, but after the dirty race baiting of Obama and his campaign with the help of the mob dog press, I couldn't in good conscience vote for that man.
No, absolutley not! In fact, it may be better to have an insider/outsider ticket with the unknown VP bringing the contrast to the nominee. In my mind, the word "change" in the upcoming campaign simply and directly translates to "democratic ideals".
Based on the demographics of the latest round of primaries, if (a very big if) Clinton gets the nomination, her campaign needs Obama. Should we see Obama win the nomination, Bill Richardson will be his running mate. Obama does not need her as much as she would need him.
That's just what we need Dumb and Dumber. I don't think this is the time for america to try and make the Guines Book of records.
With so many problems facing America, the country needs a President and a VP that are in full throttle. Whoever comes on top must allow the nominee to make the decisions. The "runner-up" should, in America's interest, rally the troops behind the nominee.
I think it would unite the democratic party and better their chances of taking over the White House, no matter who gets top billing.
Jack, I think if Senator Obama gets the nomination there will be a geographic electoral focus so that the nominee maximizes his chances of winning.In that case I don't see Hillary Clinton as being the Vice-Presidential nominee.
Obama doesn't need Hillary. She is getting the die hard democratic votes, states like New York and California. These are deep blue states that will vote for anything that isn't a republican.
Hillary however needs Obama. He is appealing to a youth vote she has not motivated, independents that could easily sway to McCain, and his appeal in the south opens up the possibility for electoral college gains that she can't even consider otherwise.
Way back in Iowa where I am and where this all began, I supported Edwards because I didn't think America would vote for a guy named Barack Obama. I was pleased to find out I was wrong. Now I think the Clinton machine will use every trick in the book to "deal" themselves a convention victory. I hope I'm wrong again. A Hillary only ticket could drive a lot of us anti-clintonnowpartoftheestablishment voters to Nader or even Ron Paul and we'll end up with a Repub in the White House again.
Is this being directed by Steven Spieldberg? What if it turns into romance? CNN better watch out E! is coming to town.
Hilliary Clinton appearing anywhere on the ticket is a deal breaker. Period.
I believe that when Hillary wins, she will ask Edwards to be her Vice President.
Obama cant deal with Bill and Hillary has too much pride to be on a ticket that doesn't have Clinton in the front. Obama seems to transend race, political affiliations, and everything in between therefore if the Dems really want to be the president they will nominate Obama.
i hope not!
I would love to see Hillary/Obama on same ticket. Democrats would "rock' this country.. They're both brilliant candidates!
Hillary as the presidential nominee, with Obama as her running mate would seal it for the Democrats. It would most likely win the women, black, and hispanic vote.
I am starting to think that Obama needs Hillary more than Hillary needs Obama. She helps him win the Latino and woman vote. Without her McCain will take the latino vote away from Obama. She gets his biggest bloc (African Americans) without his help in the general election. This whole idea of Republicans crossing over to vote for Obama is a sham.
The states he won yesterday (Georgia, Alabama, Utah, aren't going to Democrats anyway). She;ll win Missouri without his support.
How about a Cafferty/Blitzer ticket?
Clinton/Obama. Obama/Clinton would be a great ticket! The problem. Would make Rush millions and millions.
This question only supports Clinton, why should it be a Clinton-Obama ticket?
u want a dream ticket what about: Obama/Bloomberg against Clinton/Mccain
Sounds like a winner to me!! Both campaigns are enthusiastic and are voting in much higher numbers than the Republicans. Hillary would have to be at the top of the ticket, I mean if you pull New York ,California, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, Massachusetts, not to mention she's going to win Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.. These are huge states and she is incredibly popular and sure to win in November.. Obama's support would only cement her victory.
I think it should be a Clinton / Edwards ticket.
WONDER TWINS UNITE!
Sure why not, as Long as Obama is Prez and Hillary is Vice.
Hell no! George Bush and the Republican Party, including Senator John McCain, have united Democrats better than any dream ticket could. Besides, Obama would be better off selecting a far more experienced Joe Biden, Chris Dodd or Bill Richardson. Clinton, on the other hand, would need Obama to balance her own political baggage.
Yes Jack, but only if it is Clinton/Obama. I am an Obama supporter and I will say that having her on his ticket would be a big NO NO. But the only way for her to make ammends with the black community is to have him on the ticket. Point blank, she does not resinate with young voters because we can see right through her. She will need him but he wont need her.
Believe it or not, I like both of them and would like to see them on the same ticket provided it was Senator Clinton for President and Senator Obama for Vice President (I think he needs a few more years of national experience). Senator Clinton would attract the voters looking for experience, and Senator Obama would attract the voters looking for change, and thus the entire Democratic base would be motivated to vote. She could be as wonky as she would like to be, and he could focus on motivating and inspiring the American people, along with creating more transparency to reign in the special interest. Of course, it might prove to be too big of a change to put both a woman and a black man on the ticket. The nomination process is one thing, but I'm somewhat concerned that in the general election, there might be too many voters who suddendly find they are being confronted with too much change.
The other thing to consider is that Senator McCain has a lot of appeal for independents. I'm an independent and he is the only Republican candidate I could see myself voting for. I think his military experience and background could prove to be very valuable in bringing the wars in Iraq and Afganistan to a possitive conclusion. Whatever the Democrats do, they had better make sure they are fully analyzing the situation, or they may be unpleasantly surprised in the fall.
no, they wont HAVE to be on the same ticket, but it definately wouldnt hurt any. i think that a clinton-obama or obama-clinton campaign would be very exciting, i think they would do extraordinarilly well together and i KNOW that a democrat will be the next president, therefore we are watching history unfold in a very exciting way.
I'm sick and tired of Obama telling me (a Hillary supporter) that he can count on me voting for him if he beats Hillary. I'll vote for McCain out of spite if he keeps up that rhetoric because he hasn't shown me anything yet but hot air.
Obama/Edwards sounds better!
Clinton/Obama in that order! Yes.
No way. After the smearing of Obama by the Clinton camp, he should NOT help the Clintons by playing second (or third) fiddle. And Obama wouldn't need Hillary as his VP. Both of them on the same ticket is not a dream ticket-it's a fairy tale.
I think Clinton and Obama should run together to unite the party on a ticket that would be the best of both worlds as well as a dream come true for me. I am an African American female who wants change and experience in Washington. With the two of them on the same ticket, I could get both...not to mention a change in BOTH the race and gender of President and Vice Presidential Candidates....both candidates on the same ticket is what I like to call my generation's version of Camelot!
No way jose or jack. We do not know yet Obama's skelotons in his closet.
No! The whole point of Barack Obama's campaign is about CHANGE. Hillary and Bill,will bring us right back to the bickering and divisions of the 90's. The divide started with them and then escalated to where we are today.
That seems to be the most logical but is forcing the two together in the white house going to move the country forward? We have to remember that it's not just about democrats, it's about everyone. Let's not forget that Bill can't be left twiddling his thumbs for four years. That sounds like friction to me. This is the white house, not the young the old and the restless!
no. these candidates know that while democrats thinks this is a match made in heaven, both know that it is a fantasy. the star does not need a more popular supporting actor taking the spotlight away from them. they both have choices like richardson, or even edwards.
I think Senator's Clinton and Obama will have to unite to win the WH from the anticipated McCain Huckabee team. I think Ms. Clinton wold have to be the top of the ticket or else she would not participate. Mr. Obama could have a very powerful impact as VP.
He should not view it as a step down. His lack of experience is his biggest weakness. Given his age, he would do well to consider the VP slot if he determines he will not win the nomination,. Ms. Clinton and the Democratic party would do well to keep the race focused on issues so that she could offer it, and Mr. Obama could accept it, without losing face.
Then, of course, there is Bill . . . . . .
One has the popular vote. One has the delegates. One has the support of the elitists. One has the support of the working class.
I hope not. They would both look like they would do anything to get the white house.
I thought the election was about getting rid of elitist control of our govt and giving it back to the people. The whole campaign process has been turned in to a really bad reality program by the media. It is disappointing. What happened to the people in all of this? The media shoved them aside.
No, No, No. Obama and John Edwards are the uniting democrat ticket.
No. They don't need to, but they would be successful.
The Obama folks think their candidate is "beyond politics" and all about change. Wake up! Obama is not an outsider of the "political machine" but one of its anointed stars. Supporters think he's some kind of prophet, but forget that to get this far he's also a CLEVER POLITICIAN, who has convinced the Starbucks set they're being "grassroots" political activists simply by buying cute Obama t-shirts and posters. Anyone endorsed by Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, or who delivered a primetime speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention is hardly a "fringe" candidate who stands for CHANGE–as much as Hillary, he's taking advantage of being "next in line."
Jack for the good of the party in the long term, I hope the American people see that if they put all their support behind Hillary right now – we would be a force to be reckoned with when we meet up with the republicans. Then in 4-8 years I truly believe Obama will be more seasoned and make an excellent president at that time. I just dont see it now.
The apple in the pigs(elephants) mouth would be a Clinton/ Obama ticket.
While both candidates are extremely popular, an Obama/Clinton ticket wouldn't happen. Clinton is 60 years old, and an experienced Senator who has already experienced life in the White House as a lesser figure. She is not at the point in her career where she wants to play second fiddle. As for a Clinton/Obama ticket, it would seem unlikely due to the harsh and at times vicious nature of the campaigns. Obama as VP would still garner major attention, more than any VP is recent memory, and that is not what Hillary wants. The only way this ticket might happen is if Hillary realizes that she needs the support that voters would give to Obama. It would be out a feeling of necessity, not desire.
I think that if Senator Clinton wins the nomination, which is looking tough given that the next run of states favors the senator from Illinois, she will have to pick Obama. There simply would be too many disgruntled, passionate Obama supporters left in the cold after a Hillary snub.
An Obama/Clinton ticket would likely get the party fired up, but Obama is by no means supposed to offer her the VP spot if he wins. He has consistently tried to exploit how he differs with her on the issues of Iraq, the role of special interests in Washington, and to a lesser extent, health care. Add to this his push to contrast with her as a great unifier who will get a working majority, and the ticket seems unlikely. I'd love it, though.
I hope this doesn't turn out into Obama/Clinton team because I feel that the teamwork of Obama/Edwards will give youth, fresh perspective on matters, and vibrant attitude towards change.
Barack needs to grow up.. spend some more time in senate and then may be run for a governor's job. We are not ready for an INEXPERIENCE Black VP OR President.
The reality is that the reason many democrats are undecided is because they cannot chose between the two. If you analyze their positions on key issues they are very, very close. So any strong like of one to the exclusion of the other is largely a reaction to their perceived personalities. Bottom line...They bring different strengths to the executive branch...sorely needed strengths...they need to suck it up and be on the same ticket...
I actually see a Clinton/Obama ticket, with a united party, going forward. I see Obama bringing his inspiration to assist Hillary's experience. However, I don't want to count out a Clinton/Edwards ticket either. John Edwards is also extremely inspirational and would add a great deal to a Clinton ticket! Perhaps Obama wouldn't mind being the next Condoleeza Rice? It would definitely help him inspire the rest of the world to come back to our side of things! Works for me.
If Hillary win's, Obama should leave washington. I don't think he benifits from being HIllary's VP. Perhaps governor of Illinoise. No one wants the stink in Washington to rub off on this revolutionary.
I don't believe either an Obama/Clinton ticket or a Clinton/Obama ticket would work.
It would nuetralize Obama's clean slate and vision of change and Bill is in the way.
Obama and Hillary being on the same ticket will never happen. For those in the Hillary camp they couldn't be more excited about the prospect. But for all that Obama stands for, there's no way that he could side with someone who has accepted money from special interests group. That's not what he is about. Reduce the power of coporate lobbyists. Power to the people.
Here's what I want to know. All the years we lived with Republicans in office? What are we doing fighting like this? I mean, no matter who wins the nomination, the OTHER candidates should ask their supporters to back whoever does win. This horrible infighting? Never mind tearing our own country apart, lest we forget, the whole world is watching.
There is no way Obama should/would go for this. He gains nothing: her supporters will already support him; she is the most polarizing figure in modern politics; her husband would be an absolute nightmare to control; and lastly, if the country is begging for change, how on Earth does Hillary Clinton's appearance on a ticket promote that?
However, he should be interested in poaching a potential Clinton running mate from a Republican-leaning state:
Evan Bayh from Indiana.
I believe that if Obama truly thinks that Hillary represents status Quo he should just walk away and rather than tarnish hsi name with the clinton name.
My personal opinon on the matter, is this...IF Obama gets the white house, both Obama and Clinton's mutual disgust of Bush's reign they may run on the same ticket. I don't think it'd be a bad idea for Hillary and Obama to be running mates. Either way around, hillary makes president, and obama vice president, or the other way around, it does not matter to me. I personally just want to see the republican's out of the White House, as Hillary said, "It isn't the President's Mansion, its THE PEOPLE's WHITE HOUSE!!!" And amen girl!!!!!!!!!!!!
I believe Obama to be the best choice and if there were to be an Obama/Hillary or Hillary/Obama ticket, I would have to decline to vote and it would forever change how I feel about Obama. Hillary needs to realize that she'll never be a strong leader because of the devisiveness that she brings with her. We need to become a united country once again and that will never happen with her on the ticket in any role.
If HIllary get the nomination she will ask Barack. There is no better choice and no real reson for him not to. If Barack gets the nominiation, he will also ask Hillary, she may hesistate, but i doubt that she would pass up the historic opportunity to be the first woman Vice President.
Remember that Hillary and Barack are nearly identical politically, they just disagree on the finer points. And since they are both in step with a majority of americans, there is a good chance that we will see both winning the election in 2008.
Greg from NJ
I would not like to see such a ticket as I think it would be fundamentally incompatable and unbalanced. Both need someone different to provide balance and wider points of view. Besides, I think Richardson is angling to be the vice-presidential nominee particularly on a Clinton ticket.
Personal choice would be Obama plus someone else. If a woman would be good on the ticket, and I think she would, why not the Governor of Kansas? I would love to see a woman president, but not Hillary. She would, even if unwillingly and unwittingly, perpetuate the current partisan bickering and divide, and in any event, McCain regularly trounces her in national polls but is defeated by Obama. In fact, if Clinton heads the ticket for the Dems, I as an Independent will seriously think of voting for McCain. I respect the man and feel he would be by far less partisan and more open to change than Clinton.
Clinton will need someone like Obama that can appeal to independents and some republicans, but if Obama is to be the nominee, clinton will represent everything Obama is not about, Clinton is the dictionary definition of a shrewed politicians and a very partisan and divisive one.
No I don't believe that Hillary and Barack have to be on the same ticket. Let's understand that Barack Obama is the reason for the new surge in Dems coming out to vote. I say this because look at his base of support, it's hugely a new electorate backing him. His campaign is the only campaign looking for people who nromally sit out the process, he's registering voters and energizing the Dem party.
We should also note that any ticket with a Clinton name on it be it President or VP, will re-energize the republican base and they will come out in November in record numbers to ensure that doesn't happen.
Obama would never be associated with divisive and crooked Clinton. It would be against what he stands for.
No.That would not work.No need for any Clintons.A Obama and Edwards ticket will work.
Yes, that is what should happen.
An Obama – Clinton or Vice Versa ticket would be a dream ticket for democrats but may hurt their chances in the general election. Either canidate will need to add a moderate democrate to their ticket in order to win over independents in the fly over states. These people will gravitate towards a moderate McCian. Obama or Hillary must choose a person with military experience who can convince the independents that they won't be sacrificing national security if they vote for them. Its one thing to win over democrates, but in order to win the presidency, they need to win over Americans.
For the first time in my 44 years I have not only become part of a campaign but given money to one. The desperate need for change in government and Obamas' message have been compelling. If Obama wants to pick Hillary for VP fine, not that she would accept. I would advise Obama not to be apart of a Hillary ticket because I would be forced to vote against him. I will not vote for Hillary Clinton. Besides there is no way that Obama can become Hillary's "Dick Cheney", she would never let her VP wield that much power. He should stay in the Senate.
It's certainly possible that Hillary is playing the "bad cop" in the primaries, only to have Obama select her as his Vice Presidental running mate to unite the ticket. I think they'd have a shot at beating a Republican ticket if this happened. And how about those New York Giants!!!!???? I've been singing "18-1" to myself for the past few days.....
Its very simple..if it isn't Obama-Clinton or Clinton Obama, what else could it POSSIBLY BE?
I actually want that Ticket. I want that ticket but I want Obama to be the president and not vice, plus I'd win my bet with my mother if Obama some how pulls out the lead. Either way these two are going to be in office.
I'm of the opinion that, to win in November, the nominee has to be Obama. He can get, apparently, get crossover Republicans and independents and is far less polarizing. If Clinton is nominated, she'd have to pick Obama to stand a chance. He would not need to pick her in order to win, however. Thus: Clinton needs Obama. Obama does not need Clinton.
That ticket ain't big enough for both of them......
Yes. The Democratic Party is divided into two camps – liberals/idealists and moderates/pragmatists; Hillary representing the latter, Obama, the former. With Hillary's ability to tackle the issues on day one, and Obama's ability to inspire and motivate people to vote there is no question a Hillary/Obama candidacy would be the only one to stand a chance against John McCain.
It would be the best thing to happen to the democratic party. I worry that all the young voters who were inspired for the first time wouldn't vote if their candidate lost the nomination. They'd both have to concede a little but isn't it worth it in the long run? I'd prefer Obama/Clinton, but i'd take it either way
Not if they want us disenchanted Repulicans to vote with them. I know a number of Republicans ready to vote for Obama if he gets the nomination. There is just something about him. But if Hillary is on the ticket, forget it. At that point we will vote for the Rupublican nominee whether we like him or not. Nothing gets Republicans to vote Republican faster than the thought of another Clinton in the White House!
Here's a thought for folks to crap on. If Hillary gets the nom, but won't select Obama as her running mate, what about the possibility of a McCain/Obama ticket?
Sure, it's far fetched, but I think most Obama supporters would probably vote for a GOP president with Obama as VP before they'd vote for Hillary. As an Obama supporter, I can personally say I'd be pretty torn if the lineup was Clinton/Edwards vs. McCain/Obama.
It is a great idea. But to be successful, we have to assume that America is willing to put both racism and sexism aside during the same election......probably won't happen.
The more Obama says that he's sure Hillary's folks will vote for him, but the reverse is not necessarily true, the more he drives me away. For the good of the party and the country, he should never play that card. Instead of being ready to take his marbles and go home if he doesn't win, he should do everything in his power to save this country from another Republican president. I was going to give him a pass for saying that once, but he just said it again. No sir, even if Hillary was his vp, there's no way I will support him and it was that exact statement that drove this Edwards supporter, to vote Hillary yesterday.
Unlikely either of their overinflated egos would take the 2nd in command position.
It didn't work with Edwards. Whom ever you have as the Vice President should be concerned with running this campaign not planning for there own run in four or eight years. That is exactly what would happen here. Besides from my friends in circles the two of them hate each other.
That's the winning ticket!!! Hillary-Obama!!, Obama-Hillary!!
No doubts about it!!
Not only do they not have to be on the same ticket but any ticket with Hillary on it will result in me sitting out on ANOTHER election... I would be able to vote for a republican who admits that they want another 8 years of the same or Hillary who pretends to want something different but will really just give us 8 more years of the same.
Given the Clinton campaign's history of bad-mouthing Obama, as well as certain policy differences (namely their views on healthcare and a timeline for removing troops from Iraq) I think they would come across as hypocritical by accepting or offering the VP nomination. That being said, with their staggeringly superior turnout in the primaries, 13 million vs the republicans 8 million), it seems like the best strategy for a democratic victory. Let us not, however forget the possibility of an Obama/Edwards ticket, which could be equally formidable.
Absolutely!!! With all the talk about "uniting " the party it would be completely appropriate. Finally the politicians would engage in a little practice of what they preach. Its time to let go of old favors owed and new grudges.
If Hillary included Obama in her ticket, I'd be impressed, & it might actually alter my opinion of her. It would say she really does want to be a 'uniter,' and isn't operating on ego & ambition, which has been the stereotype about her. It would be daring, rather than cautious, which is the more benign impression I hold. So I hope, if she does get the nomination, that she'll consider it. It would make me much happier to consider her, in that case!
How about Obama as Prez. Hillary as VP. Bill as Sec. of State Yeah Right.
Clinton on top of the ticket is the only way it will happen. she won't play second fiddle to OB.....and OB will never be Pres., no way...no way southern white america votes him into the white house, make him the nominee and you assure the Elephants of anothe four years........sorry it's the truth though no one wants to hear it because it's not PC!
All I have to say is "United we stand, divided we fall" How low can this political BS go.
No way, I am a huge fan of Barack Obama, I volunteer for his campaign, but a Hillary/Obama ticket has no chance. Personally I might vote for a Obama/Hillary ticket, but Hell will freeze over before that woman is willing to take a back seat to anyone. Im just keeping my fingers crossed Obama's campaign continues on the rise we have seen the last few months and this wont be an issue.
Given the intense interest democrats have shown, a Hillary/Obama ticket would clearly win, and be my dream. The two of them together would easily dominate the GOP candidate (especially given the extra possible vote from Coulter) with Hillary's knowledge and experience and Obama's inspiring charisma.
Absolutely not, the vast majority of registered Democrats approve of both candidates. The difference is that Obama gets the independents, and Clinton doesn't, and therefore a ticket without Obama will lose. A ticket without Clinton can still win, and in fact is probably stronger without her.
Having both Obama and Clinton on the same ticket would be terrific! What a contrast to McCain and Huck (or whoever). What a contrast to George Herbert Hoover Bush and Darth Vader Cheney! Finally, a Democratic ticket that "looks like America"!
No. I'd have prefered an Edwards/Obama ticket, but would accept Obama/Edwards, if Edwards would.
No they would not have to, but what a ticket it would be possibly the best ever , but what a good way to take out your competition for the next four years.
Would love to see it, since the GOP wouldnt have a chance in hell at that point, but don't think it would happen. If I even thought of being a GOP candidate against any of these two,not counting dear ole' bushhead's past 8 years, I would wait and put my nane on a ticket in the future. Insane Mccain and his let's stay in iraq a 100 more years should give up now.....
In all of its two century history, no Democrat has ever become the nominee of the Democratic party after losing the New York, California, and Massachusetts primaries.
Obama should be directing his managers to negotiate with Clinton for a place on the ticket before much more time runs against him. He would be a good Vice-President.
The only way I am voting Democratic is if Obama is the nominee. Clinton and McCain stand for the same principles. If Obama is not the nominee then I rather vote for McCain.
They both hedged on this question in the last debate, and I don't think either would make a good vice-anything. They are both "all or nothing" personalities. I think they would both look to John Edwards as a solid, reliable running mate for their ticket. I also think that's why John Edwards has yet to endorse either one – he doesn't want to play favorites this early in the game!
Obama joining a Clinton ticket would undermine much of his campaign's message of change. I doubt Obama would want his political career to become mired in the petty, partisan squabbles another Clinton presidency would surely devolve into.
That would be a Democratic dream. They would definitely win the presidential race if it were an Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama ticket however, would the one who did not win the democratic nomination be insulted to be asked to be Vice President? I guess we will just have to wait and see!
I truely feel that if Hillary gets the nod, she'll ask Obama to join her and of course he'll decline. Afterall she needs him on her ticket but he doesn't need her on his..
I certainly hope that isn't the result of this primary season. A ticket like that would be the ONE way Barack Obama would lose, not only the vote of Democrats like myself, but also the broad constituency he seems to be building. I believe it would be beneath the Junior Senator from Illinois to seriously entertain the thought.
Hillary and Obama better be on the same ticket. If not many democtatic voters might stay home if the candidate they supported isn't on the ticket.
Hillary needs Barack to reach the center.
But Barack will have all the party backing him. He could even approach Bloomberg as a VP.
How about Obama/Colbert?
This is it in a nutshell. If the ticket is Obama is the official nominee, then I believe that she will select Hillary. But if the nominee is Hillary, I do not believe that Obama would accept her invitation as Vice President because Obama, like in South Carolina, would feel "double-teamed" by both Bill and Hillary. I know I wouldnt want to work like that!
First of all, the democratic party, perhaps in the first time in a long time, is not "divided." Most people I know in the party would be happy with either Obama or Clinton in office – but, of course, they have a first preference.
Personally I think a combined ticket with Clinton's experience and poltical prowess (to correct a point by a previous poster she has many legislative successes of working across the aisle – these just don't make big press) and Obama's inspirational charisma would be a jolt of innovation and excitement to this country. I sincerely hope they consider it. What a glorious Wednesday in Novemeber if they achieved that victory!
If Clinton wins she may ask Obama, but he should decline. If Obama wins he shouldn't ask Clinton to be VP it would negate his "change" message but may ask her for Sec of State. I think she'd be good in that roll. Besides, she's already been President once...Does any really think Bill was running the White House? LOL
A Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton ticket would be unbeatable and would ensure the Democrats could occupy the White House for the next 16 years. Now wouldn't that be something? I might even be able to sleep at night for the next 16 years.
I voted for Clinton, because her health care plan is more practical whereas Obamas plan is more like socialized medicine. I do not care for either one because they won't solve all our probems. Unpledged elecgtors should be put on the ballot where the middle classs would have a voice.
Hillary/Obama ticket means: 8 years for Hillary as President and then in 2016 Obama/Hillary for another 8 years.
Win win situation. Hillary as the first female president. Obama in 2016 as the first African American President ( Obama going in with 8 years of experience on his belt).
that would be a dream ticket two clintons and obama you get 2 for 1 deal from the clintons
Just think about this. With Hillary as Pres. and Barrack as VP dems.
could be in for 16 years. With both holding 2 term offices.
Sounds outstanding compared with the last 8 years.
It will never happen unless it's Clinton/Obama. The Clintons egos couldn't stomach playing 2nd fiddle, especially since they believe it was their destiny. On Feb. 6th, they thought they would be choosing their running mate but instead the fight continues. All I know is the "Clintons" need Obama more than Obama needs the Clintons. Besides Hillary already gets over shadowed by her husbands speeches, then she brings on Obama to the ticket. Noone would want to listen to her.
I don't think the 2 of them compliment each other, therefore, it would not be good for the country. If Obama wins, I think he should select Edwards. If Hillary wins, she should select Richardson. I'm hoping for a Clinton/Richardson team.
I think it is entirely possible that is exactly why they are making nice-nice lately. Obama is not a fool. If she wins then she will need him, and that would be a perfect stepping stone to the White House for Obama in 8 years assuming Hillary doesn't blow it. But if he wins, he doesn't need her at all. It's a slam dunk against McCain for Obama. But I think she would rather be the first woman Vice-President than the first woman of nothing.
if anything comes out clear of super tuesday, its that the battle is still on, and let the best candidate win
I'm a youngster, and having Hillary on the ticket will loose voters for the democratic party. In Iowa, there are a lot of young republicans and independents and yes, even liberals, who caucused for Obama that will never vote for Clinton.
Jack, If Hillary wins the nomination, that may be her only path to the White House. Obama's mantra that he is the only one that can gain the independents and Republicans in the general election is, I believe, the reality. I speak as an independent who would not vote for Clinton, but enthusiastically supports Obama. With him as VP I would suck it up vote for the ticket, otherwise I would likely go third party.
I think we need a reality check. One person, the President, can not change the 200+ year old system alone, there needs to be a complete overhaul of the Congress and House of Reps. It is nice to speak of change, but I haven't heard what the change is!
By the way Mr. Obama qualifies for AARP in 3+ years. Hardly a kid as he is portrayed. I believe bothe Democratic candidates can improve our current situation and individually they could beat the Republicans who will probably start refocusing and reuniting a lot sooner then the Democrats.
It is a shame that we are calling experience "old school". I can't think of any professional I would use, lawyer, doctor, accountant , airplane pilot, etc., that didn't have an extensive resume. Sorry "change" doesn't impress me, accomplishments do!
Jack-not no but hell no!!!!!!!
No more bush or clintons.we are not some banana republic.It is time for a new direction and Barack Obama is destined to lead us in that direction.
First of all, Obama is going to win the Presidential nomination for the Democratic party. To slow his momentum, the Clinton 'Spin' campaign has suggested that "Obama would be a nice Vice Presidential candidate" to try to move some of the vote that he's been attracting back to Hillary, making the public think "a vote for HIllary is also a vote for Obama." Please don't be fooled by the Clinton Spin Machine.
Secondly, Obama would never be Billary's running mate in this election. Obama has generated much more excitement, is a more compelling story, has a lot more charisma and appeal to a wider audience and thus would overshadow her. She wouldn't allow it.
Sure. All the Democrats have to do is hope for McCain to win the Republican nomination so they can run ads showing his 100 year "Reich" plan for Iraq. That should get about 74% of the vote regardless of which Democrat heads the ticket.
If Mrs. Clinton somehow wins the nomination, she may have to choose Obama- because his millions of supporters may lack enthusiasm during the general election.
If Obama is the nominee, he should choose someone credible and knowledgeable who opposed the Iraq war from the beginning. Al Gore would be ideal.
To me it seems that Mccain and Huccabee combination would be the best otion for the GOP and therefore possibly force Hillary and Obama unto the same ticket. However, with Bill Clinton also being in the White House, who would be the true vice president?
First, I think Obama will win the primary-he's already closed Clinton's significant lead of only a few months ago. His momentum will continue to grow. That being said, I don't believe Clinton would every accept "sloppy seconds" to Obama.
If I'm wrong and Clinton does indeed win (probably from calling in favors on the super delegates), I doubt that she would even consider a rising star such as Obama to take any shine away from her presidency.
No. Barack wants to bring real change to this country, not add new chapters to the Clinton-Bush soap opera that's been running for the last 20 years. Hard to believe–20 years of the Bush-Clinton dynasty. Barack would be better off to pick as a running mate another fresh and impressive face like Mark Warner of Virginia. If Barack loses the nomination, he should stay in the Senate or run for Illinoir governor.
I hope there isn't an Obama/Cllinton ticket or vice versa. I believe that, despite appearances, Sen. Clinton doesn't like Sen. Obama. From everything I've read Bill Clinton certainly doesn't like Sen. Obama.
So, no. I think the pairing would be a disaster in the White House and a disaster for the U.S. If Clinton were President, Obama would be fighting her over every little thing, Or–be forced to hold back his opinion. That is not uniting. Plus, I feel Obama is more ethical than Clinton, and her 'ways' and Bill's supposed 'behavior' would get to Obama after a while.
I'm an Obama supporter and I believe he doesnt' need her on his ticket.
It's not gonna happen. Obama doesn't need to be tied to the "Clinton legacy". If he wins, he definitely doesn't want to bring her and her baggage into his change movement. It doesn't make sense. It won't happen.
Oh God no. I hope Obama gets the nod and I hope he's smarter than that.
I switched from the Republican party to the Democratic party so I could vote for Obama in the Iowa caucus. If Hillary wins the nomination, the Republicans get me back!
I cannot imagine anyone taking the vice president's job on the Clinton ticket. Why would anyone want to play second banana to Bill. Someone with the ability of Barak Obama would be wasted in a vice president slot under Billary.
Hillary is a very effective Senator. That's where she needs to stay.
That would be great for the people – so guess what it will NOT happen. Power is intoxicating, and none of them are willing to share that poison...even the poster-boy for hope, unity and one America will not want to unite with Hillary.
Also Jack – as you keep touting that Obama won, we Dems are looking at another statistic that you fail to mention on CNN, Obama wins where there is a black majority by a disproportionate amount (80% and up) . You better believe that he is getting black Republicans & independents. Funny no one is challenging that. Also, Obama wins over Independents. Hillary wins with the Democratic base.
You keep pointing out that McCain is not winning among the Republican base, but you do not point out that Clinton is winning the Democratic base. Also if Obams cannot carry the deep-blue states....?
No. I can barely bring myself to choose between either candidate to begin with. We are at such a critical time in our relations with other countries. I will not choose between a candidate who always comes across as angry and uncompromising and one that has zero experience and relies on celebrities to help him gain momentum.
As for them both being on the same ticket? I will write in a Kennedy name on my ballot before accepting that, and may do so anyway. Clinton – Edwards might be a better balance but Edwards has to stop being so antagonistic and be more convincing that he will will be the vice-president to the poor.
I work as a fundraiser for the democrats, and I don't believe a Hillary/Obama ticket would be that satisfying for the democratic voters, simply because there is a large difference on the issues, such as healthcare, the withdrawal from Iraq, and their policies on foreign relations, and both candidates have very contrasting backgrounds.
I make calls to both Obama and Clinton supporters, and almost all of them say they will support the democratic nominee, even if its not the candidate they wanted. But there are also those that are so enthusiastic about their specific candidate, including myself, that will feel a great disappointment if their candidate had to take a backseat to their rival.
Since Clinton and Obama are both liberal, what they need is a more moderate democrat that can help to keep McCain from stealing moderate voters. Also, if Clinton is the nominee, it may be good for her to put that Evan Bayh on her ticket perhaps, as he is from Indiana and could very well help her win that state. Edwards is also a very good VP choice as well. Clinton-Obama wouldnt be a bad idea either though.
How about a Clinton – Clinton on the same ticket
As long as it's Clinton/Obama.
As an independent who is fervently supporting Obama this primary election, if the ticket is a Clinton/Obama ticket I would be voting for McCain. Hillary is too polarizing a figure amongst the majority of the GOP to be able to reach across the aisle and swing the needed republican votes in Congress needed to pass important legislation and actually create change. Obama can. Go Obama. Yes We Can!
If Obama wins, I don't care who he picks for a VP. If Hilary wins, I'd be tempted to vote for McCain if she doesn't pick Obama.
Hillary might accept Obama/Clinton, but Bill surely will not. If Hillary wins, the VP choice wil be just a figurehead for Bill.
At this point, I'd be happy to have my dog on the democratic ticket. NO MORE REPUBLICAN"S IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!! It's going to take years and years to fix what the republicans screwed up anyway.
doubtful. HIllary won't take the back seat and if she's first chair the presidency will go to a Republican. She is far too polarizing. Moderates and conservatives will vote Obama but they wont vote for her.
If Clinton wins the nomination, we won't need a vice-president, due to the previously announced "Buy One – Get One Free" plan.
I can see Hillary needing Obama to bring back the Black vote and the youth vote but I can't see Obama accepting the VP slot when everyone knows that Bill will be her main go to guy. Obama would be stuck going to funerals of foreign leaders and doing nothing of any real substance.
Hillary would never accept being anyones number 2 and I think we all know that.
The real dream ticket would be Obama/Richardson. Obama would bring the change and freshness we need at 1600 Pennsylvania and Richardson would bring in tons of foreign policy experience to blunt any claims by McCain that an Obama presidency would lack experience in times of war
Yes. Either way, it could be a winning ticket to unify the Dems, but likely? I don't think so. If Hillary wins, she's going to make Bill her Vice President for a Clinton/Clinton ticket. Joking of course. Obama is more likely to select her as a running mate but knowing her controlling nature, she probably won't accept. I'm leaning more towards an Obama/Edwards ticket if Obama wins the nomination. As for Hillary, who knows, she may bring in Nancy Pelosi for a "Woman Power" ticket. We can only imagine.
Although I would prefer a Obama/Clinton ticket (over a Clinton/Obama), I don't see why it would be so bad. However the outcome, we can alll take a collective sigh of relief with the knowledge that GEORGE BUSH WILL BE GONE.
Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had better realize that no matter which way the democratic selection process goes, they would both be wise to put the other on the ticket. Given the split among young and senior voters for Obama and Clinton respectively, it (combined ticket) would surely unite the party. As an aside, Barack Obama is the most charismatic figure to come along in American politics since the Kennedy's...what a breath of fresh air.....
This was one strange vote. BUT, what Mr. Obamba did was win states that had gone Republican in the past 2 elections. The Democrats will need to decide between, urban and non urban voters. Who will support the party come November?
Those states failed the Dems the last 2 elections. So know will the Dems trust them..
They may tend to feel the urban voters won't jump ship if Mr. Obamba is the choice. Mr McCain looks awfully good right now.
Dream team yes but more like a fantasy dream! Egos will keep that from happening. Can't see Bill carrying Obama's bags, can you?
YES! Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes. Please Yes.
It wouldn't make much sense for Obama to accept the VP position. There's a lot of cleaning up to do after the Republicans have run the country into the ground, and whoever does the cleaning is going to make some (more) enemies. By the time 2012 comes around, Obama might be able to successfully challenge Clinton in the primary. And if not, another 8 years in the senate can only help his candidacy in '16.
At least John Kerry isn't on the ticket.
I like that idea. The country is in need of change and Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama means precisely that. In a long run, it also means that Democrats could be in the White House for the next 16 years.
NO. No Clinton/Obama ticket. Clinton/Richardson or Clinton/Edward would be better.
Clinton is clear on her policy and has details to implement the change. Obama is great oratory but with no substance. Clinton has better vision to lead this country and to fix and solve the enomony and health care problems. Obama is good like a preacher and they make people feel good but they don't change or fix the problem.
If Obama win the nomination, then McCain will be a better choice. He is experience, a war hero and strong to stand up with terrorism. Obama will promote terrorism and too weak to lead this country. Great speeches lead this nation to nowhere.
Why should I vote for someone on the basis of what he says he would not have done?
Senator Obama claims he would not have supported the legislation to conduct a fact-finding mission and/or authorize war, but, he never says what he would have done (or how he would have handled it). His supporters should demand an answer. Were not he and his constituency in Illinois also affected by the 09/11/01 bombings and did not he react strongly in 2001?
Too, in the midst of self-righteous pontifications about how he would have exercised such 'good judgment' about the 9/11 attacks and the decision to go to war, he eagerly accepts major endorsements from Senators and House of Representative members, who did vote for the legislation to conduct a fact-finding mission and/or authorize the war. This suggests that he is more concerned about winning the Presidency than about leading with courage and conviction.
Senator Clinton gets my vote.
I think that ticket would be a difficult sale. One, because of the disdain that each candidate has for one another. And secondly it would be a tough sale for Obama because he is preaching "change" and to have Hilary on the ticket would be the opposite of what many perceive as "change".
In addition, the reason Obama has gotten so many new voters is because they desire something new. And that new and fresh perspective includes ushering the Clintons out of the political lanscape.
No, I think too many of Obama's and Clinton's principles differ too greatly for them to work together. Additionally, if Obama wins, Hillary and Bill would be too proud to take a back seat.
If Obama wants to win one of the most important elections of our time, he needs to annouce his running mate soon to peak interest in his campaign for president.
No!! They should never be on the same ticket. It will never work! 2 different agendas, 2 different work ethics, 2 different ideas on main issues. But what I will say is... for Hilary to have such name reconigtion and being a former First Lady, it says alot for a fairly newcomer to be neck to neck in votes!
What does that say about Hilary?
What does that say about Obama?
What does that say about how the country feels about them both?
To Mr. Obama,
Take this country to a whole new level!!! Make us all smell the stars and stripes again and feel the good ol American blood flow through our veins!!
If they both care about this country, as they certainly have claimed to do, they'll put ego aside and join each other's ticket. I don't think a Hillary/Obama ticket is any less likely to win than an Obama/Hillary ticket. There's a lot of campaigning left to do, and the more chance either one of them has to draw the lines that separate them from McCain (and it's a really large line), the more likely either ticket is to win. Both campaigns should refrain from calling the other too beatable - self-fullfiling prophecies have haunted the Democratic Party for too long.
Please do not dream about this dream ticket(hillary & obama) , if it's so then we will have a president who wants to be in iraq for 100 yrs, guess who .....
Yes, but it won't happen; it's the people's dream, just not the canditates'. Whomever wins should make sure the other has a huge role (outside of VP) somewhere in her/his administration.
A mixed ticket is not the 'dream' that everyone keeps discussing. Many Obama supporters (particularly the new young base) are buying the Change Message as much as they are buying the idea of Obama as the best agent of Change.
A Hillary-topped ticket still galvanizes the right AND turns off many on the left. I think that Barack Obama knows that taking the spot as Hillary Clinton's VP would earn him a sell-out reputation. He would not only fail to bring her his voters, but he would seriously endanger his future possible candidacies.
I think it could be Hillary all the way. She doesn't polarize the races like Obama does, she looks past black and white.
Obama is a rising star, he wouldn't put his ambition on hold as a farce in what would really be a Clinton/Clinton White House.
Conversely Hillary's star and ego are too bright. There is no one she will play second fiddle to. Its the top of the ticket or the Senate for her.
Obama will do well without the Clinton's
The Clinton's obviously aren't over yet considering how many people are voting for Hillary. I will personally vote Hillary but would be fine with Obama, too. I would love a Clinton-Obama ticket, but I don't see it happening. My crystal ball is too murky. :) It will be an interesting 6-7 months until the nomination is set!
I just want to be sure one of them beats McCain... I'm ready to get the republicans out of there!
Obviously this would be a dream ticket, but Sen. Clinton would need to be the presidential candidate. Despite the fact that Sen. Obama is a "media darling", Sen. Clinton has the gravitas to be the president NOW. At the same time this would solidify Sen. Obama's position, vis-a-vis experience with the American public.
Obama/Biden ticket in November!
Obama has the vision, youth, and resonating message to galvanize progressives, independents, the disenchanted, and mainstream Dems and unite them in a common purpose. Biden would appeal to those more concerned with a perceived lack of experience in Obama. Biden has a consistent track record and is respected as a person of integrity. Not only that, he bowed out early enough from the race to the nomination that he hasn't been tainted by the level of competiveness that the Clinton – Obama contest has produced. If Obama wins the nomination it will be because his message of change is meaningful to people and he can ill afford to turn his back on that by asking H. Clinton to be his running mate - not and still expect to win in the General Election, anyway.
It would be a dream ticket...either way (Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton). Any Democratic ticket would be better than another 4 years of a Republican White House.
Anyone but the mormon! I would love to see them both in the house. Good balance.
A Hillary/Obama ticket would only benefit Hillary. Obama doesn't need Hillary to win the presidency where as the only way Hillary would probably win is with Obama. This is a ticket you will not see regardless. Hillary has damaged herself too much over the years and with this election and Obama won't allow himself to be dragged down with her.
Obama would be smart to look at John Edwards as his running mate and Hillary will probably need to pull in God if she really wants a strong showing come November. The Democrats best hope would be if this thing goes all the way to the convention and the delegates have to decide who has the better chance of beating the Republicans. That's obviously Obama and hopefully they'd be smart enough to realize that as well.
No way for this Democrat.
I will NOT vote to put Bill anywhere near the White House.
Hillary – only following her divorce.
Why would Barack Obama want to diminish his campaign of "Hope and Change" and possible working with Republicans across the isle to make a change in the tone of Washington, and have a divisive ticket of "Old Washington" (The Clinton's).
And open the Pandora Box and let the Republicans relive all of the slimy shenanigan's that went on with both Hillary and Bill in the White House for eight too long years!!
I think it's a must. There is so much divide between the voters that support either one, that the only way not to lose those voters is to combine them both. I don't think Obama voters will support Hilary and vice versa. If you combine them, then you definitely have to bring John Edwards back in the picture.
I know people say their ego's won't permit them to run together, but I think their desire for change will supplant that. Besides, I think they'll both realize that it's the only way they'll beat the GOP candidate. If they go it alone, the Republicans will claim the White House for another 4 years.
I'd wait until the next debate to make a judgment on whether or not this is still a legitimate possibility.
In the meantime, it makes perfect sense for the Dems, and would definitely make for an interesting State of the Union - imagine a black man and two white women behind the podium! If nothing else, a Clinton/Obama ticket will end the political divide between my mother and I.
Never happen. If Obama wins the nomination, having Clinton on ticket as VP will only hurt him. And I doubt he will take the VP spot on her ticket, since she would most likely lose and then his star status would be diminished to the likes of John Edwards or other unsuccessful VP candidates. Plus, if he stays off the ticket when she loses he can always say "see, told ya you should have went with me"
The answer is no. When it comes down to it, Bush's politics and the chilling experience the American people have been through for the last 7 years and the thought of having McCain in the White House who agrees with 90percent of Bush's cowboy politics and has the same arrogant attitude. The thought of this will unite the American people and even my dog Boots could win against McCain.
(Boots is a very smart dog and scored high in his IQ test. He is part Beagle and part Sheltie) I think he gets his brains from the Sheltie side.
Now your talking fairy tale!! One can only hope that to the victor go the spoils. Eventually there will be one and hopefully the other will be woman enough to support him.
Depends.... I'm an Obama supporter who won't vote for Hillary against McCain. I know many others of the same opinion. However, I wonder how Hillary supporters feel about an Obama nominations....
Hillary and the Cabinet
Despite an basically even split of delegates at this point, I think it's still too early to call the Democratic race a tie. Either Obama or Clinton could pull ahead in the remaining primaries and caucuses. Therefore, discussion of a combined ticket is probably premature. Besides, even if Democrats supported a Clinton/Obama "dream ticket, " I doubt it would happen. I sense that neither Clinton nor Obama have any desire to play second banana to the other. It's more likely that, in the event they're still in a virtual tie in the Spring, both will campaign behind the scenes to win super-delegate support and, therefore the nomination in the summer.
Clinton/Obama: No. Hillary already has a right hand man, Bill Clinton. Obama would help Hillary win, but I doubt he'd take the job just to help push Hillary across the finish line in November, then fade into the shadows in a no influence role. Colin Powell, anyone? He helped GWB win the White House, and was promptly swept into the dustbin of history.
Obama/Clinton: No. Hillary won't help him win; he has no reason to pick her. Obama needs a White male from the South.
These two don't like each other. They can't work together. This is a ticket that won't happen.
I beleive a Hillary/Obama ticket would work great! Obama wants change for change's sake, but Hillary calls for change as well. I beleive Obama will spur Hillary toward some new changes in Washington but that Hillary will serve to temper Obama's overweening spirit that he will change the world if he's elected; the two would complement each other quite nicely!
Certainly, I would not be opposed to an Obama/Clinton ticket – but I suspect Hillary would be. She's already played second before and I don't think it befitted her then. As for Obama being Clinton's second in charge, that job is already filled with Bill. Her VP will have to accept this and its doubtful Barack would or should.
Its all unfortunate, actually, for the democratic party because if Hillary does win the nomination, I do believe we will have at least 4 more years of a Republican presidency. Its very likely the multitude of independent supporters of Barack Obama will be less gracious with their vote to Hillary as hers might be for him.
Clearly, I hope he is able to achieve the nomination – with or without her.
This would transcend into a historical event a woman and an african american man but with the egos of both candidates and the negative handlers this would never happen not even for the good of the country.
No, in order for the Democratic party to unite in November, the nomination needs to go to Obama. If Clinton gets the nod, neither Obama nor Edwards will run with her. Likewise, neither of them would choose her as their running mate. Not only will she unite the Republican party, she’ll divide the Democratic party. She is the most divisive candidate on the Democratic side. I cannot fathom the idea of a Republican for another four years, but I will not vote for her in the general election – and I’m from NY! I truly hope the superdelegates realize the chance she gives the Democrats to lose the election against McCain, especially if he were to run with Lieberman. If Obama does not get nominated, this country will miss out on the kind of monumental opportunity that only comes around on the average of every fifty years.
The democrats will fall in line and support the nominee. Notice how move-on.org and the rest of the far left are not joining the far right radio crowd in trashing their candidates.
Ever since Obama announced his candidacy I've anxiously anticipated just such a development. Aside from the combination of Barack and Clinton being a personal dream ticket (as would the combination of either with Edwards), it would evidence an unusual amount of savvy positioning from the DNC – a welcome change from the bumbling, aimless politics they ran from 2000 through the mid-term elections.
By contrast, if the DNC tolerates either of this pair going negative in the primaries, or if they reverse their shortsighted MI or FL decisions just to benefit Hillary, it will be obvious just how little they've managed to grow through eight years of Bush politics.
No, it doesn't make sense for Obama. If Mrs. Bill does win, Obama can come back in 4 yrs and try again with she fails to deliver and everyone sees her true socialist agenda. This person is promising so much to so many people, Mother Theresa herself could not have delivered on all these promises.
The convention could draft Gore with Obama as his running mate. Hillary cold be our next Supreme Court justice.
Hello from Montana: I am not a political analyst, but over a year ago when the democratic running field began to dissipate, my mind went to the possibility of an Obama/Clinton ticket or vice-versa. With both democratic leaders in the White House the American public is served the best of two worlds. We have the old school, poker playing dealer, and the new Bobby Kennedy/Martin Luther King, Jr. idealism. Keeping a balance between the two philosophies is the trick.
Hillary and Barack are both charasmatic, dynamic, but Obama has that quality to unite people whereas Hilliary doesn't. An Obama / Hillary ticket would work, if Hilliary is the VP and only the VP...The Republicans are in trouble and John McCain is not the answer. An Obama/Hillary ticket would unite the Democratic Party and the country.
Obama does not need Hillary on his ticket or in his White House. What will unite the Democratic Party? Obama's pick to be the Democratic Presidential Candidate. Hillary voters will NOT vote Republican–that will unite the party. Mary, Virginia
An Obama/Clinton ticket would be like Beyonce and Britany sharing a microphone.
I agree with Yvonne. I think ultimately Dems can unify in support of Obama. Hillary is too polarizing and the Republicans would welcome her as an opponent. Ask how Independents would vote if it were Hillary vs. McCain? It's time for a Democrat in White House and that Dem is Obama!
Obama and Clinton have spent so much time and money trying to differentiate themselves that I just do not see them as running mates. Also if Obama became the Democratic nominee, he would not need Clinton. It is Hillary who needs Obama if she gets the nomination in order to round up his voters.
A Clinton-Obama ticket may become NECESSARY if suddenly the Republicans have a McCain-Huckabee ticket?? Think about that for a minute...those two alone perhaps could unite the Republican ticket and give the Dems are run for their money. That could be quite a power matchup. Think about "where" McCain and Huckabee won last night and in what parts of the country. Voter turnout is heavy in favor of the Dems at the moment...but please don't tell me the Republicans are going to go easily in November. I believe it to be a no-brainer. A Clinton-Obama ticket would immediately bring experience, excitement and the much needed "change" that this country so desperately needs after 8 years of inept un-presidential management.
Two better choices:
Clinton (Hillary)/Clinton (Bill)
I am so proud to finally see a fellow African American contesting for the presidency. BUT Obama treats us all like little followers who can't even think our own ... change, I can think it too. What change?? That is why I have to vote for Clinton: for my kids' job prospects and for health care. Sorry Obama, if I want inspiration I will watch Morgan Freeman films; if I want change I will vote for Clinton.
Clinton wins when she dominates the women's vote. And when women argue for her, they can't say anything other than "It's time for a woman to lead," but they can't think of any actual reasons that she would be a better President than Obama. Which she wouldn't be.
When Obama gets the nomination I hope he does not pick Hillary, it would against everything that he has preached. Obama/Richardson sounds more promising than anything this world has ever seen!
In all the history of Presidential Elections... this may be the one that could truly be ground breaking and at such a pivotal time in our Nation's history. Can they, will they put aside egos for the sake of the people? Only time will tell.
I could only see an O'bama / Clinton ticket but I truly do not believe that O'bama does not need Hilliary at all.
Clinton / O'bama is not a practical reality. Who in there right mind would want to get between Hillary and Bill trying to run things. A man of O'bama's stature and thought process would be put out to pasteur much in the way the Kennedy's marginalized Johnson in the 60's by appointing him VP.
How about a McCain / O'Bama ticket? McCain does his 4 years while O'bama gets his experience; Barak would be a sure fire bet to win in 2012.
They wouldn't get along... the campaign has been hostile from the start and neither one of them would want to play second fiddle to the other. Especially Hillary. Just like McCain would be much more likely to pick Huckabee as his running mate than Romney, because McCain and Huckabee have been much more friendly. However, if Obama and Hillary were on the same ticket, it would mean an automatic win for the democrats in November.
A Hillary/Obama ticket would be the dream team for those Americans who have learned to get over their prejudices against both women and African-Americans. Both Hillary and Obama are very intelligent and capable and there is not that much difference in their political beliefs. However, I feel Hillary should be the presidential candidate and not Obama but of course, he could or ought to be the Democratic presidential candidate in eight years. I would defintely vote for Hillary/Obama. Actually, I would vote for any democrate and I have often voted Republican but never again.
Jack, in the end, Clinton and Obama may not have a choice. Separate, they are strong contenders for the White House. On the same ticket, I believe they would be unstoppable. Whomever gets the nomination will need the other to virtually guarantee a White House win. They know it as well as anyone.
As great as that ticket sounds, Hill's ego would never allow her to be 2nd in command. She hasn't spent all of those millions of dollars to be chosen as a running mate. Only a Clinton-Obama ticket would appease her, and Obama would be wise to go along with it for the next 8 years until he can run again for Chief.
Hillary/Obama ticket would win the race and achieve a big democratic victory as well as a huge co-tail affect on Congressional and Governorship races. Hillary is going to get 51+% delegates and when she names Obama as her Vice-Presidential nominee, not only will it unite the Democratic party, but bring huge majority of back, latino, asian people, and white women to the NOVEMBER ELECTION, BUT result in an all time landslide victory for the democratic party, setting a new record in the U.S. History!
No they don't have to be on the same ticket. Obama could do just fine with Bill (Hispanic vote) Richardson on his ticket. After all, they both want change. Maybe that's why Billyboy made an insurance trip to NM to watch the Super bowl......?
Do you think in your wildest imagine The Clintons would take a second chair to Senator Obama? I would fear for his life daily that some one would cause his demise for them to take their most wanted place again- The White House.
For the record the answer to the question who can take off running on day one is any one. Anyone can stand in the cold , read a well written speech,and then dance into the night.
Now day two- that's when we need Obama to begin to unite our great nation with either Edwards or Richardson.
I am a young voter who has never voted for a Republican before. However, I may consider doing so if Hilliary is the Democratic nominee. The appeal of Obama for young voters is his apparent desire to end the partisan divide in American politics. In many ways, Hillary seems as partisan and stubborn as our current president. John McCain has demonstrated his ability to work across the aisle to get things done, and while I don't agree wholly with his politics I think that he is better suited to move the country forward.
Moreover, I think that there are millions of young voters like me across the country who have supported Obama, but who given the choice between Hilliary or McCain with either vote McCain or stay home.
I don't really see any other option to a Clinton/Obama ticket or an Obama/Clinton ticket. As I was watching the results yesterday at a Super Tuesday gathering, we were talking about potential running mates for both Clinton and Obama. For Clinton, who could it be? Wes Clark? For Obama, Ted Kennedy? There really is no one else out there who could balance the ticket than each other. Those two are really the yin to each other's yang.
If the Democrats have a hope of winning in November, the name Clinton would see that never happens. It is wrong to assume that the american people have forgotten the lies of her husband,the moral and ethical bankruptcy of the couple and their own very selfish motives,all glossed over by their slick public personna.
Barack Obama has no peers. He is untainted by any scandal or loobyist grouping and it would be a folly to attach the "Clinton" name to his dream,the dream of a better,more compassionate,more fair,more united and a more prosperous America.
It'll never happen.
Clinton would never want to be a VP and for Obama to sign on to the Hillary campaign would mean he's basically selling out his ideals just to be VP. No one would vote for him because he would be a completely different candidate. It will never happen and not even worth thinking about.
I highly doubt this would be good for either candidate for the reasons listed above. They fundamentally represent entirely different aspects of politics. I agree with the metaphor posted by somebody above, Clinton is a W reaction with breasts, while Obama appeals to an entirely different spectrum of voters. I mean, within my own family, my Mom supports Clinton, I support Obama. Newsweek has written many different articles about how clearly this divide is in terms of generations. Therefore, I do not see them on a single ticket because one or the other generation will feel dissatisfied with a lack of representation.
The worst aspect of this is that a John McCain vs. Clinton match up is awful for the Democratics due to the older politics she represents. The fact of the matter is, according to exit polls, people who vote for Clinton vote 50%+ due to her experience, whereas 73% vote for Obama because they want change. These people are just different, and putting them on the same ticket is going to piss one or both groups off.
I think a Hillary/Obama ticket would be what the doctor ordered. Hillary would lead and Obama would get the needed experience.
If they want to beat a McCain – Huckabee ticket...they better!
i will vote republican before i would vote for obama on any ticket.
When it comes on to politics what is best for the country is almost never done. I would submit to you that to put a woman and a black man on the same ticket or visi versa would be best for the country but again remember Sir Jack, because that would be good for the country it must not be done.
Roger Yonkers, NY
Big egos, bad blood and Bill Clinton make this dream team a non-starter. In a HRC administration, any VP would be marginalized with a presence as big as Bill's in the room. And just forget about Hillary agreeing to be second-banana in an Obama administration, especially when she may have to wait until she was 68 to run on her own again. At best we'd be looking at a Kennedy-Johnson relationship, and while it was a winning ticket, it was a contentious and mutually resentful team.
Will they be on the same ticket, probably not. Should they be? most definitely. They would be dynamite as a team. With his enthusiasm and inspirational message and her command of the issues, it would just make sense for them to run together. Therein lies the problem. It makes too much sense. I have been a Democrat all my life and I can tell you one of the biggest problems my party has always had is making sense. Not picking John Edwards as the nominee is proof of that.
I wish they could not just be on the same ticket but share the job. Let her handle the foriegn policy and he could handle the domestic issues. I know it would take a constitutional amendment (fat chance) but then I wouldn't have to choose between them.
The Republicans dream of Obama as the Democratic nominee. He cannot win any of the red states (just check out his numbers) and they know it. that's why they keep talking about her as a Republican "unifier" (remember Karl Rove, folks?). Only way to save any ticket is to have her on it. Obama can't win the Latino vote – if he heads the ticket, the election goes to McCain. Its amazing that Clinton has been able to run so successfully against her opponents and the "unbiased" media and columnist like you, Jack. The bias is appalling. By the way, Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote, 2/3 of the latino vote and in more of the "swing" states than Obama this primary season. Sorry folks, Obama just isn't ready for the Oval Office.
Mr. Cafferty, your analysis is right on the mark. The Presidency is the Democrats' to lose. The Unity ticket is the key. The barrier is pride, for all of us. I favor a Clinton / Obama ticket because it sets the stage for 16 years of Democratic leadership in the Presidency. I will happily support an Obama / Clinton ticket if it develops.
Both Candidates for the Democratic ticket are very strong in their views. Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are capable of running this country. But I doubt either candidate would want to take a back seat to the other. But if I am wrong, the two would waltz their way into the White House.
Jack, the answer is YES. There are some Hillary haters, but once they start to understand the issues she is putting forward, the Clinton-Obama ticket will be unstoppable. Most of us like both and we had hard time to cast our votes for one. I (a black man) voted for Hillary, but still I like Obama. The Clinton-Obama ticket will be a DREAM ticket no one can't stop. I can't wait to see that.
Though both candidates are fellow Democrats, their respective platforms and visions stand in stark contrast. Obama would be smart to avoid joining the old-Washington Clinton machine altogether. His ideas are emotional and transcendent, and whether it is in '08 or later, they will change the nation for the better – without a Clinton.
I have thought about the same thing, but it leaves to question who should lead the ticket.
I think a Clinton-Obama ticket would be brilliant for everyone. Not only would it, in my opinion, be unbeatable; it would also answer what will no doubt be part of the Republican attack in the fall: Obama's inexperience. And for those attracted to Obama's undeniable charisma, think about this: 8 years as VP and 8 years as President. 16 years is a true legacy and an historic monument to change!
NO. If Obama gets the nod Bill Richardson should be at the top of his list. Years of experience and he could be a huge factor in Latino communities. If Clinton wins she will not want to be upstaged by her vp choice.
I'd see a Obama/Hillary ticket, but would throw up to a Hillary/Obama ticket.. seriously.
My dream ticket would be Obama & Edwards with Bill Richardson as Secretary of State
I think Clinton/Obama or vice versa ticket will certainly win, however the hubris and ambition of both contenders makes it unlikely that any one would concede the top spot in lieu of the other!
I say NO to any colloboration...Its one of the other!!! Obama should not join forces with Hilary and Hilary shdnt join forces with Obama .May the best person win....
Hilary can't stand to come all this way only to settle for second place.
Obama is too smart to settle for Deputy Vice President to Bill Clinton.
Although I think we have come a long way and the country is ready for either a black or a woman, the idea of having them both at the same time would be way too much to handle.
I think an Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama ticket would not be able to withstand the GOP in November.
If Hillary wins the primary I think she would need Obama because more than half of the new voters are supporting him. And those Republicans that may not have voted in the primary will come out to rally against Senator Clinton. But if Obama wins I don't think they are going to turn out in large Numbers remmeber Obama has republicans voting for him. By the wayJoe Biden would be a great running mate.
Let's get serious a Hillary/Obama ticket can beat the Republican--but a Obama/Hillary WILL NOT, experience is what we need and Obama doesn't have it but if he has 8 years behind Hillary he would be a shoe-in!
They have little choice but to team up. The space between their differences is about as thick as the last book read by GW.
Depends for whom. Hillary needs Barack to reach the center of the now active electorat. But Barack doesn't need her at all. In fact, she would cause him harm in the general election. Many people don't like her out of her party. But the party will back him anyway to reach against the Republicains. He could even approach Bloomberg as a VP.
Well, a Clinton & Obama ticket would set a precedent – meaning that a female and a black would hold the highest offices in the land.
Clinton and Obama are shrewd enough to focus on the goal – winning the White House; and, I believe each will consider making sacrifices, and making compromises, in order to reach that goal.
After all, isn't that the political process?
A Clinton/Obama ticket would be ideal and would definitely win the election. I am concerned about Obama's disingenuous rhetoric regarding Hillary Clinton being a vestige of the past and "more of the same," when her presence in the White House will represent 50% of the population (women) that has never even won a presidential primary prior to this election. I think if Obama keeps going down this road of discounting the significance of Clinton's candidacy for women, as well as for everyone that wants to fix health care, the economy and foreign policy in the correct and most effective manner, it will be very difficult for them to take each other as running mates.
YES, Hillary/Obama ticket would win the race. It will also achieve a big democratic victory as well as a huge co-tail affect on Congressional and Governorship races. Hillary is going to get 51+% delegates and when she names Obama as her Vice-Presidential nominee, not only will it unite the Democratic party, but bring huge majority of black, latino, asian people, and white women to the NOVEMBER ELECTION, BUT result in an all time landslide victory for the democratic party, setting a new record in the U.S. History!
I am thinking Hillary would be more comfortable with a Clinton/Clinton ticket. If they were to join my preference would be an Obama/Clinton ticket. We really do need fresh ideas, new blood in our government which by the way was originally created "FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE" not " FOR BIG BUSINESS BY BIG BUSINESS"
Jack, the answer is YES. There are some Hillary haters, but once they start to understand the issues she is putting forward, the Clinton-Obama ticket will be unstoppable. Most of us like both and we had hard time to cast our votes for one. I (a black man) voted for Hillary, but still I like Obama. The Clinton-Obama ticket will be a DREAM ticket no one can stop. I can’t wait to see that.
That would be sweet indeed. How about "Co-Presidents"? They're what we need to bring this country into the 21st century. Stuffy old white guys and your archaic, parochial notions step aside.
It doesn't matter if they are on the same ticket. Either one will beat the Republicans and get our country back on track. They could pick my 5 year old son to be the VP and would be better than the clowns we have in the White House now. Go Dems!!
Uniting Hillary with Obama weakens his strength with independants, they like McCain too, while bringing out the Clinton haters that populate the republican party. make no mistake putting a Clinton on his ticket unites republicans and puts McCain in the White house
It would be the winning ticket!! We need to re-vamp the Vice Presidents role into something meanful. This might be the time; time for change including the role of the Vice President. It's going to take two great minds to work together to make the changes to move this country forward.
Landslide victory. Americans want changes. We want major changes. They will provide those changes. John McCain will wake up the morning of Nov. 5th wondering what happened. A Clinton-Obama ticket will pave the way to an Obama-?? ticket in 8 years. Barak knows that ,and he will be her VP. Oh, Mayor Bloomberg know that as well and will not attempt to beat the glamor ticket.
First off, I think Obama should be the candidate for the Democrats, as he seems to be able to pull together Democrats, Independents, and a few Republicans. He gets the African-American vote too. Clinton, on the other hand, seems to draw her strength from women and Latin-American voters. With Clinton has the candidate, you can kiss those Independent and Republican voters good-bye, because they'll vote Republican. We'll then see another 4/8 year term of the Republicans. Meanwhile, with Obama as the candidate, he can get voters from everywhere. Do you really think women and Latin-Americans will support the Republicans? No. Even if they stay out of the race for the most part, which they won't, Obama will still win. Chances are, they'll still vote Democrat and Obama will win.
Now, on to the crux of the issue. I think Clinton should eventually concede to Obama so that the Democrats have the best chance of winning, but it won't be a loss for Clinton. Hope there is a *wink, wink* deal that will be quite lucrative for the Clintons. I hope Hillary will be the VP and hope Bill Clinton will be appointed Secretary of State (yes, THE Bill Clinton) . Bill is loved outside of the US, he has recognition, and he is a humanitarian and good negotiator. If John Edwards will support Obama, I hope he can be Attorney-General.
It will be very good for Obama and slightly not-so-good for Clinton, because she is obviously vying for the C-in-C position, but she still gets to break barriers by being the first female Vice President. Also, with the precedent that Dick Cheney has set, the Vice-President does seem to have great powers that come with it. I think the age of weakling VPs is over and we'll see a lot more pro-active and influential VPs. But let's be realistic, I love Hillary Clinton and at any other Presidential Campaign, she would blow the Republicans out of the water, but this contest is different, because we have two lovable Democrat candidates who can both defeat the Republicans if only the other didn't run.
So to sum up, Obama/Clinton, with Bill getting a cabinet position. Americans can still benefit from Clinton's "experience from day one", and Americans can benefit from the change that Obama will bring. I think it will work, but will it work in Hillary's mind? Probably not. Oh well, we'll see how the rest of the caucuses and primaries go.
Oh, and another thing... don't be fooled by the Hillary will unite the Republicans and the Democrats will lose the White House. This is fear mongering. Plain and simple. The truth is that either candidate will beat the republicans handily...especially if it is John McCain.
I think Clinton has too much baggage for Obama to consider being on the same ticket. Also, what in the world would he be responsible for with Bill in the White House! I also think that Obama is too smart to consider her on an Obama ticket. How about a ticket with Obama and Richardson – Change! With Experience!
If Hillary is on the ticket, either at the top or in second slot, the dems lose. Obama would be a fool to take second place and a worst fool to have her on his ticket. Like an anchor around his neck. By himself, he has a chance – praticularly if he can find a complementary VP candidate who can actually add something – a Californian or New Yorker perhaps.
Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton. Works for me. And throw in John Edwards as Attorney General, Bill Richardson as Secretary of State, Joe Biden as Secretary of Defense and the token Republican, Tom Tancredo, as Director of Homeland Security.
I would love such a ticket (preferably Obama/Clinton) but I feel that it is unlikely to occur. But what about another woman. How about Obama/Sebelius, Obama/McCaskill, or even Obama/Pelosi. I think any of these would also be excellent tickets. While I find it unlikely I think Sen. Clinton would be nuts not to choose Obama for her running mate if she wins, but Obama could make any of those other choices I mentioned.
If it did happen, either at the top, it would be a Republican nightmare. Look at the voting differantials you cited. A combined ticket would bring the Dem voters out in droves and the tidal wave would sweep into power all Reps and Senators running along with them. Reuslt: Democratic White House AND Congress.
If Hilary ends up winning, having Obama on the card will allow him to grow into the Presidency and hopefully will take over in 2012 or 2016, GO OBAMA!!
I don't believe the Democratic Party is divded. I think the Democratic Party is having a difficult choosing THE ONE! Having said that, I think an Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton ticket would be a dream come true. I believe in both of them. The country needs both of them. We'll see what happens.
I think that a Clinton-Obama ticket would unite the Democratic party unlike any one of the two nominees could. A Clinton-Obama would unite the Democratic party and pull a good amount of Republican voters. This ticket would be indestructable no matter what "garbage" the Republican side has on both Clinton and Obama. It would also set up Obama for becoming the next United States President.
Jack: Hillary needs Barack on the ticket, but Barack would be better off with someone else (Jim Webb, Joe Bidden) other than Hillary as the VP candidate. With Willard (the used car salesman), and John (bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran) McCain as the Republican candidate Barack could win with Brittany Spears as his running mate.
I believe a Clinton-Obama ticket would be a sure fire way to ensure a democrat in the white house in 2009...
I don't think it would work the other way around though.
Not in the recent history had I seen such interest in the political scene among fellow Latinos as this time around. As much as I would like to continue witnessing modern history in the making, I feel both Hillary and Obama would greatly benefit from working together, it would essentially mean that Americans had already selected their next president. There is no way that a Hillary/Obama campaign could loose the next elections and after all they mostly agree in their political views and covenants. I as many fellow friends of color would definitely support a formula that includes both and propels a new style to the White House, then again it might never happen…ambition, personal pride and self interest are powerful obstacles to overcome. I only hope either one realize it before is too late, it would be a sad day if McCain ever makes it.
This would be the ideal team to turn the country back around. Everyone is stating that they are polar opposites, but the platform that both are taking is "Change" and if they can show the country that they can put their differences aside and work toward that change, it's a win win for America. I don't really care who wins the Dem ticket because I believe in what both are standing on. When I think of Washington I think of silver spooned old white guys eating pork and oil. It is about time this country embrace a female or african american president and move toward fixing our own COUNTRY before we go and fix other countries at GUNPOINT.
Why not???? They are both great and would be even better TOGETHER.
A dream ticket that I feel is inevitable. If things continue to be as close as they are neither one of them will be able to win without the other.
Clinton-Obama will be dream ticket for Demacrats – perfect mix of vision, and experience. Vision without experience would be a big gamble and experience without vision would be stale. Yes, we need combination of experience-change before it gets really ugly.
They will never mesh. They are both the same, but different at the same time. We will wind up with a Pres. and a V.P. who can't agree. I would never support that!
A Clinton/Obama (VP) ticket would be great! It would give Obama the experience he needs to be President after Clinton has put the country back on the right path. By the way, I am a white, 45 year old male in Washington DC
Seriously? Use that head of yours. That ticket would never happen, but does it really matter who is on the Democratic ticket. Just by the way the vote turnouts are going so far in these primaries, whoever the democratic canidate is they will dominate the GOP canidate, and for good reason.
I'm excited by both races, but I feel that Clinton/Obama or vice versa would be a huge blow to the democratic party.....they have been back and forth for months now..and people don't just suddently drop all and forgive and move on, they would be at each other's throats in the white house, however, I would be all for either one of them picking up a VP Candidate that has great lengthy experience
No, Clinton is so disliked by conservatives and many moderate Democrats that having her on Obama's ticket would do nothing but hurt the democratic ticket. I've been a strong Democrat voter since I was 18, but in the case of a Clinton/McCain matchup, I'd vote for McCain any day. The only chance this country has to unite and move past the "Bush" years is Obama. God help us if it's Clinton!!!
I would love to see that happen. I think it's a winning solution. NOBODY wants another 4 yrs of the same old, same old status quo. America needs innovative thinking and cohesive alliances to win on a Global scale.
Democrats will unite behind the candidate that is left standing, Hillary or Barack or a joint ticket. The consequences of in party bickering will result in voters turning away from the polls and apathy set in ala the Republican's not so vigorous turnout. Democrats should be proud and enthusiastic with the amazing choice in front of them. I wish all Godspeed in healing this country from 8 years of neglect.
I don't think their egos would allow for such a thing. Obama needs more experience before he is President, though he would make a great Sec. of State. The race issue has put me off of Obama, I don't think there is a race issue, but he has contributed to making it one more of one as much as anyone else. I don't think Bill Clinton will be an issue if Hillary is elected. Let's get real, She has always ran the show as far a Bill Cllinton is concerned.
best team – OBAMA – EDWARDS
2nd best – OBAMA – CLINTON
worst – CLINTON – OBAMA
Hillary and Obama would be just fine.......as long as Bill stays in the background far removed from influence on the administration.
It's sure scare the heck out of the republican!
If Barack is the nominee he will not chose Hillary as his running mate. He doesn't need her to win. If Hillary is the nominee, she will choose Barack because she needs him to win. That said: My bet is, he cannot in good conscience, accept. Running with Hillary will compromise his personal and political integrity. But for the good of the party and to win, the party will demand it.
The party wants one or the other in my opinion. Some want a totally clean slate with fresh ideas and morals. Some want the same old circus back. I can't see the two of them forming a bond doing any good to bond the party. Just get on with it is what most think! January 09 isn't here fast enough!!
If Hillary wins she might need Obama, but I dont think that Obama need Hillary. Anyway either one of them would beat John "Srangelove" McCain.
Why does everyone bash Hillary for being politically "ambitious," when Obama's the one couldn't wait to enter presidential politics after only half a term in the U.S. Senate? Impatient to get to the top? My guess is that he'll be willing to run as her VP, regardless of what his idealistic supporters believe.
I think a ticket with Clinton and Obama would turn heads and win because of their popularity but in my opinion, an Obama/Clinton ticket would be the best combination. He has the freshness and the ideas while she would bring a "wise adviser" to the mix. No matter what, it'll be interesting.
I think an Obama/Clinton ticket would be the best way to go.
I think together they can win elections. But can/will Obama and Clinton be united to carry it for next four or even 8 years? Moreover, can one be willing to work for the other as a Vice Presdent?
Hillary has too big an ego to settle for the VP role at this stage in the game.
Obama shouldn't settle...because he has the momentum.
I predict the surge for Obama will continue, as more and more people realize that he really has a chance.
Good for America, bad for Bill, I guess you could say!
Three cheers for Bernice...I am a 51 year old woman who agrees that Obama/Edwards is the best scenrio. I think the republicians dislike the Clintons so much that there would be constant kaos and confusion in the White House. In order to move forward with a positive agenda for this country we must scrafice the ideals of the 1st woman as president...we should vote for what is best for the nation.
The Democratic Party is already United. No more republicans holding democracy hostage. A Clinton/ Obama or Obama/Clinton ticket would be undefeatable. Either way the party would win. We all have our preferences, but make no mistake, the party has been united since the last election, in which we took back the house, If we have combined ticket we could in theroy have a nice 16 year democratic run... Something this country is in dire need of.
Absolutly! This Dream Team would be a shoe-in come November. It would serve to unite the Democratic Party in a way the Republicans have no hope for, and leaving a significant portion of the Republican Party torn between candidates they didn't initally vote for. The Clinton/Obama ticket would be the unbeatable ticket. There's little to doubt that if you voted for either Clinton or Obama in the primary you're not going to change your vote during the gereral election in November to the Republican ticket. The difference between the two tickets is that vast on issues the American people feel strongly about.
If Obama wins they dont need to be on the same ticket, he has alot of support and Clinton voters will support him if hes the nominee. on the other hand alot of Obama voters will not support senator Clinton if she is the nominee. but if Obama is the vp candidate then i think there is a chance that enough Obama voters will back Hillary in order for her to win back the white house.
Hillary 08, Obama 16
I believe a Clinton/Obama Would work well together ,I just want someone to realize the homeless we have here in our country instead of all the other countries they are people too and the homeless deserve alot better then what they get in our country... do you think you could rebuild in our country and make Life here much better than helping all these other people who could careless if we live or die..Do you think you could bring jobs back instead out outting them to other countries...I really would like someone who listens not someone who gives themselves raises but yet take a vacation and still hasn't finished dealing with things in our world that needs to be fixed..And until you fix America then you are OUT!!!!!
I would much prefer an Obama/Edwards ticket than a Obama/Clinton ticket. But if Hillary does happen to win the nomination, then by all means, Clinton/Obama. I don't think it would happen, though. I think their philosophies and strategies are too different for them to work together well.
I just wish Edwards hadn't dropped out so close to Super Tuesday, though. I was just checking the delegates numbers, and he is still not doing too bad (even considering that he is no longer running). I like Obama, and I will definitely support his presidency, but I think Edwards was the better choice. Unfortunately, he didn't think so. Ah well.
A combination ticket would be great but not necessary to unite the party. We all love both candidates. I am a Hillary person and very much want her for our candidate because of her ability and experience. I would, however, support the ticket if it were headed by Obama. Maybe if Ted Kennedy became a mentor, he could overcome his tremendous lack of experience dealing with the Washington machinery.
We can only hope! Two terms as VP will give him the experience he now lacks to sit in the Big Chair for the next eight. Sounds like something to hope for.
It seems likely that Barack Obama will have Hillary Clinton as his running mate, however, it just seems so counterproductive when democrats attack democrats just as much as republicans attack republicans in all of those attack ads and other negative energy such as the debate. If Obama achieves the democratic nomination, and doesn't have Hillary as his running mate, then I'm not sure who will be. I would at least like to see Bill Richardson as the next secretary of state and Joe Biden for the secretary of defense. The latter I initially supported for president, because he had such a clear-cut plan to ending the war in Iraq diplomatically with his proposed 3-state solution, similar to what Bill Clinton was able to do during the Bosnian war in the 1990's. What we already know about diplomacy with the republicans is stay the course in a war plan that continuously doesn't work, and neither think nor learn otherwise.
If Clinton wins the nomination(which seems a fleeting aspiration right now) she will NEED Obama on the ticket in-order to unite the base of the party. Whether he would want to be on the ticket is disputable considering the foolish and typical strategies employed by the Clinton's. On the other hand, if Obama wins the nomination I doubt Clinton or Obama will want the Clinton name on the ticket. I'd say an Obama-Edwards or Obama-Richardson ticket would be a definite winner.
Atlanta – Yes, I'm personally torn between both candidates. I think a Hillary/Obama ticket would fire up the democratic party and the nation. I'd love to see it.
I think Hillary (P) and Obama (VP) would be the dream ticket to unite and to grab some red states. That other way around will not be possible, since Hillery allready had 8 years as #2.
Obama alone will loose against McCain since he has a lot of intependent backing and with Huckebee (VP) within the conservative wing.
This would be a wonderful thing indeed, but I don't believe that an Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama is necessary to unite the democratic party...
That being said, that is definitely the effect it would have. I absolutely love Wolf for bringing this up during the debates!
A Clinton/Obama run would be the best thing to come out of this election. The Republican nominee would be like a deer in the headlights of the Clinton/Obama "change mobile" and they won't be tapping the brakes.
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I don't think it's essential they are on the same ticket for the democratic party to be unified. But unifying the party doesn't ensure victory. If they were to run on the same ticket, a win would be much more likely. Also, John Edwards should clearly be in the cabinet no matter who gets the nod.
As long as Clinton leads. Obama's credibility can't be calculated, because he has no credibility...no real experience to scrutinize. He's better in a secondary role where he can gain some experience. Obama's good at spin, who knows what else.
there is no way that those two could win together. anything with Hillary is going to cause the republicans to come out STRONG. Any one who actually thinks she can win is mistaken.. and is she does god help us all.
I will vote republican before I vote for anything with her name on it. I'm actually not even 100% on Obama but I am 100% no for her. Shes a joke. Obama has some good ideas.. but does he have what it takes? can he lead a country? these are all the questions I ask myself. My his lack of experience will help in the fact that hes not already jaded by Washington as Hillary?
I just know Hillary's stance on health care is scary. Any program that forces you to pay for something you don't need or even may not want to have is a scary scary thing
A Clinton and Obama ticket is the only way that Democrats could lose the 2008 election. With so many people holding strong opinions against either Clinton or Obama, a combined ticket would not unite the Democratic Party, but rather, serve as a divisive measure to ensure Republican victory. America is eager to elect a Democratic President, but a Clinton/Obama ticket is NOT the way to go.
I thnk Obama and Clinton would make a great team which will be able to beat McCain. Watching the debates and seeing the returns last night really showed where each has the strengths and they are complimetary. I believe the unified team is able to beat the Republicans anywhere in this country.
Someone mentioned a McCain Lieberman ticket which is interesting but I do not think Lieberman is very popular, outside of Connecticut. In the 2004 election cycle he made a poor showing.
People also need to be aware of solving the problems that this country has under a convervative president and McCain will keep the troops in Iraq when there needs to be diplomacy (all of the experts say that a military strategy will not work).
Obama would like to have Hillary as his VP, he is new and needs
the brain power and experience from someone like her. Hillary on
the other hand would go back to the Senate and continue her agenda.
She has been there done that in the White House.
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