FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Now that Barack Obama appears on the verge of becoming the Democratic nominee, the buzz about a so-called "dream team" is starting up again.
ABC's George Stephanopoulos says that there are "intermediaries" discussing the possibility of an Obama-Clinton ticket. And he thinks Clinton "would be under some pressure and would like to accept." Former congressman Harold Ford also says an Obama-Clinton ticket is something the Democratic Party is going to have to seriously consider in the next few weeks.
There's even a group called "Vote Both” that's trying to push for such a ticket. It's seen as a way to unite the party after an often bitter campaign. A recent poll found a majority of both Clinton and Obama supporters like the idea.
But, not so fast. Obama's campaign says the Illinois senator is still focusing on the upcoming races and undecided superdelegates, that it's premature to talk about running mates.
The Clinton campaign says it hasn't had any discussions with the Obama camp about the ticket, and spokesman Howard Wolfson says he hasn't heard Clinton express any interest in such a ticket.
Some Democrats aren't so sure it's a good idea. One strategist who supports Clinton told Reuters if Obama picks her as his number two, it would counter his message of change. The same person said it might not be "all that useful" to Clinton's political future to be vice president. Instead she could have "an enormous influence" in the Senate over a long period of time.
Here’s my question to you: Should Barack Obama offer Hillary Clinton the number two spot on the ticket as a way of getting her to quit the race now?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Mandy from California writes:
No. He is about "change". She is about "experience" which is another word
Dan from East Lansing, Michigan writes:
Sen. Obama must select someone who complements the ticket. I think there are a large number of voters who would not support a black candidate, or a female candidate. (My mother is one of them)… It will be easier if the ticket has a governor, for example, who will reflect the change movement, yet has credentials as an effective executive.
Jack, Barack should offer her a one-way ticket back to Arkansas, Iowa, Pennsylvania, New York or wherever else she claims to be from. She burned this bridge herself with her pit bull attack. He would only lose my vote by picking her.
Felipe from Lisbon, Portugal writes:
Yes, he can’t win without her! He needs the working class, he needs Latinos, he needs seniors! And most important, he has to consider the millions of people who have voted for Hillary Clinton during the primaries.
Two words: Kathleen Sebelius. She's the perfect way to fill the constituencies that Obama is missing. She's from Ohio, is the Gov. of Kansas, is older (59), from a more rural state, is white and a woman. With Sebelius, Obama would win Kansas and Ohio, and capture Clinton's constituency. All without having to actually having to have the Clintons in the White House.
Joshua from North Carolina writes:
That makes no sense, Jack. Do you not remember her comments on him being elitist or his pastor being offensive? With every problem that Barack has had on the campaign trail, we could expect Clinton to make it worse. Why would anyone want to reward such behavior?
Terrance from Missouri writes:
No, not unless he is planning on employing a full-time food taster.
NO WAY....he stands for everything she does not...she is the old political style...Washington insiders....he is offering change from that...and that is why he has attracted so many young people...this white granny thinks he will at least improve some of our most pressing economical problems...perhaps Gov Richardson would be a good vice president for him.
He could offer it to her as long as he has his security beefed up and hires a cupbearer to test his food.
No way should Hillary be put on the ticket......I'm in favor of Joe Biden or John Edwards, of Bill Richardson even, but to reward Hillary for the way her and Bill "Pimp Daddy" Cinton have behaved the last several months would be a travesty.......I think she would look better on McCain's ticket she seems to be leaning that way more and more
Jack, we want to make Obama's fight against Mccain easier for him, not harder! That move would be a gift to the Republicans in the fall. And besides, it would be a cold day in hell before a Clinton would take any #2 spot you know that.
No. If she accepted he would have to hire a food taster.
after those race-baiting comments that she just spewed, old girl better hope she will be re-elected in the senate. how very presidential of her. it just down right un-patriotic
No, I think Hillary's ego would be a problem.
Ron K. San Diego
Hillary does not want to be second chair again. She spent 8 years in that position. If for some inexplicable reason Obama takes leave of his senses and does offer the spot to her, I hope that he will ask for that flack jacket she wore in Bosnia. Two words, Vincw Foster.
since he is unqualified and unelectable in the general, heres an idea, the supers who want the dems to win can vote for Hillary and give Obama the consolation prize as veep.
Absolutely! He will regret it if he doesn't! The only possible replacement would be Edwards. He has an upside and as a ticket, they would dominate the south and he would bring some religious folk with him. With Hillary, he gets the backing and experience he is lacking. It is a no-brainer to pick one of them!
Wildwood Crest, NJ
No I don't think that he should offer it to her because she just might accept it. Their visions for the country are so parellel that it would contradict his message of change. You can't run as a change candidate and then offer the VP spot to the establishment.
I do however, think that he should consider choosing a female running mate. In that scenario Americans can still have a "dream ticket". We could have the first Black president and the first female VP in history. Once he's done with his administration his VP could run for president and win.
Even though both candidates have similar stances on the issues, choosing Clinton to run on the Obama ticket would defeat everything Obama stands for. Hillary represents the same 'ol politics as usual that has caused Washington D.C. to reach the stalemate its in. If Obama expects to help change this country he will need to pick someone with similar uplifting values.
Hillary does not want to be second chair again. She spent 8 years in that position. If for some inexplicable reason Obama takes leave of his senses and does offer the spot to her, I hope that he will ask for that flack jacket she wore in Bosnia. Two words, Vincw Foster.
jenny Rome GA
Obama would be foolish to let the Clintons in the "hen house", OMG!
I strongly believe that the Clintons want to ruin Obama's big chance so Hill can run in 2012.
oh, and BTW, I just finished your book and enjoyed it immensely..
HE?? NO! He can win without her. Hillary and Bill are joined at the hips. With her Type A personality, she will over step her boundaries and Bill will never go away. She has too much baggage.
Absolutely not!!! The democratic party and the new President Obama would have to spend the whole four years worrying about where Bill would be and what he would be saying and doing. The new President needs a partner without all of the strings attached–someone who would appeal to the broad spectrum of Democrats.
Yesterday, I thought it probably would be a politically wise move. Today, however, he may have to take a pass. Is she really playing the race card to try to stay in by accusing him of losing ground with white voters? When I think she can't sink any further, there she goes.
HELL to the NO!
Why should he have to share his historic moment with her?
In my opinion Hillary is continuing this race to pay down her campaign debts. I'm sure Obama can float her $11M+ if she agrees to get out now.
Jack – I may be wrong, but if you consider the electoral math – Clinton has WON the big states that Democrats need to carry in the General. She is ahead in electoral college votes, is she not???? That does factor in to the electability arguement.
Maybe she should offer Obama the VP spot. Not all democrats agree with you – many DON'T want her to quit. Besides, I am worried about you – what will you do with your day if she drops out?
No way. If Hillary were the VP, President would constantly be told how to do things not only from her but also from Bill. Better to cut the cord now. He doesn't need her and New York does. Besides, after June 3rd, it's over.
It would seem out of character for him to make such an important decision purely for political gain. If that were the case I would want to be convinced that he wasn't just pandering to her loyalists.
Absolutely not!!!! Hillary has shown herself to be too divisive. She loves being the center of attention, and who knows what shenanigans she (and hubby Bill) would pull to get into the spot-light. Hillary has proven that she cannot be trusted; as she has shown that, to her, the truth is defined as whatever may be politically/personally expedient at any given moment. Barrack has shown that he has the resilience to weather rough times; he is honest, and kept his integrity above reproach; and will tell you truth - no matter how unpallatable it may be. An Obama/Hillary ticket would be the ultimate contadiction of terms.
Yeah, he should. I believe it's the only way to completely unite the party. Enough already.
No way. If Hillary were the VP, President Obama would constantly be told how to do things not only from her but also from Bill. Better to cut the cord now. He doesn't need her and New York does. Besides, after June 3rd, it's over.
Get her to quit? Hillary Clinton has a vision of herself that she will never relinquish, and it's not as VP of the United States. She is so deluded it's frightening.
No. The most he should offer her is cab fare home to NYC. Her race-baiting (by referring to herself as the candidate most appealing to white americans) is so shameful, she should never have another opportunity to live in the White House. Furthermore, if she can't keep her campaign out of debt, what makes her think she should have a crack at the nation's finances?
If Obama offers Clinton the VP spot it should be on his terms. I have pretty negative feelings towards Hillary Clinton after seeing her conduct over the last few primaries, but I believe Obama should and will do whatever he thinks is best. I do not believe that should be the result of political bargaining, but rather the result of conventional wisdom.
No, his campaign was about turning the page of old politics and Clinton is the centerfold for that book. Once her base of women understand McCain's position on selecting two supreme court justices to over rule women's choice laws, they'll come over. He could pick a running mate like Joe Biden to pull in those middle age men he needs. Clinton isn't the only game in town.
Terrible. He'd inherit all of her negatives. I'm more concerned that she'll ask Obama to pay off her campaign's debts in order to secure her endorsement. I doubt she wants to lose the $11 million she's pumped into her campaign.
vote/both and hillaryclinton.org is one in the same. it's hillary behind the curtain trying to get Sen Obama to ask her to run with him. she is so deceitful and dishonest, it takes my breath away.
Absolutely not! NO matter which candidate we are supporting, should that candidate not win, we know what the alternative is and this country cannot survive another term of BUSH politics.
We will do what all families do–we will grumble a little and pull up our chins if we are on the losing team and hold our head high because we will win the White House back for the American people!
Obama should not under any circumstances offer the number two spot on the ticket to Hillary. I think if he offered her the position he would lose a lot of his well earned voters. Her ticket has been canceled and all that is left is her rapidly depleting personal bank account and her memories of being the first failed woman to run for the White House. She should go into seclusion and get some well deserved rest and therapy. She has nothing positive to provide to Obama's campaign and would be a painful thorn in his side as Vice President.
St. Augustine, Fl
Absolutely not! He should offer the VP spot to Colin Powell.
No! There's no reason for Obama to offer Clinton the #2 spot. He's winning, in fact he's won and she can continue to lose if she want's because as long as he's winning she really isn't in the way. Hillary has been caught in more than one lie and always brushes it off as if it doesn't matter. I see honesty and integrety when I look at Obama and that shouldn't be tainted by the likes of Clinton. I would trust the Obama administration more than ever if Hillary was a distant memory.
A loud and resounding NO! She and Bill will only be a distraction to Obama's presidency.
Jack, I don't see Hillary as the change that Obama is proposing. Obama needs VP that believes in the same change that he does. Obama needs a VP who can continue this movement in 8 years. Hillary is the same old politics and she has been acting like more and more like a republican. I think she has a better chance of being offered the VP spot by McCain.
Yes he should. Then MAYBE she would stop acting like she is still in the race.
Roanoke Rapids, NC
Offering Hillary clinton the VP spot will negate the whole meaning of change and a clean break from the past. besides, this might entail coopting her incompetent campaign staff on his which in the outset is disastrous. Obama will be better served by a candidate undogged by division and double talk. At the end of the day she will be more of a liability than an asset. Remember what Reagan did in 1980 by opting to go with George Bush rather than Gerald Ford?
Like everything else in life there's good and bad.
Good: We get this eternal "process" over with and start to focus on the general election.
Bad: We still have Hillary.
Philip from South Africa
USA citizen planning to vote for Obama in November (with or without Hillary)
Should Obama and Clinton double up? definately not!!I am A Brit currently residing in Portugal...Idoubt they could ever heal the rift which is obvious to all and sundry. And keep Al Gore out of it...I have too much respect for him to treat himself as a stalking horse. I thought politics were dirty in the UK.. you guys beat the rest!! there should be financial constraints on each candidates spending power, then you have a level playing field...
NO, NO, NO. It will be political suicide for Obama to offer the second spot to someone who needs the number one spot as badly as Hillary does. The number two position should be reserved for someone who has by their predisposition earned that spot and from whom the president can expect unalloyed loyalty. Hillary does not fit that picture. Al Gore did, Dick cheney did, and theirs is the type of temperament that will ensure a successful tenure when and if Obama should be elected, not someone who will be waiting to pounce or will most likely challenge the next nominations. Hillary has exhibited and continues to exhibit traits that call for some caution. Above all, Obama has earned the right to freely nominate his running mate and should not be bound to people who are still working to trump his chances against McCain, or people who are making the arguement that he is unelectable or not ready to be president on day one.
No, but maybe Senator Clinton could offer Senator Obama a VP spot.
Folks. the race ani't over yet. Stop complaining, Obama supporters.
Probably so. It heals the major rift in the party, that Clinton herself created. But Richardson would probably have been an equally good choice for the latino vote.
Clinton will bring the voting block of women who want a woman if office. I don't believe for a second the joe 6 pack will follow Clinton over McCain. No matter how much that may be happening now in the primaries, it ain't gonna happen in November if she is the nominee for president. Sorry HIllary.
No, Absolutely not! Clinton is devisive and her racially tinged comments yesterday about her white blue collar voters that will not support Obama (implicaations that is because of his race ) just adds to the tone her husband Bill started after South Carolina's primary. This country needs to heal and come together to repair the 8 years Bush has spent tearing it down. There is no place in the next Administration for the Clintons mean spirited and polarizing politics. The Clinton era is done and it is of their own doing. Good riddens!
You may please alot of people that way, but for myself I will not vote
for Obama if he is the Presidental canidate, I am going to vote for McCain, and I have voted democratic for over 40 years. I will not vote
for someone I do not believe in.
Obama should offer Hillary the number two spot as a symbolic gesture, but only on the condition that she refuses it. And if she
did accept it, if I were Obama, I would keep a parakeet in every room to signal monoxide poisoning, and test all my food and drink on animals before eating or drinking.
No, that is not a good reason enough. He needs to offer it to her only if he strongly feels that they can work together to bring about the change our country so desperately needs.
Jack, I believe that would be a big mistake. Obama is tomorrow, Hillary is yesterday.As far as the pundits and Hillary saying that white woman voters for her , would not vote for Obama is bull. Of course there were some who voted for her because she is a women and there were those who voted for him because he is black, but they will come together in Nov.
As a white women making less than fifty thousand a year and did not complete college , did she call me stupid ? Did she infer that I am not smart enough to see the difference between Obama and McBush? Maybe if she plays her cards right McBush will offer her the V.P. spot.
Voted for Obama and proud of it. Connie from IN.
Senator Clinton has a lifetime of political prowess to contribute to the well-being of the American people, making her a VP will be the next best thing for the American people. A Clinton Vice Presidency will only propagate an Obama administration at the least.
That said, Senator Clinton remains undefeated and if her battle for the White House has shown us anything, then we should all keep in mind how she won the big, populous states and how strong-willed she is. I will only vote for Obama if there is the Clinton Vice Presidency, or I will not vote at all.
At a press conference in West Virginia this afternoon Hillary Clinton said she "should be the the winning candidate because she is gaining more support among working , hard working Americans, white Americans. " It is obvious that the black vote is a problem. That is the implication from her comments. I am curious to know if there are a lot of hard working black and brown blue collar/working class Americans that vote for the Democrats. After those comments it is ridiculous to suggest Clinton be part of the Obama team. She is a liability.
It's gotten, really too, ugly out there.
Doesn't matter if he does it now or later, but he's going to have to do it eventually if he wants to win.
Barak should not offer Hillary the VP spot as a way of getting her to drop out, he should do it to produce a winning ticket.
I don't think he should offer the V.P. to Hillary. If he did it would help him be the next president because that would be the only way a lot of Hillary supporters would vote for him.
No he shouldn't. I couldn't possibly support Hilary Clinton for vice president. It would seem that her compulsion for winning is impair-
ing her judgement. She seems to be unable to recognize that the light she is seeing at the end of her tunnel is a train. It would frighten me to sense that lack of discernment in someone who might have to take over the presidency.
Hell no,she is very very vindictive,I dont trust her, she would distract Obama from doing what God had sent hm to do.Again, you guys always make Clinton believe that they are so important to this election.but forgetting that presidential position is a public position for everyone.who are they anyway?tell Hilly-Billy its time to go ,Live and Let Live.
If Obama offered VP to HRC it would be cynical almost to the point of suicidal in terms of what he has said he stands for.
Cannot even see this being possible. I'd reconsider my vote going to McCain if it happened.
Jack, big mistake. If Senator Obama picks Hillary for vice President he
would surely have to sleep with toothpicks in his eyes to keep them
propped open during the night to make sure that Hillary "the monster"
Clinton doesn't pay him a visit around 3 a.m. from some secret
passage way in the white house that Senator Obama doesn't know about yet.
Well, that sounds like a great idea, since Hillary is determine to pull down the democratic party unless she gets what she want;She wouldn't stop unless they offer her some type of consolation price.
Since Obama probably won't win the general election, it would weaken her political standing as having accepted a VP spot. Also, Obama would feel uncomfortable having someone smarter than he under him.
He shoud be vise president. The DNC should not be building up as
winning the nomination as President. He wan't get to be either if he
don't take second place as vice president. There ae millions that say
they will not vote for him. You just mark my word he will not be president. Hillary will be president before he will. The media and blacks have made this the worst racist thing that i have ever see.
Obama needs to pick someone like John Edwards. A southern white gentleman who cares about the issues that he does. Not a two faced northerner who would work behind the scenes to impeach him so she can be president.....!
The 'Dream Ticket' is nothing more then a hypothetical bumper sticker. Hillary has a bright future ahead of her in the Senate and Obama's change message may come under scrutiny by some of his supporters if she was chosen. Personally it would be nice to see these two come together, but they can unite the party if Hillary pushes hard for Obama to become president as opposed to the Clinton Machine pulling another John Kerry move by not going all out for the nominee. If the Clinton's decided to go the 2004 route again, it may damage their brand irrevocably.
Under no circumstances. For the women's vote, ANY woman would do that if based simply on the reason of voting for a woman because she's a woman. Many women feel that way. Remember, Hillary carries far too much special interest/lobbyist baggage, and I am certain that Senator Obama wants to be just as far from Bill as he can get. This country needs to shed as much of that kind of old style politicking as we can. Obama is dedicated to that princial, Hillary sees it exactly opposite.
No. I personally would prefer Clinton over Obama, but both of the candidates have very high negatives that will weaken their chances. Besides, if Clinton is on the ticket, the Obama camp will just blame her for losing the election in November. If Obama wins the nomination, he should choose someone else who may attract the "lunchbucket democrat" vote that seems quite averse to his candidacy. Maybe John Edwards. I can't imagine Hillary would want to be VP.
No way, it will be a shame for clinton to accept that position.Bcos she was the one offering that post to Obama, and now she is going to bent back and accept that position, that will be a shame and a suprise.
No, Hillary Clinton represents the same old way of doing things in Washington that Barack Obama wants to change.
Absolutely not. While they share many of the same views with respect to policy, her brand of politics – her set of values (such as they are) – go against everything he stands for. She is combative, dishonest, and divisive. She will make his goal of reaching across the isle and working with Republicans and very difficult one to achieve. Nor is she someone we want as an ambassador to other nations; she's already pissed off Canada, insulted Putin, and threatened to "obliterate" an entire nation. That is NOT the Obama way.
ABSOLUTELY NOT...That would cost him more votes than it would gain. I have to ask if this keeps coming up because she is a woman? Does America just hate seeing a woman have to walk away? Has any other presidential nominees been pressured to take the loser onto thier ticket before?
Since Obama is just like any other politician, he will probably offer it to her. I hope she does not accept it because I do not want her to be on a losing ticket.
She will do just fine, thank you, without getting the nomination. And maybe, if the Democratic party is lucky, she will agree to run next time.
He may have no choice if he wants to win in November.
Obama will lose without her period.
NO!... She should be offered the chairmanship of the World Bank or Secretary of Defense. Maybe Ambassador to Iran or even The Statue of Liberty maintenance contract. She wants money and/or power and her ego won't allow for a graceful retreat so I think the President has to be creative and keep her busy.
Hillary is dead on the national political scene now. She was to selfish to help the party and to stupid to help her future she will never be president or vice president no matter what the year or what the circumstances.
Not just no, but hell no! The Clinton machine is resorting to the only thing that has worked so far, the race card. This woman is so hell-bent on being president that she's willing to throw the entire party in the ditch to do so, and the country too. Their subliminal message since S.C. has been, "Remember, HE'S BLACK!" Unfortunately the Ameican electorate is not sophisticated enough to know the difference. The U.S. is never going to see change until we stop letting people tell us what to think. If she cared about the Democratic Party, even if she just has to stay in the race, the rhetoric, starting Wednesday morning, should have been geared toward recociliation. She is depending on a racial divide, and depending on the poor uneducated , blue collar, white folk to do the dirty work for her. I know, I are one. WAKE UP PEOPLE, and smell the B.S.!!!
No. And he darn well better not use any of my hard-earned contributions to his campaign to retire her "loans" to bankrupt campaign.. Let the Clintons learn the hard way that their doubling down gamble for more power and the White House lost some of their wealth. They thought it was in investment in their future profits.
She is morally bankrupt. Her "vote whte" message is derisive.
Barack is better than that and deserves a VP who supports him and shares OUR values.
Obama should pay off Senator Clinton's campaign debt in full – under the stipulation that she return to the Senate and stay completely away from the Executive Branch. Obama's best chances lie with a moderate Democrat with fewer negatives than positives; Evan Bayh of Indiana and Virginia's Jim Webb come to mind.
I believe "Obama Girl" would garner more votes than 'middle of the road' former 1st Lady Hillary.
Thanks but no thanks, CL.
Absolutely NOT !!!!!
Obama has earned the right to choose who will fill that spot and I would make bets that she doesn't even make his list of possibilities.
No! No! No! No! He would be forever looking over his sholders,
One thing he should have learned thoughout this process is
how can you trust the Clinton's.
Are you kidding with this question, I hope Barack Obama doesnt see this question he will need oxygen. Lets hope that Hillary will see that the end has come, and her and Bill take a long vacation. Let her concentrate on something else, how about the Governor of New York ?
The president of the USA is "one person"; if Hillary was vice-president – we might have a co-president before re-election in 2012.
I am very weary of the Clinton bashers. There is NO evidence that they are responsible for anything but 8 years of relative peace, and prosperity.
Hilary Clinton is a great choice for VP, and she still has about 50% of the Democratic electorate behind her.
The Obama campaign should get over it's disdain for the Clintons, and realize that their brains, and tenacity, and voting base might be useful to a person who technically does not yet have 2025 delegates.
Sen Obama should offer you his gratitude for your undying support. You have done as much as anyone to help him get to where he is now.
No, no, no, no, no. The opposite of yes. Obama stands for principles...Hillary stands for nothing but Hillary.
In a perfect world, it would be a dream ticket, but because its not, then HELL NO!!!!! Hillary is damaged goods and comes with way too much baggage which baffles me has to why she feels she is more electable than Barack. She may think she is fully vetted but the truth is she is not. She and her supporters may feels that all her and Bill's scandals are old news, but its not to all the new young voters that have come out in waves this election.
Jack Hillary feels such an entitlement to this nomination that she will not settle for the VP spot. She claims that if this nomination process ran according to the Republican rules she would already be the nominee. Inspite of using Republicanlike tactics and aligning herself with FOX News she is still losing. She should not be allowed to hold the Democratic party hostage. Obama is beating her fairly according to the rules of their party that she claims to love so much. But she wants things changed for her favor. She has cried she complained, and her hubby claimed that they are beating up on a girl. We have seen her tantrums in the ads and nasty attitude while Obama has maintained his same position and keep moving forward
All I have to say about this question is H_LL NO! I know that Hillary and Barack are battling for the nomination, but I truly believe that Hillary has forgotten that she is in the same Democratic Party as her opposition. If she ended up being the nominee, I would get drunk and then go to the polls and vote for her. Why, because I want to barley remember that she would be the next president, but for the small part of what I would remember is that I didn't vote for John McCain!
Before today I would have considered it an interesting possibility. However, after her comments about hard working whites – ones who did not go to college, being the votes she after... I am furious! We are one nation with a very multi-culturally rich and diverse country. I want a President and Vice President that will represent us all. So, to answer your question, no. Hillary just lost any respect I had for her.
a white woman from middle America!
No. She is too ambitious and it can be pretty uncomfortable if someone like her is going to be the one waiting to take over just in case… If I were her I’ll seek the leadership of the Senate. That way, she will have more of the control she so desperately wants.
No, most of the American people don't trust her and neither should he. Besides, where's "the change" in doing that?
The party is half and half... The way I see it she got the eye on the VP spot and she has earn the backing of millions of Americans. She can help Obama get the Whitehouse if he ever gets the nomination. The problem we have is that Obama backers in general have vomited so much hate for a Woman that has worked so hard for Americans and she is loved by many of us. I for one as a democrat all my life and pains me horribly to say I will not back Obama without Hillary on the ticket. NO WAY... NO HOW. I am mixed and part African descendant like Barrack and I am not a racist.
While Hillary appeals to some people in America, there are a lot of people who she does not appeal to and a lot of those are independents and Republicans. Barack has run this race on his own terms, always stepping up on the side of truth and change. To do this would be pandering to a group of folks just to get their vote. Moreover, a lot of those people would not vote for Barack anyway because of their belief system. Let's let Barack make his own choice.
Hilliary Clinton would never give up her Senate seat to be Vice-President. Although it'll be difficult to deafeat an incumbent she'll wait the four years and run against President McCain.
If he does, he'll have to find a desk for Hillary's "VP" (aka Bill) as well.
Mr. Obama should NOT offer the vice-presidency to Mrs. Clinton.
Though Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton agree on many of the substantive issues, I feel anything BUT the full glare of the spotlight for the Clintons would not be enough for them. This can only detract from an Obama For President campaign, let alone an Obama presidency.
I think the tone of Mr. Edward's campaign, and his fresh thought on so many of the issues affecting Americans is much more in keeping with Mr. Obama's vision.
Obama & Edwards '08.
No, he should not. He shouldn’t be as gracious as she was and offer the number two spot. Like Rev. Wright, she's antithetical to his campaign and the change from "Washington" we long for. If they ran together, she would have to recant every negative comment she has made about him; and this would make her appear even more hypocritical - if that’s even possible. The media will quote every comment she’s ever made and run every video clip - i.e. "shame on you Obama". Off course, she will say she misspoke or has been taken out of context. But, we won’t believe her because 60% of us don’t trust her. She can find solace in knowing that she will convince the same dim-witts who bought her gas tax idea.
No. I would not vote for any ticket with Hillary on it. The irony is, I began this campaign squarely in her corner. She was who I thought the Democratic nominee should be. However, over time, I could not ignore her lies. The latest that she raised 10 million dollars after her PA win..when she herself donated that money to the campaign. That's another baldface lie and I know we've had liars as President's before but I will not knowingly vote for her. No thank you. I would never vote for a ticket with Ms. Clinton on it at this point but had you asked me a year ago I would have been one of her biggest supporters. Her negative campaign, the lies, the machinations, have really opened my eyes to who she is. And more than anything she's hellbent on destroying the Democratic Party if she does not get the nomination and no one person is bigger than the party and it's time SOMEONE stood up to the Clinton machine and imparted that little piece of information to them. They don't seem to have gotten the memo.
How can Barack have Hillary as his VP when she has made it abundantly clear that Barack is unelectable, his health care plan won't cover all Americans, he is losing the white vote, that he is not fully vetted and that he lacks experience?
The other key issue for Barack in considering Hillary as VP is: how does Barack keep Bill away from the White House?
As an ardent Obama supporter, I am strongly opposed to this idea. Sen. Clinton has proven repeatedly in this election that she cares more about winning than serving the needs of the people. Also, to me, the whole reason Obama is a more electable candidate than Clinton is that even though some Republicans aren't thrilled with McCain, they would probably vote for him to keep the Clintons from having a third term in office. Because let's face it, the way Bill has been acting during this campaign makes it pretty clear that it would be a co-presidency if Hillary won. Obama would be foolish to take on that kind of baggage, and Clinton would do better by staying in the Senate. I'd love Bill Richardson as a VP personally.
i am beginning to wonder what Clinton realy wants it appears that the majority of voters have spoken and prefer Obama . why is she disregarding the public she is claiming to care about. unless she is trying to help undermine Obama's chance against McCain. if she is so determined to help the people why not take a vice Pres. position to Obama. My neighbors and I used to like her , but this has convinced us its more abouot her Ego than making things better for the American people.
No! No! No!
An old white bitter soccer mom from suburban area.
No he needs to choose Lou Dobbs.
Hell no, the way she has behaved the most he should do for her is buy her another pants suit. It is time for this country to rid itself of the Bush Clinton dynasty and bring new blood and thinking to America. Obama is a fresh breath of air. If she were VP Obama would have to create a new cabinet position for someone to watch Bill.
We are heading to a new era – not business as usual.
No definitely not!
No, Hillary lacks the good judgement and personal integrity to be President so she is not Vice Presidential material either.
Jack, are you kidding me? Let's just say this, Obama is about uniting the nation. Based on Hillary's divisive comments today about Obama and white voters, Hillary only seems about dividing both the democratic party and the entire nation. A joint ticket for Change can't represent the negativity that Hillary is selling.
Well If he does decide to do that I think they could win, But I think he should ask Wesley Clark , Hillary supporter's are funny She Lost already Except it and lets Move on
Absolutely! How else are you going to heal the party after such a costly and emotionally charged campaign! Both have their passionate supporters and the only real solution to win the White House is to have both great minds on the 'Dream Ticket.' I'm a staunch Hillary supporter, I'm 29 years old, and in the Obama demographic. I really enjoyed his speeches, but really, the Republicans are going to eat him alive! You can't live the rock star live forever. One October day in the near future the buzz wil die out, and he will have to prove he has what it takes. With Hillary on the ticket, he can't loose.
Absolutely not!! He shouldn't pay her debt in exchange for her to quit either. She just needs to go away.
Absolutely NOT!!! Obama should give Senator Clinton enough room to come to peace with the fact that she has a legacy that she can be proud of: She has been the First Lady of Arkansas twice, she has been the First Lady of the United States for 2 consecutive terms. She has been the only Former First Lady to make elected History by becoming Senator. She has paved the way and opened doors for more female governors and for those First Wives who would like to run for an elected office. For America's sake, give her space to let it sink in and that is all that she should be given.
Absolutely not! Talk about putting a fox in the chickenhouse. The very essence of Hillary Clinton goes against everything Barack Obama stands for. People equate Hillary Clinton with terms such as arrogant, obsessed with power, corrupt, cold, calculating, old school politics, etc. Obama's entire campaign is premised on changing the image of Washington politics. No way that will happen if Hillary Clinton is his VP or even in his Administration. He needs to pick a running mate from one of the large swing states who can help him carry that State. The Democrat will naturally win New York as well as Illinois.
Only he can decide. His choice needs to reflect his vision of leadership for the nation. Anything else would be the same kind of pandering the Clinton-McCain gas tax holiday is.
No She conducted herself the same way she & Bill
did in the White House. That was more than enough for us.
President Obama has better things to do for us, than to deal
with those two. She not only showed poor judgment by voting
for the Iraq war, but showed even poorer judgment, & continued
lack of character in the way she conducted her campaign.
This was an interview for the job with us, the US voter, not her
cronies & lobbyists.
No thanks!!! Billary is TOAST.
He does not need to offer her the VP spot as it would give too much ammunition to the Republicans. I know that many of Senator Clinton’s female supports say they will not vote for Senator Obama. However, what they fail to realize, if McCain wins there is a likelihood that he may replace some of the liberal Justice on the U.S. Supreme court during his Presidency. Which means turning back the clock on Roe v Wade.
No way! I've never considered it a good idea, but after her racially charged comments he would be crazy to offer her anything but a boot out the door. She has proven repeatedly in this campaign that she will say or do anything to win, the poor guy could never close his eyes or eat a morsal without fear of poisoning or worse.
Go home Hillary!
Mr. Obama start sending in postal change of address orders to 1600 Pennyslvania Avenue.
Jack, an Obama-Clinton ticket would have been an ideal ticket in a perfect world however: The amount of excess baggages that the Clintons would bring back to Washington, DC will make the Obama Message of Change turned to Politic as Usual.
Therefore, as an old Democratic Supporter, I strongly suggest that the Obama Camp starts searching for an ideal Honest and Trustworthy VP and together with Obama, they can restore the image of this Great Nation that we called the United States of America.
Offer her a supreme court justice position.... that's pretty good, and that should be all.
I would have to laugh I don't even think he'll think about it unfortunately in the USA we still have many racis people all the older people the ones that come november actually vote and vote in huge numbers if he doesn't pick her he will lose huge not just small but I think he'd be luck to win his own state. Just remember on general elections you need to win the big states which are your liberal states fortunately a democrat can win without winning the south but Obama will lose the big states like new york and california if a republican wins those states it is over for a democrat along with the northeast which he will lose look at the states she has won and add up the electoral college then add his up what do you get??
I also find it interesting that Hilary makes a racial comment and no one says anything...Obama wears jeans on a plane and this is headline news.
Bias in the media perhaps?!?!
Absolutlely Not. That would be the most idiodic thing Barack could ever do. She would probably accept, only to get her foot in the door to bolster her argument that she should be crowned the Commander in Chief. If she's the VP, ..........there goes his whole campaign message of change right out the window. And who wants ex-president Bill Clinton walking the wings of the white house again........Scary thought. That would not be a dream ticket by any stretch of the imagination. It would be more like a nightmare! Think about it.. She already has this sense that she's entitled to her turn no matter what. She does not want to win anything through fair play. She wants to win by changing the goal post in the middle of the game.
Ralph in Miami, Fl.
No, Should the Pope be Jewish?
Jack hearing people say they will vote for McCain if Obama or Hillary wins the nomination depending on whom they are backing is a joke.
Talk about arrogance.
If he does, I hope she refuses. She has run the race and completed it and has opened the doors for future women to run. She should not be his VP.
I am a middle aged white female republican who has been supporting Obama all this time. If Hillary is chosen as his running mate, there is NO WAY that I will even consider voting for him. He would be compromising all of his principles by running with her. I'd probably just sit the whole thing out. How offensive! After the way she has fanned the fires of racism in this campaign? Are you kidding me?
Very rarely do I agree with Obama-Radicals but here I go. Clinton should not be his number two. There's no way they could tolerate eachother in those roles for 4-8 yrs. And yes, it does contradict his message of change so it would make him appear even more hypocrytical. I could see a Clinton-Obama ticket....maybe. She has the years and connections that he'll need to influence the kind of change he's after. It's possible that version of the "Dream Ticket" could work.
Yuck. Talk about the odd couple. Bill Richardson, yes. Hillary Clinton nohow, noway.
NO.....NO.....NO NOT EVER,,,,,,Please.....
No. It would just give the Republicans to many ads running back all the insults she blasted Obama with. He should choose someone who has the same ideas of bringing the country together with commonalities, not fighting with everyone. Fighting is so old school not the future.
Obama absolutely needs Hillary on the ticket. I'm one of those Florida voters who will not vote in the general unless Hillary is on the ticket. Note to Howard Dean: Florida voters did not break any rules. Why are WE being punished? And how's it working for you so far?
Clinton should be the president.
She is experienced, for all race of people, and a fighter.
She is a very strong person.
We need her for our president.
Hilary is doing all she can to not only derail Obama but actually change the rules (Michigan and Florida) and go against everything our country stands for which is majority rules. Obama has the popular vote and he has the delagates but that is meaningless to Hilary. She needs to go away quickly and should never be a part of the Obama ticket. He needs to pick someone who is young, progressive, a change agent, and compliments him. If he does that he will win. She is clearly not that person.
No. I am an Obama supporter however, I feel that Hillary Clinton's strengths are far better served in another role. Perhaps Senate Majority Leader or something along those lines.
I would much rather see an Obama/Sebelius ticket in the fall.
'A House Divided Cannot Stand' – so keep these Titans together to
go up against John McCain......just imagine the Thunder and Lightning
that this Dynamic Duo can muster to win the General Election....both will bring varied strenghts needed to put the Dems back into the White House – afterall isn't that what the Dems truly want???
The dream ticket of Obama-Clinton could only work if Hilary takes some time to rally behind Senator Obama after all the votes are counted in his favor. The contradiction to "change" is more of a red herring at this point. If Obama wins the general election and becomes a two-term president, then he and Senator Clinton might build a solid Administration together. If she is actively involved as a Vice President, she would still be the leader of the Senate. She would have an influence on the Senate and the Presidency.
He needs Hillary as VP like he needs to be eating dinner at Rev Wright's house. If she were VP she would be making the 3am call that the President has been poisoned!!! LOL But seriously I really don't think he should offer her the spot, he should instead offer the position to someone who appeals to the older whites in rural/working class areas to supplement his "perceived weakness".
No. There are too many wounds.
After Hillary's comment that Obama is losing the support of White America, I think she just disqualified herself. What is so very good about the Obama candidacy is that it shows that we Americans can finally rise above our long history of racism and contempt for people of color.
Why not. Jack Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson ran a successful although close campaign in 1960 and they were political enemies. An Obama and Clinton ticket would be a historic ticket especially if they win and I think together they could. He is not going to let her tell him what to do. Hillary has proven in the Senate that she can work with the Republicans. Let;s be honest what VP in the past has had any influence on the president except for the possible exception of Cheney. Hillary is very smart and will work for the party no matter what.. Besides she would help win the big states that she has won in the primaries. Lastly, she should stay in the race so that the 8 million people who haven't had a chance to vote for Hillary or Obama can place their votes for the candidate of their choice.
I think it's funny that people are taking such strong stances with Obama and Hillary. Their political ideas are nearly identical. The only difference they seem to repeat is that Obama is the fresh blood that's needed in the white house, and Hillary has the experience that's needed in the White House.
For me the issues are a lot more important than the slogans, and their stances on the issues are nearly identical, so I don't see why a joint ticket would be so crazy.
Although, after this campaign, in terms of getting the most votes a joint ticket wouldn't work because of their harsh criticisms of each other, although they're only criticizing each other to win, not because they actually think there's something work criticizing.
Richardson would also be a good VP pick for Obama I think. A lot of foreign policy experience for the win.
This option would definately bridge the divide among democrats in November. However; each camp would somehow have to address the negatives that each had for another... ie, Rev. Wright, experience, ie, change in Washington, honesty (sniperfire). They would have to be more prepared as a team, than if they were individual Nominees to go against McCain.
Who are these "intermediaries" that George is referring to? It would help to know names so we atleast know which politicians have half a brain and which ones don't. Letting a Clinton near the White House again to "do their thing" would be a disgrace. By the way, having George, former White House spokesman for the Clinton's, be the mediator of a debate among democratic candidates, smooth move – that was the worst debate I've ever seen – thanks George. Obama should distance himself from the former First Lady as best he can – if she ever concedes!
If Senator Obama thinks he can win without the block of Clinton supporters who would either stay home or vote for MCCain as I will, I say by the time November 3rd. rolls around he won't even come as close as McCain. By this will definitely be an amusing spectacle to observe. By the way Senator Clinton don't accept, when Senator Obama looses handlily the whining of the Democrats will be at an all time high. Newly Republican
If he is to have even a slight hope of winning in November, then yes, he should beg her to be his VP. It seems like a no-brainer that he should offer it to someone who has over 1600 delagates, millions of supporters, and who one many large primary states. It would be a waste to give to a weakling like Richardson who won nothing and impressed nobody.
The "dream ticket" is a dud. Once Barack secures the nomination, he needs to select a VP candidate that furthers his argument for CHANGE. He does not need to pick a pol like Clinton or Edwards or Dodd. More importantly, he MUST NOT pick a white male governor like pawlenty or even a white female governor like sebelius. Whatever "executive" experience such a choice would bring to the ticket, Barack would immediately look as if he were pandering to the white electorate by subordinating himself to a white "handler," no matter how ridiculous or false that would be. Barach should run with someone fresh, someone energetic, and someone with an equal depth of intelligence. Someone outside the washington fol de rol would be fantastic. Shirley Tilghman or Drew Gilpin Faust (presidents of Princeton and Harvard) would be fabulous. Or a CEO-type from outside the financial services and petroleum sectors.
I say abolutely not!!! Let him find out how great he will be as president otherwise Hillary would be doing all the work. Hopefully he will not be the nominee....what a shame!!!
YeS hE sHoUlD!! aCtUaLly It DoEsN'yt MaTtEr As McCaIn WiLl DoMiNaTe!
SoCiAlIzEd HeAlThCaRe Is a JoKe!
Hillary will never play second fiddle and Obama would be foolish to accept her if he wants take the government in a new direction.
However, what both Clinton and Obama are forgetting or deliberately omitting, is that the Congress makes the laws, not the Executive Branch. They better concentrate on changing the members of Congress.
Even you know the answer to that. Having Hillary Clinton as Senator Obama's VP is like letting the snakes come out of the grass into your house.
He would spend more time answering 3AM calls to clear up all the underminding she would have done the day before.
She has proven without a shadow of a doubt that she cannot be trusted.
Yes, Yes, Yes,
This is the only solution to unite the party. I know the Obama supporters aren't crazy about it, but it is a political race and he has to win the constituancies that she is strong with. She will bring out the older voters and women.... These are the votes that McCain can get.
Be practical here folks, we have to win!
No, Obama needs to pick his own VP.
Let the HRC supporters go on and vote for McCain.
Seems like there are a lot of dissatisfied Republicans who are switching over to Obama anyway, not to mention Independents.
As a Canadian watching it from the "True North". It appears that both want the control the "destiny" of being President. But if they both took a step back for one moment. They would relaize that the two of them can "Change" the world! and "Will" change the world if they were both on the ticket.
Good Luck America! Your future is bright! with these two.
Winnipeg, Manitoba ,Canada
Yes, that's the only way he will get my vote.
Terrible, terrible idea. The Democratic Party needs to acknowledge the Clintons, but they are no longer in charge. Party members have elected a new course for the Fall, and harkening back to the old days will not be a winning theme in the coming election.
I say no to a Clinton and Obama ticket. It would not be fair to have Clinton, who has the ability to lead and implement change continuously and simultaneously, settle for second. She would be doing all the work, while Obama would get the credit. Nor would Obama make a good vice president for Clinton; he would not keep pace with her visions; he would coast in his role.
No!!! LBJ, anyone? She'd kill him. He encompasses his message of change in many ways...to put her on the ticket would endanger his life and his vision for change.
I say no to the so-called "dream" ticket. As far as myself and many of my "stupid white" friends and coherts feel, Obama is that on his own!!
Go Obama '08
Hillary doesn't need on Obama ticket. She should be the one on the ticket and Obama out of there period.
No! the longer she stays in the race the more foolish she looks. As far as I'm concerned she needs to work on her judgement and math skills about winning the nomination. Please Hillary, step down with some dignity left.
The perfect fit for Obama would be Wesley Clark. Hillary is just to divisive and would drive voters away from him. Having Clark would help his national security credentials.
When President Clinton was in office this country was well respected around the world. Today not even US smallest enemy scares because of this administration. This the most important issue here along with economy etc. Senator Obama does not have such capacity to restore this image again because he is not well known to the world. What don`t you get all of you?
As a lifelong Democrat – it makes me sick with the negativity flowing between supporters of both candidates. I'm a Clinton supporter and chose her because of her views on Healthcare.
For Obama supporters to spew the venom they do against her is just sad. Don't they realize that they need some of her supporters if he gets the nomination? Both these candidates have played negative – there is no way you can say Obama hasn't!!! He is not the messiah and has made many mistakes in this campaign and has admitted that. If he does it in his campaign – how can I believe he won't make qualified decisions running our country?
As it stands right now – as I read all the above comments – I will vote for McCain before I vote for Obama.
Jack-VP trumps senator. She'll graciously accept. Team Obama is saavy enough to know what she brings to the table; that which he lacks. We'll soon have Michelle and Chelsea trading make-up secrets. "Ebony and Ivory" will be played at the convention, just you wait!
No. Bill Richardson would be a much better choice. But he could offer her a seat on the Supreme Court.
I really am blindsided by all the support that Obama is getting?How many people have heard about him before this? I never have, and we are suppost to trust the man to run our country after his great fellow friend of a pastor on national tv said all the bad things about the government and the USA, remember folks this pastor befriended Obama for 20 years, and you don't think that his views rubbed off on Obama?just a little? I mean Obama supported this mans hate for 2o YEARS! Alot of you have forgotten what Hilary has done and we have heard of her. When her husband was president our economy soared! If it weren't for Oprah then where would Obama be? Broke, and never heard of? I think that we are desperate for a change, and who wouldn't be after Bush? But all these red Flags are going up with Obama I mean come on why are we ignoring them, arent we smarter than that? Thank you Hilary for Standing up for what alot of us believe Half of the USA, we will not worry if you are not the next president of the united states, the house will make sure Mccain WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes we will!!
If Hillary wasn't so polarizing and had so much baggage with her it would be a good idea...However she has a lot of baggage and his name is William Jefferson Clinton. I think it would be a grave mistake for Obama to invite her on his ticket. He should not be pressured to put him on her ticket...he should be allowed to choose his own running mate with confidence and integrity just like he has run his campaign, A-1.
No. If Hillary wants the vp slot she should publicy campaign for it. She needs to be on board with Obama's message of real change.
I think that Obama needs to offer the VP spot to someone like Bill Richardson, who has experience Governing a state. I definitely think that Obama should find a spot in his Administration for Hillary Clinton, but I just don't feel that VP is the right one.
While on the surface it might appear to be a “dream ticket,” I think that the campaign Hillary has run has made such an offer impossible. Had there been less dirty politics and less compliance with the media’s Wright-gate baloney on her part, an Obama/Clinton ticket would have been easier to swallow. But this is all moot, because I don’t think she would accept the job. I believe she wants all or nothing. My gut feeling is that an Obama/Edwards ticket is more sensible and would be an asset in the south.
Jack, if he does he loses his integrity and honesty and my vote.
Thanks , Jack, for asking probing questions. But this one is no-brainer. Why would Obama want Billiary in the White House again?
Is America ready for an "all minority" ticket? There is some truth in Hillary's comment about needing white working class Americans. I think too many would shy away from an Obama-Clinton ticket as well as an Obama-Richardson ticket. He needs to look elsewhere for his running mate.
I don't think that Hillary Clinton stands for same political values that Barack Obama does...she and her team are the epitome of dirty politics spinning lies and rumors out of control. I think she would bring down Obama's ticket if she were to be his running mate. I think Senator Obama would be better suited picking someone who is not tied to the Clinton machine.
Hillary is a natural leader that would never be satisfied with V.P. role. There would be contention between the two "super powers". Not a good move for either candidate.
It fits with the Obama philosophy of change, uniting disparity in behalf of unity . The suspicions suggested in these comments indicate a strong anti-feminist bias. Let's give her/them a chance to work it out in the best interest of the country, whose best interest has been on a low road for much too long!
nooooo way. Hillary is a bully. She wants it all her way and refuses to be a team player or listen to others which has become even more obvious in the past couple of weeks. Is she becomes VP, she will always want ot act as if she is president and drive everyone in the administration crazy. She has divided the democrats and thats all she is capable of. We need uniters in the next administration. GO OBAMA!
No. Eight years of Bill is enough.
Hi Jac k,
I do not think it would be a positive move for the Democratic Party to put Hillary Clinton on the ticket. Several friends and I are the Regan democrats and are white women over the age of 45. We are disappointed in Hillary and Bill Clinton and their politcal techniques. It as if they are willilng to sell their souls to become president. We are so nervous about them all of us have agreed that if something happened to our young president, they would be the first suspects. We also agree we would vote for John McCain if Hillary is on the ticket. I do not understand how Al Gore can just sit there and let them continue pushing cheating with voting in Florida and Michigan and not do something. After this Primary we consider Al Gore more the leader of the Party. Why are democratic party so afraid of the Clinton's and their backers? If this was the other way around Obama would have been out in March. Even my friends on the other side feel the Clinton's and their backers are making them nervous.
Hillary all the way!!!
yes, it would assure a Democratic victory in Nov and thats what America needs badly
Only if he hires a food taster.
I am a 60 year old white professional. Obama is my man! It is impossible to unring the bell. Hillary has attacked Obama in so many ways that Obama would have to be a saint to forgive! I can't see anything but a strained relationship between them.
I laugh, and laugh, when i read the posts of Obama supporters. You do realize that's the only way Clinton supporters will vote for Obama Right?. I don't want her to pick VP spot, I want Obama to go up there and go Dukakis on everybody. So that i can...laugh and laugh some more. My Trifect of Happyness would be Obama Losing worse than Kerry, Howard Dean Getting Fired, and Clinton getting Senate Majority Leader. The Third one might not happen.. but im so darn close to a trifecta.
Clintonites for McCain...
A Kraft, from Naples, FL, got it right in the first post: it's a bad idea. Too much bad blood; Bill would be a publicity hog; and Obama stands, in the public's mind at least, for a fresh start and a new direction. Clinton, for all her strengths, would muddle that image. I look forward to seeing who Obama picks. If he wants a woman on the ticket-and why not-he could do a lot worse than Gov. Sebelius of Kansas.
Absolutely not! Joe Biden or Bill Richardson would be much better choices for Obama. Both would compliment his style better than Hillary. Besides, she's the "old Washington way" which he has campaigned against! Given that, Bill Richardson would be a great choice for Obama. Richardson appears much more open to building bridges between opposites rather than putting up fences. This is certainly Obama's style.
No, no way Hillary could be or should be number two. She has not played fair and it would not be in Obama's best interest.
Obama is everything that Hillary is not and will never be. I would never dream of voting for Hillary Clinton, and cannot imagine why any responsibly thinking democrat would, but I must say I do believe Hillary as Obama's VP would make them unstoppable force. As long as Obama is the number one, I trust him to make the choice for VP that he feels is right. Regardless of if that is Hillary or not.
I don't think so. If he picks her as his VP the notion that he stand for change doesn't make sence at all, because she reprsent the washington he is trying to change.
Obama has shown he does not need her. And the people who dislike her will not vote for him. She would be a liability.
The 'nightmare ticket' seems to be being proposed mostly by Clinton supporters. Maybe they are clinging to some hope of her getting close to the White House so that she can do what she is doing now in four years time and undermine Obama in her almost desperate need to 'rule'. Their ideologies are more removed than their policies. Obama believes in truth.
This would be a terrible idea for both of the candidates. For Obama, it would contradict the message of change in Washington that he has been pounding during this entire campaign, and for Clinton it would put her in the Vice Presidency and out of the limelight for 4-8 years if elected. I think she would be better suited remaining in the senate or maybe running for governor in a few years, after that she could take another run at the presidency. And chances are she won't have to deal with as captivating a person as Obama when it comes time to win the nomination.
No Jack, I think he should put her in "Time Out" for eight years...
No he is all fluff and no substance. She is intelligent capable and can lead this country effectively. She does not need to be on a losing team. She needs to stick with it and stand by her convictions.
we will see what he is about in days coming............
jack these obama supporters keep it up ..
the hillary supporters will never support him.
all of her voter will not ever drop .
the the dnc has done this shame less
The move of a political joint venture having Obama and Clinton run the highest political office in the land would be considered a major turning point in Washington. Issues that confront women, bridging the racial divide and addressing all the other challeging issues we face today put both candidates in the driver seat. This test in driving both to Washington presents balance and representation of the people which this country badly needs. If only they can deflate their egos somewhat and leave their power hungry mentality behind, maybe just maybe this could be what the country needs.
Its the best way to unite the party and get the right people in the White House. Yes we need the change that Obama is offering, but we also need the stability of the 'old' government, as some state, of Clinton.
Obama is still fresh and new who knows if he will be do what he is commiting to now, when or if he gets elected. We need Clinton to be the link between the past and the future. She has been through it before, she understands it, and if she doesn' t get the ticket...its next best place for her to be. Just cause she was only the "first lady' doesn't mean that she doen't understand what is going on or wasn't involved..
Democratics are smart....they'll make sure it happens. Its the only way to keep the Bush the 3rd out of the White House.
And on a personal note – I'd rather have a hard ass "b" in the White House then some pusher over that can't live up to his promises. Any way you look at, what needs to be done and fixed will get done and fixed with her.
No way to Hillary, if he puts her on the ticket then that's like putting the misfortune of the Clintos back in the White House. What about NAFTA and Bill's misconduct, why dirty up a new house?
The interest that is larger than the real or imagined political futures of either Obama or Clinton is the fate of our country and the larger world. If an Obama-Clinton ticket means that the Democrats would have the best opportunity to win in November then the two should suppress egos and differences for the greater good.
Bring back Bill! Richardson, that is.
I think a few months ago this could have had potential, but after the recent mud-throwing I'd have to say no to a joint Obama-Clinton ticket. I do; however, think that there could be some promise in an Obama-Edwards ticket....I think Edwards knows this and it might be why he's remaining fairly tight-lipped at the moment! Edwards brings some experience, and a different pesonality type than Obama....without bringing Hillary's dirty politics!
She should remain a Senator, maybe Senate Majority leader, where she can accomplish many good things and run against McCain in 2012.
Long time democrat turning to McCain. What does change mean? Obama will be all talk and no action – a lame duck from day 1.
I have felt for some time if a person would want the longest influance on american politics. 2 terms as vp and then 2 years prez would be appealing to me!
Absolutely. That's the only way I'd ever vote for him. Everybody I know will either not vote at all or vote for McCain in the Fall if Obama wins the nomination. And we're dead serious.
Sunny Isles Beach, FL
I was all for that until hillary pulled the race cards. the heck with the clintons. they are nothing but dirty politicians
You do whatever you have to do to insure a democrat in the White House. If egos get in the way, than neither one of them should be considered a true democrat. The most important thing is to keep a republican out of the presidency and give the country a chance to clean up 8 years worth of mess.
I'm a staunch Obama supporter, but if Clinton is any part of his proposed administration, I simply won't vote. She is everything that he is not. She is old politics. She is lies. She is typical pandering. She's the Democratic equivalent to Bush.
Hillary is happy witout Obama. I think she should quit politics altogether. It not because she may not win nomination. But the way USA treated her. She definitely is not a loser but USA lost really golden chance to elect a good president. Whether anybody accepts or not Obama played the race card quitely and cleverly.
I am one of those problematic white women who wants Hillary on the ticket. If I don't see her name, McCain here I come.
I'm sure that would go a long way to help us heal a bitter and sometimes cantancerous campaign battle.
Obama & Edwards – that would be an amazing ticket!
Hillary has already been VP. It didn't work then and it won't work now.
With an Obama – Clinton ticket the republican will have their chance of winning.
They will focus on the weak link Clinton with all her negatives. Republicans will redirect their shots on her leaving Obama alone; they will beat so much that the ticket will look dirty and lose.
I will beg Obama not to do such a mistake.
Come on...everyone knows that her quest to be President would not end once becoming Vice President. In her mind, she would be just a scandal away from becoming President. Its ironic that is her best chance of becoming President!
I am a stauch Democrat, but I am amused that people think Obama represnets change! He is endorsed by the KENNEDYS for heaven sake! They sure don't represent anti-Washington sentiment! I think the ticket for the Dems should be Hillary and Bill. Brenda, Arkansas
This is definitely the only solution for a party that has been split down the middle by two equally desirable candidates. To not run together is to risk alienating vast swaths of the Democratic party. They're not that far apart when it comes to the issues, and as far as personality differences go, politics has made far stranger bedfellows. Run together and unite the party.
NO way – we may take Bill though.
How about Biden – he's my choice.
YES!! as 'dancing with the stars' would state it.... 10! 10! 10!
And the VP choice is.......................................Kathleen Sebelius, the Governor of Kansas.
Take it to the bank.
She's not capable of contributing anything of value to our country. I would pick Richardson who is honest and experienced.
He needs her votes and know-how. Yes!
Why? So she can continue her attacks on him? Even as the VP Hilary would still be running for President and she wouldn't stop her tricks until she had him kicked out of office. She'd go out of her way to second guess his every decision to prove that she is still a better choice. I don't think it's a smart move.
Hillary has already stated that only she and McCain were qualified and experienced to be president. A comment that will come back to haunt the democratic party.
As for already having been a " second chair" for 8 years I thought Al Gore had been the vice president not Hillary.
No....she has really been much too divisive for any voter
to believe then can work in concert with an Obama team ...and what would we do with Bill?
If you liked Cheney, you would love the Clinton's as Vice Presidents.
Absolutely NO. Although the policies they are pushing are very similar, their personalities and their ethics appear to be diametrically opposed. It would create major problems for Obama to demonstrate the kind of leadership and change he wishes to bring to the White House....
Heck NO!!! she will try to get him Impeached.. you cant devide a party and be rewarded with the VP job
I just noticed an earlier comment: Obama should offer the vp spot to Colin Powel. What a great idea!!
Jack, I think it would be one of the best decisions Obama could make. I believe that together they have the ability to sweep the election for the Democrats. As a supporter of Hillary I believe there is really very little difference between the two candidiates on the issues most important to Americans: the economy, healthcare, and Iraq. Hillary has a better plan for healthcare than either McCane or Obama. Perhaps if they teamed up they could hammer out a truly good plan as they 'both' support change. Teaming up to bring the entire Democratic Party back together is a good thing; not a bad thing.
You are obviously an ardent Obama supporter yourself. I've listened to your opinions each afternoon throughout this campaign and NONE have supported the Democratic Party in general or even come close to bridging the gap. CNN's coverage has overall been about as biased as any I've heard. Get off the issue of gender and race for crying out loud.
Can't really say who should be the VP canidate. But, I do get a laugh out of all those who think that Obama or anyone other canidate is actually going to "change" a damn thing in Washington. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
The point is, we the people are tired of the Clintons. I hope this is the final coffin nail on her political aspirations. I hope she can never rebound from this. She is the old gaurd. Time to usher in a new era.
Plus, how could he possibly offer her the ticket with the damage she has done and all the political garbage she is slinging. She would be a HUGE liability...We want someone in there with some integrity and that is not Hillary.
No. She brings nothing to the ticket. She has said that if she were under Republican rules she would be the candidate. This makes sense since she was a Goldwater Girl before marrying Bill. I think she should borrow President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" banner and hang it at her last desperate campaign rallies. Her campaign is becoming a comedy with our former President looking more and more like W.C. Fields. She shoud go home to New York, Arkansas, Illinois, Pennsylvania or where ever she calls home this week.and take Bill with her.
I think having Hillary as VP would be great. It would mean that she wouldn't be my senator any more.
Absolutely. She would refuse, but there is no better way to mend the divisions within the Democratic Party, and to help him secure the swing states Clinton has consistently beaten him in; however, with all the mistakes Obama has made so far in the campaign, don't count on this happening.
Should Obama offer Clinton the #2 slot?...SHEESH! I hope not!!! I thought that the President and Vice-President should work in tandem with the other as a team. I don't believe Hillary is capable of functioning in a second-place position and, therefore – because of her personality – would not be in the best interest of our Country's welfare. She'd be trying to run the show all by herself.
Are Americans ready for a menage-a-trois? I mean, Obama-Hillary-Bill, remember that whoever takes Hillary gets Bill as a bonus, not questions asked. And with Bill around, who would be the real President? Have Americans not learn with Dick Cheany? Go figure...
I am a Barak Obama supporter and have been since the beginning...even attended his announcement to run. According to some I am in the wrong camp because I am a middle aged and middle class white female...I think Hillary has an attitude and and EGO that does not quit. She appears to be a spoiled child...stomping her feet, showing her fists and demanding she gets what she wants or else...She would be more of a hindrance than a help as VP...
Jack If she were offered the VP spot now I don't think Hillary would take it . She needs to keep on running her campagne so she can pay herself back the millions she borrowed from herself.
Should Hillary be on Obama's ticket? Absolutely not! She would be a weight on his shoulders. He does not need her to win. She is a dishonest petty person. He needs someone who has integrity. She and Bill need to step back and face reality, their time is over.
Absolutely NO. She represents the old phony politician that Obama supporters are so tired of. She clearly is no where near his level of anything. He should pick someone decent and smart.
Absolutely Positivily NOT!!! With Obama's promise of changing Washington politics, cleaning house and starting anew, the house isn't clean if old cobwebs are still hanging around!
The vice presidency should NOT be offered to Hillary. She has been divise, and run a very hatred campaign against Sen. Obama. If she weren't so arrogant, she would drop out now and start mending the fences she has put holes in. By the way, I am an "older" white woman who DOES NOT support Hillary. Also, I am a Catholic and cannot understand why Hillary says she has the Catholic vote. I heard the ranting she did against the Supreme Court when they upheld the ban on partial birth abortion - which is barbaric.
Sen. Obama should be able to find a running mate that will give the Dems a good ticket.
As much as I dislike her, IF it would significantly increase his chances of getting the white working-class vote I could go along with it. If it could prevent a bitter struggle till the end, it might be worth it. On the hand with her treacherous and downright silly comments that he's not ready to be Prez or Commander-in-Chief, I don't know how this will sell.
No Way!!! Hillary has proven herself to be too self-absorbed in her own power. It would take the first two years for her to accept the fact that Barack is the president, not her!!
If he needs a woman on the ticket, I agree that Kathleen Sebelius would be the much better choice.
We can only hope we have seen and heard the last of Billary for some time. (At least until 2012!)
Go Obama '08
Glendale Heights, IL
Dream ticket is the only way Democrats will win the election.
NO! We are looking for a change, not the same old same old! People are so weary of the Clintons, thus one of the reason she got a thumping from our “little tar heels” in North Carolina on Tuesday. Just as we turned a new millennium at the beginning of 2000—the millennium is turning on politics in 2008 as well.
Jack the reason the race took so long was because Hillary was more of a baggage to Obama and the party. Giving her a VP spot is like slowing down Obama's momentum against the republicans. He fought so hard to get his nomination why should he make it even harder for him to bid McCain by adding Hillary in the ticket. Jack as we know politics is a spin. If by Nov Hillary has stop the fighting which she probably will continue even after Obama is nominated, then maybe she will humble herself with a VP position. Its all up to Obama and his campaign. Let watch and see.
Absolutely not, Barrack Obama is here to bring about change, and Hillary Clinton is as far from change as you can get.
If Barrack Obama had no interest in having Hillary as his VP before it reached this point, where Hillary is down and almost out, before her manipulative and divisive attacks against him, why in the world would he want her as VP now.
Hillary sunk herself in this one, and she is going to have to live with the results.
Barack Obama should not chose Hillary Clinton to run as Vice President. Sen. Clinton has earned a strong, bipartisan reputation in the Senate. Frankly, she could do far more good as Senate Majority Leader.
No, Jack Obama should not offer her anything.Treat her the same way she and her husband would have treated him. As a matter of fact Obama would not be in this race had this situation been turned around he would have been asked to quit along time before Penn. you know it and i know it.............Faye S.C.
No, Obama should not offer or accept Clinton as number 2
It will be Drag on Obama to work freelee to accomplish what he needs to acomplish.
It will not be good for the party or the country
it will aslo indecate that Obama is ok with clinton's policies which are not good to reflect the "Change"
If Obama plans on sticking to his 'Change' theme, selecting Hillary as his VP would be the biggest mistake he can make. Hillary is a 'Politician' in every sense of the word. She's a liar and a power-hungry individual, and I'd be willing to bet that she'd be the first person to fight to have Obama impeached should he make a mistake in office just so she can become President. Obama needs to finish beating her in to the ground and move on with a VP that won't jepordize the well-being of this country.
Please don't even think of such a horrible ticket! I can't stand the sound of her voice let alone the possiblity of seeing her. I'm hoping she fades away. I would have to look at Macain if that were the choice!! Carol
I think it would be a big mistake for him to have Sentor Clinton as a running mate. I see the Clintons as an "Old Time Democrat." Her only hope to win the nomination is to bet that her or her husband can get the super delagates to vote for her. To me, that is steeling the nomination. By her staying in the race, to me it is her hope that she can steel the delagates and the nomination. I remember reading that in 1981 or so, they created the super delagates to make sure the Democrats can make sure that their nominee is electable. That is the same thing as saying if you are not a "Good Ol' Boy" you will not be the nominee no matter how the primaries turned out. I believe the Clinton's are counting on "The Old Democrats" to give them the nomination they believe they deserve. Senator Obama is swaying me, a so-called republican, to vote for him. If Senator Clinton is the nominee or even the vice-presidential candidate, that pretty muchs keep me from voting Democrat.
Hell no Jack, don't offer the V.P.position to her. Remember Vince Foster and Ron Brown?........Roy
I can only imagine 8 years of regret if Hillary is offered the position of VP. She should be Sec. of Health and Human Services where she would have a pltform to develop and promote her much-needed universal health plan. Hopefully she wouldn't make such a mess of it as she did on her previous trial.
I'd be happy either way, Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama. And here's how to figure it out: Get both candidates in a live television studio, have them each assent to the fact that neither can win the pledged delegates outright, flip a coin (Obama gets to call it because he holds the slight lead), and heads or tails, there's your ticket. It wouldn't be binding - the superduperdelegates would still have to do their thing - but it would be good theater, a fitting end to the primary, and a great pre-cursor to the convention and, hopefully, the beginning of 16 years of Clinton or Obama in the White House.
Seriously, let's do this.
No! If the campaign goes into bargaining the out come between Obama and Clinton, like retiring her campaign debt, or a compromised VP (Like Westly). I don't see her being a VP candidate.
She would become the senior senator, run again in 2010, and if Obama fails, she could be a front runner in 1212. I think Obama has problems capturing blue color and white voters. Sure he got 92% of the black vote, my Afro American friends tell me don't care about his politics, he is black and they have to vote for him. Now, is that really the only reason. What would happen if women had the same attitude, which appears they don't. Obama is in the drivers seat and as a union member, I will most like vote for him because he is a better choice than McOldie.
After her divisive and bitter campaigning? No way! I can't think of a worse choice.
That's his choice. But should he offer the V.P. position to a candidate that is just as foolishly dedicated to a losing war as George W. Bush, Jr. The Iraq War is not going well Bush. We are losing. Your primary(War) is over Hillary, you are losing.
If Obama's smart he will offer Clinton the VP spot, not to get her out of the race now, but because she deserves it. She was robbed of her win in FL and would have won MI even if Obama's name had been on the ballot. She would have been the one with the momentum and they would be tied right now or she would be leading. If Obama is too arrogant to ask her to be the VP, I will not vote for him.
Absolutely not! That would be like having two women in the kitchen, in the same house. Think about it, as the Vice President you are always the President's right-hand person. But in the same way, as the First Lady you always have the President's ear, even late at night. And the ear and the right hand are always in the same room at the same time.
Whew, as the media you guys will be guaranteed at least four to eight years of drama within the White House walls that you have never seen before.
I'm still with you Obama!
No. She is the candidate of mudslinging and politics as usual. Her ads about him have been so negative – getting worse with those racially divisive comments today – and her comments so hurtful that I don't see how a person of integrity , which I believe Obama to be, could share the ticket with her. I would love to see a woman on the ticket, but one who shares Obama's ideals and values.
No. Hillary would be a more effective ally in the Senate. He should ask either Janet Napolitano, governor of Arizona, or Claire McCaskill, senator from Missouri to be his running mate. That should help to sure up support among women even though Hillary isn't on the ticket.
I think that would be the only way that the Democratic Party will get the Presidency, if they both are on the ticket, one way or another. I have backed Clinton from the beginning, but having also said that I won't vote for Obama.
I am sure we all know that both sides have lied through-out this campaign, whether it is using your religion or up bringing for votes, you have to stab some major backs to get where they both are!!
I think that regardless of who wins the primary, if a Democrat or both of them get into office, we will just be providing to the world that we are hypocrites.
Absolutely not. He would be crazy to want her as his vice president. Not only would he have to put up with her trying to undermine him at every opportunity but then he would have Bill creating problems whenever he could. Also, I put nothing past the Clintons and I agree with the folks who are saying that he would need beefed up security and a food taster.
I never agree with Rush Limbaugh but every so often he says something that rings true. On one of his shows a couple of months ago he said something to the effect that the Clintons would do ANYTHING, ANYTHING to get Hillary in the Whitehouse. My feelings exactly.
Clinton as Obama's VP is a scary thought – given how she has played dirty games on the campaign to try to destroy Obama. She is still hoping to do so.. She looks like she would do anything, just anything to be president – that worries quite a few of us. To be his VP she would have to go to effective counseling first!
Plus, it is only fair to let Obama choose his own VP – he should not be pressured into pairing up with Clinton. And vice versa, if Clinton wins the nomination. We all know Obama is a very honest man with high integrity. We should let his leadership skills play out to bring the country together without imposed intereference.
No!!!!!!!!!!!Obama is talking about a new Washington, Clinton would only bring the old politics into the ring. He doesn't need that.
Not a good idea. I can just hear Hillary saying..."well I couldn't reach you by phone so I went ahead and nuked half the Middle East" while you were on vacation.
It's a bad idea to offer Senator Clinton the number two spot at this time. It would eliminate all chances of being able to bow out gracefully and it would weaken Barack Obama's stand as the strong candidate that he is lets let Senator Clinton face the music on her own.
Please do not start this bad rumor. Clinton is not the right choice for Obama. She has proven that she cannot be an effective team leader–second in command. She would only try to dictate to Obama what must be done. Send her back to NY so that she can work on her bad attitude!
It wound be nice but it would be his choice, and if the shoe was on the other foot would she do the same.
At this point, with both campaigns having such strong and loyal supporters, that may be the only way to truly unite the Democratic party for the general election. I'm all for the Dream Ticket.
It would be "real history"...the first (both considered) minorities themselves, would lead a country where the entire world definitely will shout in one unified voice...."Thank God".
Senator Clinton has said Senator Obama is not ready to be commander-in-chief. She has claimed that Senator McCain and she are ready to be president, but "You'll have to ask Senator Obama" if he thinks he's ready to be president, because "all (he) has is a speech he gave in 2002." These and the many other negative statements she has made about Senator Obama will be brought up by Republicans every time she makes an appearance, just as former President Bush was hounded by his claims that Ronald Reagan was promoting "voodoo economics."
Consider this. If Sen Clinton doesn't win the nomination this year, her best chance to be POTUS is to run in '12. If Sen. Obama wins the general, she has to respect the party and not challenge him in '12. Her only shot at the White House now is to hope McCain wins in November so that she can challenge him in 4 years. This will also bolster her claim that Sen Obama was unelectable and give her more credibility on round 2. It is in her best interest now to see McCain beat Obama in November.
No, I don't think he should offer her the VP spot. Doing so would make it much harder for Obama to beat McCain in the fall.
Besides people want change not more of the same....Hillary has a real deceitfulness about her that Barack Obama should stay clear of.
At the beginning of the year and even up and until February, I thought the joint tickets was a good idea, but since then I have been turned off by the antics of Senator Clinton's campaign.
As a black women, I admit that I USED to be an emphatic BILL CLINTON supporter, but my support for him has done more than a 180 degree turn. It has dissipated. In fact, I would go so far as to say its a little less than neutral hovering around dislike. And to be clear, the only reason I even considered supporting Hilary Clinton is because of her husband.
Maybe this distaste I have for the Clinton's will wane in the coming weeks (if their outlandish tactics stop) but for now I do not advocate such a ticket. Like others before me have said Clinton and her tactics are antithetical to the Obama message.
Honest & Slightly Disgruntled Law Student
New York, New York
I think that Hillary should offer Obama the # 2 spot.
SHe would make the best president!
Don't be pushed into a choice by the media! Count Florida & Michigan and THEN talk about the ticket!
I don’t think so. I don’t think she values same things he does. If he does this, he might be seen as politically expedient rather than ‘doing the right thing’. I don’t think he believes her ideas or leadership style would be good for the country. And, since the whole point of a VP is to be President in case it becomes necessary, I think he would not choose her. Of course, I could be wrong – I trust he will make the right decision for the country.
I hope Obama is too smart to ask Sen Clinton to be veep.
What would his life be like with Hillary and Bill in his daily life?
I'd say no way!
Jack, tell Wolfe to stop Interrupting. He wants an answer than he over talks, thats rude.
He would be to busy pulling arrows out of his back to lead the country....and I dont know if he would want Bubba that close to his wife.
Senator Clinton is way to divisive for Senator Obama to pick her for VP running mate. Her methods are 180 degrees from the Change that Obama is working on for America.
NO! The grounds for this argument is whether Sen. Clinton could make Sen. Obama more electable in the course of the general context. I believe she is already done her part in that regard. The V.P position should be offered to someone who shares, respects and believes in the values and goals of the ticket. The ticket cannot be divisive in nature, or hold any sort of resentment. On the contrary the candidates in the ticket have to function as a cohesive unit, thus I believe the idea of an Obama/Clinton ticket is not quite as grand.
No. I dont not believe he should give her the V.P. spot so she can stop her ever dwindling primary race. though im not in support of Sen. Clinton continuing this primary race through June, i also do not sujpport the idea of enticing Sen. Clinton with a second place prize so she can stop. I just hope that After June 3, 2008 that the Super Delegates join the cause of Sen. Obama and help unite our party under him so we can march into November victorious against the third Former President George W. Bush.
Hilliary as Obama's #2? Sound like 'IN-YOUR-DREAM' ticket to me!
Better yet, the post should be offerred to the Rev Wright.
After all he is his mentor for over 20 years!
How about joining her as VP! Now that is the REAL DREAM ticket.
But it wont happen either with over 90% of Black backing him!
ABSOLUTELY NOT – NO WAY!!!!!!!!! Any ballot that inluded Hillary Clinton would never receive my vote. She can not be trusted in
The comment by Phil K Liberty Pa-I totally agree that a great VP would be Kathleen Sebeluis of Kansas!!!! She would be wonderful.
Obama deserves better than Clinton.
Hillary, go home, and buy yourself a sundress. Enough pant suits.
he should not. she brings nothing to the ticket. He should pick Wesley Cark or Bill Richardson. They will lead Obama to Victory
If Obama picks Clinton for VP, he's as good as dead – it's the Clinton way.
jack ,i prefer you . hillary nooo.
If Obama were to have Hillary as his vice, he'd have to watch how we walks down steps and, have a food taster. It would be like having your aggressive, type A personality in-laws breathing down your neck in the car because you're a new driver - and constantly reaching for the wheel.
The Obama-Clinton ticket will ndefeat the Obama "CHANGE" moto......while Obama doesn't collect the Washington Lobyists money to support his campaign, Clinton's campaing is largely funded by the Washington Lobyists, so that idea will be a double standard should Obama picks Clinton as a running mate......
Remember that the VP is just a heart beat away? Remember what happened to Pres. Kennedy and that other Pres from IIlinois Mr Lincoln? There may be some nuts who may just think the same thing..BO should consider that possibility if he decides on HC..
Thing is he may be pressured into it by the uncommitted Super Delegates?
Yes. She is smarter and harder working than he is, plus this would be a tremendous boost for women and the working class. This is the only way I'd consider voting for Obama. Otherwise, McCain, you're getting my vote!
Obama stands for change. Hillary is same politics. In addition, how would Obama rein in "Bill"? You don't just get one Clinton, but the two of them. They will over-shadow Obama.
No, Obama should have a Vice President that can help him and not a Prima Dona.
San Antonio, Texas
If Obama does offer her the VP spot and they win the election, if I were Obama I would seriously watch her and my back at the same time. If you don't think Hillary hasn't already come up with a new 'Vince Foster' plan to become President you really don't know or understand the Clintons.
If Hillary' continues to insist that her base won't vote for Obama in the general election, then no.
He should offer to the VP spot to Edwards, Gov. Richardson, then Beden. Either would be more appealing to me!
And for those that would vote for McCain, simply because Hillary lost the Dem primary, I feel sorry for you. That would be idiotic!
Jack, should the next VP be Clinton? Is the word "no" debatable like the word "is"? She's definitely a pro at twisting the truth to the breaking point, along with some things that don't need twisting. She learned from another pro. Based on the issues, I just don't trust her. So my answer is three words – NO, NO, NO!
Although there is a "counter-change" message that could be interperated from asking Sen. Clinton to be the VP running mate, it would eliminate a lot of the Democratic Party damage that the long primary has caused. Obama-Clinton would still pick-up a significant number of cross-over Republicans ...not so, on a Hillary-Obama ticket.
For Obama to offer Clinton the VP would be the biggest mistake of his career. I am republican who will cross the divide to vote for Obama; I don't think I would do so if she was on the ticket. She represents everything he claims to be against. She fights dirty and uses the same divisive tricks that causes me to leave the republican party. Obama has a strong democratic base and a large republican crossover appeal; the only people he can't get to vote for him are largely older, whiter, and less educated. Incidentally it is entirely that demographics that breed racisms. In the end there is heavy downside to aligning with Hillary and hardly any benefit.
Obama should not be put on the ticket if Democrats really want to win . I am a delegate and I can say -I truthfully dont know how you are getting to write this bull but Hilliary is 5 to 1 more want ed more than Obama
she doesn't deserve it
What dream? That would be a nightmare! Obama would be President in title ONLY behind Bill and Hillary in that order.
There isn't anything that Barack Obama could offer Senator Clinton to make up for the way the Demoratic Party has worked against her throughout this campaign. If she ends up losing the nomination, she would be much more powerful in the Senate than as serving as Obama's VP.
All I've been hearing is what's best for the Democratic Party and not what or who is best suited to serve as President of the US.
I hope that her supporters realize that they could make a louder statement by voting for her as a Write In candidate than staying home or voting for McCain.
Sorry, not a good idea. Clinton has too many negatives and is far too devisive. She has not shown that she holds a clear picture of what is needed to unite our country. Her abrasive nature and constant wishy-washy changing of "her voice" plus her problem with telling the truth are a big negatives. She is also has obligations to the big monied interests who have financially supported her campaign, whereas Obama has built his campaign on small donations from ordinary citizens and does not take money from corporations or cowtow to lobbyists.
Obama, like any other candidate should have the option to choose the V.P. running mate that he feels can best work with his administration. He has an amazing organization of supporters who he will bring with him to the White House and respects the ideas individual citizens have to bring to government. His ability to judge character will enable him to select the best and brightest to help him lead our country.
NO< NO< NO! Barack needs a VP that is not as bossy and old-time politics as she is. The next thing you know, she would be acting as president. She has daid too many negative things about Barack to deseve the honor. We have got t o put the Clintons behind us and forge forward to a country of change. , As a senior citizen, I know we need the energy of the young to bring change.
Mr Obama if you are listening PLEASE PLEASE do not consider this option. This will only contradict every principle you have campaign for and discourage many of your disenfranchise voters.That's like Jesus asking Lucifer to be his number two angel to run heaven. Remember, we as Americans are looking for change....not spare change!!!
Good Day Jack, i think it would show poor judgement if he pick Mrs. Clinton a V.P. Her and Bill would undermine everything he is trying to achieve. Plus if anything happens to him she is next in line, Watch out Obama, she will win at all cost!
I would be shocked and appalled if Barack Obama selected Senator Clinton as his running mate. I have been an Obama supporter since the beginning. I'm a student in New Hampshire and much of my fall was spent in support of his campaign, and I have wanted him to be my president since 2004. If he were to select someone who has continually misrepresented his record and attacked his character the way Hillary has, I would lose virtually all of my respect for the man and my vote would likely cross all the way over to McCain. I know first hand that I speak for many young Obama supporters in New Hampshire and my home state of Ohio when I say our votes will go elsewhere if Hillary is on the ticket.
No, I think Colin Powell, the man deserves a chance to redeem his reputation and offers so much with his experiences, should be
Obama's choice for VP.
If we reversed the situation and Hillary was the apparent candidate the Dream Team concept would be squashed like a grape.
He can't. Obama has run his entire campaign on a promise of hope and change. Clinton has run her whole campaign using old Washington ways of deceit and deception. If she were put on the ticket, it would give the Republicans everything they needed to beat them handily in the general election.
Stop trying to sell Obama/Clinton ticket like George Stephanopoulos, it is a bad idea!
Claire McCaskill will make a great VP. Besides her wise counsel and support during these primaries, she has great credentials, and can deliver the swing state of Missouri to the Dems come November.
No – the fundamental change Barack Obama represents runs counter to Hillary and Bill Clinton histories – and would be a form of pandering ala "gas tax vacation". Mr Obama needs to get a team-mate with very closely held core values on both domestic and global policy. Without a reversal of our global policies our domestic policy will not matter as our global debt bankrupts us.
If the US electorate isn't fully committed to the changes Barack Obama represents we will get what we deserve – beverly hills, ca
Every vote counts in the Senate. One of them should remain there, and we need Biden and Dodd there too. I like Bill Richardson, John Edwards, or Nancy Pelosi for VP. But Hillary has shown an ability in the "no holds barred" style of a VP nominee, and a backbone that has superseded Bill, whose real accomplishment was a balanced budget, beating our current oval occupant by one.
Larry, Charleston SC
Both candidates keep talking about how this race isn't about them it's about the people. They need to show that they mean that by getting over their hurt feelings and run together. The fact that this race has gone on for so long shows how passionate both camps are about their candidate. But they have one common goal, and that is what their people want – TO WIN! And having an Obama/Clinton ticket is a sure win.
So let's really make this race about the people and not the candidates' egos.
Historically, the President/Vice President ticket has been a matter of geographical, strategic convenience for the president, regardless of if they did or did not see eye to eye on all issues. Obama should lock up the nomination and offer it to her, but only if Al Gore turns it down.
No way should Hillary Tonya Hardin Clinton be on the ticket.
Man would that be a mistake!
Remember the Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinski incident?
The whole truth is that Hillary hired Monica to let Bill "Not Have Sexual Relations With Her" Who saves a stained dress unless it is a setup?
I mean come on... Poor Hillary look what Bill did to her.
I bet if you look hard enough you will find a video tape of Hilliary and Monica buying not only a blue dress but a box of Bill's favorite cigars!!!
No it should not happen, and no it will not happen either. After Hillary's vitriolic and shameful campaign, she needs some time in the pasture. This is Obama's party now, and it's also his spotlight. Bill and Hillary need to keep a low profile retreat to the sidelines. That is if the Clintons care about preserving their legacy...