June 3rd, 2008
02:17 PM ET

Best way for Dems to unite for November?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It was five months ago today that an unknown black senator rode into the all-white state of Iowa and absolutely ruined Hillary Clinton's day. And the day after. And the day after that. And pretty much every day since.

Now it looks like it's about over. It's been historic. And bloody. And very expensive. And despite the open invitation from George Bush to the Democrats to simply walk into the White House, a Democratic presidency starting in 2009 is still a long way from a sure thing.

The breakthrough candidacies of the first woman and first African-American with a real shot for the nation's highest office may have torn the Democratic Party to shreds. Clinton and Obama polarized the electorate. And along the way, it got very nasty. We still don't know what it will take for Hillary Clinton to climb aboard the Obama express, and so far she's done little more than pay lip service to the idea of being a real team player and working as hard to unite the Democrats as she did to defeat Barack Obama.

Unless the Democrats can pull themselves together, the campaign of 2008 will go into the history books as the greatest opportunity ever squandered in American politics.

Here’s my question to you: What's the best way for the Democrats to begin uniting the party for November?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bob from Canada writes:
Hillary and Bill need to campaign for Obama without Hillary being on the ticket. Nothing else will tell the Democratic Party that the Clintons put party before the Clintons. And nothing is more unlikely.

Senior White Woman from Florida writes:
I am an Obama supporter and for the first time in 48 years, I donated money to a political campaign. However, if Hillary Clinton’s name appears on his ticket in November, it will also be the first time in that many years that I will not vote. I donated money from my Social Security monthly stipend to help elect Barack Obama, not Hillary Clinton.

C.J. writes:
Bring Hillary on board, reluctantly, as VP, but not immediately. Prep work must be done to give her a healthy dose of humility, and a real plan to "manage" Big Bill. Make sure that Michelle is on equal footing with Hillary. If this can't be accomplished, look elsewhere.

Tim from Toledo, Ohio writes:
Very simple. Hillary bows out gracefully, and then works to convince her supporters to vote for Obama. If that happens, McCain has no chance. Hopefully Hillary can swallow her pride, suppress her enormous ego, and do what is right for the Democratic Party. I believe she will.

Andru writes:
It's simple, Sen. Obama offers Sen. Clinton the role of vice president. Clinton supporters, including me, would jump on the bandwagon. This would be much more convincing than having Hillary not on the ticket, and having her try to convince her electorate to support Sen. Obama in November.

Georgeanne from Maryland writes:
All folks need to do is think about how bad we have it now (with Pres. Bush) and they will unite overnight!

Grace from Brooklyn, New York writes:
Hire the food taster and a back up, and give Hillary Clinton the VP spot. Then hope that Rev. Wright doesn't show up to bless the food. Sorry I couldn't help myself.

Filed under: 2008 Election • DNC
soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. mitch martin arkansaw

    give people a choice between obama and mccain.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  2. CJ in Atlanta, GA

    A Clinton-Obama ticket is the best way for Democrats to unite. There are many Clinton supporterss, such as myself, who won't vote for Obama unless she's on the ticket. It is a shame that the situation is not reversed.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  3. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    First Hillary needs to concede that she has lost her battle for the nomination, then Obama needs to select someone other than Hillary for his VP. Next, they need to put their personal egos aside and develop a stategy to support one another. Oh yes, send Bill overseas where there are no cameras or TV stations until after the elections.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  4. Tom - Las Vegas, Nevada

    The best way is to look at McCain, his record and his proposals for the future.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  5. miko Kansas city

    Hillary needs to swallow her pride and put her support behind Obama. I still want an Obama/Clinton ticket but don't think it will happen. They need to do whatever to insure McBush does not take office.!! Hillary is going to eat a big slice of humble pie.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  6. Marc, Toronto

    Off Senator Clinton a key role.

    Offer Senator Hagel the VP position.

    Make another speech about race. Talk more about the 95% good work that Trinity United Church did for his community.

    Ask Hillary to campaign in key states and make a speech about females and their ambition to move their agenda forward.

    Ask Bill to step aside.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  7. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    That ship has already sailed. There has been so much back stabbing in the democratic party that they are now asking republicans to donate blood to them. The democrats have given McCain the election. They wrapped it up nicely and Hillary Clinton delivered it in person. Thanks Hillary!! You’re a peach!!

    June 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  8. Darren in Oregon


    They need to Hog-Tie the whole Clinton Clan.. put em in a backroom somewhere, then get on with the business of winning the election.

    It seems her ego is just too big for her to realize that she's lost. Hopefully tonight she'll finally get it.

    She needs to go away and let be...be.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  9. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: The best way is to ensure party unity is that Hillary Clinton is not on the ticket.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  10. Dave P.


    I think one of the best ways to start unifying the party is for the super delegates to come behind Obama to a level of say 2108 so that when the results come in from the voting the final delegates he needs will come for winning them in the final primaries and not by being awarded them after the voting has ended. That way he can stand up and say he won the nomination.


    June 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  11. Lyra Talarico

    The only way for the Democrats to unite is if Hillary does what she needs to do and come out with full support for Obama. It is now time for Hillary to be gracious. If she can't or won't do that she will never have any chance in running for President in any year because Black Americans and all the Obama supporters will never forgive her or forget what she has done. Now is the time to see how strong a person she really is and it will say alot about her as a person. It time for her to fight against the Republicans and not with them.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  12. Joe in DE

    Obama missed the opportunity to create party unity. He w0n the battle for Michigan delegates but may have lost the war. He undoubtedly has lost some Cinton voters. Whether or not this reaches critical mass depends on what he does thru h Cnvention.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  13. Willow, Sheldon, Iowa

    Jack, I think that there are ony a couple of ways they will unify the party. If Obama takes HRC as his VP, (since the VP is kind of a stand by position), maybe he could give her a job, such as Secretary of State, or Minister of Health Care. She could still be doing something for the country, have a lot of power and control, and keep her happy. If not that, I think everybody is going to have to do a whole lot of talking, Obama, Clinton, et al, because all of the divisive damage has been done. How is Clinton going to take back everything bad she ever said? If Obama does NOT win the GE, I think it will be, not because of him personally, but the damage done in the primary election by HRC.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  14. David, Orlando, FL

    They are both going to have to smile and make nice nice with each other – at least in public. Hillary has done too much damage to the party and what would have been an easy win against McSame, will now be a difficult and questionable fight.d

    June 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  15. Allen L Wenger

    All they have to do is keep thinking about where George Bush, the uniter, has taken this country.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  16. Pope/TX

    I think Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton should go on the road to campaign together and Barack and Bill should do the same. Now that would be true unity.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  17. Paul R. Schattman

    This past primary season more than ever has brought home the truth of Will Rogers' famous aphroism, "I don't belong to an organized political party; I'm a Democrat."
    I should certainly hope ALL of Senator Clinton's supporters will back the Ticket whoever is on it. Senator Clinton herself is best situated to accomplish this by coming out early, clearly, and explicitly for the victor and, without reservation, for his running mate.
    Tonight around 9 pm Eastern would be the perfect time.

    Paul R. Schattman Ph.D.
    Arlington Texas

    June 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  18. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Just do what would be easiest for everyone....Change the law and allow Bill Clinton to run again, then Obama and Hillary can keep fighting while Bill wins the election. That would be easier than all this crap.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  19. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    The best way is to throw McCauliffe and Ickee out of the party as they are the major factors in Hillary's defeat and their strategies have portrayed her as being negative and bitter.

    The facts are Hillary had the nomination in the bag had she ran an intelligent campaign. Any of her supporters who logically look at how she lost and the foolish claims and assertations she made out of desperation will surely come to their senses by November.

    It's their future and anyone following the politics has to know the only difference between Bush and McCain is their age.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  20. joseph

    Obama should consider selecting Nancy Pelosi as the vice president for several reasons. First, as Speaker of the House, she has instant name recognition and stature in public and in Congress. Second, by virtue of the fact that she is Speaker,h er peers deemed her to be ready to take over in the event that something rendered both the president and the vice president unable to fulfill their duties. Third, she has considerable legislative experience and could greatly assist Obama in devising legislation that Congress will pass. Fourth, she is from a big state and could help with other states in the region as well as other big states such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Finally, it might be seen as a conciliatory effort by Clinton supporters.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  21. Nuwan Sam

    Offer Clinton VP. Whatever said, she has got a lot of votes and support from the people. The difference in votes is very thin. Obama can not win in November without the support of almost everyone who voted for Hillary. The reality is there are so many people who would not be decieved by very impressive speeches of Obama. I am just one of them among thousands.

    – Nuwan from Houston, TX

    June 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  22. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    The very best way for the Democrats to come together is for Senator Obama to put Senator Clinton on the Ticket. Then John Edwards as Sec of Labor, Gov Richards as Secretary of State and use Former President Clinton as a special envoy for the President to help repair the damaged reputation of the US around the World. Senator Obama has the dream and vision, and Senator Clinton has the muscle to get it done. Senator Obama will never get it done alone. A true dream teams take more than just 2 players.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  23. O'Niel

    Hillary needs to tell her supporters how important it is for them to support Obama. And she should be given a high position in his office, but not Vice President. She knows she can't win, and trying to play this bitter game to the end will destruct an election Democrats were meant to win.

    Nassau, Bahamas

    June 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  24. Deb from Lancaster, PA

    I'm not certain it can be done, but I assure you that putting Hillary on the ticket as VEEP isn't the way to go about it. Obama would have to hire a bodyguard, a food taster, and increase his life insurance limits just to accommodate the Hillary factor. And many of his supporters would run screaming.
    That being said, she must come out and actively campaign for him, reassuring her "followers" that he really isn't the rotten guy she portrayed him to be, and that he really didn't steal the nomination from her. That might help.
    Fat chance.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  25. Snapper Cridge • New Castle, IN

    When talking about the democrat politicians...who honestly cares? As far as the real voting democrats are concerned, they will all unite in November and elect a new president. Those are the only democrats we should be worrying about.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  26. Beverly, Buffalo, NY

    First H. Clinton must withdraw from the race, since this is the last primary campaign, then the Super delegates must close up the gap that is needed to make either one of them the nominee. I believe that the reasons why this has lasted so long is because like everything we do in government it takes us forever and a day to care of business when it is most needed. Like the old saying go, "everything moves slow in government". Although this has been the most interesting campaign I have ever experienced in my 54 years, it comes a time when we all must do what we have to do to get the job done.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  27. jeni Border

    The best way is to keep both Clintons low key. Seems as though Bill can hardly wait to get one foot out of his mouth (at least it's HIS foot) before he puts the other one in. Hillary seems to be attempting to sell NEW MATH that only she can comprehend. She is so selfish and cannot accept the fact that the criteria for her months of campaigning was delegate count and not the creative math she spews about popular vote. She would do well to get over herself and work for the party rather than her personal agenda. If she cannot get on board it might be a good idea for her to go home and consider her future in politics.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  28. Bob L from Philadelphia, PA

    Good luck. It will not happen. Funny thing is, people thought that when John McCain won the Republican nomination that the Republican Party would tear apart and conservatives would not vote for McCain. Seems to me that the Republicans are more united than the Democrats. Watch out for another 2004 where the Democrats thought that with Bush as President, there was no way they could lose. Obama is too liberal, so Clinton's supporters will not vote for him. As for Obama supporters, they fear the Clinton machine will follow their own path instead of the Democratic platform path.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  29. Dave from Arlington, MA

    The best way is for Hillary Clinton to drop out... today. She needs to convince her supporters that she's leaving the race of her own accord, instead of suggesting it's been stolen from her through corrupt processes, sexism, and a biased media. We can figure out the rest after that happens.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  30. Kay in WV

    I honestly don't know. I fear that the media continuing their disparaging coverage of Clinton is further deepening the rift in the Democratic Party, and I don't see an end to that any time soon.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  31. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    The best way for Dems to unite is for Hillary Clinton to call it quits TODAY. As long as she keeps dragging it out, the harder it will be for Obama to concentrate on defeating McCain. As for all those Hillary supporters saying they will vote for McCain, they are not at heart "true Democrats."

    June 3, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  32. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Draft (President) Al Gore as the nominee in Denver, and have Joe Biden as his VP. They would landslide in November and this sorry campaign season could be forgotten.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  33. Terry in Hanover County

    The best way for Democrats to unite is to focus on a common enemy, in this case McCain and Bush. Now is not the time for self-destruction. It's time for reconstruction and undoing 8 years of damage that Bush has done to our Constitution, our government, the middle class, the poor, and our friends throughout the world. We'll have a better chance of bringing Bin Laden to justice through our friends rather than continuing to alienate the world ala the Bush Doctrine.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  34. Chris

    I can't believe that Hillary all of a sudden is winning everything by a big margin, did anybody check if not all republicans voting for Hillary because they like her getting the nomination because they think she could more easily beaten in November.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  35. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    There is only one way for sen. Obama to unite Dems: by appointing Sen. Clinton his running mate. He jeopardizes the party's chances in the general election if he ramains stubborn.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  36. MMN-Milwaukee WI

    We've been Cheneyed by Bush for 8 years. Lets avoid more of the same.

    Super delegates should do the class act and endorse Obama today during Election Day to the verge of the magic number and then let South Dakota or Montana put him over the nomination threshold.

    Clinton should get her day to vent at the convention and Obama should pick Webb for VP.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  37. DAVID Wesley Chapel,Florida

    Best way to unite the party,they need to set aside differences and focus on common goals they want to accomplish.Instead of letting their ego,get in the way.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  38. Mary - Santee CA

    They will unite once they put aside their petty differences and support Senator Obama. No one is entitled to the nomination especially not Hillary Clinton. Her negative campaigning and the baggage she brings will only hurt the Democrats and once they realize this the party will much stronger for it.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  39. Michael Steuer,. Bedford, N.Y.

    As much as I hate to say it--OBAMA/CLINTON '08

    June 3, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  40. Ms. J Atlanta, GA

    The best way for the Dems to unite is to start acting like Adults. Hillary backers are disappointed that they lost, but should now throw all of their Anger and frustration energy support behind the Nominee to win in Nov. It all depends on how Hillary & Bill Instruct them it;'s not about the candidate it;s about the Democratic Party wining in Nov.! ! ! ! ! !

    June 3, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  41. Kevin in Mass

    I don't know if they can. There has been some serious hurt done to diehard Hillary supporters. She can mend some feelings. The Democrats need to see the end of the race. Unite or McCain in November. They'll have no one to blame then but themselves.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  42. Sharon from Virginia

    After all votes are counted and the delegates have voted...the nominee can announce his VP and start campaigning with the full party behind him.
    With all that has happen in this country I can't see anyone voting for
    McSame because that would be a dame shame.
    We must remember to stick to the issues.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  43. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Clinton should campaign for Obama as hard as she can. She should start tonight. If her supporters are convinced that she wants him to be president, her supporters MAY vote for Obama and our country can get back on the right track.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  44. Aidana from Santa Barbara, California

    Jack if you imply whether Clinton should become Obama's VP, my answer is NO. Their characters are incompatible. She should back him but not press him to be his VP. Also she would probably do an excellent job in Health Sector.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  45. Taj from Chattanooga, TN

    Jack, it may be true that Obama should pick a more well known entity for VP, but Hillary is not the best choice. She may help unite Democrats, but she will push away some crossover Republicans and Independents like me. He should pick Bill Richardson who would help him win his Western strategy.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  46. Toni

    The best way to unite the party would be to HAVE A CLEAR NOMINEE. That way, everyone can put their energy into trying to put a Democratic president in the White House and be done with this petty bickering and divisive politics that have crippled their party.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  47. Kendrick

    Well you know Jack, the sooner Clinton concedes to Obama the sooner the Democratic party can concentrate on McCain. And I don't mean in the form of the so-called "Dream Ticket" which I hope Obama does not offer.
    Baton Rouge, LA

    June 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  48. Mike, Dillingham AK

    Hillary and Bill Clinton should swallow their disappointment and gracefully accept that Obama has won the game according to the rules that are currently in place. They should then throw their considerable energy into fully supporting the Democratic ticket which must defeat John McCain and fill Congress with as many honest, capable, reform minded legislators as possible. Clinton supporters who aren't willing to follow such a positive example are probably not really all that significant in number.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  49. Annie, Atlanta

    Keep playing what McCain has been saying while the Democrats were fighting it out. This stuff has been unbelievable. Someone ought to put together a montage entitled "open mouth insert foot."

    June 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  50. David

    Hillary has got to stop being so divisive and filling her supporters with anger. She can't have them expect her to be vice-president because she probably won't be on the ticket due to her negatives. Obama has to be full of praise for Hillary and hope he gets a good chunk of her supporters after they cool off.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  51. Angela

    The best way to unite..DO NOT make this so call Dream Ticket..Plain and Simple!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  52. Carolina gal

    The absolutely best way is that "Dream Ticket" of Hillary and Obama. Nothing else will do it.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  53. Tom Stoney, Sr.

    Best way for the Dems unite the party is for Hillary to bow out gracefully and work hard to support the ticket, especially among her females supported. Let's be honest, she has runned a very divisive campaign, stirring up the women, accusing the media of sexism, syaing things like Obama is not a Muslim, so far as I know, and saying that she and John McCain have crossed the threshold of having experience to be Commander in Chief and that you'll have to ask Obama if he has the experience.

    her campaign also bussed in thousands of Hillary's female supported who demosarated at the DNC Rule Committee Meeting last Saturday.

    Hillary has proven that she and Bill cannot be trusted and apparently feels that she has a right to the nomination. She is not entitled to anything.

    She needs to make a very supporting speech tonite, if not the Dems will remain divided becuase Hillary herself has runned a very divisive campaign and continues to do so in the face of defeat. EXAMPLE: " i'M OPEN TO THE vp NOMINATION IF IT HELPS THE PARTY. Another of her veiled threats.

    Tom Stoney, Sr.
    Sierra Vista, ZAriz

    June 3, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  54. todd

    she should run independant or as john mccains vp.
    that's about as unified as we are going to get.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:28 pm |

    Hooray! At last Al Gore can be Vice President. Hillary will make a great Speaker of the house, “You Know!” Americans will be so keen to experience honest leadership and progressive growth they will swarm to elect the Democrats into an all-time record majority. God Bless America, and God, Help us save our world and our earth.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  56. Ann Lawrence

    I go to church. Most of my friends go to church. I own a gun. Most of my friends own a gun. Does that answer your question? I'm not blue collar, am a college graduate – but I am old and female. Hillary as VP is Obama's only hope in Arkansas.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  57. Storm Turner - Atlanta

    McAuliffe, Carville and Hillary must go on tour in West Virginia (first stop), Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  58. Kevin - Florida

    The Republicans fear the Obama-Clinton ticket because it is strong. When you consider both of them having 18 million voters compared to the dissapointing turn-outs of the GOP, we should be in good shape.

    To those who claim they will vote for McSame in November if Hillary isn't nominated you have no one to blame but yourselves when we're paying $5.00 a gallon for gas.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  59. Dave of MD

    Simple: Obama + Sebelluis= Unity in Nov 2008

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  60. Christopher, Pittsburgh

    Do you want to hear something funny?


    Wasn't that funny!!!

    This party has me so ashamed of it. I can't believe it would make such an absolutely horrific awful terrible mistake. There's no way some 3 year Senator is going to get my vote. Heck, even JFK was in the Senate a full 6 year term before taking office. This is ludicrous and it's throwing the election away by far. They don't even deserve to win for being so foolish. The only way I might even consider, and yes, I said, consider, voting for Obama is if Hillary is on the ticket.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  61. Will from CA

    They unite with a ticket that does NOT include Hillary Clinton as Vice-President, since she couldn't even beat an unknow junior Senator in the primary.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  62. Danny

    Put them on the same ticket! I'd be so happy!

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  63. Justin

    Rather you like it or not, the only way Obama with win in November is if he puts Clinton on the ticket. That is the only single way that he will get my vote.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  64. Dr. Proctor

    Get "white working class americans" to realize that Obama has their best interests at heart, not McCain.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  65. JimmieJ.

    The only way the Democratic Party will unite is to have Hillary & Obama on the same ticket. No matter what the end result for the nomination is together they will defeat McCain in November. This would be a dream ticket.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  66. bambi380

    Put Hillary on the ticket or many will look elsewhere.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  67. Tad

    Two words – Common Enemy. Remind us why we hate George Bush and how he stole an election in 2000. Show all the horrible things that has happen while under his watch and show all the republicans who supported Bush. Blow up that picture of George and McCain hugging and hang it from every building in the United States. That will unite the Dems.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  68. Maurice


    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  69. Stefan, San Diego

    I will bet my life savings on an Obama/Clinton victory. If Hillary can swallow her pride and take the nr. 2 spot, the Democrats should be assured of 8 years in office.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  70. Nancy

    Jack, people are missing the point. We have to change direction whether it is Clinton or Obama. I am a middle aged-white woman from Miichigan who supports Obama, but if Clinton had won, I would support her as well. It is more important that the country, not just Democrats, unite to change direction. If we don't, we get what we deserve.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  71. Jane

    Put Al Gore on the ticket with Obama as VP!

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  72. Tom Sachs

    Despite what the pundits say, I don't think it can be united behind Barak Obama. Some of us are Americans first and Democrats second. My vote will be detrmined on credentials and I am more concerned about his lack of experience and poor judgment (if a White candidate had associated with those who preached hate for 20 years, that person would have had to drop out of the race a long time ago). President Kennedy won on his charisma and speeches and it almost took us into a nuclear war. The world is much more complicated now.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  73. Voting for someone else

    I've voted Democratic for every president since 1984, but not this year. Obama is too far to the left. I think people who claim that Clinton & Obama are more alike than different are incorrect. Clinton is a moderate Democrat and Obama is a radical left wing democrat. Given the choice between a radical democrat and a moderate Republican, I'll swing to the right.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  74. briso

    just put the governos of Kansas on the ticket... women will be pleased and will never remember the negativites of the Clintons./

    June 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  75. Vicki Webster

    Hope McCain will will in Nov. Clinton supporter will back him 110%

    June 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  76. Max, Iowa

    I think the dream ticket would be Obama and Richardson. Hillary has too much baggage. She and Bill need to come to the realization that Obama has won and pull all of their efforts together for the success party. Hillary should serve in some other capacity but not VP.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  77. Joyce

    A Obama/Hillary tix is the way to go. And democrats who say they would vote for McCain if Hillary isn't on the ticket are just being spiteful and childish. Then they are NOT doing what is best for our party and our country. That attitude hurts us all.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  78. Steveda - Poconos, PA

    the two main issues dividing the party are the belief that the nomination was stolen from Hillary and that the party was responsible for the fiasco of the Florida and Michigan primaries.

    Hillary is the key to the unification. Whenever she decides to either suspend or end her campaign the speech she gives will be critical to the mending process. She must give Obama credit for running a good, well-organized campaign and indicate in no uncertain terms that she is sastisfied with the result by giving him a huge, resounding endorsement.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  79. Carolina gal

    On second thought – I like a previous comment (by Mark – Asheville, NC 2:33 pm ET) stating, "Draft AL GORE at the convention, with BIDEN as V.P."

    Al Gore has proven he's a winner - he already won in 2000!
    Now there's one-capable-guy!

    June 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  80. John Watson

    The best way to unite the party is for Obama to be the nominee and Clinton be named the running mate, before the Democratic convention.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  81. Clark

    Remember, Reagan and the first Bush were bitter enemies in the 1980 presidential election, and yet united on the ticket for party unity...as did Kennedy and Johnson in 1960. There are obviously two distinct personality-driven factions in the Democtratic party at the moment, and it would probably be best to unite them. It will be interesting to see who McCain picks....I will wager Romney.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  82. Akeem from Nigeria

    look jack the party is not divided so nothing to unite okay.
    all that has happened is called politics.please don't start anyother debate.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  83. Dennis M

    One name. Two words. Two syllables. Al Gore.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  84. bob, nj

    I am an Obama supporter and I think it would be interesting if he chose HRC for the VP slot. They'd be unstoppable together.
    Problem is.... she won't stop proclaiming that she should win.

    With every additional day that she argues that she's in the lead as far as popular votes... it get more embarassing for him and a bit more impossible to sew it all up from a PR perspective. Would you hire someone to work under you who won't acknowledge you've got the job...?

    I just don't see her putting down her pride and saying "I lost,..now let's work together". But who knows, this has been the best reality show on T.V.!! anything is possible.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  85. seashell9725

    I agree with the numerous comments made already; however, Mrs. Clinton must show the world she can be graceful in defeat, no I don't believe she deserves the VP slot because she would be a representative of the past not the future (after all this is the 21st century) and she is proven she operates using the old politics as usual, so nothing would be accomplished of value + she seems to hold an ugly grudge, so he would always wonder about her motives. This is the same person who is not willing to concede to the VICTOR; how would she negiotate for the US, not VP material at all.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  86. David, Belgium

    Yes I'm from tiny Belgium and yes I do care!

    Nancy Pelosi could be the best choice for Barack. After running such a negative campaign Hillary harmed him too much and besides that he would be strangled by her second personality (being her husband) once he is president. I can't believe that true democrats would ever vote for a republican anyway. In fact, it's a pity that there are still people out there who will after these 8 long insane years...
    Belgium for Obama!

    June 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  87. Carol Wallace

    Mr. Obama should ask John Edwards to be his running mate. I believe that this would bridge the gap in the Democratic party. Mr. Obama would always have a problem with the Clintons casting a shadow over his presidency should he choose Sen. Clinton as his running mate. I believe John Edwards would bridge the gap with Dems and others who just are not sure about Mr. Obama, more so than continuing the Clinton "legacy."

    June 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  88. Linda Austin

    There is little chance of unity now. Clinton is the loser, and Obama supporters are such poor winners they have alienated Clinton's supporters. Their immature, spiteful rhetoric reflects on their canidate. Too bad, McCain will win in November.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  89. Epifanio

    The Best way for Dems to unite for November is to put Hillary first on the ticket. If not then Hillary needs to go it by her self!

    June 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  90. Brandon

    Putting HIllary at #2 is not the way to heal the country, because it will ensure that we only have a one term presidency in Obama. Bill and Hill will remain plotting for 2012, slowly clouding whatever positives come from an Obama administration. Hillary supporters will get over it, because they have to. Choose Jim Webb to carry the blue collar and national security sects. He will also put appalachian states in play ( west va, pennsylvania, va, etc) This is about strategy not unity ! Clinton does not assist in anyway on the electoral map needed to beat Mccain. Remember- strategy over unity, this isnt a love pageant.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  91. Darius from Memphis, TN

    Obama has run a campaign of change, stating his differences from Senator Clinton. He represents forward thinking in politics and new ideas. Selecting Senator would undermine that theme. There are two choices. Choice A is to select a democrat who was both a Clinton supporter and has 10 or more years of experience ( In DC or as governor ). Choice B is to select a liberal republican ( I believe general Colin Powell would fall into this category ).

    Choice A will pull in Clinton supporters. Choice B underscores the fact that he wants to work with both parties to make America better. Both could work. Personally I'd like to see choice B.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  92. Jae Bethea

    ABC (Anybody but Clinton!)

    June 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  93. David, Georgia

    These candidates are almost completely the same on issues that for people to say they would not vote for the other makes those people seem just short of insane. The only differences between the two are their gender. We need a change of policy, and the democrats can do that where McCain can not. For those who say they will not vote for Obama they are putting Clinton above country. She needs to bow out now and let the real fight start.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  94. Dr. Frederick J. Foreman

    The best way for the party to unite is for Hillary to concede tonight, campaign for Barack Obama's presidency as hard as she fought against him, get rid of her ego that is obviously bruised, have several photo opportunities with her and Obama smiling with their hands in the air in a united stance, and for Hillary to convince her followers that McCain is the enemy and not Barack Obama. For a Hillary Clinton supporter to say that they will vote for McCain if Hillary is not VP means that they did not vote because of the issues, but for the fact that Hillary was white and a female. She has too much baggage to be VP!

    June 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  95. jochi in rogers, arkansas


    I for one am sick to death of hearing that HILLARY has ruined the Democratic Party–IT IS A CAMPAIGN! With TWO candidates each trying to win–both backed by passionate, dedicated supporters. Now it's drawing to a close, and the party will survive. Maybe it's OBAMA who has divided the party–the accusation makes just as much sense. Thanks.

    jo. chi.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  96. Pat

    Jack: You ask the obvious; the answer is obvious: "Obama-Clinton on '08." All the campaign posturing will be over and they will come together, putting differences aside, and agreeing that they are the best thing for the country. I predict great things from this team. McCain is in trouble now. Hillary's baggage and will be irrelevant, and Obama's inexperience will be countered by Bill's presence. I love it!

    June 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  97. Joanna/Cary, NC

    First, the Obama supporters need to be more gracious. As a Hillary supporter reading and hearing their hate of my candidate does not sway me in his direction at all. It is ridiculous for them to spew bile towards her and then demand that she unify her supporters behind him. Secondly, the party needs to apologize to the entire Clinton family for the horrible way they have been treated by party leaders. Let us not forget that the Clintons led us out of some tough times and into peace and prosperity and rejuvenated the party. They helped get alot of these folks elected. Then, Hillary can with good conscience inspire the 17 million plus voters to get behind Obama.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  98. Larry

    I think the Clintons have pretty much ruined any chance they may of had of getting back into the whitehouse. Obama would be a fool to ask her to run with him.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  99. Anand Vakharia

    The best way would be for the DNC to impose a deadline for superdelegates to cast their votes so a winner between Clinton and Obama can emerge.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  100. Bob P, North Carolina

    obama can't get elected without hillary, she already has more support than he ever did

    June 3, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  101. Manish Verma

    The best way is that Mrs Clinton support Obama actively. In return Obama can help her with her debts but not necessarily with VP ticket.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  102. Dan in Georgia

    This is a no brainer, Jack. Obama needs to offer the VP slot to the one Clinton who's come out of this thing looking good. I wonder if Chelsea would accept.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |