May 22nd, 2008
11:21 AM ET

The Nation’s No. 2 – Who would you want for VP?

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David M. Reisner
360° Digital Producer


News broke this morning that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama is quietly beginning his search for a running mate. A veteran Democratic activist in Washington told CNN the process is “at a very early point but that within the campaign itself they have been informally thinking about it for a while."

Meanwhile the presumptive GOP nominee Sen. John McCain is also going to be busy this weekend... some say, with the search for a running mate, though the campaign flatly denies that. Three politicians viewed as possible VP contenders will head out to Arizona, to the home of the senator (although campaign officials said the gather is purely social.') In total 18 guests are expected at the McCain ranch in Sedona.

Among the guests said to be possible running mates: Charlie Christ, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and former Massachusetts Governor (and former presidential rival) Mitt Romney. Where is Mike Huckabee you ask? The Former Arkansas Governor (and former presidential rival) was invited to attend, but he and his wife already had plans to go on vacation and will skip the event, says a source close to Huckabee.

A senior McCain adviser Charlie Black told CNN, "He is definitely not interviewing anyone, and this weekend is not about that process... I know you all want it to be about the vice presidential process, but that is not what it is about... This is a social weekend, as the senator and Cindy very much enjoy having when they can get a break from campaigning.”

Well while they relax and have a social weekend, I wanted to let YOU think about it –
Whom would you like to see as Vice President to any of the three candidates running for the White House?

Sen. Hillary Clinton & ___________________ (and why?)

Sen. John McCain & _____________________ (and why?)

Sen. Barack Obama & ___________________ (and why?)

Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • John McCain • Raw Politics • Vice President
soundoff (238 Responses)
  1. Addy

    CNN why are troubling DNC.If OBAMA can defeat Hillary with all her experience,then bring Mccain on because America people are ready for change,so OBAMA can choose who he thinks fit into his agenda of change which America are desperately need of.
    OBAMA 08

    May 22, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  2. Kathy

    For Obama I choose Gov. Richardson, John Edwards or Governer Kathleen Sebelius. Hillary would not be chosen by me ever! I totally dislike the way her campaign was run and the way she is acting now. She will hurt the party and already is.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  3. Delphine

    Obama>>>>>Ross Perot

    ...ehhh, talking about change, well, that's one!

    There is only one choice for the white house;
    OBAMA 08

    (and NOT johnMcAlzheimer)

    May 22, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  4. STEVE

    I would like Barack Obama to select Caroline Kennedy as his running mate

    May 22, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  5. Oluwafemi Olawore

    Obama and Hillary are two separate individuals with same focus but different goals. Certainly they are not compartible politically.

    I strongly believe McCain will pick Mitt Romney. No doubt Obama will face a big challenge in picking his VP .

    To be fair enough he could have picked John Edward because they have the natural chemistry to work together but some factors will disqualify Edward. I think Hillary will reject the offer because she’s more capable.

    Who then is obama thinking? A white male veteran, leader, articulate, liberal or moderate , foreign policy experience, intelligent, peace maker, tough, strength of charater, age will certainly be a factor, a likable and respectable individual.

    Rtd General Colin Powell fits perfectly but he’s a black moderate republican .

    I think Obama should look at Jim Webb closely if he's interested. He has the described qualities

    Trust me the November contest will be between Obama/Jim Webb (DEM) VS Mccain/Mitt Romney (REP). Who will win? It’s too close to call . Let American people decide.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  6. Ramses

    Professor Maddem (P.H.D)Player Hater Degree

    There you go again with your out of touch comments. Everyone is tiptoeing around not to offend Hillary. The better VP would be based on the needs of Barack Obama. Hillary does not have the experience to become president because she has essentially lost. The person who has locked in the nomination has the most experience. What would Hillary say if John Mccain beats her?I am sure some kind ism would be responsible. But the fact remains she has the highest negatives and the most polarizing figure in politics therefore she could not ever win the presidency. However Governor Janet and Govenor Kathleen would be awesome VP choices. By the way, If the so called least experience candidate has basically locked up the nomination than what does it say about her experience, not much!!!!!! She will throw women and whoever under the bus to win this election by her cries of sexism or any ism she can use to feed that ego of hers.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  7. Lucas

    I think that Obama should chose Jim Webb. It would help him with Virginia, and other states in the region including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio because he would allow Obama to gain to Blue Collar Vote. Most importantly, Webb is a great senator, military man, and former republican, which would also make Obama more popular with independents.

    I think Senator McCain should Select W. Mitt Romney. Romney will allow McCain to successfully battle that his administration would be best for the economy. Other names such as Crist, Pawlenty, and especially Jindal, seem to inexperienced to handle to job. Moreover, Romney would be the most effective campaigner and the most useful in obtaining money.

    I know its really not worth mentionig Hillary cuz she obviously lost, but she already said she would choose Senator Obama.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  8. ladan in Arizona

    Barack Obama/Al Gore 08

    May 22, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  9. Shelley

    I'd like to see Obama pair up with Hillary.
    Although in recent months I've developed a strong dislike for her and have subsequently joined Team Obama, I think when this primary is settled, and the cut-throat antics can be put to rest, she'll return to being someone that I really admired for many years before this campaign began. She's smart, capable and definitely a better candidate than when she started the race. So I think she brings a lot to the table (beyond the so-called "white working-class votes"). That being said, the troubling variable for me is whether Billary would know their place once they made it to the White House...

    May 22, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  10. Imtiaz

    When the Hillary Clinton is unable to understand simple math that she is out of the game. How is she going to understand the countries problems. More important the day to day problems faced by the regular people. Inflation, gas prices, employment, etc.

    She should shelf her ego and accept defeat and work for the party and country she claims to love so much.

    Another 4 years of Bush the world is DOOMED

    from Toronto Canada

    May 22, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  11. Chris - Hemet, Ca.


    May 22, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  12. Betty in NC

    Hillary with Obama as VP. I agree with every word in your first post that was written by Maddem.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  13. Marvin Resnikoff

    Bill Richardson as VP for Obama. He has foreign policy experience and management experience as a Governor. He speaks Spanish. He's from the Southwest. He's bright.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  14. Monica Parker

    Barack Obama as President because of his judgement, truthfulness,
    experience and leadrship in running this campaign. i wanted Hillary Clinton, but she has been so divisive with racist statements in the final stages that I now vote against her. If President Obama can manage Hillary and Bill, then I say yes to them. If not, then I say Senator Feinstein!

    May 22, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  15. Lee PA

    Obama must pick someone who compliment him not saturate him. On the short list Sebilius of Kansas, Amy of Minnesota ..... female from a republican block or independent with high morale values and compassion for the people no any Clintons. Hillary's experience amounts to nothing with the recent tantrum she has shown. I respect her for staying on the race but almost declaring nomination that is crude and outlaw ..... Sorry HRC's supporters, we do not need division on one AMERICA. The show must go on. McCain picks Hillary or Mugabe of Zimbabuwe. Hillary can run the county office in KY and WV. She can practice checks and balances on those counties. Get a grip, DNC on Hillary put the leash. Stop the Drama! 08

    May 22, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  16. Nick

    Obama with Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) is my dream ticket. Sebelius continues to have a very high approval rating in a very republican state. She is among the top rising stars in the party. Importantly, she has a long history being able to reach across party lines and getting things done. Putting her on the ticket could really help Obama carry more of the Midwest then the democrats have been previously been able to do, the last few elections.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  17. jack

    Obama with Richardson (take the west and you don't need the south)
    Clinton and Obama (if she cheats him out of his victory, he should get something)
    McCain and Huckabee (a dinosaur and a guy who doesn't believe in evolution??)

    May 22, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  18. Raz

    Obama – Gore. Or Obama & Chuck Hagel. Don't care for Hillary.


    May 22, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  19. brandi

    Sen. Barack Obama & __Sen. Chuck Hagel __ (and why?)

    He oposed the war 5 years ago. Is a strong and powerful voice in the senate. Would be a great match with Obama. Besides, he outranks McCain. McCain would have to salute him!

    May 22, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  20. Pia Davis

    It is mighty strange how everyone wants to put the white one on top and the black one on the bottom The world is watching America

    May 22, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  21. Chris

    I think that a Barack Obama and Tom Daschle ticket would be solid gold. Hillary would also be good to have in a top cabinet position. But i think a Obama/Daschle ticket is the best to beat McCain in the fall.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  22. mimi

    Barack Obama and Chuch Hagel. I know he's a Republican, but he's been against the war from the beginning, he's a veteran, and he has strengths in foreign policy. Plus I think he would have the courage to go outside the box, and he appeals to the folks in the battleground states. I have dreamed of a bipartisan ticket. I hope it happens. If not him, then a strong governor (not Rendell). The last person I would want is Hillary Clinton. If she's Obama's veep, his first cabinet appointment should be a food taster.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  23. jim Geminiano

    Americans should wake up ! Life was Good during the Clinton years at the White House . Barrack , the Democrats and America need Hillary .The blacks and the elitist white are for Barrack but the working class white, hispanics, asians and the Jewish are for Hillary .Hillary should be in the ticket !.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:18 pm |

    Obama & Sam Nunn of GA ....Nunn is from the SOUTH & has defense experience....+ he is an older white male to balance McCain...Chance Nunn would not accept the VP spot but I see him as a great VP for 1st term...

    May 22, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  25. Michelle, Indiana

    Sen. Hillary Clinton & Home in a rocking chair retired from politics

    Sen. John McCain & Home in a rocking chair retired from politics

    Sen. Barack Obama & Governer Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, General Wesley Clark, or even Senator Chuck Hagel (R)

    Governer Kathleen Sebelius because she might bring the female voters back from the brink of voting for McSame and she's got a strong economic background because of the work she's done with the budget/deficit in Kansas. As a woman, I'd have an easier time voting for her than I would Clinton.

    General Wesley Clark would bring a strong military background to the White House plus he endorsed Senator Clinton so the voters might follow him back from their own destructive path of voting for another 4 years of failed Bush policies.

    Senator Chuck Hagel as Obama's running mate would truly be a step towards unifying our country towards common goals. How better to unite the country than to start with crossing party lines for a running mate?

    In all honesty, I've learned my ABCs in the Primary season and as long as Senator Obama follows them, I'm find with whomever he chooses. ABC = Anyone But Clinton!

    May 22, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  26. Camille, Belgium

    Anderson Cooper would be a great VP.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  27. Annette

    First, for the pundits and idiots, would you want to do the work and have someone else receive the pay raise – I think not! Obama has all but secured the nomination through "his" work!! I am a Hillary fan, but facts are facts. Unfortunately, Hillary has even stooped to punches below the belt.

    As for voting for McCain instead of Obama – should he receive the nomination, stupid is as stupid does. If in "your" mind Hillary stands for what is correct, why would you vote for McCain???

    Whether you choose to vote for McCain or NOT vote at all: you will still be voting for four more years of this hell on earth, outrageous gas prices, and not too mention, more dead soldiers! Hmmm, guess you "showed" your anger by voting for Bush as well.

    Second, as for VPs:

    Hillary – wished she and Obama could have worked together with Hillary as President.

    Obama – whomever; so long as we pull this "one" last country of freedom out of its woes!!

    McCain – doesn't matter!

    May 22, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  28. Rob_in_Oregon

    Hillary as the nominee? She's done folks, get over it. Her arrogance for thinking that no one was going to challenge her was her downfall. Oh yeah, and the dishonesty stuff probably didn’t help too much either. Do you think that same arrogance and lack of foresight are qualities of a great president? Go ask W what he thinks about that. And someone will need to explain to me how Hillary is going to be nominated as the Presidential candidate again because I'm simply not understanding that. Or at least post on her website tutorials for the new 'Hillary Mathematics 101'.

    She complains mightily that FL and MI votes should be counted but then wants to turn right back around and disregard the ENTIRE primary process, which she is losing by the way, and name herself as the Democratic nominee. Ok, sure. Do you have any bridges you'd like to sell me? The goal of the primary process is delegates and NOT popular vote. So shouldn't the strategy be to accumulate delegates?? Her argument at its core is dishonest and I for one am sick of these types of politicians.

    McCain/Hillary, now there's a ticket for you. After all, she'd make an outstanding Republican since she now acts just like one.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  29. Tom Scrivenger

    In all honesty, i think Clinton and Obama need each other. Obama showed that he is strong in the urban areas, and Hillary with the crucial blue collar voters. Hillary was won the key states, most of them decisively, and i think Obama has to see that she is required, especially as Ohio, Arkansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Florida are the key states, and she won all of these. That i think gives her more chance of beating McCain that Obama, but as i think Obama has the nomination rapped up, Hillary is the VP, as you cannot turn her down, especially as she won the keys states.
    As for McCain, i would pick Bobby Jindal, (LA Gov.) or Sarah Palin (AK Gov.). Both are young and dynamic, both are more conservative than him, and being an Asian American and a woman, this can help change the Republican's image. Both have high approval ratings as governors as well.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  30. Cathy

    For Obama, Gov Richardson, Webb, Nunn, Evan Bayh or Gov Sebileus. Edwards would be an interesting pick too but I doubt he is interested. I do not think Obama/Clinton is the strongest ticket...even in consideration of the current situation. I think there are others who bring more to the ticket than she does and I'm not sure she and Bill can play well in this playground!

    McCain...I'll not vote for him and do not care!

    May 22, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  31. gfn

    the simple truth is that I think that some individuals simply cannot stand the notion that an african american could become the president of america. even the clintons cannot believe that it is possible. that is the reason that these arguments are coming up.
    why is florida and michigan issue coming up?
    in a soccer game, if the referee blows a whistle for an offside infringement and a player ignores that and goes on to score, the player is given a red card.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  32. Valerie

    Obama with Webb... he could help carry Virginia in the general election. He is also a white male, which we need on the ticket. His military background will help those who are worried about Obama's foreign policy experience.

    For those saying Hillary with Obama as a VP... that's just not a possibility as Obama has almost all but wrapped up the nomination. Hillary has also proven that her ambition is blinding her ability to see the larger picture. Her failure to withdrawl from the race when even people in her own camp are saying her loss is all but certain shows nothing short of arrogance. For those praising her for being "a fighter" – at what cost? The democratic party is the cost, McCain is getting a free ride while the media focuses on Hillary and Obama fighting it out. We need to consolidate behind Obama and fight off the larger problem of a republican candidate.

    Also, her recent tactics have been taken directly out of Karl Rove's book, I would expect this from a republican but a democrat? I expect better, Hillary has left me with nothing but a bitter disappointment.

    For those that feel Hillary would be a sure thing in November- you are mistaken. There are people all over the country, whether or not it is deserved, who hate Hillary, not just won't vote for her but are absolutely disgusted with her. As a younger voter I have been exposed to this kind of hatred as well as from borderline Republicans who may vote for Obama, but would NEVER vote for Hillary as they are tired of the Clintons and their distortion of the truth. She may have some great policies, most of them shared by Obama, but her personality has alienated many many voters and those who fail to see it are living in a fantasy land.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  33. Jim C.

    If Hillary could win, Obama would loose the luster as an orator and reasonable agent for change – except for Cheney, VP has not held much power historically. She would be bettter naming Bill – unless there's a rule against it – since she's going all in anyway.

    McCain should name Hagee (and explain how his endorsement isn't worse than Rev. Wright's association with Obama) or Huckabee (so we can have the Scope's Trial re-enacted in a national debate).

    Obama needs to counter the experience issue with an elder statesman as Kennedy did with Johnson. Sam Nunn would make a great VP. With Hillary, they wouldsurley have the votes to win, but I don't see it working with her as number 2.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  34. Mike

    New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is the best choice for Obama's running mate. His foreign policy is top notch and his homeland security is very good. If he does this, he will have my vote for sure.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  35. sophia

    I am a Hillary supporter, and am not convinced at Obama's capability as a president. If Hillary does not win the party nomination, I may not vote in Novemver. If McCain chose Jindal, I may vote republican for the first time in my adult life.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  36. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Obama Pres/ Biden or Clark VP
    Richardson Sec of State
    Edwards Attorney General

    May 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  37. Akinyemi, Okoro Monday

    Hillary has fought like a hero, she has shown that women are also powerful in the world, but she has to understand that despite the differences, Democrats remains one family, she should try to utilise this opportunity to struggle and be smart enough to lobby behind Obama for VP. There is no need fighting one another. No matter the effort she will put now, the ball has rolled behind her and roll towards Barrack. I believe Hillary will be a good VP. However, the game lies in Obama's hand. Obama should also understand that himself and Hillary have broken record – the first female and first African Ameriaca to compete for presidential nominee in United States.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  38. Ethan

    Obama and Wesley Clark. Clark is a strong Clinton supporter so he would help to unify the party and he has more direct foreign policy and military experience than John McCain or just about anyone McCain could viably choose to be his VP. As long as this blog is about ideal situations, Hillary for Secretary of State and Al Gore for the head of the Department of Energy.

    John McCain and Mike Huckabee. I'd like to see Christian Conservatives and regular ole Republicans run against an Afriancan American and a military man in the Democratic Party. I think it'd make people who are racist or who think they've got the market cornered on what it means to be a patriot think twice before they speak, and I think that would make America a better place no matter who wins.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
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