May 22nd, 2008
11:21 AM ET

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

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/22/art.candidates.jpg]

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)

    Hillary continues to emphasize how good things were when Bill was in office. We are not electing Bill or I hope not. She continuously tries to paint the good times as if she were the Vice President when he was in office. I wonder how Al Gore feels about that. In addition, Hillary keeps telling the Floridians that it was terrible that they did not count all the votes when it came to Al Gore. I did not hear her of Bill go to his aid and or be vocal in his defense. Now when it serves their interest they play that card. The population of Florida is heavy with New York retiree's. Perhaps Obama should pick Bloomberg as his running mate and ensure he carries Florida.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  2. payal

    Barac for President and Gov.richardson as VP is my choice.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  3. Swiss-Canadien feminist for Obama

    Obama – Kathleen Sebelius. Great woman, smart, from Kentucky.
    (Maybe she can win the women over, not the Clinton fans of course, the normal ones)
    Susan, Bern, Switzerland

    May 22, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  4. Cherry

    Gov. Bill Richardson because he has the experience with foreign policy and he could help Obama with the Hispanics. He seems to be very trust worthy and share the same views as Obama.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  5. JJ

    I would have to say Obama with anyone but Clinton as his veep. I couldn't see those two happily co-existing in the White House. There's too much strife and division and I think Hillary would try some sneaky things to undermind Obama.

    For McCain, I would choose Crist. Crist is one of the front runners to get his state stripped of their delegates. If anything, he should be booted out of office period!

    May 22, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  6. Nakisia Sims

    Sen. Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama – if she would become the President...she stole it from him and he should be the VP. Personally if this happen she would not be the President either, because "hard working middle class" "Black people" would not vote for her.

    Sen. John McCain & "Who cares" – I think we have had it with Bush and his kind.

    Sen. Barack Obama &John Edwards, Biden, Nunn – He need to be able to have a Vp that would work with them not against him. (Hint: The Clintons)/

    May 22, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  7. Mary

    I think they all should make choices and then we can try to figure out who would be the best.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  8. bini

    barack obama and charles hagel. that would be a strong message of change, an example of real unity and a good balance.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:51 pm |

    The one problem with Hillary has to do with her motives. Right now it would appear that she would go all the way to the floor of the Democratic convention regardless if it cost the Democratic Party the White House. Perhaps her motivation is that if Obama were to lose she could run in four years. The same holds true if she were the VP. What with Bill and her Obama would have to continually be concerned that she is playing politics in office so she could run again in four years.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  10. Donald

    Barack Obama with John Edwards would be my favorite ticket. I know John Edwards said he was not interested, but people change their minds.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  11. Jo Ann

    I don’t have a VP selection for Barack Obama because I do not think that he has the qualifications to be president.

    Hillary Clinton should consider someone like Senator and former Indiana Governor Evan Bayh who has the experience and personality to become VP and possibly president. During his time as governor of Indiana he lowered taxes while creating a large surplus, the type of expertise we desperately need now.

    I am torn between Bobby Jindal and Charlie Crist for John McCain’s VP. Although I don’t agree with all of his positions on the issues, Jindal does have experience working in the Bush Administration (HHS) and as governor of Louisiana. He would also bring youth and diversity to the ticket. Crist would also be an excellent choice, as governor of Florida he has been able to get a lot of legislation passed such as one for clean air and health insurance.

    But my dream ticket VP for McCain would be Hillary Clinton for many of the same reasons that she would make an excellent president, but in particular for her experience and tenacity, two things she shares with McCain. Most of all I would just like to see the look on Howard Dean’s face when he is confronted with having to go up against such an unbeatable team!

    Jo Ann
    North Royalton, Ohio

    May 22, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  12. Susan

    For Senator Barack Obama I would be looking hard at former Senator Sam Nunn. He is a moderate democrat and may help with some of the more conservative wing of the democratic party. As former Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Commitee he would bring along his experience in dealing with military affairs and also foreign policy issues.

    For Senator John McCain I would look at both Gov. Charlie Crist of FL and also former Gov. Mitt Romney of MA. I would like Gov. Romney for his extensive background in economic affairs. He may be able to help balance Senator McCain with the more conservative wing of the Republican party. I would like Gov. Charlie Crist of FL for his executive experience of running a large state and all his input that he can give a President on how the Federal Goverment can best help state governments out.


    May 22, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  13. heba cretella

    senator hillary clinton and barack obama seator obama and hillary clinton and senator mccain and gov . mike huckabee

    May 22, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  14. robb

    Clinton with Obama as vp.

    that is the only ticket that will win the white house in the fall.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  15. Christofer

    The best vice president for Obama would be Al Gore. And for Mcain Colin Powell, even though these are just dream tickets that never will happen.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  16. Than

    Obama-Edwards I would vote for. Jon Stewart made a good point when McCain was on his show though if he were to make Hillary his running-mate McCain would win the election hands down. WITHOUT HAVING TO CHEAT NO LESS!

    May 22, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  17. Joy

    Hillary Clinton and Stephen King. At this point continuing her presidential bid is a real mystery.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  18. Joyce-Houston

    Obama should pick John Edwards,Kathy Sebelius, Claire Mccaskill,Jim Webb or Bill Richardson.
    N o Hil-liar-y Clinton!!!!!

    May 22, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  19. Pat M

    In my view, his search is a bit premature, although I do believe one has to prepare and be ready.

    Unfortunately, I also believe that if Obama is the nominee he won't need to choose a VP as John McCain will be the one making that choice. As Hillary supporters WILL vote for John McCain and America and the World WILL be submerged again in another four years just like the last only with more devastation, more War., more economic tragedy.

    May 22, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  20. George A. Washington D.C.

    Clinton and nobody. She's out.

    Obama and.......who cares. Charm will only get you so far. This country is at war and needs an experienced, proven leader, to clear a path forward. There aren't any of these type of leaders in the Democratic party worth mentioning.

    McCain and Colin Powell. These are the two most qualified here in the District to assume duty in the middle of war and make intelligent decisions.

    May 22, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  21. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles, California

    Why is the Least significant one listed 1st? She is yesterdays Toast.

    Forget about her..! She just Stretching this out inorder to collect more sympathy donations to help pay her campaign bills & bonuses.

    Mc Cain will proabably gowith Gov. Crist to avoid the Mormon issue.

    Obama should unify with a Dual Party Ticket and Collin Powell 🙂
    Josph Biden, or Ramsey Clark.

    May 22, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  22. Jennifer Fort worth

    Hill with Bill. Life was good when the Clinton's were in office.

    Barrack with Hill, see above.

    McCain with Huckabee. I wanted Huckabee for President, so if I cant have him as Prez, then I will take him as VP

    May 22, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  23. mike, ohio

    Id say Barack and Al Gore would be the real dream ticket and wed have the white house for the next 16 yrs.Barack needs someone other than Hillary as VP,we need change not someone else anywhere near the white house that is going to spend their whole time flip-flopping to whatever lobbiest comes along.Id say if eveyone want experience get someone with the right experience,Id go with believe it or not Dennis Kucinich-someone else that is more interesed in the people ,than their own wants and sould have beens.If he got put in the spotlight everyone would like him,Ive listened to him and he believes in everything ive heard any normal person say.(normal does not include the greedy or weirdos)

    May 22, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  24. Bev C NY

    Hillary with Obama as the VP – without question. She has proven time and time again that she can handle herself in a crisis.

    May 22, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  25. Ed

    McCain should pick Senator Richard Burr from North Carolina. Young, energetic, a moderate conservative and one who could step in should McCain's age and health become a factor.

    Obama needs a white male period. He won't win without one on the ticket. Someone preferrably from a swing state.

    Clinton is not going to be the nominee, of course, but if so Obama would be a great choice for VP. Let him get some experience under his belt and run again in 2016.

    May 22, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  26. J Brown

    Senator Clinton should choose Gov. Bill Richardson as her Veep. They both have many years of experience and many contacts within Congress to be able to actually make the changes we need for our country happen. Although Sen. Clinton has just recently joined Congress as a senator, she spent 8 years working with congress when her husband was President. Gov. Richardson has the experience that can complement her strengths to help build our country back to a solid economy, peaceful foreign relations and put forth programs that help all Americans.

    Senator Obama's ideal Veep would have been Ted Kennedy – but with his very unfortunate medical condition, that is just not possible. Since Sen. Obama has only 3 years of experience in Congress, he needs to choose someone with many years of experience – especially in foreign relations and national security affairs – and many contacts. It's going to be a steep uphill battle for him to be able to make the optimistic changes he is emphasizing in his campaign. I agree that we need an overall change of morality in our government, but don't think that Sen. Obama is going to be able to do that...Actually, that will take more than 4 or 8 years because some people will never change and will need to be replaced for that change to happen.

    Sen. McCain should choose Mike Huckabee. He's very popular with the baseline conservatives that his liberal leaning views just can win over. Huckabee is also very popular with conservative religious groups, which McCain could use.

    May 22, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  27. Jacqueline

    Senator Barack Obama and Senator Edwards, or Dodd, or Biden or Bill Richards...Oops! None of the afore mentioned are on your list. Sorry, my bad.

    May 22, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  28. julibear

    If you won't vote for Barack, then you choose McCain???? Surely you realize that Hillary and Barack have far more in common than Barack and McCain. I have huge respect for Hillary and I'm saddened by how the race has gone but Barack has some great ideas and will change the country for the better. Go ahead, vote for 8 more years of war and no healthcare plans. Hillary can serve in his cabinet as sec of state, veep, or as a supreme court judge. Obama Clinton '08!

    May 22, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  29. white knuckles in tx.

    I will NOT vote for Obama in any position!

    Clinton can't remember if she was fired at or not...NOPE not her.

    McCain and Romney (although he doesn't know what a life long hunter is ....LOL
    McCain and Huckabee
    McCain and Jindel

    May 22, 2008 at 1:05 pm |
  30. Jason Carter

    A McCain / Huckabee ticket would be a good compromise ticket to get conservative voters to turn out in Nov. Romney is too vulnerable to the flip-flopper label.

    An Obama / Sebelius ticket would probably be the best well-rounded ticket for the Dems, since Kathleen Sebelius is a popular governor of a traditionally red state, a gifted administrator, and she has ties to both Ohio and Michigan. She also happens to be a white female, which would please many of Hillary's supporters and go a long way towards unifying the party. I also like Brian Schweitzer. Richardson might work, but I'd rather see him as Secretary of State.

    May 22, 2008 at 1:02 pm |
  31. Tina

    McCain and I don't care!

    Barack and Kansas Gov Kathleen! This may offset the disgruntled Clinton voters, since they believe Clinton lost unfairly...

    Clinton and I don't care...see above where it says "...Clinton lost..."

    May 22, 2008 at 12:57 pm |
  32. Bill - Tennessee

    Sen. Hillary Clinton & Harold Ford Jr. of Tennessee, former Congressman, a moderate Democrat and would pull some of the African-American vote back into play for Sen. Clinton. He lost by only a few percentage points in his race for the Senate in Tenn and lost only because of the Tenn Republican sleaze campaign against him. He's smart, he's young, and most important he is not a left-wing liberal.

    Sen. John McCain & Christee Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey. A moderate Republican who would help greatly in the Northeast and would get a lot of women votes that were Clinton supporters who will not vote for Obama.

    Sen. Barack Obama & former governor Mark Warner of Virginia. He is a moderate Democrat and would counter the left-wing liberal label Obama is going to have hung around his neck by the Republicans. Very popular in Virginia and would put Viginia into play for the Democrats. He is another young, smart moderate Democrat who will help Obama with the white working class vote.

    May 22, 2008 at 12:57 pm |
  33. Barry IL

    There are two viable options for Obama. First, Obama should go for a VP that compensates and strengthen him in the fight against McCain. McCain's strongest argument is his national security and foreign relations experience. Thus, Obama should pick VP who has rich experience in the national security issues and foreign relations. Rcihardson or Clark, among others, will be ideal candidates for VP in this respect.

    Second, the core of Obama's campaign is changing Washington. In this respect, Obama needs to pick non-Washington insider. Maybe of the governors from Penn State, Ohio, etc. Such choice will help Obama to connect with blue collars and at the same time stay in tune with his core message: changing Washington.

    May 22, 2008 at 12:40 pm |
  34. Michelle

    The Dems should go with the Obama/Webb ticket.
    It offsets any of talk of John McCain being the one
    with the most foreign policy /military experience. Also,
    Webb is a Vietnam vet who wants to end the Iraq war.

    McCain should probably go with Gov Christ but
    considering his roll in this voting problem in Florida
    it could be viewed as a chance for payback.

    Hillary is a tougher choice . She might be burning
    to many bridges by threatening to go nuclear.

    May 22, 2008 at 12:31 pm |
  35. Jose in Miami

    I, and the rest of America (hopefully), would like to see Hillary as President with Obama as VP.

    It just makes perfect sense.

    I have to agree with Lesli above and say that Obama needs to be VP first and gain some experience before jumping into the front seat. Hillary was next to Bill Clinton throughout his presidency so she basically already knows the ropes around the White House. Obama should surrender to Hillary and be her running mate to actually bring democracy back to the house. If they continue to fight against each other then McCain is gonna end up winning in the end, and that will be a sad opicture. She should become President and have Obama as VP no doubt.

    -Jose in Miami

    May 22, 2008 at 12:29 pm |
  36. Dem in DC

    I agree 100%!!

    Obama has become a bit arrogant. A presumptive nomination shouldn't turn someone from a confident candidant to an arrogant one. He'll be a good-ol'-boy in a matter of months.

    maddem says:

    "I would pick Hillary to top the ticket and Obama as veep. I believe that Hillary has more experience and will be a better leader. Obama would gain much needed experience as VP. Therefore, at a later date he would be a stronger Presidential candidate.

    Obama’s camp is under the mistaken impression that he will be able to change Clinton supporters minds. I’ve seen nothing, except lack of experience, and a campfire we can do this mindset. I WILL not be swayed! I will not vote for him as President no matter what case he makes. The manner in which he has carried out this campaign has completely turned me off to him."

    May 22, 2008 at 12:29 pm |
  37. xtina, chicago

    Any conservative President and any conservative VP . Neither Hillary nor Obama is saying that taxes are too high and that congress spends too much. We're getting screwed with taxes. (Even the gas tax in Chicago is 20 percent !) I feel like Im living in socialist Europe here.

    May 22, 2008 at 12:22 pm |
  38. Dolores, Austin Texas

    Senator Clinton is the one person that would be right for the VP, because she could help Senator Obama obtain the votes which he desperately needs of Hispanic's and the Anglo's, I think they would make a great team, they both think along the same lines and they would give John McCain a run for his money.

    May 22, 2008 at 12:21 pm |
  39. Dennis

    Senator Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, because they would get all of the votes, that would have gone to John McCain...

    May 22, 2008 at 12:21 pm |
  40. AZM

    I'd like to see Obama with Ayers... I think it would be a great team considering they walk in the same circles and as "Birds of a Feather" I'm sure they think the same.

    OBAMA – AYERS 09

    May 22, 2008 at 12:16 pm |
  41. James

    Obama should be President and bring 'change' to the country's betterment. Hilary might make a good veep by running interference for him and warning him of who could be trusted etc BUT I doubt that she would do it honestly. Any strides he would make she would try to make deals behind the scene to benefit herself.

    She lost me when she called Obama an elitest. He got training an a scholarship fom Harvard from hard work. I tell my kids to work hard in school and maybe they can go to Harvard one day. He did it. But Hiliary, even though she is a mother, choose to attack his accomplishment and would probably do the same thing if he put her on his ticket as veep. We don't need old experience we need new ideas outside the box to save this coutry. The old guard have given the country away. America is not America any more.

    May 22, 2008 at 12:14 pm |
  42. John, Mission, TX

    Well, Hillary wants to take this battle to the convention floor and encourage people to follow the rules ONLY when they are convenient (seat unlawful voters). Well, Bill Clinton did this for 8 years and lied under oath, George Bush has rarely followed the laws for 8 years, and now Hillary wants to continue the tradition. I'm tired of this! I need and deserve a presidential candidate (and hopefully president) who 1) has integrity, 2) follows the rules, even when incoveneient or especially when painful, and 3) has control over his/her 'persistence' when it comes in conflict with the laws/rules. Doing ANYTHING to win is not a value we need in a world leadership position.

    May 22, 2008 at 12:12 pm |
  43. Matt

    For McCain, I would like to see Christ as the V.P.

    For Hillary Gov. Rendell from PA.

    For Obama, I don't care because no one could make me vote for him. I suppose any of the following picks....

    Rev. Wright, William Ayers, Rev. Meeks, Tony Rezko...I think you get the point.

    May 22, 2008 at 12:08 pm |
  44. Cindy

    Anyone would be better than who we have now!!

    May 22, 2008 at 12:07 pm |
  45. Larry

    Didn't Clinton carry New Mexico and then Bill Richardson turned his back on the state and endorse Obama?

    May 22, 2008 at 12:04 pm |
  46. Ann

    Sen. hillary Clinton and no one, because she is out of the race and I think it is silly to pretend that she isn't.

    Senator John McCain and Charlie Crist. Florida is in play, whether Senator Clinton thinks so or not. Also, Crist is a moderate Republican, which means he won't scare away independents.

    Senator Barack Obama and Governor Bill Richardson- Obama's ideas are very good, but he need foreign policy gravitas and someone who knows how to implement diplomacy on the first day. Richardson has been in the House, a chief executive and part of the federal executive branch. Bill Richardson's debate style isn't great, but that isn't where his strengths need to be. Also, it will help with Hispanics.

    May 22, 2008 at 11:52 am |
  47. Ariston, Miami Beach I FL

    Hillary to pick Barack as VP.

    I doubt Hillary would accept to be Barack's VP. She has too much experience and I don't think she would settle for second.

    If Obama picks Edwards as VP, then it's over for the Democrats.

    McCain with Christ as his VP. I think C. Christ has been a great governor for FL, and he has the charisma it takes to campaign. I believe they would complement each other.

    May 22, 2008 at 11:51 am |
  48. Lesli

    I know it's really a long shot, but Hillary Clinton with Barack Obama as VP is my favorite ticket. The US needs a woman as president and as of yet, I haven't heard her sell her gender as a positive point. In my mind this is the major reason I would vote for her, not the least reason. A woman president would have a woman's best interests at heart. Men I'm afraid just don't get it. Let Obama try and win it in the next race when Clinton is done and he's got some experience under his belt. (Oh yes, and to the woman in the clip from Kentucky, shown the other night – absolutely no where does it say in the bible that a womans place is in the home. On the contrary, it says she is to go out and help support her family. My church reads the duties of a wife and mother according to the bible every Mother's Day and I become overwhelmed and stressed by the list of responsibilities – including working to bring money into her family.)

    I think the only way Obama can win in November is if Clinton is VP. Otherwise there will be too many people who either won't vote for him because Clinton didn't win the nomination or too many people who will vote for McCain. Men running these campaigns have no idea of the silent rage and strong will of so many women scorned.

    For the other side I like John McCain and Huckabee. I love Mike – he's down to earth, faith based and just fun to see around – oh yes, really smart too. He gets the average persons point of view.

    May 22, 2008 at 11:49 am |
  49. maddem

    I would pick Hillary to top the ticket and Obama as veep. I believe that Hillary has more experience and will be a better leader. Obama would gain much needed experience as VP. Therefore, at a later date he would be a stronger Presidential candidate.

    Obama's camp is under the mistaken impression that he will be able to change Clinton supporters minds. I've seen nothing, except lack of experience, and a campfire we can do this mindset. I WILL not be swayed! I will not vote for him as President no matter what case he makes. The manner in which he has carried out this campaign has completely turned me off to him.

    May 22, 2008 at 11:38 am |
  50. Renee

    Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton - a mother and daughter team of course! Since they have already dodged snipers they can take on anything together!

    McCain and Lou Dobbs - since McCain says he crosses party lines anyway! This will allows for Mr. Independent to have a bigger voice.

    Obama and Rev. Al Sharton - because both will need alot of hope to get elected!


    I know 360 doesn't celebrate "on-air" holidays but I'll see if this gets posted.

    Happy Memorial Day to our troops and their families for protecting and defending our freedom. Many thanks to our troops returned from combat. Thank You!

    May 22, 2008 at 11:36 am |
1 2 3 4 5