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. blair

    obama – Lena C. Taylor
    McCain- any one but obama
    Hillary- any one but obama

    May 22, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  2. Shana

    I will not vote democratic this year unless Hillary Clinton is on the ticket. I will either vote Libertarian or stay at home. The democrats need her on that ticket one way or another if they plan on beating John McCain in November. Obama supporters and the media, not Obama himself, have treated Senator Clinton with such disrespect that it has turned me off completely from the DNC, the media and this election. I personally know about 50 others who feel the same and the increased blogging on this subject leads me to believe it has become the feeling of many other Hillary supporters as well.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  3. Seth

    Barack Obama – Obama will obviously be heading the Democratic ticket. One thing is for sure, he should not offer hillary the veep position. First, he shouldn't reward her for he roveian tactics. Second, it would undercut his whold message of change. I'm not exactly sure who the best nomine would be, possibly one of Hillary's biggest supporters but not Hillary herself. If she had dropped out gracefully a month ago it may have been feasable, but now that she seems bent and determined to ruin the Democratic Party I think it is imposible for her to be his VP.

    P.S. The Clinton supporters who are crying themselves to sleep at night because of the "sexist" treatment that hillary has endured need to get a grip. They are infact the bigest sexists of them all. I voted for Barack Obama, not because he is a Male but because he has the best vision for America, And, even though all the female Clinton supporters claim she is the better candidate we all know you are voting for her primarily on the basis that she is a woman. That is Sexism.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  4. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    Obama with Webb as VP. Webb's a southerner has military experience that will counter McCain in foreign policy.

    It's amazing that many people are still crazy enough to believe that if Clinton snatches away the nom that Obama's voters (who has the majority of legitimate votes) will just forget her actions this primary and vote for her.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  5. Relle Boston

    Barak and Webb for his mIlitary service or Chuck Hagle as he seems to be for Obama as a republican.
    I think Hillary hover over Barack hoping something happens to him so she can take his spot. I do not trust her intentions. She flip flops. She lies, she voted against seeting MI and Fl and know she is the champion for get all votes counted. She is about her and not the people and hopefully soon America will see it. She is using Fl and Mi to satisfy her own personal gains.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  6. Doreen

    Hillary Clinton - no one because she is not going to be the nominee

    John McCain - I don't care because I am not voting for him

    Barack Obama - Jim Webb who appears to be a very good human being and has credentials. If not Jim Webb, a qualified woman would be nice (not Hillary Clinton because I do not believe she is qualified to serve).

    May 22, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  7. Thomas Kleinhagauer

    I wann a see Obama and Gore changin the world!

    i gotta believe that lobby-culture of washington nd the way we treat other people have to move into another direction.

    i`m proud of a country that stands up against its status quo. lets free our mind 4 the future of our kids!

    Obama nd nobelprize winner gore can do this.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  8. Michael Sheridan

    Senator Barack Obama and either Governor Kathleen Sebelius (my first preference) or Senator Jim Webb (if the polling numbers seem to demand it). I'd have loved Bill Richardson as a Veep candidate, but am afraid the combo of him and Obama on the same ticket would scare away too many "working class whites."

    May 22, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  9. Dustin in NC

    I think that Hillary Clinton should pick Barack Obama as VP, that would bring the party together and ensure a Democratic victory.
    If Sen. Clinton cannot get the nomination, as it does seem ever more likely, then Sen. Obama should pick her as the veep. Despite what the Obama campaign says, I think it will be very hard for him to capture the same people that Sen. Clinton has.
    As for Sen. McCain, I think that he should pick Mitt Romney. That will surely allow the Democrats to win in November.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  10. Maurice

    The fact is that Obama does not have what it takes to be a President,he have a lot to learn.I think at the end of the the Super Delegates will change their mind and give it to Hillary Clinton...Hillary for President..Obama for Vice President

    May 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  11. William from Texas

    If Hillary the nominee, then Obama as VP

    If Obama nominee, then Hillary as VP

    Both for the same reasons, both are qualified, both are stronger than McCain, and it would take both to unite the party.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  12. robert

    I would choose Kathleen Sebelius governor of Kansas.... I believe that that would help Sen Obama reach out to the female voters that supported Hillary Clinton..... Also, I believe that Kathleen would support his position on the message that the status quo in washington needs to be changed...

    Hillary does not provide Obama any positives, and the republicans know it.... And she does not represent a change in washington politics, just more of the same.....

    And while we are at it, Why doesn't CNN ask the candidates the hard questions...Like removing socaial security from the general fund that was done during the Johnson presidency and put social security in a fixed income annuity so it woulsd begin paying for itself.....

    There is something wrong here when CNN only really discusses divisive topics......

    May 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  13. Bobbie from Arizona

    Obama with Hillary as VP? – – –
    My vote and passion for Obama and his message of change of hope will disappear and I will back McCain and anyone!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  14. Bart

    I thought Edwards was the best candidate for Obama's VP, but now I am not sure. Clinton would be good VP candidate short term (women and uneducated white), but in a long run Obama would have to change his campain to much to fit her ego.
    As far as McCain, Rice seems the best match. She would strengthem him between women and black. (this choice would most likely force Obama to choose Clinton). Huckebee would be also interesting choice.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  15. Honker

    It is a shame that you "HARD-WORKING-AMERICANS" are still as insecure, ignorant and pathetic as ever.

    None of your Yankee-doodle candidates have ANY EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER because they have never been president!!!!!!! End of story MORONS!!!

    BTW this is coming from a non "hard-working" American.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  16. Donnell

    Barack as prez and someone other that Hillary. She doesn't hear the fat lady singing and it's starting to getting nauseating.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  17. Gerry

    Anyone but Hillary as VP for Obama, but my first choice would be Jimm Webb.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  18. Rob

    Obama/Webb – Clinton is too divisive and will alienate many moderates. As far as female Clinton supporters, I find it hard to believe that many of them would crossover to McCain especially with his agenda for more conservative judges. Three words... "Roe versus Wade"

    May 22, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  19. hanah abraham

    i'd like to see the dream team – barack obama & John Edwards.
    The reason is simple:
    They have positions that are more amenable to the kind of change obama has been talking about than any other combination.
    i believe, they could make a positive stride in local and foreign policies of this nation.
    hillary seems to have both her hands in the corporate pockets, lobbiests, ... apparently too much perceived power for her to have succeeded to drag on the race aftershe has lost it so badly.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  20. Matt

    To the two women who made the first postings. With all due respect, you are both delusional. First of all remember that Obama is leading in the race, so why would he be VP? Second to suggest that you will vote for Mccain if she is not the nominee is so disturbing its borderline insanity. Why would you vote for someone who will surely try and extend the war in addition to nominating conservative judges to the Supreme Court. John Mccain coveted the endorsement of the conservative preacher Hagee, so do you really think he cares about issues for women. In addition though Senator Clinton should be acknowledged for running a tough campaign, I find it amazing that voters continue to discount the repeated lies and pandering of her campaign. I guess the fact that 51% of the country not believing a candidate to be truthful does not matter as long as she is a woman!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  21. Yiannis


    Gov Sebelius is liberal but has been re-elected in a red state because she balanced budgets and brought jobs in Kansas.

    She has worked hard to get where she is at, is 60 and has considerable executive experience, and she is a Roman Catholic.

    She will help in the neighboring states of Colorado and New Mexico and will easily walk into rural towns in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    Since McCain will pick governor Crist Florida is lost anyway...

    May 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  22. Samir Chicago, IL

    Barack Obama and John Edwards. He is a great democratic party leader and would help unite the party. He would help attract his own previous voters, Clinton's voters, and this way, some Obama voters would not go away from him like some would if Clinton was chosen as the number 2.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  23. Steven D

    I don't think Hillary has a chance to be honest. She lost to a better capaign strategy and campaigner in BO. She is a good figher but she seems to be complaining about anything she can and really losing her presidential appeal to me. I like her and would support her if she won the pledged delegates and popular vote but the fact is that she didn't and obviously has a problem with accepting defeat and my potentially sabotage the democratic party with alot of negative gender and racial undertones being given as excuses for being beat.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  24. RK, Seattle

    It has been such a close race {remember neither Dem has managed to get the requisite 2,025 delegates and with the Fla/Mich. debacle} that I think if Obama will be the nominee, as it appears – he HAS to pick Hillary {if she wants it that is} it makes the most sense. The party will come together for sure then- I think there is a danger that disillusioned Hillary supporters will be tempted to either not vote or vote for McCain – if she is VP candidate, they will definitely vote for him because of her!! Plus he needs a more experienced and savvy candidate on the ticket to win! If we can't have a woman president . . yet. . then a woman VP sounds good to me!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  25. Debbie - LA

    NO Billary
    NO Billary
    NO Billary
    The Clintons stands for old, corrupt Washington, DIRTY tactics, backroom shady deals, and down right lies.
    She/he stands for everything that Obama is against.
    You cannot believe one word that woman says.
    "Count every vote (except the ones that weren't for me"
    "Count every state (excpet the ones that I didn't win"
    Sexism my backside!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  26. Karen

    Hillary as president and Obama as VP. If they want the White house back...it would ensure a landslide. No matter what the results of the primaries are...they need to be on the ticket together.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  27. Carl from MI

    Obama w/VP Hillary... Hillary just doesn't have the delegates to top him and Obama won't have the votes to beat McCain if McCain picks one of the Religious Right, like Huckabee.

    McCain w/VP Huckabee (or someone else from the Religious Right)... McCain just can't reel in the Repub/Conserv votes without an extremist that will get them frothing at the mouth. Even tho this violates everything McCain stands for, it's McCain's last chance to grab Oval Office... and he's already shown to be trading his 'Maverick' status for Repub/Conserv votes.

    The closer we get to the election, the more he'll look like Rove's creation 'Bush-N-Stein'. Both him and Hillary's strategy is 'win at all costs' and they mean it!!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  28. madbrian

    I think Obama should pick Chuck Hagel. Fits with his change message, and will help bring in Republicans and Independents.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  29. Javier

    Sen. Hillary Clinton & NO ONE (and why?) because she LOST!!! Second place is still not 1st!

    Sen. John McCain & Mitt Romney (and why?) because they are VERY VERY beatable.

    Sen. Barack Obama & Kathleen Gilligan Sebelius (Gov. of Kansas (and why?)
    Because she has been a loyal supporter of Obama. She has great leadership qualities and is one of the most popular governors in the country, thus her appeal would be broad among her fellow Midwesterners & woman will have a great role model who may be able to ease the tension of the primary race and would work hard to unite the party.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  30. mina

    Sen. Barack Obama & Jimm Webb for his military service as first lieutenant during the ietnam War, he earned a Navy Cross, Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts. He is from Virginia and can help Senator Barack Obama.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  31. Laura DeLuca

    I personally am hoping for an Obama-Biden ticket. Senator Biden's experience with foreign policy, crime and terrorism counter balances Obama's strengths with domestic affairs.

    In my opinion Joe Biden would also appeal greatly to both the working class and senior democrats, two groups that Obama has failed to capture. I feel Hillary Clinton would be a mistake as a running mate, as her strengths are too similar to Obama’s.

    An Obama/Biden ticket offers a good balanced team with the appeal, strength and experience to beat the GOP come November.

    Barack, I hope you are listening!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  32. madbrian

    I think Obama should pick Chuck Hagee. Fits with his change message, and will help bring in Republicans and Independents.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  33. Ron R

    I would like to see Obama pick Nagel....What a great "Change" statement that would be!!!!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  34. Debbie, NJ

    Sen Obama and Nancy Peloski. Rep Nancy Peloski has great experience with dealing with the WH and policy, she is not riding on her husband's previous experience, and she is a white woman that would calm the Hillary female supporters down.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  35. Dan

    Barack with kucinich and mccain and romney that way mccain will lose

    May 22, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  36. Harley

    Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama or vise-versa.

    I think who McCain picks is rather irrelevant because I don't foresee him even coming close to winning in the general election.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  37. CWJ - North Carolina

    I would NOT like to see Senator Obama paired with Senator Clinton. I am a firm believer that character is best measured under stress. If Senator Clinton was nominated to EITHER position, I wonder if the pressure of the Highest Office would cause her to tell the American people what she would like them to believe? Would she play "the hand is quicker than the eye" with our economy causing the end result to mirror a pretzel (popular vote, super delegate vote, caucus vote, etc.)? ... whatever favors her cause at the time. Would she play the "SHELL" game with our fuel fiasco? Nahhhhh, her trust factor is ZERO. Her aclaimed title as a "fighter" is only admirable if she is fighting for the greater good. Her fight for self promotion generates images of our dear President Bush.

    Let's face it Anderson, pairing her with Senator Obama or with anyone for that matter, would be like sleeping 3 to a full size bed (we cannot forget BILL). We all know how uncomfortable that is.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  38. Katherine from Eastern Oregon

    I would like to see Obama and either Jim Webb or Kathleen Sebelius. Webb, because he would add the tough, military aspect, flesh-out Obama on Defense issues, and because he is a former Republican, prove that Obama can reach across party lines. Sebelius because she would help bring back some of the older women who want Hillary. I would definitely NOT want to have Hillary with Obama. She has proven untrustworthy, self-serving, and represents all of the old politics. Obama does NOT need her to win over "white working-class Americans". I think here, in Eastern Oregon, we proved that point loud and clear!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  39. YesWeCanForFree

    When a loser (Clinton) is still beating so called a winner (Obama) in swing states like PA, FL and OH with 68 Electoral College votes, the Democratic Party has a serious general election problem in November. Also, refer to latest Quinnipiac Poll.

    If you literally hand over these three big states to the Republican Party, it will take following eight states just to recoup 68 Electoral College votes you just took off the table:
    Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Virginia.

    DNC has its way, they will select EIGHT Vice Presidents just to win these tiny states. US constitution is a big problem for them. Remember, they believe in proportional representation of delegates rather than winner-takes-all democratic approach. They still believe in these dinosaur rules just to please different political tribes.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  40. Jon

    If Obama secures the nomination I sincerely hope that he selects Hillary Clinton as his VP. Not only would it be a barrier-breaking ticket but it would also help heal the rift in the party. Think of how unstoppable the forces of Obama and Clinton would be in a general election. In addition, the typical role of the VP is to perform well in pre-election debates and act as the fighter/defender of the presidential nominee. I can't imagine anyone better than Clinton to handle this role. Also Obama wants to restore America's relationship with other world leaders. Having President Clinton as a surrogate/ambassador of sorts would be an enormous boon to accomplishing this goal. I would urge Obama supporters who dislike Clinton to try and get past their personal feelings for the good of the party.
    Obama/Clinton (in either order) '08!!!!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  41. jeremy

    I would go for Obama and Hillary..but the chances seem questionable.........Obama needs someone who can pull in the uneducated gray hairs and rednecks............

    May 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  42. JOSE

    Sen. Barack Obama & ___GOV . BILL RICHARDSON________________ (and why?)

    May 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  43. Burton

    Sen. Barack Obama & Sen. John Edwards

    I don't see Sen. Obama selecting Hillary due to his campaigning on change in Washington D.C. and eliminating old bipartisan politics. Sen. Edwards would be a logical choice because of his down home, hard work, support the lower middle class message. Sen. Edwards could pull the blue collar white vote back and has the experience in running on a presidential ticket.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm |

    I personally believe that Hillary wanted Michigan and Florida moved up. You notice in the month of their primaries it was very early and Obama was not a known entity. Had the primaries been held when authorized, the results would have perhaps been different.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  45. Brant Weeks

    Barack Obama with Hillary as his VP would be an unbeatable team in November, and serve their country well when combining each other's assets and abilities.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  46. Caryn, Washington DC

    I would absolutely hate to see an Obama-Clinton ticket but I can't think of anyone else that can bring as many voters to the table.

    I won't even consider a Clinton-Obama ticket because she's losing and it's insulting to even think of her as the nominee.

    I'd like to see McCain choose Huckabee because with that raving lunatic on the ticket the Dems are sure to win.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  47. Kay P Tempe AZ

    Barack Obama and Wes Clark – It matches heart to military with a heart. Clark's performance as Supreme NATO Commander during the war in Kosovo, show the toughness that is needed to stare down the reconstituted Russia, PLUS Clark worked diplomacy hard – something that Obama would look too as well. In addition, he is a Clinton supporter which could help bind up the Democratic wounds this race as ripped.
    PS – Webb says he doesn't want VP, but he SHOULD be advising Obama on the Scotch-Irish or Appalachia - he says those are his people - more economic hardship there then racism.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  48. Gaby

    The Lady from Kansas! Anyone but Clinton.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  49. JC- Los Angeles

    I believe the VP choices will play a much more important role than in previous elections; my guess is that Michelle Obama, who views herself as the VP, will not allow her husband to select Hillary; Michelle will not allow a second strong woman into her husband's inner circle; their selection may prove fatal; John McCain will have to go young but not young and inexperienced; his selection may help balance out his infirmaries and make him look more progressive. As they say is politics, "they never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity." I'm sure one, if not both candidates, will miss completely.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  50. Peace-maker

    Whom-ever Senator Obama chooses. He has the right to pick. I am confident he will choose some one who can appeal to all people given the climate in this election. I am convinced that he is sincere in wanting to get America back to one of the most respected country in the world.

    May 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
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