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)
  1. Stephanie Hoffecker

    I would love to see John Mc Cain pick Hillary Clinton. What a dream ticket. They respect each other and it would be good to have two people. One democrat and one republican work together for the good of the nation.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  2. Eric

    As an African-American supporter of Hillary Clinton I feel that the only real shot Obama has at winning the General Election is if Hillary is on the ticket as VP. Hillary has been able to capture all the voters that he has not and vice versa. This would be an unstoppable, unbeatable ticket!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  3. Sherry Billy

    I wish that Obama would pick Sen. Webb. He would bring so much to the ticket. His understanding of the voters that Obama has a problem with, he wrote a book about them. That and his experience with the military would bring a needed gravitas in that area to the ticket.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  4. Theresa Smith

    Barack Obama & Hagel...now that's a unity ticket.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  5. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    CWJ – North Carolina

    I agree with you. That was well put.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  6. JON

    I think Obama is on a crash course to nowheresville. He needs 60 superdelegates before May 31 to secure the nomination. It aint happening. He isn't getting it and so we will not have a nominee until August, in which case I think that Clinton's predictions 9 months ago are coming true and she will be the nominee.

    Obama does not deserve a place in the Whitehouse after all he has done to ruin the party.

    Hillary's VP should be anyone she wants, but not Barack Obama.

    Barack Obama is going to have to do alot of ass kissing before anyone will change their mind on that.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  7. Don - British Columbia

    I think that Obama needs a female VP who is not from the Washington clique. I would choose Governor Jean Sebelius from Kansas. Long shots for second pick are Joe Biden and Bill Richardson.

    McCain should stay away from Romney (he has a lean and hungry look). Best pick here is Mike Huckabee who will draw back the conservative wing of the GOP.

    Hillary would probably like to do both jobs but her only logical choice is Obama.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  8. Arturo

    Of the three candidates running for President I would have to choose Barack Obama since I think that in spite of his lack of experience, he would benefit from working as vice president under Hillary Clinton. On the other hand, I had other democratic leaders as vice president candidate, he would be the last person to be chosen since he lacks experience and has too many negatives. In addition, Barack Obama does not have the support of the democratic working class and if Hillary is ot the presidential candidate, latinos and white working men will not vote for the freshman Senator Obama.

    Hillary Clinton would not make a good vice president under Obama since she is way more qualified than Obama.

    Senator McCain would not make a good vice president, since he is already the Republican presidential nominee so its inclusion in this poll is not relevant.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  9. James from Portland, OR

    Joe Biden is my choice for Obama's VP, what a guy.

    Ron Paul or Joe Lieberman would separate Bush from McCain I think, which is good, and attract more independents.

    Could Bill technically be VP for Hillary?

    May 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  10. iowa

    Sen. Barack Obama & rev jesse jackson.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  11. Brandi Williams

    McCain & Condi – Bring it.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  12. Yanny from Florida

    My dream ticket is:

    Obama and Collin Powell 08!!!

    That would be the best for America!

    And as for the Ayers comment, I am sure that every politician in America has had to meet with undesirable people, that doesn't make them the same. Let's stop the fear game of twisting people's words and making a big deal out of nothing to win the political discussion, which should be won by the politician stand on the issues, not lies.
    Is hard to accept good things that happen to us when we are used to bad or negative ones. This is the leader we've been waiting for since Reagan, lets put him in the White House. Yes We Can!!!

    Thank you very much for the opportunity,

    Yanny from Florida

    May 22, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  13. sean

    Anybody except Hillary would be great. I think it is the time for Clinton's family to get retired!
    Why our lifetime senators and house representatives don't let the young generation to take over the senate and the house?
    Why two term is the longest time for the president but not for senators and house reps?

    May 22, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  14. Sean

    Barack Obama & Wesley Clark

    He has the military credentials that would make Mccain salute. He is also good for the southern vote.


    May 22, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  15. Alastair

    Obama with Ted Strickland as veep.

    Hillary is not an option for president and I would prefer her not to be on this ticket but if it prevents her racist supporters from flocking to McCain then for the sake of America maybe she should be chosen..

    Is there any VP option for McCain that will in anyway prevent him from simply being Bush's third term...no

    May 22, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  16. Kathy in Michigan


    May 22, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  17. Tae Nui

    If Obama President: VP Edwards, Edwards will do something about poverty.

    If Clinton President: VP Rice, what a ticket that would be, 2 women.

    McCain President: VP Romney. Romney really is qualified, and the position will warm him up to the people

    May 22, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  18. GG

    Obama + anyone but Clinton. No Clinton on any ticket.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  19. Chuck

    Obama as President and Joe Biden. Why? Well because, Biden provides the ticket with the foreign policy experience that Obama lacks. Takes away a lot of McCain's reasons for beating the democratic ticket.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  20. demos

    I can tell that the Clinton people are all over this blog. It is not going to happen, she is going to lose hands down.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  21. Anton

    Hillary Clinton is out of the race. If she weren't I think she would need Obama in order to keep the energy of the youth and African-American voters that are engaged in the Democratic party for the first time.

    McCain is in trouble. He pandered to the right and alientated his independent base without energizing the right. I'm not sure there is an ideal VP pick for him – and it must necessarily be someone whom people would like to see President considering McCain's age will be an issue.

    Obama needs experience on his ticket, especially foreign and military experience. I understand that Hillary would help bring some of the white working-class voters that have been reluctant to vote for him, but she is the antithesis of the "new politics" brand that makes Obama so popular. Jim Webb is a good choice. Honestly, it would be impressive for him to reach across the isle and tap Chuck Hagel, a Vitenam Veteran and respected moderate Republican. An Obama – Hagel ticket is novel politics, filled with experience, and very seductive on either side. Hagel has been praising Obama and criticizing McCain, so why not?

    Obama – Hagel 08?

    May 22, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  22. Debra

    McCain & Hagee (Two lost souls)

    Clinton & The Devil (I can't figure out who's worse)

    Obama & Webb (The winning ticket)

    May 22, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  23. mic

    Obama with Hillary as the VP. Obama already one, and Hillary supporters are being selfish. If he picks Hillary, at least America will elect the right leader and Hillary supporters can quite crying about it already.

    McCain, and who cares. Does he really stand an actual chance.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  24. Doris,Memphis

    I would like to see Senator Obama with any of the following for vp:

    1. Nancy Pelosi
    2. Wes Clark
    3. Al Gore
    4. Jim Webb
    5. Colin Powell

    Never ! Never! Never! Never! Hillary back stabbing Clinton.
    I really admire Senator Obama but would not vote for him with
    Hillary on the ticket! Never!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  25. Belle

    Senator McCain and Governor Crist of Florida: I believe Governor Crist is a good man and appears to be a popular governor. Assuming, McCain runs against Obama, this would almost certainly assure that they would carry Florida. I am a Clinton Democrat but firmly believe that McCain will do less harm to this country than Obama. Obama has inspired so much hatred and animosity in his campaign I have to believe that his 20 years listening to Rev Wright's teachings influenced his tremendously. I fear for this country if Obama is elected. Considering all his questionable associations, one needs to be blind not to wonder about his potential appointees to his cabinet and to the Supreme Court.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  26. Max from NYC

    CHUCK HAGEL is the best choice for VP for Barack Obama! Anyone BUT CLINTON!!! The only way Obama could lose in November is if he put Clinton on the ticket! Most of us – his supporters – will not vote for democrats if HRC is his running mate. We don't want Clintons in White House! Period!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  27. Jack

    For Obama's Veep, ABC-anybody but Clinton!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  28. Ebenco

    At this stage of the primary, it so surprising that some people still want the front runner in every aspect of the democratic election to be #2. Even when the candidate they claim have experience to manage the whole world can not even manage a successful primary election.

    No wonder we can't have afordable quality health care like every other western nation. How long will it take us to be more practical in our way of reasoning?

    May 22, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  29. Ian Guzman

    Hillary should be Pres, Obama Vice. Hillary as president is almost a sure win into the presidency, while Obama is just a maybe. Hillary as president & Obama as Vice (or even reverse) is an unstoppable ticket.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  30. mic

    Man, I see so many people dont realize that Hillary is out of the race.
    And if supporters of Hillary vote for Mccain because she cant win, then it shows they are definitly un-educated in deed. Hillary and Obama have almost the exact same policy views, and Mccain is completely opposite. Good way to have people struggle with economic issues even longer, because they want to be selfish.

    oh yeah Obama with Hillary as the VP, so Hillary supports can stop crying.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  31. Jeff David

    Senator ObamaOBAMA would rather prefer to have CHELSEA Clinton as VeePee than Hillary. A cool headed VP is needed to make a good team rather than desperate record setter with "I AM" intentions

    May 22, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  32. Kelli Sappenfield

    I would like to see Obama pick Gov. Brad Henry of Oklahoma. He is a popular governor that is in his second term. Ideologically he falls to the more conservative side of the Democratic Party which will help with those blue colar middle class votes. Plus, I think he could bring states like Oklahoma and Kansas into play.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  33. Jane

    Obama/Webb. Webb has a deep resume including his military background, support to move us out of Iraq, respect of his peers, and is an articulate, forthright person.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  34. bohio

    Obama has three choices in my opinion, he needs to pick someone to help him in the swing states he is already doing well inonly:

    1. Richardson of New Mexico, carries New Mexico, possibly Nevada, Colorado, helps in Florida, also helps nationwide with experience and national security

    2. Strickland of Ohio, would carry him Ohio, Michigan, and probably PA

    Webb of Virginia, would carry Virginia, PA, and help alot in Ohio, North Carolina and Michigan

    May 22, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  35. Brent

    Sen. Obama and Joe Biden. Biden has a strong military and financial reputation. He and Obama agree on negotiating with enemies. Also, he is older and more moderate than Obama which should help with a lot of Sen. Clinton's supporters.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  36. jonny

    Obama/Gore '08!! Both are honest, atypical politicians with a passion for improving government and the environment. I don't trust most politicians.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  37. Alex

    I want to see Obama with Joe Biden.
    Unfortunately Biden's state of Delaware isn't one that can bring much help to Obama in the GE, but Biden's Foreign Relations background and realistic, down to earth approach to his constituents has such a refreshing tone that would flow nicely with the grass-roots Obama-nation that has developed. Biden could also help with the working-class voters Obama has been having so much trouble with.

    Biden and Obama are both forward thinkers with a straightforward, no bull approach to politics, with such an emphasis on honesty, that together they would offer something America's never had the opportunity to have.

    I say Obama-Biden

    NY, NY

    May 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  38. maca


    THAT WOULD BE DREAM TICKET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  39. Edward

    It absolutely should be Senator Clinton with Senator Obama as VP. She has the passion, intelligence, and experience to take our country to a better place. While he is a great leader, his experience is lacking...

    This could give him the experience to lead our country in 2016!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  40. carol sullivan


    May 22, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  41. Jeff in South Dakota

    I'd like to see Obama ask Chuck Hagel. He's an independent-minded Republican, like Obama is an independent-minded Democrat. It would truly be the "unity ticket" and begin the "neither red nor blue" America that I admire Obama for envisioning.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  42. Michael

    Oh Good Grief! I have to believe that these "can't vote for O if he's the nominee" Hillary supporters are either closet Republicans or loonies. Their argument is completely void of substance-it makes no sense whatsoever. So, let's see here, the logic must go something like this: If Hillary is not the Democaratic nominee, then, as a protest against a fellow Democrat, we will help McCain become President in order to 1) help get 3 ultra-conservative judges appointed to the Supreme Court, 2) keep health care in its currently disfunctional and economy-sapping form, 3) continue in Iraq for another umpteen years, at 12 billion per month, 4) continue giving the upper 2% their *badly* needed tax cuts, which have not been plowed back into the economy throuh some fairly tale "trickle down" process while our infrastructure and public education establishments rot away, 5) ... do I really need to keep going? Aren;t these people just the poster children for :"people voting against their own best interests"?

    May 22, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  43. mary

    Senator Hillary Clinton as president & Barack Obama as a VP so he can gain expiriance.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  44. Jodie Republican from Idaho

    McCain needs to pick someone who is much younger than him. He also needs to choose someone who is conservative. I like Mike Huckabee. If Hillary is the nominee(which is impossible at this point), I think she should pick Obama. Obama should pick Hagel.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  45. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    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.


    How about the opposite. Since Obama's the clear leader and America needs change, why should he wait until she has a whack at it. Instead, she should drop out and run in 2016.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  46. Michael

    For Obama he should nominate Senator Webb but will
    probably go with Gov. Richardson for more incompetence
    on foreign relations issues. For Hillary: a Kennedy to
    keep with the dynasty/entitlement theme.
    For McCain: Jindal or Romney: two guys who know something
    about how the principles of Economics.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  47. Mary in AL

    I would pick Senator Obama with Senator Casey because Senator Casey can carry Pennsylvania and I believe that he truly likes Senator Obama. Casey helped narrow the wide gap and they seem to have an easiness with each other. I admire Senator Casey for standing up and sticking with Senator Obama during the yak-yak on elitism. They both are class acts in my book,

    May 22, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  48. Deb

    Why do you even list Clinton, that's not an option. I think Mike Huckabee for McCain, and Chuck Hagel for Obama.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  49. Eric

    Sen. Barack Obama & Chuck Hagel to prove he really can bring the parties together. He is a Republican, war veteran who opposed this war from the beginning. That ticket will prove Obama's point. Which is, he will unite this Country.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  50. Bob Edwards

    Democrats: Obama and Edwards

    Republicans: McCain and Huckabee

    This way the americans have a clear choice in policy and in the direction the country should take in the next 4 years!! If they are smart, they will choose Obama/Edwards.........

    May 22, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
1 2 3 4 5