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. Bill

    Obama and Webb is my dream ticket. Webb has a keen mind, an encyclopedic understanding of foreign policy, and his integrity is impeccable. I'm not surprised at all that Webb is on almost everyone's short list.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  2. Kevin

    Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama because Clinton and Obama supporters hate the other candidate too much to vote for them.

    Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton because Clinton and Obama supporters hate the other candidate too much to vote for them.

    John McCain and anyone because if Clinton and Obama are on the same ticket, he wins.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  3. shawn

    As far as the democrats are concerned.....It doesn't matter. Clinton has destroyed and divided the party. She won't quit til she gets what she wants, and thats the nomination. At the convention she will then expect and demand Obama praise and support her. If I were him I'd turn it over to Sharpton and Jackson to pursuede their followers to stay at home, as I expect they will. VP is definately a mute point now.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  4. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    Obama and Edwards

    Obama has the leadership skills and diplomacy needed. McCain is too hot headed. Hillary is indecisive.

    Edwards will bring in the working class and make sure that health reform is high on the list along with his poverty platform.

    The two would make a good team.

    Care needs to be taken when Obama is president that radical racists don't try to take him out.

    He will do just fine as president....they will get over quickly.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  5. Jason S

    Obama and Joe Bidden. That would be the ticket for the Dems. I think Bidden could help him get the blue collar votes in West Virginia and Tenn) Bidden on foreign affairs is better than anybody out there and that is Obama's preceived weakness.
    Also a note to Clinton supporters. Just because your girl got beat fairly (she wasn't clammering for Fla and Mich when she was winning, how is it fair to Obama, he wasn't even on the ticket in one state) quit saying your going to vote for McBush and if you do vote for McBush you only have yourselves to blame.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  6. Marv

    Obama/Kaine of Va.

    Hillary is no longer in the race. Stop pretending like she is....

    McCain/G.W. Bush........ Same thing.....

    May 22, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  7. Mike, Syracuse NY

    McCain/Christ. 3 reasons:
    1. FL will be a swing state again
    2. Christ has executive experience as Gov.
    3. He isn't older than dirt.

    For Obama, I'd pick Webb, because maybe he could stop Obama from making all the bonehead mistakes he'd make due to his lack of military and foreign policy experience.

    For Hillary, I'd pick Bill, because he'll be there kabitzing anyway.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  8. berline

    Obama for president and John Kerry as VP i like both but no HIllary please she's a witch she must drop out as soon as possible go away Hillary you can't be president and you can't be VP go away leave us alone gooooooooooo witch.. booooooooo this is not your time Hillary. leave Obama alone and go out.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  9. James

    Why would you even poll Hillary? That's like asking who Ron Paul should have as his running mate. It's not going to happen.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  10. christian

    I would easily pick Barack Obama on the top of the list and Governor Bill Richardson as VP for two big reason. The U.S. as a long road to reach for foreign affairs politics for the years to come. as you know Barack comes from Africa so He is gonna bring another look at Africans Cause is fully respected over there naturally (not raising any race card though) and Bill seem to have a good understand on foreign politics as a former u.s. ambassador and former diplomatic conciliator with Chavez and many other big anti-american leaders both in the mid-east as in latino continent(guess what is a latino...not bringing again the race card but i think that might help on the dynamics right now after stupid bush politics and hypocrits one from Bill clinton).
    Second and this is from the inside part...using these two icon on foreign affair will bring all the latinos and the blacks in america to focus on the elections and the rest will join the team of edwards and i hope a leaning clinton one day to dress a new map for change in america. You' ll see the 2008 elections will surprise you as well. The map will change drasticly and the democrats will have the white house with the full house and may be in one year the senate for the first time since..........and begin really to work on the so called change.
    Good look obama with Clinton, she seems to change her mind, Being President is a passionnate work a guess as to forget to lean on the party natural nominee.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  11. DannyCali

    I think we all forgot one man should be very good VP for Obama. 1,000%
    Obama and Rev. Wright the most Experience, friendly, honest, lovely and
    care. so, they going to be "SWEETIE" President in United States history.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  12. Janette

    You Hillary supporters are delusional and for those of you who say you won't vote for Obama you're not a true democrat. To say you won't vote for him because he's not experienced enough is just idiotic. What good was McCain and Clinton's experience when it came down to the biggest decision of this country? And now look where we are at, recession, increasing gas and food prices, home foreclosures, and we still don't have Osama Bin Laden!!! Please get a grip of reality and think with your brains like Obama did.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  13. William of Iowa

    1. Barack Obama with Allan Colmes
    2. John McCain with Sean Hannity
    3. Hillary Clinton with Rush Limbaugh
    Not that I have anything against CNN, but I'll need someone to report the facts when all this goes down. Sheesh....

    May 22, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  14. jeno

    I am fed up with who people should request as Senator Obama's Vice President. Clearly we are in a racist society and the reacism will never end.

    Why does he have to select Hillary Clinton or make nice and at least offer it to her. The only reason the Clinton's are doing what they are doing because they are angry and their little pack they made together when they met and married (he president first; then her; and possibly Chelsa down the line) is not happening ane it is clear they are angry.

    The White House does not belong to the Clinton's and I do not understand how the DNC is allowing these people to call the shots. If Senator Obama was behind, he would have been told to step down long time ago. This is so unfair that these people are allowed to do this and we taxpayers are allowing them to do so.

    Nobody wants them (Clintons) and you mean to tell me that all the so called politicians are afraid of them. Senator Obama has beat her fair and square and they cannot stand it. Not only that, they are angry with black people because we did not support them and they feel we owe them, but we do not owe them anything, because they have done absolutely nothing for us, but eat some chicken and got colgged arteries and play some darn saxaphone on the Arsenio Hall show.

    Obama do NOT offer nor feel compelled to select Hillary Clinton; you are not obligated and I would not let any of those surrounding you make you feel like you have to.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  15. Jaime from Oregon

    General Wesley Clark, because his expertise on large scale assaults without any casualties are superb. (Bosnia).

    He would make a great Vice-President and if not have him as a secretary of State.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  16. Addisu, Toronto

    How about Obama /John Kerry...?

    May 22, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  17. berline

    Obama For president and john Kerry as VP no HIllary she's a witch i don't like her Hillary must get out they can't give the votes of Obama goooooooooo away Hillary you can't be president and be Vice president go away witch.......

    May 22, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  18. Victor

    The condition of our country and around the world need someone experienced enough to have soft landing of all the crises in and out of USA. The ideal thing to do is to nominate Hilary , which the media does not like, and have Obama as a VP. Obama will gain more experience during the next 8 years and then put him as president of the most powerful and richest nation on earth. This way you achieved two goal: first, a strong women as president with her ex-president (he is ideal for the world crises now) and second, a black experienced president to continue build up. By the way because of Bush's personality and his inexperience of handling the crises during the last 8 years and soberness of the republican senate and house; we see now the American people wanted so badly to CHANGE to any thing even if we put someone good in talking without experience.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  19. F,S,

    Assuming Obama is the presumptive nominee I would say that he needs to offset his inexperience and his other issues with a more experienced and less controversial VP.

    For McCain, Bobby Jindal hands down. He is experienced and young. And the diversity of the ticket would be helpful for Hillary supporters (assuming she loses) and moderates.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  20. Christian B

    Sen Clinton and nobody. Gimme a break, she's not going to get the nomination.

    Sen Obama and Bill Richardson would be the ticket that I think would be very tough for the Republicans to beat.

    Sen McCain and Bobby Jindal. Jindal would be a great counter to the Obama "novelty" vote from both the youth and minority angles. Add to that the fact that Jindal is loved by the conservative base, and – despite being younger – is more experienced than Obama.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  21. John C.

    Some of the comments you people make are hilarious. I love that you're all able to vote. It makes me feel so good about everything.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  22. JFS Memphis, Tn

    I think that some of these folks have misunderstood your question.....they are under the impression that Hillary is the nominee. apparently not only does the Clinton campaign have issues....it would appear that here supporters have add. I belive that the best choice would be Edwards , Webb, or Sebelius.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  23. Jaime from Oregon

    Apple Computer's Steve Jobs for Vice-President because he knows how to bring a company back on top from disaster caused by some other CEO...

    May 22, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  24. Robin B. Smith

    My first choice and the for sure win would be a Clinton and Byah ticket. Obama in order to win will have to have Clinton on the ticket. The white working class males and females will never vote for Obama alone. I have taught school for 22 (12th graders) years in a Southern State and have gone through 5 Presidential Elections and have never heard so many negative things about Obama as I have. HE will end up being another McGovern in the South. You can't win only with liberals, blacks and highly educated on your side. Also, the Southern Baptist are already raking him over in church each week. Our only hope Clinton in 2012.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  25. Will

    Obama/Powell Ticket....

    I was originally for a Hillary/Obama or Obama/Hillary ticket but too much has happened throughout the primary season but that option is up to the nominee.

    In any case, Powell has the following:

    military experience
    state department
    served on the joint chief of staff

    Alot of wisdom and knowledge that can serve Barack Obama during his two terms. Some might disagree with the option since he served President Bush but should a man be disallowed service to his country based on the president they served under. Sure mistakes were made but shouldn't people be allowed the chance for redemption. He is a great man and I think would be a great second to Obama. Hopefully, he would reconsider not running.

    Sadly, the thought of two black men on one ticket may be unappealling to many but what a thought!

    Ultimately, this ticket could/would be the power of youth focused/guided by hand of wisdom that comes with true experience.

    More than McCain and Hillary combined!!!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  26. McCain-in-4, Clarksburg, MD

    John Conyers would be a perfect fit with either candidate.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  27. jan

    McCain should choose someone who has business sense, because he sure doesn't... Maybe Romney....
    Obama should look at Richardson for VP or at least put him in a strong cabinet position; he deserves it. I hope he doesn't fold and give into Hillary supporters; another Clinton in the WH is disgusting.
    Hillary? The thought is scary, but if she should prevail as the nominee, she should choose Rush Limbaugh, he helped put here there!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  28. jackie oliver

    hilliary and bill. why not? he would be there anyway! he could have his own house then and not cause her marital grief!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  29. Kris K from CA

    Richardson with Obama and Romney with McCain would be excellent. Both bring specific things to the table that are positive and helpful. If Clinton got in, which I do not think she will, she should chose Obama as VP. He will help her get elected.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  30. Enrique

    I would like to see Obama and Hillary as his VP, this would help the Democratic party to unify and gain more votes and the trust some people may not have in Obama (specially conservative white class voters, like KY, WV.....). I know both in spite of their differences would work together for the better future of America. Having Clintons involved in the next administration will help a lot to put everything back together like it was.

    On the other hand, I think Mccain's only choice is Mitt Romney, becuase Mitt Romney is in my opinion one the best Economist in US history not only in the Private Sector but also in the Public Service. Mccain is not an expert in Economics. His strenght is on Foreign Policy and military. America needs desperately an economist to get this country back in order.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  31. Brenda

    Mccain/clinton – i think they should pair up as they have a lot in common. For Barack, I like the governor of kansas, lee hamilton, evan bayh, or the governor of missouri.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  32. Mark

    Clinton and Ed Rendell; McCain and Romney; Obama drops out

    May 22, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  33. Toni Momoh

    Barack Obama and Sebelius aren the real dream ticket. Ted Kennedy said it best, Clinton does not have the noble deal to be vice president

    May 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  34. Willis, Texas



    May 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  35. Joe

    HRC & BO. As it should have been, duh!?

    May 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  36. DannyCali

    I think Hillary should be our next President and possible Obama is VP or
    Obama not qualify for white house at all. I just worry about Black and White Christian and Muslim if he get elect for President. Even that it might be big divide on Republican and Democratic too.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  37. Everett from Philly

    To all the other people wasting there time writing about Hillary wake up and smell the Bull your shoveling, Hillary is done and down for the count Obama is the nominee and the real dream ticket would be Obama/Edwards or Obama/ Richardson, Hillary's people need to stop pipe dreaming and support Obama or make the terrible mistake and put MCcain in the White House and have 4 more years of the failing Bush legacy.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  38. jose

    I'm guessing no one here understands the gravity of voting for McCain and having 4 more years of the same policies, same lies, and ultimately the Great Downfall of this country.

    Plus, having a husband as a president and being a long time senator does not mean you automatically qualify to be a president...Clinton was a governor, reagan was a governor, etc.......

    May 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  39. David Thomas

    Obama and Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska). A Dream Team. Hagel brings what Obama needs to the table: Experience in Government, Military Experience, Anti-War, Moderate, Tolerant, Decorated POW, and just plain, good common sense.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  40. AG

    Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama
    John McCain & Mitt Romney
    Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton

    Barack Obama has to take Hillary Clinton on his staff in some way. It is symbolic of unity and a winning strategy.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  41. marta akashe

    I'd like to see a Barack-Edwards democratic ticket. Two brilliant young men working tireslessly for the betterment of the United States..That's my dream ticket..thanks

    May 22, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  42. Steven

    I've noticed there are a lot of Hillary supporters who answered this blog. I slightly favor Obama, because his senate record does show a broader field of interest and knowledge, but I think both candidates would do well. Things being as they are though, it seems very unlikely that Hillary will seize the nomination. And frankly, I don't really see Obama pick her as VP, although that wouldn't be a bad idea in my opinion. I do think that he might give her a place as a minister of , for example, internal affairs or health care, something in that range. It seems clear, in any case, that they should work together. And I really don't understand the hate towards Obama from the Clinton-supporters, nor the hate towards Clinton from the Obama-supporters. Politics should be about real issues, ironically something both candidates are campaigning for, not about personality. And what Obama's VP is concerned, Webb seems the most interesting candidate at the moment for reasons already mentioned in other posts. McCain will probably pick Romney, although I haven't been following the Republicans lately so I really have no idea.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  43. Kathy Ericson

    I would like to see Barack Obama as the VP for Hillary Clinton. She has the experience, intelligence, and more guts then anyone I have ever seen. Her vigor and fight has been unmatched during this campaign season.

    In 8 years I would like to see Barack Obama as the next President of the United States. I believe he is intelligent, intuitive, and a natural leader, however, he lacks the experience and backbone right now for the job.

    I do want to see Hillary Clinton answer the phone at 3:00 am!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  44. Mike

    Sen. Barrack Obama & Sen. Hillary Clinton: Whether he wants her or not she seems to complement his weaknesses and also happens to hold the other half of the democratic vote in her hand. I think they should ignore the pundits that say some people wont vote for them if they team up. Once they realize whats on the otherside they will fall inline.

    Sen. Hillary Clinton & Sen. Barrack Obama: The same here, they both seem to have been bound to eachother by this nomination process by splitting the democratic vote. I think the people send a clear message to send both in some way, shape, or form.

    Sen. John McCain & Condoleezza Rice: Why? because McCain is a strong and capable canidate that makes Hillary's experience look week. The problem is he is just another white guy going to be president. Rice is a song policy wonk who also, in a republican way, represents change and could steal the change card from Obama. Why? because she is black and a woman. If these two teamed up, I strongly believe they may win – whoever is on the otherside.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  45. JS

    Obama as President, and definitely not Hillary as his VP. She does not represent what he is about or the direction that the people want to go in–CHANGE!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  46. Chris Brown

    Obama and Biden is the most effective choice. Biden has all the right policy decisions. Obama stil needs either a Southerner or a Clinton Supporter. It amazes me that Clinton supporters will not vote for Obama, but Obama supporters (70%) said they would vote for her. racist biggots support Clinton. Only black in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania is the asphalt. Obama Rendell is a sure winner!!!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  47. Stephanie A.

    Definitely Obama as President. Definitely not Clinton as the VP with Obama. Why would Obama want all that Clinton baggage? And, if I had to hear that women's fake voice for four years...I would have to rip my hair out. Not a good thing. Seriously...I want to see who Obama is contemplating for VP and then evaluate the individual's strengths and weaknesses.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  48. Eric

    I see there are still a bunch of dreamers who don't realize the race is already over for Senator Clinton. there is no point in picking anyone for her.

    I agree with Michelle, Sentor Webb would be a good pick for Snator Obama

    May 22, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  49. Will Childs

    Obama should pick Bill Richardson for the following reasons:
    1. Executive experience (Governor and Clinton Administration)
    2. Foreign relations experience
    3. Small state
    4. Hispanic background
    5. Experienced enough to be President
    6. Best resume of all during nomination

    May 22, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  50. Aidan

    What experience are people talking about when they discuss Hillary. She has been a senator barely longer than Obama has and during her tenure hasn't performed greatly in my opinion. What is the net loss in jobs in New York since she has been a senator again? Hillary is completely untrustworthy and constantly changes her positions based on public opinion and the mood of the public. She voted in favor of the Iraq War Resolution now she is against it, she initially said she would not court the FL or MI votes but now that she is not winning will cry and complain about it, embraces the Bush strategy of not using diplomacy or seeking out political/diplomatic solutions to any international issues, not to mention whitewater and the numerous scandals her and Bill have been involved in! Honest and "of the people"... you have to be joking! Elitist, untrustworthy, unscrupulous, power-hungry, and most of all IRRELEVANT at this point.


    May 22, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
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