May 24th, 2008
09:18 PM ET

Bernstein anticipates Clinton's every move

With dwindling chances of winning the Democratic nomination for president, close friends and supporters of Senator Clinton are looking for a “graceful exit strategy” from the race. One option is a joint ticket, with Clinton as the vice presidential nominee.

Two weeks ago, Carl Bernstein anticipated this very discussion. You can read Carl’s analysis here.
And you can read Suzanne Malveaux’s report on the exit strategies being discussed here.

Filed under: Carl Bernstein • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Darlene

    It takes a BIG MAN to crucify a woman, are we afraid to admitt that we have Bad guys right here in our Country.

    Good for Hillary and all women who stand up for us, it is about time!
    It is just not fair to do this to women, This was taken out of contents and you know that!!!!

    Now if feel better! God Bless!

    May 26, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  2. Lita Anne Smith

    simple as this / Sen Clinton will not quit / she will run as an independent / she will not be second anywhere

    May 26, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  3. Bobby G. - Colorado Springs

    It's Memorial Day ... God Bless the families of our fallen soldiers and thanks to the men and women who have given their lives to protect the freedom of our nation...

    The candidates can choose to be anywhere on this Memorial Day ... a day for pause ... a day for reflection ... a day to honor those soldiers who have given their lives to our country. Yet, Hillary Clinton chooses to make this one more day of campaigning in Puerto Rico! How telling is that? How desperate is she? Frankly, I believe that it's a choice that shows how much this is "all about her". Sure ... Puerto Rico is as much a part of the United States as anywhere ... but ... symbolically, this shows how much she is only thinking about her power and her future.

    She could have been anywhere ... but seeing that she is in the only place that is meaningful to ONLY her campaign is insulting to the reverence of this day! Shame on you, Hillary. Your color is yellow and not "red, white and blue".

    Thank you, Barack Obama, for constantly showing us that "We The People" are more important than any individual. Keep the faith and keep on the high road. The people will not fail you.


    May 26, 2008 at 11:30 am |
  4. frederick

    at first of hearing the comment ms clinton made i thought she was wanting someting to happened to mr obama but since i look at it for a while and beleive she was reminding herself by reference when kennedy got killed to the time when her husband got the nomination. she may have use the wrong method of getting that point across. this election is hard moving fast and she is not getting enought sleep. i am a obama supporter but i can see with all the stuff going on. she is just simple tired

    May 26, 2008 at 10:45 am |
  5. Janet, American in Canada

    Is this some kind of appeasement, towards Senator Clinton?
    Senator Clinton and her camps negative and dividing views towards the American People.
    It would be more like "Nightmare Ticket than Dream Ticket"!
    As a 60+ Catholic White Female, once a Clinton supporter now an Obama supporter.
    I feel she has failed not only me but Americans on going negative.
    As Senator Obama, Uniting All Americans in all scenarios has been his objective. For a person of, White Heritage and Black Heritage, he is well aware of what sacrifices and hurdles, society places on an individual to succeed.
    Therefore, I feel he is closely attached to views All Americans.

    Any appeasement by Senator Obama, would only place Senator Obama on a much higher level of appreciation by All Americans who truly understand the sacrifice in bringing us United!

    May 26, 2008 at 10:04 am |
  6. Tammy, Oregon

    I have no mercy for Hillary after her RFK gaffe.
    why are they now blaming the Obama campaign for all this uproar, don't they have any shame? just remember how rude they were when obama made the mispoken bitter comments, geez, the clinton campaign even made some bumper stickers.....this just shows how hypocrites the clintons are, they should stop playing the victims card again and be more presidential!!!!!!!!for once!

    May 26, 2008 at 2:02 am |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    Clinton as VP,
    You have to be kidding it would destroy the very fundamentals on which Obama has campaigned and how can he be an effective leader with Hill and Bill in the day to day rough and tumble of politics in America let alone what it would be like in the White house.
    He would effectively have two wives clamouring at him, no thanks and god bless America Polygamy is illegal.
    I am sure there should be something for her but not VP Please.


    May 26, 2008 at 1:21 am |
  8. joseph

    Obama should pick Nancy Pelosi as the VP for several reasons. First, she would help him carry CALIFORNIA, a big state, and she could help him with the other Southwestern states. Second, nationally she has instant name recognition and stature, and could help carry big eastern states such as New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Third, Obama needs to reach out to HRC supporters who threaten to abandon the party in November. Would they really be willing to throw away a chance at two historic firsts and having the democratics regain the presidency. Fourth, Pelosi has the clout to make sure that no one within the party tries to sabotage the ticket at the convention or afterwards.

    May 26, 2008 at 12:08 am |
  9. LaVon K Hummel

    Hey, Hilery the exit bus is over here, come on hop on. Can't you see the head lights. Look all your friends and foes want you to get on it. go toward the light. To the light Hilery . Its over. To the light sister the light. FOR GOD SAKES HILERY GET ON THE BUS.......

    May 25, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  10. ron

    Voter donated their money to Obama not to pay off Hillary's loan to herself. The nastiness of this woman and nerve to ask and lobby to be on the ticket is revolting. There is no way I would want Bill Clinton wandering around the White House looking for Monica.

    May 25, 2008 at 9:32 pm |
  11. Dominic Haberman Hattiesburg, MS

    Any discussion of a joint ticket with Hillary Clinton needs to end today. She has proven to be more divisive and damaging to her party's chances in the general election than anyone could have imagined. She shamelessly campaigns in Florida and Michigan while encouraging democrats to vote for McCain if she does not get the delegates she wants to extort for her final, desperate nomination bid. Never mind the fact that she was quoted in October as saying she supported the DNC's decision and acknowled these votes would not count. She also was quoted as stating her nomination fight would be, "over by February 5th." It was real easy to pull a 180 when she found herself virtually eliminated from the race in May. Now she is playing the victim by crying sexism against the "vitriol" of "mysoginists". The Kennedy quote was icing on the cake. Keep this egocentric, selfish, shameless woman as far away from Obama's general election as humanly possible.

    May 25, 2008 at 7:00 pm |
  12. Rob

    exit strategy? find the nearest door and just go, your political career is over!

    May 25, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  13. Deborah Stamper

    I am totally disgusted with this entire Democratic Primary. My family are fighting and not speaking to me. I choose to vote for Hillary Clinton and they are voting for Obama. I respect their choice but in no way do they respect mine. They are a bunch of bullies that think Obama has some sort of right to the Presidency. I try to explain my reasoning and they won't listen. I find this so true of the Obama voters. They are mean and nasty just like Rev Wright.

    May 25, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  14. Kent, Illinois

    Schwarzkopf was incredibly popular in 1991 when the Gulf War started. People loved him and he could of ran for President shortly thereafter and won. He is an incredible presence and exactly what Obama needs.............if they agree on the Iraq war. Schwarzkopf was the Commander of Coalition forces in the Gulf war and a Vietnam War hero.

    Obama/Shwarzkopf 08

    May 25, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  15. Kent, Illinois

    Sebelius is a wise choice if you want to grab the Hillary supporters. Sebelius has ties to important people who can bring states Obama needs in November. Also she would bring the older voters since she is 60 years old. But............

    I sure wish Obama would choose, "Stormin Norman", General Norman Schwarzkopf as his VP. That would be a great ticket!

    Obama/Schwarzkopf 08

    May 25, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  16. George Ft Lauderdale

    I still do not understand the way Obama views democracy and why he opposes the votes in Michigan and Florida being counted. The most"gracious" way to define this contest is just by counting all the votes..whoever is the winner...the entire party will go unnited supporting that candidate. If it turns out to be Obama, well; if it turns to be Hillary, well, too. But we as democrats can not afford disenfranchising votes. Who is afraid of what?

    May 25, 2008 at 12:54 pm |
  17. Rob

    she can kiss the vp job goodbye and as for exit strategy – just find the nearest door and just go your political career is toast.

    May 25, 2008 at 12:50 pm |
  18. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Malveaux’s > " or whether he would offer support for a possible Clinton effort to become Senate majority leader." if she 'allows' him to choose his own VP shows Suzanne is one American who thinks Obama's talk of Change, and an end to the way politics is conducted is not serious. Is he really disenguous? If he chooses hee for VP, yes.

    May 25, 2008 at 12:08 pm |
  19. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Many, many posters to these CNN BLOGS have pointed out the very important fact that Obama will lose a tremendous amount of credibility if he were to choose. (This is with the issue of her nastiness on the shelf, but there is that too.)
    It his message of being free from lobbyists and his talk about Change that will be discredited if he adds her to the ticket.
    He will lose the youth vote for one. They actually will 'stay home and play videos'. Also, her supporters are very clear in the BLOGS they will vote for McCain even if she is the VP.
    (By the way, according to the figures CNN reported on fundraising, this being outspent 4 to claim was another kitchen sink. If you add what she raised to her debt it equals what Obama raised minus what he has saved. They roughly spent the same amount!)

    May 25, 2008 at 11:50 am |
  20. Larry

    Not gonna happen. There has been too much hate spewed by the two sides; all you have to do is watch CNN Election Center and the posts on here. The wounds are too deep.

    May 25, 2008 at 11:48 am |
  21. Annie Kate

    Carl Bernstein needs to stick to reporting facts and leave the fortune telling up to the "professionals". He is so anti-clinton anything he says on the subject is instantly suspect.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    May 25, 2008 at 11:31 am |
  22. Tee from Georgia

    Sen. Clinton does not belong on the Democratic ticket because of her entire negative campaigning. She has not had the best interest of the Democratic Party, only her own best interest. She has been willing to destroy the party in order to get what she wants. Do not reward bad behavior.

    The negatives that Sen. Clinton brings to the ticket far outweighs any positives. I do not want another 4 more years of Republican politics, but I would rather have that than be subjected to Sen. Clinton as vice president. She is morally and ethically corrupt.

    Also, the Democratic Party needs to look at how her negatives will affect the Senate and Congressional races.

    May 25, 2008 at 10:02 am |
  23. seah

    After following the Candidates Clinton should be holding the top spot.

    The Majority of the people, democratic voters want her over Obama.

    The DNC and High powered Democrats, acting like Gods and Political Fixers, Have influenced superdelegates, Pressured them and Have pushed for Publicly, Which has directly influence the election.

    Evident That the majority of voters want Hillary over Obama, The DNC and high powered Democrats have ignored that fact, worked over time on trying to push Clinton from the race, working to insuring the candidate they want in the nominee position.

    Sending a Message to the Democratic voters, That they do not care what they want or have voted on. It only matters what the DNC wants.

    The DNC has Split the Democratic Party in Half. The sad Part is, The people and voters they do not care about are the back bone of the democratic Party. Not swing voters, not new voters. The Soul of the Democratic party.

    The People do not want Obama, many who voted for him wish they could take their vote back.

    The Republicans will win in Nov, and the DNC has themselves to thank for that.

    May 25, 2008 at 8:36 am |
  24. JC

    Michelle Obama will never let Hillary be VP; period; I'm surprised Carl doesn't see this; Michelle is the leader and Barack a born follower; he worked for her at the law firm, followed her to her church then followed Rev. Wright for twenty years; a born follower; she will tell him who his VP will be; my guess is Al Gore; Michelle will like his cache; she likes the Kennedy's and their cache and will like Gore's; with rising gas costs, people thinking green, environmental concerns, Al Gore comes from central casting; they can campaign as "real change is within reach, don't let them take it away again."

    May 24, 2008 at 11:37 pm |
  25. Linda R. South Carolina

    Hillary for president .This is true and,will make a good one. Read Audicity Of Hope.Barack will drop the black or white like a hot potato if it comes to it. He tells us this in his book . He does not like the white race and cringes at the tought of his mother and grandmother .He loves the mislim his quote ( I will stand with the Muslims if the political winds in an ugly direction).You white and black better get a grip on life . I know that he is not claiming white nor black only his mixed up mouth and mind.He never promises anything other than change that could be a bad thing . When I change my clothes and they do not fit right I can change but, if you vote in Obama he's like a tatoo you can't take him off.Think long and hard before going to vote .I know little about Hillary and Mccain . This man Barack we know nothing about..I bet if you think about it people you know and trust in your life there has been surprises so don't let Barack spring off any more surprises.We know he does not like guns,religion, America flag , The National Anthem ,Hillary Ha Ha that is a joke . Please get real and think before you ink.

    May 24, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  26. hana, PA

    I don't see a joint ticket between these two. Aside the assassination remark, the two are very different in their basic approach to this campaign. He is for change and she is for let us keep the old way of politics. Frankly, I don't see her leaving without a lasting momento for all. It could be the latest gaffe or it could be the blame the media for its 'misogyny.' (G. Ferraro and groups of women has been going through the media claiming Senator Obama and the media has been filled with sexist attack against Senator Clinton. Don't forget the 'iron my shirt' sign... eventhough it was a tasteless radio station prank.) let us hope everyone will come to their senses and realize this is not about these two or three people, this is about the country (nation+people.)

    May 24, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  27. Pat M

    Wasn't Carl's Biased Book on Hillary enuff? Who would put any credibility in his comments? Oh yeah, Obama Supporters!
    I think all the analysis tonight are beyond logic including the unending coverage of Hillary's Robert Kennedy statement! Ridiculous!
    Good Night.

    May 24, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  28. bernice

    How many times can you say NEVER!!!

    May 24, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  29. RuthDfW

    Two weeks ago that was a possiblity – today you can forget it. Put aside how you feel about her as a person. She has run a poor campaign often shooting herself in the foot. She has changed positions [i.e., FL/MI discussion] with the wind -- yes America wants change but not in positions of the canidates. the best thing about her statement yesterday – we can put to rest the VP discussions.

    May 24, 2008 at 9:59 pm |
  30. Mike from Calgary, Canada

    Hillary's losing campaign has squandered their lead and over $190 Million raised and is now $20-30M in debt. If she can do that to her campaign in less than 12 months, can you imagine the havoc she could wreak as President.

    She did not do her homework (reading Intelligence Report on her desk) before authorizing the misguided war in Iraq (rather than targeting AL Queda in Afghanistan) and squandered billions there, rather than dedicating them to health care. bridges (Remember I-35 bridge collapse in Minnesota), education and keeping jobs and industries from moving to Mexico and overseas to China.

    Obama's Change mandates new blood in the White House. Hillary is part of the problem, HILLARY IS NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION!


    May 24, 2008 at 9:41 pm |
  31. M C

    V.P.??? Hillary will be the presidential nominee. After Puerto Rico, she will be way ahead in popular vote. The remaining superdelegates have been waiting for that, and will come out for her, and she will be ahead in delegates!!!! HILLARY 08!!!!

    May 24, 2008 at 9:34 pm |