June 4th, 2008
12:53 PM ET

Hillary Clinton for VEEP? Is that a train coming?

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Tom Foreman
360° Correspondent

On a train to New York, and I am considering the next move in this unending saga called Election 2008, with the battlefield of the general election suddenly rolling out before us.

Specifically, I'm looking at a pile of newspapers, and paging through websites that are mulling this idea of Clinton as Veep for Obama.

So much talk is being logged around this idea of what she could bring to him, in terms of support, but it seems to me that the evidence of this campaign shows that to be an incomplete way of viewing this situation.

The missing part of this "Hillary on the ticket" idea is the same thing that torpedoed her campaign. It does not address her "negative" factor. There are undeniably people who like her, and might come to Obama if he takes her on as running mate, but many others may be turned away by that very move.

Remember, he has ridden a wave of moderates and young voters, coming out in unprecedented numbers, because he has promised a break with old-fashioned politics. If he runs with her, he runs the risk of repudiating his own message and he could "cap" his upward potential by disaffecting not only those who have already come out, but also any potential new recruits. He would be trying to grab a shaky, and slim advantage among people who, for all their bluster, will probably vote for him anyway; and forsaking the potential of more explosive growth among moderates, independents, and cross-over Republicans.

Considering that McCain is clearly going to play hard for that same moderate middle, I have heard plenty of reasonable Democrats voice concern for months, that making Clinton his Veep could prove suicidal. Not to mention an idea that has been bubbling for a while: Even if he wants to do this, putting Hillary into the Vice Presidency will also open the White House door wide to Bill Clinton, and no president ever has wanted to labor in the shadow of a predecessor, let alone one that is literally looking over his shoulder.

Without question, Obama has his work cut out to draw in Senator Clinton's supporters if he does not make her a running mate. Some will be placated with nothing less. But Obama has outrun her for the nomination by going after the middle, by defying convention, by exciting a sense among many Americans that he is willing to shove aside old party politics; not just as practiced by the Republicans, but also as practiced by the Democrats.

There are good reasons for him to consider Hillary Clinton as a Vice President, but as I rock along on this train beneath a gray sky that must look even grayer to Camp Clinton, I wonder if he will find more, better reasons to look elsewhere for a running mate.

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soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Calandra Ferguson

    Personally, I'd be disappointed if Obama offered Hilary the VP position. She's

    1. Polarizing. Too many people don't like her and wouldn't vote for Obama if she were on the ticket.
    2. He and she are fundamentally different and she's a contradiction of all Obama believes in relationship to change. True change.
    3. She supports the war.
    4. She's not ethical.
    5. Dispite her claims of experience...first lady doesn't qualify one to become President of the USA.
    6. She's a racist.
    7. She's eluded to assassinations.
    8. She nor her husband would take a back seat to the President of the United States.
    9. She refused to congratulate Obama on his nomination...and then tactfully is attempting to extort a VP spot from him on the ticket.
    10. She's a liar.
    11. She negative.
    12. She cares about herself first, appeasing and paying back those whom she owes favors second...and then quite possibly-country (America) last.

    No Hilary for VP. The fat lady as sang.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  2. Alice S

    I think everyone is missing a vital point. I am a lifelong democrat from Massachusetts, so my vote doesn't count right? Wrong, I now live in the swing state of Nevada! And I am thinking of staying home on election day. I can't vote Republican and Obama has not won me over. Now how does that impact anything? Every democrat that stays home does not vote the rest of the democratic slate. So maybe Obama wins Nevada (maybe not) but does he win the congressional seats he needs to be an effective President?

    June 4, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  3. Chris McGowens

    That is a terrible idea, just the fact that she is a selfish, her always putting herself before the whole democratic process, we all know as blacks and whites she would have been a superb president also, BUT SHE LOST. In the beginning of the campaign process they all agreed to the stipulations of the one with the most delegates would be the winner, but all she talks about is the 17 million votes that were cast for her. If them was to be the rules of that process, then she would have an argument but thats not the case. So Hilliary sit back shut up and ride off into the sunset and stop being devisive to all the loyal fair game playing democrats who love the country more than we all love you and Bill

    June 4, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  4. Debbie, NJ

    Obama- Hillary ticket is a train reck. Her motives and agenda are so wrong. She doesn't want to run to support him as the President. She won't even acknowledge his winning the nomination. It is ok to her that she has split the Dem. party. She cares more about herself than the country, the party or her followers. The sad thing about it if Obama doesn't choose her(and I hope he doesn't), she's going to run as an Independent. That's why she's so called holding on the her followers. But some people will wake up. More than half of the 17 million she won will wake up soon. Hillary will damage the party before she concede to Obama. Her demanding the position as VP is nothing but extortion, to add to her already corrupt character. Soon her followers will realize its not about her but about them and their jobs, their children, their health care, their children being sent to war and their homes that can get taken. Hillary doesn't have these issues. Obama won over 17 million himself without her help. Add these 2 groups together and he will win the election, without Hillary's blessing.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  5. Maria

    I am one of her supporters who vehemently opposes her even considering such a thing...Such a move would demean her and she is much too much a class act to allow that to happen...She can find a myriad of other endeavors that will legitimize her great worth instead of discounting it...She's too far above that 'milieu' to even consider it.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  6. edwards

    Why can't the Clinton's just sit down. It's over! Check Mate! HRC ran a long and respectful race. But now it is time for change. It happens. Get over it, and move onto writing a book and working in your garden. Leave it up to the nation to decide who they want in office.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  7. John Morris

    Hillary dont have to be VP, she already has those initials after her name. (Vindictive Prick) just like her husband. I actually voted for Obama, but regreted it and started to favor Hillary, until her mudslinging started. Then I went to Mccain, and in the past 2 weeks, that old codger has lost my vote with all the crap talk he has been saying. I really feel we dont have a presidential candidate. ( maybe Jessie Ventura). It just proves that the democratic party is not all its cracked up to be.


    June 4, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  8. Greg, PA

    Whoever he picks, I hope he loses.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  9. Jan from Wood Dale IL

    Just curious, since Obama is being creditted with bringing so many more people out and into the Democratic Party, why isn't that huge increase reflected in the primary popular vote? My guess is that not everyone bought what he was trying to sell.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  10. Imtiaz

    HRC its time to pack your bags and go back to the Senate.

    The Show is Over and the people have Voted for Who the Next President of USA is. " Barack Obama"

    June 4, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  11. Bob Borquez

    Obama needs to pick a woman for the ticket; but not Hillary.
    Anyone but Hillary.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  12. Janine Silberman

    Hillary Clinton on the same ticket as Obama sounds like a nightmare, not a "Dream" ticket. She is much too competitive to play second fiddle and there would always be Bill poking his face into her office. A president has to make his OWN choice for a running mate and Obama should take his time (he has it) to consider the options, conduct interviews etc. There is a whole list of very capable candidates.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  13. No To Hillary!

    I would NOT like to see her on the Obama ticket, ever. She needs to learn to be humble and shed her arrogance and ego and support Obama whole heartedly.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  14. Brian from Granada Hills, CA

    Wayne De Gooey, I am sorry you feel so strongly that McCain is another Bush, but if you knew the facts of McCain you would realize he is his own man and many times acts more like a Democrat then a Republican. Don't vote against him because he is from the same party as Bush. If Bush was running against McCain I would support McCain wholeheartedly. What you may end up getting in return for your anti-Bush vote is the highest tax increase in our lifetimes and the biggest government a liberal senator could dream for. Good speeches become hollow when your paycheck becomes so thin because of high taxes and your jobs become scarce because of anti-business policies. Good luck getting a raise at your job when the company gets hit with higher taxes and regulation. Let's just hope the businesses stay in the US if Barack Hussein is elected President.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  15. Brian from Granada Hills, CA

    If Obama Hussein would not only have to deal with the job of running the most important job in the free world and work towards imposing liberal policies down the throats of American people with high taxes and socialist government, he would also have to deal with a former popular President and strong willed Vice President living next door, always putting in their two cents worth and likely second guessing him for four or eight years.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  16. molly

    It is true that Clinton could turn out tons of democrats but she will also turn out many republicans to vote against her. Either way an Obama/Clinton ticket would turn out tons and tons of voters – both for them and against them. No matter what, that's a good thing because it means that more people are getting involved in the process.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  17. Elwood

    I'd like to know if the results had happened in reverse would Bob Johnson written a letter for Obama to be VP. Would he have called Hillary and "insisted" that it woulf be good for the party ? Maybe you can ask him I'd really like to hear his answer. Thanks

    June 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  18. Barbara-Dalton Ga

    As of right now Hillary is acting like a sore looser. She should have
    congratulated Obama on his win, thanked her supporters and staff
    and gracefully made an exit. This would have left the door open for
    her and Obama to duscuss her future role in the 08 election. As of now she is giving the appearance that there may be conflicts within
    the party that will make it difficult for the party to unifiy. I admire former
    President Clintion but he did do more damage than good for Hillary.
    I am not so sure he could be happy to be on the side lines if Obama did choose Hilliary as VP.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  19. Michelle

    With all due respect, CNN, why don't you do some investigative
    journalism and address the "negative factor" of Barack Obama?

    June 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  20. Alain Adunagow

    Since when has it ever been when someone loses you'd have to compromise your win to accomodate your adversary's loss????

    It's a learning experience for her. She'd do a whole lot better let alone than talked about or indulged. Think of Al Gore (which, I'm suspecting, may come back strong in the political scene - perhaps as BO's Veep?); he lost.. took a break, recovened.. and now he's contributed to one of the most vibrant subjects of our time.

    Perhaps she should take a break and think of how she can leverage her smarts in addressing the oil-affecting-people issue.. hallo!!!

    – Alain (Irvine)

    June 4, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  21. Georgette

    I am an Independent, who has not supported one candidate over another. If all Americans think for one minute we have a voice in this or any election forth coming you are mistaken. The elections are manipulated to sever the few high-powered in government.
    Just look at the events of this campaign.
    Lets be honest here, from day one the news media has been bias. They have not been fair to the candidates, nor given Americans the real truth behind the stories. They broadcast what they want us to hear and know. Have you ever noticed the clips they choose to show, clips that in most cases then not are negative, without out revealing the actual truth behind it.
    The talking heads you see before your TV screens get there marching orders from the higher ups, who have already set the agendas.
    These self-severing originations from the onset, picked a candidate and proceeded
    To influence the American people with propaganda. The news media, journalist and ill informed annoying talking heads are part of America’s problem!

    Sympathy for Senator Clinton, I think not! PROUD YES INDEED!!! She is a fighter, strong with many years of experience. She represents millions of strong Americans who will support her in whatever path she chooses.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  22. Grace Harwinton

    he last thing I would like to see at this point is an Obama-Clinton ticket. I can't in good conscience for vote for that ticket because I don't want to vote for a Clinton-controlled Whitehouse and we all know that's what will occur if Hillary Clinton is VP. By the same token I don't want to vote for McCain. Of course I don't want to refuse to vote either. So I'm stuck here. The only solution for me is for Senator Obama to pick someone for vice president who shares his (and my) view of a much dreamed about America.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  23. Ellen SC

    I feel Senator Clinton's time to do something good has now passed.
    And regardless of how much good she does now she will not regain the number of supporters lost.

    I feel it is truly sad that she has chosen to waste such wisdom, political and foreign experience, capability, genius, drive, intuition, and knowledge because she believes she's been done wrong and taken advantage of. If only she had shown last night that she was able to put her priorities last and do the right thing, her image may have had a change of improving. Sadly it seems that wasn't important to her. Being right was more important

    June 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  24. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Perhaps it's time to let the candidates think for themselves. Who anyone picks for VP is a decision that is theirs alone. At the end of the day, it's up to us voters to decide if they picked wisely or not.

    Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  25. JR Chattanooga, TN

    She has no class at all.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  26. anon

    pat talks about clinton's nearly 18 million "so-called" votes....i'm not sure what makes them "so-called" since they were actual votes and, yes, they did excede obama's i guess "so-called" votes also. did some people vote for her because she is a clinton, because she is white, because she is a woman – i'm sure the answer to that is yes, some people did. just as i'm sure that some people voted for obama because he is black, because it was cool, and because he gives a great speech. but, back to the 18 million votes – the obama team shouldn't and i'm sure doesn't assume that clinton voters will just hop on the obama bandwagon now. my vote belongs to clinton – she will have to convince me to vote for obama – he hasn't come close.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  27. Bill

    It's a one way train to... you know where.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  28. Sullay

    Hillary Clinton said she is committed to uniting the party. False! It appears she is bent on dividing the party. The Democratic race is over and she lost. Concede! It appears that she is a barbed loser. As contentious as it may seem, she confirmed Rev. Pfleger’s assertions. She is refusing to accept the realities of this new age by making a political entitlement and ownership claim regardless of the Democratic choice. ‘Get over it’ Hillary Clinton and be cordial in defeat. Someone other than a Clinton needs to be in the political spotlight. Obama is the Democratic choice.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  29. Larry

    Barack Obama has nothing in common with the history of african americans. He just happened to be the result of the marriage between a man from Kenya who came to america and married a white woman and then his dad took off back to Kenya and left him with his white family.
    For african americans to claim him as one of their own is a real stretch.

    I'm happy he won, but he should be representing ALL of america, not african america.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  30. Tita

    No Hillary for VIce Persident. Obama needs some one who has been in the military and can bring the ying to Obama's yang. Obama needs a veteran, a war hero, a survivor, some one like Webb.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  31. Carol, WI

    There are many reasons for not having Hillary on the ticket and it pains me these are not being discussed:

    1. It would turn off Republicans and Independents who have legitimately switched parties to vote for Change (I am not counting the Operation Chaos Republicans)

    2. There are still unanswered scandals from the 90's and more that have surfaced since the Clintons left the White House, so her 'fully vetted' argument holds no water – Obama did not bring up the past as that conflicts with his message of Change

    3. What would Bill's role be?

    4. How do you defend a running mate who is in the Republicans' campaign ads dissing Obama?

    5. How are you ever sure Hillary is in it for the good of the party and not to sabatoge Obama so she can run in 2012?

    6. How do you offer a VP spot to someone who still has not acknowledged they are no longer running for President?

    Most importantly, having Hillary on the ticket will not placate her most militant supporters as evidenced by their comments on the political blogs. Many say they still would not vote for Obama because they want him to lose so she can run again in 2012. Therefore, there is no gain in this notion. The moderate Hillary supporters will vote their interests, however begrudgingly (which is what I would have done if roles were reversed).

    June 4, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  32. trey

    Why would anyone put Hillary on their ticket. What is there to decide, Sen Obama has the numbers. She knew that she wasn't going to win for months. Sen Obama took the high road last night in his speech ever after Hillary failed to do the same in hers. She claims to care about Americans but the fact is she only cares about herself.

    Hillary in my eyes is trying to make things harder for Obama to set herself up for 2012. I am a die hard Democratic put I will NEVER vote for Hillary. Why would you want some one like that in office.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  33. Kim

    Having Sen Clinton on the ticket would be a bad move for Obama. Even disregarding her negative ratings, he would have to govern for four years if he wins, without being able to rsik turning his back on her. A cabinet position I could imagine.

    I read an article this morning that said, she doesn't want the VP slot, she just wants to be asked and then decline it. If this is true, it shows true arrogance and a misreading of the situation.

    Obama praised her even after her ungracious speech last night and he called her, left a message and asked to be called back. She is behaving like she won the nomination and waits for him to come to her hat in hand. This is going to backfire.

    By behaving as she did, she has now put Obama in a position where he couldn't even pick her if he wanted to without risking being seen as easily manipulated and a traitor to his campaign themes.

    I am just hoping she won't stoop to undermining his campaign to the point of making him lose in November, to give her a better chance in 2012.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  34. Michael Severo

    Hillary for VP is a Clinton attempt at a co-presidency. Sen. Clinton's behavior in the past several weeks, and certainly in her speech on June 2nd, is a clear indication (at least to me) that her next play is "I'll deliver my 18 million votes, if I can be a VP who will share power and decision making with Obama." I suppose that her idea of change is to reshape the structure of the executive branch. Nothing else can explain her divisive actions, especially in light of reports that she has signaled a desire to run as VP.
    Sen. Obama cannot give in to this kind pressure. As an independent voter, it will drive me away from any thoughts of voting for a democratic ticket in November.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  35. Nicole Ryan

    Obama will never become president without the Clinton's help, even though I as a clinton supporter think she and bill should stay out of the general election and let Dean and Pelosi reap what they have sown. It is funny that Obama supporters refuse to admit to polls that show him struggling against McCain, where Clinton could win easily. I think it is also funny that they believe that all of us Clintonites will vote for Obama. I guess they are relying on all the college kids in Wyoming and Kansas to take him to the White house!

    June 4, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  36. mark omar

    be very clear on this point–Senator Clinton does not want to be Vice-President –she wants to be Co-President-a situation that would be deadly for Senator Obama and this country!

    June 4, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  37. NC for Obama

    You KNOW what is the REAL SHAME in this…

    Barack has made HISTORY, and the news media is obsessed with what does Hillary want..

    If Hillary is on the ticket, Obama will lose all credibility with his own supporters. Not only will he lose me as a volunteer, he will lose my vote.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  38. Keli Holtmeyer

    That has been my position for the past few months. Everyone is talking about Hilary and Barack being a dream ticket, but there is not a lot of talk about what the consequences would be if she were his Vice President.

    Throughout Election 2008, Obama and Clinton's supporters have been rivals and I think this may present problems down the road if Obama were to choose Hilary has his running mate. I think a lot of Obama supporters still view Clinton as competition, especially after her defiant speech and her decision not to concede last night. Her speech should have been more conclusive, thanking her supporters and acknowledging that Obama had won the necessary amount of delegates. Instead of a reflection on her time on the campaign trail, it felt like a rally or a job application. She spent most of the time talking about why she was a better candidate, and that irritated me. Even more than that, it felt like she was challenging Obama. By not recognizing his accomplishment last night (winning the nomination), she presented herself negatively to many Obama supporters. I thought it was not only immature, but it was a disservice to Barack's historic moment. He is a wonderful politician and he earned that nomination. By not acknowledging it and by continuing to campaign and rile up her supporters even after he won, I thought it was a huge slap in the face to Obama, as well as all of Obama's supporters. I think Hilary made a huge mistake last night with her words, her tone, and her decision to devalue Obama's tremendous accomplishment by not addressing it specifically. Yes, Hilary made historical accomplishments, but plain and simple, last night was not her night. Period. For this reason, I think a lot of Obama supporters are going to be strongly opposed to her as a Vice President. Not because of her qualifications, but her attitude. I think what transpired last night made Hilary more unfavorable to Obama supporters.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  39. Aaron

    I agree, HRC is selfish and trying to detroy the party and Obama, just so she can say I told you so. He does not need her. He too inspired a lot of people to vote and inspired a lot of people. As far as the popular vote, depending on her math, she leads, but cnn shows he actually leads.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  40. sandra johnson-houston,tx

    when does Hillary begin to remember it is not about her wounded feelings and realize this is about the people of America, we need a democratic party in the white house, it is about the economy, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our image around the world, jobs that were shipped overseas, and the future of our America, you were given your time, now make the right decision and move on,,,,,,,,,,,,

    June 4, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  41. Beth

    I agree, adding Sen. Clinton to the ticket is likely to alienate as many (or more) voters as it would draw, so I see no net gain. The only thing that Sen Obama would gain is the headaches that come with all of her baggage–he does not need that dead weight slowing him down!

    If Sen. Clinton will do the right thing, fully support the Democratic nominee (like she has said she would) the majority of her supporters will fall in behind her.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  42. Kim Cady

    Hillary Clinton's failure to concede speaks volumes toward her arrogance and ignorance. I would NOT like to see her on the Obama ticket, ever. Obviously she already has her sites set on the 2012 President Race, and would spend the next 4 years undermining Mr Obama and his office, to build herself up. This will only HURT the American people. She cannot be trusted. Nancy Pelosi makes a far better female candidate!!

    June 4, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  43. Wayne De Goey

    E-mail to Hillary Clinton:

    Senator Clinton,

    How please Senator McCain and the Republicans must be with your speech last evening , which continues to show your intent to destroy the Democratic Party by dividing voters and possibly giving the election to the Republicans. I have voted as a Republican all my adult life (46 years) but because of how the Bush administration and the Republican Party have ruined and bankrupt this country for the last eight years I am switching loyalties to the Democratic Party.

    Your attempt these last few months, when you knew you had no chance of getting the nomination, has keep Senator Obama from campaigning solely against Senator McCain. You show NO concern for the party or the country but only you’re personal ambitions and egotism. Your actions reflect the very same outrageous actions the Republican Party have pursued in destroying this country these last eight years.

    You’re aspiration, now that you lost the nomination for President, to force Senator Obama to choose you as his running mate reflects your arrogance and disregard for this Party and the people your continue to mislead. I trust the Democratic Party realizes that Senator Obama could never be able to lead this country with you as V.P. since you can not keep silent nor you husband. The news media would continue to find conflicts between you and President Obama so that little if any progress could be made in the next four years.

    Since you did not choose to concede your candidacy nor seek harmony within the Party in your speech last night, as Senator Obama did, but defiantly ignore the Parties leadership, the Party Democrats in the Senate should black ball your future within the Senate and any future political aspirations you might have.

    Senator Clinton, resign your campaign immediately and bring harmony to the Democratic Party or if you continue to run your egotistical campaign you will destroy both your credibility as a true Democrat and the chance for the Democratic Party to win the September election.

    Wayne De Goey
    12915 Hallstrom Drive NW
    Gig Harbor, WA 98332

    June 4, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  44. Pat

    I think the idea of Hillary being on the Obama ticket is a bad one. Not only does she bring "old" Washington politics to the table, but there is no guarantee that Obama will get her so-called, 18 million voters in the first place. I think much needs to be assessed as far as who voted for her and why they voted for her. Could it have been because she was a "Clinton"? Could it be because she was white? Could it have been because she was a woman? Or maybe there were even some Republicans getting involved in the mix by voting for Hillary to "shake up" things. I hope and pray Obama is smarter than all those who think his only chance to win in November is to put Hillary on the ticket. As Amy Winehouse would say, "no, no, no."

    June 4, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  45. John P

    I was deeply saddened by Hillary Clinton’s lack of respect towards Barack Obama in acknowledging him as the nominee, and her defiance towards the Democratic party in offering a symbolic gesture of unifying the party. It was very apparent in her speech in New York that she was, metaphorically, holding a gun to Obama’s head as well as the head of the Democratic Party to vie for the VP position (Pick me as VP, or else…). What is so ironic and disheartening about this is she didn’t have to publicly make this case. If she were only magnanimous and gracious in her speech, this would have passively made her case stronger, and would have made it more difficult for Barack to not offer her the VP position. She could then have setup a meeting to talk in private and present her case to Obama. Understanding his vision to bring the party together and bring all constituents together, she could demonstrate out of good faith that she would be willing to do whatever takes to make this happen. Unfortunately, she has put a wedge into this party that may not be reconcilable. Any chance of her getting the VP position is now out of the question. This is a reflection of her continued poorly run and miscalculated campaign. Looking ahead, the question is, what will Clinton do once the offer of VP is denied to her? Will she stand true to her word and fight for Obama to win the general election? Or will she take her case to the Denver convention?

    June 4, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  46. Cindy

    I just don't see Obama asking Hillary to be his VP...I just don't. There is too much animosity between them. And she has way too much baggage.

    The only way I see him asking her is if he sees that he has to have her in order to get her voters to back him in the general election. If he can find a way to do that by himself he will never ask her.


    June 4, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  47. JC- Los Angeles

    Michelle Obama will never allow Hillary to be her husband's VP, period; she will not allow another strong-minded woman in her husband's inner circle; Michelle is the born leader while her husband tends to follow; Barack worked for her at the law firm, followed her to Rev. Wright, then followed him for twenty years; as evidenced by his repeated backtracking over his spiritual advisors, he follows so much he sometimes forgets who he's following; Michelle will not afford the Clinton's the spotlight again; she has done a very impressive job orchestrating her husband so far, it will be very interesting to see what she has planned next.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:04 pm |
  48. Mama Mwita

    Hillary does not deserve the VP position! She is ungracious, unwise and selfish. If she had acknowledged Obama last night in her speech, by even 1%, then she would have deserved the consideration. At this state she is like the character in "Fatal Attraction"....Either become my permanent lover, or you all die! What a sore looser!!!!

    June 4, 2008 at 1:02 pm |
  49. michael

    So why aren't you airing McCain's press conference? If Obama was talking right now you would be all over it. What happened to equal time on TV?

    June 4, 2008 at 1:01 pm |
  50. Michelle

    Finally someone is not drinking the HRC kool-aid.
    Some how the media seems to have forgotten about
    her negatives. I have a feeling since last night they
    went up higher. It is time for HRC to get over herself.
    This is not her moment it is Obama's. Why is she getting
    so much airtime. What part of clinched the nomination
    does she not understand. I think your own Jack Cafferty
    has it right. She seems to think this election is all about
    her. Not. Nancy Pelosi has already said this is not going
    to happen. I would think America's top female politician
    knows what she is talking about.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:00 pm |
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