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June 4th, 2008
10:05 PM ET

Hillary Clinton's concession call to Barack Obama: "I am prepared to help"

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/04/art.clintonobama.jpg caption="Senators Clinton and Obama at the NAACP annual convention in July, 2006."]
Carl Bernstein
CNN Political Analyst and author of "A Woman In Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton"

 
Senator Hillary Clinton personally assured Barack Obama today that she recognizes he has won the Democratic nomination for president, and that “I’m prepared to help in any way I can,” according to a person familiar with their conversation.
 
Though she would prefer to be on his ticket as the vice presidential nominee, said this person, Senator Clinton has said her  only requirement  as the campaign goes forward is that “she be a player in the whole process. She doesn’t necessarily want to leave the Senate,  but she does want to be sure that key people from her campaign will have a role in Obama’s  presidential campaign and—if he wins the presidency—his administration.”

“Yes, it is somewhat a power play for vice president,” said this person, a Clinton supporter in Washington with whom she sometimes counsels on important matters.  “But being on the ticket is  not a requirement” for her unqualified help, especially in convincing her supporters to embrace Obama’s candidacy.   “Her speech [Tuesday night] was about being a player and making sure she was a player.”  

However, as late as three this morning, said a source in touch with the highest levels of her campaign, Senator Clinton still believed it remained remotely possible she might become the eventual nomineee of the party, and was determined not to concede to Obama imminently.  Her thinking, said this source, remained focused on the idea that some piece of negative information about Obama might surface, or that some of the superdelegates might be somehow swayed after reconsidering that she was the more electable candidate, after some days of reflection  and polling.

“It’s crazy. Her head is not there yet, to the point where she is willing to accept that she’s not going to be the nominee,” said one of her major supporters this morning, based on knowledge of conversations Tuesday night between Senator Clinton and her seniormost advisors.

Apparently one of the things that changed her mind was the obviously negative reaction of some of her most important backers—-including members of Congress–to her failure to acknowledge Obama as the nominee in her speech to supporters, after Obama had definitively secured the number of delegates necessary to be the nominee.

As the critical response, especially from supporters who had never before wavered, threatened to reach a crescendo-—and it became evident that her chances of becoming the vice presiential nominee were being adversely affected by the reaction—-she went out of her way to assure Obama personally that she recognized his victory, would give him her complete support,  and  try to bring along  her own acolytes skeptical of his candidacy, and would do so rapidly.

Her effusive praise of Obama before the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee today was partly intended to assure him of the kind of support she  intends to put forward—and demonstrate credibility with certain constitutencies she hopes will lead Obama to choose her as his running mate.

“I think she’ll be a total activist. Within a very short period of time you’ll see a very united deal,” said a member of her senior-support network.   Apparently, that will occur Saturday, according to a statement from the Clinton campaign.

Meanwhile, her representatives have begun talking with senior Obama advisors about ways that he can help her pay off more than $10 million in campaign debt, through his partcipation in fund-raising efforts on her behalf between now and September, according to a knowledgeable source.  September is the legal deadline for retiring certain forms of campaign debt under Federal law.

In terms of her vice-presidential aspirations, which Bill Clinton has been pushing privatey as an alternative if she failed in her bid for the presidency,  Senator Clinton is said by her closest supporters to be genuinely convinced that Obama will have a very difficult time winning the presidency without her on the ticket, and that she is intent on demonsrating over the coming weeks her indispensibility to his cause.

“He (Obama) has a real problem with the Jewish vote, with white women over fifty, and a Catholic problem,” said one of Senator Clinton’s backers. “She can do a lot for him with those groups.”
   
It will be a very difficult sell, according to Obama’s senior advisors, many of whom have come to despise—the word is not too strong–the Clintons with the same degree of contempt that the Clintons have, in private and not-so-private, exhibited toward Obama.   

However, Senator Obama is said by some of these same senior advisors not to be nearly so disdainful of Senator Clinton as some on his staff, but he has  been deeply angered at the conduct of aspects of her campaign and the words of both Bill and Hillary Clinton.

 


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  1. fred

    it would be a VERY big mistake to put her on the ticket. There are so many "Hillary-haters". Why alienate them? Put her on the ticket and they will vote for McCain. Just do a little market research and you'll see this is the case. It would be a very short-sighted move and would accomplish little but to make Hillary the 2012 nominee. Pick Bill Nelson of Florida – he's a moderate – he will get moderates. He will get the Florida vote. He will get the Southern vote. He will get the "experience" vote. He will even help with the Jewish vote due to his strong record of support for Jewish causes, going back to suing Holocaust-era insurance companies when he was attorney general of Florida (believe me - Jewish voters remember who their friends are. I know - I'm a Jewish voter myself). He is also telegenic, experienced without being old, and rounds out the ticket nicely – liberal vs. moderate, northern vs. southern, black vs. white, but still 2 young guys who are telegenic and can get the electorate excited. It is a slam-dunk! Nominate Nelson and within 3 days the media and the public will forget about all about poor Hillary. I gour-ahn-tee it! (2nd choice Jim Webb, 3rd choice Bill Richardson). Hillary – -fuggedaboudit!

    June 6, 2008 at 12:37 am |
  2. R Noble

    Anyway you slice it, Hillary Clinton is a net liability to the party.

    June 6, 2008 at 12:30 am |
  3. Lisa in Georgia

    If Senator Obama puts Senator Clinton on the ticket as the vice-president, he will most definitely lose my vote. She needs to go back to the Senate and represent the them. That's what she's being paid to do and hasn't been doing very well for the last 17 months.

    I keep hearing how Hilliary has the vote of middle-aged white women. Well, that's the catagory I fall in, but I can assure you she will never earn my vote. She's arrogant and thinks she knows better than anyone else. I am so glad that the "year long victory tour" has turned into her comeuppance. Sit down and be quiet, Hilliary! I am so sick and tired of coming across you on the TV yakking away and nodding your head like we are all so stupid to believe that you are the best candidate for President of the United States.

    June 5, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  4. Richard from Chicago

    I think everybody should take a rest. We should let Obama's process take hold and trust that he will make the type of veep selection that reflects his principles and are a testimony to his judgment. For Hillery Clinton to try to force her way into the Veep position, I think, says she does not trust his process and judgment. I think Obama will make the right choice. Go Obama 08.

    June 5, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  5. Lea

    I sincerely hope Hillary is not added to the ticket as VP. Her performance on Tuesday is reason for distrust. In spite of her "best "intentions, she is a toxic presence . It is obvious that she had to be pushed out of the race by her congressional supporters. That doesn't bode well– it's all about Queen Bee Hillary again– not this country. Let her have a role as health care czar which will show that she can either build coalitions or she cannot. So far, Hillary does not play well with others!!!! Look at all her former supporters who jumped ship. They may know something that we don't. Hillary cannot win this election for Obama– he must do this. Any of Hillary's supporters who are childish enough to vote for McCain out of spite deserve what the next 8 years will bring us if he is elected. It's just too bad that they will drag the rest of us down with them.

    June 5, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  6. Marshall

    I think that Sen. Clinton has a more important place in the Senate than as a V.P. The Senate could easily be a long-term home for her and she could easily prove to have an important leadership role there for quite a number of years. V.P. would be a dead-end!

    June 5, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  7. HRC supporter....

    I've never seen so much disrespect given to a former President like I have this year. Sure, Hillary's husband happens to Former Pres. Bill Clinton, but the matter of fact is He is her husband who is supporting his wife. Period. I don't remember President George H.W Bush be critized for supporting his son. In the end, it does not matter if HRC is the VP candidate and if the Democratic party loses in the fall, she will be blamed for the loss and if she is not the VP candidate and Obama loses in Nov, she will be blamed because she did not stop sooner. I'm one for change and would love to see it, but I'm also a realist.
    I don't see what changes he will make with our economy in such shambles, our Military strecthed thin, our education system sucks, our health system crappy and the list goes on and on. I agree Obama should not be pressured into having HRC on his ticket. Let him make his own choice. I just don't want to see HRC as the fall girl when things don't go his way.

    June 5, 2008 at 8:58 pm |
  8. Xcalibar

    Any HRC Democrat that votes for John McCain needs to take a close look at who he selects as Vice President. As you continue to reiterate, he's an old man and the Presidency is the most stressful position in government. Get real, how long do you think it will be before he succumbs to the stress, especially if he wants to continue the IRAQ War. FOLKS, WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF MONEY ! Where will he get the money to continue – out of your pockets ......... Look for a better solution – Hilary is part of the problem, she is not a solution, Offer her the head of the EPA and tell to keep her mouth shut.
    Let Obama effect the changes he has promised and we'll all be better off - YES even us REPUBLICANS

    June 5, 2008 at 7:48 pm |
  9. Ted

    At her Baruch College event in NYC just a few days ago, Hillary Clinton added her name to a Major League Baseball that was inscribed by the famous New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra with the quote: “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Bill Clinton also signed his name to the ball. This Yogi Berra quote summarizes the essence of the Clintons’ drive to win and their spirited campaign style. Don’t count them out from politics just yet.

    June 5, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  10. Ilona from AB

    You know, no matter what the game .....there are ALWAYS those who are going to say something was unfair.
    The refs, the other players, the coaching, the weather.........but in the end there is only one winner.
    Coming close is admirable but still there is only one winner.
    I don't see the media as unfair. I remember Rev. Wright being on CNN every night being played over and over and over. That's news. If Hillary is making news by what she says and does along with Bill – it's no different . Media can over play something just like with Britney Spears – but the media reports the bad more than the good because it's better for ratings.

    June 5, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  11. Sharon from Indy

    Carl:
    The transition from two to one Democratic Party candidate is going to take some time. Our ducks are still split.

    The passion of each candidate is still raw and unruly. To come together as a party sounds very idealistic. With several months of grueling primaries polarizing our allegiance to a particular candidate, the road ahead to November general election seems tiresome.

    I believe Republicans are depending upon the fatigue.

    June 5, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  12. Esbee

    Caroline Kennedy for VP.....please.... Then it would be signed, sealed and delivered that Obama is a puppet of the Kennedy clan.

    Did someone say Caroline Kennedy is charming and graceful. Uhhh...no.

    June 5, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  13. Cindy Sison

    Hi Anderson
    As an observer from Canada and who has a lot of friends in the USA, come November, they will either stay home or vote for McCain. They feel and I share the same sentiments that the press/media were so unfair to Hillary, including you Anderson. The most cruel to Hillary was Campbell Brown and she seems joyful everytime a negative comment or reaction was said about Hillary. The media/press were so unfair.
    I was one of your greatest fan and I thought you were one of the decent, trustworthy in the media/press world. I really liked watching your show but you couldn't control your bias opinion.
    We had 2 great candidates, although Hillary was a better one but instead you tore her apart inside and out.
    What goes around comes around. I hope and pray that the press/media would one day realized what they have done to their country.

    June 5, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  14. Delphine, Netherlands.EU

    Talking about 'Change' ...why not offer the white house as a part-time job to Hill and Barack.So everybody's happy...and we can send McCain home where he can spend his last years with his grandchildren, instead of looking for a job.

    June 5, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  15. Rob Kole

    Boy oh boy how spoiled we have become.... the Convention used to be the deciding event but now we can't wait for the Convention cause it too late in the process. PHOOY!! Let Hilliary keep her delegates and let Obama fight for it at the convention.

    June 5, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  16. Mario Flores

    Caroline Kennedy for Vice-President! – Yessssss!!!

    Who would be more graceful, charming, and poised?

    Why not start a political career near the top?

    June 5, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  17. NIL

    If Obama wants to win in November he better play safe and have Hillary in the ticket. She will be an excellent, faithfull & committed Vice President. In exchange of his promise to help her become President 2016.

    “(Obama) has a real problem with the Jewish vote, with white women over fifty, and a Catholic problem,” said one of Senator Clinton’s backers. “She can do a lot for him with those groups.”

    OBAMA & CLINTON INVENCIBLE TEAM 2008 OR ......

    June 5, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  18. Beth

    People please....if you are going to post on blogs get the facts straight first.

    Hillary did not win the popular vote. The numbers she uses do not include the votes in the caucus states.

    June 5, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  19. Barb

    I would hate to be in Axelrod and Obama's position right now! First of all, hell no! No VP for Hillary. Ever! So the Republicans can play tape of her Robert Kennedy assassination remarks? No way.

    Obama has a well run, tight knit, close group of people working for him. He has a No Drama, no leaks campaign organization deeply committed to him, and to a sense of history about his campaign that they share. Hillary's people are toxic! They are incompetent.

    Realistically: They took a woman who had instant name recognition, on a first name basis with the whole world, her husband a popular two term, former president of the United States, a rolodex with some of the most impressive names in fundraising, and early fronrunner status, and they screwed it all up.

    What Hillary managed to accomplish, she did in spite of not because of her staff! Yet, Obama is expected to take them on his campaign ? Hell no! I'd sent them to Alaska and Hawaii, and make the worst among them spend the summer on Guam and Puerto Rico.

    Hillary's staff turned people off with their arrogance and their sarcasm and their sense of entitlement. They leaked out all kinds of destructive BS in an attempt to manipulate events, and each other. They are disgusting disreputable people. I do not ever want to turn on my TV and see Carville, Emanuel, Lanny Davis or Harold Ickes representing Obama. NEVER!

    I think Hillary should get some help with her debt, I think she should get an airplane and I think she should cmapaign where she is asked. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and West Virginia. Arkansas and Texas, Indiana and South Dakota. In fact, I think she should have her offices and staffers in South Dakota.

    No VP, No key staff in important places, no high visibility for her people. If, after he wins, Obama wants to look at some former Clinton people like Jamie Rubin, Robert Rubin, Wes Clark and Madeline Albright, I wouldn't mind. But NO Lanny Davis and NO Harold Ickes. Let them go out and earn an honest living. And someone please! Make James Carville Ambassador to Chechnya!

    June 5, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  20. Esbee

    Forget it. Hillary supporters are not sheep!!

    We are Democrats we challenge authority we do not follow it!!!

    Hillary Clinton can beg me until she is blue in the face to vote for Bama but unless he earns my repect, then he NOR the Democratic party is going to my vote for anything.

    HE IS GOING TO HAVE TO EARN MY VOTE!! Now that is a new idea for Bama. Lets see if the leopard can CHANGE his spots.

    June 5, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  21. Vivian Perez

    Hilary helped pave the way...

    Hillary is the purpose for the Democratic Party still in the lead.
    Without her early entry as a minority (woman) , "Obama" would not have had it so easy.

    Americans will be ready for change when they can elect a female for president.

    The election shows how powerful she is, a V.P. seat will not make or break her.

    June 5, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  22. Carol A. Ennis, Phila., PA

    You know, this campaign has been a bridge over troubled water from the start. Now that Hilliary's boat has sank, she is left out there withouht a life raft. Most of her delegates have jumped ship, and some of the wind has been knocked out of her sail. Even when she was defeated by OBAMA, her speech was about Hiliary, that she won this, and she won that. She did not quit on her own, knowing Hilliary, she would have taken this to Carnagie Hall along with her 18,000 supports. You have not heard the las of Hilliary Clinton. But I have to give her the props for running a strong campaing. She was determined not to give up. She held on tight to the very end so she would not be left behind, and now she wants OBAMA to recue her. She looks tired, beat down. I do give her her props for running a powerful camaign, and never giving up, but she lost it when she got her hands dirty from digging up mud and constantly slinging it at OBAMA, and now she wants to be his friend. They both should have learned a valuable lession. Number one, you never under estimate the power to bring the party together, and for you Hilliary, if you even consider jumping on OBAMA's band wagon, you should contact Michael Jackson to find out how to CHANGE.

    June 5, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  23. santosh hatwar

    Its unfortunate to see so many diehard supporters of Hillary threatening to vote for McCain since she didn't get the nomination. Its very difficult for a person who till a few months ago thought that she was certain to become the next President of the United States, lose out to a charismatic young senator who oozes loads of confidence in bringing about change in Washington. Clintons and their supporters should realize that if they really go to vote against Obama just because Clinton did not get the ticket, should not forget that by doing so they would vote in a third term for a proxy Bush administration which has degraded American prestige by making false claims about war on terror, washed the American economy down the drain and brought more misery to American way of life than ever before in the history of America. All these diehard fanatics of Clinton's should understand that their lives will be screwed up if a proxy Bush administration comes to power in the form of John McCain. So guyz keep away your petty politics and unite for the cause of change and sweep away whatever chances McCain has. Vote for Obama. At least he gives you hope for a better future. If you vote for McCain all you get is four more years of misery. Do not make that mistake. Above all do not expect Clinton to get the ticket. Her antics in the last couple of days have vaporized her chances of getting any ticket.

    June 5, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  24. Maggie

    No matter how much she urges her supporters to help him, if she is not the VP candidate, they will not.

    Many supporters are angry, read her blogs. I really feel in order to get those 18 million votes, he needs to put her on the ticket.

    Eventually her supporters will come around only if they see that she is indeed on the ticket.

    My family will follow suit like many other supporters and leave the democratic party, register independent and vote for Mc Cain if he does not offer Hillary the VP spot.

    Yes Americans want change but not inexperience.

    I have been hearing reporters and analysts say oh the democrats will follow Obama.

    Do not underestimate the American people.

    It would not be in Obama best interest to discount 18 million voters.

    June 5, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  25. Bill

    Unfortunately, it looks like the only way that Hillary could be considered for the VP position would be if she divorced Bill. He's a weight around her neck and a platform for her to stand on. She's got pressure from above and below as a result of him. Bill has many outstanding qualities, as we all know, but because of him she's perceived as being boxed in.

    June 5, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  26. Lou A.

    I have voted Democratic all my life, but I will not be voting for Obama unless Hillary is on the ticket or he promises her a Supreme Court nomination (if she wants it). The anger of women over Hillary's treatment by the press is being vastly underrated. I am furious! The press has been telling Hillary to pack up and go home for months and she just about won the nomination! I was cheering when she gave her speech on the night of the last primaries. The press and the Democratic machine has treated her like crap and yet expect her to just give up her own ambtions and kiss the behind of them all. One more "get off the stage Hillary" in months of them. Hillary's speech was the well deserved slap in the face that the press and democratic party deserved.

    As for voting for McCain, I have always found him a man of honor. I do not agree with his policies as much but I believe in the long run he may help women. If he puts in enough conservative judges, maybe the young women in this country who take their hard fought for rights for granted will wake up and get involved like the generation of women before them did!

    I do not feel that Obama personally was disrespectful of Hillary or she of him. I believe they could work together. Hillary is qualified and if she isn't selected, it is the last slap in the face for me!

    June 5, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  27. Gregwashere

    Senator Clinton will not run as an independent because she is smart and has a vision for this country. She has always said she will support Senator Obama and of course she will.
    Let's be honest: they are virtually the same on ISSUES. The leadership style is the only issue. And let's face facts there too: ANY president is surrounded by advisers that help them make war-time/emergency decisions.
    A big problem with George Bush is that he didn't listen to the people who were smarter and more knowledgeable than him. This will not be a problem with Obama ...just as it wouldn't have been with Clinton. Clearly, in the face of virtually every recommendation to get out of Iraq, Senator McCain is unable to figure out the right thing to do.
    McCain will pander to the Right wing on issues involving worker's rights, women's rights, the environment etc. because that is his only hope of getting elected.
    So, for me, Hillary Clinton made the right move by supporting Barack Obama. I don't think she would work out as a VP, but she'd be great as Sec. of Education, Sec. of Human Resources or Sec. of State.
    I look forward to Hillary & Barack leading back in the right direction.

    PS:
    I would love to see Al Gore as VP. 🙂

    June 5, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  28. Celia McKoy

    Caroline for VP. Great idea.

    June 5, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  29. BK Dawson

    Obama & Clinton agree on the major issues of health care, the war in Iraq, environmental issues, and the need to support the middle class, decrease the deficit and get the economy rolling again.

    Now let us reflect on this: the exit polls indicated that more Obama supporters would, if need be, vote for Clinton in the general election than Clinton supporters would vote for Obama.

    Doesn't this fact imply that more Obama supporters really care about the issues, since so many Clinton supporters are willing to ignore the issues and vote for McCain?

    Voting for McCain defies all logic for those who really care about the issues affecting our country. Although logical arguments rarely change anyone's mind when his or her position is based upon emotion, I had to give it a try.

    June 5, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  30. Alex

    I like many people, (Including Hillary who posed the question herself the other night) wondered what does Hillary wants? After listening to everyone's comments and ideas, I remembered that early in the contest someone said the Clinton's would do ANYTHING to win. After further analysis, it is apparent that desire to win included taking on everyone in her own party to prove the Clinton's are the power brokers in the Democrat Party. I think the first sign of their demise started when Bill Richardson stepped forward to cast the first (or whatever number) stone to bluntly tell the Clintons they no longer ruled the roost. Though I believe if Obama chose Hillary to be his VP that the decision would probably guarantee the White House, Bur Obama would also have to creat a new office for his own mental health cause she'd probably make him crazy. In short, Hillary has juice ok, but they won't allow her to use it until she goes back to the Senate and needs to stay off the grass at the White House.

    June 5, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  31. Natalie

    Barack Obama’s camp has stated that Hillary Clinton will not be offered the VP spot, even though she has earned it. They offer various excuses for not offering her the job such as personality conflicts, she would upstage him, policy conflicts, Bill Clinton, etc. Hillary Clinton beat John Edwards, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich and Bill Richardson. She beat the men at their own game. I know some of the guys that she had beaten soundly are being considered by Obama for the VP spot (most are white), they are old politicians as usual, gamers, been long in the D.C. establishment. What about Obama's promise of change? Shouldn't his VP have as much experience or less experience (some say inexperience) as Obama to be new and bring a change in D.C.? Or will we have a Cheney-like figure, a guy who had more experience as Bush that actually ran the country?

    Obama still has to surround himself with the old politicians to be able to run his administration. You are kidding yourself if you don’t think so. He will lean on and become depended on those with more experience than he. The old D.C. politicians that have been there for years. He needs experience on his team, or he won't survive. (It is noteworthy that many of his advisers on his campaign where Bill Clinton's advisors that helped him win in the 1990's, again experience won him his job. It should also be noted that Hillary Clinton helped Obama win his Senate seat by campaigning for him and was his mentor for a time, then he became her competitor. She spent all her life for Civil Rights. Look at her website and Google it for yourself.)

    Yes, she won the popular vote. Yes, I know that caucus numbers were never released, but she got votes there too. (I find it curious that where there were caucuses, where fewer voters came out than in primary states, he did better.) She has the support of millions. She ran a good campaign. She was expected to do better because of experience and the media has knocked her on that. Experience is what it takes to run a company and much more a country as large as America.

    I don't think he can win Florida, Pennsylvania, or Ohio. Obama would have to lean on Hillary Clinton to even come close to being competitive in those states. He should not lean on her too much or it would look like he can't win without her. If his presidential survival depends on her, what does that say about his ability to win? She has to continue to do her own job in the Senate, which she will go back to with zeal for she is a dependable, capable Senator. She has obligations to fulfill than to keep campaigning for Obama all day long, for months until November.

    The fact that she need to decompress from the campaign (which she stated over and over that she had to do) seemed to have ticked off the media and Obama supporters that she didn't wrap it in a pretty little bow for them and bow out. It is disingenuous of them to say that they couldn't celebrate Obama's win without her bowing out. The media and Obama supporters could celebrated the night anyway instead of whining and accusing her of stealing his limelight. He will have plenty of those I'm sure.

    Since Obama has chosen to run the country without her, he should run his campaign without her help at all. Many of Obama supporters believe he can win without Hillary Clinton's help. So, Obama has to be able to stand on his two feet and be strong. He seems, at present, to fret over Bill Clinton and fret over Hillary's voters (not only women, but men, Hispanics, and Jewish voters), when he should be worrying over McCain. Man up Obama, stop worrying over what Hillary Clinton will do for you, do it for yourself.

    Don't depend on yet another woman to help you win it for you, don't depend on Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Caroline Kennedy, and Oprah Winfrey. Do it yourself. You obviously don't need women to help you win, so your supporters say. So man up and do it on your own. The world is watching.

    June 5, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  32. JK from Ohio

    Hillary needs some professional psychological counseling. It's OVER. Step aside. And, it was not a "tie". She LOST. Obama is not going to give her the VP under any circumstances. I am sure she find something else to do with her life.

    If her loyal white women followers can't bring themselves to vote for Obama, then they will be facing a women's rights challenge. The first thing McCain will do as President is rearrange the Supreme Court and reverse Roe vs. Wade. It's time to wake up and smell the racism. If they can't get over the fact that he is a black man, then we could be stuck with McCain. Grow up and do what is right.

    June 5, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  33. barrett

    Caroline Kennedy would be a good choice. Kennedy trumps Clinton – its hard to be against a female Kennedy (JFK's daughter), she's a leader in the Dem. party and would help with all the areas that Clinton is strong in. Hard to beat and she'd do fine under Rep. scrutiny. Thoughts?

    June 5, 2008 at 1:15 pm |
  34. Bill

    I sent this same comment in last night to the live Anderson Cooper blog but maybe somebody didn't like it because it was never posted. All I wrote is...

    Hillary would be a good choice as VP for Obama, but she would have to divorce Bill first.

    I'm adding the rest.

    Bill is in many ways a dead weight around Hillary's neck, politically speaking. Of course Bill is also a platform of support for Hillary too. But how do you balance between being raised on a platform and weighted down around the neck at the same time. Hillary is boxed in by her political connection with Bill. I imagine many people out there would like to see her make it on her own, as she really can.

    June 5, 2008 at 1:05 pm |
  35. Judy

    I am a 55 year old white woman, have a mind of my own,and do not need Senator Clinton to speak for me. All of you ladies out there who are so angry about the outcome of the results please get a grip on yourselves and don't let it consume you as, it will just divide the Nation and the world will not have respect for us when we or our citizens travel abroad. Dont forget that our main purpose is to defeat the Republicans in Nov. , and whether it was Hillary or Barack it is still one party. Senator Clinton don't own any votes as she stated many times, do not have to worry about high gas prices as she is rich, do not have to worry about where her and family next meal will be coming from and the list can go a long way, so lets forget all this 18mill. votes, who is white or black and unite as one party that we came out for. Senator Clinton/Obama do not own the party its one party so we have to be very carefull of what decisions we make because of anger.

    June 5, 2008 at 12:49 pm |
  36. Elias

    what about Al Gore for VP.......

    June 5, 2008 at 12:40 pm |
  37. GrammieJ

    You know, Hillary is beginning to have the tone of that priest, BOOHOO. Her talk about not really giving up the campaign rights to Obama seems so much like the "entitlement" spoken of her. She just cannot let go, so sad. The message she gives is not supportive, but devisive when she says that she will hang around to see if she can still get the nomination, what a jerk. I say to all her and all her supporters, if you are true democrats, you should start fighting for the party, not living on a "pipe-dream".
    I really do not have a party preference, I listen and learn from both and then make up my mind. I have till November, but I will say this, that if Clinton is on the ticket, I will vote as a write in my own name!!

    June 5, 2008 at 12:27 pm |
  38. katd zava

    I have been a loyal democrat all my life and I have supported Hillary throughout her campaign but I will nt vote for Obama in the coming election. I will vote for McCain. The democrats will have the majority in the House and Senate and they will keep McCain in check. He will be a one term president and I hope that Hillary will run again the next time around. I hope that she will not accept the vice presidencial spot if it is offered. i would like to see her become the Lioness of the Senate and lead the fight for the people she has helped throughout her life. She is a brilliant woman and a fighterand why should she waste those qualites sitting is the back seat as Vice President.

    June 5, 2008 at 12:18 pm |
  39. Ken in Las Vegas

    I am an Obama supporter, but I respect the millions of people that voted for Hillary. I really admire the support and passion of her supporters and I look forward to Hillary using the voice of her 17+ million supporters to enhance/influence the Obama position on key items such as health care. She can make his platform even better and we will all benefit from that. But it seems that she is losing control of the force she created and will lose power and influence as a result. The overwhelming majority of posts I see suggest that her supporters are no longer following her lead and splintering into factions trying to drive in multiple directions. This is not good and we all lose in the end.

    June 5, 2008 at 10:12 am |
  40. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Democracy, where honorable people can disagree honorably, where majority rules, where if 3 out of a thousand are correct they can state it.
    I have seen a 'few' other posts who think it is ridiculous beyond belief for Bill Clinton to call anyone 'slimy'.
    That is the pot calling the kettle black. (We are right few are right on this, the rest of you are wrong. Clemens and Bonds should use Bill Clinton vs the USA if it is proved they are lying. Why should they go to jail; they were not defiling the Oval Office with cigars, and other things; while victimising an innocent young subordinate and making her, and his family, the butt of bar room jokes.
    He should be wearing a scarlet letter, instead of being lionised around the world.
    Auditors should look for campaign spending that went to places the Clintons have access to the funds!

    June 5, 2008 at 4:18 am |
  41. Elva, San Antonio, Texas

    This was a good but very tough campaign for both political parties.
    Never have I witnessed the history made by all those candidates involved. Needless to say the the three left standing have made the most history of all. It will never happen again like this. As much as Hillary Clinton has proved that a woman can and should be able to run for president the American people will not let it happen: because
    women even in this day and age are still seen, in stereotype, as incapable of handling a big and great job as running the United States of America. Unfortunately many American women still think the same way and did not vote for her for that reason.

    June 5, 2008 at 2:01 am |
  42. Brenda

    As I read all of these comments, I am again reminded of how polarizing (sp) the Clintons are – it seems they are either loved or hated, but never just seen as OK. I don't know Mrs. Clinton personally but she seems to me to be a very strong personality and I think it would be hard for her to play second fiddle to Mr. Obama. I think Pres. Clinton is an even stronger personality and I know he couldn't play second fiddle to Mr. Obama. I agree that a cabinet position would be perfect for her – she could again work on the health care issue she is so passionate about. I would like to see Obama go with Gov. Richardson of New Mexico. If voters are voting for real change, the faces must be new. After Mr. Obama's speech of Tuesday night, I am on board totally and I have worked hard for Mrs. Clinton up to this point.

    June 5, 2008 at 12:34 am |
  43. Mike Y

    while Obama (Rezko, Rev Wright etc) is no Saint and there is no doubt further baggage on him will surface- he is a Knight in shining armour in comparison to the Clintons- everyone says HRC has been highly vetted- that is a big misconception – where should I start-was she fully vetted on Vince Foster? Was she fully vetted on Paul vs. Clinton? were she & Bill fully vetted on Ron Brown? Has she really been vetted on her power brokered marriage? Get with it America- NO more HRC in the White House. let's try to sweep some of this cancerous corruption out of our politics -even if it is a small symbolic gesture. I know- we will never rid ourselves of the systemic cancer of unethical backroom deals, corruption and partison politics – but the least we can do is retool and reduce the corruption to a certain extent.

    June 5, 2008 at 12:30 am |
  44. MS

    Obama has no choice about her as VP – IF she has the delegates at the convention to vote for her. That is why she stayed in the campaign – to get as many delegates as possible.

    There will be enough delegates that she can get to back her for VP...

    June 5, 2008 at 12:29 am |
  45. Aware

    Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton need to talk this out privately. All the bloggers and pundits need to take a deep breath and get a life.

    This has not been a fair campaign. Hillary was the focus of much undeserved anger and negative media. Misogyny reared its ugly head along with racism. This was mainly media based and DNC condoned.

    Now, only Hillary and Barack can work out a process of healing. The biracial man and the white woman can solve this conundrum if they choose to! There is no longer a political solution. There needs to be forgiveness, reconciliation and a moving forward together. Hillary knows this path. She has worked through it before.

    Give them the time and the space! 🙂

    June 5, 2008 at 12:28 am |
  46. Bettina

    I don't understand all you people who say they supported Hillary but won't vote for Obama. The two of them were in agreement on 95% of the issues! What then is preventing you from voting for him? Because he's not female? Because he's black? Because his name is not Clinton? You would rather this country continue on the present course with McCain at the helm? I think those of you who are spouting hatred at our nominee need to take a long, hard look in the mirror and ask yourself if you are willing to bear the burden of putting McCain in office and then explain your actions to your children and grandchildren as you wave goodbye to them when they march off to the middle east to fight in a war that was declared 'mission accomplished' years ago. Is that REALLY what you want?

    June 5, 2008 at 12:28 am |
  47. K. St. Louis, MO

    I voted for Hillary and greatly resent her attempt to use my vote as a bargaining chip in forcing her way to VP. Her actions of the past few months have horrified me, while Senator Obama has impressed me with his leadership and vision. Imagine what chaos we would all live in if everyone followed Hillary's example and refused to honor the contracts we signed. I cannot get past that. Hillary does not have 18 millions votes under her control and is in no position to bargain with other people's decisions. Thank God younger Americans had the open-mindedness I apparently lacked to ensure we got the right nominee.

    June 5, 2008 at 12:15 am |
  48. Gloria Russell

    I thihk the worst thing Obama could do at this time is move to fast. He has plenty of time to decided who will be his running mate. In my opinion that would not be Hillary. Right now Hillary is acting like a spoil kid throwing a tantrum. And if she is this bad now one can only guess what she would be like in office with Obama. This would not be a dream team, but more like a nightmare.There are plenty of canidates for him to choose from I do not believe he has to decided right now. And when he does decided he needs to think long and hard before he chooses Hillary. I thought it might have been a good choice earlier durning the debate as well. But her actions since his win tells me no she is not the one.
    Gloria
    from Michigan

    June 4, 2008 at 11:59 pm |
  49. Tina, San Diego

    Obama, and his wife don't seem to even "like" Senator Clinton so how can anyone even consider putting them on the ticket... that would make running the country even tougher than it will be for a man with limited experience like Obama.

    Bill Richardson would be a good VP choice in my opinion.

    All this activity is great for us Republicans... who do you all think McCain will pick for running mate?

    June 4, 2008 at 11:58 pm |
  50. D Williams

    Healthcare is the issue. Hillary has the experience. Manditory healthcare coverage for all. If Obama has his way, we will just have a larger Medicaid population and a bigger problem. Sorry. On this issue, Its worse than voting for John McCain.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:58 pm |
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