Clinton says she's open to being Obama's VP

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    Jun 03, 2008 9:18 PM GMT
    By BETH FOUHY and DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writers
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    WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton told colleagues Tuesday she would consider joining Barack Obama as his running mate, and advisers said she was withholding a formal departure from the race partly to use her remaining leverage to press for a spot on the ticket.

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    On a conference call with other New York lawmakers, Clinton, a New York senator, said she was willing to become Obama's vice presidential nominee if it would help Democrats win the White House, according to a participant who spoke on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to speak for Clinton.

    Clinton's remarks came in response to a question from Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who said she believed the best way for Obama to win key voting blocs, including Hispanics, would be for him to choose Clinton as his running mate.

    "I am open to it," Clinton replied, if it would help the party's prospects in November.

    Clinton also told colleagues the delegate math was not there for her to overtake Obama, but that she wanted to take time to determine how to leave the race in a way that would best help Democrats.

    "I deserve some time to get this right," she said, even as the other lawmakers forcefully argued for her to press Obama to choose her as his running mate.

    Aides to the Illinois senator said he and Clinton had not spoken about the prospects of her joining the ticket.

    Obama effectively sewed up the 2,118 delegates needed to win the nomination Tuesday, based on a tally of pledged delegates, superdelegates who have declared their preference, and another 18 superdelegates who have confirmed their intentions to The Associated Press. It also included five delegates Obama was guaranteed as long as he gained 15 percent of the vote in South Dakota and Montana later in the day.

    Word of Clinton's vice presidential musings came as she prepared to deliver a televised address to supporters on the final night of the epic primary season. She was working out final details of the speech at her Chappaqua, N.Y., home with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, their daughter Chelsea, and close aides.

    Earlier, on NBC's "Today Show," Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe said that once Obama gets the majority of convention delegates, "I think Hillary Clinton will congratulate him and call him the nominee."

    Clinton will pledge to continue to speak out on issues like health care. But for all intents and purposes, two senior officials said, her campaign is over.

    Most campaign staff will be let go and will be paid through June 15, said the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge her plans.

    The advisers said Clinton has made a strategic decision to not formally end her campaign, giving her leverage to negotiate with Obama on various matters including a possible vice presidential nomination for her. She also wants to press him on issues he should focus on in the fall, such as health care.

    Universal health care, Clinton's signature issue as first lady in the 1990s, was a point of dispute between Obama and the New York senator during their epic nomination fight.

    In a formal statement, the campaign made clear the limits of how far she would go in Tuesday night's speech. "Senator Clinton will not concede the nomination," the statement said.

    Clinton field hands who worked in key battlegrounds said they were told to stand down, without pay, and await instructions. Speaking not for attribution because they didn't want to jeopardize their jobs searches, many said they were peddling resumes, returning to their hometowns or seeking out former employers.

    Clinton officials have said they would not contest the seating of Michigan delegates at the convention in Denver this August. The campaign was angry this past weekend when a Democratic National Committee panel awarded Obama delegates it thought Clinton deserved.
  • auryn

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    Jun 03, 2008 11:08 PM GMT
    This is all I will say about it...

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    Jun 04, 2008 12:32 AM GMT
    Well isn't that gracious of her (or perhaps a little self-serving). I doubt the same sentiment is coming from Obama's camp though.
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    Jun 04, 2008 12:54 AM GMT
    Bad idea to put it bluntly. She will find it very difficult not to usurp Obama's authority. Cheney as VP for the past 8 years demonstrates what a very ambitious, smart and headstrong VP is like. It can cause a lot of friction in the White House.

    I think it is time for the Clinton's to retire from politics and let other Democrats get a crack at using the levers of power.
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    Jun 04, 2008 4:58 AM GMT
    She ought to be open to opening her thighs once in a while. Bill seemed pissed off about all this at his last speech.

    /darkside ;-)
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    Jun 04, 2008 5:12 AM GMT
    Boooo. I am tired of this. He owes her absolutely nothing! And for her to offer herself as a VP is just ridiculous and quite arrogant. She lost this nomination fair and square, even when breakng the original rules yet she still could not bow out gracefully. Rather than trying to begin healing the divide in the party, she just continued to assert her belief she is better in her speech tonight. It is sad, really sad. With her actions towards Obama thoughout this journey, and with her speach of defiance tonight, she has clearly shown that she is not a team player, the type of player that Obama needs on his team. Go sit down Hillary.

    So after all that, I say no, it is a bad idea.
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    Jun 04, 2008 5:21 AM GMT
    At one point in the race, I was supporting Hillary, but now I'm ready for the process to be over, and I will vote for Obama.

    I think Clinton as a VP is a bad idea. They're both senators; maybe pick a successful governor? I think Richardson would be a good choice. The Democrats should be looking for ways to draw Hispanic voters and secure their hold on this group. I think James Webb might be good, too.
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    Jun 04, 2008 12:30 PM GMT
    I've always liked the idea of John Edwards as VP.

  • Jun 04, 2008 1:48 PM GMT
    Of course Hillary is open to the VP position, because when some slackjawed racist hick assassinates Obama, she'll end up stepping into the presidency anyway.

    Personally I cant stand the woman and don't trust her as far as I can throw her. But I do have to concede that Obama's best chance of beating McCain is with Hillary as a running mate.
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    Jun 04, 2008 2:48 PM GMT
    SockMonkey saidAt one point in the race, I was supporting Hillary, but now I'm ready for the process to be over, and I will vote for Obama.

    I think Clinton as a VP is a bad idea. They're both senators; maybe pick a successful governor? I think Richardson would be a good choice. The Democrats should be looking for ways to draw Hispanic voters and secure their hold on this group. I think James Webb might be good, too.


    I think Richardson would be a brilliant political choice...draw more of the hispanic vote, and maybe a few extra Clinton supporters by virtue of him having worked for the Clinton administration.