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Clinton Hints at Joint Ticket

By Ed O'Keefe
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama appeared on the six broadcast and cable network morning shows Wednesday. On CBS's "The Early Show" Clinton acknowledged that Democrats may eventually nominate a Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton ticket.

"That may be where this is headed, but of course we have to decide who is on the top of the ticket," she said.

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NEWS FLASH!! WASHINGTON POST needs to cover this!! This is huge. I saw it on "First Read" on MSNBC.COM tonight from Chuck Todd...

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Per the Toronto Globe and Mail, in a story that was the lead on the paper's front page today, that call to the Canadian embassy was actually from the Clinton campaign, not Obama's:

"Mr. [Ian] Brodie, [PM Harper's chief of staff], during the media lockup for the Feb. 26 budget, stopped to chat with several journalists, and was surrounded by a group from CTV. The conversation turned to the pledges to renegotiate the North American free-trade agreement made by the two Democratic contenders, Mr. Obama and New York Senator Hillary Clinton.

"Mr. Brodie, apparently seeking to play down the potential impact on Canada, told the reporters the threat was not serious, and that someone from Ms. Clinton's campaign had even contacted Canadian diplomats to tell them not to worry because the NAFTA threats were mostly political posturing. The Canadian Press cited an unnamed source last night as saying that several people overheard the remark.

"The news agency quoted that source as saying that Mr. Brodie said that someone from Ms. Clinton's campaign called and was 'telling the embassy to take it with a grain of salt.'

"The story was followed by CTV's Washington bureau chief, Tom Clark, who reported that the Obama campaign, not the Clinton's, had reassured Canadian diplomats.

"Mr. Clark cited unnamed Canadian sources in his initial report. There was no explanation last night for why Mr. Brodie was said to have referred to the Clinton campaign but the news report was about the Obama campaign."

*** UPDATE *** The Clinton campaign responds: "Unlike the Obama campaign, we can and do flatly deny this report and urge the Canadian government to reveal the name of anyone they think they heard from. The Obama campaign has given a variety of misleading answers to the press and the public about its top economic adviser's contacts with the Canadian government and should come clean about why they did so," writes campaign spokespman Phil Singer.

Posted by: rileys | March 6, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

How do you think Obama and/or Clinton would do against McCain-Feinstein?

Posted by: JakeD | March 6, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama would be a fool to be on a ticket with the Clintons. When Bill's new bimbo eruptions come out, the Democratic party will be screwed.

Clinton fatigue is real and once they steal the nomination, the press will focus on the scandals. Until then, they will be easy on the Clintons and save the attacks until the Clintons are up against McCain.

Obama be afraid, be very afraid and if you are dumb enough to put the Clintons as VP, hire a food taster.

Posted by: vitana1900 | March 6, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Like what Obama said, he will sharpens his campaign against Hillary. Obama needs to know that that's not what the american people want any longer. The american people already decided and realized that we need the best qualified experience candidate to lead our country at thsi very crucial time.......our economy is not doing well. We the people felt every minute of it. The american people wlaready showed their determination to rebuild our country since we the people are the one to suffer, that's why the primaries went Hillary's way. They did not vote because Hillary is white not like Obama suggested to vote for him because he is black, they voted Hillary because Hillary is the best qualified experience candidate. Hillary is not going to divide the people by race but will bring us all together as one voice, one nation. We love our country and we are ready to protect our country from harm. Viva America! Viva Hillary!

Posted by: lianette_steele | March 6, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

There are lots of questions about Obama. I am not sure if it is a good thing for him to be in the ticket. Well, it's up to all the Democrats to decide. I think the same way with tylepink comment, and also TAH1. The Democrat Senate and Congress need to reassess whether Obama needs to be in the ticket or not.

Posted by: lianette_steele | March 6, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's floating the idea of a joint ticket is duplicitous given the sweeping doubts she is trying to sow about Obama. Either he is fit to be president or he isn't. He does not become more fit if it helps her get elected.

Posted by: MShaughn | March 6, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I am very confident that Democrat will take the White House. The american people are already tired of republicans handling our country after Bush. We deserve better now. Hillary will make sure our country will get back in shape especially our economy. They have done it before, Hillary will do it again. We are going to win the presidency. The Democrats both in the Senate and Congress were not able to accomplish what they intended to do because it was then controlled by the Republicans. They put our country to what he are having now, and that need to stop. The american people are ready to change putting Hillary to the White HOuse. This is not about race but we are going to vote for the best qualified experience democrat candidate. We want to be proud of our country by not voting by race but instead by experience and determination to lead our country. I am very proud of our country and I know you all do. Viva America! Viva Democrats! Viva Hillary!

Posted by: lianette_steele | March 6, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

The Texas "primacaucus" had two components - a primary and a caucus. The final caucus results won't known until Friday or Saturday. Obama is generally expected to carry the caucus portion of the "primacaucus" by a large margin. HRC won the primary portion by a very narrow margin. If Obama ends up with more delegates, how can HRC claim that she won Texas?

Posted by: bigskells | March 6, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

There will not be a joint ticket between those two. Barack will never settle for vice-president when he had the most pledge delegates going into the convention. I hope he will not choose Hillary with all that baggage because he would lose for sure. I know she think a Clinton/Obama ticket is a sure thing to the White House. That woman is so power drunk that she can't see that Barack would never agree to being her vice-president if he leads her in pledge delegates. A mentally challenged person can understand that but not power drunk Hillary. I actually think she believes it should be Clinton/Obama and that is scary the American People want this woman as president. Her judgment in that matter is definitely very poor. The back pockets superdelegates have already promised Hillary that they are going to make sure she gets the nominee so that is why she is going all the way to the convention regardless how many pledge delegates she maybe down by. This will be the end of the Democratic Party and that will serve them right since they have no morals, integrity or back bones.

Posted by: MissSBD | March 6, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton should choose a white male with strong national security credentials to make her ticket unbeatable.

GAME OVER. It's time for Obama to exit the race. Obama is unelectable.

If you can't win Ohio, you can't win the Presidency. Obama won only 5 out of 88 counties in Ohio, where the black population lives. The black voters are the ONLY voting group that Obama won. Hillary won big across all other voting groups in Ohio. Obama failed to close the deal, it's OVER.


Posted by: TAH1 | March 6, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I believe this is a dynasty clash between the Kennedys and the Clintons.
Howard Dean being pro Kennedy and Obama being the Trojan Horse.

I would not be surprised if Hillary Clinton turned her vote to McCain for President.
No.... I wouldn't bet the war is over if Obama (with threats of backlash) gets
the Dem choice.

Hillary & Bill have the power to create their own wind storm.

Posted by: blueflorida | March 6, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I believe this is a dynasty clash between the Kennedys and the Clintons.
Howard Dean being pro Kennedy and Obama being the Trojan Horse.

I would not be surprised if Hillary Clinton turned her vote to McCain for President.
No.... I wouldn't bet the war is over if Obama (with threats of backlash) gets
the Democratic pick.

The Clinton's have the power to create their own wind storm....even they know McCain would make a better President, being that he is the one candidate that is known to cross lines.

If you look for a Clinton & Obama ticket...imagine the drama. In 4 years time, Bill Clinton will look like a saint.

Posted by: blueflorida | March 6, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Any scorched-earth Republican would be proud of Hillary's venom ever the last few weeks. Obama should not consider offering her the VP spot.

Posted by: gmundenat | March 6, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I am very anti-HRC and would not want to see her anywhere near the ticket.

First, I don't think either would wnat to settle for VP at this point.

Second, my anti-HRC attitude developed as I watched her campaign. She took for granted that she was going to win the nomination and was completely unprepared for an actual battle. It was easy for her 2 months ago to have an amicable debate and say they were gonna play nice. Now she acts like an animal trapped in a corner. She's become backstabbing and vindictive.

I see Hillary as the Democratic Bush. She is trying to manipulate voters with fear (grr that dumb*** 3am ad), without explaining what exactly they should be afraid of (what experience does she have exactly?? and how does everyone accept her sidestepping that question?). Who in their right minds thinks it's politically acceptable to drop comments like "change you can xerox" and "do you need a pillow" to sway voters? It's positively childish and unprofessional. When everyone has acknowledge that we need bipartisan support to change the isolated and divided America Bush has created, how can we expect someone who name-calls like they're in a Junior High School school yard to do that???

The fact is HRC is NOT a uniter. Unfortunately, I'd still vote for her over ANY Repub ticket, but I am REALLY hoping not to have to.


Posted by: jencm | March 6, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

The flap about Obama and Nafta was disinformation. Per the Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail, "There was no explanation last night for why Mr. Brodie was said to have referred to the Clinton campaign but the news report was about the Obama campaign. CTV president Robert Hurst declined to comment."

It was the Clinton campaign that contacted the Canadian diplomats, "telling the embassy to take it with a grain of salt."

Posted by: edwcorey | March 6, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Hell no! I will not vote for Hillary the Republican. Her parents raised her to be a Republican and she campaigns like a Republican. On national T.V., she often refer to John McCain as 'MY FRIEND JOHN MCCAIN' and in the same breath she will trash her DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUE. The ONLY dream ticket for me is OBAMA/CLINTON no Clinton/Obama. If I must vote for a Republican, it will be McCain - not Hillary, the Republican.

Posted by: bvrlyjackson | March 6, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

As a lifelong Democrat, I will vote for McCain if Hillary is on the ticket. She is a liar, dishonest and will do anything to win. Wake up America!

Posted by: arthurgowran | March 6, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I will vote for Obama.


And I don't care if she's listed as President or VP. I absolutely refuse to endorse that wretched woman into the White House.


Posted by: noozdude | March 6, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Lets wait on the Clinton/Obama ticket. The information is still coming forward as to the true obama and michelle. "I for one do not want a ticket that has ties to obama's church and associations". Obama will not be President for any of you still planning that Ticket." His associations will be the ending of himself".

Posted by: wakeupamerica | March 6, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

lylepink: you are correct on your fealings. Read Newsmax articles on obama and wife's assocations with his church. Oprah is in this picture also. Same Church and associations.

Posted by: wakeupamerica | March 6, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Can't Win the General Election without Obama Supporters, but Obama can win the General Election without Hillary's Baggage.

However, if need be, she could learn from Barack's Experience by being HIS VP. An Obama-Clinton Ticket where Barack is President would be fair, but only if she stops lying and gives the people her Tax Returns like she promised. What is she hiding? She didn't want Texas and Ohio Voters to know where her $5M loan came from maybe. She claims experience, but Obama has had more years in Elected Offices than she has. She was never on the Ballot as much as Barack has been over the years.

You can't count just sleeping in the White House as Experience! If that were true, there are a lot of folks that Slept in the White House that could run for President.

Obama-Clinton is the only acceptable Ticket.

Posted by: topagent | March 6, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

The Clinton Bashing by the Obama camp, and the Obama Bashing by the Clinton camp is not good. What they both need to do, is to
put away those differences, and realizing that those differences are miniscule compared with the differences between the "maverick" and the conservatives. The real enemy is the "maverick" and those conservatives, who have shown that they are nothing but a group of greedy, narrow-minded, selfish, single-minded people who care about nothing or no one but themselves
and if public policy doesn't favor them, then they would destroy the whole thing for everyone. Conservatives must come to realize that their point of view is like the dinosaur; out of place and out of time.
Whoever the Democratic nomination goes to, and hopefully, it'll be a 2-tiered nomination with both of these worthy candidates running, the time is right to soundly defeat the forces of greed, and to take back our government and our country from those who would rob the country's sacred honor and sacred trust.

Posted by: mikekitts87108 | March 6, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

OKAY! Imagine this: Hilliary in the Oval office, Bill in the adjoining office and Obama in a motel room down the street calling the oval office asking if there is anything Hilliary would like for him to to do and getting a busy signal. I would rather be a County Commissioner in Cook County than vice president to Bill and Hilliary. Jack, Jake, others asking Obama to take leave of his senses, are you guys living in a cave somewhere without running water or electricity? If Obama wins and it comes down to choosing a vice president and the choice is between Hilliary Clinton and Paris Hilton, I would interview Paris and ask her if she is ready to settle down and do something for her country.

Posted by: Lewisp1 | March 6, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

It must be a Obama/Clinton ticket or else there will be no change to Foreign Policy and no change for other nations continuing to hate America.

Posted by: rrsarni | March 6, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

It would be a strong ticket, but for now the Republicans sit and watch them lose all their campaign money, battling each other;

Keystone is key- Barack vs Hillary:

Posted by: davidmwe | March 6, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

There was a reason why I didn't see Driving Miss Daisy.. oh yeah, it looked insulting to African Americans. It's ironic Bill Clinton rode African American support into office and Hillary's kicking dirt on Dr. King's dream as words and false hope. I hope history remembers the leaked photos of Obama in Kenya, Tina Fey saying Hillary was, "the new black" and the darkening of Obama's skin tone in Clinton's attack ad. Hillary you makes me sick.

Posted by: xmassan | March 6, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

There won't be a Clinton/Obama ticket, because Clinton's campaign has acknowledged that they won't have a lead in pledged delegates going into the convention, especially in light of the paltry gains they made last night in the most favorable contest on the schedule. I simply can't imagine the superdelegates defying the voters, given what that would mean for the health of the Democratic Party. It'll be Obama picking the VP, and I doubt he'd damage his candidacy by taking someone with Clinton's baggage on board with him.

Posted by: davestickler | March 6, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

What about Obama/Clinton the way things are going? Do you think she would settle for VP?

Posted by: jonah | March 5, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Back channeling the Canadians was unAmerican and unpatriotic. Obama should apologize. If Hillary pick him as a running mate she would have to watch her own back because he wouldn't.

Posted by: hhkeller | March 5, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse


I know what you are feeling. I mean, it's like I know that Barack HUSSEIN Obama is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life -- there's still something about Obama that gives me pause -- did you ever see the original "Manchurian Candidate" movie?

Posted by: JakeD | March 5, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton/Obama ticket is something I suggested many months ago, although there is something about Obama that gives me pause because I can't figure out what it is, but everytime I see and hear him I get this "Feeling" there is something not quite right about him. Don't ask me to explain, I can't understand it myself.

Posted by: lylepink | March 5, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse


Barack HUSSEIN Obama is currently leading in the delegates total, only if you don't count Florida and Michigan -- Hillary won both of those contests, but there's a dispute that would need to be resolved by the Credentials Committee at the Dem Convention -- perhaps you missed the news today about the DNC accepting proposals to hold "do over" votes in each of those States?

Posted by: JakeD | March 5, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Hilary Clinton can say what she likes but Barack Obama is currently leading in the delegates total, the number of states won and the popular vote, what else has he got to do for the nomination and why should he accept the VP spot. If the superdelegates want to steal the nomination for her then let them do it.Mr Obama will go back to Chicago and all the African American and young people will be lost to the Dems. I guess we can all wait for another 8 or 12 years before we see a Dem in the White House.After this scrap, the Dems are going to lose the African American vote for the next two decades. So let Hilary go ahead.

Posted by: hendal2 | March 5, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse


Why is that "most logical"? What about pro-life Democrats who like neither Bush nor Obama/Clinton? Besides, doesn't Obama lose most of his "change" argument by joining with her? I could see LOTS of Dems who are turned off by one of them, get turned off completely. Rush Limbaugh won't be there encouraging voters to go with Hillary again ; )

Posted by: JakeD | March 5, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Anyone not in favor of someone endorsed by the current president ought to be in favor of a winning ticket on the Democratic Party side. This ticket is most logically Clinton/Obama.

Posted by: bn1123 | March 5, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse


I'm not running for President, am I?

Posted by: JakeD | March 5, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is as hard to get a hold on as a greased pig. No wait...she is one.

Posted by: sperrico | March 5, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jake:

What's your middle name, you should amend your tagline for consistency.

Posted by: SMARTINSEN | March 5, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the way it is set up right now, if you think about it, the current VP pulls all the levers and has more power than the president.

BHO should accept the vp nod.

Posted by: SMARTINSEN | March 5, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

It's time for the Democratic leadership to let the Clinton campaign know that her negative campaign is destructive and unacceptable. Senator Clinton's teardown approach will only come back to haunt the party whether Obama is the nominee or she is. While I have no problems with a vigorous campaign for the nomination, it is entirely counterproductive to set up arguments that will be used against Democratic candidates in the fall.

If this is how the Clinton campaign envisions winning the nomination, they will end up alienating a large number of potential Democratic supporters in the process, not just for the Presidential election in the fall but for many other elections. I can say for myself that if Senator Clinton continues a destructive campaign, and if she wins the nomination in this way, I will not be supporting her and I will no longer be supporter of the Democratic leadership that stands by idling and allows the party to implode. I know of many other life-long Democrats who have very similar misgivings about the strongly negative approach that the Clinton campaign has used at various times (prior to the South Carolina campaign and most recently in Ohio and Texas). It will be a truly costly win for Hillary Clinton if that's the road she plans to take. On the other hand, an aboveboard discussion of issues is entirely appropriate and should be that path towards the nomination.

Posted by: hermanSF | March 5, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama:

Dear Madam, and Sir,

A Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama ticket is what we want. And that is what we need to take back the Whitehouse. We want a smart, tough, idealistic, seasoned veteran of many battles fighting for the American people (Hillary Clinton). With a young, passionate, smart, open-minded, hard-working idealist fighting for the American people (Barrack Obama). The DREAM TEAM!

You are both fabulous candidates. And we, the American people are very fortunate to have each of you. Taking back the Whitehouse is critical for the American people, and the world at this time. And I think the American people have been saying loudly, and clearly that a Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ticket is the best way to do this.

I think the American people have made it very clear that they feel Hillary Clinton is the one best able to lead the ticket against John McCain at this critical, and desperate time in America, and around the world. These dramatic comebacks are testament to Hillary Clinton's skill, and experience as a fighter for the American people. They are also a testament to the strong desire of the American people to have both of you fighting for the American people at this time of midnight in America.

Typical of the Clinton's is an uncanny ability to see and understand what the American people want. And then to try and get it for them. Even if they have to go through three political near death experiences to try and get it for the American people. This is classic Clinton's. They are the best I have ever seen.

We are desperate out here. Millions of us are suffering greatly. And tens of thousands of us are dying needlessly every year. Men, women, children, and babies. We need help! As Hillary Clinton said "It's not a game". We need the two of you together on our side fighting for us, and for the American dream for all. Not fighting against each other anymore.

It's time for you Senator Obama to join forces with Hillary Clinton as her running mate so that we can all focus our energies, and resources on taking back America for the American people.

Don't make me hurt you. :-)



Posted by: JackSmith1 | March 5, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't see Hillary DIANE Clinton taking the #2 spot.

Posted by: JakeD | March 5, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

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