Rendell: Obama-Clinton Would Be Okay Too
By Perry Bacon Jr.
SCRANTON, Pa. -- Sen. Barack Obama blasted Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday for suggesting that he should serve as her vice president. But how would he feel about an Obama-Clinton ticket?
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D), Clinton's top supporter in the state, said he would be open to the Illinois senator as the Democratic presidential candidate and Clinton as his running mate.
"That would be great either way," Rendell said of a joint-ticket between the pair. "I'd be happier if she were the presidential candidate, but I think that would be a good thing. We need to come together."
"You would have some inevitable questions," he added, talking to reporters after a Clinton rally here Monday night. "They'll say 'Senator Obama, you said Senator Clinton wasn't trustworthy; how can you make her vice-president?' "
If Clinton won, Rendell said the question would be, " 'Senator Clinton, you said Senator Obama was not ready to lead on national security.' But I think John McCain's going to pick Mitt Romney, and they said worst things about each other."
Rendell said McCain would need Romney for the former Massachusetts governor's knowledge of economic issues, which is shaping up to be voters' top concern.
Rendell repeated his pledge to help raise money for new elections in Florida and Michigan, where the results of primaries have not counted because the dates of those elections violated national party rules. He was quite frank that Clinton victories in those states would help her sway undeclared delegates.
"If Senator Clinton wins Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan, how can you conclude anything other than the fact that she's the strongest candidate," Rendell said.
Clinton won the first two states on Rendell's list and is favored in Pennsylvania. But even with victories here and in new elections in Florida and Michigan, she would likely remain behind Obama in so-called pledged delegates, who are picked in state caucuses and primaries.
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