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User poll: Should Obama tap Hillary Clinton for running mate in 2012?

By 44 Editor  | October 6, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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Just when you thought the democrats could not do anything more goofier they come up with this crazy swap em around deal and it eats up a complete news cycle and it is all about nothing. No wonder the republicans are going to take over in November. How bad can things be when they pull a stunt like this. The worst part of this whole crazy thing was that the media was eating it up. It sure will be nice when all these fools finally get fired. God help us all.

Posted by: gava2 | October 7, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Just when you thought the democrats could not do anything more goofier they come up with this crazy swap em around deal and it eats up a complete news cycle and it is all about nothing. No wonder the republicans are going to take over in November. How bad can things be when they pull a stunt like this. The worst part of this whole crazy thing was that the media was eating it up. It sure will be nice when all these fools finally get fired. God help us all.

Posted by: gava2 | October 7, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Just when you thought the democrats could not do anything more goofier they come up with this crazy swap em around deal and it eats up a complete news cycle and it is all about nothing. No wonder the republicans are going to take over in November. How bad can things be when they pull a stunt like this. The worst part of this whole crazy thing was that the media was eating it up. It sure will be nice when all these fools finally get fired. God help us all.

Posted by: gava2 | October 7, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

mnlennon-

On every major issue that Barack actually voted on during his 2 years actively in the senate before campaigning- he was pretty much the same or to the right of Hillary- so it doesn;t make sense to call her a right winger- by the way, which one of them is in charge now- who hasn't closed Guantanamo? Who is drone bombing Pakistan and Yemen and escalated the war in Afghanistan?

How many aggressive wars (not military actions to stop Genocide in former Yugoslavia) did we have during the Clinton years?

Would you stop drinking the Kool-ade already for your moderate corporatist, self-serving demigod? I worked for him and will vote for him again- but he is actually not even as liberal as HRC was- look at actual policy and positions rather than just buying what David Axelrod told you to think.

Posted by: NYClefty | October 6, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I like Both of them very much but depending on the results on Nov. 2nd President Obama might need to think hard about being in the strongest position for 2012. I think Vice President Biden once said that being Secretary of State was his 'dream job' so I do not see it in any way as a demotion. Also if Mr. Biden does not plan to run for president in 2012 he would be doing the party a real service to put Hillary in the v.p. spot. I think Obama will win either way but he would make history with helping to elect the first female vice president. Mrs Clinton would have served as a noted lawyer,first lady,United States Senator for 8 years,Secretary of State for 3.5 years. At present there is no female on the G.O.P. side who could match that. It would really energize many female voters. I think it is a win,win situation.

Posted by: CharlieDrew | October 6, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Clinton lost the Nomination for a reason. Most of Us Democrats didn't want to expand Our War Party and My best guess is that Clinton, just to show She is tougher than a Man, would most likely have Us in two or three more Wars, Iran at the top of Her list. The reason Obama's in trouble isn't because of Biden, it's because He dumped on those Who elected Him and looks like Bush the Minor in Black.

Posted by: mnlennon | October 6, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Secretary Clinton is doing a great job at State, so it doesn't make sense for her to be VP. Also, with Biden's long years of service on the Hill, we need him there. It's working, so why try to fix it?

Posted by: DWinFC | October 6, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

If the Obama campaign hadn't played the race card and label the Clinton campaign racist Hillary would be President today.

Posted by: liamdonohue | October 6, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

After four years in office, Obama needs to win reelection on his own merits not by trying to get voters excited about a new VP.

Posted by: NickNaigm | October 6, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

First of all, if Hillary had voted against the war, she would most likely be President now instead of Obama. Obama didn't have to worry about that vote in Congress because he wasn't a senator at the time.

Posted by: zenaf88 | October 6, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

First of all, if Hillary had voted against the war, she would most likely be President now instead of Obama. Obama didn't have to worry about that vote in Congress because he wasn't a senator at the time.

Posted by: zenaf88 | October 6, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

First of all, if Hillary had voted against the war, she would most likely be President now instead of Obama. Obama didn't have to worry about that vote in Congress because he wasn't a senator at the time.

Posted by: zenaf88 | October 6, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Biden is doing a fine job.
It's not as if he's Dan Quayle or Dick Cheney.
Obama/Biden will win in 2012, then the progressives will get their reward for being patient.

Posted by: cjbass55 | October 6, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Clinton as a VP candidate would be a masterful political act. Since the election many Democrats have sat on their duffs while the Repubs have been working overtime laying the foundation for taking back power. Obama has to know his re-election chances are not so great unless his party is energized. An Obama-Clinton would have a chance.

Please Joe, take "one" for your party and country.

Posted by: why231 | October 6, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I wanted a third category -- Clinton for VP UNLESS that meant fumble-mouth Biden were named Secretary of State. If we must have Biden somewhere, he can do the least harm as VP.

Posted by: dolph924 | October 6, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden is an asset the administration cannot lose. Hillary has no clout on Capitol Hill - where Biden has been a force for DECADES. If the doomsayers are right, and the House flips Republican (can't say red since Mr. Boehner is oompa-loopa orange) - the President will need folks on the Hill like Biden - which he cannot do a Sec State. And Hillary is doing a great job at State - why mess with what is working?

Posted by: gvanderlek | October 6, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

As a Republican, I hope they pick Hillary. (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink!)

Posted by: nadie1 | October 6, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden is an incredibly important asset to the Administration and to the country. He must be in a key position following the 2012 election. However, an Obama/Clinton ticket for the election would be perfect.

Posted by: kent831 | October 6, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

"If Hillary was a maple tree, by the looks of the picture used in this article, someone got to her first."
Posted by: DrFish | October 6, 2010 10:46 AM
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If Hillary WERE a maple tree, Dr. She looks more like one of the apple trees on The Wizard of Oz.

Posted by: jahoby | October 6, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I doubt if Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, or Chris Christie would entertain that idea...

Posted by: jahoby | October 6, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I would imagine this is more about 2016 and what Hillary wants rather than Obama. As VP, she would be the de facto democratic candidate.

Posted by: eeepc | October 6, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

JakeD2 is correct. I was thinking non-consecutive terms, but the 22nd Amendment, Article 2, section 1 is clear.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | October 6, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I don't know anyone who would want to tap that skanky thang.

Posted by: swatkins1 | October 6, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

K3vinFitz:

Good point (but I think the Clintons will think long and hard about the history of losing primary challenges on an incumbent).

Posted by: JakeD2 | October 6, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

No. And Clinton should not consider Obama for her VP.

Posted by: K3vinFitz | October 6, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

No. And Clinton should not consider Obama for her VP.

Posted by: K3vinFitz | October 6, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton is NOT eligible to be Vice President. The Twelfth Amendment clearly states that "no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President" and the Twenty-Second Amendment makes Bill Clinton inelgible to be President (term limits). That would violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the Constitution.

c.f. Peabody, Bruce G.; Gant, Scott E. (1999). "The Twice and Future President: Constitutional Interstices and the Twenty-Second Amendment". Minnesota Law Review (Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota Law Review) 83: 565.

Posted by: JakeD2 | October 6, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

The job of VP is largely ceremonial, the country is best served w/ Clinton remaining Secretary of State. Bill Clinton, however, is eligible to run as VP. That would make for an interesting campaign.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | October 6, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

If Hillary was a maple tree, by the looks of the picture used in this article, someone got to her first.

Posted by: DrFish | October 6, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"Should Obama Tap Clinton"...what a headline

Posted by: bmp246 | October 6, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

She would have made a better President, too.

Posted by: daweeni | October 6, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I guess Obama doesn't want a second term.

Posted by: forgetthis | October 6, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I do think Obama will go for a new VP when he runs again, but I am not sold on Clinton in that role. A woman in such a role would be smart, but I would look around for other candidates before Clinton.

Maybe someone more to Obama's left.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 6, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

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