McAuliffe: “But clearly Barack Obama has shown that he can excite people. She needs to make sure the next, whoever the Vice President is, could take over if anything happened to her. But it’s early for us to be talking about Vice President. But let me tell you this, I sat in that Kodak Theater the other day, I was there in Los Angeles. I flew out with Hillary, I went to the event, I sat in that audience, and Dominic to sit there and look at that stage - the two finalists, African-American and a woman of the Democratic Party - I think that was exciting. I think that’s exciting for the Party for our country, and I think it’s exciting for the world.”
Carter: “So it might be a good idea to put him on the ticket?”
McAuliffe: “Sure it would be, absolutely. How could you deny consideration of someone who has excited so many people?”
Monday, February 4, 2008
If You Want the "Dream Ticket" Then Vote for Hillary
I admit my bias towards Senator Clinton because I believe so strongly she is more experienced and ready to be president than Senator Obama, although I am not bashful to say I hold Senator Obama in great respect and admire the way he has energized younger voters.
Watching both of them in last Friday night's debate debating the issues civilly and virtually embracing after the debate was over, I was proud to be a Democrat and to have two such outstanding candidates. However, the final question by Wolf Blitzer as to whether they would consider the other on the ticket begged the following reality. (To repeat: This is entirely my opinion, not reflecting anyone's view from the Clinton campaign or anyone connected to the campaign.)
That reality is that it is highly unlikely -- I would say virtually impossible -- for the ticket to be Obama-Clinton; but it is at least possible that it could be Clinton-Obama. I say this not because of any bias towards Senator Clinton. It is just a simple reality. Senator Clinton would not likely want to be Vice President -- she is now holding the U.S. Senate seat of the revered Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; and she hardly would enthusiastically give up that Senate seat to go back to the White House, even as Vice President.
Moreover, it is very likely Senator Obama might feel having Senator Clinton as his Vice President would be very difficult since given her fame and political influence, it would create the appearance if not the reality of a co-presidency.
On the other hand, a Clinton-Obama ticket would fit into the aspirations and goals of many supporters of both candidates: Most Clinton supporters like Senator Obama and believe he could make a good president, but just not yet; and most Obama supporters would love to see him as president but might see the wisdom of waiting eight years so when he runs for president as Vice President, the issue of experience and political maturity will not be a factor.
So, if you like Senator Obama but want the dream ticket, vote for Senator Clinton! And be patient -- eight years from now, he could be President Obama.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
The Democratic Party has such “an abundance of riches,” in the presidential race this year that Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Thursday she hopes Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama run as a team — regardless who wins the nomination.
“I would love to see her ask him to run as her vice president,” Granholm, a supporter of Clinton’s candidacy told the Free Press editorial board. “And if he gets it, I would hope that he would do the same.”
Last night, when CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked, "Would you consider an Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama ticket going down the road," neither candidate denied the possibility.
"Well, there's a difference between those two," Obama laughed. "But her service to this country has been extraordinary. And I'm glad that we've been walking on this road together." Clinton dittoed it.
"Well, I have to agree with everything Barack just said."
Now, the possibility is the talk of the town.