Clinton Open to VP Slot

I’ve been out for a couple of hours and there’s other big news heating up with the tallies coming in from the last two primaries. However before getting to that news, among the headlines today was this one: “Clinton says she’s open to being Obama’s VP.”

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.

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 several participants in the call.

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. Her direct quote was described by two lawmakers who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for Clinton.

I’ve said here for a while that the “unity” ticket was the way to go and I believe that now more than ever. We’ve got readers here who are mad as hell that some liberal bloggers said today that it’s important to stand together and fight against John McCain. Two bloggers — one Clinton, one Obama — both agreeing on the importance of supporting the nominee.

Would I have preferred that Hillary Clinton be our nominee. Absolutely. But even Hillary knows how important this is — winning 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.

Joseph Crowley, a Queens Democrat who participated in the call, said her answer “left open the possibility that she would do anything that she can to contribute toward a Democratic victory in November. There was no hedging on that. Whatever she can do to contribute, she was willing to do.”

I’m following Hillary’s lead. When she says she’s throwing her support to Obama, so goes mine and I hope our readers will see the importance of taking their support for her to the next level and backing Obama with her.

And one final word on Clinton and the VP slot — DiFi thinks it winning ticket too:

I think after the campaigns are wrapped up today, it is in fact a moment of truth,” Feinstein told CNN. “I think a decision has to be made about whether keeping this nomination wide open is in the best interest of winning in November. I do not believe that it is, and I’m a very strong supporter of Hillary being placed on ticket as a vice presidential candidate.”

Feinstein, who endorsed Clinton last summer, has resisted calls for her to use her influence to convince the White House hopeful to abandon her presidential bid, although she said last month that the protracted primary contest was making for dangerous friction within the party.

“The reason I say this is because each one of them represents a different constituency. The constituencies are knocking heads at the present time,” said Feinstein.

“There are women all over the country and particularly in my state of California who think she has not been treated fairly. They want her to stand tall. One of the reasons she stayed in the race was to stand tall. She’s done that. The two of them together, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, cover the constituencies of America and I think represent a working team that is unprecedented in the United States.”

“I think the time has come to end the primary, to put the ticket together, to bring people together and to march forward together into the convention.”

People need to come together. I’ll keep saying it here.

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5 Responses to Clinton Open to VP Slot

  1. DeanOR says:

    If Obama has a strong lead in my State in November, I’m looking at it as an opportunity to possibly support a third party for the first time in my life, since I reject the rightward turn of the Democratic Party under Obama’s influence. This would not contribute to a McCain win. It would strengthen the much-needed influence of a more progressive third party, and I wouldn’t have to feel that I’m betraying my values when I vote. The Green Party is looking good, but if it were close between Obama and McCain, I’d vote for Obama (with a cringe). Clinton on the ticket would help me to have more trust in the administration keeping some ideological integrity and not going off the deep end in accommodating Republicans, and I do like Obama’s openness to negotiation in foreign policy. Maybe it doesn’t have to be an all-or-none decision.

  2. DeanOR

    You know Obama has a liberal voting record in the Senate, in fact his voting record is nearly identical to Clinton’s.

  3. A joint ticket (Clinton/Obama; Obama/Clinton), would, in my opinion, be stonger than a single ticket with either of them at the top.

    As Stuart alwats says, if we don’t win everyting else is just bullshit.

  4. Darrell

    I agree with both you and Stuart.

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