Election 2008


Who Buys the Clinton-Obama Ticket?

March 06, 2008 11:45 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
After winning the Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island primaries, Clinton hints at a joint presidential ticket with Obama. But is this “dream ticket” feasible?

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Hillary Clinton on Wednesday hinted at a joint Clinton-Obama ticket while appearing on a number of morning news programs, raising hopes of a Democratic “dream ticket.”

“That may be where this is headed,” Clinton was quoted in Newsday as saying. “But of course we have to decide who is on the top of the ticket. I think the people of Ohio very clearly said it should be me.”

Barack Obama was more reluctant about the possibility. Politico.com reports that the Illinois senator told reporters that he was focusing on winning the nomination, and that it was “premature to talk about a joint ticket.”

But Obama’s ambivalence hasn’t prevented commentators from touting the virtues of such an arrangement. Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic Monthly says an Obama-Clinton ticket will serve the political strengths of both candidates.

“Both durable, distinct factions of the Democratic party—united, and working at full throttle. McCain's national-security edge—blunted overnight. Obama's domestic-policy edge — sharpened instantly. Ohio, Michigan, Florida, New Mexico—suddenly, much less a worry for Democrats,” Ambinder writes.

But MarketWatch commentator Russ Britt says that Democrats shouldn’t get their hopes up because “it's rare that the top two contenders for a party nomination end up running together in the fall.”

Meanwhile, John McCain has turned his attention to potential running mates, and newest independent candidate Ralph Nader has already announced his vice president.

The process for choosing a vice presidential candidate has evolved over the years. Today, a presidential candidate’s main concern is “balancing the ticket” in order to appeal to a wider range of voters.

Headline Link: Hillary hints at joint ticket

Reaction: Obama and the super-delegates

Background: ‘Clinton-Obama Ticket Stirs Fear in GOP’

Opinion & Analysis: Will Clinton and Obama join forces?

Related Topic: Focus turns to McCain running mate

Historical Context: Running mates in history


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