Rumors have been abounding today since Hillary Clinton responded to questions this morning as to whether or not the two nominees should join forces, here’s the video from earlier today when she spoke with Harry Smith on the CBS Early Show:
The story on it from The Politico:
The morning after reviving her candidacy with two big primary wins, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) hinted Wednesday that she and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) may wind up as ticket mates.
â€œThat may, you know, be where this is headed, but of course we have to decide whoâ€™s on the top of ticket,â€ Clinton said with a laugh on the CBS’s â€œThe Early Show.â€ â€œI think that the people of Ohio very clearly said that it should be me.”
Clinton’s wins in Texas and Ohio mean the race will go on for at least seven weeks, to the Pennsylvania primary on April 22. Each side expects to harden its attacks on the other, creating potential complications in swiftly becoming a ticket.
Democratic strategists say Clinton would be more likely to pick Obama than vice versa, for two big reasons:
Obama has attracted tens of thousands of young supporters who are loyal to him, not to the Democratic Party. Clinton, on the other hand, has strong support among party regulars.
To Clinton’s assertion that Obama should be her VP, Obama responded, also from The Politico:
“We are just focused on winning the nomination. That is my focus. I respect Sen. Clinton. She has been a tenacious opponent. It is premature to talk about a joint ticket.”
Here’s video of Obama responding as well:
Amazingly, if you examine the math, Clinton doesn’t seem to be in the position of dictating whether or not Obama should be her Vice President. Obama has every reason to shoot her down at this point, he’s still leading and all the math seems to indicate he will eventually still wind up with more pledged delegates.
However, I’m wondering if this is a strategy on the part of Clinton. Perhaps she’d be able to garner more votes if Democratic voters think Obama would be her chosen VP. Most Democratic voters, when asked, can’t name too many differences between the them and, therefore, they would love to see them both on the ticket in some order.