In the face of mounting pressure on Hillary Clinton to drop out of the presidential race, Clinton “intermediaries” are discussing the possibility of Hillary running for vice president on a Barack Obama-Clinton ticket.
That’s the scuttlebutt being reported by ABC News’ chief Washington correspondent George Stephanopoulos, who said on “Good Morning America”:
“I think it’s very much a possibility and there are others around Senator Clinton, other top Democrats, who think the strongest ticket would be a joint ticket.
“There are intermediaries discussing this very scenario.”
Howard Wolfson, the Clinton campaign’s communications director, denies that she is interested in the vice president’s slot and insists she is focused on the remaining primaries.
But Obama now holds the edge in pledged delegates and is close to surpassing Hillary in the superdelegate count as well. Hillary’s campaign is also facing serious financial problems.
But the question remains: Would Obama want Clinton on the ticket?
“Senator Obama is probably reluctant to do this, given the feelings coming out of this campaign right now,” Stephanopoulos said.
But he also opined that Clinton would accept second billing on the Democratic ticket “if it was offered in the right way.”
James Pethokoukis of U.S. News & World Report agrees, writing in his “Capital Commerce” column that he believes Clinton “would rather make history — and maybe set herself up for 2012 if the ticket loses — than putter around the Senate.”
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