Should Obama have chosen Clinton over Biden?

Philippines
September 9, 2008 1:56am CST
They say that Obama-Clinton would've been a powerhouse tandem and a sure win. So do you think Obama made a wrong choice?
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@spalladino (17923)
• United States
9 Sep 08
It's entirely possible that he was interested in Hillary but she refused. As it stands now she can run for president again in four years but, as McCain's VP, should he run for re-election, her hands would be tied. Her aim has been to be President, not the Vice President. It's also possible that Bill Clinton was seen as a liability since having him on any podium side by side with McCain would draw too many political comparisons. None of us know what went on behind closed doors and I suspect that there was much more going on than meets the public's eye.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
9 Sep 08
To select Senator Clinton would have cost him the election. Could he have made a better Choice, Yes. He could have selected General Clark. This would have been an Anti Iraq war person but pro military. Some one with Leadership experience, and Foreign Relations experience. He would also be a Washington outsider knowing how to deal with the Washington insiders. He could have selected a female Governor giving hem executive experience on the ticket and a female. He could have selected someone from a swing state to deliver the electoral votes. In stead he brought a good old boy who brings nothing to the ticket except being on the foreign relations committee. Not the same as dealing with foreign leaders.
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
so does it mean you're voting for someone who'll end the Iraq issue?
@nickventere (1423)
• Zambia
9 Sep 08
I think Obama made the right choice. Picking Mrs Clinton as a running mate would have outlined a somewhat narrow-mindedness in the presidential candidate because she was the all too obvious likeable candidate. SO he made a meritorious and merited choice in Joe Biden.
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
yeah, I also think he made the right choice. I mean, picking Clinton would look like making a hit tandem for a movie rather than for the elections...
• United States
12 Sep 08
He would have won the election, but lost the presidency. So, I think Obama was between a rock and a hard place. Had he chose Clinton, he would have had to contend with Bill and Hillary, not a position I would envy for anyone. It would have weakened him as commander-in-chief. The politics of such a choice would have destroyed any chance for him to have a meaningful presidency. He should have made it look like she was in the running, though. By ignoring her completely he angered a lot of her supporters. This was not wise and left some people questioning his views on women. Not a good place for a Democrat. If he had created the illusion that she was a contender, it would have shown deference to her as an equal while still allowing him to choose someone else. However, I think by not choosing a woman (and there are other qualified women in the Democratic party) Obama set himself up for a fall. He left the door open for McCain to do exactly what he did. It completely shifted the balance of power. In short, no, he didn't make the wrong choice in not choosing Hillary. He made the wrong choice in choosing Biden.
@clrumfelt (5439)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Choosing Hillary instead of Biden would probably have gotten him more votes, but I think the vp choice was totally scripted for him. Whoever runs as Obama's vp would be the one to run in the country in the unlikely event of a democratic win. Obama is sort of a representative talking head for the party with no real power of his own. The dems in charge of his campaign didn't want Hillary to run the country but they were OK with Biden.
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@Latrivia (2889)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Ugh - I wouldn't be able to stand an Obama/Hillary ticket. I'm no democrat hater, but I LOATHE Hillary. I'd have rather had Huckabee for a president than her(and Huckabee was the first republican I said "HELL NO" to voting for). I really don't see any good coming from an Obama/Hillary ticket, to be honest. I don't know enough about Biden to decide whether or not the choice was good, but I do believe it was a heck of a lot better than Hillary.
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