Rendell To Clinton: "There's No Bargaining With Obama"
06/04/2008 01:47 PM
Speaking exclusively to NY1 this morning, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell warned Senator Hillary Clinton against trying to bargain with her rival, Presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama.
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“There’s no bargaining," said Rendell, one of Clinton's strongest supporters. "You don't bargain with the Presidential nominee. Even if you're Hillary Clinton and you have 18 million votes, you don't bargain.”
Rendell added that Obama would have to be an “enormously big person” to pick Clinton as his running mate and that Clinton sometimes “couldn’t help but upstage” Obama on a joint ticket.
Rendell also said former President Bill Clinton could greatly complicate things if his wife was the vice presidential nominee.
“The Obama campaign would have to make strict rules, you know, about what President Clinton could and could not do during the campaign... For example, the Obama campaign would have to control his schedule; where he would go into, what states,” Rendell told Carter.
“You know, normally politicians don't want to be outshone. Well you know you've got Bill Clinton lurking in the background. But Hillary Clinton, a very charismatic figure for many Americans -- generally a lot of politicians don't like to put somebody like that on the ticket," continued Rendell. "You know rule one for the vice president is make sure you never upstage the president, right? It’s rule one. You know, Hillary Clinton in some ways couldn't help but upstage, even if she was trying not to”
Watch the interview with NY1 Political Anchor Dominic Carter in its entirety on “Inside City Hall” at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.