On Friday June 19, 2008, according to CBS, Barack Obama’s team announced that Hillary Clinton would be joining him on his campaign trail to presidency, starting on the following Friday, June 27. On Thursday June 26, a day before the two are set to somehow join forces, a meeting will take place between Clinton, Obama, and some of Clinton’s top contributors. At this time, there are no other details being made available to the public, but more word is said to be coming. Some experts believe this union between Hillary and Barack is a good strategy, while others believe it is a bad move.
The primary election brought forth bitter remarks from both Hillary and Barack, which is one reason some may think it odd for the two to now come together. However, let’s remember they are both on the same side, as they are both in the Democratic Party. Taking this point into consideration, it does make sense that two people with the same political party affiliation should be working together.
In fact, Barack Obama should choose Hillary Clinton as not only a campaign partner, but as his running mate on the ticket to the White House. Obama should take this step even though Hillary Clinton has implied some mean points, such as saying that if the telephone rang at 3 a.m. at the White House, she would be better qualified. When reflecting on such statements, one should remember that these sort of actions have come to be standard in politics.
The positives of Obama’s Clinton choice would outweigh the negatives.
We live in a representative democracy, which means voters’ choices should carry the ultimate weight. Hillary Clinton campaigned and rousted 19 million votes. In doing so, she has earned the right to share the campaign stage, as well as to become the next vice-president.
The vice-president is next in line to become president. This is another key consideration for voters. Hillary Clinton is fully qualified to assume the office if something unfortunate would occur, and she proved it during her campaign. If anyone doubted Hillary Clinton’s qualifications, she shot them down during the presidential primary campaign. She indeed implied that Obama might be less qualified, but again, that’s politics. Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are fully qualified.
Obama cannot carry out his ideas unless he wins. Ms. Clinton would likely help him win. A number of Clinton’s supporters had vowed not to vote for Obama if Hillary did not win the primary election. They instead claimed they would vote for John McCain, but many of those people could be talking out of frustration. Come November, many would likely back Barack at the head of an Obama-Clinton ticket.
Obama and Clinton agree on virtually all issues, from providing universal health care to getting out of Iraq. They would not have to compromise the agendas of one another. Obama may consider other potential running mates on the Democratic ticket, but none has earned her stripes to the degree of Hillary Clinton.
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