Opinion: Feinstein and Rangel back an Obama-Clinton “dream ticket”


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Hillary Clinton endorsed Barack Obama on Saturday, and now two of her most powerful supporters are endorsing her as the strongest candidate for vice president on the Democratic ticket.

In appearances on three of the Sunday talk shows, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and Rep. Charles B. Rangel of New York both urged the Illinois senator to make Clinton his #2.


Feinstein, of course, hosted the Obama-Clinton ‘secret’ meeting Friday night. On ABC’s ‘This Week,’ she put her hopes for the Democratic ticket this way:

‘I’ve looked at every other possible candidate. No one brings to a ticket what Hillary brings: 18 million people committed to where she’s going. ... if you really want a winning ticket, this is it.’

She reiterated her support for an Obama-Clinton ticket on CNN’s ‘Late Edition’:

‘I think there are 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling that say, yes, do it. I think Hillary had something that is a bit unusual. She has a very committed woman constituency, female constituency right now. She has proved herself. She has grown in the campaign. She has some constituencies that he needs.’

Rangel -- a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus and one of the New York senator’s earliest supporters -- appeared on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’:

‘From a personal view -- and I may be too close to the forest -- I think it is an absolutely unbeatable ticket, and I think it would be terrific for the country.’

-- Leslie Hoffecker