East Texas Speaks Out About Possible Clinton-Obama, Obama-Clinton Ticket

Obama-Clinton, Clinton-Obama--racing for the White House, together?

"If you're a Democrat, I think that would be a dream ticket," said Jackie Arnold.  Carol Sanders said an Obama-Clinton ticket would work.  "I think they would be good together."

It appears one Democratic presidential candidate thinks so, as well.  "I've had many people tell me, I wish I could vote for both of you. Well, that might be possible, someday."  Senator Hillary Clinton spoke those words, but the idea has not been easily accepted by others.

"From the looks of it, Obama is leading in the polls and delegates, so why would he settle for being number two," said Michael Roberts, and Obama Backer.  Republican and John McCain supporter, Jay Ford said he thinks it's premature for the Clinton camp to suggest such an alliance due to their standing in the polls.

Senator Obama expressed similar sentiments, Monday at a rally in Mississippi:  "I don't know how somebody who is in second place is offering vice-presidency to someone who is in first place."

And as voters continue to cast their ballots across the country, some said the already heated race is only going to get hotter.  "It's an awful lot like a heavy-weight boxing match, isn't it?" said David Henderson, chair of the Smith County Democratic Party.  "Along about the 14th or 15th round, you just wish one of them would get it over with by landing a knockout punch."

Henderson said even with all the bickering, either candidate would be fit for the job.  "I don't think either side is so bitter about it that they wouldn't vote for whoever gets the nomination."

But others view the situation as an opportunity.  "I'm hopeful that it is now time for the Republicans to coalesce around our candidate, John McCain, and carry a positive message forward," said Gaylord Hughey, a supporter of Senator John McCain and East Texas financial chair for the McCain campaign.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.  llivingston@kltv.com