Rendell: Winner Should Offer Loser The Veep Slot; And Loser Should Take It

Atlantic Media political director Ron Brownstein interviewed Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell for today's National Journal On Air, which airs at 1:00 pm ET on Sirius Satellite Radio -- or right here. As usual, Rendell makes some news.

Brownstein: Do you think it would make sense for the winner to offer the Vice Presidency to the loser, either way?

Rendell: I do - and that doesn’t mean the loser has to accept. But I think it’s important that it be offered, and if the loser doesn’t accept, I think the loser can say why. But no, I think that would be very, very important. You know, obviously, I’d love to see a Clinton/Obama ticket. But if Senator Obama won, I think his offering it to Senator Clinton would be a great gesture. I’m not sure she would take it, I’m not sure he would take it. But either way, I think that it would be good if the offer were made.

Brownstein: Would you encourage either one to take it, if it was offered, if you were asked?

Rendell: Sure, sure. I mean, I think you’ve got to do it.