Feminist Leader: Hillary Wouldn’t Have Wanted to Play 'Second Fiddle' as Obama’s VP

September 25, 2008 - 10:48 AM
The chairman of the National Congress of Black Women told CNSNews.com she doesn't think Hillary Clinton would have wanted to play "second fiddle" as vice president to Barack Obama.
(CNSNews.com) - Faye Williams, chairman of the National Congress of Black Women, told CNSNews.com last week she doesn’t think Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) would have wanted to play “second fiddle” as vice president to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) if he were elected president.
“I am wondering when someone is going to ask Senator Clinton if she wanted to be vice president,” Williams told CNSNews.com after an event at the National Press Club where several feminist groups endorsed Obama's candidacy. "You know, vice president means playing second fiddle.  She’s a United States Senator and I think that’s a great position."
Williams said being a senator is a better job than that of vice president.
"I would prefer any day to be a United States Senator than to be a vice president for someone because vice president is always second fiddle, just doing what the person who is your boss is telling you to do," Williams said. "I don’t think Senator Clinton would have wanted to do that.  I have not asked her, but she certainly has not been complaining because she was not chosen."
Williams speculated that other women holding high elective office may have turned Obama down.
."The other women, the ones that I might have chosen, (are) senators or governors," Williams said. "They were already women who had very high level positions.  So, it’s possible that they turned him down."
Like the other feminists at the event, including Eleanor Smeal of The Feminist Majority Foundation, and Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization of Women, Williams insisted that Sen. Joe Biden is a good vice presidential candidate.
"I always love to see women in positions, but I’d like to see someone who represents the things that are good for all women, not just for a woman, or a few women," Williams said, referring to Sarah Palin, John McCain's running mate on the GOP ticket. "I am satisfied with Senator Biden and Senator Obama because they have a history of supporting the things that I stand for and that the members of my organization stand for.  So, I am very comfortable with them."