March 6th, 2008
12:12 PM ET
10 years ago

Limbaugh: So-called 'Dream Ticket' doesn't have a prayer

Limbaugh said a ticket with Obama and Clinton doesn't have a prayer.

Limbaugh said a ticket with Obama and Clinton doesn't have a prayer.

(CNN) - Many Democrats have called the prospect of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama teaming up for the general election a "dream ticket."

But conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday a presidential ticket that included a "woman and a black" doesn't "have a prayer."

"Let's say it is Obama and Hillary...Let's put Hillary at the top - That's a position she's familiar with," Limbaugh said on his radio show Thursday. "Therefore, you've got a woman and a black for the first time ever on the Democrat ticket. Ahem. They don't have a prayer."

Donna Brazile, Al Gores former presidential campaign manager, called the comments "un-American."

"I'm an American. And I'm proud to be an American," Brazile said on CNN's The Situation Room Wednesday. "But I think that comment is, as far as I can tell, a very un-American conversation, because African-Americans and women fight for this country. We have died for this country."

“To suggest, somehow or another, that we are not capable of serving this country in the capacity of Commander-in-Chief is just, in my mind, mind-boggling," she continued. "So, with all due respect to Mr. Limbaugh, just wait. Let the people decide. And I guarantee you, the people will make a better decision than Rush Limbaugh."

Limbaugh's comments came hours after Hillary Clinton said the Democratic presidential race could result in a joint ticket.

“That may be where this is headed,” she told CBS Wednesday morning. “But of course we have to decide who is on the top of ticket. I think the people of Ohio very clearly said that it should be me."

Obama later called any speculation of teaming up with Clinton "premature."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (562 Responses)
  1. Matteo

    Politicians will say or do anything to be elected. Obama supporters seem to think that their candidate is different. Why is his campaign asking that the rules not change midstream - which is very reasonable - and then asking the superdelegates not to go against the will of the people? At the onset of the game, the superdelegates were told to vote for whomever they think is most worthy. I see this as a clear example of Obama saying or doing whatever it takes to win. I'm sure Obama supporters will see things differently, but this perception that he is above the fray is crazy.

    As for Rush, if it weren't for my strong belief in freedom of speech, I would want him banned from radio for lowering the IQ of the American people.

    March 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    When you consider 8% of the votes in Texas were by Republicans voting for Clinton "because she would be easier to beat"- it's no wonder the Limbaugh Right continues to speak– he, unfortunately, is being successful. The Clinton campaign used to say "It's not about momentum – it's about Delegates." Now they are saying "It' not about the delegate count, it's about momentum"- The whatever it takes to win strategy of Wolfson and his other Clinton staffers is why the need for CHANGE is so apparent!

    March 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Jake

    I am not a Rush fan, nor do I listen to what he has to say. But, I have to say that he is dead on. They will not win. And OBAMA is setting him self up for suicide. And I am sick an tired of all you dems always bashing our president. You are the morons. You dems never give credit, where credit is due. And it is due. MCCAIN 2008.... Oh, and that is a good idea about McCain picking Condi as his VP. That would surely be the dream ticket.

    March 6, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. hss

    Notice how Hillary is the only one talking about this possibility, NOT Obama? That's because she's trying to lure Obama supporters over to her side on the reasoning that a vote for her would ostensibly be a vote for Obama. I doubt she has any real intention of having him as her running mate.

    March 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Daisy

    I only hope Hillary can be president. and anyone else but OBAMA can be Vice president

    Obama??? Who cares? he should tell us the true story about Rezko?
    What is he hiding? We are eager to hear the truth!

    Hillary 2008!

    March 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Scott

    Why does anyone care what a conservative talk show host has to say? Can you say "Super small percentage of the population cares!"? He gets too much air time as it is . . . shame on CNN for giving him more. This isn't news . .it's insanity!

    March 6, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Gino Loloya

    Limbaugh should take a hike. No matter who is on the ticket and who is on the top, Republicans do not have a prayer in the coming election. I say this because gas is selling at $4 per gallon, oil companies have made record profits, and all of the welfare agencies are down to non-existance due no money. I am a Republican and bleed due to policies of this Government under Bush.

    March 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Eddie Sanz

    One has to wonder what substance is Rush Limbaugh on when he makes these absurd commentaries.

    March 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Pat

    Why is CNN giving Rush a forum to spew his personal views. Lets keep the coverage about facts. Go Hillary!

    March 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    First, why does Mr. Limbaugh really matter on the Democrats' choice of a presidential ticket. As I recall, Limbaugh is a conservative-wanna-be and does these rants to stay in business. I do wonder when he is going to leave the country; as I recall he called for all drug addicts to be deported. If that is seen by his supporters as a personal issue, then why did they support Ken Starr's unnecessary investigation into personal conduct of Bill Clinton that had nothing to do with running the country?

    I would hope that people realize that it is very unlikely that Obama or Clinton would have the other on the ticket. They are both too large a figure to be under the other one. If either one had a thought, they might consider the following: Bill Richardson, Gen. Clark, John Edwards just as examples.

    March 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Lisa - NY

    Hillary 08!!!

    No Obama... he is a liar!

    March 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Enrique

    Why is it that Clinton believes, just because she won Ohio, she should be the Democratic nominee? Further more fellow Americans, forget hope and change if we are not willing to take a CHANCE on something different. It is very obvious that the same political insight has not helped this country and McCain and Clinton are just that.

    March 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. swede

    As crazy as Rush is and he got plenty of it he does have a point this time.

    In one poll 13% of americans said they are not willing to vote for a female president and 8% were not willing to vote for a black president.

    That said I can't believe americans would want four more years of Bush politics that mccain is offering ?

    March 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. JJ

    See this is where the Dems screw themselvs, Why give any attention to this man at all and give him free media??

    March 6, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Steven Grange

    Yawn--how boring.
    They have strung us along with this dog and pony show for years now. But how predictable....I called this one two years ago.
    Build them up thinking that "change" is possible with the smoke and mirrors of Barack Obama, but then it is business as usual when HIllary takes the ticket. And the dynasty continues.....Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, ad infinitum....

    March 6, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. derrick

    When was the last time reported about the soldiers that are dieing in Iraq?

    March 6, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Lou

    is Rush on 30 OxyContin a day again… watch out he sounds like he fell off the wagon... two days ago he was calling on a vote for Hillary in Texas but most importanly who asked the rat for an opinion?

    March 6, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. KSprad

    Obama cannot select HRC as his running mate. She's been to negative in regards to his qualifications. She would be a liability on his ticket.

    At this point, she can't even help campaign for him. I can't call you unqualified one day and ask someone to vote for you the next. At least Obama is saying he's MORE qualified, not that she's not qualified.

    She closed the door on that opportunity.

    March 6, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. Greg

    Dream ticket? HA! This would be a nightmare ticket! The United States does not need Hillary as a dictator. We are not a socialist country; our leader should not be a socialist!

    March 6, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. john williams san diego, ca.

    Rush, this is your fault. Now we have to listen to her voice and cackle for another six months.

    March 6, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Bobby

    Rush is such an idiot.... How does this even make sense?!

    March 6, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. Ian

    If only there were some way to get a Clinton / Obama / McCain ticket. That would be awesome.

    March 6, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. Romy of Norfolk, VA

    My family and I strongly believe that a "Dream Ticket" composed of
    Hilary Clinton for President and Barak Obama for Vice President is
    a winner. We did not choose Sen. Obama for president because we
    feel very sincerely that after 8 years or two terms of Sen. Hilary Clinton
    Sen. Obama will surely be very much ready to be president by then.
    8 years from now he will be on his early 50's.

    March 6, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Alex Mackin

    DREAM TICKET IS INEVITABLE. Unless the democrats are willing to let rip with the biggest anti-climax in election history? I don't think either of their ego's could live with that, even if they dislike each other.

    March 6, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Jon Cruz

    May I ask why CNN is now the sounding board of Rush Limbaugh? Who cares? He's a blob.

    March 6, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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