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. Tolu, Minneapolis, MN

    Why does CNN keep giving credence to anything this idiot utters?

    March 6, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Ben R.

    Hillary would be a fool to put Obama on her ticket!! She is qualified and experienced, he is all talk–no action. Maybe if he actually showed up to his job in the senate i would feel otherwise. All throughout her campaign hillary has made a point of being there for her committee meetings-Barack has not! He does not want to work for this country, he wants to be the pied piper who is adores by the sheep that follow him

    Hillary/Edwards 08'
    Hillary/Richardsson 08'

    Obama NEVER!

    March 6, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Jack

    If there were to be a dream ticket with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, we'd have only Rush Limpdick to thank for turning out Hillary voters among Republican'ts in TX and OH.....

    Rush contributed to the Democratic takeover of Congress in '06 by criticizing Michael J. Fox's "shaking", allowing Democrat Claire McCaskill, who sided with Michael J. Fox, to knock off the Missouri Republican Senator, giving Democrats a 1 seat majority in the Senate and control of Congress....

    So thank you Rush! Keep it up!

    March 6, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. MikeSmith

    Like it or not, this is how some of the Republicans are getting ready for Hillary. These people have been waiting for years to get back at the Clintons, and yet the Dems cannot see this!!

    Hillary is NO match for the Republicans; she will be destroyed within the first 2 weeks, if she ever steals the nomination.

    Obama, as a gentleman who respects women, is soft on Hillary. I see no Republican who is not willing to put on the glove to battle with Hillary. These people do not forget, and they are not as naive as some Dems are. So, do not ignore or underestimate Rush!!!

    March 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Junior

    The comment was that a black person and a woman would have no chance in a general election. He said nothing about their capabilities as President, just that America would not vote for them.

    March 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. JR

    I can't understan why CNN even gives the Limbaugh any kind of front page attention. He's an idiot!

    March 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Kathryn Irby

    That fat-headed Rush Limbaugh is the one who "doesn't have a prayer"!! He is nothing but an obnoxious ignoramous, who just needs to continue to stuff that fat mouth of his with food, because his opinions are meaningless!

    Metairie, Louisiana

    March 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. 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 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. George T

    Again, this would be the best thing for the Democratic Party –to bring everyone together.

    Heck, it could even be which ever candidate has the most –so hell if it's Obama President and Clinton VPresident –so be it.

    But let's do this and get on with fighting Mccain.

    March 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. States the Obvious

    How does he not get yanked off the air by Imis gets pulled?

    March 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Patrick

    As someone voting for McCain I find this comment disgusting. They have just as much right and capability to be President as anyone else.

    March 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Mark

    That's right! The dream is not to have Hillary anywhere near the ticket!
    We do not want a repeat of the lack of transparency of their 8 years in office.

    America – demand full disclosure of the tax returns and the Clinton White House papers. Curious minds want to know who might have funded their enormous personal wealth of $45+ million.

    Don't earn that on a government salary!

    March 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Tracy Landsberg

    IMPORTANT!!! A CNN LET DOWN! After all we have done to support Sen Obama, I am appalled that CNN will make it seem that he is on the decline. It isn't true. Clinton had a minor victory by a small margin. They are reporting her victory like a landslide. It is wrong and may actually sway the election in the states to come. Please contact CNN immediately, post comments about it all over the Internet and let's get some balanced reporting from this huge news organization. They are destroying all of our hard work and damaging the image of Sen. Obama and this campaign. Please take a stand immediately! Here is what I sent to CNN...I will continue to post also. "CNN–You will probably not post this, but please take this to heart. I am a loyal CNN viewer. I have been watching CNN since Tuesday night non-stop, waiting for the balance to the story. It hasn't surfaced yet. Yes, we all know that Senator Obama lost Texas and Ohio, but he did not lose by much. Story after story have been talking about Hillary Clinton being back in the game and every chance you get you are reporting that Obama is on the decline. IT IS SO OBVIOUS THAT THERE HAS BEEN PRESSURE ON CNN TO SUPPORT THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN. I appalled. I am not saying to make Obama the hero, but please represent the story in a fair and balanced way. Soon the Internet will be buzzing with this story. Please do not disinfranchise more than 50% of the democratic party with biased reporting. Thank you."

    March 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Carl Las Vegas Nevada

    Who cares what Rush thinks?

    Uhm...NOT me!

    March 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Jim, Carbondale, IL

    How is anything Rush Limbaugh says a news story for CNN? Why are you doing the bidding of the right wing? Who cares what Limbaugh has to say about the Democratic primary process?

    March 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Miami

    Rush's foot is always in his mouth. He has foot-in-mouth disease.

    Nevertheless, I agree that the so-called "dream ticket" is a nightmare ticket for the Democrats.

    If Hillary makes it, she needs someone from the South or West. I would prefer Bill Richardson, actually or John Edwards. Kennedy would not have won without Lyndon Johnson. The South is very, very important in Presidential elections. The Democrats always forget that and then they lose. Are there any Democrats left in Texas? That would be the place to find a running mate.

    If Obama makes it, I say the same. He doesn't need a New Yorker, he needs someone from the South or West.

    March 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. TJS

    I hope there is no "dream ticket" I plan to vote for hillary to keep Obama away from the whitehouse. If this happens I will have to vote for McCain. It is getting down to absolutely nobody to vote for. Can we start over?

    March 6, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Ian C

    Rush convinced the idiotic Texas republicans to vote for Hillary. So she barely won the Texas primary and her campaign is not left for dead. But she realizes that she needs Barack on the ticket because he has the black vote in his back pocket. Wouldn't it be great if Hillary and Barack ran on the same ticket and won! And all the crackpot racists and sexists would have Rush to thank for their worst nightmare - a white woman and and black man in the White House at the same time. Way to go Rush!

    March 6, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. ariel

    CNN should not repeat racsist remarks by Limbaugh .It's deeply irresponsible.

    March 6, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. yonas

    Hey Rush,

    You know what I love about you conservative talk radio host, most of you guys use the word CONSERVATIVE which to me just means a better way to say you are a coward and racisit. And you are so scared to loose a America. And I love it.

    March 6, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. joseph

    who could ever be upset that he said that?

    who wouldn't want actual change in the white house?

    the past 8 years have been amazing under president bush,
    who needs grandfather mccain in there?


    it is a dream ticket.
    rush is just a closed-mined, conservative, right-wing fool who is just upset that 8 years of republican corruption are coming to an end.

    March 6, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Jean

    We all know Rush is for the Republican . And George from Minneapolis,Hillary would not Sink to being Obama's you don't have to worry about that.

    March 6, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Bill Kane

    Why in the world does Rush Limbaugh's highly predictible opinion get "Headline" status? Good heavens, CNN, how about some consideration of news value and objectivity!

    March 6, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Larry Buchas

    This fraud made another ridiculous statement a few weeks ago:

    "When it comes to Presidential elections, ONLY WHITE MALES MATTER MOST." And he repeated it.

    Where's the outrage? Everyone was in a rage with Imus. How about this idiot?

    March 6, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. John

    First of all, Who the heck listens to Rush anymore...?
    Second, The democrats have been getting nearly twice the voters out than the republicans.
    Third, President George (Worse president ever..!) Bush gave McCain the kiss of death yesterday with his endorsement. McCain isn't smart enough to distance himself from this failed presidency.


    March 6, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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