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. Mike, Richmond, VA

    A lot of people call Rush a drug addict and said he put the idiot Bush in office. Last I checked about half the country put Bush in office and it wasn't the half that statically uses more drugs.

    March 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. jw, canadian,ok

    Note to CNN: Nobody, other than a few thousand dittoheads, give a flying farkle what Drugbaugh says.

    March 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Ed

    Rush, who side are you on, shut up.

    March 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Brian Matney

    Rush Windbag is irrelevant and without any credibility.
    I agree that there should be a media boycott of this dinosaur.
    If CNN continues to give him space they will also lose credibility.
    Just stop paying attention to him.
    I did... about twenty years ago

    March 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Mike NYC, NY

    Obama would never choose Hillary as running mate, 50% of the country despises her (which is why she would lose badly to McCain).

    March 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Don M

    Rush's comments were silly and hollow but hardly racist or sexist. He was making an observation on America. If organizations like the NAACP are to be believed on the state of race relations in America, Rush is correct and is simply saying what those groups keep saying. People can't have it both ways. You can't say we have race problems and sex inequality yet criticize someone that says that simply because he is conservative. Hypocrites.

    March 6, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Caroline

    I don't think Obama would go for a ticket with him as VP, nor would Hillary go for a ticket where she's VP. After all this the dream ticket seems highly unlikely. However, it is for the reason I just mentioned, not because of Obama's race or Hillary's gender. In all honesty, I think the deviant duo would have a better chance of winning the general election if they teamed up considering the large number of people voting for either in the primaries based on those aspects of them alone.

    March 6, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. MattChester

    Once again the gaseous windbad Limbaugh blows stench from his pie hole. Why can't this man get his brain into the 20th nevermind the 21st century?

    March 6, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    hey um guys,

    Im not like a hardcore republican or anything, but how many of you actually listen to this guy. Im going to bet most of the information you get on him is very indirect. He is from my hometown and he is not racist or sexist at all. I know you think he is like this big conservative redneck, but he isnt. He does like irritating people though. He knows exactly how to push your buttons and it is hysterical. He was simply stating that he doesn't think americans would vote for them at this point not that he's racist and sexist. you guys should really think and do more research before you open your mouth and sound like such idiots. Plus, this article is blown waaaay out of proportion(as usual).

    March 6, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Steve

    Russ Flambaugh is a Mamby Pamby loudmouth that we would have stuffed with peanutbutter and put him in a canoe without a paddle and said "Bonvoyage" I guarantee he never made it through summer camp as a kid

    March 6, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Xavier, Washington, DC

    As much as it pains me, I have to agree with Rush. There has to be a white guy on the ticket or else many of the rural white guys will flock to McCain. It sucks but unlike women and minorities, a significant number of white guys can't root for a team that doesn't have anyone who looks like them on it.

    March 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Vic

    Rush is such a bigot and woman hater. He should be taken off the air because of that. He is uneducated and a mouth piece for the Republican'ts. Either Hilary or Barack would mop the floor with McCain. Our country is so sick of this administration! And we are sick of their mouth pieces like Rush and Ann Coulter. We should think for ourselves and let no one do it for the Republicans do.

    March 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. ahna

    I find it hard to believe that Hillary would want Obama or vise-versa. You can call it just politics all ya want but I don't think they trust one another enough to join forces....

    March 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Brian Tampa, FL

    Voting for them simply because they are black or a women is every bit as sexist/racist as not. Could you imagine the outcry if 85-95% of whites voted for McCain yet that is what happens with blacks and Obama and no one says a word. Many women openly support Hillary for the sole reason she is a women. The double standard is ridiculous.

    March 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. jerry rubin, Whitefish Bay, WI

    Where were the headlines that Clinton lost the delegate count in Texas. She won 2 seats in the primaries and lost 7 seats in the caucus. Therefore, there should have been a front page that HRC loses Texas by 5 delegates.

    March 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Raul

    The idiocy of this story and the comments following it is staggering. At no point did Rush ever suggest the two should not win beucasue they are black and female respectively. Re-read his quote. Predicting that the ticket will fail is not the least bit sexist or racist, its just his prediciton. Do we attack the weatherman if he tells us a hurricane is forming?

    March 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. W

    Limbaugh should focus on his own will he have job once the Dems take over, will he ever kick his drug habit and finally like everyone else here who cares about this JOKE of human being anyways!!!

    March 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. laura, CA

    Limbaugh is a sensationalist. He is exxagerating a well-known idiom in politcs.
    I studied poli-sci and presidential politics, so drawing from that information I would have to say that yesterday, when Clinton mentioned the "dream ticket" possibility she was actually implying that Obama should drop out now and she'll consider him.
    There's an underlying concept to this process whereby candidates can overstay their welcome and deal themselves out of the potential VP slot.
    Neither Clinton or Obama can mathmatically win the nomination without the other dropping out OR without pulling the heavy hitters in so that the candidate can get votes in the 70-80% margins over their competitor. This makes both look bad for November politics.
    I think it was:
    1. Clever of her to mention it first.
    2. Gracious of her to day she's not counting Obama out of consideration if he graciously exits.

    Afterall, she's won all the large population states (CA, NY, TX*) and key toss-up states (FL, NV, OH). Obama can't seal the deal; he's doing well, but she's keeping pace while he scrambles to out-spend her and make her look bad.

    March 6, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. mr singh

    You guys are killing me..please post my comments or if you want me to go away just say it so!!!

    March 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. brigman

    What I find so funny is the hypocracy spewing from all those calling him a fat drug addict. How many of you are your perfect size? (doubtful, since most of this country is overweight). And how many of you have a weakness somewhere in your past? (I'd guess at least 90%). He was addicted to painkillers *how* many years ago?, and yet that's the first thing a liberal yells. Well, get over it already. Your supposed to be the party of change and acceptance. Riiiight. BS.

    That's the status quo of the liberal. Point and laugh, but God forbid someone turns it around on you.
    Example #1-
    Dems can affect the GOP vote in Iowa and NH, and it's applauded. Republicans vote as Dems in TX and OH, and they're doing something wrong. Whatever. I could go on and on with the hypocracy of the left.

    March 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Please Spare Us

    Rush is no longer relevant to the Republicans. They ignored him and nominated McCain. Now he wants to make himself relevant to the Dems. RUSH IS NO LONGER RELEVANT and his ego simply cannot take it. No wonder he needs Rx just to live with himself. More important, no wonder Republicans are leaving their party in droves.

    March 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. chris

    Obama needs to find a new soap box to cry about. Hiliary's personal income is not revelent at this point. She makes more money than him, stop cry about it.

    March 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. FELTON,.."the truth"

    Don't even worry about this....Rush is a drug abuser !.It amazes me that you have to be drug tested to flip a burger...but not to run your big fat mouth on the radio!!!

    March 6, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Nan

    Righty Tighty sounds like he's thinking from a wedgy!

    March 6, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. MN Woman

    Eeeewwww – Is CNN going to make Rush one of their pundits? Too much on CNN lately about the mess that is Rush. Make it go away.

    March 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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