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. Ken Dinning

    Why does a loudmouth discjockey get so much press. Who but the "ditto heads" gives a hill of beans as to what Rush Limbaugh thinks? His is the most UN-American voice in the country today.

    March 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Fernandez

    I have to agree with him this time.

    March 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Abe Schenck

    Say again Rush, two candidates that together have overwhelmed almost every state's Primary and caucuses with record turnout doesn't stand a chance against a 72 year old whom your party faithfuls, yourself included, have turned their backs upon? Wake up Rush, it's only a matter of time.

    March 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Will of Dallas, TX

    Wow, its not like the context of the comments would be important. Amazing that all of you don't bother to go to the source on this one.

    I'm not going to bother defending Rush. The way those comments are presented here fit all of your preconceptions anyway so how could it be misrepresented?

    Every single day the phrase "useful idiots" makes more and more sense to me.

    March 6, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. CNN

    CNN, want any change? Please nominee Dear Mr. Obama as your VP, because "Yes, he can" and "he wants change"

    March 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Concerned Voter

    Who is Rush Limbaugh ?

    March 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Paul

    It's getting tough to tell who is worse: Rush Limbaugh or Bill O'Reilly!

    March 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Kim, PA

    LIMBBOG needs to be taken off the air. The thought that he advised republicans to switch parties to vote for one candidate, then switch back to vote for McCain in NOV is a truly pathetic.

    Shows that the ONLY NEGATIVE politics is that with the MEDIA!

    March 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Adam

    Wow a prejudiced comment, from a prejudiced person, hailing from a prejudiced party, committed to a prejudiced ideology.

    I'm shocked.

    March 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Rick

    I'll bet if they did a toxicology screen on Rush when he made this statement, they would have found he'd been heavily drinking with chasers of both oxycodone and benzodiazepam.

    What a clown!

    March 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Chris

    Why is CNN always reporting on what this man has to say? I'm fed up with CNN and their psuedo-journalism. I'm sticking with MSNBC for election coverage.

    March 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. An Army Veteran

    Richardson has called for Hillary drop from the race. Net 4 Delegates after Tuesday wont cut it for her!

    March 6, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. T.O.

    Noone wants the so called dream ticket but the republicans. It would be the democratic parties own self destruction. I wouldn't want Senator Barack Obama to pick Senator Hillary Clinton as his running mate because she undermines everything that he stands for and aspire to be. I would want to kick Senator Hillary Clinton's teeth in for even suggesting or better yet hinting at a dream ticket which she so tongue in cheek suggested with her newly resurrected campaign and a wink, wink. It won't take another Clinton to clean up another Bush's white house and it shouldn't take a strong person of color to hold up a weak last white hope of a political machine. It's time for change and the change needs to begin the hearts and minds of America...

    March 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. gam

    why would Bill Clinton appear on his show even if there was a guest host. It makes me suspect that the Clinton's would make a pack with the devil if it gets her the nomination.

    March 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Djmt

    Once again Hilary Clinton shows her poor judgment, representing herself as somehow honest by using dishonest information.

    Our right winged conservative Canadian government has launched a half hearted investigation into the source of these lies – they need not just look in the mirror. It's In in their best interest to have Hilary run since they know McCain will beat her.

    Now the RCMP (our version of your FBI) is starting a probe into Steven Harpers government.

    Once again... Hilary shows her poor judgment

    March 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Sharon Monrovia

    I believe that reporting Mr. Limbaugh's comments are contributing to spreading hatred amongst this country. Why does CNN feel that it is important to filter hatred from an individual that is clearly racist? There is talk around the country to boycott news stations that continue to feed into these racist and ignorant remarks.

    March 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Richie


    March 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. The Marketeer

    Why does CNN keep posting Ticker items about Rush?

    100 comments in 15 minutes... that's why.

    You want to stop seeing him... then stop commenting on him.

    March 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Kathi

    Why does CNN write about this guy as some sort of legitimate pundit?

    March 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Lawrence H

    Take it easy on the pills Rush.

    March 6, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. Sharon

    I am sick and tired of African Americans saying the Clintons brought race into this campaign. In other words, you are saying the Clintons are racist? I would say that the fact that 87% of African Americans are voting for Barack Obama simply because he is Black. Now that is the BIGGEST sign of racism there is. Be careful of what you wish for. You obviously are not aware that he is for the very rich white folk.

    March 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. Modrun

    Rush is one of the most hatred-filled man I have ever listened to. The mans mother is ashamed of him, he flunked college and he gets to be on the air and comment on matters that are beyond his intellectual capacity. Yet, in America, and ONLY in America, do you find 13 Mill. people listening to him daily and then CNN, being one of the largest and the most respected networks, bother to waste their time reporting him.


    March 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |

    HEY RUSH.........YOUR MAMA !!

    March 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Aj D

    Let's be real, the truth is that Rush speaks what is on the minds of a LOT of conservative Republicans. Now, most conservative Republicans have got the memo that you just can't say these racist and sexist things in public so they don't. But that doesn't mean that they don't, in their hearts, hold illusions of racial superiority. You can't say blatantly sexist things but that doesn't mean that they don't believe that a woman has no place sitting in the most important chair on the planet. They simply can't *say* that they believe these things. So there is Rush, the cathartic persona that gets to say the things that are on their minds and in their hearts. Why is anyone, anyone at all, surprised at this?

    March 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Tim T.

    Sounds like Rush is on pills again.

    March 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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