March 6th, 2008
12:12 PM ET
7 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. Larry

    Hmm. First alienate African Americans from the conservative party and now women. Good move. It is amazing that conservatives still have a base. Now when most evangelical Christians finally wake up and realize that being a Christian is not JUST about anti-abortion or being anti-gay but also showing love to those in need this party will officially be over

    March 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Option 1 for Hillary: A Clinton * Obama ticket would be extremely powerful. Clinton could offer Obama the VP position before the convention with the caveat that she would only serve one term. Depending on Obama's choice of VP, this has the potential of keeping the Democrats in the white house for not 8 years but 22 or more!

    Option 2: Clinton could choose a running mate (Richardson) very soon and galvanize the party in a dramatic way.

    Option 3: Obama needs big blue states desparately. She could bow out gracefully after winning Pennsylvania and compel Obama to offer her the VP position in order to seal big blue states. First female VP is still a milestone.

    March 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. wordslinger, chicago

    Is Rush Limbaugh news? I'll tell you one thing - he wouldn't last a minute in a boxing ring with Hillary or Barack.

    March 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Legal Shmegal

    Yes, Rush is a big fat idiot, who still has 20 million weekly listeners and manages to get under the skin of liberals everywhere. If he's so irrelevant then why do you pay so much attention to him?

    In any case, why is what he said "un-American"? It's just political reality. Un-American would be Rush saying, "I don't think they should be allowed to run."

    Besides, didn't you libs once loathe a certain committee that contained the word "un-American" and vowed that nothing of that sort should ever be said again?

    March 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Sheila

    If they kicked Don Imus off the air for making scurrilous remarks, why in God's name would the networks allow this moron to continue on air? And by the way, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama agreed, up front, not to have the Michigan and Florida votes seated because of the move-up in their primary dates. It is typical Clinton style to try, now that she is losing, to change the rules of the game mid-stream. What a disgusting ploy. Barack Obama is so far above the fray, and I'm surprised that people have closed their eyes to her dirty political tactics. How disgusting for all. Barack's the best candidate, by far!

    March 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. David, New Castle. PA

    Who cares what that drug-addicted GASBAG Rush Limbaugh says about anything? All he does is to spew venom over good Americans who try to make a difference. I was struck with what a contrast there is between his lowly form of invective (and others of his ilk, i.e. Bill O'Reily) and the well-reasoned level of discourse of the recently deceased conservative William F. Buckley.

    March 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. serah

    The problem in America is the "excess freedom of speech" to a point where anyone can say what comes to his/her mind in an unethical manner. That comment by Rush can best fit the in the days when women had no right to vote/participate in politics and also African-American male were not allowed to vote. I feel if someone reads in between the lines of his speech can establish grounds for a lawsuit. His speech is unethical and may imply unfair treatment of women and African- American "Backs" as he termed them, in this country which is in a way advancing racism, discrimination and negative stereotype in America that is moving forward.

    March 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. sj

    A well informed voter listens to both sides of a debate and then makes an objective decision. Leave the emotions out of it. Whether you like Rush or not is irrelevant. On a purely philosophical and strategic argument, the statement has merit. You don't have to respect the messenger to respect the message. CNN has Mr Limbaugh's comments because he has the largest audience in talk radio. As I said in the beginning, informed voters listen to both sides. I get information from both foxnews and cnn. Then based on my background, values, and experiences I can make an objective decision. Most of the arguments in this posting are attacking the person (Mr Limbaugh). This makes for a very weak argument and shows a certain lack of intelligence of those making such postings. Focus on the issue not the person making the argument. In the end you may have to agree to disagree, but not be disagreeable.

    March 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Jo R, Buena Park, CA

    Yeah! I guess Limbaugh would like a McCain/Bush ticket. republicans make me laugh at this 2008 elections.

    March 6, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Dick M

    Why does CNN routinely report what Rush Limbaugh thinks? Is his opinion worth more any anybodl else's? I think not. His comments reported here are, as Donna Brazile says, "un-American". He's obviously afraid that a Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton ticket would win. Republicans need to be thrown ouf of DC wholesale, and the Dem dream ticet can do the job. Too bad they can fire Rush too.

    March 6, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. th

    excuse me donna...not a word was said about being "incapable" of running the country...typical lib to latch onto a comment and push it to the forefront of the chip on your shoulder. and guys...who still listens to Rush??? come on...you know you love him!

    March 6, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Jonathan from VA

    Option 1 for Hillary: A Clinton * Obama ticket would be extremely powerful. Clinton could offer Obama the VP position before the convention with the caveat that she would only serve one term. Depending on Obama's choice of VP, this has the potential of keeping the Democrats in the white house for not 8 years but 22 or more!

    Option 2: Clinton could choose a running mate (Richardson) very soon and galvanize the party in a dramatic way.

    Option 3: Obama needs big blue states desparately. She could bow out gracefully after winning Pennsylvania and compel Obama to offer her the VP position in order to seal big blue states. First female VP is still a milestone.

    March 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. LB

    If ever you wanted to re-unite the Democratic Party, invite Rush Limbaugh out in public and just let him speak. Sheesh. What a 'tard.

    March 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Morloc

    Strange that the same people who's candidates are running (at least in part) on a race or gender-based platform would consider Rush's comments "racist".

    Unlike those who are voting to get the first woman, or first black person into the office, Mr. Limbaugh's analysis of the U.S. political climate is just that...an analysis or perhaps just an opinion. Either way, he's not suggesting that anyone not vote for this "dream ticket" because of gender or race, he's pointing out that a significant number of people will do so.

    And why not?....if everyone is endorsing their candidates based on skin color or gender then heck, put me down for the white guy. Some folks really need to take that long hard look in the mirror.

    March 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Smith

    I get very dissapointed every time that idiot is quoted. Only an idiot can call americans who are not 'conservatives' -' enemies'. Every time you lend credence to such a looser you are promoting hate speech.

    a

    March 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I do not think Mr. Limbaugh was trifling the qualifications or the ability of either candidate. He was merely characterizing his impressions of how the Democratic party–which is so striated on the issue of ethnicity, gender, minority status–that none of the major 'striations" would tolerate a woman or a black in the top spot–therefore the party vote would be split, therefore no majority, therefore the GOP would win again.

    March 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. 15 Minute Re-Up

    Talk about narcissistic. The only way Rush can stay relevant is to talk about relevant people. The guy is an idiot junky trying to increase ratings. Howard Stern has more content than he does.

    March 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Jeff

    I seem to remember not too long ago that you libs/CNN declared conservatives and RUSH as irrelevant. Make up your mind. I didn't see any mention in the article of Rush's comments before and after the quote that would help explain his reason for saying. Typical smear by the lefties. But keep it up, it helps validate your looniness.

    March 6, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Patrick

    I only hear Rush Limbaugh open is fat obnoxious month for a few months every FOUR YEARS. I don't understand why his comments and opinions mean so much to the media. The man is a train wreck. I'd rather him not get any media coverage.

    March 6, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. Simon Cabron

    Way to go CNN! It's awesome how you feature racist and sexist remarks from some fat drug addict on your front page! Yay for Fox News Lite.

    March 6, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. Peter-FL

    I cannot understand how anyone can vote for Hilary. I respect her, her courage and ambition, yet people seem to forget all the scandals that have followed the Clintons since the days in Arkansas till the days in the Whitehouse. We need change. Even till this day there are so many questions...why is she not disclosing her tax records? People tend to forget that while she was a member of the Board at Wal-Mart...the Board refused to allow Unions. Yet Ohio, which is 99% Union, voted for her? Wake America, we need to read the facts. Obama represents change. He may not have the years of experience like Hilary, but we all need to realize that she has demonstrated in those years of experience what she cannot do, is keep her word and be trustworthy.

    March 6, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. CHERYL

    THE PEOPLE SPOKE TUESDAY!

    WHY IS THAT SO HARD FOR BORACKS PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND?

    GET WITH THE WINNER OR BE LEFT BEHIND!

    IF THEY WANTED BORACK THEN THE VOTE WOULD HAVE FAVORED HIM!!!!!!

    I AM FOR SENATOR CLINTON!!!!!!!!

    TOO MANY SKELETONS IN BORACKS CLOSET!!!!!!!

    AND HE LIES!!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. OC

    First Ben R, your an idiot... quit reciting what the campaign has told you and go look up info on both candidates...

    After reading other commits it seems as Rush is the real person that can unite this country... only backwood barn burners can relate to him

    March 6, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Lydia

    Originally, my presidential hopefuls were Obama, Edwards & Clinton. When Edwards dropped out, I said well I still have Obama and Clinton. My opinion of HRC has greatly changed! I'd never, ever vote for her now. Her pitbull attacks, lies, double standards, bully-victim tactics have seriously turned me off.

    Obama 08

    March 6, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. Joe

    Isn't this the same hypocrite who used to say that all drug addicts and homosexuals should be sent up the river? before he got arrested at an airport with a bag full of Viagara coming home from a Dominican Republic vacation with a group of young men? Is this the same guy??

    March 6, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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