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. Daniel

    Haha!! This guy is so lost. He obviously hasn't seen the vote tallies for the State Primaries. The Dems are turning out 5-10 times the volume of the Repubs. Talk about head in the sand!

    March 6, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Sara

    I suppose that Limbaugh has already discounted the 25 million or so Americans that have already voted for either one of them?

    March 6, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    Hey JB and anyone else who feels that race is an issue and being played by either side in the Democratic nomination process – African Americans are to blame for race being an issue. They are voting in most states at or near 90% for Barack Obama. And Oprah can't stand there and pretend that there has never been another candidate that she could support as she has Obama.

    Women are not voting to that extreme, men aren't, hispanics aren't. So please, don't tell me who is and who isn't a racist.

    March 6, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. CA boomer for CHANGE

    Rush Limbaugh is not even relevent....... it's all entertainment. We'll probably find out someday that he is a closet liberal........ and the joke will be on his listeners.

    March 6, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Limbaugh and his fellow Republicans like to claim they would love for Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic candidate but I don't believe that for one minute. They think that, if they say that, people will reconsider voting for her. Both Clinton and Obama support ending the conflict in Iraq, engaging in diplomacy with the full force of International cooperation, reversing the economic damage done by this Administration's VooDoo Economic policies, and restoring the U.S. Constitution to its power over abusive government violations.

    March 6, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Amy

    To George from Minneapolis and others:

    As a Democrat, I don't understand the negative comments about Hillary, or about Obama either. Both of them are great candidates, Obama much less experienced, but still a good candidate. We all better support WHOEVER is the Democratic nominee, or we will have John McCain as our President and continue the same agenda that President Bush has had for the last 8 years. The fighting should not be NOW, it should be with McCain in November!

    March 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Kerry

    Hillary doesn't even care about the Presidency. To her and Bill, as long as *they* get the keys to the White House again, that's all that matters. They can then push their selfish agenda for power, fame, and money, and Bill can do what he does best at 3am again.

    March 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Chris

    Oh my God, he wasn't saying that a black or a woman is not capable or whatever of doing the job. He's saying that , together, the ticket don't have a good shot of winning the general election based on voting demographics. How is this hard to understand?

    March 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. who cares

    lighten up people, he is just saying they don't have a chance. what do you expect?

    March 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Vern

    Ben R...you need to get your fact straight before you render your ignorant comments.
    No dream ticket for Obama/Cinton. I like both candidates, but I will go with OBAMA!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Fd

    Sue..I am from NYC..and everybody I know HATE Hillary...Sorry you are wrong

    March 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Peter Canada Obama 08

    Oh My God! Why is the Democratic party acting like a kid?
    A rule is a rule. To suggest that after spending time and money to decide on a rule and later bend the rule becuase they want to favour one candidate is just stupid.
    It is a shame that these bosses can't stand behind their words..
    Why even consider talking about Michigan and Florida primary when the states knew the law of the party a year and a half before the candidate even began campaigning for the nomination.

    If the democrats can't able rule of law they are not fit to governthe country. Sorry to say that , but that is true. What makes government govern is rule of law, if not every citizen should oble government laws either.
    Rush and the media have getten work they pray for. Lets prolong the democratic primary to make money for the media and for Rush cause problem for the Democrats .

    Deomcrats should do the right thing, that is do with what you have now. There is a front runner for the nomination and they have to allow the people who have chosen him their right of the democrats nominee.
    There can't be other way to judge this case, the people have chosen their party nomination. Non of these candidates will get the actual nnumber, so therefore democratic party leaders should use what they have at the moment and stop acting like babies. We need a realiable leaders not bunch of kids.

    March 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. heartlight 3, Maui, HI

    Hillary keeps saying the voters in Ohio want her to be the top of the ticket. Excuse me, but last I looked there were 49 other states besides Ohio. What about them?

    March 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Tom

    Nobody should listen to Rush Limbaugh. End of story.

    March 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Bob

    All you stupid dems should hold your breath. Waiting for Clinton to accept the VP spot is like waiting for your cold day in hell!
    Don't exhale now.

    March 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Craig

    Come on, how many of us agree with Rush.

    The old Phrase turning over in our graves lol.

    Look at how many close to the grave in Ohio came out to vote against a (is it ok to say "negro").

    There are a lot of us who cant handle having blacks in other positions except ones we can control, sad but true.

    The worm has turned we are noticing we almost have a black in the white house and we have to fix it (let the world and their expectations of us being open-minded go to HiLL).

    Sorry folks but it's only 40 years since you could not eat in the same restaurant with us, and you want to have a president too ?

    March 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Mike

    Rush is just a blowhard windbag with a microphone and his only goal is to grab some more coattails attention on this campaign to boost ratings and therefore sell advertising on his show. Big deal. I do agree the so-called "dream ticket" is a horrible idea but not because of race or gender, only because if Hillary were in the top slot Barack's hands would be forever tied, and if Barack were in the top slot he would not need Hillary. I say Obama/Edwards is the way to go...

    March 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. E. Vo

    Do we really respect what rush Linbaugh thinks or says? Mr. Linbaugh is like all other radio show host (used to be TV ....but we all got tired of looking at him....should be tired of listening to him on the radio.......I am certainly tired of having to read about him on the internet), they are self-promoting...operating under the false impression that they are a voice for a certain constituency and that what they have to say is seen as important by anyone. Thankfully, we have not heard from x-junkie Linbaugh for a while but the journalistic parasite has raised it's ugly head again now that the Hillary /Obama issue is looming large all for the purpose of coat-tailing in on the media coverage to try and justify his own media existence and his own sense of self importance. GO LAY DOWN RUSH!!!!.. TAKE A LOAD OFF.

    March 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Chipster in PA

    Limbaugh and his fellow Republicans like to claim they would love for Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic candidate but I don't believe that for one minute. They think that, if they say that, people will reconsider voting for her. Both Clinton and Obama support ending the conflict in Iraq, engaging in diplomacy with the full force of International cooperation, reversing the economic damage done by this Administration's VooDoo Economic policies, and restoring the U.S. Constitution to its power over abusive government violations.

    March 6, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. AB

    What had Rush Limbaugh EVER done for our country except promote racism, fear-mongering, and just plain dumb ideas. CNN, please stop enabling him by making his comments "news-worthy"

    March 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Texas Jay

    Colin Powell likes Barack a lot. So he won't run against him. I have a feeling that Ivy league graduates Rice and Obama like each other also.

    IF THE DEMOCRATS TAKE THE POPULAR VOTE FROM OBAMA AND GIVE IT TO HILLARY (WHICH IS WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN AT THIS POINT IN ORDER FOR HILLARY TO WIN). OR IF THEY SEAT DELEGATES THAT THEY SAID THEY WOULD NOT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE RACE.

    THEN CONDO WILL RUN WITH MCCAIN AND REPUBLICANS WILL TRY TO APPEAL TO BLACK PEOPLE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

    THE DEMOCRATS IN THAT SITUATION WILL LOOSE THERE ONLY GARUNTEED BASE.

    The democratic party should stop this now and nominate Obama or it will be hard for them to ever win another election from here on out without the only garunteed votes they ever had. Hillary is nice but just like women to break of everything if something doesn't go her way.

    Yes I am black and i am mad at democrats at this point. I would love for republicans to build on what Bush started and to try to appeal to black people even more

    REPUBLICANS ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN.

    Democrats will have to restructure the whole party like a loosing sports francise if Hillary is GIVEN the nomination.

    And the secret black republican ground game is in full sway.

    March 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. TRW

    Why people listen to this hate-filled poor excuse for a human being is beyond me. You must be an idiot if you still support Bush.

    March 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. huerfano

    "Rush, Ann Coulter, and other right-winged nuts with no hobbies don't deserve attention from CNN. It only fuels their egos and makes us laugh."
    They have a hobby. It's making all you indignant Dems howl.

    March 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Margie in NY

    To all my young brothers and sisters White/Black/Hispanic and others, white collar and blue collar voters out there!! Do not give up on Barack! He needs you. Energize his campaign even more!!! We all know that he has a few hills to climb, however, he can get over them, hang in there with him!!!

    To all the older women White/Black/Hispanic an others out there...who are voting! Barack could be your grandson! Please don't give up on Barack! He needs you! Barack is a gentleman, that is why he has not been fighting back in this low-life, knock down drag down fight!! We know this will toughen him up!!

    Don't give up on Barack! He needs you!

    Barack, keep the faith, stay covered and Blessed!! We are with you!!

    March 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Ulick Mabals

    Wow! Did rush say anything about them fighting for the country or dying for the country or call them un-american? No he did not. Nice try Donna and cnn-way to spin what Rush said. He simply stated the facts as sad as they are-people for the most part don't like Hillary and Obama is(Well nobody really knows who he is) not ready to be the leader of the free world.

    March 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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