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. M. E. Jackson

    I agree with Obama, it is too early. God is still Blessed and Thanks be to Him alone, who still say-–YES!! We Can.

    March 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. AB

    What has 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 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Steve

    CNN took Rush's comments totally out of context. I just happened to listen to the show reported on in this piece and Rush's point was that a joint ticket does no have a prayer because neither candidate would accept being VP.

    March 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Beth

    Can someone tell me WHY we are listening to this guy? Does he think that he represents white men well? Does he really think that bigoted white men such as he would make better leaders for our country?

    March 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Richard, San Francisco, CA

    For the life of me, I cannot understand why this drug-addeled wingbag's every comment is deemed by CNN editors as newsworthy. Who in their right mind cares what Rush thinks. I for one have not heard or read anything thoughtful coming from him in years; he makes noise and you folks print it. With so much learned commentary coming from all sides of the political spectrum these days why is this?

    March 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Monte Petersen

    If Obama and Clinton don't have a prayer as the dream team, then how come Obama won Vermont a mostly white State. Limbaugh is prejudicing people against the Republicans by such an ignorant statement. I as a Republican resent the supposition that Limbaugh is a Conservative. I believe him to be an attention seeking Talk Show Programmer, who does not represent Conservatism. He may be a closet Democrat!

    March 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. C.Y from Minnesota

    The thought of Hillary Clinton winning the democratic nomination makes my blood boil and my skin crawl. I literally feel like moving to the North Pole...I mean do we only have two Presidential gene pool in this country...BUSH CLINTON BUSH...a possibility of another CLINTON. I mean she keeps going on and on about experience..being married to a disgraced impeached President doesn't give you an iota of experience. Its like saying that just because my husband is a surgeon gives me the experience and the competency to go into the operating room..Lets think about this for a second..if it wasn't for Bill you really think that this woman will be in the Presidential running at all. Her husband basically did all the work for her and the thought of Bill Clinton in the White House again even as a husband is just an insult to this country.

    March 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Shawn

    Stop reporting what that idiot has to say. The fact that you not only cover it as news, but place it in a prominent location on your main page is only going to encourage him. Leave his ignorant rantings alone. Fox can have him.

    March 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. White

    Honestly, since when is Rush Limbaugh worthy of a news headline on a substantive political topic? I can forgive a lot of CNN's ventures into trivial matters, but trumpeting the words of a fringe figure like Limbaugh is deplorable.

    March 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Lou Morgan

    With due respect, Mr. Limbaugh, I beleive we can make up our own minds..THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!

    March 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. S. Shay

    So if the people of Ohio are the ones who get to choose the President, what does that say about the many other states and votes that have not chosen her? The great MAJORITY of Americans have not chosen Clinton. Is she saying that the will of the people does not matter? If she does not care about the will of the people now she will not care if she is chosen as President. However, anyone who isn’t severely deluded knows she will never be President.

    March 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Luvlyrita

    Swallow another "pill" Rush. You might see things differently.

    March 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Greg P. Milwuakie, OR

    Unsafe at any volume.

    Rush's product is divisive and corrosive. His methods dishonest and manipulative. If his show were a tangible item, it would be recalled under any number of conditions.

    That people listen and give credence to his schtick is disturbing. How much more anti-America can one be than Rush?

    March 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Jazz

    Hillary/Edwards '08 YES. That's a WINNER! It will add a few southern states to the big state possibilties. Edwards couldn't get the media's was so unfair. TX polls showed only 9% of the vote was republican and the majority of it went to Obama (O'Reilly 3/5/08).

    They laugh about voting to " screw up the dems" (a common practice in Chicago politics and it works) because they will vote McCain in November. Rush's comments are SAD but sorrowfully TRUE in many areas of the country. Real Democrats Don't Quit!!!

    March 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. mike

    Hey all stop writing anti Hillary and Obama comments. Let's face it, we will never win in November if we dont come together. This is so exciting even for Republicans because for the first time we have a Great female candidate and a Great African American. That's the reason this is so exciting. So stop already with the negative comments about both candidates.

    March 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Jake V

    CNN is so scared of Limbaugh! Everyday I see a new article about his predictions. Funny, how they have all come true!

    March 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Rush Limbaugh says a lot of things. I don't understand why of everything he spouts, this one proclamation is worthy enough to warrant a blog entry.

    March 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Timmy

    Apparently Rush is both sexist and racist. And a drug addict. No wonder he's the voice of the American South.

    March 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Good old CNN taking a conservative voice out of context again. I heard the comments he wasn't refering to race and gender when he made the statement.

    HE was refering to Clinton's percieved demeanor. 49% of Americans dislike her and the fact that Clinton has constantly put down Obama and that there will be a stigma attached to Obama because of Clinton's Attacks.
    The hypocritical nature of people commenting on this site calling Limbaugh supports as Zombie's has been proven by the comments of previous posters.

    March 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Andy

    Though I personally think Rush is probably racist, this particular comment was not actually inherently racist on his part, as much as him saying he thinks the country is too racist to elect the ticket. That being said, I think he is very wrong.

    March 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Kevin,FL

    Comedian Rush Limbaugh is a Racist... please CNN don't give this idiot any airtime

    March 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Cliff Sharples

    Why is CNN continually giving Rush Limbaugh press coverage? He is a bigot. He's a drug abuser. He's a shock jock. Stop discrediting your network by giving this person air time.

    March 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Frank

    Limbaugh's comments and views represent what is wrong in America and does not come close to representing a true, traditional conservative philosophy.
    He is a fascist, hatemongerer whose babbling should be tuned out for the good of our country.

    March 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. ~ Jan, New Jersey

    Somebody needs to shut this man up! Pull the plug on him and get him off the air................................ Please!

    Obama is the best man for to serve as our Commander-in-Chief, but he can pick another running mate, as far as I'm concerned.

    We DON'T need any more Clinton's in the White House. If she needs a White House, she can call for an all-American submarine sandwich from the White House Sub Shop – at 3 o'clock in the morning.

    March 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. dru

    Isn't Mr. Limbaugh a prescription drug addict? How does his opinion count for anything or for that matter, who cares.

    March 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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