March 10th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama rejects being Clinton's No. 2


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(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama Monday flatly rejected suggestions that he would be a vice presidential running mate for Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Both Clinton, Obama's rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, and her husband, former President Clinton, have suggested a joint Clinton-Obama ticket - with Obama in the second slot.

"Senator Clinton is fighting hard. She's tenacious. I respect her for that. She is working hard to win the nomination. But I want everybody to be absolutely clear. I'm not running for vice president. I'm running for president of the United States of America," Obama told supporters during a rally in Columbus, Mississippi.

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  1. ben

    narcis March 10th, 2008 2:50 pm ET said:

    "What does that say about Obamas messages as a uniter.
    Is his Ego maybe bigger than his quest?"

    Are you forgetting that Hillary is losing this nomination, cannot close the pledged delegate count, is losing the popular vote, is resorting to fear mongering and unethical tactics, and is hurting the democratic party? And you accuse Obama of having an ego "bigger than his quest?"

    Are Hillary supporters all blind to the obvious and blatant truth?

    March 10, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Something has got to be done about the way we elect presidential candidates. It is so painful to watch my beloved Democrat Party tearing itself to shreds as the Republicans just sit back and watch. Someone suggested that both candidates agree to a Dream Ticket now, play out the rest of the primary/caucus season and let the winner take the top spot. Getting a Democrat in the White House is more important that anyone's ego.

    March 10, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Deb in RI

    Thank goodness...I hope he stands by his words this time. Hillary has to make a better choice for VP.

    March 10, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. gurarro

    Response to Reality Check #1.

    Who has more baggage than the Clintons? I don't there is an airline in the world that has more baggage than those two.


    March 10, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Gillis

    I like Obama/Sebelius ticket what do you all think. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) is already governing Obama style in a 65% republican state. She's what i call a bridge builder.

    March 10, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. OBAMA08

    This is a desperate attempt by Hillary and her campaign to try to get people on the fence to vote for her. She is attempting to be more human but people are not stupid. Hillary isnt in a position to say that Obama could be a good vice president when she is LOSINGI 28 wins for Obama and 17 for Clinton. Obama is also winning the delegate race in case no ones noticed. Hillary should be so lucky if Obama ask her to be vice president. Obama can find a much better vice president hopefull than Hillary Clinton.

    OBAMA 08

    March 10, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Africa for Hillary

    Well , time will tell if it was the right thing to say.. She was smart in advoacting joint ticket and gracful .. I dont think he got what she meant and behaved like an idiot with x xlarge ego...

    March 10, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. pam,s.c.

    obama leads in the popular vote , the most states won and the most pledged delegates . sounds like the winner to me. remember the magic number is 1,627 delegates not the 2.025 you hear so much about. check it out. obama should have this wrapped up may 20th after west virginia and the great state of oregon

    March 10, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Chris

    Obama is not qualified to be President, Vice President or Secretary of State. He is a political activist and a fade, similar to the hula hoop.

    Hillary Clinton is the only candidate to be the next President and clean up the Bush disaster.

    March 10, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Kristina

    I think she's losing her mind right before the eyes of the world.

    March 10, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. M.

    Stay the course Obama...You will beat her yet...Wonder if she would consider #2 on your ticket?...Bet she wouldn't – and I'll bet she wouldn't be asked either...Good Luck!

    March 10, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Ticket

    If Obama does not take the VP spot he just might wind up with nothing. Hillary's supporters will not accept anyting but Clinton-Obama. Frankly, for his arrogance I think he should not even get that. Obama and all of his supporters are in for a rude awakening. He is not a mandate by any means, and I will have no problem voting McCain either. He is so smug – I cannot get over him – he has not a stich of experience and also appears to have not much smarts when it comes to our enemies – he wants to play nice. Has he lost his mind? The way he thinks DOES scare me.

    March 10, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Vivacious

    Thanks God Obama! Way to Go...Thanks for rejecting her. How can she even think you would give that option a second thought after belittling your status before millions....Hiliary is a "monster".

    March 10, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Vocie of Reason

    Hillary thinks she can control and manipulate every situation, this one she can't....

    And to the person who said she can do better than Obama, I would like to see her win the Presidency without him!!!

    The Republicans will RIP her to Shreds....Take my word for It! And the funny part about it is that the same experience she is trying to use to get the nomination will be the ammunition the Republicans will use against her!

    Laugh at That!!!!

    March 10, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Yoda

    Are you kidding me! You Clinton supporters are the nastiest people I know. She is and will continue to be in 2nd place, she is in no position to ask any one to be her VP. Besides, we all know who her VP will be if she manipulates her way to the nomination (hint...Bubba).

    And by the way, being married to a heart surgeon for 35 years doesn't mean you're qualified to perform open heart surgery.

    March 10, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Brian

    "CNN estimates that Obama leads Clinton by less than 100 delegates, 1,553 to 1,438."

    Someone needs math lessons.

    March 10, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Sam in Hershey, PA

    I am floored by how blind & ignorant Hillary supporters are...they still insist that Obama is the one that is arrogant...

    I dont get it! How is it not arrogant of Hillary to say that she'll make Obama her VP, when he is the one winning the elections???

    It's one thing to support your candidate, but at least be able to recognize when they are being out of line!

    It's not fair to call Obama arrogant, when clearly Clinton is more deserving of that name!

    March 10, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Mike in Houston

    Hillary will lose the delegate race. However there is a chance that she will win the most popular votes if she wins Pennsylvania by a large margin.

    If she doesn't win huge in PA, she's history and Obama doesn't even need to consider her as a running mate (even though Howard Dean will push for it).

    If she wins big in PA, expect the establishment Dems to through the VP bone to Obama and hope he falls in line.

    March 10, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Obama Mama

    Thank god ! If Hillary steals the nomination and then loses in November,which she will, because all of his supporters won't vote for her, he can run again in 4 years after McCain's tem is over.

    March 10, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. SP

    Who is advising Hillary?….Rove?….Blitzer?

    You have a great sense of humor, Billy. I appreciate that. Maybe Clinton's campaign can use your help. But it is too late, she can only blame herself for being so arrogant and for using staff who are just as arrogant as she is. I just hope she understands if she really choses the path of "burning the bridge", the democratic voters will never forgive her.

    March 10, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. JarryHames

    We all know that Ms. Hillary is reaching at this point. I don't blame Obama. He's running for President NOT Vice President. She is sooo tired!!!

    March 10, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Tommy in St. Louis

    This whole thing was a joke anyway, the Clintons trying to play head games with people and leave them foggy as to who the frontrunner really is. I'm glad Obama cleared everything up. Next we'll see what happens when Huckabee offers McCain the VP spot!

    March 10, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. 15Cruise

    Hillary Clinton needs some self-respect. I'm all for a woman president, but not this woman. God help the entire country if she wins the presidency.

    March 10, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |

    To all the democrats out there. wake up. didn't you read about all the republicans crossing over to vote for obama in the primiarys? then they will turn around and vote for mccain in the general election. they want obama to run against mccain because they think hillary can beat him. but obama can't . the republicans will eat him alive. remember the swift boating. and the reason obama is ahead is because the republicans crossed over.

    March 10, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Ava

    Obama/Bloomberg is my favorite version of the ticket, with Colin Powell, Hagel, Edwards as AG, Kathleen Sebelius, Jim Webb or Zinni in there...basically, no Clintons. Too bad she coopted the word 'change' and led her minions to believe that 'change' meant emptiness because what 'change' really means is the future, without ties to either the Bushes or the Clintons

    March 10, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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