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. puppies and rainbows

    Obama is really really bad at this. She offered it just so he would reject it and expose himself for the divider (not uniter) he is and completely contradict his own campaign strategy. And he has – hook, line, and sinker. Thank God, I would NEVER vote for any ticket with Obama anywhere on it.

    March 10, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Joe

    The most vital quality in the leader of a country is his or her ability to put the welfare of the country ahead of his or her own interests. Barack Obama will be 47 years old at election time in 2008. At some time in the next 30 years, he will almost certainly spend 8 years as President. If he cannot take second chair for 8 years for the good of his party, how does anyone expect him to sacrifice his own interests for the good of his country?

    March 10, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. lou

    Yep he winning because he does not want to count ALL the votes casted so far... That at the end will cost him the presidency.

    March 10, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. LisaMpls

    The last time I conducted interviews for positions of varying degrees of "power," I was put off by the people who said they only wanted the top spot. Since they didn't earn the top spot, they got no job at all. They came in with all of these ideas of how to change the way things were run (some being very good ones), but none of them saw how they could help in any other way but to run the whole dang show.

    March 10, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Rod

    Obama won Texas and has more delegates. It's the economy stupid has now also become its the delegate count stupid.

    Obama is in the lead and winning and for Hillary to make up those delegates is near impossible. There is no argument to these facts. Math doesn't bend to the will of crazy lunatics. It simply is obvious that Obama is way out in front. To be honest it really looks like Hillary has no chance to win at all.

    I also think it would be stupid to have Hillary in the white house again. we had her husband already. We have had enough of the dynasty. I want Change and Obama is the right person for the job.

    March 10, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. joanna

    As usual, the same diatribes from Obamabots, ... and this from supposedly educated people? Most of you are probably school drop outs who haven't anything substantive to add to debate except of course for insults, how would you like it if your mother, sister, grandma or other female relative were insulted the way you are insulting this decent woman? Educated grown ups do not usually behave as reprehensively as the " educated' Obamabots do.

    March 10, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    This reminds me of the youngest child on the playground saying "If I can't be Captain I don't want to play", or better yet the spoiled brat saying "If you don't let me win, I'm going to take my marbles and go home". If Florida and Michigan counted, Senator Obama would be second in both delegates and popular vote. We can't win the general election without Florida and Ohio. If the DNC alienates Florida Voters, we will have another Republican President. Stop being spoiled rotten OBAMIANS, we need to work together and get a Democrat in the White House in November. It is time to look at the BIG picture, you must have Ohio and FLORIDA to win the general election. Wyoming won't do it, Iowa won't do it, Mississippi won't do it and even Texas won't do it. You need all the BLUE STATES plus Ohio and Florida. So Senator Obama get off your HIGH HORSE and stop trying to trick the voters into thinking you are really the front runner. You are only the front runner because Howard Dean wants you to be for now. We will see about later.

    March 10, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Yvette

    I'm so glad that Obama addressed this nonsense about VP because the Clinton's are trying to play mind-games but I hope America recognizes that Obama is what's for real and Clinton is old news and she up to the old ways of Washington.

    March 10, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. LCF

    She knows that she won't get the nomination on her own. Not after she tears the party apart and the Republicans get through with her.

    Smart move on Obama's part. His supporters would never vote for her.

    March 10, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. LisaMpls

    All of the people saying that Hillary is so arrogant for saying Obama could be her running mate, don't you realize that she is prefacing that with a big IF she gets the nomination? Relax, folks.

    March 10, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. John S.

    I'm sick of Hillary supporters implying that Obama can't win against McCain- and the GOP attack machine- in November. If anything those folks need to review Sen. Obama's political carrer going back to his days in Chicago. He's always "defied the odds" and taken on candidates that should have burried him, but somehow, someway, he manages to win and win big! His first foray into campaigning he lost to a big name Chicago politico...and lost (for a congress seat). Since then he has taken note and has run intelligent campaigns, which always garner him with huge returns! Obama will win the Dem. Nom and With that win the white house, just you wait and see.

    March 10, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Jonathan Aguilar

    Obama will win no matter how close Hillary gets to winning and thats how it needs to be and thats how its going to be!

    March 10, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Tamar Jacobson

    Once again Hillary Clinton is trying to (as Obama says) "hoodwink" us – as if we are all intellectually impaired or something. How can Obama be Vice President if, according to the Clintons he would not make a good Commander in Chief? Now look, President and MRS Clinton, either Obama would make a good Commander in Chief – in which case I am voting for him – or he would not make a good Commander in Chief? Make up your mind. You see, I like it so much that Obama does not treat us as if we are all intellectually impaired, that I think I'll just continue to stand firm with him until he becomes President of the United states.

    March 10, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Michelle

    Wow you are delusional Obama. If she won the ticket and you did not accept the vp ticket, the Democrats will blame you for dividing the party.
    Honestly, your entire platform was discredited when Samantha Powers said immediate withdrawal was a "best case scenario."
    If it's an Obama-McCain match-up, McCain will win. Hands-down.

    March 10, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. catherine

    Good! He is not ready for President or VP. He needs to spend another term in the senate and learn something besides how to make speeches. Hillary should be the presidential candidate since she has won the big states and John Edwards should be the VP candidate if he will take it. That is a dream team! Otherwise, all the Clinton Democrats will vote for McCain and Obama will go down. Who the heck does he think he is? He would be a detriment to the ticket with all of his shady connections to Rezko, Farrakhan, NAFTA mess, etc.

    March 10, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Dian Mo

    The fact is that neither Obama or Clinton could win 2025 delegates, until the super delegates re-vote in August. Nobdy will agree as the 2nd person until then.

    Both Obama and Clinton will fight to end of the game, but the final result is Clinton as the candidate for the president and Obama for VP since the super delegates could not do the other way.

    It is the fair solution that both since Obama would have second chance after Clinton or MacCain to be a president. There is no second chance for Clinton any more.

    March 10, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. PJ

    What is up with the Dems. Obama is correct if he isn't sutible to be Pres. how could he be Vice-Pres. Also, leave it to the Dems. (Clinton's) the rules are set, FL and MI don't count. They don't like the outcome and say we need to do it over. Rules are rules, they don't count. This is why people don't have any faith in the system!

    March 10, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. David

    The Clintons wants to avoid showing their tax return...!

    March 10, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. derrick

    Even a snake will see Hilary and run away.

    March 10, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Go Obama !!!!!!!!!!! I think Hillary should choose someone who has ethics closer to Hers and Bill's. How about Gov. Spitzer??? Lets see he has had experience since day one and can bring the same kind of change to Washington that Bill and Hillary can. Sorry, but is this one less Super Delegate for Senator Clinton???

    March 10, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. derrick

    Even a snake will see Hilary and run away.

    When she makes speeches, she nods her head like a cobra.

    March 10, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Kasha

    I believe that Hillary's "offer" to Obama was just political manuevering anyway, and I am so thrilled that Obama turned the tables on her with his response.

    Obama does not need her, and she does not represent the kind of politics that Obama is looking for in a running mate.

    Glad that you came out so strongly, Barack. Thank you for making your position crystal clear. Now, leave her behind and get back to your message.

    March 10, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. kevin

    Senator Clinton will end up with the majority of POPULAR vote. She will be the presidential candidate and she is smart enough to ask Obama to become VP. That is what a uniter is all about. She is ready because of her foresight.

    March 10, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Manny

    You're not fit to be VP how much more President!

    The only major state you've won was Illinois, the rest are RED STATES and will stay red for many years to come!

    March 10, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Helen

    Obama. Dont' you want to unite the party? You better say no to Clinton when she wins the party nomination.

    March 10, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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