March 10th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
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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. Arjun

    Another blooper from CNN or my math is going bad.

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

    How is 1553-1438 < 100. .... and if the Texas caucus results were to be added, I guess it would go above 150. CNN wants to keep the race tight to get more hits ... good msrketing and business strategy. Nothing worng ... the whole world runs this way. Money Money Money!!!

    March 10, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Calling Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine!

    What about a Clinton/Gore ticket? That is the real dream team ticket. They would be unstoppable.

    March 10, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Th3rdpwr

    One has to admire the Clinton savvy. They want us to think that this "Dream Team" notion is aimed at Obama supporters and undecided voters; it's targeted at the superdelegates . The Clinton camp knows that Hillary can't go into the Democratic convention in second place (as seems likely) and get the nomination. Why? If Obama has the most delegates, yet she receives the nomination, a large democratic voting bloc, feeling cheated and disenfranchised, will sit out the general election. Simply put, McCain wins. The Dems can't afford to ostracizes that many voters. Consequently, the Clintons have proposed this insulting vote for me, get Obama as well scenario as a way to allow them to persuade the unpledged superdelegates they should commit to her; at this point, it's the only way she has a chance of going into the convention as leader. Winning states with a simple majority won't close the gap for her; whether it's admitted or not, this primary is in the hands of the superdelegates, and the Clintons know it. Their strategy is impressive, but insulting and somewhat underhanded.

    March 10, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Sara Shamili

    I am sure glad that Obama at last rejected that stupid offer. If Hillary wins nomination I advice her to choose Carl Rover as her VP because they suit each other perfectly. And if Obama wins, I suppose she would start to campaign for McCain. She has already helped him by suggesting that McCain is more suitable to be President than Obama. Republicans would sure be happy to have her in their campaign. Shame on you Hillary.

    March 10, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Obama '08 may I please see your 1040's

    Thank you Barrack, now you need to tell them you are not helping pay for a fixed primary.

    March 10, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. tuffone

    O, how the mighty have fallen!

    Would anyone have believed that Democrats would be speaking and writing about our first black president (Bill) and the former First Lady (Hill) like what one reads in these article postings?

    Truly, we have become a 'throw-away society."

    You did a lot of good, Bill; but, old times forgotten, huh?

    March 10, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Shirley in California

    Look at the big picture! What is the strategy for the Clintons to talk about a dream ticket while they are behind on the pledged delegates count?

    The Clintons just want to get themselves to be the VP in case they cannot get the nomination. They throw out this idea of dream ticket to get get people thinking of the No. 1 or No. 2 for the Clintons, thus getting rid of the possibilities of having any other person, except themselves, to be considered to be on the VP slot!

    The problem with having the Hillary on the No. 2 slot is that Hillary is just too dirty old school of the politician! Hillary is too divisive. She can get down real low and dirty in order to win at any cost. Our country will continue to be divided and our government will continue to be dysfunctional if Hillary gets to play any part .

    Hillary is the opposite of Obama. Obama will do a whole better without having to watch his back if Hillary is the VP. If Obama is as truthful as he tries to convince the public, he will not choose her to be his VP.

    March 10, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Jason Carter

    Joe Biden himself said it: why would anyone in their right mind want to be a lame duck VP with Bill Clinton in the house? Obama would be no more than a poster child as VP, a symbolic figurehead without any real power other than as President of the Senate. To ally himself with Hillary, the very image of everything in D.C. that he's trying to change, would be political suicide.

    March 10, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Bebble



    March 10, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. vl

    This man is a divider, not a uniter! I would never ever vote for him as the Presidential nominee. Even if he was chosen as VP, I'd have to plug my nose to give a vote to him. He and his gang of egotistical surrogates make me want to throw up.

    March 10, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Elger Boer


    If you are not able to stop the PARTY DESTRUCTUCTIVE ACTIONS OF


    March 10, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. deborah

    Dear Sen Obama:

    We need to find a way to work together, or we will have another Republican in the White House. If Mich and Florida counted, Sen Clinton would lead in both delegates and popular vote by a very very slim margin (2 delegates and about 75,000 votes). Sen Clinton has won all the BIG BLUE STATES and the two most important swing states OHIO & FLORIDA. Don't give me the didn't campaign in Florida dance, I live in Florida and he ran campaign ads here. If he hadn't he would not have gotten the share of the votes that he did, those ads introduced him to the voters. Senator Clinton did not campaign in Florida. And don't give me the not on the ballot argument for Michigan, he ELECTED to remove his name from the ballot and when he realized he had made a mistake campaigned in Michigan to have supporters of candidates not on the ballot to vote uncommitted, so essentially, the uncommitted votes are his voters and I gave him the appropriate percentage of uncommitted delegates based on the demographics of the electorate in Michigan. If the Super Delegates decide this nomination, they will have to consider the ability of the candidate to win in the BIG BLUE STATES and the swing states of FLORIDA AND OHIO. Senator Clinton did not have to acknowledge that Senator Obama would make a good VP nominee, but she did. Indicating a willingness to work together. So from the UNITY candidate, we get a flat rejection of working together. How arrogant is that? Sounds like the little kid on the playground who says if I don't win I'm going to take my marbles and go home. But in this case Senator Obama will be taking the opportunity to elect a DEMOCRATIC president home with him. For that alone, I have switched my support to Hillary Clinton.

    March 10, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. franklahai

    I rank this blog to be among one of the BEST to date– the points made are very clear, even to Hillary supporters; enjoy!

    "No one wants to serve with Hillary. She can stoop as low as it gets and she is just the wrong person to lead our country.
    She is the absolute worst of the worst. She has no integrity. She will do anything to win the votes.

    – She runs the worst negative ads
    – She can't manage her own campaign
    – She has numerous scandals
    – She has taken mad money from lobbyists
    – She flip flops on almost every issue when its convinient
    – She touts her 35 years of experience 8 years of which are fist lady
    – Obama has more legislative experience than Hillary.
    – She talks about experience, McCain has twice the experience she brings – How will she make her experience argument then?
    – 1/3 of the country strongly dislikes her? Very polarized fugure?
    – Independs don't like her.
    – She can't win any red states.
    – Fear mongering tactics
    – She is mad wealthy, you think she cares about us average joe's?

    Are we insane to pick her? Obama represents what we all really stand for."

    March 10, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |

    FOR THE CLINTONS; LET'S ALL SING, a one, a two........!


    In rememberance of the lies, scandals, and the secrets of
    the Clintons

    Obama 2008

    March 10, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Chris, Orlando

    this guy has an ego bigger than all the current and former presidents combined.

    what makes him think that he can accomplish ANYTHING as president with a shorter resume than any president ever before. he should have stuck to his word in 2004 when he said he would not run for nation-wide office.

    March 10, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Cindy

    And let's look at another thing...

    What does it say when Bill Clinton's veep can't bring himself to endorse Hillary? When Bill picked Al Gore as his running mate, it was touted as a compatible match. Wouldn't it seem obvious that Gore would commit his vote to Clinton's camp?

    Stop trying to repeat history, Hillary. Obama is not buying it.

    March 10, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Francis, the Netherlands

    The Senators Clinton & Obama together on *one* ticket? Regardless of the order of the names, I don't see how that can be a workable solution.

    Tell me this: when is the last time you've had two equally strong (& strong-willed!) persons in the White House as President and VP?

    Beware of hoping for a woman and an african american on the same ticket.... Condi Rice might just give it to you!

    March 10, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. just decided

    have you ever hear that saying things are not alway what it seems?
    obama seem to be winning by delagates, however we know that he dont have the states to win, so hilary was making a offer, she know if she wins penn she got it in the bag with super delagates. and to be honest hilary is the smartest democratic nomination between the both of them and i see her as a stronger leader. sorry not trying to diss obama , that just the way i see it and i was undecided, now i see.

    March 10, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Katie

    Of course he's rejecting her, just like everyone else!!

    March 10, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. AJ

    what a joke this Obama candidacy is? NO experience, no intelligence, radical politics and a racist wife

    but white liberal guilt has aided his cause

    mccain will win 40 states
    americans are smarter than we think

    the college lunatics cannot help him win either

    March 10, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Yae

    Oliver, if she could do better then why is she in 2nd place and he is in first?

    March 10, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. DNice

    I applaud Obama for standing up to Clintons' latest political ploy. They are up to their usual old tricks and they'll try to muster up votes anyway they can.

    I, for one, am sick of Hillary's arrogance, air of entitlement, deception, lies, scandals, investigations, and double-talk about her *experience*.

    We don't need someone of Hillary's character, temperment, history, and *judgment* as president or vice-president of the United States.

    March 10, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Chris

    I would not want Hillary and Bill as my boss either.

    March 10, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. Pam

    All our choices stink, what it comes down to in the end is who has the most money. Sad, sad. Remember after 911 everybody thought G.W. Bush was great, where are we now, on the brink of recession.

    March 10, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. brian

    you smug obamanauts are real uniters, huh? everybody that doesn't agree with you is a monster... there have been other countries that get "united" by demonizing other points of view. You might want to chill before you drive away most of America from your candidate or (worse) carry on the Bush tradition of division.

    March 10, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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