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. John White, Texas

    Sen. Obama will end with the lead in the popular vote, elected delegates, total delegates, and total states won. The superdelegates should only endorse the will of the people.

    Anything else should be looked upon as corruption—corruption indicative of the Clintons. Just look at the story of the New York governor and his involvement with prostitution rings and his support of the Clinton campaign. It is time for change, time for honesty, time for hope, time for Sen. Obama.

    March 10, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Cynthia, Laguna Niguel, CA

    Sorry that you said no to Hillary. There's your change to get into the white house. All well (Mr Powel will be a better Vise President anyway's)

    Hillary- o8

    March 10, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Fred - PA

    C'mon PA we need change and I want to have a J-O-B. Obama 08!

    March 10, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Eric

    That's it.

    Just when you might think HC got as low as she could possibly go, she finds just another twist to dig a bit deeper.

    You know things are going bad when your opponent only needs to reaffirm reality (you're behind, Hillary) in order to contradict you. You know things are going really bad when your adviser, shamelessly indeed, keeps repeating that they should sit the delegates from Florida and Michigan, even though there was no race in those two states. And you know it is time to adjust your meds when one day, you think someone is not ready to take office, only to contradict yourself the next day by saying that somehow, during the spring, light should fall upon him.

    To think that someone, in full conscience, can cast his vote for her, completly bewilders me.

    March 10, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Steve

    He Obama he can make the right calls when President ,but making a bumbling in dealing with Resko. His two to advisors who made the comments in Canada about NAFTA, Britian on Iraq and one was a pulitzer Prise Winner They must have been mistakes. So how good can his JUDGEMENT BE He has already struck out here and has him rate NO.#1 telling untruths as they put it of all Canidates REP or DEMS. What in the world do you see in this man the FACTS are there. Hilary didnt make up any of this. THE FACTS ARE THERE any Probably more to come. Smartin UP PEOPLE before the BIG Swift Boat Machine Takes him Down

    March 10, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Dennis

    What Obama should offer is 1st term Obama-Clinton, 2nd
    term Clinton-Obama. Since it's slo close just agree
    to share the top. Given that Obama is bringing in the
    new voters and will attract Republicans, and that he
    matches better against McCain, Obama should be on top

    If you like this, feel free to Xerox and post anywhere.

    March 10, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Mike

    The only chance Obama had to protect him from the up coming controversies about himself is to hide behind Hillary. But if he wants to be a loner then so be it. It proves it is all about his ego and nothing else.

    If he was black, he wouldn't made it this far. What does that tell us?

    March 10, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Pat M Canada

    Well Obama has the right to reject being #2

    But I reject Obama being # 1 and this also my right.

    Let the most Experienced Candidate Win.....

    Send Senator McCain the War Monger and Bush Clone Home.

    March 10, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Brandon

    Go Obama!! Hillary should go Vice under McCain...they both are HISTORIC POLITICIANS...which got us in this situation in the first place!! Barrack Obama is a real Human Being...not one of those judgmental people from the WHITE or RIGHT that has the world laughing at us!

    March 10, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. steve oakley

    Hillary needs no one but herself because when it is all said and done and if she doesn"t win she will be just fine.
    And the rest of you will be wondering why and how did John McCain win this elections.
    So go ahead and be stupid and hard headed

    March 10, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. blake andrew

    with New York Gov Eliot Spitzer a close supporter of senetor clinton how can the american people trust senetor clinot with people who can even be faithful to thier own wife including bill clinton to run the white house. i would like to hear what the clinton campaign have to say about this case. my guess nothing because bill can identify with GOV Eliot. obama can be trusted america.

    March 10, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Independent- voter, Salt Lake City, UT

    Good for Sen. Obama, last I checked he is ahead on the delegate count AND popular vote. Why is she offering the 2nd spot to someone she doesn't think is ready on 'day one'?

    Hillary doesn't get that some people are actually voting against her! We want CHANGE, not the same old toxic-negativity-destruction of the other candidate. Why do people support Obama? He IS new, he is not an insider and now, according to the latest polls he CAN beat McCain by at least, 12%. People wont vote for Clinton. Independents will vote for McCain rather than have a Clinton-re-run.

    March 10, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Clintonfatigued

    So basically what the Clintonista's are saying is that the voters are dumb and they know who and what is best for you.

    Millions of Obama voters and supporters you are being sold down the river by the entrenched political establishment, Obama is going to win the popular vote and the delegate count, but the election is going to be stolen from him "for the good of the party" and he will "have to wait his turn".

    You will then be EXPECTED to vote for Hillary NO QUESTIONS ASKED, as you need to do "as you are told".

    Hillary is indeed "Ready to mislead from day one".

    March 10, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Cali

    Thank you Senator Obama! It's so obvious that Senator Clinton is desperate. She's knows that she's fighting an uphill battle and needs Senator Obama and is trying to woo his supporters with this "joint-ticket" talk. Well guess what, Senator Obama doesn't need Hillary Clinton! He is and continues to be the front runner winning the most states, the most votes, and the most delegates. And his supporter base grows by leaps and bounds every single day. Obama is not even thinking about a joint-ticket with Hillary Clinton. Why would he, when there are so many other strong, ethical-minded, great people for him to consider as his VP?

    You go Senator Obama!

    Obama '08!

    March 10, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Roger, AR

    This was a very clever tactic of Hillary to show America how arrogent Obama is. Too proud to accept vice president when he is a mere 100 delegates ahead with several states and super delegates to go.

    Hillary '08

    March 10, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Mac in Nova Scotia

    Hillary is one of the most arrogant political animals I have seen. I think this woman is bipolar and is not taking her medication.
    Seriously, as an American in Canada I find this woman to be disgusting. What kind of image would America project outside of its borders if they elect such a devious, slimey, shrew as President?

    March 10, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. David, Chicago, IL

    >Freedom and Hope


    >Anyone but Hillary for 2008

    I think that says it all! The haters that support Obama would vote for anybody by Hillary in 2008. McCain, you just won, with the Dems tearing themselves apart, with a spoiled, elitist like Obama leading the way. Limbaugh must be chuckling right about now.

    March 10, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. dave

    Im glad he rejected the comments of the runner up in this process. The Clintons are looking for a way to get on Obamas ticket. I wouldnt let her if i were him she brings to much dirt to the table.

    March 10, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Eileen

    Yeah, whatever Nobama!


    March 10, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. gideon

    They sure can't do math at CNN Brian. For weeks Ive been trying to get them to correct Obama's superdelegate count. Now that Obama just picked up Sanders, another superdelegate from Miss., his total is 216 not 199.

    March 10, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Clinton is trying to get the independent vote by saying "Look, I know you are wavering between Obama and myself. Vote for me and you can have both of us." I do find it amusing that she insists that Obama is not ready to lead yet she is prepared to put him 1 heart attack or unforseen tragedy away from the presidency. Isn't that part of picking a running mate? To have someone ready to take over if the worst should ever happen?

    March 10, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. alngls

    It has been Hilary Clinton at her best: Absurd and presumptuous.

    March 10, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. dave

    Look at all this comments, the reason we have two Democrats left, is because we have two great candidates, so stop trashing each other, we could never win in November if we do not unite! Let voters decide when the get all 2025.

    March 10, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Art

    For the uneducated Hillary supporters who calim "the only state Obama's won was Illinois"... and he's only won red states, let me enlighten you:

    He's won a numerous of BIG SWING states, including but not limited to:


    He's also projected by Survey USA to win more states and more delegates than Hillary Clinton in a head to head matchup with Mccain!

    And do you people REALLY think that Obama will lose BLUE states like CA, MA, NY and NJ to Mccain!?!? NO WAY(he's up double digits vs. mccain in those states)

    And as proof of Obama being able to win swing and republican leaning states is the fact that BILL FOSTER – D just beat the republican in Dennis Hastert's congressional seat because of Barack Obama's endorsement and advertising in support of Foster!

    No matter how the Clinton campaign tries to spin the facts, the truth always comes out at the end!

    Obama/Edwards '08

    March 10, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. Maria of Luna

    He might want to re-think his position.........Not that she coldn't do better, but the Party needs tham both.

    However, if the numbers hold in the "re-do" for FL and MI, and I'm sure I'm off by +5/-5%, there would only be a 32 delegate difference between the two..........

    MIght want to re-think your attitude Obama

    March 10, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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