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. cathy

    In response to Oliver – give me a break – he won't have to reject it – as he will be running for president and one thing is for sure – she won't have to reject the offer of vice president – who would want Hill and Bill? NOT us!

    March 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. Jim Shimmer

    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 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Denise

    How dillusional and condescending of the Clintons. In case they haven't noticed, HIllary is BEHIND. How pretensious and paternalistic to suggest that the man who is beating her could somehow be her lackey.

    March 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. VP

    It’s so funny that Clintons are shameless. How somebody in their right mind would offer a frontrunner a VP positions. That too when the offer comes from the person on the second position. This is the Joke of election 2008.

    Hillary is hilarious.

    March 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. adams



    March 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Craig

    Wuss Blitzer would be a perfect go-for the Clintons. I wonder if he does tricks?

    March 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Letha, Sioux Falls, SD

    To good to be VP, what a message to his supports. His arrogance and pettiness is amazing.

    March 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |

    Who does Obama lean toward for his VP if he is the nominee? Al Sharpton? Jessee Jackson? Kerry?

    March 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. michael, ny

    Hillary will drive everyone nutts before this thing is over.

    If her last name was not Clinton, she would have been out of this race by now.

    This is not an insult to Obama, but an insult to the American people.

    To suggest something as idiotic as this one is beyond belief.

    No wonder her supporters are uneducated.

    March 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Mike in Cleveland

    Hillary's trying to tell the public "Hey vote for me and you get Obama as VP. Oh and vote for me and you get Bill too...everybody wins"

    What a crock!

    March 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Alexandra

    Shame on you Hillary!
    You just shot yourself in the foot with this one.
    How can you say Obama is not ready for president but yet you will hire him for VP.
    Isn't the VP next in command to take the president's place should something happen to the president?
    We are not stupid you know.
    I sense a huge backlash on Clinton for her shamefull tactics
    Obama '08

    March 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. bernj

    Numero Uno only. Hillary needs to just chill out. She will not be picking the VP in 2008.

    March 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. txpoodoo

    I think he clearly rejected and denounced her "gracious"

    March 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Nicole

    I beg your pardon! He can do better.

    March 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. SLO Bear

    Gore, Richardson, and Edwards are making a mistake by staying on the sidelines in the hope of having a sufficient referee corps. The Clinton willingness to grab power at all costs is too strong. They should immediately and publicly throw their support behind Obama. His victories in the upcoming states must be so profound that even the Clinton campaign wouldn't dare to continue trying to steal the election.

    Please include this as my last six pro-Obama messages getting moderated for all time is making me suspicious of bias, and I like CNN in general and want to continue my enthusiasm.

    March 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. Obama Guy

    Did anyone expect anything less this women has not lead in this race once...her supporters are as delusional and clueless as she people act like she's winning anything SHE HAS NOT LEAD IN THIS RACE ONE TIME!!! tht fact that her supporters come around spewing this recylced trash she says is mind boggling...he's not ready for President but he's ready for VP???... Delusional...the whole crew of them have lost it...she win's 3 states to the 12 he's won and she thinks her camp is on the upswing...Hilary is as unstable as her over zealous fanatic supporters...more states more delegates more popular vote so Hilary Kool Aide drinkers..tell me..extactly who is she trying to fool here....

    March 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. A Bag of Chips

    Oliver, she should try to be Barak's #2 because she is behind and will probably lose!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. ally

    very smart guy, barack!

    March 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. mike

    Lets see,
    Clinton needs Obama, Obama doesnt need Clinton. any questions.

    I guess the Clintons will stoop to any level to get votes. I really hope the people of Pennsylvania put an end to all this. And what is with all these governors supporting Hillary. How many cabinet seats can she hand out. The only reason i would vote for Hillary is to get Granholm out of my state.

    March 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Sara

    Go Obama. 08'

    March 10, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |

    Good job OBAMAAAAAAAAAAA we want OBAMA for president and we want Hillary Clinton OUTTTTTTTTTTT. Few days ago she was praising Mccain that he has experience, and was not sure of Obama, and she wants him to be her VP, you are a hypocrite Hillary, liar, cheater, I will dance so hard on the day when you get kicked out of the elections. OBAMAAAAAAAA ALL THE WAY

    March 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Roger, AR

    This is a fine example of his arrogance. Now, let's just see if Obama is man enough to offer vice president to Hillary. He dosn't want Hillary anywhere near his skeleton closet.

    March 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Jay

    Let me guess at the universal response...

    "Why is Obama dividing the Democratic party?"

    Because, by being her VP, he loses his message of being an agent of change. Because by saying he'd be willing to, he allows more people who prefer him to choose her as the nominee and still feel like they get to have him on the ticket. Because he's the frontrunner and has no business aquiescing into 2nd place.

    March 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. Shannon

    You know the funny thing about this is she obviously thinks that he is qualified enough to be her Vice President (who is a "heartbeat" away from the Presidency) but yet he isn't qualified enough to be President?? Is it just me or is there something wrong with that idea?? Hillary, sorry to break it do you, but if you're qualified enough for VP then you should be qualified enough for the Presidency (of course then again there was Dan Quayle who was qualified for neither). But then again, Obama isn't the idiot that DQ was either.

    March 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. ryan coleman

    This is again the clinton's at there worst. They want they nation to believe they have the nomination locked up. I will never vote for a ticket with the name CLINTON on it!

    Obama "08

    March 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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