March 10th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
7 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. Elly

    I think both of these candidates should wait to make a crucial decision until the the nominee has been decided
    Obama is ahead in the delegates so one never knows what might happen but I also dont think either should rule out completely being
    on the ticket with one or the other!
    former pres Bill Clinton made some very good points why this would be an unstoppable team

    March 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Jane, College Park, MD

    The Clintons could spin a dead person to life.
    Why should the person leading in delegate count be the VP?

    Why would you want someone who you have derided so blantantly to be your VP? This shows desperation, manipulation, deceit, and fraud.

    Did Sen Clinton not sign an agreement not to compete in Michigan and Florida? Now she wants those votes to count?

    First, she says only she and McCain are qualified, but from the same mouth says Sen Obama can be her VP?

    You do not need a college degree to understand that someone who does not play by the rules lack integrity, morals, and values.

    I truly hope that the people of PA can put an end to the Clinton's deceit.

    We need to put the whole past behind us and move our country in a new direction.

    March 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Avis C, Richton Park,IL

    Sorry Oliver, last I checked Obama was ahead in delegates, popular vote and momentum!

    Why does he need to reject being Clinton's #2 when he's already #1?

    The very thought of Clinton offering Obama the #2 spot is just ridiculous!

    STOP IT BILL & HILL!

    March 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. California Voter

    He may be ahead in the number of states won, however, most of those states will not vote for a democrat. In the electoral college where winner takes all, these republican states are in fact meaningless wins. When Florida and Michigan are counted he will likely be behind Clinton in the popular vote - so his arrogance is getting the best of him. . . . .

    GO HILLARY!

    March 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Z

    Good!!!!!

    He would have a better chance being McVain's running mate anyway!!

    March 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Jason

    Ben Smith over at Politico has an interesting take on this. Ben is a hardcore Hillary supporter who is just shy of Taylor Marsh territory, but it's interesting nonetheless...

    March 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Jessica, MI

    Hillary throws up a prayer...REJECTED by Obama!

    March 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Jbecks

    This is so silly. He already won. Now she says if she can steal it, she will allow him to be her vice. Why does living in an alternate universe seem to work so well in politics?

    March 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Richard

    Looking at qualifications for President , Obama would make a GOOD VICE President.

    March 10, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Carla J

    Clinton has no sense of the distinction between "winner" and "loser". She won TX/OH/RI and declared herself a "winner" and the frontrunner, though the truth is she picked up only 4 delegates and LOST more time to erase her large deficit.

    Here, she is LOSING the election and makes it seem like she has already WON by disingenuously offering the TRUE winner (Obama) a chance at VP. This is a move that reaks of politics and deception. Besides, Obama would never lower himself and dampen his integrity by joining a Clinton ticket - I think he'd accept an offer from John McCain first.

    March 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. DEE, PLANO TX

    IF SEN OBAMA IS NOT FIT OR READY TO BE PRESIDENT,WHY IS IT OK FOR HIM TO BE VICE-PRESIDENT ? ISN'T VICE-PRESIDENT ONE HEARTBEAT AWAY FROM BEING PRESIDENT ?

    Hillary Clinton said both she and John Mccain cross the "commander in chief threshold" and Obama doesn't. Why whould she choose Obama as her VP if he wouldn't be ready to be President if something were to happen? And how could she be an effective VP if she doesn't think Obama is ready to be commander in chief? Not going to happen, nor should it.

    This is about trying to woodwink Obama supporters to vote for Clinton under the false impression that they will get Obama as part of the package.

    OBAM WILL BE A CEREMONIAL VICE-PRESIDENT UNDER CLINTON.
    HE WOULD RATHER FINISH HIS FIRST SENATE TERM, RUN FOR A SECOND SENATE TERM OR RUN FOR GOV OF ILLINOIS.

    March 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Shawn, Lincoln, NE

    That's like a team down three touchdowns after three quarters asking the other team if they give up yet.

    March 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Lets Get Ready for Change!

    Oliver,
    If she could do better, then why the heck is she offering it?!?!?

    Why settle for second place especially since the race is still taking place... IT IS SO FUNNY HOW HILLARY CAN OFFER VP WHEN SHE HAS WON THE NOMINATION. ALSO WHEN ASKED IF SHE WOULD BE VP, SHE STATED IT IS PREMATURE TO DISCUSS.

    WISE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OBAMA SUPPORTERS AND THE UNDECIDED, THIS SUDDEN GOOD WILL BY THE CLINTONS IS JUST A TACTIC.... TO GET THE UNDECIDED TO VOTE FOR HER, SHE IMPLYING THAT OBAMA MAY BE ON THE TICKET SO IT IS LIKE YOU'LL BE VOTING FOR BOTH OF THEM.

    LET THE RACE CONTINUE THEN DECIDE ABOUT VP NOT DURING THE RACE.

    March 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Sue

    The people of this country have voted.

    WE DON"T WANT CLINTON !!

    Why should Obama accept the number 2 job when he's winning for the top spot ??

    The Clinton camp has no way on winning. Maybe Hillary should BEG Obama for the number 2 spot. It will be her only way of ever being in the White House.

    March 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Tim

    Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

    I'm laughing my butt off!

    #2 to Clinton. Puhleez. Just another sign of how desperate Clinton is to win at all costs.

    I'm so glad Obama ridiculed Clinton's ridiculous proposal. He's won nearly twice as many states as Clinton, has a commanding lead over her in delegate counts.

    But Clinton is SO desperate, she'll grasp at any straw she possibly can at this point. Whether it's making the ridiculous suggestion that Obama could be her VP or fighting to cheat by getting the Florida and Michigan delegates seated.

    What's her next desperate move, I wonder?

    March 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. narcis

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

    March 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. stlouis

    He should reject and denounce it!!!

    March 10, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    I can't help but feel that the new Clinton strategy to press for a "dream team" ticket is an act of desperation.

    That said, I take solice in the fact that Obama has his priorities straight, keeping me and millions of his supporters focussed on one thing – making him the next President of the United States.

    Obama '08

    March 10, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Jose'

    I can't wait for Obama to become President!

    He is bringing change!!

    Communists for Obama '08!!!

    March 10, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Ih

    You have to read between the lines. I am neither an Obama nor a Hillary supporter, but I think if anyone is that much hell-bent on grabbing power even if it means at the cost of destroying the party, what's to stop that person from destroying the country?

    March 10, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. JT

    She is a politician through and through. It's sick.

    She trying to spin the fact that she's in SECOND PLACE any way she can.

    Please people... please see how manipulative this person is. Hillary will lie, spin, and cheat her way into the whitehouse. What makes you think she won't continue if she was in office?

    It would be another 4 years of scandals, lies, and deception. Why do we want to risk that again?

    Obama is real. And he's going to win.

    March 10, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. LoveOBAMA

    Obama is honest, honorable, respectful, and has integrity. Why on Gods green earth would he want to be on a team with lying, cheating, disrespectful, unethical Clinton? He has the most votes, delegates, and states. What logic are the Clintons using. Hillary claims Obama is not "ready". Then why would she put him in the position as VP? If her dumb old self falls over sick, her VP would take over. Obama has a much different approach and would not fit in with dirty politicians like the Clintons. They would only ruin their VP from any future political goals.
    If Hillary is nominee, I vote Independent or McCain. And I am a woman. Hillary supporters really are ill informed/uneducated.

    March 10, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Lisa CA

    Thank goodness!!! I think Ed Rendell would be better!!!

    March 10, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. James

    "She can do better"????

    Ok, Obama leads in pledge delegates, popular vote, and states. He is the Democrat Frontrunner and unless Hillary can reverse fate and win all the remaining match ups by greater than 65%, she won't catch him on these statistics

    Hillary has lost. The press is keeping her alive simply for the news story. She needs to face reality and take herself out of the race in a dignified fashion. The whole Penn, Ickes, Carville, Wolfson, Ann Lewis, and Bill Clinton crap is ridiculous. These people are leeches on the American Political system that are attempting to do anything to win. Send these cows out to pasture now.

    Super Delegates. Do your job and end the Clinton blood letting, before she damages the party any further.

    March 10, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. DoveSong

    How insulting the Clinton and their team has become and how stupid. Obama has MORE elected years of service than Hillary. Being first lady doesn't qualify anyone for being PRESIDENT. Excuse me, but I was married to a doctor for 10 years... does that make me qualified to practice medicine?

    March 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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