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. Renee

    Totally shot herself in the foot !!!!
    contradicts her Red Phone Ad would'nt you say?????
    Hillary insulting the intelligence of the voters.........Again!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    Why would want to be vice president when you are running to be president. Stupid is what stupid say and do (Bill and Hillary)

    March 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. P.Du

    you know its really sad for Hillary these days, everyday it seems like she comes out with even more foolishness, to try to trick voters. Its not working, give it up already. You dont offer the #2 position to someone who is winning. Thats real arrogance and political fodder. Next sign says exit, do it gracefully. Stop being a racist, stop the fear mongering, and please stop the paint suits.

    March 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. Chris

    Common sense.

    The whole thing was a political manoeuvre to make Hillary look like the frontrunner anyway.

    I'm surprised journalists have given it so much airtime.

    Besides the obvious maths, I certainly wouldn't want to be a vice president to Hillary, superseded by Bill at every waking moment. Makes the job look even less fulfilling than the "bucket of warm spit" it is, as Cactus Jack Garner famously quipped.

    Obama surely wouldn't waste his time and precious skills in a VP post if he actually manages not to win, and by now that's looking difficult.

    March 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Mom in PA

    Obama knows when he is being played. Clinton is throwing the kitchen sink and bathtub now.

    We need a President who is not playing wordgames. We need somebody honest and who has good judgement!

    Obama 2008!

    March 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. The truth will set you free!

    Get off the Rove bit Billy She is being advised by other liberals...duh!

    Can't have either of these liberals get into the most imporant position in the world. Obama is good friends with a racist, anti semite preacher in sheeps clothing and a 70's terrorist named Ayers that said in 2001 that he wishes he had done more harm (bombings) to the United States than he did. Hillary is not much better. Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are. They intend to destroy the U.S. from within.

    March 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Manuel TX

    What if Hillary actually wins the nomination?

    Then what?

    I would love to see Clinton/Richardson...but that may not happen either.
    :)

    March 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Corey, Maryland

    Good because he will be #1!!

    Obama Richardson 08!!!!

    March 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. shamous mc

    First she tries riding her husbands coat-tails and now she's trying to capitalize on Obama's popularity.

    Hillary, can you please just run for office on your own merits?

    March 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. M. S. Indiana

    Maybe HRC should seek the Gov seat in NY ??

    March 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. bakersfield

    did you read his response, obama cut to the chase when you speak, his response is like when you had to write a 2 page essay in school wordie

    March 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    WE ARE NOT VOTING FOR OBAMA TO BE V.P, WE'RE VOTING FOR OBAMA AS PRESIDENT THAT'S WHY HE IS IN #1 SPOT. WHAT COUNTRY IS VOTING FOR AMERICA'S V.P., I DIDN'T SEE IT ON THE BALLOT OR HAVE THE CLINTON'S CHANGED THE VOTING PROCESS AGAIN TO FIT THEM. THE DNC CAN'T BE TRUSTED IF THEY CAN'T STRAIGHTEN OUT HILLARY AND BILL AS THEY CONTINUES TO TEAR DOWN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY.

    March 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Audrey

    To be Vice President you would have to be ready to take over for the President in case something happens to them. So, it seems that if Obama is experienced enough for that, he is experienced to be President!!

    Keep going Obama!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. Michael Greene

    i am so GLAD he rejected that idea–she needs him, he doesn't need her and she knows it.

    what a dumb move by her camp. If he sucks so badly, why would she consider him? That's a legit and smart question she needs to answer!!!

    March 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. Patrick

    I hope the media does their jobs and points out the blatant hypocrisy and incredible ridiculousness (come on, it's laughable!!) of attacking Obama for being inexperienced and then hoping he accepts VP. The Clintons are shameless!

    Hillary, do yourself a favor and drop out. Retain what very little remains of your legacy and dignity and drop out. I have a feeling that you're going to need to work hard to retain your seat in the Senate in New York after your comment about McCain. A lot of Democrats are angry with this woman right now.

    March 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Steven in Charleston, SC

    You know, this is what annoys me about the media - they make stuff up.

    I listened to Senator Obama's speech, and he NEVER said that he wouldn't accept the Vice-Presidency. In fact, it sounded to me like he went to great lengths to NOT say that. He said he was running for President (yep, all VPs say that until they drop out), he said that he was the one who should be considering VP candidates (I understand his perspective) and he tweaked her a bit about her campaign's comments about him not being ready for "prime time." But he NEVER said he wouldn't accept the second spot on the ticket if she became the nominee, and to suggest that he did is irresponsible journalism.

    March 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Tito

    I am independent and I am for Obama...

    If Clinton get the nomination I would vote for McCain..

    I think this is a message that Superdelegates Shoud take. If they nominated Clinton, she will lose a lots of votes against McCain......

    March 10, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. cj from seattle

    thank god! what took you so long?

    March 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Jermaine Jackson

    My question is why are they asking Obama this. The question should be asked to the person who is in second right now. I wonder who that is. How about Hillary ask if she could ride on the coat tail of the peoples choice.

    March 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. rob

    she makes no sense.... she wants people to think she is winning.. .. we will not be fooled

    March 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. md

    THE CLINTONS ARE TRYING TO TRICK VOTERS INTO THINKING THAT IF THEY VOTE FOR HILLARY SHE WILL PUT BARACK ON HER TICKET. THAT WAY SHE GETS OBAMA'S VOTERS AND HERS. SHE IS SOOOO DECEPTIVE.

    March 10, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Independent

    Hillary wants Obama to move to the back of the bus. I do not like this woman, I do not like this family. Keep them away from the White House!

    Obama '08

    March 10, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Lydia

    I loved it when one of the reporters said Clinton offering the VP slot to Obama was like trying to sell a house that you don't own.

    The Clintons are doing their standard double-speak.

    March 10, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. California Independent

    Thank goodness. I agree, he is not ready to be vice president. He is not even astute enough to recognize that more Clinton supporters refuse to vote for him than Obama supporters refuse to vote for Clinton. He keeps stalling on the FL and MI votes making himself look petty on yet another level. At least Clinton has enough savvy to notice his shrinking support and is trying to prevent the Dems getting screwed in Nov.

    If it isn't Clinton, McCain '08

    March 10, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Michigan uncommitted voter

    Senator Clinton and her husband suggested that Senator Obama could help her in the general election. If she believed he is so inexperienced why would she want him as her running mate? If any of you were running for elected office with more popular votes, winning more states and winning by wide margin in the caucuses and the person behind you asked you to step behind them and let them take the lead you would be outraged. It is another example of doing anything to win. Mother's is this really the lesson you teach your children. If not, then why are you going for it with the Clinton's. It is an example the older adults telling young what is right and then doing themselves what is wrong, that is what caused the young people of the 1960's to rebel.

    March 10, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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