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. Danielle

    It would have been a HUGE mistake to agree with Clinton on this one. If anything Clinton should be the number 2 since she is behind Obama any way you look at it. Although I do NOT think very highly of Clinton for her dirty politics and her do anything, say anything approach, I would vote Obama/Clinton, but I would NEVER vote Clinton/Obama. My dream ticket is Obama/Edwards. Where has Edwards been through this mess anyway? Obama should ask Edwards to be his number 2.

    Obama 08!!!

    YES WE CAN!!

    March 10, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Daniel T., Notre Dame, IN

    I like how every story now starts talking about a new thing, and then trickles back to same story about Florida and Michigan's delegates.

    March 10, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    Hillary has a mental problem, how else would somebody be some bold to insult the intelligence of the American people.

    She is behind in everything and yet has the balls to offer somebody a second slot. GIVE ME BREAK.

    It's like you offering to promote your supervisor, that is backwards. Yet these Clintons think they can get away with that nonsense.

    March 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Aaron

    Dear CNN,
    Stop creating controversy and let the process work. He never said he wouldn't take it, he just said he's not RUNNING for vice president...the same thing every candidate says. You should be ashamed as a network, you've shown your true colors throughout this campaign as a money-grubbing morally bankrupt network...just like fox...

    March 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. voter

    I am glad he rejected her offer. It appears that Hilliary is just playing politics as usually by stating Obama should be vp. A vote for her is a vote for him. By Obama clearing up this scenerio, her theory becomes false. In addition, I don't understand Hilliary's argument that Obama is not qualified to be president, but he is qualified to be vice president. Choosing a vp is saying he could be president. What criteria is she using to define his readiness to be president?

    March 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Gavin

    ******** CLINTON – CLARK 2008 ************

    March 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Yola

    He has not won yet, remember Michigan and Florida

    March 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Debbie

    I can't believe we are even debating on this, since when does someone who is clearly behind in pledged delegates make an offer to the front runner – this is outright silly? Talk of being presumptive and arrogant – what do her supporters see in her???

    Obama '08

    March 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. Pon Mao

    It’s ironical that people in US always view election in a third world country is kind of corrupted or full of fraud, now this election in US is going to be the biggest soap opera for the whole world to see!

    It just going to show the world that how far Hillary Clinton will go to try to win the nomination, fooling voters by “offer” Obama the VP slot, even though she’s way behind!

    This will also show the world how corrupted the “democratic process” in US could be

    March 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. AJ, IL

    Hillary needs to quit the Obama as her VP tactic and focus on her superdelegate endorsement from New York Governor Spitzer who has admitted to being involved a prostitution ring!

    March 10, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Carrie Pa

    ATTENTION HILLARY: You are the one behind in the race. Obama doesn't need you.

    March 10, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Wanted: Unbiased Reporting

    Jose and Communist for Obama... I renounce and reject your endorsement!!

    March 10, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Eric

    As soon as Hillary has a delegate lead she can start talking about who she is going to want as a running mate.

    I think that it is important to for Hillary supporters to remember that when they insult Barack Obama and his supporters they are insulting fellow Democrats who believe in exactly the same principles as them.

    Time to grow up everybody.

    This nomination was over when Obama built his 100+ delegate lead.

    The only way that Hillary can get the nomination is through a Democratic Party civil war.

    No candidate is good enough to warrant self-destruction of the party.

    Oh and Oliver, who could she do better with?

    Who else raised $50 million in February?


    March 10, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Sally

    Why didn't Hillary offer to be the VP to Obama?

    March 10, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. suraj

    Here again we see the recklessness of Clinton! How can your good judgment let you pick a VP who is not capable of being the President!

    March 10, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. keith

    Hillary is not even a consideration.


    Character and ethics STILL matter to him and his supporters. Hillary has neither. She's not fit to be on the ticket.

    It's time for Hillary to show proof of her "35 years of experience". Where are the documents Hillary?

    OBAMA 08, period!

    March 10, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. emme

    i think it's safe he just rejected, renounced, declined, turned down and relinquished this rediculous notion that she in SECOND place as the audacity to offer him in FIRST place a position as her #2. I had the greatest respect for HRC, but with all this 'do anything for power' tactic i lost all respect for her. she will NEVER get my vote EVER on any circumstance even if she was running for 'lunch lady' in a preschool.

    CNN please post this!

    March 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Mildred

    Thank you Obama. You do not need no hand – Me – Downs.

    March 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. pete

    This is just insulting. Sen. Clinton is losing, Go soak your heads,

    March 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |




    March 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Kevin

    Thanks for the endorsement Bill and Hillary, but we'll reject and denounce your offer. Thanks for playing!

    March 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Jerome

    Hillary suggests that Obama run as her VP...

    All that has been spewing from her pie hole is how unprepared he is to be president...

    But she has no problem letting him be a heartbeat away from that same office.

    That means two possible situations:

    1. She really thinks that Obama isn't prepared to be president, but is willing to put America at risk with him a breath away from the office just to get herself elected.

    2. She knows that her rhetoric about Obama unfit to be president is garbage but thinks this will help her win the primary.

    Either way, she's a liar.

    March 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Celeste

    We the supporters of Senator Barack Obama for President, reject and denounce this offer/suggestion/wish from Senator Clinton. Thank you.

    March 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Honestlady

    @narcis.....I would think that the person who is in 2nd place but requesting that the one in 1st place be their 2nd hand man is the one's whose ego might be bigger than their quest!!!

    March 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Texas4Obama

    Deduct one super-delegate from the New York Senator Clinton column now.
    New York Gov. Spitzer backed Clinton and now he admits to involvment in a prostitution ring. This is the type of supporters that is in the Clinton camp.
    Time for Clinton to drop out of the race and go home!

    Obama '08

    March 10, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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