March 10th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
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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. GA teacher

    It is another tactical and desperate attempt by Hill and Bill to lure some Obama supporters in..

    March 10, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Chris

    Well then Obama, there went your chance. Hillary/Edwards!!

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

    What I hear Obama saying very clearly is that he is not running for Vice President, and he doesn't have to, because he's leading.

    People can interpret that however they'd like, but his message is clear. Hillary and Bill Clinton have been spreading this absurd suggestion around Mississippi for days now trying to eat into his established base there (and a hint - it isn't "just the black voters" who are still a minority in the state who will hand him the victory).

    She literally said, and I quote, "but first you have to vote for me," in order to get Barack on her ticket as VP.

    Okey-doke, as they say.

    March 10, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Honestlady

    @Ih....I absolutely agree with you!!!! Why can't others see this??????

    March 10, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Steven in Charleston, SC

    To those of you touting Senator Obama's big wins:

    You can't have it both ways.

    If you want to tout how many more states he has won, then you have to acknowledge that size matters - winning California and New York, which had millions of votes cast, is a MUCH bigger deal than winning the Wyoming Caucus which had, I believe, a total of 6800 voters participate.

    And if you want to go to the other side, and say that he did well in all those contests and picked up a lot of delegates, then you have to acknowledge that when it comes to delegate count, they are still pretty close to one another. I suspect that if HE were the one down by 100 delegates, you would be rejecting calls for him to drop out as vehemently as Senator Clinton's supporters are now.

    So let's all face facts - this race is far from over.

    March 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. clarity

    Obama does NOT say that he won't consider being the VP if it comes to that. He just says, "I'm not running for vice president. I'm running for president".

    We all know that you are both running to be the president.
    Thats why it's called Presidential campaign, and NOT Vice Presidential campaign. Barak, you are rather stating the obvious.

    Time will tell, which you become.

    Clinton/Obama 08!

    March 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Vic

    I've heard and read all the references concerning the Clinton/Obama ticket. Nowhere has it been said that he has been officially invited by anyone.

    Hillary said that Obama would make a good vice president if she headed the ticket; President Clintonl said the combination would cause the Democratic ticket to be "unstoppable."

    I thought these statements were complimentary of Obama until I heard say in a speech in Mississippi today that "I'm running for President of the United States, I'm ahead in delegates and votes, so why would I want to accept second place?" - just another example of his growing arrogance.

    March 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. blake andrew

    way to go obama thank u for rejecting her rediculous proposal we need u to be firm in respond to any clinton machine, just like today

    March 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. wordslinger, chicago

    Took him long enough. This has been an obvious Clinton political tactic for the last week: You can vote for Hilary and have Barack, too.

    Barack, tell your crew to put down the champagne; this is not over (no big states your big problem with the superdelegates). Way slow response.

    And put a lid on your naive, sheltered academics; you missed a trick when you didn't fire Goolsbee or Power. Would have made you look presidential and tough.

    It's the NFL, Barack – cowboy up. It's yours, and only yours, to win or lose now.

    March 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. A Bag of Chips

    Maybe if Hilary called him at 3:00 in the morning he would have accepted!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Jen B.

    It is true she needs him.
    He does not need her.

    March 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |

    I knew Obama would never be V.P. under a coniving, liar.
    He is a very smart man and I think he will win all the states.
    including Pennsylvania, since Hillary has promised the Gov.
    a job a Sec of Energy if she wins. Gov. Rendall must be pretty
    sure she will win the nominee because he has already announced
    that he will NOT run for Governer of Penn again. I think he must
    know he is not very well liked and is not very popular with the
    voters. Hillary can offer him a way out if He endorses her.

    Obama 2008 for President Never, Never, V.P. under a coniving
    liar, no two coniving liars, Bill and Hillary. Besides this is another
    Clinton trick just to get voters to Vote for Hillary and then, who
    knows, would the Clintons keep their promise???Well?

    March 10, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Scott C

    Clinton doesn't want to be Vice President either.

    This was NEVER about party unity for her, it is now and has always been about getting HER more votes.

    Make people think a vote for her is still a vote for Obama. A blatant attempt to get more votes in this time of desperation for her.

    HE is in the lead by FAR.

    She would need a MIRACLE to win.

    You Clinton supporters need to get your heads out of the clouds.

    March 10, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Joe (WI)

    Right on Obama! Hilary's line of thinking is mind boggling. When Obama wins, he certainly won't put Hilary's name on the ballot. She is running a Rovian campaign and any American with their eyes open can see that.

    Obama/Richardson 2008!!

    March 10, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Niky

    Why isn't anyone complaining… if she doesn't win the nomination (there is a good chance she won't)… and she is using comments like 'John McCain will bring lifetime of experience with him; I will bring experience and Seb obama will bring a speech he gave in 2002). When Obama wins the nominations these uncalled for comparisons will be used by McCain againts the democratic nominee… how selfish is that.

    March 10, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Jerome

    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 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. anon

    Do we really need to liberal, partisan candidates on the same ticket?

    Hopefully, whoever gets the nomination will chose a moderate independent for running mate.

    March 10, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. mj

    There goes Hillary again! Thinking the White House is her Birth Right
    offering up the Vice Presidency– when she has not won the nomination for Presidency. CHEAP TACTICS!

    March 10, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. DeniseGA

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

    He is winning, would you accept 2nd place if you were in 1st, simply because the loser asked you too! Please, this speaks to how Clinton will use any tactics to win. She is only saying this because, she needs him to win, and he does not need her!

    March 10, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Mike, Arkansas

    Denouce and Reject Hillary. Think again... your losing and your management is going down the drain. BYE BYE

    March 10, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. 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 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Dani

    Not a surprise really, Obama is so blatently arrogant anyway.

    March 10, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Randle Bate - Woodland Hills, CA

    The Clinton's generous offer to consider Obama for VP is nothing more than a ploy. What they're really saying is: Hillary is going to be president and is magnanimous to consider Obama for vice president. It's just another con by the Clintons to make it appear Hilliary is inevitable. This is the same woman who included her six years at Wal-mart working to prevent the employees from unionizing. This is part of her "35 years." And do you really want Bill, the ex-con, for Co-President?

    Con man for Hillary.

    March 10, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. laura, CA

    He's just dealt himself out of this ticket and possibly anytime in the future.
    The height of hubris! He has only won 1/3 of swing states and zero large blue states.
    Such arrogance!

    March 10, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  25. Judy

    I don't care who is one or who is 2 I just would like them to be on the
    ticket together.

    March 10, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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