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. JC

    She is so arrogant to even think about it. To offer the man that is winning the number two spot? I cannot see how Hillary supporters could even try to bring sense to this.
    Hillary and her supporters need to get a reality check to see that Obama is winning in delegates, votes and states.

    March 10, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. mds chill

    lh, are you talking about Clinton or Obama?

    It seems like a desperate move on Clinton's part, and i'm glad Obama dismissed it so readily.

    (An Obama-Edwards ticket might be nice..!)

    March 10, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Kathy, Andover

    narcis, that's a good name for you. You seemed to have missed the main point (did you read the FULL story?) The point is the Clintons are saying Obama is not ready to be president, but he is ready to be VP. Excuse me, but the VP is to be ready to become president @ any moment, if something happens to the president. The Clintons can't say Obama isn't ready to be president, but would make a great VP. Are you following YET? In other words the Clintons are NOW acknowledging he is ready to answer the red phone in Hillary's ad.

    March 10, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Ash

    I completely agree with "Ih" earlier. She will stop at nothing to get this nominatin. Absolutely nothing. That is a scary thought if she is to become president. Nothing but manipulation and lies. I think that it has nothing to do with Obama having an ego in the fact that he is denouncing this absurd idea. He realizes that he is much better, and holds himself to better standards. I would be very upset if he lowered himself to take the ticket.
    Obama 08

    March 10, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Split Between

    Yea, i think this Clinton-Obama ticket was a very sorry way to get votes on her part–come on Girl!–and she's talking like the people can't see it for what it is–DESPARATION !

    I'm still split between them both, but Honey, you need to do better.

    March 10, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. Arkansas Undertaker

    WAY TO GO BARAK!!!!! tell her what she can do with her NO. 2.

    Desperate move Hillary but it's not going to work.

    Barak will do great without you HIllary. Clair McCaskill will be a better VP that you any day.

    YEs WE CAN!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Chuck in Oregon

    Thank you. Obama is right. One can not stand up and say the other is not qualifed to be Commander in Chief yet offer a postion that would make them the Commander in Chief at any moment. How crazy is that. The comment that Obama has not past the Commander In Chief test! How funny

    Please have someone explain exactly what is a commander in chief test? Is it written? Verbal? Is there a required course of instruction first? Is there a requirement that one must had held a political office for a set length of time? According to my US History and Government courses in high school and college, the only requirement to be a commander in chief is that you were born in the US, and that you are elected to the office of President of the US by the people of this country? Has there been a change to the constitution that we as Americans are not aware of? Can you please explain this to the American People? How funny!

    March 10, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Grif

    Then Mr Obama, I suggest you go do your Number one.

    Come November, your number one's will be stinking out.

    Your own Carcus/Torso

    March 10, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. sascha

    @narcis: Clinton is the one who want to devide the Democratic party and the country by consequently playing against the rules!

    Nice speech and good to know that Obama wants a new direction in American politics...

    March 10, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. John

    Barack was right on target rejecting for not only the reasons he stated (he is ahead in states won, delegate votes) but for her ineptly intended slap across his face....perhaps, he should have responded that if she would join his team as "cookie baker" he would put her VP of same

    March 10, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Byron in CA

    Well if his ego doesn't stop him from being POTUS it will be America that has to suffer from it for 4 years instead. Thought 8 years of Bush was enough, but I guess history is going to repeat itself, just seems so strange to have it happen right after the soon to be 2nd worst POTUS of all time leaves office only to be replaced by the 1st place winner.

    March 10, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. TS

    Look, only a few states will matter. If Obama wins the nomination and can't carry Ohio, Florida, NH or NM it won't matter. All the Obama supporters better hope he can do it. What I know for sure is that an Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama ticket can win OH, NM an NH which means they win the White House.

    In the end you guys all want the same thing. You want a Dem in the WH. Don't cut of your nose to spite your face with all this "my guy is better than your girl" bickering...

    March 10, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Good for you Obama. Denounce and reject!! Why would a gold medalist be #2 for a silver medalist. Hillary and his compaign is out right crazy. Obama you want nothing to do with Clintons. Congrats for the 7 more superdelegate you have earned today, Clinton is still at the same sport with Super delegates.

    Obama '08!!!!

    March 10, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Obama2008

    I don't understand why would anyone support someone who is trying to divide the democratic party by using manipulative lies, fear mongering, and secrets. Why doesn't anyone take a good look into Hillary and Bill's past? The pardons, the land deal scandals, and all of the missing documents, should this not be called to question? Do we really want another four years of scandals that are directly linked to Bill and Hillary? Did they ever stop being surrounded by scandals? Can anyone answer...anyone... Bueller...Bueller...

    March 10, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. A from VA

    The problem Oliver is that Clinton needs Obama... you just haven't accepted that yet!

    March 10, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |

    Obama went old school on Hillary and referred to it as the "Okie Doke." Ha! Ha!

    Vive la revolution. OBAMA '08

    March 10, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. Johnson

    This isn't an issue about being VP. Why should Obama be the one to talk about being a VP candidate when he is the one winning?? It should be Hillary talking about being the VP candidate. Also, considering that Obama's philosophy and Hillary's philosophy are so different, I don't see how we can get a "dream" ticket. Obama has REFUSED to accept PAC and Federal Lobbyist money. If he was to team up with Hillary, then he would have to accept the fact that Hillary has not refused such claims and in fact has try to avoid the topic during the debates when John Edwards asked both of the candidates about the money they are receiving from these people. If we truly want change from the corruption of big corporation that has crippled washington, we need someone who will not be bound by the constraints of being financially backed by these institutions! The only choice there is Obama.

    March 10, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |

    Hillary can you understand the words coming out of my mouth. OBAMA 08

    March 10, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Golden Chica

    That shows his arrogance. He really thinks he's capable. I think not! The states that he has won have been caucuses states and small states at that. Not very important when it comes to stimulating the economy. The voters of the big states have spoken, i.e., California, Ohio, Texas among many others. Take heed delegates and super delegates. Listen to the voices of the big states. They're the ones that suffer the most when it comes to the economy, etc.

    March 10, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Jdd

    That would be stooping low for him. We must know the huge turn-outs are votes against Clinton and hope as time will tell for the best person for the people will be selected.

    March 10, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. Marc

    Way to go Barack! Why would the number 1 Candidate (Obama) work under the number 2 Candidate (Clinton)?

    This is why she is losing the race and people are moving to Obama.
    Is this what she considers intelligent thinking?

    Goodbye Billary !!!


    March 10, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. KJ, CA

    lh – awesome point! Thanks for making it.

    I was a Hillary supporter who became an Obama supporter and one of the long list of reasons for the switch was because it is very apparent to me that Mrs. Clinton will do and say whatever she needs to to become President of the United States. Her agenda is very clear – it is all about her.

    March 10, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. JCL, Kentucky

    Hillary needs Obama in order to deliver votes this November.

    Obama needs Hillary in order to deliver on his promises. His speeches have been about how he is a different type of politician and will reach across the aisle for the sake of unity rather than only if he is getting something out of it. If Obama gets the nomination, then snubs Hillary for VP; there will be a lot of Democrats who will then abandon Obama for abandoning his own ideals.

    If he can't reach out to Hillary and unify his own party, he won't be able to reach out to Republicans and unify the country.

    We know Hillary can put her ego aside and reach out to Obama; is Obama mature enough to do the same?

    Dream Ticket 2008!!!

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

    Obama is arrogant and riding a moral highhorse. Obama Mr. Clean.
    Who going to fall like Spitzer. Mr Spitzer sound like Obama

    March 10, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. George from Minneapolis


    I am laughing so hard my side is hurting. He made Hillary and Bill look very foolish. Very good response.

    He was very clear. That was awesome.

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