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. nikki

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

    are you serious, did you even read this before you hit send...only an idiot living in shrillary's village would accept a #2 spot, when they are already in first place!!!!

    OBAMA 08'!!!!!!!!!!! YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!

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

    Just another sign of the Clintons' desperation. She would have a better chance of getting closer to the White House if she volunteered to run as Obama's running mate - not that he would have her on his ticket.

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

    seat MI.andFL no matter what the do over is everybody will still believe Hillary won and how come NH is not in the same boat they did the same thing I think this whole thing is a set up why are there so many people who have lost thier own bid gor the president office behind Obama all men I might add

    March 10, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Dan Lee

    Clinton and her supporters are a bunch of really delusion people. So the person (at least till this moment) with the most pledged delegates, the most delegates count overall including superdelegates, the most states and the most votes needs to step down and agree to be the number 2 on the ticket !!!
    Does that even make sense? Shouldn’t they all wait until Hillbilly they take over his lead on one of those things I mentioned above before they start talking about giving him the VP ? I guess they can’t wait because they know they won’t overtake him in any of those categories I wonder what Hillbilly would have said if it was the other way around and Obama was offering her the VP and she is leading. What a punch of morons but you know what you cannot expect anything other than this from the Clintons and their supporters

    March 10, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Cris in Florida


    If it came down to that he would take it in a minute, that what had been a dream of him just a year ago.

    What an ego!

    March 10, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Mark in Canada

    Just another example of poor judgment by the Clinton's. Thinking they could fool the voters in Mississippi and elsewhere. Score another one for OBAMA. Over 60% of Canadians now support Obama and are hoping he will be the next President of the USA.

    March 10, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. J from DAHOUSE

    This is a ploy to get votes from Obama. How pathetic.

    March 10, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Chris

    You got to love the math… Obama has won twice as many states but only leads by 98 delegates… what does that tell you??? obviously the states that Clinton has won have more delegates… if not she would have lost all ready… the argument regarding "small" states vs. "big" states has to mean something… this is why every analyst and super delegate is talking about the big states…

    if you are into stats you have to compare your current numbers with the numbers from the previous elections… everyone should know by now that when it comes down to the general election and the electoral college… you need a candidate that can win the big "states"…

    That is why the super delegates are not backing Obama… they could change if he wins PA… Clinton being a smart woman has thrown out the joint ticket because she knows if she wins PA the party will be split…

    I as a voter and a democrat… will support whoever is the candidate because neither one of them differ on the true issues... I have started to wonder about Obama because he has talked about unity and change… he is unwilling to talk about a joint ticket that could put a democrat in office… is he for the party or himself???

    March 10, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Pradip

    I am sure that Senator Obama appreciates Hilary's invitation more than he has let on – after all it her Audacity of Hope

    March 10, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Kevin,FL

    Don't they all say there not running for Vice President or " the number 2 spot" . Until Obama says I will never ever be on the ticket for Vice President, he didn't say that ,so he didn't rule it out...then I will believe him..

    March 10, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Claudia, Tucson, AZ

    Oliver, he rejected the VP slot because he is ahead in total wins, delegates and popular vote. He should not have to be saddled with The Clinton's. He has too much going for him. He has integrity and ethics; HRC seems to have no problem mowing anyone or anything over to get back into the WH.

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

    I'm thinking why on earth should America trust Mrs. Clinton with running the country when she can't even run an effective presidential campaign? Her campaign's failure to have a clearly mandated win with the early advantages that she enjoyed and this "win at all cost tactics" of late are making even those of us who support her but who care about the party to question her judgement to be an effective commander in chief.

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

    Obama please tell me more about Larry Sinclair??

    I saw the youtube video and if the media picks this up you would be running and begging Hillary to take you.

    March 10, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Paul

    Obama just threw a great uppercut without going negative. Great job!!!

    March 10, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. CapitolJ

    I agree with earlier sentiments. NO WAY Obama's gonna talk about being on a so-call dream ticket with Billary when he's in the #1 slot.

    Obama/Edwards '08 baby!

    March 10, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. Racewatcher

    So much for 'Obama The Uniter'. All this coming from a man who stated with such presumption during debate that he'd 'consider'. Clinton in a role as an advisor, now flatly rejecting any hint at accepting the lesser role in such a ticket. I wish his supporters would remove their blinders long enough to see what a divisive character he truly is. He's presumptive and pompous. What a lot of hot air.

    March 10, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Susan

    Good for Obama. How interesting that she suggests that he be number 2. John Kerry pointed out yesterday, that if she claims he doesn't have the experience to handle problems as president, than how would he be so suddenly able to handle being the President if something were to happen to her? It appears this is Clinton politics speaking out of both sides of their mouths!!

    Keep fighting, Sen. Obama!!!

    March 10, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Angie, Charlotte NC


    Being a uniter does not mean bending over and taking crap from Hillary Clinton. Hillary is obviously desperate. She is 2nd in delegates, 2nd in popular votes and 2nd in states won, but she's giving out offers for VP to the leader?! That is truly condescending. The Clintons have entitlement issues and America needs to let them know that they have to win the Nomination and not be handed it on a silver platter polished with back room deals.

    March 10, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Jaycee Delaware

    Clinton dirty tricks.

    March 10, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Brandon, Corvallis OR

    Hillary will go to any length to try to get what she wants. She reminds me of that spoiled brat from Charlie and the Chocolate factory; Veruca Salt.

    March 10, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Jerry

    I can't imagine ANYONE wanting to be her VP. With Bill roaming the halls looking for interns and providing his folksy advice, the Presidency would be in chaos.

    GO OBAMA!!!

    March 10, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Rob

    Am I the only one who's tried of the country being run by two families, the Bushies and Clintons?
    Obama in 08!

    March 10, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. JustinA

    Hillary is not in the driving seat. She should be begging to be taken as VP which isn't going to happen. There are far more talented candidates out there. McCain has an opening that will fit her politics as well as her voting record.

    March 10, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. people's voice

    Many of us like Clintons, but this year America loves Obama. He has the quality of succesful prsidents such as Lincoln, JFK and the better part of Bill.

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

    Maybe He should denounce and reject.

    Obama 08

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