March 10th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
6 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. LifeLongDemocrat

    To Sue, the race isn't over yet! Obama hasn't won the nomination. Hillary can probably get a better candidate such as Biden to be her VP. If you are at all interested in change, vote for Hillary over McCain. This could be disastrous especially for the younger people as a military draft will probably have to be started again to cover our military committments and we will have them. Obama is already talking out of both sides of his mouth so plan on at least a discussion of the draft if he wins.

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

    Funny how Hillary Clinton and staunch supporter Gov. Rendell of Pennsylvania are both named at PeterPaul.com for election fraud. How can Pennsylvania's election be trusted with Govenor Rendell involved when he is being named in another electrion fraud case? Come on media, you better do your homework on this one.

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

    GOOD FOR HIM. She's number 2. Not number 1. We don't want another Clinton. We want OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Lance Silvian

    If Obama loses the nomination to Clinton he is going to be a sore loser. He has categorally states that he is not going to be a vice-president candidate. He is not being gracious about this matter

    I think Clinton has been more gracious about the controversy of both of them being on the ticket.

    March 10, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. gurarro

    This is too funny. I agree with Obama and Daschle. How deos the "Number 2" person in delegates and popular votes dictate that the "Number 1" person be the "Number 2" person on the ticket? The Clintons are crazier than I thought.

    Stand your ground Obama and consistently remind the voters that your are Number 1 in delegates and popular votes and that Clinton is in the Number 2 spot. Remind the loud and often of that fact and that it is not a fairy tale.

    March 10, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. mark

    The Clintons are getting more desperate everyday, and are not afraid to get down in the mud. As a matter of fact they do it quit well. This nomination is going to be decided in some sleasy back room by some equally sleasy people. This is where the Clintons do there best work.

    March 10, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Brandon

    Obama needs to watch what he says. This race is FAR from over. The VP spot may start looking good to him a month or two from now. Of course, he doesn't deserve to be anywhere near the White House anyway.

    And to all the Obama supporters who are bragging about his lead in delegates, here are some things to consider:

    1. It is not mathematically possible for Obama (or Clinton for that matter) to get 2,024 delegates.

    2. The superdelegates will decide this race anyway, no matter how "commanding" anyone claims his lead is.

    Hillary Clinton 2008 and 2012

    March 10, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. David

    Funny how Hillary Clinton and staunch supporter Gov. Rendell of Pennsylvania are both named at PeterPaul.com for election fraud. How can Pennsylvania's election be trusted with Govenor Rendell involved when he is being named in another electrion fraud case? Come on media, you better do your homework on this one.

    March 10, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Joseph - The Amazing Technicolor Coat

    This is one of the oldest twists in corporate or political life. The person with the big monstrous behind tries to portray being the number one person.

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

    GREATTT about time you said, it. There is no way to have her in the ticket, she would destroy everything Senator Obama is.
    Also CNN could you please ask Senator Clinton about her tax returns and the infamous papers while she was first lady. ...............

    March 10, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Linda

    Maybe she and Bill should be more worried about the CAMPAIGN FRAUD TRIAL COMING UP IN OCTOBER than escaping into this crazy dream world.

    Why won't any mainstream media touch this story? Google Clinton vs. Paul and read. It is important.

    March 10, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. D

    ive come to realize what a scumbag barack, he preaches this garbage about being a uniter, for the party and america and he is unwilling to compromise, he sounds more like a spoiled child rather than a presidential candidate. I am ashamed that he has gotten this far.

    March 10, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. FL4Obama

    No way! This is her desperate last ditch attempt to get on the ticket! Get lost Hillary!
    Hey all you Clinton supporters, stop hating! Perhaps you should look into what kind of person Hillary really is. Watch Hillary the movie then try and throw punches at Obama!

    Obama'08
    YES WE CAN!

    March 10, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Patty Don't

    If Clinton wins the GE (which i strongly doubt) we will all be her Number 2, then she will flush us right down the toilet.

    March 10, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Kris

    That is pure fraud on her part to offer a dream ticket to Obama. Billary is trying to fool the poeple. She has no intentions on wanting Obama on the ticket with her. Shame on Billary! Obama keep it positive and keep going strong! Obama 2008!

    March 10, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. Joe

    Clinton is about to start throwing the bathroom toilet here pretty soon. Get ready Obama. Good job hitting her and her husband where it counts!!!

    March 10, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. KKK

    Denounce and Reject Lou Dobbs, Wolf Blitzer, Karl Rove

    March 10, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. David, Chicago, IL

    Why do I keep seeing all the Obama boosters calling Hillary a monster? Is the Obama campaign producing such haters? What is wrong with him or his followers? If his followers come along with him, and they are such hating, bigoted people, who would want him as VP?

    Hillary for Prez, Bill for Vice – 2008

    vs

    McCain, Rove – 2008

    March 10, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Dennis

    Of course Obama isn't going to accept a position as a Vice President right now. He is winning. He is going to win tomorrow. She is attempting to cast him as nothing more than a Vice Presidential candidate in the hopes of voters believing that a vote for her gets them both. I find it funny that Clinton's campaign has decided they have the definitive score card on who is fit to be commander in chief. Both Clinton and Obama are running for the same position. The ultimate judge of their credentials is the American voters, not the candidates.

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

    She certainly can do better!

    March 10, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. Susan

    Good, then we'll get to watch him go back to the senate and grow up. Maybe later. For now we need substance – not just the support of the radical left and black communities.

    Clinton '08

    March 10, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Engee

    I agree with St Louis,
    Reject it, denounce it, repude it, Forget it!

    March 10, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Polly

    I hope he denounces more on her, she is the one that call the Canandians on NAFTA, there is lots is store you wait and see, her true colors are showing...........

    Clintons where are your tax returns???? why is taking so long? and what are you hidding,? i bet 100% she will not s how a thing before the June primaries, simply because if she shows her tax returns it will show what a lier she is.........

    March 10, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. SP, Albany, NY

    Finally – Clinton double talk exposed – saying Obama's not ready to be commander in chief as Pres., but is ready to step in as VP – the logic is remarkable. The layers of the smelly onion are being peeled away one by one – until Penn., Florida and Michigan will all go in column Obama. Thanks for setting this up, Hillary.

    March 10, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. marc

    Is She Bipolar or something. you can't ask the front runner to be your running mate. Are you that stupid. if you can't even figure that our, how could you be the president. people are voted and with the most states, with the most deligates, with the most popular votes. they dont want clinton. so, please dont deceive people in this country. you just can't say that he's not ready and ask him to run for ur VP.
    get over with, you won't get the nomination. idont even think he sould take her as VP. he can do better.

    March 10, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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