March 11th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Pelosi: Joint ticket 'impossible'

 Pelosi said Tuesday a so-called 'Dream Ticket' won't happen.
Pelosi said Tuesday a so-called 'Dream Ticket' won't happen.

(CNN) - A so-called "dream ticket" scenario – the idea that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama could join forces this fall - may have gripped the imaginations of Democrats nationwide – but you can list House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a skeptic.

"I think that ticket either way is impossible," Pelosi told a New England Cable News reporter Tuesday, pointing to comments from Clinton and her campaign that implied Republican John McCain would make a better commander-in-chief than Obama.

"I think that the Clinton administration has fairly ruled that out by proclaiming that Senator McCain would be a better commander-in-Chief than Obama," she said.

She spoke bluntly about her view that a joint ticket was not in the cards, she said, because "I wanted to be sure I didn't leave any ambiguity."

The California Democrat, who has remained neutral throughout the party's primary process, said she remains an uncommitted superdelegate.

Related: Does Clinton benefit from so-called 'dream ticket' talk?

– CNN Associate Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (352 Responses)
  1. NC4Obama

    Finally, somebody has the balls to admit where this thing went south. Hillary should have never gone negative, if the Democrats lose in November it is Hillary's fault.

    March 11, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. RuthieM

    Go to Obama, Pelosi!

    March 11, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Corey, Maryland

    Finally someone smart enough besides me, to know that it will never happen!!!

    March 11, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Conan

    There goes Hillary's last chance. Funny hwo quickly the Dems have turned on their "golden couple".

    March 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Amy in Iowa

    I am so glad that Pelosi, like Obama, has admitted that a joint Obama-Clinton ticket is not in the cards. Hillary Clinton has decided to destroy the democratic party if she is not the nominee with her comments that endorsed McCain over Obama. ]

    I hope all the superdelegates see this action of Hillary for the self-serving move it was and nominate Obama. The people have picked Obama and now it is time for us to formally make him Obama nominee and get this show on the road.

    March 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Independent

    Nancy is not happy with Hillary's comments!

    March 11, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Clinton is a fraud

    The wall has cracked and the lizards are coming in....
    Hillary has destroyed the Democratic party, she really has. Why would she say that McCain would make a better C-in-C than a fellow democrat? Why?
    I guess HRC meant, if I can't have then I had better make sure no democrat get it...so that I can have a chance to run again in 4 years time.
    Shame on HillBilly

    March 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Cindy

    Thank you, Nancy Pelosi.

    Senator Clintion, please drop it. And please don't use Obama's refusal to be your VP as another diss in your stump speech. He's not the only one that sees the manipulation.

    March 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Amy in Iowa

    I am so glad that Pelosi, like Obama, has stated that a joint Obama-Clinton ticket is not in the cards. Hillary Clinton has decided to destroy the democratic party if she is not the nominee with her comments that endorsed McCain over Obama. Shame on Hillary.

    I hope all the superdelegates see this action of Hillary for the self-serving move that it was and nominate Obama. The people have picked Obama and now it is time for us to formally make Barack Obama our democratic nominee and get this show on the road. We have an election to win!

    March 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Where's your common sense ??

    This is sooo true. How does Billary expect Obama to become her running mate if he is "not yet qualifed" to be president. In case you forgot Billary, VP is the president's successor in an emergency!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Nancy Is Right

    Why I Care About Billary's Taxes

    I care because once again, they think they are ABOVE the people. Hillary still has not turned in her taxes for 2006–other Americans have.

    The rules state that if you are running for the presidency, not a coronation, you have to turn in your taxes. Obama, and McCain have turned in theirs–where is hers.

    Miss take-your-taxes-and-shove-it Hillary will turn them in at the very last minute (meaning when I've sucked every vote out of the American people, who I don't really care about), when it benefits her.

    Wake up Americans the Clintons have left their stench on this election long enough. Send her packing, along with her secret taxes.

    So Nancy is right, a joint ticket would be impossible, because Hillary is not the person to attach your wagon.

    March 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Superdelegate

    Pelosi sticking up for Obama?

    March 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Jenny

    This stupid Pelosi is just an attacking dog. The only thing she can do is just jealous!

    Go away! and shut up!

    2008 Hillary

    March 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Charleston, SC

    Some Democratic "leaders" need to actually start leading. Pelosi's comments are a step in right direction. The scorched-earth tactics of Hillary will destroy the party. At this point, it's hard to determine who Hillary is even doing this for.

    She's not doing it for the Party (stating McCain would be a better commander in cheif than Obama?), she's not doing it for the voters (suggesting she would seek to convert delegates pledged to Obama and that "super" delegates should overturn the will of the voters), she is quite simply doing this for herself.

    Democratic Party leaders need to realize this and put an end to it.

    March 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Jaycee Delaware

    Thank you speaker Pelosi for your remarks. Please do the right thing and help end the disgrace the the Clintons are trying to bring on you party.

    March 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. karen

    Is she the deciding factor?

    March 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. scbrown

    To the Obama supporters:

    Here in Illinois Gov Rod Blagojevich is still under investigation by Patrick Fritzgerald for corruption and he have not been release from this investigation.

    In rezko trial the ILL Gov. Blagojevich is " Public Official A."

    So there may be an indictement of Gov. Rod Blagojevich as well. He also have a low approval rating and he also have alot of political enemies. What irony!

    The Media is not going to tell you this. Just google Gov. Rod Blagojevich name.

    Also, he is a obama superdelegate.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    March 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. MEEE

    Thank you Senator Pelosi. I have lots of respect for you and your career and family, your honesty , integrity and your work on behalf of the people not only of CA but this country.
    I hope that something like Obama Pelossi might sound better..........
    I think many of us women would strongly support that, well I least I would.

    March 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Real

    Only Hillary Supporters cannot see what Hillary is doing to the Party

    March 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. uchujin

    First intelligent thing she's ever said! Now if she'll just back the right horse.

    March 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. 08

    Thanks Madame Speaker!

    Perfectly neutral and quite honest way of pointing out how pathetic the Clinton call for a dream ticket actually is–and that it's just strategy. Everyone knows it would never work for a variety of reasons (I'm sure everyone will kindly – or unkindly – point out here on this comment reel) and this is compelling evidence to prove that Hill and Bill are dirty and will always be dirty and will say what it takes to get the little folks to fall for their rhetoric. THEY are just words, folks.

    March 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. CINDY,HARRISBURG

    THERE ARE TOO MANY HILLARY HATERS INCLUDING WOMEN WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE HILLARY'S SUPPORT BASE.

    THIS IS THE REASON AM VOTING FOR HILLARY BECOS SHE IS BEING UNFAIRLY TARGETED.

    March 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Garry Lemons, Arkansas

    As long as the black population of this country make it a point to try and make a statement by voting the way they have there is no way a so called "joint venture" can be accomplished.
    They have skewered this election process by making it a race contest instead of a who is the best. That is obvious by the voting so far and Mississippi will be no different. Watch and see..80 to 90 % of the black vote will go to Obama because and strictly because he is black. NO OTHER reason.
    As it stands right now the popular vote is for Clinton and if Obama gets the nomination then McCain will be President.
    America was stupid 7 years ago and now the stupid factor along with the race issue will once again skewer the election...
    Looks like instead of coming together, we are once again involving race as the number one factor..SHAME ON THOSE WHO VOTE BY RACE ALONE!!
    We will still stay divided as a nation if this keeps up....

    March 11, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. amk

    Yesss, You go "Girl".

    March 11, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. LaKay

    I think Hillary was indirectly asking Obama if she could be his running mate :-) I think she's going to vote for Obama! I know Bill is!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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