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. JustinA

    The Clintons are reaping the fruits for violating one of the cardinal rules of politics (i.e sleeping with the enemy)

    March 11, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Lorraine Bates

    Pelosi seems to be disenfranchised with Hillary Clinton....or am I reading too much into her statement?

    March 11, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Ross in MD

    Pelosi is absolutely right. Hillary is trying to ride on Obama's coattails, implying a vote for her is a vote for Obama as well.

    Funny how Hillary can imply Obama will be her VP one moment, then she and her surrogates can call Obama an incompetent affirmative-action candidate the next. Desperate campaign tactics from a sleazy politician.

    Obama-Edwards 08

    March 11, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Eric

    What does it tell you when Hillary supporters are insulting the highest ranking Democrat in the country?

    Listen to yourselves!

    Hillary supporters are actually insulting Nancy Pelosi!

    The word "divisive" doesn't even begin to describe Hillary Clinton's politics.

    March 11, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Edgar Rakestraw

    Doesn't Senator Clinton believe in the "one man, one vote" principle affirmed by the United States Supreme Court?

    March 11, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Kerry

    Nancy Pelosi should be the face of women politics in America.

    She would make a much better presidential candidate then Hillary.

    March 11, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Hm...

    Well, finnally there is someone out there who actually can think. As the democratic head, she sure has one by pointing out that hillary was dead wrong for selling out a fellow democrat rather then losing to Obama.

    March 11, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Amy, Kazoo

    can we have a nation wide do-over primary and have Pelosi run instead?

    March 11, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. lee

    FINALLY ! someone in the Democratic party are starting to come to their senses.
    The Clintons are systematic and methodically destroying the party as we know it.

    March 11, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Not smart

    Edward would have been a lot better candidate than this Obama

    March 11, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. BSC

    Oh come on! Pelosi is a sour grape waiting to be mashed!
    I don't think Pelosi likes anyone but herself!
    Maybe looking for the VP hmmm!!!

    March 11, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. josh

    The other side of Obama wouldn't be as formidable if he were black is that HIllary would not have been formidable if she weren't Bill Clinton's wife.Seriously, I for one cannot see any of the experince she claims.Yes, America is ready for a woman President but Hillary is not the one.She is too vindictive, to divicive, to inspire followers.Seriously, if Nancy Pelosi ran against Hillary,I would vote for Nancy.She has better judgment, more wisdom and can inspire people of all walks of life and gender to follow her.Hillary's victory would be on the account of Bill and not her own.The experince she has been claiming is slowiy dissipating.

    March 11, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. totul91

    New dream ticket: Clinton/McCain!

    March 11, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Ed from PA

    And to Cheyenne Branham – these are the facts! This is exactly what Speaker Pelosi said, quoted directly from the source. That is what I call a "fact". Where's the bias in reporting what Pelosi said?

    March 11, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Sam

    What is all this fuel about? Is "beating the republicans not the ultimate goal? It is insane for Nancy to say so, because neither candidate can beat McCain without the support of the other. Not enough delgates left to win the nomination, unless one endorses the other

    As far as I know, politicians do say whatever it takes to win, so while we "democrats" analyze and accuses each other, McCain is watching, laughing, and sipping on a champaign. Should we start making up and apologizing to each other for the sake of the "democratic ticket" I careless about who said what, by continuing the drama, we are endorsing a McCain ticket.

    March 11, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. AML in Montana

    And the Madame Speaker has Spoken... thank you Nancy P..

    Hillary needs to stand down,.. Hillary is bad for Amercian progress.

    March 11, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Marcus Richard

    I find it puzzling that weeks ago, Hillary changed her campaign, stating that Barack Obama does not have the wisdom or experience to run this country but she wants him as a running mate? But on the bright side, this is a good ploy to bring in the independent and/or undecided votes. With a Clinton/Obama ticket, they can have the best of both worlds (with emphasis on Clinton name being first).

    March 11, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Jackie

    I am tired of it being said that because I am woman I HAVE to vote for Hillary Clinton. Let me say that I can't wait for the day there is a woman president. But as I want the Presidency to go the right man I also want it to go to the right woman and Hillary is NOT the right woman for the job.

    March 11, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Jill K.

    A big Amen to what Shannon Shiflett said at 4:04!! So true.

    March 11, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. jayneel

    If Obama gets the nomination I don't want Hilary as VP either.So I can vote McCain without regret(of course I vote democrat only if Hillary is on the ballot).I know CNN will not post this comment!

    March 11, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. SharonR

    If this falls apart it is also leaders of our party who are not loyal to any one and have played a great roll in thsi mess

    March 11, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. Becky, WI

    Cindy from Harrisburg -

    It's a slap in the face to intelligent women everywhere when women like you state that you are voting for Clinton because she's a women, or everyone's being so unfair to her.

    You should be voting based on the issues, not the gender.

    Catch up to the 21st century, will you!!!

    March 11, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. Robert in Albuquerque

    Hey Nancy

    Be warned, if Obama wins you'll be one of the first to go because you've done NOTHING in your new job.

    March 11, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Not smart

    If the Dream Ticket happen "We should consider ourself lucky". This is the only way to beat McCain. I didn't understand how Pelosi can be dumber than Obama

    March 11, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Realistic

    I get the feeling that the Democratic leadership is going to step in very soon to end this mess before the division gets worse, and particularly before they have to waste time and money in Michigan and Florida.

    With Hillary being behind and with no way for her to catch up except by cheating, they'll tell her that it is time to call it quits for the good of the Democratic party and the nation as a whole.

    March 11, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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