March 11th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
7 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. joli

    um in case some of you havent been paying attn Dems lose either way. If hillary's not on the ticket you lose 25% of her voters in the General. If he isnt on the ticket you lose 10% + the rogue indies and reps pulling him through until the general.... hee hee hee

    March 11, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Hill Supporter from Minnesota

    Oh, Nancy, what do you expect from the Clinton camp when so many Democrat insiders are siding with the new kid on the block; Kennedy, Dashel and Kerry are to blame. I agree with Hillary.

    Do something as speaker of the house; your are giving women and and Democratic party a bad name.

    March 11, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. California Independent

    She is true on this one. No joint ticket. I don't want the sleaze bag Obama on any ticket. She is wrong to think we are tolerating her support of Obama when CA voted overwhelmingly against her little prince.

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

    CNN. Please post my comments and do not ignore

    March 11, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. @americans

    If Billary have half a brain as Pelosi, she would have left the campaign trail gracefully by now...because Obama is winning!

    VOTE OBAMA – Let's put Billary out of her misery!!!

    March 11, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Amit

    UNITED WE STAND!

    Obama / Pelosi '08!

    March 11, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Yeah Right

    Jenny – You are almost old enough to be responsible for the stupid things you say.

    March 11, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. rejecthillary

    obama/pelosi or pelosi/obama either way I am for it. denounce and reject hillarybilly.

    March 11, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Mark, VA

    She is right, Clinton can do better anyway by selecting a more experienced VP candidate.

    March 11, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Bendo

    All good Dems in Pa, for the sake of our Party, vote Obama and end HRC's reign of terror!

    March 11, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. DOUG

    YOU ASKED OTHERS TO KEEP QUIET, YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO YOURSEF

    March 11, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Laurie

    Obama shouldn't even think of VP and take a back seat to Bill let alone getting so close to the slease factor. He shouldn't think of picking her for VP because that would put her a heart beat away.

    March 11, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Hong

    I have been supporting Hillary until now. Game over.

    March 11, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. nht

    I guess Obama really doesn't want change, just rhetoric

    March 11, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Mark

    By the way, the 26 pledged candidates gained by Edwards. Can Sen. Edwards decide whom they will vote for at the convention? I guess Obama might offer him the vice presidency...

    March 11, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. anita

    Obama/Edwards 08!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Relax Joe

    It's amazing how dense Obama fans have become. The moment Pennsylvania votes for Clinton and the re-vote primaries kick in Pelosi will endorse Clinton.

    She said what the Clinton camp cannot say: Neither Barack or myself wants to be the Vice President.

    The Media put them on the spot in the CNN debate held in LA. That was a joke of a question and got the obligatory "we'll see" in response.

    March 11, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Kevin

    Pelosi for president, 2012!!

    March 11, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. HHH

    OBAMA / PELOSI ...NOW THAT'S SOMETHING TO PONDER ON.

    OBAMA 08 & 12

    March 11, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Hahaha

    Could the response from the poster named "Jenny" in this comment section represent the Clinton campaign any better? I think not.

    Hahahahahaha.

    March 11, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. John Smith

    This shows a good evaluation of Hillary's experience and judgment: humiliate anyone you disagree strongly with in the process. Now to the facts:

    Where is a single proof that Hillary can deal with a Foreign Policy crisis? I await your answer_____

    Where is a single proof that Hillary can unite Republicans and democrats to implement real solutions for this nation?
    I await your answer_____

    Given that "past behaviors" best tell what the individual will do in the future. What is the hope the scandals will not become evident during another Clinton term?
    I await your answer_____

    Please be honest and give me actual data to each question

    March 11, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. @americans

    A vote for Clinton is a vote for McCain!

    Hillary/McCain – so losers!!!

    VOTE OBAMA!

    March 11, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Ruth

    Knowing Nancy understands political risks – it's good to hear her clarity. This powerful positioning can be good for Obama!

    March 11, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. Willis

    JOE AND JENNY SOUND LIKE HILLARY CAMPAIGN WORKERS!

    WHY ARE THEY POSTING ON THIS WEB?!

    March 11, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Mageya

    Obama all the way.........

    It's clear now...it's one or the other.....I hope Americans choose Obama.....

    From a Canadian...watching with great interest....

    March 11, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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