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. NEVEROBAMA

    THIS IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE – OBAMA PEOPLE HATE HILLARY AND HILLARY PEOPLE HATE OBAMA. WITH OUT EITHER OF OUR SUPPORT NEITHER CANDIDATE WILL WIN IN NOVEMBER. IF OBAMA GETS THE NOMINATION I WILL DEFINETLY VOTE FOR MCCAIN.

    HILLARY IS OUR ONLY HOPE!

    VOTE HILLARY
    VOTE HILLARY
    VOTE HILLARY

    March 11, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. abm Habibullah

    Barak Obama needs a solid conservative democrate from south as a running mate who people trust. That is not John Edwards. I will say, that is Virgina Governor Tim Kaine will be the best selection. Hillary and Bill are too devisive and too greedy. Its time we tell them to get out of Washington.

    March 11, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. JJ

    Nacy, what an idol she has turned out to be!

    March 11, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Jay

    Marcus, I'm in Minnesota, and I don't know a single Indepependent who finds a Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton ticket remotely appealing.

    The dream exists only in the minds of the media and people attending Clinton rallies. It's a nightmare everywhere else.

    March 11, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. NC4Obama

    I wonder if hillary has the grace to admit she went to far with endorsing McCain or will she just launch another negative attack.

    March 11, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. joseph

    nancy said something that made since

    March 11, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Cathy

    Since when is it Nancy Pelosi's job to decide what Obama will and will not consider? You can bet the house on this, if he picks Nancy to run with him, he wont get the votes of half the democratic party, much less anybody else's. She has been to put it mildly, ineffective in the position she holds now.

    March 11, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. OBAMA for President

    Wonderful Pelosi!!!! Finally someone speaks the truth to people. Hillary, if McCain makes a better Chif and Commander for you, joint the ticket with him and not with Obama.... and your call for Obama to be your VP was a very funny jock ...I laught about it a lot. Thanks for the jock.

    March 11, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Sig, Los Angeles CA

    Thank you Madam Speaker for calling you know what on the Clintons. It is fine for Hillary to draw the contrast between herself and Obama; however, she went way over the line touting John McCain would be a better choice over a member of your own party. At this point, Hillary should become an independant nominee and not that of the Democratic Party.

    March 11, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Kip Omaha, NE

    SCBRWON,

    I just wanted to point out that Spitzer is a superdelegate for Hillary. Nice one! Let's see anything else? It is time to stop this and realize that Hillary can't win the popular vote. Look at the road ahead and try to find more than two states she will win. Let's move forward and let the Democratic party heal.

    Obama 08

    March 11, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Wh. W. from PA

    This 60 year old white women from PA will not vote for Clinton, ever!!!. It was a toss up at the beginning, however, she turned me off big time.

    ***OBAMA 08***

    March 11, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. California

    OBAMA/BOXER 08

    March 11, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Jessica, MI

    Cheers, Pelosi.

    There's a woman GENUINELY vested in the best interest of the Democratic party and the country, who did not get to where she is because of the merits of her spouse.

    Shame on you Hillary for fracturing the party for your own ruthless, selfish, quest for power.

    March 11, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Goodheart

    Without a joint ticket, they stand a good chance of losing. If I were Pelosi, I'd be trying to bring the two together rather than making statements like this. The combination of those who voted for both would be overwhelming against McCain. Without each other, many of their supporters will defect to McCain, especially white males.

    March 11, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. jtreadway

    I love it. The Clinton gambit has failed miserably and Obama stands tall. Not sure what they were thinking....

    March 11, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. aliou

    THANK YOU NANCY. MADAME SPEAKER YOU WEAR YOUR CROWN LIKE A QUEEN SHOULD. ABOVE THE FRAY.

    March 11, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. OBAMA for President

    Thanks Nancy for your courage to speak out the truth. I hop ethat now more democratic leaders to come forward and formally endorse Obama.

    March 11, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Tom Wittmann

    This PELOSI's statement (ADMINITRATION meaning CAMAPIAGN)clearly signifying a critic of CLINTON, shows that her "non-commitment" is now only formal,

    TOM

    March 11, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Tim - Texas

    It does not matter who wins. I will vote for Obama or Clinton. They both bring the change we all want and need. We will have change when the Bush Administration is out. We can not have another Republican in office. The United States has suffered way too much for it to happen again.

    March 11, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. SHIRLEY WEST

    THE IDEA OF THIS DREAM TICKET , IS CRAZY.

    OBAMA IS NOT IGNORANT OF SATANS DEVICES. THIS IS ANOTHER

    TACTIC THE CLINTONS ARE USING FOR THEIR ADVANTAGE, BUT IT WILL NOT WORK

    March 11, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Mary

    Now, step up and support Obama Speaker Pelosi!!!

    Its one thing to point out how negative she has gone, its another to standby silently and watch as she does it. Its time to end this awful chapter in the Democratic party.

    Where is Gore, Edwards and the other party "elders" when we need them? Mississippi, do the right thing and put another nail in the HRC coffin.

    March 11, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. L

    Speaker Pelosi, you are one smart cookie. Thank you for trying to bring an end to this nonsense.

    March 11, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Mr. B.

    This Lady hit the nail on the head !

    And this is why....

    America Is Ready
    Obama 08

    March 11, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. Chido Williams

    Thank you Nancy for being honest. I don't even know why people have so much hate for each other-we all the same. Every voter is being given a chance to choose a candidate who appeals to them-so whats the big deal. In the end the votes will show who the American people will have chosen. So let it be-drop the ill words-you only hurting yourself.

    March 11, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. VicePrez

    Gary,
    From Arkansas..you are truly showing your true color. When Blacks voted overwhelming for the Clintons there was no issue with race, when whites voted overwhelming for white candidates there was no issue but here we go with a Black man running for President and people across ethnic lines are voting for him so why is it a race issue. I guess the people in IOWA and NEBRAKSA are black right. Apparently they see things differently from you southern prejudice rednecks.

    March 11, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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