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. Dani, PA

    Nancy Pelosi should just endorse Obama already. She has done a terrible job and should have been removed from her position along time ago. I dont know why Hillary would even want Obama on her ticket. I would NEVER vote for Obama he is a terrible nominee for president.

    -life long democrat

    March 11, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Haley

    I'm sorry, but who is she to make that comment. Do I think it the so-called dream ticket will happen, no. But Pelosi has not standing to make the comment. "No ambiguity?" When was Pelosi given the right to say who will and won't be on the ticket?

    March 11, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. norb

    Pelosi and others in Congress were elected so that the war in Iraq could end. Congress has a lower approval rating than George W. The war continues and George W is still the president. If you're impressed with Nancy Pelosi and this Congress, you need your head examined.

    March 11, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Tiger

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi you are not a true Democrat. I thought it was something wrong with you when you talk the sentors out of impeaching Brush & Chaney. I hope your state is watching you. It was possible for you to become the 1st female House speaker. I hope when you run again for reelection that you don't get it. I think you are under cover Republican, made to look at first like a Democrat. I think you should have kept your opinion to your self, but that's okay now we know where you truly stand. No wonder nothing has been done since you have been the House Speaker. I thank GOD you don't have the last say so in this vote or the last say period.

    March 11, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Lets Get Ready for Change!

    scbrown,
    your comment doesn't even make sense. what is the point you are trying to make? yes, gov blagojevich is a superdelegate for obama BUT GOVERNOR ELIOT SPITZER IS A SUPERDELEGATE FOR HILLARY!!! Does this make it even now? Lets do a little more research before we post!!!
    Thank you!

    March 11, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Sad connection

    Funny How Clinton Fans won't admit that this Hillary's comment will hurt her and her party. You Democrats are so funny...first your candidate is all about being nice...then she is yelling..then she is saying we will be fine...then she is saying Obama is weak and Mccain is better.

    Well the Clintons did it again.....

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

    Nancy Pelosi is the status quo and she needs to go !

    She was for the war and Obama was against the war. She was given a Democrat majority and has not ended this bloody war. She needs to go!

    She should have impeached Bush and she has not. She needs to go!

    Obama 08
    Yes we Can !

    March 11, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Shannon Shiflett

    hillary supporters have the weakest minds in the democratic party–they're practically republicans. they think all women should vote for her. they think all white people should vote for her. they think all democrats should vote for her just because her last name is clinton. they actually believe she has experience because she was the first lady. they eat up all the lies and manipulation just like republican sheep. obama supporters are the true liberals, the true progressives in this country. go ahead, put another bush or clinton in the white house if you hate america that much.

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

    Thank you, Madame Obvious. Usually, candidates pick runningmates that will help them win states. If Obama picked Hillary, it would stimulate 10 million more republicans to vote for McTorture Bill.

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

    Hillary's big mouth and dirty tactics, along with her supporters, are ruining the Democratic Party. The longer they continue the more damage is done and greater advatage is given to John McCain.

    Thank you Senator Pelosi, for making it clear what many have been saying for awhile now, Senator Clinton and her campaign are stooping so low they are giving McCain and his buddy Bush more and more amunition to use this summer.

    March 11, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. RightyTighty

    McCain/Rice

    Now that's a dream ticket..

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

    Hey obama , go win some more republican states

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

    HA HA HA HA HA thats all i have to say Clinton oh by the way please see the washington post (CNN = Clinton News Network). Sinbad discusses his trips overseas with Clinton that she is claiming as foreign experience. He said the only "red phone" moment they had on the trip was in deciding what to eat for lunch.
    ha ha ha oh Hillary you and your supporters show that craziness and arrogance are alive and well in the good ole US of A.

    March 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Joan

    I agree with the Speaker of the House. It wouldn't be good for either of them or for the country. Aside from the fact that they have no chemistry, if I were Senator Clinton I'd be too annoyed with him for ruining my time in history especially since he has no better plans for anything than she has. He could have waited his turn and may still have to.

    March 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Tiachi

    Pelosi's comments are loaded... she would not want a female president, that would mean that she would no longer hold the highest position in American government.

    However, she does have a point. Mrs Clinton has beaten up too much on Obama and said too many nasty things to now take him aboard and he would be showing a sign of weakness by taking her, seeing as he is (lets not forget) leading in the polls.

    You must then take a step back and examine why Mrs Clinton would even suggest a thing... the constant plotter she is!!!

    Throw this strategy out and see if it works.

    March 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Roger, AR

    By the way, at one time it was possible. It was Obama's stump speech that has made it impossible. So all you Obama supporters are obviously trying to manipulate Pelosi's words to your advantage. Just like Obama manipulates all of you. Didn't you notice that Pelosi is neutral? You are all the reason I will never vote for Obama.

    March 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. Jill K.

    Oh, and I forgot to add... but how magnanimous of 2nd place Hillary to over Veep to 1st place Obama. Really! The nerve.

    March 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Eric Jack

    RE: Garry Lemons, Arkansas March 11th, 2008 3:46 pm ET

    Isn't voting based on gender equaled to voting based on race? When a white candidate receives 70% + of white votes couldn't under your logic be races?
    But, I guess the people in Wy, ID, UT, HI, IA... are all black. Or just maybe people are tired of the race / color issue and realize has done nothing to move us forward as a nation. I believe all races serve, fight, and have given their lives – they deserve better than the divisiveness of RACE!

    March 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Jeanne

    Never say never. But I agree. I don't believe it would work either way. Obama would be the loser in both cases. Too bad he can't win the bigger states. He'd have the nomination sewn up by now. Not that that would keep Clinton from sniping. Her hunger for power has eaten away at her good sense (if she ever had any to begin with).

    March 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. Don in IN

    to sc brown:
    Google whitewater, if you want to talk scandal and corruption Clinton is the definition!

    March 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. NMM

    I don't think Clinton is the only one that is behaving in a way that is unbecoming. Obama would NEVER be VP for any woman...at least that's the way he comes across. Over the course of this campaign, Obama has become more and more negative. While I admire his ability to inspire, he is a politician with aspirationsand ambitions of his own. The fact is that although you may not like her, this election has been split down the middle. Obama has not succeeded in eliminating her. She has a huge backing. That MUST be respected.

    March 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. FrankSmith

    No CNN should shut up about such a "dream ticket" and focus on 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 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. Steve

    yes you Obama fanatics. Listen to Nancy Pelosi. She has changed so much since the Democrats are in the majority! NOT
    She has not stood up to George.
    Don't you pie-eyed liberals realize that the Republican candidate with the endorsement of the worst president in history is running just about even with both of the Democrats. Is this not a wake-up call?
    United we stand a chance, divided, we are the laughing-stock of Fox News, Rush all of the rest.

    March 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Pon Mao

    Finally someone has better sense.

    Personally, I think Pelosi will make a much better "First woman President".

    Time to end the show for Clinton!

    March 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Gracie

    There is NO dream ticket, for Hillary Clinton to even suggest such an idiotic possibility is just another sign of her "true colors".

    The Hillary camp must be on drugs to even suggest something so stupid. This is what the Clintons do when they are in panic mode. They start grasping at air, not even straws but air!!

    I think Americans are getting sick and tired for the same old "politics as usual" tactics that the Clintons are known for. They run a very deceitful and disgraceful campaign. It's proven in the fact that her buddy Gov. Spritzer's involvement in prostitution is point and case. This guy acted and behaved as if he was above the law. Sound familiar? Geee, I wonder who else acts like she's the president already, even when she's in second place. Talk about ego.

    .

    March 11, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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