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. Amit

    Thanks You Nancy Pelosi for finally speaking out.

    Hillary please stop dividing the Democratic Party for your own selfish reasons, please. If you are a true democrat you will not play dirty politics against your fellow democrats.

    Thanks again Nancy! Hope others speakup soon and start uniting the Democrats for the real prize. United We Stand!

    March 11, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Chris, Orlando

    Like she gets to decide.

    While your fat mouth is opining on the race, why don't you say something useful? Tell Barack to pack his bags and go home.

    If Obama wins, I'm voting McCain.

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

    Mrs. Pelosi points to this fact that Mrs. Clinton just said that she would like Mr. Obama as her VP to win the Democtratic nomination. Mrs. Clinton has shown that she would do anything for it. At least this move did not hurt the Democtratic party, did not help Republicans.

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

    Do you think Wolfson and her other PR people just stand out of site during her speeches and just shake there heads? If I had to front for her I would lose my freaking mind!

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

    Hilary as held an elected office since 2000, Obama since 1997! What are you guys talking about.

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

    OWNED!!!!! Hillary your days are numbered!

    March 11, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Ed from PA

    Thanks for pointing this out Madame Speaker. United we stand, divided we fall.

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

    shame on you madam speaker, shame on you...for taking so long to come out and say what everyone is thinking.

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

    Pelosi is a liar, Hillary didn't say McCain would make a better commander in chief she said he had more experience like her than Obama when it came to foreign affairs only. Pelosi is a blowhard and I can't stand watching her blink 50 million times a second when she is either speaking or sitting on her throne in back of Bush.

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

    BILLARY-MCCAIN THE DREAM TICKET.

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

    Obama wouldn't foolish enough to be VP for her. Look how Bill ruined Al Gore's politcal career.

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

    "Clinton Administration?" was that a slip of the tongue?

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

    Pelosi is a traitor. Women are their own worst enemies, and if we never have a woman president, that's why. If it wasn't for agressive, tough, ambituous women like Senator Clinton, women wouldn't have the right to vote still, let alone become president. It wasn't sweet warm nurturing women that brought about suffrage, I'm sure.

    March 11, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. polly molly

    Obama Pelosi ticket may be?
    I would support Pelosi anytime, she is a woman of integrity and honesty, and has worked hard for her position and not rely on her husband's 35 years............

    thank you Mrs. Pelosi, I Hope more democrats step out and say it, it is time we speak out...

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

    Blinking Polosi come's out of the shadows and give's her two cents.

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

    Can anyone calculate the voters state by state? I do think Hillary won more voters but less delegates now. Because in the big state, a pledged delegate represents more voters than in the small state. And in the primary, a pledged delegate represents more voters than in the caucuse.

    March 11, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. JDC

    Both Clinton and Obama are too arrogant to take second place!

    March 11, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. phillip, monterey ca

    JULIA , SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE AMERICAN. I FEEL THE SAME WAY

    It's true. It would hve been possible a month ago, but Senator Clinton flushed that possibility right down her kitchen sink

    March 11, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Chuck in Oregon

    Pretty bad when the top Democratic leader has in a very nice politically correct way chastized the runner up in this process.
    I would predict that if this enrages the voting public as much as I think it has, Obama will pretty much sweep the remaining states. There is no reason for comments like this entering the race, it is shamefull to put it in a politically correct way.

    March 11, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. An Agnostic Democrat

    Well, whad'ya know ... the truth. Now if there was a certain female candidate who could tell the truth once in a while, we'd all be shocked to know it as a most remote possibility. At least Nancy Pelosi embodies all that is good and progressive about her gender, instead of manipulating and twisting the american pyche and reality in knots and perpetuating a long-held, undeserved stereotype.

    March 11, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Stephanie, PA

    Thank you, Speaker Pelosi for speaking the truth. The Clinton campaign is throwing this idea around like it can actually happen. Maybe it would have been a possibility if the attacks weren't so nasty and personal, but they have essentially ruined that opportunity. There will never be an Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama ticket. And guess what....the Clinton campaign never wanted that anyway!

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

    i agree. hillary clinton stooped to some of the lowest and sleaziest moments of this race these past few months. she is honestly quite evil. as a senior citizen i will line up to caucus for obama when he comes to Pennsylvania. Dont give up Mr. Obama!

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

    Nancy Pelosi is a lot smarter than G. Ferraro. And I am glad for that.

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

    I am very proud to have Nancy Pelosi speak up regarding this issue, because Mrs. Clinton is not thinking of the Democratic Party at all. You never demoralize a member of your party for personal gains.

    It's unfortunate that a First Lady (Mrs. Clinton) and political official (Mrs. Clinton) should behave in the manner in which she is conducting herself. It's not about being the first women or first black. It's what is good for the "Country".

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

    Give me a break. Peloski is for Obama. She couldn't stand it if Hillary was President and usurped her power. This is women fighting women and Peloski keeps adding fuel to the flames. California is watching.

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