March 13th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Pelosi again rules out joint ticket

 Pelosi again said a joint ticket with Obama and Clinton won't happen.
Pelosi again said a joint ticket with Obama and Clinton won't happen.

(CNN) – The Democratic presidential ticket will be a "Dream Team," Nancy Pelosi said Thursday, it just won’t have both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's name on it.

Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, the House Speaker reiterated comments she made earlier in the week that the two presidential candidates will not end up sharing a ticket.

"I do think we will have a dream team, it just won't be those two names," She said. "Whoever our nominee is and whoever he or she is and whoever he or she chooses, will be a dream team as the Democrats go forward.”

When pressed further about the possibility of a joint ticket, Pelosi stated flatly, "Take it from me, that won't be the ticket."

The comments echoed remarks the Speaker made Tuesday, when she emphatically told a Boston television station that a joint ticket with Clinton and Obama is "impossible."

"I think that ticket either way is impossible," she said. "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."

Pelosi’s remarks came a day after Obama mocked Clinton and her campaign surrogates for raising the implication he would make a good vice president.

"With all due respect, I won twice as many states as Sen. Clinton. I've won more of the popular vote than Sen. Clinton. I have more delegates than Sen. Clinton. So, I don't know how somebody who's in second place is offering vice presidency to the person who's in first place," he said at a campaign event in Mississippi.

Related: Does Clinton benefit from so-called 'dream ticket' talk?

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. Dan, Michigan

    Was this trully necessary to say at this point?
    Geez... I don't like her.

    March 13, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Irishspacemonk

    Hmm...does anyone think it might be an Obama Pelosi ticket? Just a thought.

    March 13, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Randy - Denver

    Why does the MSM keep bringing this subject up? AN Obama/Clinton ticket would NOT be a dream ticket for anyone but the Republicans and to be honest a Clinton/Obama ticket would be worse.

    Now if Ms. clinton were to win a Clinton/Biden ticket would look interesting and when Mr. Obama wins an Obama/McCluskey ticket would certainly have good momentum

    March 13, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Sylvia

    Thanks to the recent behavior of Obama toward Clinton....THIS democrat is voting REBUBLICAN if Obama is on the ticket.....no way Obama

    March 13, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. An Army veteran

    The voice of reason.

    Go Obama!

    March 13, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Vince

    How about Obama/Pelosi?

    March 13, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Peter

    While I also do not believe there should be a Clinton-Obama ticket or an Obama-Clinton ticket, I missed the moment when someone died and put Pelosi in charge of naming the ticket.

    Peter S.
    Georgia

    March 13, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Amy in Iowa

    I am very glad that Pelosi has pointed out how Hillary basically endorsed McCain over her fellow party member Obama. Is Hillary even a real democrat? Because Hillary is surely destroying the democratic party with her kamikaze campaign.

    March 13, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. scbrown

    To Keith Olberman:

    How come Keith Olbermann didn't do a "Special Comment" about the horrible remarks that Jesse Jackson Jr made about Hillary on THEIR NETWORK?

    Jesse Jackson Jr comments about Hillary not crying over DEAD Katrina victims should have gotten a "Special Comment" from Keith Olberman.

    Also, there was racial overtone in his remarks.

    Obama never denounce these comments and Jackson is still a high level staff member in the Obama's camp

    As matter of fact, the media rarely even mention Jackson comments.

    Also, did Keith do a "Special Comment" about David Axerold indirectly accusing Hillary Clinton of Bhutto's Murder?

    I think even Norah O'Donnell found Jackson comments outrageous.

    March 13, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Aaron in Virginia

    For which, read: get ready to vote for Obama. Senior party leadership does NOT want to deal with the headache that a brokered Clinton nom would create, and it sounds like Pelosi is pretty certain it can be avoided.

    March 13, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Goodheart

    I don't get why Pelosi is taking this hard stance against a joint ticket? Maybe she's hoping for an Obama/Pelosi ticket? Can you imagine how liberal that ticket would be? Or, maybe she's thinking the first all woman ticket of Hillary/Pelosi.

    Who knows.. the only way to bring all the Democrats together (as they are quickly dividing) is to have a joint ticket. In fact, both candidates should announce now they would choose the other in order to unite all the Democratic voters. Instead, Pelosi is stating otherwise. Hard to figure.

    March 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. FabFem

    Go Nancy! Thank you for highlighting the Clintons' shameful remarks about Obama.

    Nancy didn't rely on her husband to get to the top job in Congress. She earned it on her own!

    March 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Larry from LA

    GOOD FOR YOU NANCY. I AGREE ABOUT A NO JOINT TICKET WITH OBAMA AND CLINTON.

    March 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Sly

    Pelosi is probably right.. I'm not sure how she is so confident at this point that it's impossible, but it's probably true.

    Especially if Barack gets the nomination. Hillary has way to much pride to be his VP, and she wouldnt even do it for the good of the party.

    OBAMA 08!

    March 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. NW Independent

    Have you seen the racist, America hating comments in the video of the preacher Obama claims in his book to be a large influence on him?
    These videos couples with Mrs. Obama's comments and his alignment with Farrakhan make him pretty much unelectable in the general.
    The Dems. better start thinking Hillary now for sure!
    You'd think BO would have distanced himself a long time ago from these things……….or maybe not?

    The DNC now has an easy way out of allowing Obama forward, just include both the MI and FL votes as is in the interest of fairness. That gives HRC enough to claim the supers without to much fuss.

    March 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. jfs Memhis, Tn

    I'm in Memphis now(almost 17yrs.) .Nancy was Rep in my old district.......... I am so proud of her !!!! She truely has the concern of the party and the country on the forefront of her agenda. She has the second most powerful job in Washinton. Hillary, Boxer, and Finstien should all have taken lessons from this outstanding leader !!!! They couls learn much.

    March 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Hillary unsensord visit youtube. get the picture yourself.

    Of Course there won't be.

    March 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Carl

    A lady that promised change failed to deliever, and now she wants a divided democratic party over these two candidates.

    She must me a republican spy haha.

    March 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Gorefan

    In 1992, at a campaign stop at James Monroe High School's Law & Government Magnet School in L.A., then Gov. Clinton told the student audience that the choice of a vice-presidential candidate should not be based on political considerations. "I think it is important that this be perceived as sort of a non-political decision...". He critized President Bush for selecting Dan Quayle for political reasons. He also has been quoted as saying the choice should be someone who "can be a good President if something happens to Bill Clinton." (all references are from NY Times articles April/ May, 1992).

    So, when Hillary and Bill Clinton suggested that Sen. Obama would make a good choice for vice-president was it,

    A.) a serious lack of judgement on their parts, or

    B.) an indication that they believe that Senator Obama is qualified to be president.

    I don't believe there is a third option.

    Gore/Obama '08. Experience and Judgement

    March 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA

    Obama would tarnish his reputation, for ever, no matter how he got tied with Hillary. There is no way, in my opinion, that he would jump in that dirt pit. These are the same people that are using race to frighten white voters from voting for him, and dividing our country in any way they can in order to get a vote for the queen of scandal.

    March 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. Austin, Texas

    Obama's strategy isn't the one that will win.

    Obama = Macro
    Hillary = Micro

    Hillary, by conserving her finances, has spent less money than Obama, and will lead in the popular vote when this is all said and done. She will not lead in pledged delegates, but Super Delegates will allign with her based on the popular vote.

    Her strategy was far superior to Obama's. After PA and FL/MI revotes, Hillary will be the clear front runner in popular votes. Super Delegates would be stupid to go against that. It would be another Al Gore/Bush moment. Bush won presidency tho Gore got the popular vote. We all know how we took that.

    Obama is a great candidate, but his strategy was flawed. Hillary played the right strategy, and will go on to be the Democratic nominee.

    March 13, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. Celia

    They are gettin lots of calls on another issue that they have to deal with. I don't see how there could be an Obama / Clinton ticket and this was something that Senaor Clinton initiated a short while back and it is coming home to roost. Denial is not a River in Egypt.

    March 13, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. spirit of america

    There will be no dream ticket this year. That is clear. There may be a nightmare outcome with a McSame as Bush victory. That is also clear, but thankfully totally avoidable with a Hillary nomination.

    March 13, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. txpoodoo

    Does she know something that know one else knows?

    Hmmmmmm......

    March 13, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Debra

    I think that Pelosi should consult her crystal ball if she thinks that it will be a dream ticket without both of them on the ballot. Because then it is the Democratic party that is dreaming if they think a nominee that only appeals to half of the Democrats could ever win against the Republicans without the other half. .

    March 13, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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