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. Vic

    A dream team would be nice. No McCain to extend the war. Hey Nancy, when are you gona stand up to the Bush administration and stop say no!! You are giving him everything he wants. I hope you don't mind him tapping your phones!! You know you are the leader so act like one!!!1

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

    Nancy, so now is time for change, let the people remove the status quo from washington and lets change this country for the better.

    clinton only wants obama on her side so she can win and get bill and monica back in the whitehouse

    March 13, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Dian Mo

    Pelosi, shut up! Both Clinton and Obama proposed their version of joint ticket. What is wrong with you?

    The only job for Democrits now is which version of joint ticket that you wanted. Let do the mail-in votes by every registered Democrats in USA now.

    Rush! Rush! If you don't want to have other 8 year republic party government under John McCain.

    March 13, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Brandon

    And Nancy thinks anyone listens to her?

    March 13, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. jhs

    Hey Peloski, do you think YOUR name is going to be on the ticket? If it's with Obama, you don't have a chance in hell!

    March 13, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Independent

    I don't think these statements are forceful enough.
    We really need level-headed party advocates to come out and tell Clinton that in spite of her strong support, she is just not what is right for the party.

    FACTS:
    The majority of Clinton supports have always and will always go to the polls for a Democrat.

    The majority of Obama supports are new voters who have been energized by his message, his track record, and what he can do from day 1 in Washington, and they just aren't going to get out in the same numbers for Clinton.

    A significant portion of Obama supporters are on the fence between him and McCain – Clinton can't even almost boast that (unless she wants to count people taking advice from Rush and other Republican talking heads to vote for her in hopes of keeping this contest going). These are people that McCain attracts in larger numbers the longer Clinton is in the contest and not allowing the true party visionary to connect with these crucial voters.

    Democratic Party Leaders:
    Get on the phone with Clinton and tell her it's just not in the cards. The longer she lets this go on, the less likely it will be that we – WE THE PEOPLE, we win in Nov.

    March 13, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Annamica, OH

    I don't want Obama anywhere near a Clinton ticket. He is the embodiment of hypocrisy, but I do believe Pelosi will come to eat her words.

    Hillary 08!

    March 13, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Celia

    OH, I FORGOT... I WOULD VOTE FOR AN OBAMA / PELOSI TICKET. SHE IS IN THIRD PLACE (BUSH, CHENEY, PELOSI ) NOW.

    I THINK SHE IS SMART, TACTFUL, TRUSTWORTHY, TRUSTWORTHY, TRUSTWORTHY, POLISHED AND SHARP!!!!!

    OBAMA & PELOSI 2008!!!!

    March 13, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Amy in Iowa

    Hillary may really be a Republican Manchurian Candidate in disguise.

    March 13, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Rohit

    Divisive politics by Clinton has hurt the party and given Republicans an advantage.

    Clinton will do anything for power. Shameful campaign by shameless people.

    March 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. M.

    I only hope that whatever dream team emerges from this fiasco is the team that takes back the White House...Let's move forward...There's been enough moving back and standing still...Come on Democrats, you have a lot to offer...Don't blow it!

    March 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Chad

    Seriously it is not her place to call it. Seems she has some jealousy of her own for Hillary Clinton.

    March 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Mark N

    Hillary needs him much more than he needs her. She needs his young voters, she needs to regain the black vote, she needs his independant votes and she needs his message. All she would offer him is the Democratic base which will in large part follow whoever wins the nomination and the rest could be won with a number of much less polorizing figures.
    I normally don't agree with Nancy Pelosi but this time she is spot on.

    March 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. Dusacre

    Have you ever loved a person deeply that has betrayed you over and over and you get to the point where you don't hate her but your feeling about her is totally dead? This is how many Americans feel about the Clintons. Since the 90's we got one scandal after another with the Clintons and we have been lied over and over by them.

    I am of the opinion that Hillary is doing republicans dirty job. This may explain why 1 in 4 of her voters in Mississippi were republicans who don't intend to vote for her in November are voting for her now. I am Latino, but the Clinton will never get my vote. It is one thing to go against your opponent and another thing to say that McCain and Hillary are ready to be Commander in Chief but Obama is not. How does that help our party?

    You know, former president Bush has 8 years experience as vice president and 4 years experience as president; he used the experience argument against Bill Clinton in 1992 but we voted for the Bill Clinton. I campaigned for Bill. 16 years later the Clintons are using the very same argument against a fellow democrat, Obama who will end up facing McCain in November. How can Hillary possibility bring the party together when Obama will get the nomination? You did not see republicans using this kind of destructive politics on each other.

    March 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. tomdavie

    Pelosi is stupid to make these comments. Both Obama and Clinton supporters wont support the other. Even if their candidate endorses the other 'for the record' to unite the party.

    What an IDIOT Pelosi is.

    March 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. ShameShameHill

    IF HILLARY DO NOT STOP ALL THESE NEGATIVITY NEITHER WILL HER OR OBAMA BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT. SHE IS DIVIDING THE PARTY WITH HER SNEAKY WAYS..

    I WAS FOR HER BUT NOW I WILL BE SWITCHING MY SUPPORT TO OBAMA. SHE BRINGS HATE AND HE IS TRYING TO BRING PEACE AND THAT IS WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEED.

    March 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. NEVEROBAMA

    HILLARY/EDWARDS

    GO HILLARY
    GO HILLARY
    GO HILLARY

    March 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Chuck in Oregon

    Thank YOU. I have been saying this from the very beginning. No matter how you spin it, it will not work. It is not that there is a deep seated problem between the two (Hillary and Barack). It is a simple fact that they are two complete different people, that although they have simular ideas their thought process are completely different. Their personalities will clash severly and that is the bottom line.
    So now lets finally elect a democrate to take on John McCain.

    March 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Jessica

    Sounds right. As much as I used to respect Hillary Clinton, she's more in line with John McCain (and sings praises of) than Barack Obama. If you want a real contrast with John McCain and the politics that he represents, there is no way you can have either a Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama ticket.

    March 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. HP Boston

    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.
    -
    Barack honey that is only part of this race...long way to go!
    You just talk your dreams and they will come!
    Better slam McCain every minute as you do it so nicely and gently and with HOPE in your heart! With al due respect is so very LAME!

    March 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. California Independent

    Why do these people insist on making up their own quotes? lalalalalala It is either Obama roolz again or Pelose must be getting senile. At least she has enough brain cells left to know the (gag) dream ticket is a bad idea.

    If it isn't Clinton, McCain '08

    March 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. ShameShameHill

    WAKE UP HILLARY SUPPORTER... SHE AND HER LITTLE GROUP IS STARTING ALL THIS....READ AND LISTEN

    March 13, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Banko

    Go Madam Speaker . Good job. Hillary is a republican indisguise.

    March 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. jhs

    Matter of fact, if either your name (Pelosi) or Obama's name are on the ticket, for the first time in my voting life (since 1976) I'll vote republican!
    Keep your nose out of the candidates business!

    March 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. AJ

    Scooby Doo would be a better Commander in Chief than Obama. For do-nothing Pelosi to critisize the Clintons is a disgrace. Pelosi has got to be the WORST Speaker of the House in modern history.

    March 13, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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