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. LMDJ

    Obama is winning this thing fair and square. More states. More delegates. More popular vote.

    I wish Hilliary would just drop out! She is dragging the party down with her divisive, kitchen sink tactics. Americans have Clinton fatigue.

    No matter what McCain and Hilliary supporters say: People want change!

    Prediction: Obama/woman VP such as Kansas Governor Selebius will help unify dem party. Landslide win in November!

    March 13, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. keg

    clinton is too divisive,Madam speaker pls move on with the good job

    March 13, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Mac

    My guess is that its going to be a McCain/Bush (Jeb) ticket....just to keep the family in power.

    March 13, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Clyde, TX

    talk about the dream ticket?
    The new dream ticket is McCain-Hillary

    March 13, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Chris - Hemet, Ca.

    The Clinton Years Memory Quiz:
    Who remembers Jennifer Flowers et al?
    Who remembers Monica Lewinski?
    Who remembers White Water?
    Who remembers "I did not have sexual relations with that women?"
    Who remembers the definition of "it?"
    Who remembers impeachment procedings?
    Who remembers a pardon to a corrupt high rolling Clinto campaign contributor? On and on and on.
    Oh yea, let's do that again!!!

    March 13, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. wanda

    Patrick!

    You're an idiot!1

    At first I thought no one could be that limited in their thinking then I remembered,

    "Yes they can!"

    March 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Warren

    Steny Hoyer for Speaker! This imbecile has got to go.

    March 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. LC

    Why is Pelosi even talking? Obama's own senior foreign policy adviser , Susan Rice, said Obama wasn't ready to answer that 3 a.m. call.

    And while people are apologizing
    Now General McPeak needs to apologize for saying that Obama is a better commander-in-chief because he doesn't "go on television and have crying fits?" That's the gender card. Men can well up and be "sensitive" but a woman can't show a tear. Obama–reject and denounce this man–and then apologize.

    Although it's a good thing to add to Obama's resume–doesn't cry on TV. That really rounds it out.

    March 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. im4hillary, GA

    Patrick,

    We all African Americans don't think alike, but most voted for skin color as you said. At least, I voted for the issue (substance). Hillary 08!!!!

    March 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Tim

    It's nice to see that such blatant attempts at spin and media narrative manipulation are backfiring, no matter who it's coming from. Clinton was basically asking Obama to throw the election, which is both stupid and insulting.

    An Obama/Pelosi ticket would never happen. Being Speaker is a pretty comfortable gig and probably a more effective position for shaping policy than VP.

    March 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Jeff

    Hillary is a republican! She ENDORSED John MC Cain. Nancy is right. she belong to the MC Cain/Clinton ticket.

    March 13, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Martha

    Why would someone as inspiring as Senator Obama would want to have someone as divisive as Clinton on his ticket?

    March 13, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. rusty

    Fact: Obama is a BLACK male, intelligent/educated , talented senator from Illinois.
    Fact: Hillary is a WHITE female , intelligent/educated, talented senator from New York
    Fact: I'm not racist for stating these facts.
    Fiction: Hillary-Obama or Obama-ticket.

    March 13, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Russian

    Russia strongly supports Obama!
    Go Obama!

    March 13, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Jude

    Why doesn't CNN every post my comment? I wonder? Lets see if they have the guts to post this! Shes speaking the truth...HRC basically bashing Obama so she could be elected and because of that...there is no way in h*ll that there could be a dream ticket!!!! Way to go HRC...now she needs to go before more damage is done!!! Thanks for speaking about Speaker Pelosi.

    March 13, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. stacy

    why does this woman come across as being a smiling phoney?

    March 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. piecrust

    OBAMA ONLY HAS A VOICE BUT NO REASON!!!! A LIGHTWEIGHT IN THE LIKES OF BUSHLITE!!!

    March 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Jude

    Why doesn't CNN every post my comment? I wonder? Lets see if they have the guts to post this! Shes speaking the truth…HRC basically bashing Obama so she could be elected and because of that…there is no way in h*ll that there could be a dream ticket!!!! Way to go HRC…now she needs to go before more damage is done!!! Thanks for speaking the truth Speaker Pelosi.

    March 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. Mike

    Patrick,

    Your comments are wrong and you are not a TRUE DEMOCRAT!!

    African Americans are now supporting OBAMA in large numbers because of the following reasons:

    Most Latino's said that will not vote for OBAMA because he is BLACK!!

    Most Southern and low income whites like you said they simply will not vote for a BLACK Man.

    They are telling people that BEING BLACK IS A PROBLEM in AMERICA!

    However, you want BLACKS to not vote for him!! Well I have news for you and others like you, WE WILL NOT ABANDON OBAMA!!! Some one has to STAND STRONG FOR CHANGE!! I'm sorry that you will not be!!

    March 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. John B.

    I agree HPBoston, there is still a long ways to go, but it doesn't change the fact that she should at least be leading before trying to offer the vice presidency to someone.

    March 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. Chicago Democrat

    If Democratic voters want them on the same ticket, then they should be on the same ticket. What is Pelosi thinking? She needs to stop making these divisive comments.

    And to the Democrats out there who wouldn't vote for a Clinton-Obama ticket, perhaps they should think about what it will be like to live in a country where women go to jail for having an abortion, where there are no anti-trust laws, where schools are resegregated, where we have perpetual war... Think about it. Your personal feelings about the candidate don't matter in the end. We just need a Democrat who will impliment the party's values and keep the supreme court from becoming an asylum for legal nut cases!

    March 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Clinton and ANYONE!

    Clinton/Richardson

    Clinton/Biden

    Clinton/Edwards

    Doesn't matter – either way, Clinton is at the top of the ticket.

    March 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Landers

    It's simple. All Obama has to do is win Pennsylvania. Can he do it? Can he put Senator Clinton away?

    If Pennsylvania goes to Clinton, then it's obvious that there's a lot of Democrats out there that want Hillary to stay in!!! But Senator Obama can wash all that away – just win Pennsylvania!!! Pennsylvania is a closed primary to democrats only. If Obama can't win there, then why should anyone expect Senator Clinton to drop out?

    March 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. MN Woman

    Shut up Ms. Peolsi and get back to work, or better start doing some work. You've been a party failure! So you're the only woman who gets to hold high office in WA.? You need a muzzle. Recent articles have Obama saying it's a possibliity. But he may be a congential liar so I can't say I believe him.

    March 13, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. Oh Really

    Obama / Edwards
    Obama / Webb

    If Hillary Clinton is anywhere NEAR the ticket, I will cast my vote for John McCain or even (God help us) Ralph Nader.

    March 13, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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