April 9th, 2008
03:20 PM ET
7 years ago

Pelosi again says joint ticket won't happen

 Pelosi doesn't see a joint ticket with Clinton and Obama.
Pelosi doesn't see a joint ticket with Clinton and Obama.

(CNN) - A presidential ticket including both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama would surprise many political watchers, but none more so than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The California Democrat has repeatedly called such a ticket "impossible," and in an interview with mtvU student journalists Tuesday, she said flatly, "I don't see it."

"In this case, I don't see that as politically expedient," Pelosi said. "New York, Illinois…either one I believe are going to be strong Democratic states. I think it is up to the nominee to choose his or her vice presidential candidate."

Pelosi also seemed to suggest the two current Democratic presidential contenders wouldn't feel comfortable together on the same ticket.

"The person that is good is the person the presidential candidate feels comfortable with," she said, adding later, "I've just been involved in politics for a very long time and I just don't think that would be the ticket."

soundoff (356 Responses)
  1. Matthew Lowsey

    Speaker Pelosi needs to just stop commenting about this. She is really starting to get on my nerves... I would not mind seeing a joint ticket with Obama on top of course but if he chooses someone else then that is fine as well. But Speaker Pelosi needs to let the process play out and not make these repeated enthusiasm killers. I used to like Speaker Pelosi but she is over-stepping her position as Speaker of the House.

    April 9, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. LA

    I am not sure why Speaker Pelosi keeps talking about this. Has she been promised the VP spot too?

    April 9, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. MW Los Angeles

    That's right, it wont happen folks let it go!!!!!

    And for the Nobama's and Kentuckyboy's (under the Clinton backer to Obama story) leaving their comments. If you are so bent out of shape about Obama and the PAST Wright issue to the point where you feel you will be ashamed to be an American (Per NOBAMA) go to another country and find residence. Because if you weren't or haven't been ashamed of your country over the PAST 8 years and tolerated the BS under the present President we know what the REAL problem is...and it ain’t Wright. Try looking in the mirror you hypocrites. You were probably some of the same few talking mess about Michelle’s comment. Again I say look in the mirror. No matter who is chosen we should all be thankful to live in the great USA. Pay attention to what’s going on around the world, idiots and be thankful you are HERE with President Obama or Clinton.

    Obama 08

    April 9, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Manuel TX

    Ok Nancy, we're clear on your opinion.

    Still, it's just your opinion and nothing more, unless of course you're trying to position yourself for the VP slot.
    :)

    April 9, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. vic nashville,Tn

    Look like Pelosi is next Vice President !!!!!!
    Obama/Pelosi
    then
    My vote for Mc Cain

    April 9, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. starfire426, Salem VA

    You're absolutely correct, Speaker Pelosi...having Hillary as the VP on an Obama ticket would be likened to handing McCain the Presidency on a silver platter.

    Not gonna happen!!!

    April 9, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Thank you

    Smart Lady... This ticket would be a disaster either way. I want the Dems to win, but I want it to work past the election and I don't see Hillary taking a back seat to anyone and I don't see Obama having a chance in Hell at being heard when lodged between the Clintons.

    April 9, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Ohio Dem

    What's her deal? WHY is she still talking? Enough already. Just take the donkey down the road and shoot it in the head why don't you!

    April 9, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Frank Biosah

    Can somebody tell me how this careless comment helps the democratic party? It is obvious that Ms Pelsi does not like Hillary Clinton but one is disappointed that she is not mature enough to keep it to her self.

    By the way, I am a African-Canadian who supports Barack Obama but I believe that the good of the party and country should guide people in political position when they make statements.

    April 9, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Lee

    Barack is too charismatic to play second fiddle...and Hillary feels too entitled to this presidency to be VP. There won't be any ballot combination that works with these two...

    April 9, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Thomas, LA

    Geeze, who would possibly thing Obama would consent to letting Hillary be his VP? He'd be afraid she'd do him in to get in the big chair.

    April 9, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. SPQR753

    Suggestion for Mrs. Pelosi:

    Mind your own business!

    April 9, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. NObama

    Pelosi should step down!

    A party leader's job is to make impossible possible but not to divide the party. She ought to be held accountable if the Democretic Party loses in the general election.

    April 9, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Eric-PA

    Open your eyes Pelosi (new Obama girl)! The best way to unite the party would be to have both of them on the same ticket as the popular vote is nearly split in half. Polls indicate that voters who chose the candidate that loses the nomination, will not support the nominee. This is more so for the Hillary backers who will vote for McCain, including me, if Obama gets the nomination.

    April 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Tired of Idots

    Let's get real here. We will never see that happen because if Obama did offer her the vice presidency she would decline. She is to Arrogant and egotistical to accept being number 2. THAT'S ONLY FOR THE BEDROOM.

    April 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. dave, michigan

    So House Speaker Nancy Pelosi believes that Obama/Cliton aren't going to be on the ticket together. This will be the only thing that she has ever got right. She may have been in politics for a very long time but is she still just a left wing nut.

    April 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Adam

    Nancy shoudl shut her stupid trap and stay out of it!

    April 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. peter

    I am a Obama supporter. I, for one, will not vote for Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama ticket. My vote will be for Nader if that happens. Let Obama pick someone other than Clinton. Why do you want to contaminate the clean water with mud.

    Whenever the Lanny Davis guy, one of the very few staunch supporters of Hillary, opens any orifice in his body, he always attacks Obama and gloats about Hillary's alleged experience.

    April 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. 2008 for Obama

    OBAMA/PELOSI TICKET YEAH

    April 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. jimmy velman

    WHEN DID NANCY PELOSI BECOME A GURU , A PROPHET , A SAGE AND PREDICTING THE DEMOCRATIC TICKET?
    ON THE CONTRARY, THE NOMINEE WILL NOT CHOOSE THE RUNNING MATE THAT HE OT SHE FEELS "COMFORTABLE WITH"
    THE NOMINEE WILL NOT CHOOSE A RUNNING MATE SHE/HE DOES NOT LIKE (PERSONALLY OR OTHERWISE.) THE CHOICE REALLY BOILS DOWN TO REALITY: THE VP WHOULD BE ONE TO COMPLEMENT AND GIVE STRENGHT TO THE TICKET. AFTER THE ELECTION, THE VP POST IS LARGELY AT THE BEHEST OF THE PRESIDENT WHOEVER THAT MAY BE.
    PELOSI SHOULD STICK WITH IRONING HER PANTS AND STOP PROGNOSTICATING.. I WOULD LISTEN TO SENATOR H. REID ON THE SUBJECT RATHER THAN PELOSI.

    April 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Kevin

    I'm amazed that people still think a joint-ticket is possible. What fantasy land are they living in? No matter how "good" you think such a thing might be, it is not going to happen, simply because of the under-lying hostility it would create. With fanatical supporters on BOTH sides, it's probably an extremely dangerous security scenario, too.

    will...not...happen

    April 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. mila

    then put pelosi in the joint ticket that's what she wants

    April 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Crystal CA

    I completely agree with Nacy Pelosi, BUT I still cannot stand this woman. SHe is a horrible politician, and a horrible person

    April 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Allen in NC

    He'd be a fool to run anything, but away from this PERSON?....

    April 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Tex

    You have that right! Having Hillary on the ticket as VP will cost the Democrats big time votes. The fall out will impact on Democratic races for the House, Senate, Governorships on down. In fact, having Hillary on the ticket as Prez will doom the entire party and Republicans know it. That is why they are wanting to be so helpful ensuring her nomination and Limbaugh's call to Republicans to cross over as they did in Ohio and Texas.

    Uncommitted Democratic super delegates need to come on out for Obama now.

    April 9, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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