May 9th, 2008
12:20 PM ET
7 years ago

Kennedy says no to joint ticket

Ted Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama last January.
Ted Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama last January.

(CNN) – Add Obama supporter Sen. Ted Kennedy to the list of joint-ticket naysayers.

In an interview airing this weekend, the Massachusetts senator told Bloomberg’s Al Hunt that despite widespread talk of a ticket featuring both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, "I don't think it's possible."

He added that “…I would hope that he would also give consideration to somebody that has - is in tune with his appeal for the nobler aspirations of the American people. And I think if we had real leadership - as we do with Barack Obama - in the number-two spot as well, it'd be enormously helpful.”

Kennedy also said that he had not spoken with former President Bill Clinton since endorsing Barack Obama.


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  1. Kennedy

    Now why would Obama want an "Old Politician" like Kennedy. Out with the old – in with the new right. Not that anyone cares who Obama picks in the first place. But just for argument sake, Kennedy DID pave the way for Obama in a huge way I might add – so Obama owes him. Now that sounds like the old politics right?

    Hillary supporters – do listen to any junk about uniting the party – or if you don't vote for Obama blood from Iraq will be on your hands, and all the other intimidating things his supporters will try to lay on you. They are full of hot air – Obama will be in four years and Iraq will still be going on – he cannot do anything any quicker than anyone else.

    NO OBAMA

    May 9, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. rose, texas

    kennedy is nothing like his brothers, and never will b. he is a trader and i have no repect 4 the man, did he not cheat on his wife 2. and people have the nerve 2 talk about bill. please.....come nov. i will write hillary name in and that's what all those hillary supporters should do 2. kennedy is a disgrace.

    May 9, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Linda

    Hillary Clinton has a strong 49% of the vote. Without her on the ticket, I seriously doubt Barack Obama will win the states he needs. It is Democratic political suicide to discount her strength. There are just too many people willing to jump to McCain without her on the ticket. This race between them is almost 50-50. If her people had put time and energy into organizing in the caucus states, she would be the leader right now.

    Many people say she is "old politics." Like the old politics that fought for and won Roe v. Wade for us and so many other democratic policies that benefit us today? If he loses the race against McCain, and Roe v. Wade becomes history, maybe many of these young people will understand why so many people are grateful to her generation.

    May 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Tim in Iowa

    I would like to ask the Obama supporters why there is so much bitterness in these blogs? You would think that he was the one that was behind in the race. What we are witness to is what politics is all about. It is not for the weak of heart, it is a full contact sport. Agree or disagree. that is our right . But we do not have a right to tear any of the candidates down with personal attacks, and the stands for McCain, Hillary and Obama.
    A Irish Catholic, white, male, Or should it not be an American of Irish heritage who is Catholic and male. Until we figure it out we will forever be divided...........

    May 9, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. Bridget

    Jim Webb for VP! He would make an awesome VP choice.

    May 9, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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