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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Ted Kennedy
soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Patty-California

    Ted who?

    May 9, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. johnny d

    Mrs Clinton has never killed anyone. Kennedy and his old junky, rapist family should go hell. Mrs Clinton is more noble that all the Kennedys put together. They are bunch of drunks. Without Clinton the ticket I will not vote for Barack. He should shut up and go die in grace.

    May 9, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. JO

    Kennedy is long past due for the old peoples home. Time to go ... now!

    May 9, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Peter in PA

    That one white person who will vote for Obama!,

    "No HIllary for VP, Barack would have to sleep with one eye open!"

    hahahhahhha that was the funniest thing I ever heard!!!

    May 9, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Marcus Magice

    Clinton supporters are laughable she lies, cheats, and threatens another war (Miss Bush) and you all still love her. She voted for this foreign policy disaster that's costing us billions and you still love her. And she voted for the bankruptcy act which made it harder for Americans to file for bankruptcy. And now that the economy is bad many many people need to be relieved of their debt. Man....can I get the number of a few of you Hillary supporters?? I need a good punching bag.

    May 9, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. PCS / North Carolina

    Sarah wrote May 9th, 2008 3:01 pm ET

    "This Dem is voting McCain in November

    Democrats are a Joke.

    President Obama ? God help us all"

    Yes, go ahed and vote Mc Same. With the "Bomb, Bomb,bomb" and 100yrs in Iraq, we will not have a country.

    THERE WOULD NOT BE A GOD TO HELP YOU. BECAUSE EVERYTHING WILL HAVE TO COME FROM CHINA.

    May 9, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Marc

    I agree. After saying that White America would not vote for Obama as if we are back in the 50's and 60's, I would not want her on my ticket. Her elitist comments are coming to light. She also made it seem like White voters who don't have a college education are the only ones voting for her because she will help them. Lets see if she did make it to the White House if they could get a job. Thats when the real Hillary would come out and only the people that donated money to Bills donors list have a say. Like the Saudi's, the Palestinians and Qatar. Oh yes, Colombia, China and the list goes on and on.

    May 9, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. JoeM

    I was born a Republican, lived a Republican and will die a Republican, but I gave a write in vote for Obama and will vote for him in the general election. I am 78 years old and tired of "politics as usual".

    May 9, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Scott

    In 4 years, after Obama tries and fails to push through pipe dreams of policy in domestic affairs and sells off our national security interests to satisfy international opinion, even the most die hard Obama supporters today will be saying, "i wish i had voted differently in 08...."

    A good public presentation and an effective media spin machine does not make good leadership.

    May 9, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    COLLIN POWELL !! The Best of Both Parties..!! UNBEATABLE..!
    PHENOMINAL !
    A TICKET FOR EVERYONE.! DEMOCRATS & REPUBLICANS UNITED..

    May 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Zoey

    Ouch! Kennedy laid the smackdown on Hiliary.

    May 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. jim

    How about Al Sharpton?

    May 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Tanveer Khan

    When Tedd Kennedy was running for the President in 1980 against Jimmy Carter, they had so much animosity that he didnt even shook his hands with President Carter at the Deomcratic Convention. I think that before bashing Hillary Clinton for trying to ruin Obama, he should look at his past also. After his Tussle with President Carter, the Democrates lost the 1980 General Election. Atleast Hilary is still winning against Obama and even though he is the presumptive nominee,she is still ahead in polls in some of the remaining contests. She is in a more dignified position that Tedd when he was running against President Carter.

    May 9, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Doctor DooLittle

    It is imperative to know the next president of the United States is standing with Israel and not with the PLO or Hamas. History has proven that PLO & Hamas can't be trusted. If a family can send & encourage their sons to blow themselves up for virgins, there is something wrong with their minds!

    May 9, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Anthony Heyward In New York City

    No to Hillary Clinton. I just don't like her as a person. The ticket should be either Obama-Clark or Obama-Bloomberg

    May 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. You Know Who

    Three people who will add value to the ticket with Obama are Kerry/Richardson/Edwards. Ofcourse, I am looking so...........forward to Obama Presidency. He has the right ingredients to make a great president.

    May 9, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Smith

    Bloggers of the World Unite, you "have nothing to lose but your brains"!

    May 9, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Jangel

    To Caroline,
    Foreign governments? The Red scare?
    Sounds like McCarthyism is still alive and well in the ol' US of A.
    Sure there are foreign governments who want Obama. They sure as hell don't want more of the same, after all.

    May 9, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. IN stopped her

    Ouch! Teddy can you be more clear about how you feel about Hillary?

    May 9, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Linda

    No. Hell No. Never. Just No.

    May 9, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. OBAMA 08!

    KENNEDY ROCKS
    SO DOES OBAMA

    STOP CRYING HILLARY SUPPORTERS AND JUST JUMP ON THE OBAMA BOAT.

    May 9, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. L Cruiz

    It is none of his BUSINESS!!!!! The PEOPLE want to VOTE!!!!!!!! Are we no longer democratic RULE!!!

    May 9, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Nia - AZ by way of MN

    No joint ticket...no no no no..no! it wouldn't make since. Hillary has to many Lobbyist to to cater to for Obama's Change to happen. She'll be politics as usual dead weight.

    May 9, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. Ashley, PA

    Without a joint ticket, there is no way I can vote for Obama. I would either have to defect to McCain (a wreteched thought) or stay home. I can't in good conscious vote for this man.

    May 9, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. silence do good

    Margaret – you are brilliant! "It appears that Kennedy is speaking for Obama. ... He ulimately will not be in control."

    I am already wondering who Obama's "Dick Cheney" will be. Who will be the puppet master?

    May 9, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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