May 9th, 2008
12:20 PM ET
10 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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soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Scott

    I look forward to hearing Kennedy's endorsement of Hillary since Obama seems so keen on people following the intention of voters. Hillary beat Obama in MA and the polls suggest even McCain might beat him in MA.

    May 9, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Mother with only one Son

    Dear Manuel in TX,

    To each it own but, this is the same game issue that Clinton has and still is doing in West Virginia or should I say through out her campaign from state to state.

    Is this not a race card gimmick ? her stating that a majority of white uneducated, older and working voters are the main voters that will make her the best candidate for the opponent McCainn, sounds like a race issue to me.

    Let’s not forget the news also list these race issues.

    Obama 08

    May 9, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. none fo them

    If Hillary is not the dem nominee she iis not going to be vp of Obama because she knows very well who he is. I whould suggest one of obama's reverends to be vp. Could Be his former pastor rev. wright. Or Rev Al, or even Jesse Jackson. I'm so sorry for america.

    May 9, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Ron

    I like Wes Clark as a VP candidate.

    May 9, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Arkansas Undertaker

    I feel like any chance Hillary Clinton had to become Obama's VP is completely out the window!!!!

    The stunts and crap she has tried to push is coming back to bite her in the behind. He doesnt need to have her on the ticket to win anyway.

    May 9, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Ed, NC

    A joint ticket would mean double trouble.

    May 9, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Bucks County

    OK, so we can't have HRC but we can have the esteemed Ted K who has no baggage tell us the type Obama should chose. Get real Teddy, you couldn't even carry your state for Barack.

    May 9, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Gail

    Sen. Kennedy brings to mind the Alexander Pope poem saying that hell has no fury like a woman scorned. To paraphrase, politics has not fury like a Kennedy being upset over a comment made by a Clinton supporter. I used to regard Sen Kennedy as a man who had redeemed himself from his many issues including the harm he did to the party in 1980 but he has now become once more a person who does not deserve praise.
    He is petty and should understand he really is the old politics.
    he should bow out now

    May 9, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. dale in indiana

    ted kennedy wrecked the democrat party in 1980 running against an incumbent president and we had 12 years of the gop. now he's at it again. i'm sure with him going against his own states peoples will he is the one everyone should listen to. looks like him and a few others are going to wreck the party again. ted is such a great leader to listen to..HA!!!

    May 9, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Juan

    With some training, Obama could be an ok #2 to a Hillary ticket.

    May 9, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Tell It Like It Is

    If elected POTUS and Obama follows in the path of Kennedy and Kerry's leadership, then he can look forward to millions in book advancements and speaking engagements.
    US citizens can look forward to the footnote of a bi-racial president that dug George Bush's economic hole to engulf the entire eastern hemisphere of the world.

    OBAMACANS, can you withstand the tax burden to support the entitlement programs in the USA and the continent of Africa?

    May 9, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Pat

    Look whose talking about noblier aspirations. Ted Kennedy the one who has disgraced the Kennedy name. . No wonder you like Obama. Hillary Clinton has fought for what she believed since she came onto the scene. Barak Obama pales in comparison to her. Too bad you didn't think of your brother Bobby and that is who Hillary is like.

    If I were you Ted I would not run for re-election to the Senate I think the people of MA are finally going to reject you. Use you age for not running again you will not be elected. GO HILLARY!!!!

    May 9, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Nia - AZ by way of MN

    I'm so not for McCain, but here ia a thought to chew on..McCain for Pres. Obama for Vice Pres. Or Obama for Pres and McNot for Vice

    May 9, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. DJ, LA, CA

    Yes Obama needs a like-minded uniter and not from the "old school" politics of division and blaming the other party for problems.

    He should try to recruit a moderate disenfranchised Republican that wants to defect to the Democrats, or pick a social conservative Democrat from a Red state – preferably heartland or the south. (BESIDES Edwards)

    May 9, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. shelia

    it seem barack has nothing to say the others will decide for him.the think about barack he say he want to change the white house only stupid people and young people can belived this crap because theyhave no idea about polictics they are so is always like that obama do not have no substance or ground to stand on so he is pointing at bush and all the mistakes and of course the bad people who works in the white house and who build up is so sad and painful that people fall for this fake guy . his pastor is right obama is just playing the same old polictics games and end of the day he will not do is not so simple like he is saying. you just can not change things like that you must be stupid to belived him. sad amercia, they will never learn...........

    May 9, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Juan from L.A.

    Ohhh God I'm tired of reading feminists and old people's bitter comments that just because their liar is not going to steal the nomination then they will vote for McCain...go get a life that is if you are not in the lasting days of it...

    May 9, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Alberto

    I think we need a great VP like J. Edwards, even though he has not endorsed – We should run as fast as we can from Hillary and most importantly from BILL "talk too much" CLINTON.

    May 9, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Ilona Proud Canadian

    To all Sen. Obama supporters,

    The latest about Sen. McCain.

    He and his party have the right to bash Sen. Obama, with his disgusting Ad. "Hamas Endorses Sen Obama" Yes, it is okay for McCain to deliberately make these statements, and attack Sen. Obama for what Hamas says. (it seems that Sen Obama is going to be critized for what everyone else says about him).

    In response to this disgusting ad, Sen. Obama says he thinks Sen. McCain "is losing his Bearings".... Now the Rep. are up in arms. This is Leiberman's remarks, speaking now with Wolf Blitzer. "You can say that you don't agree with what someone says but to say that they are losing there bearings is not right" Is this some kind of double standard?????

    Stop whining McCain, Lieberman, and all of your supporters, if you expect to attack Sen. Obama, for what everyone says about him, then you had better be prepared for some payback! There is a lot more to come! (If someone should say this about you I am sure that you would use much stronger words than this).

    May 9, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. PHYLON

    The man is right. The BUSH-CLINTON-BUSH-??CLINTON equation would make American democracy a sham. Pliz give others a chance. Some people are complianing about Obama supporters; they should realise that OBAMA SUPPOTERS ARE WILLING TO SWITCH AND SUPPORT HILLARY IF SHE IS NOMINATED WHEREAS HER SUPPORTERS ARE NOT WILLING TO SWITCH!!!! What does this say about her suppoters? One word=RACISM. I love people but black people more because they simply don't have racism.

    May 9, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. Dani

    Of course it isn't possible...forget about what might be best for the country, Obama is incapable of having a joint ticket because he is really too arrogant to work with someone who really might make a difference.

    May 9, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. meggy

    no wonder that no kennedy clan will be ever make it to the top because of your action are a shame to jhons legacy.

    May 9, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. Dani

    Why did Kennedy have to say "no" anyway? Is this another instance where Obama has somebody fight his battles like he did when he had T-shirts made for his supporters denouncing Clinton? He really is weak. Why could he be commander-in-chief enough to say "no" himself?

    May 9, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. NObama

    Its so disenchanting how negative and mean-spirited the Obama – fans are on CNN posts.

    Don't you think you will need the Clinton supporters vote IF Obama gets the nod?

    Numbers are increasingly showing the WE CLINTON SUPPORTERS will in large margin either not vote or vote for McCain.

    Blind-eyed Obamabots are the reason for the racial divides in this contest.

    Does anyone actually think Obama can beat McCain? More than college kids and African Americans would have to vote than already did.

    May 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. Matt Hardeman

    If obama doesnt offer clinton the VP slot i will be FURIOUS

    why should i vote for a man who talks and talks and talks about 'uniting' people when he's not even willing to reach out so far as to offer clinton the VP slot?

    it will be his single act of hypocrisy yet. I'm a lifelong democrat. But at least McCain's showed more respect to Clinton than the obamacists… I WILL vote for mccain if obama messes this up. So will millions like me. He's hard enough to get elected as it is, without infuriating every last person who voted for clinton.

    You've been warned, Obama people.

    May 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. eugene

    Obama and Clinton would make a great ticket. A team we could be proud of with two great candidates.

    May 9, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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