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. Tea Nui

    Just a thought:

    Hillary age 62 backs down and feigns support for Obama.
    Clinton supporters back McCain.
    Obama loses against John McCain.
    McCain President.
    People will grow tired from the Republicans in 2012.
    Obama will be relegated to the likes of Dukakis.
    Clinton becomes President at a respectable age of 66.

    May 9, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. dh

    So Ted Kennedy is already calling the shots???? Well, then everybody loses.

    May 9, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Obama supporter

    Sandy, I love Jack Cafferty!

    May 9, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. marcosi

    I am all for Obama to win. He has more baggage than Hillary. The Republicans will have a field day in attacking him.

    For the Hillary supporters, you can make your voice heard by voting for McCain. After being robbed of the nomination by not counting votes in Michigan and Florida, you have every right to retaliate against the Obama ticket. Show your loyalty to Hillary. Strike Obama down.

    Hip, hip, hooray for Obama!!!!

    May 9, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Leslie in Maryland

    I say UP YOURS Ted Kennedy. I can't wait to dump the democratic party and vote for McCain.

    The DNC male dominated leadership has completely run-over Hillary Clinton. I will never support this party again.

    As a lifelong democrat and one that has donated to both Kennedy and Kerry in the past – I'm done.

    These chauvenist pigs can have their precious Obama.

    I'm moving on to McCain and the Republicans.

    May 9, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    I could not agree more.

    May 9, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Matt Hardeman

    If obama loses this election to mccain, which he almost certainly will, i wont blame obama. i blame the opportunists who ignored the logic and went with the flow.

    and obviously, the 90-percent-racists and kool-aid drinkers who voted for him.

    May 9, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. sad

    Ted Kennedy represents the most liberal aspect of our party. If our party splits between liberals and moderates, I hope he is prepared to accept the responsibility. Hillary Clinton is extremely respected and popular why would he argue such a position? This is just dead wrong. She earned the VP slot and the party will be much more enthusiastic if they are both on the ticket.

    May 9, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Obama / Clinton 08!!!!

    I dunno Obama / Clinton would be pretty much a lead pipe cinche to win. And there is alot to be said for winning. And even more to be said for not loosing!

    May 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. David

    One thing these comments prove is Obama supporters are very odd. The Clinton's didn't even start the Reverend Wright thing, but that won't stop the Obama nuts from pretending she did, and shamelessly calling her a race-baiter because she did, though she didn't start that discussion. Wright blames white people for "inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color," not to mention that the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 represent the WWII Japanese getting their comeuppance against us for the nukes of 1944... But if anyone mentions that Obama is incredibly close to this guy and his "liberation theology"/communist church, those people are race baiters. Well, people don't need to mention race with Obama, they can just call him a beyond the pale liberation theology left-wing, commie nut, and if the Republicans do this with any vigor, I don't see why they can't succeed. Has nothing to do with skin color, but the Obama camp of course will keep whining that it does and playing the race card at the strangest times. Worse than Jesse Jackson, that campaign appears...

    May 9, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Anne Marie nyc

    Why should those of us that support Hillary's competence consider voting for Obama? Maybe WE actually learned the lesson of Bush – the perils of electing an unqualified, inexperienced, unknown candidate. Maybe after McCain is elected and we lose Roe v Wade, we will all finally wake-up and appreciate the true value of a women leader as committed to women and human rights as Hillary has been her whole life! IF not NOW then THEN – Go Hillary!!!
    As a former worker for Ted Kennedy in 1980 – his credibility is shot – the only reason he supports Obama is so he can be his "Cheney" THAT's the real reason he doesnt want any Clinton around – so patently self-serving!

    May 9, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Tim Mathews

    Who let this gas bag out of his oldsmobile?

    May 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Jane


    May 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Brenda

    I agree with Ted Kennedy. I WOULD NOT TRUST those Clintons as there would certainly be TWO of them, AGAINST Obama. Leave them where they are ... away from the White House!

    Do not even think of offering her the VP!

    May 9, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Matt Hardeman

    So he wont even offer her the VP slot.

    some 'uniter'

    May 9, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Matt

    Hillary should run as an Independent.

    May 9, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. tar

    The damage that Sen. Clinton has done to the Democratic Party will definitely make her a deficit to any ticket. Sen. Clinton has alienated a great many voters with her dirty politics and negative campaign.

    Sen. Obama can not afford to have Sen. Clinton as his VP because she can not be trusted to do the right thing. She is totally dangerous, vicious, unethical, nasty, and most of all selfish. If it is not her way, then you better watch your back, front, and sides.

    I think she is totally psycho now.

    It will be Kennedy and Johnson over again.

    May 9, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Matt Hardeman

    Oh dear.

    looks like YES WE CAN has become NO SHE CANT


    May 9, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. jane in CA

    Thanks, Ted. You're so right. She will black mail and take control the WH in a minute, on day one.

    May 9, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. Matt Hardeman

    I LOVE how all these americans who've never left the country talk about what we abroad want in a US president.

    how about a democrat who's electable? that'd be nice for once.

    May 9, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Vojtech Bystricky, Esq.

    Is Ted Kennedy out to preempt another Democratic victory in the general election?

    May 9, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Dee Dee

    Obama does not stand a chance in the general. Hillary does. If the Dems want to win, O Boy is not the candidate. It will be like handing the election to the Republicans.

    May 9, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. Matt Hardeman

    So he wont even offer her the VP slot.

    some 'uniter'

    looks like YES WE CAN has become NO SHE CANT to me...

    how inspiring. i wonder how many obama supporters are going to push me towards voting for mccain today.

    May 9, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. louieC, MO

    Republicans get ready and stop acting like Democrats on this blog spreading hate. Democrats come together and beat the Republicans!!!

    May 9, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Steve

    Lucky Bill - at least he has an excuse to not talk to that blowhard Teddy anymore What a joke he is.

    May 9, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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