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. Caras

    Obama all the way!!! I'm a true democrat that's why I will vote for OBAMA!!

    May 9, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. New Yorker

    Kennedy saying American voters are looking for someone with "nobler aspirations" than Clinton is political code for calling the Clintons lowlifes.

    May 9, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Blueray98

    What an old sourpuss! A joint ticket is most likely the only way to go, otherwise thousands - perhaps millions - of people will not be voting for a democratic candidate.

    May 9, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Oliver

    Like himself? A drunk "ladykiller"? Lucky Bill – he was spared the suffering of those pointless conversations

    May 9, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Manuel TX

    Carmon,

    I think that you have your facts confused. The Obama campaign used race as an issue in NC.

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    May 9, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. melikeyhill

    HILLARY = SORE LOSER!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Common Sense

    Thanks Kennedy – Why speak with that guy!!!! You had a shouting match and he thought you were crazy for going with Obama.......I think Bill is probably on the bottle....lol.

    May 9, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. Monte Brown

    Ted Kennedy is a Clinton hater. Everybody knows that.

    May 9, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Phil-Little Rock

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

    Why should he? Bill's wife is a loser!! She's divisive and haughty and that's not what this country needs!

    May 9, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. MC, Pa

    If Obama choose Clinton, it will contradict the principle of his campaign message for change. She is a Washinton insider and represents old politics. She had proved that through her vicious negative campaign, so it's a big NO. Period.

    May 9, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Sharon Minnesota

    Ted. It's too late to change your mind. You have sunk this ship.

    May 9, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. frustrated in PA

    That's because Hillary Clinton isn't liberal enough for him (never thought I'd say that). Senator Kennedy is a disgrace to John and Bobby's legacy.

    May 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. D from OHIO

    Ted go back to the BAR, that's where you belong

    May 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. Bullmoose PA

    Love the wes clark suggestion. that would be a very strong choice. as would sen. sherrod brown.

    May 9, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. spencer

    His Vp pick will be a black man as he is...You know its the truth........

    May 9, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Herman in LA

    If Hillary stills nomination and her or McCain becomes president I fear the United States will have another terrorist us attack against us.

    Obama is the only one that can save us.

    Obama 08!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Adam - TX

    Sit down fat man...

    May 9, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Jim Webb, governor of Virginia ,and a former republican could be an excellent choice for VP. The dems would win VA, a red state ,and would get the support of the blue collar whites. He was in the military so the rewards would be huge.

    May 9, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Debby

    Oh shut up Kennedy I live in New England and no one can stand you or Kerry. Your state will probably go RED.

    May 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Extinct Snipe

    Go Ted!

    If people are asking, Is he dissing Hillary? then they just don't see what I see in Hillary. She is not in my opinion a leader of the same caliber as Obama. Somebody like Edwards as VP, somebody we can trust, would be ideal, but let the DNC decide, as long as they don't decide on Hillary. She would ruin the mix.

    Hillary is out. Out! Really out.

    May 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. PK

    So, Obama is sending out his surrogates to attack Hillary today. Wake up people, Obama is just another politican, and a hypocrite as well.

    May 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Mikie

    Why would anyone listen to that slease-ball. Obama is above slease then why does he hange with Ted Kennedy. If "elections are about the future – not the past" then why constantly compare Obama to Kennedy and MLK? Tell Ted to shut the hell up and sit down!

    May 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Mary

    Janet Napolitano ! Perfect VP. I would miss her here in AZ but she really is a great Governor. And she was one of the first to endorse Obama.
    Smart smart lady.
    By the way Elisabeth,
    Self confidence, intelligence and integrity do not equal arrogance
    (better go back to school and learn to spell)

    May 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. Debbie,NJ

    Can Nancy Peloski run as Obama's running mate? She is a powerful woman who can stand on her own not on her husbands history or presidency. How about Hillary supporters?

    May 9, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. mitchell from arkansaw

    of course we can't have a liar on a ticket of honor.she's the type of politician,we're trying to get rid of.she's too much like mccain.

    May 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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