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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soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Mary May King

    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.^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Guess that rules out Jeremiah, huh? Would love to see that Wutu dance of his on the chicken and peas circuit.

    May 9, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. us navy

    Jim webb woukld be huge ,

    May 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Julia

    I throughly AGREE with KENNEDY!! After her recent show of Bullheadedness and disrespect for her partys needs...+ the old White House ways of the Clinton/Bush years...We Need a NEW start!! I hope Mr. Obama;s choice will be another person of honesty and integrity , with his interests and the intersts of the American people, first and foremost. not a spoiled, selfish bullheaded, thoughtless egomanic!! Obviously!!!
    OBAMA IS THE MAN FOR THE COUNTRY!!! LETS HOPE SOON THE COUNTRY WILL BE UNITED FOR THE MAN!!

    May 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. D.J. Morales

    The future president of The United States of America must be a person who commands respect from foreign nations and who symbolizes something positive about this great country. Obama is just such a person. In him the world can see living proof of America's nature; the opportunity, the racial tolerance, freedom from opression, religious variety living in harmony and all the things that the world is needing in order to end the suffering of so many peole around the world. To compromise these qualities by combining them with the ruthless ambitions of a person unsuited for leadership, from a family of doubtful moral strength with a proven record of duplicity, would send the wrong message not only to the world, but also to future generations that will see in the act an irresponsible admition that guile and deceit are valid qualities. Obabama must select a person of equal moral and personal strength as his running mate. He must be free to continue listening to his inner convictions and not be subjected to the forces of political expediency. A resounding NO to Clinton for V.P.

    May 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. AJ

    Remember the saying "United we Stand, Divided we Fall"?? That's exactly what will happen if Hillary is not on the ticket (as VP, of course).

    May 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Marjorie

    BS on the race crap. The African Americans are the worst racist I know. If you want to loose this race in November go ahead and support Obama....This life long democrat will vote republican. And Kennedy, your a traitor to your own people. Maybe they'll send you home.

    May 9, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Buddy

    I think Rev Wright was mentioned for VP.

    May 9, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Anne

    Who cares what Kennedy thinks anyway?

    I wouldn't want Hillary as VP....only as President.

    Keep going Hillary!!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. skip from Asheville, NC

    Sen Kennedy knows all too well that clinton adds nothing to the ticket and we need to let Obama pick his running mate. I have full confidence that his judgement on the VP will be fine and someone that can bring home a democratic victory in the fall. Keep saying this over and over Sen. Kennedy your voice is always welcomed.

    May 9, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Florida voter

    The Democrats are making yet another grave mistake in electing there nominee:obama. McCain will be president.

    May 9, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    Just heard the supers are up in arms behind the scenes about Hillary (purposely) dividing the party by RACE to all but guarantee O'bama's loss. Paul begala... her comments yesterday, etc... They are aghast at her screwing the party like this..... which is why so far SIX supers declared for Obama TODAY...

    May 9, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Kevin

    I think TEd kennedy needs to shut up. He was the one who challeneged Jimmy Carter, a sitting President, was down by over 500 delegates, but did not give in. We know Obama will be the nominee, just let it run its course, and in June DEMS will be energized!!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Peggy

    No! with both eves opened.

    May 9, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Bratt

    Thank you, senator! Obama does'n t need such a liar in his team. NO WAY! Clintons are going down!! Finally! People hate HRC so much and will not vote for Barack if she is on the ticket! We want change, we do not want clintons in WH!! Period! I don't care if the OLD ANTS are not voting for Obama.. it is time for GENARATIONAL SHIFT!! It's more important WHO OUR KIDS WILL SUPPORT!!! Obama is our next president.

    May 9, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Mar

    He is nothing but a blowhard!!! Go shut up Teddy..

    May 9, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Monica

    Although, I am supporting Obama and do not want a joint ticket, some of his wording is insulting. I have never liked Ted Kennedy and this is another example why.

    May 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. NONE SUPPORTER

    OBAMA IS FOR CHANGE!!!!!!!!! HE IS RESISTING THE VOTE COUNT IN FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN. THAT'S CHANGE, ISN'T IT?
    IF THE THE VOTES IN FLORIDA ANFD MICHIGAN COUNTS -– HILLARY IS THE WINNER. SAVVY? SO , OBAMA SUPPORTERS START CELEBRATING IF AND WHEN THE VOTES IN BOTH FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN ARE COUNTED. THE GREATEST ELECTION TEAM – CNN – SHIES AWAY FROM DISCUSSING THE FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN VOTES, HMM,

    BLACKS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN GIVEN TOKEN APPARENCES IN TV ADS, etc, OBAMA PUTS WHITES BEHIND HIM DURING HIS SPEECHES ON TV, HOW IRONIC !!!!!!!
    HE IS FOR CHANGE.

    May 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. new kind of politics?

    This murderer has no right to put anyone down. Had he not been in the senate he would have been in prison years ago.
    It is very simple Mitchell you are not only a lier but you are stupid too. Those of you who think Obama is your God are hell bound.
    This whole process has been a joke.
    MCain in 08. At least he believes in AMerica. This bunch of hoodlems on here doesn't appear to believe in anything . They could care less about our country. All they know to do is call someone a lier. It makes me wonder abou their intelligence. Oh or is this the change they want in America–The kind that is filled with hate, hate, hate,
    Is Kennedy part of the change? Oh I forgot he not part of the old political system. or is he? Go Hillary

    May 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. This side of the Mississippi

    NO JOINT TICKET!
    Hillary would rather roll over and croak before accepting 2nd place to a black man president. It's either do or die for her and she is proving that very clearly. Unfortunately, this campaign has been and will always be about race.............

    May 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Kim

    For those of you who say John McCain would do this or do that, you should have thought about that before you voted for an inexperienced rookie, who cannot win, so deal with it.

    May 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. bob in pa

    I just donated 20.00 to obama, i urge everyone to do the same today...make sure WE knock sniper fire Billary out of the race and soon.

    May 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Gadissa

    Why don't anyone tell Mrs. Clinton that she is finished. She is already finished and she's not going to back down untill she destroys this party.

    May 9, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Philip

    To all you people claiming to have Dems but now have switched... WHO ARE YOU KIDDING!!!!!

    The true Dems are going to win and by very big margins because of what you Reps have done to this country, and Barack Obama will lead the way out of this darkness back into the light where we belong.

    May 9, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Wouk

    Hey Sara from Boston–vote McCain and if he wins be prepared for a president who doesn't support equal pay for equal work for women, will appoint judges who will take control of your reproductive freedom and who will follow an economic policy that will send your sons to war and put your home on the auction block. Real smart decision, Sara.

    May 9, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Yvonne

    Obama should NOT put Clinton on his ticket. He will regret it (even if they win the White House). This time he should take the advice of Bush: NEVER NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORIST. That's how Clinton's supporters are acting – like terrorist. They are threatening the national and financial security of this nation by threatening to vote for McCain knowing that another Republican term has the potential to cripple America. Don't forget the judicial concerns.

    I hope that Obama spoke with Gore about the down side to working with the Clintons. When the Clintons do not agree with Obama's policies or positions, they will be working/negotiating behind his back to undermine him. There are plenty of qualified running mates who will complement the Obama administration, such as Richardson and Edwards. Of course – Gore will be an excellent choice but he probably does not want to be VP again.

    Kerry is not a bad choice, but the Republicans know how to swift boat him. I am sure they will be up to their horns attempting to swift boat Obama so an Obama-Kerry ticket may be too risky. But I like Kerry. Maybe he has been "vetted" and, therefore, can breeze through the swift boat.

    May 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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