May 9th, 2008
12:20 PM ET
6 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. 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 !!!!!!!
    "THATS CHANGE YOU CAN COUNT ON."

    May 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Vin

    Just curious,

    1. How many people will / will not vote for Obama because he is black?
    2. How many people will / will not vote for Clinton because she is a woman?

    3. How many people will vote for McCain if their candidate isn't the nominee only because they don't want to vote for a woman or a black man?

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

    If it's not a joint ticket in Nov, Obama will lose. See 2000 and 2004...
    As for Kennedy, he's irrelevant.

    Hillary

    May 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Joanne Buck

    Don't need to worrry about joint ticket – Clinton is ahead in West Virigina 66-23 and has won the last five of seven primaries. The American People have turned (except for the black people which is understandable).
    VIRGINIA AND THE LARGE STATES TELL US WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN NOVEMBER FOLKS. Give Obama time to season and think about his judgement as to WRight, Rezko and the like.
    Joanne
    Minneapolis, Mn

    May 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Jason from Colorado

    I agree wholeheartedly Ted. Obama/Clinton would be like Kennedy/Johnson. Even if it did win, they would still hate each other!

    May 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Tammy

    Ted, your state voted for Hillary but you have endorsed Obama. I thought like Pelosi said, superdelegates are not supposed to voted against the will of the people. Hello?

    May 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. sozzi

    "JIM WEBB"

    May 9, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Steve Janigian

    My, my, my aren't we all so full of ourselves!

    For those of you who can't spell, or construct a sentence properly, either turn on your spell checkers and grammar checkers, or concentrate on reading and learning something, instead of babbling like trailer trash! If you appear to be uneducated, no one will listen to what it is you are saying!

    Yikes!

    May 9, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. SHIRLEY,OH

    You are so right Margaret! Kennedy makes me sick to my stomach! The good Kennedy's are gone! God Bless Them!!!! Bash Hillary all you want, all the ghost will come out of the closet on Obama soon when the republicans put him in the meat grinder and chew him up into hamburger! He will not be able to take the heat, he will sink like the Titanic. Sink Obama Sink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. LucieLee

    I think Kennedy is absolutely right....it is not only insane to think that these two could even be on a ticket together...but not conceivable given how Clinton has run this campaign against Barack. She is polarizing and divisive...which is totally in noncompliance with Barack Obama's platform..totally not within the kind of presidency that Barack wants to have...She has never been in this thing for her country, not the Democratic Party..this has been totally about Hillary Rodham Clinton.....and that is unforgiveable......as well as a disgrace.

    May 9, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Susan

    Unbelievable!
    This campaign is getting nastier and nastier! And it's not the candidates...it's their supporters!
    I support Hillary but I doubt very much at this point if she will win.
    There is a lot of division in the Party, and stupid remarks by Ted Kennedy and Al Sharpton do nothing to heal the rift.
    The bottom line is that Hillary has millions of supporters in a constituency that Barack needs if he is going to beat John McCain.
    Bad mouthing Hillary Clinton at this stage of the game will not encourage her supporters to back Obama for the White House.
    Personally I hope she is not his VP. I think she has enormous potential for the future, and will chart her own course in due time. I agree with Gloria Borger on CNN last night when she suggested Obama choose a popular Clinton supporter such as Governor Strickland or Bayh as his running mate.
    That would strenthen the ticket and bring both sides together.
    The last person he should choose is Bill Richardson or some other turncoat or virulent Hillary hater. The Democrat ticket would go down the tubes!!

    May 9, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. fafa

    I also think it's not a good idea. It's not just practical: three captains in a ship. Obama?Rendell. That"s a WINNER

    May 9, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Joanne Buck

    You think Obama did not lie when he said "he never heard Wright engage in racists anti american talk" – don't insult my intelligence.
    Clinton knew there was snipers around and embellished on something that is irrelevant.
    Joanne B
    Minneapolis, Mn

    May 9, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. pam Eugene OR

    I must agree with 50 year old white ladies. I think Hillary has hurt the chances for future women to take a run at the White House. It is time for a female president but we need one with honor, dignity, and truth.
    For now, we have Obama and we must vote for him or loose Roe v Wade and thousands more of our young people in this horrible war.
    Democrats 08

    May 9, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Catherine

    Come on people!!! We aren't voting for the captain of the kickball team in 5th grade.

    Please don't be spiteful and vote for McCain just because your candidate didn't get the nomination. You will only be hurting yourself, your family and OUR country. Is that what you would tell your children, just because you don’t get your way go to the other side?!?!

    Support the Democrats all the way to the Oval Office!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Eddie for CLINTON

    Obama= Politics of change
    Ted Kennedy= Old Politics? There's something wrong with this picture???? So ironic!

    Anyway, we don't want an arrogant, inexperienced Intern in our team:

    HILLARY/ Randell for 08!

    GO HILLARY for West Virginia!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. John

    Why after Billy boys and hilly girls racial remarks would Brack Obama even consider this witch.

    May 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. FedUpDem

    Great another illegal because as is well known the US does not recognize dual citizenship except in a very few cases. People (not real Americans or why be dual) do it when they can by gaining citizenship through family in another country but its not OUR way. We are proud to be Americans so CAROLINE why dont you renounce your citizenship because we don't need illegals here!!!
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Caroline May 9th, 2008 3:14 pm ET

    ToMaria – Obama is exactly what foreign countries and governments want . Do your homework. I can add my two cents as I have duel citizenship and spend much time in Canada and Europe.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    and who is surprised that foreign countries want a political novice in the White house? Are you people stupid or just illegals?

    May 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. Xango

    He and Pelosi and everyone who is silently talking are right,
    hillary is the oppposite from Obama
    we know it and he knows it.

    She is better off with McCain, she has been using their rap, their books, their style, tone, attacks, you name it, all you have to do is hear Limbaugh and Henedy and you know what she will say and do next

    We need change, change change...

    NO more clintons anywhere...........they can go write their fairy tale.

    May 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Josie WA

    Hillary would distract from a message of new politics. She continues to campaign in a way that is negitive to the party. NO HILLARY 2008/2012.

    May 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. Yvonne

    Margaret (3:19 pm ET), common sense tells me that it is NOT ideal for Obama to say hell no to an Obama-Clinton ticket right now. The media would be all over him! It's best for Obama's surrogants to speak "unofficially" for the campaign. All politicians, including Clinton, do the same thing. No surprises. Just smart.

    May 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. Tammy - KCMO

    Thank you Mr. Kennedy for stating something I think most people are thinking. There are other capable women that could run as VP with Obama.

    Kathleen Sebelius would be an excellent choice and one I think the majority of people would agree with.

    May 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Brian

    God, wouldn't it be nice if all the "Barak" supporters out there even knew how to spell his same?

    What a country...the uneducted voting for the unqalified - how can we go wrong?

    Romney 2012.

    May 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. American Politics

    Why would Sen. Hillary even remotely consider being on Obama 's ticket when she has no respect for him? According the Sen. Hillary , Obama only brings his speeches from 2002 and nothing more. I think she is more in line with John McCain becuase they both have many years of washington experience, and they have the support of the WHITE HARD WORKING BLUE COLLAR AMERICANS.
    ha ha ha ha ha ha !!!

    May 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Spirit of America

    What a sad way to end the noble Kennedy legacy. Robert and John must be rolling in their graves...

    May 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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