May 11th, 2008
01:40 PM ET
10 years ago

Dodd: Obama, Clinton ticket not likely

Sen. Chris Dodd says it’s “very clear” Obama will be his party’s nominee.

Sen. Chris Dodd says it’s “very clear” Obama will be his party’s nominee.

(CNN) - Sen. Chris Dodd on Sunday joined the chorus of Democratic leaders downplaying the idea of a joint ticket between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

"These are two great candidates who fought very hard, but my sense is today that that probably won't be the ticket," Dodd said on NBC's "Meet The Press."

Dodd, who abandoned his presidential bid on January 3, said he thinks it's "very clear" Obama will be his party's nominee.

Dodd expressed confidence that his party would rally around Obama, despite the lengthy primary season.

Obama campaign chief David Axelrod on Sunday predicted the process would be over soon, but avoided talk of any potential running mates.

"We'll focus on the vice presidential choice at the appropriate time," he said on "Fox News Sunday."

Clinton campaign Chairman Terry McAuliffe has said a joint ticket would be a "great idea," but the New York senator's strategist on Sunday said "any talk of it is premature."

"I haven't discussed it with her. She hasn't discussed it with me. I've seen no evidence of her interest in it," he told Fox.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said it's up to the candidates to sort out the ticket.

"Only two people can make that decision and that's Obama and Clinton. No one else can make it. If that happens, it happens, but it can only be with the two of them," he said on ABC's "This Week."

He said the extended fight for the Democratic nomination has been "great for the country," pointing to increased voter registration for his party.

Reid said people should "just relax" because the primaries will be over June 3.

The renewed buzz of what some have called the "dream ticket" comes as Obama closes in on the Democratic nomination in recent days.

The senator from Illinois last week had a double-digit win in North Carolina and a narrow loss in Indiana.

Obama holds a commanding lead in the number of pledged delegates awarded from primaries and caucuses: 1,592 to Clinton's 1,424.

Following a flurry of new endorsements over the past few days, he trails Clinton by just one in the race for superdelegates.

At the beginning of the year, Clinton led the superdelegate race by more than 100.

Superdelegates are party leaders and officials who vote for the candidate of their choice at the Democratic convention in August.

The focus of the Democratic race has largely turned to the superdelegates because they outnumber the remaining pledged delegates that are up for grabs.

According to CNN's latest calculations, Clinton has 273 superdelegates to Obama's 272.

The Democrats face off Tuesday in West Virginia, where polls show Clinton with a substantial lead.

Clinton has a 43-percentage-point advantage over Obama, 66 percent to 23 percent, according to a survey from the American Research Group released Friday.

The poll was conducted after Tuesday's primary results and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

"This state is really Hillary Clinton's wheelhouse. It's an older population, socially conservative, blue-collar workers," said Kennie Bass, a political reporter for WCHS in West Virginia.

Obama acknowledges that West Virginians favor Clinton.

"She is going to do very well in West Virginia and Kentucky. She will win those states, in all likelihood, by significant margins," Obama said this week.

Obama took a break from the campaign trail Sunday, spending Mother's Day in Chicago, Illinois.

Clinton had three stops scheduled in West Virginia ahead of the primary, and her husband, Bill Clinton, was campaigning for her in Oregon.

soundoff (411 Responses)
  1. Jason, Texas

    There are better VP's than Clinton. Let's move on from the old regimes...

    May 11, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Herman in LA

    It's time to turn the page on the Clinton's legacy.

    They had their run and now they have show there true colors.

    Bye Bye

    Obama 08!!!

    May 11, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Media Blackout May 15th

    This is great news for Hilary Clinton. She's following the Yellow Brick Road very nicely!

    It give Hillary another wonderful opportunity to slash and burn former relationships then claim that super delegates were no good anyway and they were only extra baggage. See, that's why I like Hillary, she's like a little chameleon, a little…… lying chameleon, and the important thing is that James Carville is still on her side and he can vote like, 50 times more than this one super delegate. BTW, where is the clown? Haven’t seen him around since last Monday 😀 I wonder why……

    Hillary Clinton, The Gimmick candidate
    Bill and Hillary, The Gimmick Family
    Do and Say Anything "08 😀

    May 11, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Media Blackout May 15th

    Someone tell the Gimmick Candidate Carl Rove is on the phone, he has something to tell her.

    From what I heard, the GOP dumped Hillary after Tuesday. They thanked her for her hard work and how she followed their every instruction but they declined her membership application to the GOP party, they called her a JUDAS 😮

    Hillary Clinton, The Gimmick candidate
    Bill and Hillary, The Gimmick Family
    Do and Say Anything "08 😀

    May 11, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Democratic Unity

    Party unity and making Hillary happy are two VERY different things.

    May 11, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Lynda from Texas

    There are many others who would be far superior on the ticket than Hillary. Governor Strickland of Ohio, just to name one.

    Having Hillary (which would also mean Bill – I guess it would be Billary), would be ill advised as Senator Obama would be bringing on to his ticket the old politics as usual.

    Additionally, no one, most of all Senator Obama, can trust the Clintons not to undermine his campaign and future candidacy.

    Finally, who would want a racist, unethical and untrustworthy shrew?

    It is truly a shame that the first woman to run and have a chance at the presidency was one who disgraces womankind with her lack of ethics, racism and inability to tell the truth. She is a very poor representative of what a truly strong, powerful woman is!!

    May 11, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. H



    GOODBYE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    Hillary carries too much NEGATIVE baggage! The Clintons are simply DIVISIVE AND UNTRUSTWORTHY!

    To put Obama and Clinton on the same ticket is a sure dumb way to DESTROY Obama Presidency!

    May 11, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Don, Seattle

    I tend to agree. Although putting Hillary on Obama's ticket as the VP would appease some of the democrats now supporting Clinton, I just don't see them working together in harmony. Hillary is too "power hungry", Obama will have Bill nipping at his heals and between the two of them most likley would undermine Obama at every turn. All one has to do is look at how the Clinton's have handled their campaign. To put Hillary on Obama's ticket may get some more votes in November but it will not enhance the opportunity he has to unite this country with "new" politics. He is better off picking someone else. No matter who he picks, he will win in November regardless of all those who now say, "I won't vote for him." Some people may be angry now as they were so supportive of Hillary but I really don't think that as a group they are stupid!

    May 11, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Susan Missouri

    You are going to get a surprise...........

    Hillary Clinton will be the nominee!

    May 11, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Billy from Fl

    Dodd may think his party will rally around Obama, but there are going to be millions that will write Hillary on the ballot, not vote or vote for
    John McCain.

    I don't think the democrats realize people are just NOT going to vote for Obama. When I voted for Hillary in Fl, Obama's name was on the
    ticket, and when your standing in line with over 200 people waiting
    to vote and 99% of the voters are voting for Clinton that's got to be
    a wake up call for someone in congress. Obama's supporters are
    calling this a racial issue, but people are not voting for Obama
    because he's black, it's because of the inexperience and we just don't
    trust him. He is winning this election with 98% of the black vote weather they believe in him or not. If Obama becomes the next President they will be in the streets waving flags, and justly so, but
    if he's not the nominee there will be riots in the street with Sharpton
    leading the parade.

    May 11, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. fran

    If these so called party leaders think that us Hillary supporters are just going to fall in line behind their flawed choice, then they'd better think again. It's not going to happen. Obama and his supporters are going to discover that many of her voters feel that she was betrayed by her own party, so why should we support a party who did not support our choice for the President. I have accepted that McCain will be the next president but only for one term and then Hillary can run again with the "I told you so" campaign.

    HIllary 08' or Hillary 12'

    May 11, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Joanne

    Well said.

    Obama 08

    May 11, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Elisabeth

    Sen. Chris Dodd – Obama isn´t electable. Think twice!!

    May 11, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Mary Lee Atlanta,GA



    OBAMA 08

    May 11, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Joyce in Florida

    Like we care whatever Chris Dodd has to say. I am sick and tired of people saying that Hillary Clinton should quit and that Senator Obama will be the nominee. No one knows that yet. We could all be in for a surprise. Just let the contests run out and then see where the candidates stand. I still continue to support Hillary Clinton all the way to the convention. As usual, I find it typical of Senator Obama's arrogance that he thinks he already is the nominee and is planning his strategy for November. I also am sick of hearing Obama this, Obama that. Stop bashing Hillary Clinton already. The only person dividing our party from Day 1 has been Barack Obama. End of story. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Canadian Girl

    There is no such thing as a Dream Ticket involving Clinton ... that would be more like a NIGHTMARE!!! Obama needs to be given the opportunity to choose his own running mate ... the HILLBILLIES need to read the writing on the wall, and quietly disappear – they have done enough damage!!!!

    Obama '08
    For Real Change!!!

    May 11, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Amy

    Chris Todd is absolutely right! Having Hillary as a running mate would be a disaster. She and Bill are the opposite of everything Obama stands for such as honesty, integrity and the ability to think of others. i believe, John Edwards, Bill Richardson and yes even Chris Todd would be great choices.
    Hillary and Bill need to just go away!!

    May 11, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Jane, NC

    Since Obama made his condescending remark, "I want Clinton to feel good about the process" in the end, he surely doesn't deserve her as his running mate, not that he ever did. The man is not in her league. The way his nomination has been "won" for him by the Obama-biased media and the ridiculous caucuses and "rules" of the DNC that ignored the standing of 2 entires states, I will vote for Obama if I have to, but it will not be as a democrat. After years of being a member of that party, hereafter I'm an independent.

    May 11, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. Joshua College Station TX

    According to Bernstein, Clinton wants the vice presidency badly, more than returning to the Senate.

    But increasingly, it sounds like she isn't going to get it.

    Not to jump the gun or anything, but my guess is she is going to be a sore loser about it. Her ultimate ambitions are slipping through her fingers.

    She claimed toward the beginning of the race that she only made the decision to run for president in 2006. But it seems clear to me that she has wanted this and been planning for it for a much longer time–I think since she was in college, and when she met Bill.

    May 11, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Bubba

    If this happened it wouldn't surprize me if Oboma went the way of 56 people in the inner circle of the CLinton's who died of mysterious circumstances.. Outrageous? Hardly...Film at 11:00...

    May 11, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. David

    Why talking about VP while she hasn't even drop out.

    Obama, please don't listen to them.
    Obama will win because God said it, not because Clinton is his VP.

    May 11, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Karen

    Well said. Need more rebuttle on this matter.

    May 11, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Frank

    She would be a better running mate for McCain since she thinks more like him.Just because a child cries for ice cream does not mean you have give it to them.

    May 11, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Jack

    It seems that all the Obama supporters are downplaying talk of an Obama-Clinton ticket b/c they want to be Obama's runningmate, especially Dodd and McCaskill who have proven themselves to be unscrupulous opportunists looking for higher positions

    May 11, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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