May 11th, 2008
01:40 PM ET
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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. Unshrub

    Here’s to Democrats who will vote for McCain if they don’t get their way. Don’t complain when we get Supreme Court Justices who take away the rest of our civil rights, or when the economy turns to even more crap, or we get involved in another war the hurts our efforts on the war on terror, or our energy policy gives more money to the oil companies, or when they take more money from the poor and give it to the drug companies.

    May 11, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Nicole, Atlanta

    Fran, I have to tell you that I am very disappointed by the way that a lot of Hilary supporters are conveying that they will not support Obama in the general election. I understand that her supporters are loyal to her and that is indeed understandable. but at the same time you have to think logically. Hilary's viewpoints and Obama's viewpoints are not that different from one another's but are vastly different from McCain's. It doesn't make sense to be an Obama or Hilary supporter because you agree with their views and then turn around and vote for the opposite (McCain) because your candidate of choice did not win. It's time to stop paying attention to the messenger and pay attention to the message. We've got to go with the person who will end this war that is costing endless lives and continuing to wreck havoc on our economy (that's not McCain). We've got to go with the person who has a better healthcare plan (that's not McCain). McCain doesn't even support legislation for the equal pay of women. Fran, we as democrats have to unite to make things better for us and our children and their children.

    May 11, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Adrian

    i dont think people get it, dnc and obama superdelegates, know this:


    He doesn't have the requisite support from the rest of us.
    sorry guys, if he can't build the colition to beat Mccain he doesnt deserve it. (not that he deserved it anyway with his zero experience)

    Hillary 08!!!

    May 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Linda, Kentucky

    Before you write off Barack Obama, I hope you will visit his website and look at his stance on the issues.

    Obama has won every delegate fairly and he's not responsible for what has happened with MI and FL. You should ask their state legislatures why they chose to ignore the rules.

    What would you be telling Obama supporters right now if Hillary were ahead?

    May 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Ludovic

    do you know what we call democratie, or are you from a banana republic ?
    wake up, we are un USA here.

    May 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Chris

    Simple question. Given Sen. Obama's lack of political experience, (the equivilent of political kindergarten), would you vote for him if he were white?

    May 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Phil

    Fran, you sound a little sore. I know losing is tough to swallow, but I hope you take the time to look at Barack Obama as compared to John McCain, and realize that what you believe in is exemplified much more by Obama than McCain. Certainly you don't want four more years of the Bush policies just so you can say "I told you so."

    Don't accept McCain–swallow your pride and campaign for your ideals, not just your candidate.

    May 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. John, NC

    Oh shut up and get over yourself Fran. I am so sick of you Hillary supporters blaming everyone but your candidate for losing. If all of you so called "hard-core" Hillary supporters were out there knocking on doors, traveling state-to-state, donating money and helping fundraise, maybe she wouldn't be this far behind and broke. All of you, especially people like Sharon from Minnesota, get on here and probably a bunch of other blogs and bash and complain about Hillary's situation everyday. If you all spent as much time helping her cause that you do blogging and spewing your hate and complaints perhaps those "hard-working white Americans" that her campaign owes money to would be paid by now. Most of you probably have done nothing to help her cause and so you, like her, have no one to blame but yourselves. This is not a conspiracy, Hillary lost fair and square.........It appears that her supporters are winning in the state of denial as well.

    Democrats 08'

    May 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Beckie Sue in West Virginia

    Everyone in my town has a strong and clear message for the Clintons:


    OBAMA 08 & '12

    May 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Rob


    well i tell you one thing:

    if she doesn't do everything in her power to get people behind barack obama then she will be held responsible for losing the election in november and not obama. and if that is the case you can be sure that she will not run in 2012 because everybody will see her as the candidate who deliberately sabotaged obama to maintain her own chance to run in 4 years again.

    by the way: how do you think hillary was betrayed? i personally can't see a sign where things had not been handled correctly ... but maybe i just don't know about these things. in this case please write them down here so that everybody will know.

    May 11, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Susan, PA

    Fran, you are to the point.

    Why do you think that Clintons did not campaign heartily for KerryEdwards in 2004?

    I am sure Obama will loose this election and Hilary will again contest in 2012 and also sure that she will loose the nomination yet again and then will set the groundwork for Chelsea in 2016.

    White House is owned by Bush-Clintons.

    I am a White woman disspointed by Hillary.

    May 11, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Independent

    It is do or die for old baggage in a pantsuit! That is why she has behaved like she has. Her campaign has made one screw-up after another; she has had to loan her campaign money; she has lied and then joked about it on TV!!!! Who would want this woman for any position of real responsibility? I'm glad she is out of there and won't be back. Sixty is about it for women in public office; especially if they are beginning to lose their minds already! Obviously, she has been losing her marbles for some time now. Would someone tell her it is over, PLEASE! Thank you!

    May 11, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Toronto Observer

    Fran, you and others like you need to finally come out and admit that you are not true Democrats – rather only "fair-weather" Dems who will only vote for your own choice (no matter how "flawed" they are – rather than support the nominee that YOUR party chooses (democratically).

    This has been an excellent campaign with two of the most dynamic candidates we've seen in a long, long time. Hillary and Barack have been competitive, tough when required, and amazing with their ability to rebound from adversity. It's unlikely that we'll ever see such an amazing race again in our lifetime and we all should give them the credit and honor their efforts deserve. We should applaud them.

    Your desire to somehow make the party pay by voting for the Repubs shows us all exactly where you stand, and dishonors the hard work of both of these amazing candidates. If you plan to be a party turncoat you should just go join McCain's people for good. Just like Hillary said: "If you can't stand the heat then get out of the kitchen!" What you aim to do is an immature and selfish response. This is a contest, and like all contests there is always a winner and a loser and sometimes it doesn't go the way we want – but to refuse to support the democratically chosen winner in the way you plan to is just plain wrong. You should be ashamed.

    May 11, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Doug, WV





    OBAMA 08

    May 11, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Michael in Columbus, Ohio

    Betrayed! how dare you Fran and the rest of you "silly Hillie" supporters after she done ran him through the mud, called him every name she could, and even threw the kitchen and bathroom sink at him, my point was this "if she wanted on the ticket she should had respected him earlier when she and her husband was out there having the nerve in asking him to be the VP and she was losing just by saying " look barack its obvious you can:

    A: Get the voters that support you and the voters that support me to
    get involved in the Red Starts we Democrats always lose....

    B: Can raise the money....

    C: Take the high road when it comes to political attacks and make it a
    clean election, but

    No hillary and her camp decided to take the low road and divide the party. She dont deserve to be on the ticket, and go ahead and vote for John McCain and when one of your loved ones ends up over in Iraq fighting the Bush-McCain war, don't forget we told you so.

    May 11, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Rosita

    Fran who cares about your support. Whether you like it or not Hillary is done, Obama is the Dem Nominee and is going to be the next prez of the Unitated States of America. You are right about one thing though, "Hillary '08 and '12", back to NY.

    May 11, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Christian

    so Fran, you don't believe another 4 years of Bush policies could destroy America, trust me in four years it will be too late ,we need to end this now. We need to unite

    Obama 08

    May 11, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. T Jones

    Fran, that's too bad that you feel that way. I want a Democrat in office so things can change. I don't want to pay for this war any more.

    May 11, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Peter Kuhn

    Wow Fran. Clinton has been doing nothing but bashing Obama. She's out for herself and not the Democratic Party. If McCain were to beat Obama (highly unlikely) and Hillary helped McCain win, Democrats will show Clinton the door in 2012, both nationally and in NY state. In 2012 the only thing she will have to run on is "I helped user in 3rd Bush term and four more years of hell." When will Clinton supporters realize she is just using you.

    May 11, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Rosita

    No joint ticket.

    Obama '08 & '12!

    May 11, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Frank

    Get with the program; the last time I checked the US was a democratic state and you are free to vote for whomever you want. That does not take away from the fact that Obama beat Hillary in 08 and we wish you all the best in 12

    May 11, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. N/E cleveland ohio

    Sorry, but when WV go to the votings polls on Tuesday, she will not get a huge turnout .All her supporters and Obamas supporters are staying home. Whats the use, she's already lost.

    May 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. IHH

    Who cares if you nasty cranky HRC supporters fall in line. Go back to the senior center and shut up. Rehash 1968. It's good for 'ya.

    May 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. harry

    I will vote for Clinton as President,but will vote against Obama,or even Obama / Clinton.

    May 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. JOHN


    May 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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