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. Rosita

    Fran, no one cares about your support. you can vote for Mccain in Fall, he is not going to win the election.

    Obama '08 & '12

    May 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Democrat '08

    Fran

    Its not about 'falling in line' or about Obama or Hillary. It's about the future of Roe vs. Wade and women's rights. Its about ending the $5000 a second that the US is spending in Iraq right now that could be put towards healthcare or poverty in the US. So if your petty allegiance to one person blinds you to the fact that both candidates policies are virtually identical, and results in a McCain victory, I will be greatly saddened. It's not about a single person, its about policy. This is government after all.

    If groups of women don't vote for the eventual nominee because it isn't the woman that they voted for, they will be the ones responsible for putting a man in office that has pledged to appoint conservative justices to the supreme court that may overturn a woman's choice for abortion. Seems ironic to me.

    Democrat '08

    May 11, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. maya

    Oh shut up Dodd. You and Pelosi.

    Hillary deserves to be POTUS. If it comes up that BO gets the nod, then it is a no brainer that Hillary should be VP. Period.

    I truly don't know why anyone is asking for Dodd's opinion in the matter.

    May 11, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. AB

    To Hillary supporters:

    If you don't want to support Obama because you don't want to support him, then no one will be able to convince you otherwise.

    It just doesn't make sense when Hillary supporters talk of 'a flawed process'. What flawed process? Obama is winning and will win the democratic nomination fair and square. Hillary supporters should also remember that MI and FL will get counted and their delegated will be seated at the convention but that will not change the math and Obama will still be ahead and become the nominee.

    So if you have your own reasons for not supporting Obama, please don't hide behind some scapegoats but instead come out and tell the world the real reasons are why you don't want to support him. I am tired of these kind of tactics.

    May 11, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. NotFran

    What makes Fran think the democratic party is going to like Hillary any more than they do now after 4 years? You support a divisive racist. More Democrats do not support Hillary than those that do. Live with it.

    May 11, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Marc

    Dodd should be Obama's running mate.

    May 11, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. bk

    We will not fall in line behind Obama. I will vote for McCain. The democratic party is a disgrace.

    May 11, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Robert

    Well, Fran, such is your right. But in those four years be prepared to say goodbye to Roe vs. Wade, feed thousands more of our soldiers not to mention untold thousands of innocent civilians, to the meat grinder that is the Iraq occupation, witness the continued collapse of Afghanistan and the resurgence of al Qaida, and watch the economy swirl and disappear down the toilet. Yes, Fran, you just enjoy your victory. Enjoy every bit of it. Revel in the fact that, by God, you sure showed 'em. Roll that spite around your mouth like a fine vintage. I'm sure there will plenty of warm fuzzies coming your way.

    May 11, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. swede_mariner

    Fran,
    Is this a bribe or a threat? You obviously don't understand the consequenses of another 4 years for the republicans in the White House, and it's very dissapointing to see these kinds of statements.
    I know most real Democrats are going to vote for our Nominee in November.
    Obviously you are not a real Demodratic!

    May 11, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Martha, Washington

    It would be a NIGHTMARE!!!

    We want CHANGE... not dynasties or McBushes!

    May 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. amy

    Fran~
    Hello are you from planet Earth???
    Obama isn't a flawed Democratic party choice it is the choice of the nations democratic majority. As soon as you get a clue about what is going on then you can talk....

    The fact she feels betrayed by the party again is laughable since we the voters make the decision and WE don't owed her anything. If she was a man we would tell her to buck up but we are playing the gender card quite pathetically well. Like I said We don't owe her anything but she owes the country explanations regarding a number of statements and mentalities she has subjected us to.

    While I have a Masters degree and an Obama supporter I believe that this country's population can see through all of this crap, which is why Obama is winning

    May 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Sally

    how childish of you Fran

    May 11, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Mike

    Democrats, independants and republicans who are waking up: Ignore Fran and similar Republican plants. The democratic party will put aside our differences and be united in November. No one with half a brain would vote for bush's 3rd term under John McCain because our feelings are hurt.

    May 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. swede_mariner

    Sorry, Democratic!

    May 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Stephen Sandecki

    People need to get off their high horse for about 10 seconds. Maybe your canidate won't get the ticket, are you willing in spite of anger to allow the republicans to drive this country even deeper into debt and possible collapse over the next four years? Do whats right and get these republicans out of office this year... whatever it takes....

    Hillary OR Obama '08

    May 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. dennis

    that is the ticket clionton governor of ny. then 2012 clinton the qualified the provened president

    May 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. A True black American for Hillary

    I said it earlier, i expect a blow out fihgt again withn the Obama camp very soon since all these people endorsing him want to be vice president. It is coming out true now . This will be the very begining of death and problem of te Obama camp. Well Clinton is not bowing out at all , Kerry, Kennedy , Pelosi and Dean have started what they cannot end .The DNC is already divided and in factions.This is the begining of the end for the DNC, whatever you useless American media try to play out in support of Obama wont work and will not work.All your idea that the evangeical church will move for Obama will not work even we the evengelicals are really and indeed really angry with you American media and we will vote for McCain s stop raising unecessary views and wrong news right?????????????????????????????? Your Obama will loose and loose biggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

    May 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Daniel

    Well then Fran....

    Expect the Women's right to choose to be put in serious jeapordy. McCain has made it clear that he will appoint Justices in the mold of Alito and Roberts... AND BOTH OF THEM are rabid anit-abortion judges...

    Expect that the war in Iraq will continue indefinitely, with countless more soldiers dying for a war that WAS BASED ON LIES and should have never been waged...

    Expect that millions will continue with no health care...

    Have you even heard John McCain speak?

    If you want to put this country in jeapordy by voting for McCain, then you can PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK when abortion is outlawed and thousands more die in Iraq.

    Your choice, Fran.

    May 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Tanya Kujath

    Hillary supporter who WILL vote for Obama if he is the Democratic nominee. I am a true Democrat who is raising five children with our economy in the shape it is in. I can not understand how any Democrat could vote for McCain and more of Bush policy.
    DEMOCRATS UNITE FOR OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Kirk

    I will NOT vote for OBAMA because he has lied from the start about who he was and what he stood for.

    He pretended to be about unity and on the weekends he sneaked off to donate money to his racist church. He sat in the pews and applauded as Rev. Wright spread propoganda and hate towards Whites, Jews, Italians, America and the victims of 911.

    Obama said he is for the people and yet he sided with the Credit Card companies and voted to increase our interest rates to 30% or higher. Clinton and Edwards voted NO.

    Obama said he is for the people but yet he tried to help Exelon AVOID reporting nuclear leaks. The original legislation REQUIRED nuclear companies to report any and all nuclear leaks. Obama however, tried to help Exelon by re-writing the legislation so that it now would say we SUGGEST that uclear leaks be reported.

    Obama lied about Rezko during a National Debate stating he only knew him because of 5-6 hours worth of work, then we all find out later that they have been friends for over 16 years.

    Obama lied during the Texas debate and told the moderator he had already released his earmarks when pressured about them. Then we find out three weeks later, that he had just released the earmarks.

    Obama cannot be trusted, he has showed extremely flawed judgment and character.

    Voting for Obama would be like voting for Bush again!

    " WE TOLD YOU SO " NO OBAMA 08

    May 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Desiree

    Why do I feel like they're just telling woman is just give it up and fall in line, women are tired of being told what to do by these bulldog men.

    May 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Hillary is our Choice

    Hillary is the people's choice for the President. We;ll hear more after we see the results in the next three states.WV, KY and PR. People calling Hillary to step down are all Obama supporters and the people who want to be politically correct. None of Hillary supporters want her to step down because we believe people are not looking behing Obama;s veil. There are no solutions, to experience to bring solutions just charisma but that does not make him a better choice for President when our country is in turmoil from recession and war. Hillary clearly has cound judgement and experience to be a better Prez.

    Hillary 08'

    May 11, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Michael

    Hillary supporters can vote for Mcshame if they want, but they should not complain when they loose their homes to repossessions, or their brothers and sisters are killed and maimed in Iraq.

    May 11, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Bridgette

    How was she betrayed by her own party. She lost fair and square. There was a primary season and she lost. He has more votes, more delegates, and has raised more money. I can see why we have not had a female president. Because I don't think we are ready. Fran look at you your candidate looses so you are ready to vote for everything I am sure you stand against. Is that wise. Or is it just silly. I would hope the democratic party can come together and stop all of this foolishness. She lost deal with it and get over it. She lost fair and square. He followed the same rules she followed and he just won. I don't understand how they betrayed her. You can like someone but not think they are the best choice and I think that is what is happening.

    I will tell you this though, if John McCain win because of sour grapes and you are paying $7 a gallon for gas either just pay it or start walkning. But please don't complain because you would have been part of the decision to do that. These rules that are in place are the same rules that put Bill Clinton in office twice they just didn't work out that way for Hilary.

    May 11, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. JAZZ

    Ditto fran. The party hierarchy have done everything they could do to sabotage Hilllary including helping to trump-up charges of racism.
    AP has a picture of Obama in his ancestral garb and the cry is "Hillary's a racist". AP reports a result of it's polls that Hillary gets the white vote , she repeats it and the cry is "Hillary's a racist"
    .
    Enough with the racist-wolf cries. Obama and his campaign, the DNC, Clyburn, Sharpton and other black leaders have no credibility defining what is racist speech because they were all SILENT on Rev Wright's CLEARLY racist speech. Even when she wins a state the backstabbing superdelegates vote for Obama. Payback day will be the the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

    May 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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