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. bill for barack

    Sorry, Fran, but the next Democratic nominee will be the one with the most popular votes, the most states won, and the most superdelegates. If Hillary wants to work in the Oval Office next year, maybe she can pick out the new drapes for President Obama.

    May 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. FATillery

    We should not take a selfish, candidate-based look at the primary results. How many are Obama supporters? How many are Clinton supporters? How many are Democrats?

    There is too much at stake for all Americans. Whomever the Democratic nominee is should have the full support of ALL Democrats.

    What is the alternative? You would actually support someone who, while a true patriot and civil servant, will just be an extension of the current failed administration? I think not.

    I love Hillary too!

    Frank Tillery
    One of U.S.

    May 11, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Ovitshio Branco

    New News Latest polls suggest that Clinton is picking up support from John McCain's base which is the following:
    White Americans that hate people of color.
    White Christians that hate people that do not look like them.
    White Americans that have very little education.
    White Americans who do not care about their own personal economic condition.
    White Americans that want to see there sons die in an un-justifiable war.
    White Women who hate man still seams to be Hillary Clintons's primary support.
    So what Hillary is saying IS, if you are WHITE TRASH then I am your girl. If I was WHITE I would not even want to be seen with her.

    May 11, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Proud American

    To Fran,
    Its called Democracy. The people voted and Obama won. It is what it is. Why are some people acting so childish throwing tantrums. Democrats lets not cut our nose to spite our face! If McCain gets into office there wont be anything left to run for next election!

    May 11, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Tejano

    Best news I have heard today. It is too bad that she cannot run as an independent due to election rules in place. She is the best person for the job. But we still have McCain who is very much like Hillary and will do everything possible to protect our citizens from the Radical Islamists that threaten our way of life.

    McCain-Hillary 08

    May 11, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    Your comment is awaiting moderation. ???????

    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 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Everest

    The uniter, the party leaders, Michelle Obama, and rats who left Clinton's ship can determine which way to head their Titanic until they reach the iceberg which is floating their way. Hillary's resilience is needed at this time, not some empty hope lifted from other person's book. I will accept McCain.

    May 11, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. A True black American for Hillary

    Good reasoning Americans can you see now that those endorsing Obama are not doing so because they feel he has the best judgement but that they want to be vice President . So this will be the change in Washington??????????????? Americans are being fooled again after eight years of fooling by George Bush. GOD of heaven where is this country heading to?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? My God where where where????????????????????????????????????????
    Tears are dropping from my eyes, i am weeping for America. God forgive us our sins and revive America ones again. We have sinned and we continue making the same mistake all over again , I have never believed it in my life that America will come to this> God please save America again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE LORD SAVE US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. ThinkMan

    I do not think the Democratic Party BETRAYED Hillary Clinton. What did the party do that betrayed her? This was a fair race and Obama won fair and square.

    What is unfortunate is that once a nominee is decided the supporters of one candidate or the other refuse to line up behind the niminee.

    This in my view is VERY poor attitude and only helps the Republicans. It makes sure that no matter who the Democratic Nominee is; he/she will loose in the general election because the supporters of the loosing democratic contender will not support the Democratic Nominee. Note that had Hillary won Obama supporters should have lined up behind Hillary.

    The DEMOCRATIC process was followed in the DEMOCRATIC primary. It is time to be a DEMOCRAT and line up behind the DEMOCRATIC candidate. If you do not do it not only do the Democrats loose, in my humble opinion you loose also.

    May 11, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Jack Robertson

    An Obama/Clinton ticket would be a recipe for disaster. Mrs. Clinton has spent so much time smearing Senator Obama on the campaign trail and playing the race card that she would not make a trustworthy running-mate or Vice-President. With Clinton as V.P., Obama would have to be looking over his shoulder constantly as well as guarding his back. If he chooses Clnton, he also risks alienating many of his core supporters – those same people who have already been alienated by his opponent and her pathetic campaign antics. If he is looking for a woman as the Vice-Presidential candidate, there is certainly no shortage of talent within the Democratic Party and there are surely better candidates than Mrs. Clinton.

    May 11, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Alain Mpinga

    to Fran there is a diffrence between being "educated" vs. being "learned."
    After reading 95% of the notes (blogs) on CNN, here are some conclusions:
    1.Hillary's supporters may be learned, but they are not educated. That is, they show gross negligence in doing research to uncover the truth.

    2. Majority of Hillary's supporters write using "uppercase" letters, suggesting that they are rude, bitter, and inconsiderate.

    3. Like their candidate, most of Obama supporters are very humble and put this nation "first". Wealth and greed are seen as secondary or remote issues

    4. All of the lies and disinformaiton about Barack is going up in smoke as past political propaganda. We are now witniessing history unfolding before our very eyes, as the nations' first Democratically elected black man gets voted into the highest position of authority in the country. I can honestly say that I am proud to be an American again. Thank you Barack, for being a true leader.

    May 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. Bella

    Of course Hillary will accept the VP position. The decision was made three weeks ago behind closed doors. She's not happy about it, and had several demands, but the democrat big shots caved in to her demands. So don't be surprised when they announce this, within the first ten days of June.

    May 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. wow

    sore loosers, will vote against their own party. what a fraud.

    May 11, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Doug, WV







    May 11, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Old white mom for Obama

    If Hillary supporters don't want to support who the country selected, that just shows that they are narrow minded they are. I really don't expect Hillary to do as she says, support the party, because she is going to be ticked off that she did not win, remember super Tuesday, all of her campaign workers had plans to go back to their regular job, she knew that she would win. She is doing her best to destroy Barack, because she had the presidency wrapped up. He was a nobody, we did not know him, etc. I hope I am wrong, some people have a better opinion of her than I do, but my opinion is that she is a witch with a b. I am allowed to think this, I have been through 3 Bushe's and one Clinton. Time to change. from top to bottom.

    May 11, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. Sean

    Well the first person obviously does not realize Hillary Clinton's political career is over if it is evident Obama lost because her supporters refused to support him. That is extremely foolish of this person to think Clinton can run again if it is evident Obama lost the election because of her. She will already have a hard time running again in the democratic party because they rarely nominate people who have lost in the past. If her supporters spoil the democrats election just becuase they are sore losers I can garantee she will never be the nominee, and her career as anything but senator from NY will be in jeopardy. Then she says the party "betrayed her". Sorry Fran we live in a democracy you arnt just given the nomination because you last name is Clinton. If you want that maybe you should hop in a time machine and go back to pre-revolutionary France where aristocracy is the goverment of choice.

    May 11, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Alston


    Its people with mentality like yours that are the cause of strife and turmoil around the world.

    Hillary can only feel cheated because at the start of the primaries she considered herself the presumptive nominee.

    Looking back she never really had a big lead over Obama in pledged delegates so how the hell is she cheated, bec of FL and MI???
    Grow up and get a brain .. the DNC unseated them ... not Obama.

    Hillary' and her supporters wanted to bankroll the re-vote for their own means..not for yours.

    May 11, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. mobspeak

    Fran, you have to be a Republican. 90% of Democrats simply do NOT think this way. This type of thought process is more like the Republicans (the "your either with me or against me" type of Rovian politics). We know you are Republican bloggers trying to divide the Democratic party because it's the ONLY way "Old Man" McInsane has a snowball's chance in H### of winning the GE. Your strategy is "FATALLY FLAWED".

    May 11, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Susan MO

    Hillary will lose the WV, because she call the beautiful people of WV uneducated.

    We will surprise her on Tuesday, May 13, 2008

    May 11, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Obama '08

    It is over for Clinton. She made the mistake of overestimating Obama's campaign. He's the nominee so accept it, GET OVER IT! Ok, "Fran", let me tell you something. If you want to vote and support somebody, just because you like them, then you need to vote on American Idol, but this is for the Democratic nominee. This is for the good of the DEMOCRATS and the united states of america. If you don't want to support the democratic party nominee, then sit back and watch. Obama will win without the support of Clinton backers, because he will take independent voters, and he has already taken over many republican voters too. So, "Fran", be prepared for 8 years of Obama. There will be no "I told you so campaign," but for the sake of argument, if she does run 8 years from now, Obama voters will STILL NOT VOTE for her, we will vote for the other person.

    May 11, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Trina, NC

    Since people are so sure that Obama is going to be the Dems choice… Why not make it still a three horse race? Its obvious the country is still divided, I'm not talking about the superdelegates as its clear to me with the exclusion of Michigan and Florida votors that the supdels are going to be swayed over by peer pressure to support someone who in my honest opinion is not ready for the White House.

    My gut was right about Bush when he took office for the first term and it has yet to tell me I'm wrong. I just can't trust a man who can not show me credentials worthy of being a president other than the eloquent way he speaks……That I'll give him..but where is the rest of if?
    A lawyer from Chicago becoming a Senator first time out and now thinks the next step should be President….I have to agree with Mitt Romney…Cutting your teeth in the Oval Office is not acceptable to me.

    So with that said…Hillary, go independant..your supporters will still vote for you…..

    May 11, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. SASA


    May 11, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Perfect Solution

    Frankly, I LIKE and SUPPORT the war on terror! I believe it's a good and a necessary thing because it shows the world we aren't all just a bunch of crybaby wimps like Hollywood and San Francisco.

    I'd like to see us maintain a forceful presesce in Iraq for the next 100 years if necessary AND obliterate Iran - and there's only one ticket that can achieve that.

    McCain/Clinton 08!

    May 11, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. zac

    fran, clinton is the one who betrayed her party by using republican tactics! lots of people actually think she is a republican, she did this to herself and no one is to blame but herself!!

    May 11, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Harry Christiansen

    Amazing! Clinton supporters are being called Dumb uneducated by the Clinton herself and they do not see or hear what is being said. WOW! I am amazed. She and Bill are history.. GO OBAMA!

    May 11, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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