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. Jack, IN

    No. 1: I don't think it's "very clear" that Obama will be the nominee. Hillary still has lots of supers, has won all the big states that matter, and Florida and Michigan haven't even been counted yet. Barack Obama will not have the magic number of delegates either, so don't count Hillary out til it's over.

    No. 2: I agree that Hillary will not accept a second place spot on any ticket. Her talent, intelligence, experience, accomplishments, and energy could better be used in another capacity (for example: president or secretary of state).

    May 11, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Arthur Jefferson

    I certainly hope that future oprez Obama will not even consider Clinton as a candidate for his political venue. Voting for Mr. Obama, Republicans crossed party lines to exorcise the Clinton "trailer trash" from the White House. Forfeiting Ms. Clinton (and her husband/ventriloquist) will insure the same support in November; Republicans are impressed with Obama's eloquence (deflecting Wright's provocative tract) and his reluctance to play the race card. Adhering to an allegiance that is decidedly non-Clinton, there's no doubt that Obama will be our next president (he has dissuaded me from routinely voting Republican). There's no time for sore losers; please, Mr. Obama, apply a precedent to our economy.

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

    I have yet to figure out if the 'win at all costs stab everybody in the back' attitude of the Clinton camp is from the top down or the mob up!

    God forbid that Democrats may freely choose the Senator from Illinois without being accused of no longer being in the Democratic Party. What spoiled, rude and utterly terrible examples of the divisive politics that the country seeks Obama's presidency in an attempt to end.

    The Clinto-Bush era is hopefully coming to an end. For a couple of Southern Bushwackers who create more enemies than any other White House occupants in hidtory, including the infamous Richard Nixon, her followers should be thankful for the torturous years we have been put through by their power mongering, double dealing, look you in the eye and lie through your teeth, cover-up administration.

    All the while we, as members of the Democratic Party have tried to look the other way hoping they were learning from tehir lessons and could provide some ultimate good as a result of it.

    Obviously, we are so wrong. The last month of events shows that Hillary is no different than her hubbie who was busted making derogatory racial remarks aimed at Jessie Jackson, Hillary proves that she too can live up to her challenge to one up Bill in being racist.

    The sad thing about racists is that they let them back on the radio and they allow them to keep campaiging for President.

    Dont' forget to turn out the lights when you leave the room, Fran, no one is following you, your candidate, or the politics of hate anymore.

    May 11, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Cindy

    Do all the earlier nominees feel like they were betrayed by their own party? I've not heard that betrayal cry before now. I could have missed it but I doubt it. Hillary hasn't been betrayed; she was far ahead earlier in the campaign. It's just that as time moved on and she demonstrated more negative and attacking politics that we all got turned off. I find her and my beloved Bill Clinton (who I am so sorry to learn of his tricky rhetoric) to be less than trustful, extremely manipulative and just plain down and dirty.

    I think her party slowly and realistically started to pull away.

    Having said the above, I will vote for Clinton should she win the nomination. I'm not going to run whining to the Republicans. I want a democrat in the White House come hell or high water. I want a president who will actually do something for the people of the United States.

    May 11, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. What We Don't Need

    I think all states should participate in this primary election. But think about how the few remaining states will feel if the two states who "pushed to the front of the line" get their votes counted. They may feel a lot like Florida and Michigan.

    There have been many attempts to reconcile this situation but NEITHER candidate can agree...Hillary says she gets all of Michigan because Obama removed his name like every other candidate did to support the DNC decision. So much for her wanting ALL the votes counted when over 40% voted AGAINST her in Michigan.

    So if there can be no agreement, stick with the basic rules set forth. THEY BOTH AGREED to them along with all the other candidates (like Edwards) who may have had different outcomes if their states went first. No you cannot put the Genie back in the Bottle and all elementary school children know you don't change the rules of a game once it started...everyone but Clinton that is.

    May 11, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Alain Mpinga

    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 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Bob Texas

    HRC is a single minded woman working for herself and herself alone. The DNC needs to show her the door. If you want change in America be a true Demcrat and vote Obama. If you want to continue HIllary's legacy keep your burned earth agenda!

    May 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Tim Mathews

    Obama is not going to be elected but go ahead and support him but just remember change is an empty word.

    May 11, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Susan MO

    A True black American for Hillary:

    Are you off your medications again?

    I think we need Dr. Phil to help all these Hillary's supporters.

    I hope you all heal by November

    Here is hug for you all

    May 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Tony, Miami

    As laid out by Teddy Kennedy on Friday, is to go with someone who wouldn’t be a big dark cloud over his sunshiny new politics.

    May 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Nina

    I am saddened by the ignorance of those following the Pied Piper of Illinois. But, I remember how it feels to be excited about the possibility of change when I was a kid, too. The reason more mature voters are choosing Hillary is because we've lived long enough to know a flashy rock star when we see one, and rock stars look and sound good.. but underneath they have no substance. I don't blame you followers of the great prophet Obama for your instincts to want to fix the world. I just know it takes substance and not flash to actually accomplish it. I hope you all know what you are doing...all I can think of is 4 yrs ago and the 51% who got us into this mess.
    I personally am hopeful Hillary will not even seek the VP spot. We need her back in the Senate, not as a lackey to the prophet. She'll be back to help us in 4 yrs when you kids have grown up a bit and understand your folly.

    May 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Larry Buchas

    She already spent all her hopes and chances for VP.

    Maybe a cabinet position? That's as far as I can see anything come her way.

    To Hillary's supporters, I don't pay attention to juvenile bloggers. I wouldn't expect you to either.

    May 11, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. shannonL

    Why won't Obama just say it? Why does he have to have his people say it? Why can't he speak for himself? What is he afraid of?

    Not exactly a quality we need in a President.

    May 11, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. DOUG (DEM 1st, OBAMA 2nd)

    HEY, CAN I ASK ALL YOU DEMS A QUICK QUESTION???
    ((This question only goes to TRUE democrats, everyone else can stop reading now)))

    -IN RECENT HISTORY, MOST %OF PEOPLE USUALLY VOTE IN THE GENERAL ELECTION. THIS YEAR WE HAD A RECORD TURNOUT IN THE PRIMARY VOTING. MY QUESTION IS, WHY ON EARTH AM I HEARING SOME OF MY DEMOCRATS SAYING THAT THEY WILL NOT VOTE IN THE FALL, "WHEN WE NEED YOUR VOICE THE MOST!!??"

    -I STICK BEHIND MY PARTY, AND VOTE FOR OUR NOMINEE. AND YOU TRUE DEMS SHOULD TOO. FOR ALL YOU FAKE DEMS (HILARY SUPPORTERS) SHAME ON YOU IF YOU HURT OUR PARTY IN THE FALL BY NOT VOTING. MOST IMPORTANTLY, DON'T HURT OUR COUNTRY!!!!

    May 11, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. William

    If the DNC thinks the Dems will fall in line and vote for Obama, they better think again. I don't know one Democrat that will vote for Obama in the General election. He is just too much of a risk. So if it's not Hillary, then go McCain. We will do our part to stop Obama from getting to the white house.

    May 11, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Eddie

    If you do not see what Obama brings as a candidate,it is most likely you are a racist or genderly biased because try to be blind to what he has to offer.Obama policies are 95% the same as Hillary,but what gives him the edge is his ability to bring people together and his pleasent disposition.Hillary represents anger and seperation,so I believe those people for her share her ideas and character.We as Americans are looking for a better future and Obama speaks to this,sorry your hate and anger will not allow you to take an unbiased look at Obama.

    May 11, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Marie

    Please TB nice try...but nor working at all. Hillary is a divider and not a uniter, so don't disguise your self as a true supporter,,Hillary's blogger..

    May 11, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Mark

    Hillary doesn't need the VP spot. Clinton supporters will NOT vote for Obama. Let him go down against McCain.

    May 11, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. CB

    CNN Post my comments, I read worst comments on this board than my comments. Unless CNN is writing all the comments themselves and using different names. I thought this was a country of freedom of speech. If you don't want comments then eliminate these blogs and stop play with people.

    Fran and other Hillary supports,

    If you want Hillary for Pres. then you can vote for her in 2012 again, but for 2008 it is over for Hillary the liar and do anything to win. Try donating your dollars to help her out of her campaign debt since you have so much faith in her.

    Any one who say they are a democratic and want to vote opposite because their chose is not going to be the nominee. Then you were not a democrat in the beginning and stop being redundant. Do what you fell you have to do and don't blame anybody but your idiot self.

    For the rest of Hillary supports. If you can not embrace Sen. Obama black half then embrace his white half, because I can embrace both equally.

    May 11, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. james russello

    Who care's what Omana does; we can always run Hillay as an Independent. and I would bet money she could win.

    May 11, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    At the beginning of this campaign, I thought both candidates were electable. I have defended Hillary Clinton for years when people were hateful towards her. But, in this race, I have been so disappointed to see that she has resorted to dirty tricks and lies, did not organize her campaign or finances well, and alienated alot of people. If you remember, she had the black vote initially – but between her and Bill, they managed to lose it.

    Her sense of entitlement to the office is turning so many away from her, including the superdelegates and long-time supporters. I hope that the current Hillary supporters can understand that she is much too divisive for this moment in time. We have to have someone who will be able to restore respect in the world, and move away from partisan politics. Please support Obama, or the ugliness of the last 7 years will continue!!

    May 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Joe, Northern Virginia

    Fran – you can say all you want but any objective and lucid minded thinker knows that Obama has both the popular votes and not only that, but he is also ahead in the delegate count. So – it is preposterous for you to say that the “will” of the people is being over-ridden by the super-delegates. I bet that you aren't a true Democrat and you can do whatever you please with your vote... but at the end of the day, Obama will win the general elections. You can go with McBush if you want this same old divisive politics in Washington – where nothing is getting done because of petty and divisive politics... and who looses at the end of the day? It will be both you and I – the American people. WE ARE DEMANDING A CHANGE IN HOW POLITICS IS PLAYED IN WASHINGTON. Now, it you choice to join this movement!!!

    May 11, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. linda hemmingsen

    Atrue black american for hillary i agree with everything you say it is a shame someone who is qualified is treated with such gisgust by the hate mongering obama supporters it shows how much they get from their leader.

    May 11, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Kim in Atlanta, GA

    If Hillary gets the nomination, she will NOT win against McCain in November. She's not electable, she continues to trail behind in polls against Obama and McCain and her camp is not raising the money necessary to make her campaign worth this.

    Clinton needs to realize that a vast majority of Americans do not want her as president.

    May 11, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. james russello

    What happens to Obama when Hillary runs as an Independent this fall.

    May 11, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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