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. I'll modify it for Dems

    To those many Obama supporters who continually blog:

    "I cannot find one reason why a Democrat would not vote for Obama other than racism "

    Statements like the above (from an Obama supporter) are incredible in their arrogance, naivete, and stupidity. As a lifelong democrat I have always voted Democratic until this year.

    I have to tell you that while I find some of what Obama says inspiring, I DO have many reasons- all policy, character, issue based and none due to racism – that WILL keep me from voting for Obama. ( by the way I am in an inter racial marriage with inter racial children)

    An issue that has become more and more obvious to me (and others) is the incredible filthy, vulgar, hateful arrogance of Obama supporters.
    This reflects poorly on any candidate you purport to support.

    Despite the ALL American Idol image embraced by a biased media, Obama IS NOT a savior, nor omnipotent, nor infallible. He's just a pandering, hypocritical, lying candidate.

    I think many of you Democrats have bottled up your angst for so long that you're allowing it to whip you into a dangerous cult-like frenzy.

    Know this: The world is complicated, and your simplistic views of how things will change are most likely NOT going to happen. It's NOT because those who disagree with you are evil nor are Americans the anti-christ.

    It's because the world is complicated and the U.S. is filled with people that think only of themselves (liberals are much more this way than conservatives, by the way).

    Get over yourselves, and realize that pretty much everybody is as smart as you…maybe more so

    May 11, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. Handsome IN Everett, WA

    I hope CNN and Hilary supporters are listening. It is time to prepare to crown Mr. Obama to presidency. With all due respect to McCain it is time for new way of doing business in Washington. Hilary and Clinton thank you for your service for being a good runner up. It is time to move.

    Change we can believe.

    May 11, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. DOub1

    Clinton wants and likes power, if Obama accepts this ticket then he is dead. She will do and say anything against Obama to get him fired from the W.H.
    This is not a good idea and, I think and hope, Obama knows it.
    I agree with Dodd.
    No Clinton on the ticket.

    May 11, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Hugh from Canada

    Has anyone in the Press Gallery ever considered the thought of Clinton running as an Independant? Can you imagine the threat this would be to the Democratic Party? You have to believe that Clinton is considering all possibilities at this stage and it is not inconceivable for her to do this if one takes into consideration all of her supporters. As she goes, so do they and all of their money. She could very well win it in November on an Independant ticket. We in Canada are used to politicians winning outright with 35% of the vote in our multiparty system. As I see it, she is the only candidate that can straddle both Democratic and Republican supporters and bring them into one tent. She takes from McCain's strengths and appeals to Obama's idealism. If I were a superdelegate this would preoccupy my every thought.

    May 11, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. no bandwagon

    I think those inclined to vote by jumping on a bandwagon have already done so.

    Most true democrats, independents and republicans as well will vote their conscience and on the issues.

    As a lifelong democrat this is the first time I can not vote for our nominee. Only rabid vitriolic haters seem to be inspired by Obama.


    May 11, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Mary Lee Atlanta,GA


    If McCain wins then I wilol blame you and all the other Hillsters who stood by and let Roe VS Wade be overturned.

    Shame On You Fran !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Kross Clericuzio

    Fran u sound like your candidate.. sore losers. the world should perish becos u guys were soo conceited u failed to think through and plan. wake up and accept the inevitable. Presidency isnt anyones birthright, least of all Hilary Clinton

    May 11, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |

    Obama can dream of the White House but Clinton supporters will NOT allow them to happen.

    Remember the "Regan Democrats"? It's going to happen again and the DNC knows this. A fast 4 years of McCain is doable; then Clinton will be back stronger than ever!!

    Obamabots can belittle us Clinton supporters but we just turn a deaf ear to them knowing our time will come....


    May 11, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Kevin

    An Obama-Billary Ticket would be a bad Omen for Obama and for the country. Hillary will never accept Obama as president. She is going to do everything possible to sabotage and even torpedo Obama`s regime so that she finally gets what she wants. May God never let this evil woman have her wishes.

    May 11, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Why?

    Why vote for Obama when I, along with 14 million others- including many lifelong democrats- can simply WRITE IN HILLARY CLINTON- and vote for the best?

    May 11, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Bridget

    For anyone who wants some real news, Senator Obama now leads Senator Clinton in superdelegates. CNN, please report this. It's news. Thank you.

    Supporters of Senator Clinton, you're decent folks. Please follow your candidate's lead when she pulls the lever for Senator Obama this November. She's going to back Obama...she's going to ask that you also back Obama. Or will you vote for your candidate's opposition? Her true opposition is John McCain in case you've forgotten.

    May 11, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Maya

    You can take it Dodd, Hillary has the experience, Obama doesn't since those activist democrats want the presidency to be an internship or a training camp, you will have yourself to blame for screwing the country up.

    After all the rancors, bitterness, and divisions created by those senators like Dodd, Kerry, Daschle and others there will never be a united democrats, Hillary supporters will never vote for Obama, that include myself, and the rest of my friends an family.

    African American for Hillary

    May 11, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Abhi

    I don't understand the Clinton supporters who say they won't support Obama when he is the nominee. Have you never been through a nomination process before??? Somebody has to lose. Grow up and support the party, stop being sore losers.

    May 11, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Fran, right now it's not about Clinton or Obama winning, it's about Democrats taking the White House and with that we all win. Hillary will support Obama and vice versa. Republicans are supporting Democrats and it is simply not logical that democrats will support the republican party. I encourage all democrats to take our country back by voting Democrat.

    May 11, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. John

    F – Regardless of who you, or Sen. Clinton personally feel would be the best choice, it's the majority who decides. The people have spoken. That's how the system works.

    May 11, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Lorenzo

    It's over Hillary!!!!!!!!!!! Hail No, it's not likely.

    May 11, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. PHIL

    Fran, Just remember that in life what you don't like someone else does. If don't vote for Obama, someone you know and love may vote for him. Its time will grow up and realized that in life we can't win all the time. This election has been fair and God knows the people voted Obama over Clinton so why the hate?
    FYI am a Republican who would love to see a Democrat win so please don't mess this up.

    May 11, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. chris

    So, cutting off your nose to spite your face is the way to go?

    Somehow, fran, your sentiment seems appropriate for Ms. Clinton and some of her supporters. Take the 'nuclear option' and say 'told you so.'

    For Democrats, I'm thinking this election should be about getting a non-GOP candidate in office.

    And how, exactly, did the DNC betray her? The people have voted, and to this point, it looks like they've chosen Obama.

    Florida and Michigan lost their voice because their STATE (not national) DNC officials chose to break the rules to achieve their own ends. So you can't blame that on the national organization, either. The blame for that falls on people putting their state-level agendas above the national party.

    May 11, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |


    Obama adviser who met with Hamas resigns


    May 11, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. nycdem

    fran – i think that's what hillary is gunning for. a 2012 run. but make no mistake – her party has not "betrayed" her. she lost the delegate contest to a younger, faster candidate.

    obama 08

    May 11, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Jen B.

    It baffles me why Clinton's supporters feel she has been "betrayed" by her party. The simple fact of the matter is that more people are voting for Obama. He is winning this contest fair and square.

    May 11, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Big K

    Oh Fran be quiet, this campaign is about Obama or Clinton. It is about the American people, we all need to realize that, we are democrats first and foremost, Clinton is as good as a candidate as Obama, and there is not much difference in their policies, remember at the end of the day, issues like the economy, war in Iraq, clean environment, universal healthcare, affordable education, is what matters. It is not whether, Obama or Clinton supporters got their choice for the nominee.....Whoever the choice is, I am going to the booth in November and I'm gonna remember that I lost my job which I've had for more than 12yrs.....

    May 11, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. matt

    How soon do we forget that Obama just does not do well under pressure, remember his lack luster performance at the Pennsylvania debate? And we expect this guy to lead our country because? Obama is definitely the weaker candidate. Hillary has shown us time after time that she's strong, intelligent, and she's a fighter and she will fight for us. Hillary is the only candidate with real solutions that can help fix our economy, our country.

    May 11, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. Big K

    I meant to say, this campaign isn't about Obama or Clinton

    May 11, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Karen

    Hillary is a very competent person who ran a great campaign. However, for whatever reason, she did not win the popular vote, the elected delegate count and now has lost her imposing lead in the super delegate count. This was not a betrayal of her by the democratic party. This was a choice by the people. She was not entitled to be the nominee. That sense of entitlement might have had something to do with her loses.

    I can understand the disappointment of her most ardent supporters.

    But, any democrat that would chose four more years of Republican policies just because their candidate didn't win the primary really needs to spend some time in self reflection. Do you really care about this country, the party, our children, our planet?

    Or are you going to pout in the corner and take yourself out of the conversation just because you didn't get your own way?

    May 11, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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