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. dreamer

    You wish.

    Obama and his hateful, name-calling, insulting supporters have turned off most of the democrats.

    Read all the Obama bloggers regarding West Virginia.

    Who wants to vote forthe Candidate who can inspire such hatred of fellow Americans and fellow democrats?

    May 11, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. proud black american woman


    I am sorry that you feel that way. Whatever happend that hurt you so bad I am sorry. My hope is that you will open yourself up to trust this process again because; I do not believe that OBAMA wants to hurt any one in the U.S.

    Maybe you will reconsider as the G.E. begins and you understand that the republicans do not have the best interests of the Democrats.

    Your comments concern me because they reflect how so many hillary supporters feel. I care about all of you. I hope you heal for the good of our party. I do not want to see a void in our party. I hope you accept my apology.

    your fellow democrat sister,

    May 11, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Karen

    Based on Clinton's campaign chair Terry McAuliffe's interview with Tim Russert today, I suspect that Clinton is going to throw more dirt on Obama. If that happens, there is no doubt that at the end of the day Clinton's legacy will be writen as

    Impeachment, survived with black support
    Total defeat by blacks and democartics in a mean-spirited campaign that aimed to salvage impeachment scandal

    May 11, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Kitade

    l wonder if Hillary Clinton is the one that make and change rules for the Democratics party whenever she wants. Now Hillary Cliton state that if the Democratics party has the rules that the Republicans have she would be the nominee long time ego. I suggest that Hillary go run as a Republican candidate if she wants their rules. Rules are rules; Florida and Michigan had mess up their chances to have their delegates sit and I believe that it not to Hillary's power to tell the DNC how to sit them delegates. These delegates from these two state should not be seated at all. The Democratics party is losing its standard by seating Florida and Michigan and in the future any state could just say well I am doing my primary in such and such date because Florida and Michigan did it and they get away with it. Obama needs to be careful with any proposal from Hillary Clinton

    May 11, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. L

    The Hillary supporters that "threaten" to vote for McCain are hilarious... First, you will be hurting no one but yourself. Second, Obama never had your vote, so your childish antics about how you won't vote for him don't matter! Third, his broad appeal, and the multiple new and young voters he has brought in will more than cancel you out. So, what did we learn? Hillary and her supporters are irelevant!

    May 11, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Ben

    If Clinton supporters are willing to vote for McCain over Obama, then she has not done a very good job of promoting the Democratic platform.
    How can she be a good leader if she leads her own supporters to the other party. Vote for peace. Vote for fair taxes. Vote for diplomacy. Vote for health care. Vote for women's rights. Vote for civil rights. Vote against torture. Vote for improved education. Vote for affordable college. Vote for a living wage. Vote for humane immigration policy. PLEASE, don't risk all of this over spite.

    May 11, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. skyjuice're dilusional and in denial. Just take a seat and get ready for you're 1st Black President...which is loooooong over due by the way.

    GOBAMA 08'/12'

    May 11, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Derek

    How can she even support obama after so much negative attacks and insults??
    But..whinning clinton supporters will feel bitter if she's just thrown out..anyways its a matter to Barack to decide.he'll come up with the best solution,smart&
    Genourous as he is

    May 11, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. pity the DNC

    Sorry Old washington insider white guys who beat up on the female candidate out of Clinton hate and because the democrats JUST can't nominate a woman.

    Too bad... had your chance.

    Watch us walk.

    May 11, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Helena

    You are correct Senator Dodd. It is so very clear that Senator Obama is the democratic nominee. I do not want Hillary Clinton on any ticket!

    May 11, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. marie

    I understand how disappointing this will be to many Clinton supporters – but if you take a step back, it's foolish to cut of your nose to spite your face. Obama's policies are nearly identical with Clinton's. Sure, there are some important differences, but you know as well as I do that four years is a long time for McCain to be in office. That means a lot of thwarted legislation and devastating foreign relations.

    We just can't afford it. I know it's hard, and I'm sure you're frustrated and angry, and you are welcome to sit back and say "I told you so" if Obama fails in November – but in the meantime, the stakes are too high to let anger trump reason, or the greater good.

    May 11, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Tom

    This is quite petty. Does no one care about the Democratic party? Obama and Clinton's policies are virtually identical and I, a former Edwards backer, will vote for the Democratic nominee. I decided that a long time ago because G-d knows that we don't need McCain running this country into the ground. I don't care about Wright. I don't care about Bosnian sniper fire. I care about issues first. An immoral leader isn't necessarily bad – William Churchill, as well as FDR proved to be great and competent leaders.

    May 11, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. J

    Nooooo !!
    Even the names don't go together...

    May 11, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. walli

    no fran, she lost fair and square and its time to move on.

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

    Obama is the least experienced candidate to ever run for President. He won both his state and US Senate seats by default. He hasn't done a thing in his 2 years except plot to run for President. We've had 7 1/2 years of an unexperienced President who didn't have a clue and I'm sick of it. Most of all, I'm sick of the Obamaniacs saying if you don't vote for him, you're a racist. That is just another avenue of fear-mongering along racial lines and is frankly, pathetic. In addition, attacking Hillary and her supporters only pushes them further away from Obama and the arrogrance that he can win without them will be the reason John McCain will win in the fall.

    May 11, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Hillary KKKlinton

    Aw come on Dodd! We can have an Obama/Hillary ticket. We have the Hitlery voter base, the ignorant,racists who dwell in fear and hatred. And we add Obama's base, which is the open minded progressive white and minority vote. We can have it all covered. Hillary

    May 11, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Kelly

    I can't imagine the two on the same ticket. The RNC would be playing videos of both Bill and HC praising McCain and the horrendous insults they threw and continue to throw at Obama...that would be insanity to give all their fodder to the RNC for their political advertising.
    If the HC supporters want to see Roe vs. Wade overturned and another eight years of Iraq and more wars they could ever dream of I guess their loyalty to the party isn't strong enough to get past their personal issues. Vengeance is a dangerous thing.

    May 11, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. V in CA

    Agree with you, fran. It's not going to happen. "With Clinton, though, the press seems to have almost complete disregard for the [over 16] million voters who have backed her candidacy, as well as the idea that she is their representative in this race. Instead, they treat her entire campaign as some sort of vanity exercise in which voters do not exist."–Eric Boehlert

    And putting his surrogates on and having them announce the nomination is over is news? Objectivity, anyone? Please be advised the nomination cannot occur until August, when all the delegates vote. Until then, any of them can change their minds (like when the next bomb drops on Obama). Then, we will all be happy to have Sen. Clinton as a truly electable option.


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

    I- like countless others- are liberal democrats.

    We are not screaching left wing radicals full of hate towards other Americans and other democrats who voted differently.

    We do not condone the antics of the DNC and we did not enjoy the public gang bang of HRC.

    Get it in your heads. You lost our vote when you trashed, bashed, hated, and screwed HRC.

    May 11, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. kmiller

    Hillary and her morals,,,, her soap box character, her treason type husband....... her bandwagon act...... should NOT be in anyway shape or form connected to Obama. I think it is more appropriate that she go crawl in a corner with Gore and cry in her beer....

    May 11, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. NH Mom

    Dodd is one of the reasons I am disgusted with the Democratic Party this year. He along with other old male party members (Leahy, Kerry and Kennedy- old liberal lions) put early and vocal pressure on Clinton to leave the race even though this race is extremely close. The Dem. Party has treated Hillary terribly (from Fl and Mi disenfranchisement to calls to end the process prematurely). I will not support a party that disenfranchises voters in order to benefit the DNC's hand-picked candidiate. The proportional process is absurd and caucuses are down-right undemocratic. If this were winner take all like the general election (or Republican primary) then Hillary would be our nominee.

    I'm writing in Hillary's name in November if she is not the nominee. Also, I'll be donating to every opponent of the Democratic party members who publicly tried to pressure Clinton out of the race.

    May 11, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Obama 08:white, female and 60

    I wish the Clinton supporters who claim that Hillary has been "betrayed" by "her" own party.

    May 11, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. rumpusgoopus

    How about this headling: "Every Rational Person: Joint Ticket Unlikely." Could we please stop posting these non-stories?

    May 11, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. terri

    I prior to Obama was voting for Hillary. I voted for her husband twice. I am so glad that this race has gone for the time that it has. I am able now to see the true Hillary. The will say and do anything Hillary.

    -Mississippi – she was stating you can have us both liar.
    -Ohio – touting she would renegotiate NAFTA liar
    -Penn – gun toting whiskey drinking Hillary
    -Indiana touting a fake gas tax that would in the end benefits no one
    -West Virginia. – She is courting the working, hard working, white Americans with out a college degree.

    This woman is joke 🙂

    Obama has remained consistent with his positive message and we will change Washington.

    So to all us Blacks, Hispanics and educated Whites I guess she does not need us.

    There should never never be an Obama/Clinton ticket this would defeat everything he stands for and that his campaign has work towards change, unity, positivity and getting rid of the old politics Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Clinton.

    Do what you must Clinton people we will still move forward with or with out you?
    Being a democrat is something that comes from your core values. It is your belief system. Do you really think Hillary is the only person that that our democratic beliefs and dreams can come through?

    May 11, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. lonny, seattle

    "so why should we support a party who did not support our choice for the President"
    Why do all Hillary supporters feel like she is ENTITLED to the nomination?
    We are all in the political party, whoever gets the most delegates IS the nominee.
    Why do you think your vote is worth more than mine?
    Your going to say FL or MI change it?
    No, they dont. Obama would still win without them AND they broke the rules and pay the price. Its unfortunate but we cant go and bend the rules just so someone with LESS delegates represents the party when WE the people chose someone else., even if its by the slimmest margins. Winning is winning. Why even bother with the delegates and votes if someone else decides who is the actual winner?
    Unlike you I would not support McBush if Obama miraculously did not get the nomination. It makes no sense! Clinton and Obama have almost identical views, McBush's are waaaay different.
    By voting Republican you are going against everything your candidate has campaigned for.

    Im sure she will have her chance and, if after Obama's two terms end, she wants to run we will support her 100%.

    Now is just not her time, its Obama's time according to the voters.

    Just vote Democratic party and be very proud that you are not enabling a 3rd Bush term.

    May 11, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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