May 11th, 2008
01:40 PM ET
10 years ago

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. Tara

    The arrogance of these elected public servants is sickening .
    First they take it upon themselves to tell Clinton to quit the race and now they want to make sure that she wouldn't even be a possible choice for VP.
    Clinton has an almost equal amount of popular support from the voters and it is very foolish indeed for these politicians to make these statements.
    Hillary Clinton has fought a very brave battle to become the nominee , the press has been Obama's biggest supporter and all the old boys in Washington have peddled their political influence behind locked doors.
    The DNC and leadership are a joke , endorsements are political pandering and as for Michigan and Florida not being allowed to have their votes counted , is a violation of democracy.
    It is " we the people " that will decide who will be the next President and come November our voices will be heard.

    May 11, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Allen In North Carolina

    If he runs with that crook after all the change he's touting, he'll lose my vote for sure.....

    May 11, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Mike

    In an above post, Harry says Hillary should run as an Independant. I agree completly. If Hillary goes Independant, then all the whiner punk Hitlery youth that keep thrreatening to vote McBush, can all leave the Dems. Then the Democrats will be purged of the race hatred that has surfaced in these primaries. Lets gather all the trash in one pile and be well rid of it.

    May 11, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Kitade

    To Clinton’s supporters, there’s nothing wrong with the elections process she’s just happens to lose. If you vote for McCain because of that, then you’re joking with your country future. In this hard time of America economic, McCain will still continue fighting unnecessary war in Irag, continue wasting young Americans women and men lives in Irag, continue wasting billions of dollar in Irag, and people are facing hard time economic back home. Then you must not complain because he never promised you to stop the war, after all, he said he knew less about economic. I bet he will even attack Iran. Well this is not my own business, I’m not American and I don’t live in America. I just want peace in the whole world.
    I knew CNN would not post this comment as usual.

    May 11, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. laurie, michigan

    Well fran, that can be turned around...why should we support a party who doesn't support our candidate for POTUS. Its democrats who are voting, along with independents and cross-over republicans. So if Senator Obama gets the nomination the democrats need to come together. It is not Hillary Clintons party...its the Democratic Party. Noone in this country has a "right" to be elected. They earn it by appealing to the voters. Winner take all. I hope you rethink your post here. White woman over 60 from the Great state of Michigan.

    May 11, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Mauri

    I knew it! I knew it! I knew it!!! And now what was expected with all the old-timers stepping up their announcement of endorsement almost before Obama himself did. First, Ted Kennedy comes out speaking emphatically that Hillary would NOT be a good VP candidate, and now the AARP+ candidate, Chris Dodd, telling everyone - Obama mainly, that she will NOT be a good choice for him to make. Can John Kerry be far behind? All these old has-been Democrats realize that this is their harrah - that they have a wilting flower in Barack Obama, and will be joined with all the others licking their chops with palms out ready to be greased. They knew that no such deal could or would be made with Hillary. This is just the beginning. I knew it!

    May 11, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Vivian

    The media decided to promote Obama after the Iowa primaries. That is evident by all the positive press that he has received. Until the Rev. Wright comments, the press for Obama was largely positive and Hillary's was 99 percent negative. I never realized the level of hatred for the Clinton's. It will be interesting to see if the Clinton haters that voted for Obama will vote for him in the general election. As a life-long Democrat, I will not vote in the general election. I am very disappointed in how the Democratic primary process was conducted Excluding Florida and Michigan will prove to be a mistake. Also, the caucus process is not fair to a large number of voters, specifically sick, elderly, single parents , people that work at night, etc. One suggestion I would like to make to Obama supporters is "You should try being not so nasty before you turn away more Democrats".

    May 11, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. EX Hillary Supporter

    Not ALL of Hillarious supporters will rally behind Sen. Obama for the simple fact he is "different" from Hillary!
    Whatever your "reason" is if you are a TRUE DEMOCRAT then all your reasons are just simply EXCUSES!
    Hillary have alot, ALOT of baggage goin into the GE and thats why the Republican wants her to win so they can slaughter her! If you haven't realized Sen Obama have not hit her with any smear attacks, twisted her words and bring up any of her many flaws!
    If any of you think Hillary would stand a chance to win the GE after the Republicans get done smashing, bashing and smearing with the many many many amo they have on Hillary! THING AGAIN!
    With Sen. Obama all their amo have already been exausted by Hillary!

    May 11, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Vietnam vet for Obama!

    Senator Clinton was not betrayed by the Democratic Party. She ran a flawed, ruthless, old-style campaign, that was clearly rejected by the majority of the popular vote, the majority of state primaries and caucuses, and now a majority of superdelegates. The only flawed candidate in this overlong selection process was Senator Clinton herself.

    Now the lunatic fringe feminists for Clinton are willing to scuttle the whole country for the sake of getting a female in the White House. How sad!

    May 11, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Noel

    I think Obama should be very,very wary of Hillary on the ticket as VP candidate.

    I don't trust her to the point that, if their ticket were elected, I think she would do every thing possible to continue to "make him look bad" as president, because there is always 2012 coming and she could run against him again, saying that she should have been the candidate in 2008. Also, she would be 2nd in line for president, if something should happen to him while president, therefore making her president. It appears that she is very determined to become president somehow.

    May 11, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. John

    What I want to establish from Obama,is the question,whether he still believes in the old Washington politics as usual??? Some of these old Wasington politicos,are making decissions only Obama would make if he had a chance to be the nominee,Why double standard with others and fierce criticism with one? That is the typical Washington politics you seem to have grasped so quick and continues to criticise!Do you think that is fair??

    May 11, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. of course

    Of course we will all unify behind the nominee.

    Nothing encourages that more than calling his opponent and her supporters: idiots, bigots, inbred, redneck, morons, stupid, ignorant, uneducated, trivial, uninformed etc etc.

    After you have been spit on and pissed on and dissed in every possible way- UNITY is a hard sell.

    May 11, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. rob


    Do you realize that clinton is losing? How can the party steal the nomination from her if shes behind Obama in all areas. Wouldn't it be the reverse?

    Plus why would you vote for Mccain? There is such a big difference between Mccain and Obama / Clinton.
    One just has to ask himself / herself, has the past 8 yrs been good to the United States of America? If yes go ahead and vote for MCCAIN otherwise get real, Mccain is similar or even worse than Bush.

    USA 2008.....Time for Change.

    May 11, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Sheila WA

    Fran writes: If these so called party leaders think that us Hillary supporters are just going to fall in line behind their flawed choice, then they'd better think again. It's not going to happen.

    Fran, Obama has been winning without your support up to this point. Go on dreaming for a Hillary 2012 run against McCain.. If your scenario were to come true, McCain will have already changed the face of the Supreme Court for years to come and set back women's rights for years to come. McCain has promised it.

    May 11, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Jim

    I guess I must face reality: it looks like the Dems are going to go with Senator Barack McGOVERN, after all. This is such a disaster, this election by CNN. No one has questioned why he has garnered 90% of the so-called "Black Vote"; but they lambast Senator Clinton for saying he has yet to secure the 'White Vote'. Can someone please tell me how 90% of Black voters all came to the same conclusion that Barack McGovern gets their vote? Did they all like his Defense Budget Realignment position? His past policy on Capital Gains Distribution Clearances? I thought so. Well, let me be among the first to suggest that "the rest of us" vote for Senator Hillary Clinton as a "write in" – that's what this LIFELONG Democrat will be doing in November.

    May 11, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Mike

    Okay Fran....Hillary or highwater, eh?

    First and foremost, Hillary and Barack are Democrats. Saying that you will not support the party – with its vision and ideals that make it the Democratic party – simply because the MAJORITY of Democratic supporters felt that another individual would best represent the party, certainly makes you anything but a Democrat.
    To you Fran, "It's all about Hillary!"
    Please note; it isn't called the "Hillaric"'s called the Democratic matter who the leader is.

    Democrats 2008!

    May 11, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Keith

    I used to hope for an Obama/Hillary Dream Ticket. But now, after Hillary has sank to such low tactics as race baiting and fear mongering. trying to fool voters that only she can get the white vote. Even after Obama drew such white voter support in Texas, Iowa and Indiana. Hillary's reputation is severly damaged. she has now become a liability to the Democrats.

    May 11, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. How not

    How can we NOT unify.

    We loved the racism charges, the redneck hick labels, the uneducated ,moron, idiot, and some really vulgar names we were called.

    Especially the college educated HRC supporters who have worked for civil rights for decades.

    Sure... we'll unify.

    On what planet are these people living on?

    May 11, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. factsarereal

    The first comment by Hillary supporter is very empty and makes no sense. What counts? delegates, popular votes etc etc and Obama is leading. So, do you want the DNC to nominate Hillary from nowhere? This will be the silliest thing that the DNC wouldn't want to do.

    For your information, Obama will not repeat the mistake of President Kennedy for norminating his rival Johnson as running mate. Johnson succeeded in killing him.

    May 11, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Jason, San Diego

    No matter who wins the democratic nomination, I'm voting for Obama. I'll write in his name if I have to. If he runs with Hillary Clinton, though, I'll abstain for the first time in my life. She will ruin this country just like McCain will.

    May 11, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. SeriousObserver

    Wake up Americans, A vote for MCBush/Cain is a vote for another crazy period of 4 years. Obama & CLinton fought hard and one must win, If Obama is the choice, do not loose your future because of bitterness.

    May 11, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. The Politics Man

    I highly doubt that Obama will choose Hillary as his running mate. Throughout the course of the campaigning, Hillary has lied, cheated, and accused Obama of horrible things. Now, finally, when it is very clear that Obama will win the democratic primaries, Hillary is still refusing to give in, taking money away from Obama by doing so. Also, the only reason that Hillary has presented is that she would get women's, poor whit people and Hispanic's votes, but Hillary is not the only one who could do such things. Despite what some people say, Hillary and Obama together would be as far from the 'Dream Ticket' as possible.

    May 11, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Martin

    And then the millions of Obama supporters that remembered how Hillary threw the first stone, spent her time dividing the party against one another, and conspired to have Obama lose so she could set herself up for a '12 run will strike her down before she can even start.

    If Obama is flawed, what does that make Hillary? A catastrophe, and a pathetic one at that. The threat to defect is empty and meaningless, designed only to bully us into accepting your pitiful candidate. It won't work.

    May 11, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. gurung

    who are you CNN to decide who wins or who looses ? so strange you stick to winning parties side . hell get yourself a report rater then decide the results .

    who won in zimbabwe ? can you tell us ? who really won in russia ? can you judge it ? you dont judge there why are you after to reclaim the democrat winner ?

    let the voters decide who is the winner ? why do you want to end the race and are up to you heels to end it ? american wants and like every state every state all want their voce heard . we have seen you all how biased you guys are ? look at the debate of the republican how you were inetersted only in mccain and his 2nd running man . huccabe and paul were left alone a

    I am neither for hillary nor for obama but want it to be bias . you report equally please . and let he voters decide .

    a basketball or any sports match is won at the end not before that means when the required time and or so is required to finish .

    for 17 months they fought and today for 3 weeks you make a big hell of a deal to make hillary look as a spoiler .

    please CNN just report dont decide .

    May 11, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. mitchell from arkansaw

    fran,your candidate lost this nomination,herself.she only has herself to sound like a republican.why do you take it out on a fellow democrat,because of your candidates the rest of us not have a right to vote for the candidate of our own choosing,because it hurts your feelings?the issues of our time can't wait 4 more years,to be addressed,just because you are mad.

    May 11, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17