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. Elijah

    I agree. I know that Hilliary supporters for the most part will NOT vote for Obama under any circumstance. I've voted Democratic my whole life, as has my immediate family. We have all stated to one another that we will jump party lines in Obama gets the nod, because of his lack of experience and radical opinions.

    May 11, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Steve

    It's increasingly obvious that Hillary knows she's lost, and is now trying to position herself as the VP who can capture the votes Obama can't. Though their policies are very similar, the Clinton Machine style is one of accusation, distortion, and divisvness. The Obama Machine style is one of collaboration, and working together to make the end result better than what could be obtained with divided forces. The two styles are mutually exclusive, and would not work in a President/VP scenario. In normal tickets, the VP is a quiet representative and diplomat for the President's policies. I cannot, in my wildest dream, imagine Hillary as a quiet representative and diplomat. Obama would have to spend half his time explaining why Hillary or Bill said or did something stupid. Nope. Not a good idea. If it's suggested, Barack, run for the hills. Make Hillary your Secretary of Health and Welfare. Give Bill a post, too, and go find someone for your VP that will actually help you get your work done.

    May 11, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. True blue

    I love my country

    I love my fellow Americans.

    I love Hillary Clinton.

    The DNC ran Hill through the ringer and took her to the cleaners and the media loved the show.

    Who doesn't love a good stoning?

    I don't.

    Obama will never earn my vote- he can only attract followers that are literally drooling at the mouth with hate and vulgarity.

    May 11, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Hypocrisy

    Hillary can never run for President again after the racial and especially sexist campaign she's run. Hillary supporters should fall in line because MORE PEOPLE VOTED FOR HIM, and McCain is a terrible choice for the country. Some people are just so thick-head they put their gender and race before their country.

    May 11, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Dan in Sacramento, CA


    How very courageous of you to turn your back on the ideals of the Democratic Party because you didn't get your way. If you haven't been paying attention, THE VOTERS have chosen Obama over Hillary. The only remaining path for Hillary to win is for the party insiders, the superdelegates, to OVERTURN THE WILL OF THE VOTERS. Which path do you think will disenfranchise more voters?

    How very elevated you must be to risk McCain putting more conservative judges on the Supreme Court because you didn't get your way. How pleasantly surprised you will be after a stacked Supreme Court overturns ROE V. WADE.

    How very mature of you to abandon the hope of universal healthcare because you didn't get your way.

    Is this election about you and your desires? Because I thought this was about the American people, not female voters.

    If spiteful Clinton supporters like you don't snap out of their self-induced bitterness, the only one running a "I told you so" campaign in '12 will be Barack Obama. Let's see how well you sleep in the bed you've made.

    May 11, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. ADM

    Get over it! Obama won the campaign fairly. It is sad that you like many Hillary supporters are sore losers and two-face people who rather divide a party than unite ie. People like you are sad... sad, sad, sad Do everyone a favor and don't vote.

    Thanks!! Obama '08

    May 11, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. john,IL

    No body is going to listen wht Mr. Dodd is saying.
    i am a democrat and i have been in the pary last 10 yrs.
    If hillary is not in the ticket, i would be for Sen.Mccain alongwith hundreds of democrats that we can see for exit polls.

    May 11, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Michiel W

    CNN, I am pretty sure you will NOT post this, but I have to try!
    I am a supporter of Senator Clinton, and I do not want to hear talk about her taking the second spot on the ticket if Senator Obama is at the top! In fact, I don't want to hear any of this "it's over" talk at all! The primaries go on until June. Let the rest of the people have their say. Then let the superdelegates do their job, and NOT before! The DNC and the main stream media have been trying to force their candidate down the throats of the voters for months. The latest example is the incident when Senator Clinton paraphrased the AP, and the media turned it into a racist statement supposed to have been made by her. As someone who has voted for the Democratic candidate since 1972, I find this year to be the single most difficult I have ever encountered. What the DNC seems to be forgetting is that the core of the Democratic party are the same people who are supporting Senator Clinton, and without them their chances in November are nil. If anyone honestly believes these "newcomers" to the party will make up for the "core" voters absence, I think they are mistaken. If anyone has divided the Democratic party, I believe it is the DNC, deciding to promote an ultra liberal candidate with questionable ties to extremists. Should Senator Obama be the nominee, I will change my affiliation from Democratic to Independent, and I do not think I will be alone. And now I am sure someone out there will call me a racist, as I cannot and will not support Senator Obama as I do not find him to be all that he claims.

    May 11, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. fred

    You got that right on fran!!

    I hope Hillary runs as an Independent!! She would blow both Obama and McCain out of the water!!

    If not, I will vote for McCain!!

    May 11, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Obama/Dodd '08

    May 11, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Chris from NY

    It is frusrating and darn right infuriating to hear people suggest that Hillary is the only one who can win McCain in the fall when her position on a lot of issues are similar to Obama's and many other candidates they both ran with earlier in the primaries. What is it with this pit bull attitude of hers? Is it more about her personal interest than it is the party's and the nation's interests? I am a woman who would have loved to see a woman president. But the issue at stake is not about race or gender but about a nation which the world is looking up to for leadership. A nation that is hungry for something better than what we've got. And they have spoken that Obama is the guy who will give them what they are loking for. To say that all those people who didn't choose you but voted for Obama are naive and demon possessed is arrogant and prideful. The bible said pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall . Mrs. Clinton has carried her war to the extreme and it might begin to destroy her. Therefore we don't need her on the ticket. She injected hate in to the context which the prmise is based on love and care for one another. We may have forgiven her for what she did and said but we don't need to be reminded daily about it. And that's what we will do if we have her on the ticket.

    May 11, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. True blue

    Pound Hillary to a pulp a while longer why don't you?

    That will lose you all a few more million votes.

    Sorry... Obama and his bandwagon of hate and division don't need me.

    I don't care to watch a good woman, a dedicated public servant and the BEST candidate torn to shreds by rabid dogs.

    I don't find that inspiring.

    May 11, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Justin from CT

    Obama/Dodd '08

    May 11, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Airborne


    Speak for yourself...we are rallying behind OBAMA 08


    May 11, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Brian

    Fran –

    How exactly do you figure that Hillary was the majority of the democrats' choice for president? If you haven't noticed, Obama has won the popular vote and has the most delegates. Hillary was not betrayed by her party because she is NOT who the majority of her party (regular U.S. citizens, not party leaders/superdelegates) wanted to be the next president of the United States of America.

    May 11, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Lazarito

    It's about time that Clinton supporters realize that she is pursueing something that was not meant to be.Her supporters should see that Clinton and Obama share the same opinions and have the same view ,and that's why they are democratic leaders.If Obama becomes the nominee they should realize that if they vote for Obama they would vote for Hillary,and viceversa.If they don't,the whole world would regret their choice for any other candidate.DEMOCRATS 2008!!!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. CB

    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 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. tough

    You think Hillary Clinton was tough?

    Watch the will of her supporters as we stand for what we believe in- as we have done forever- and not bow down to convention, racism, hatred and public executions.

    This good woman was raped by her own party, the media and the Obama supporters.

    Sorry... you all turn my stomach. I believe in freedom, equality, justice, respect and justice.

    May 11, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Freedom

    Freedom means getting to WRITE HILLARY CLINTON IN.

    May 11, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Sunny

    All these old farts that support obama are not images of change. They want women to sit in the back of the bus so they can rule the country on their own. Many of the people supporting obama are not for change. They are just using this opportunity to help themselves in future political jobs.

    May 11, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. gurung

    90% of american African votes are for obama which means the blacks support obamam "is that not racism ". so why is it not possible that 50% of white democrats vote McCain . like 90 % blacks vote obama .

    is that not possible in the GE

    if the African American can go towards obama why not the European American go towards McCain

    well who lnow this is something real that the democrats are to think .

    another will the hispanic or asians trust a african american or will e trust a white ........................

    If obama was so thoughtful of his white grand mother , why didnt he choose his white grand mothers church ..............? why was it important to choose a african church ............?lots of question needs to be answered .

    May 11, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. Bratt

    Absolutely. NO WAY we can accept Clinton, the liar on the ticket. Barack will chose someone who shares his hope for change and is NOT DIVISIVE and dangerous as HRC. If he gets HER on the ticket he will lose! in November! We all know that! Forget Clintons, they are history.. She will never ever be elected for anything..

    May 11, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. bigben

    His people should be quiet. Way they have bashed Hillary no way the democratic party will be unified

    May 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Steven in Oregon

    Well put fran, my vote will be for McCain if Hillary is not on the ticket

    May 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. andrea, Illinois

    Hillary betrayed by her party?
    Are you serious???? I hope not!!
    Hillary dug herself a big hole by lying, going negative and taking the nomination for granted. She was very arrogant going into the campaign thinking that it was a done deal. Therefor her campaign wasn't as thought through and well organized as it should have been. You can't blame Obama for being more organized, having bigger financial support and leading a more appealing campaign.
    Hillary supporters suggest that they would rather have their country go down in Republican style than to vote for Obama. This is very selfish and dumb. Basicly saying "If it's not Hillary, than we will vote for war, tax cuts for the rich etc." At the end they will punish themselves for thinking so childishly and narrow minded.

    May 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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