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. Unity

    Why are you Hilary & Obama supporters bashing one another .. you all are acting like true republicans .........

    when the race is over i hope we all will UNITE .. no mater if the nominee is Hilary or Obama ...

    Democrats 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. bigben

    Dodd needs to shut up. He has cried for the last 3 months.

    May 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. shot in the foot

    Funny thing, but when you shoot yourself in the foot... then you are left to limp along thereafter.

    Should have respected Hillary Clinton and her supporters.

    Should never have sacrificed your own best candidate and thrown her to the wolves.

    Did you think silent meant we were in agreement? No, silent means that the least vitriolic always make up the majority of the people. And the loud mouths are just louder and demand more oil.

    May 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. PhilT

    Fran, I find it disturbing that you and the rest of the "I told you so" Clinton supporters will be willing to sacrifice more of our young men and women to the Iraq war.

    The "flawed" choice won fair and square, according to the rules, that may be broken to appease Hillary and her supporters, but will still not allow her to overtake Obama in pledged delegates and the popular vote.

    By the way, do you hear the drip, drip, drip of superdelegates recently?

    It is over. Senator Clinton is no longer "Living History". She is living "his" story. The Obama juggernaut defeated the royal family.

    Phil T.

    May 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Charlotte

    You are a complete idiot "if you think Hillary Clinton was cheated out of the presidential nominee". You are just another one of those conservative democrats who hate the idea of a Black American male becoming president! You so out of touch "you can't tell when someone is not going to fight for you in or out of the White House"! All you know is "keep this Black man out of the Oval office"!

    Go and vote for McCain – All of you conservative democrats who support Hillary can vote for McCain. We do not need you! Actually, you are the type of people this country needs to get away from and maybe this will bring about that change!!!! Please fall with your candidate.

    You are hypocrites and do not stand for the "true meaning of the United States"!

    OBAMA '08'

    May 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Nana

    Please know that the same feelings you have run just as deep for the Obama supporters.
    Nothing has been stolen from Senator Clinton, she gave it away . Her problem was that she didn't take Obama seriously, she was so certain that she would knock him out by super tuesday that it became like the tale of the tortoise and the hare. She stopped to take a nap and the turtle crept right on by her.
    When I first learned that she was going to run, I was excited by what I remembered of the Clinton Presidency, but during this campain I have learned things about their "win at any cost attitude" that causes me to feel just as strongly against them as you do Senator Obama.

    May 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Grimmix

    We've got to stop talking about this VP thing, cause it is scaring the crap out of me. People are always bringing up Kennedy-Johnson as a good example of the machiavelian old-school fighter becoming the VP of the young idealist. Not to drag in the conspiracy theories or anything... but Kennedy did not fare well in his first term. I'm not here to say that the magic bullet theory was a bunch of bs, but it is something to think about if that's the only example we have of bitter rivals teaming up.

    I'm sure Clinton would bring some sort of helpful voting bloc to the table as a VP. But as a general note, it is unwise to stand directly between a competitive psycho and his/her goals.

    May 11, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |

    to fran – that what was election for You about? Someone's personal ambitions or the fate of the Country, that might be thrown to 100 years in Iraq?

    Are You Normal human being or hyusterical person, who can not conduct Yourself?
    Answer these questions Yourself

    May 11, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Jon

    The way that Hillary got screwed over by Florida and Michigan makes me UN-proud right now to be a Democrat.

    May 11, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Danielle

    Well I agree with Mr Dodd. Hillary is looking for super power, and super power we know she can. With peter paul case that is a proof I she is intended to manage,, Watch her because it's not over, she will do anything to broke the party if she is not the nominee and all of you her supporters you will have to live with that...

    May 11, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. Bob from Pensylvannia


    Is Hillary Clinton not tailor-made to win this nomination at least by SUPER TUESDAY?

    I HAVE A QUESTION FOR HER. If she can't answer this question satisfactorily, then she is not ready to be president and therefore should immediately drop out of this Primary.

    Why is you, Hillary Clinton, having been anointed and tailor-maid by the virtue of your name and position in the DEM PARTY to capture this Nomination almost unopposed, suddenly found yourself reeling from the possibility of a brutal defeat that has the potential of agonizingly bringing to an end your political career?

    Last time I checked, I haven't received an answer yet.

    May 11, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. wyoming dem

    Dodd is in the loop or he wouldn't have said anything. Hillary ran a tough campain, but now it is time to bow out gracefully. I hope that the party will come together to support Obama....I am getting the sense that it will.

    "Fran" in the first post: Grow up. Make the right choice here. Hillary will be fine and so will you.

    May 11, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. N. in Dallas, TX

    I pray the damage Hillary has done with her racial pandering can be repaired. By both she and her husband. I will choose hope over the bitter thought that they really don't care about anyone except for their wealthy friends and themselves.

    Those "Democrats" who refuse to support the Democratic nominee chosen by the people, through the delegate accumulation process, I will hope for you, too. Hope you have a bigger heart than some of your words reflect.

    It costs one plenty to have a hardened heart. Hope is free.

    May 11, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. Latina4Obama

    thank you thank you Mr. Dodd, we all know she will sabotage the party, the nomination, the presidency
    we also voted for Obama, not for Clinton..............

    May you and the rest of the leaders, stand up to the clintons, we want change, we dont want the same old same old, no corruption, no millions beind made at our expense,
    no elitists
    no people like the clintons who will do whatever to get to power.

    i think that if she is anywhere in his administraiton she will see to it, that all goes wrong, a woman like her who is so despiteful adn resentful for not getting what she feels entitled to , will do wahtever it takes.. to ruin other's furtunes.. she has shown her personal traits throughout this campaign.

    so no more clintons in any level I am sure by 2012 or 1218 chelsea will be running so we have not seen the end of the clinton machine

    May 11, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Beverly

    Choosing Senator Clinton for VP would be a horrible mistake. She would undermine the presidency faster than a speeding bullet. Senator Obama should be advised to pick someone he can trust if he is the Dem nominee.

    May 11, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. The Future

    Awww, Here we go again. The party establishes guidelines at the begin and all of a sudden the Cliton camp wants to change those rules because they are behind. Her campaign is running out of money and in debt (great management, she really has more support than Obama). The reality is that Obama will win the nomination and we all need to concentrate and back Obama in November 08.

    We do not need another Bush(McCain) for 4 more years. So I don't know What Fran means by , "I have accepted that McCain will be the next president but only for one term and then Hillary can run again with the "I told you so" campaign."

    That is accepting failure and Obama and the Party will not lose we can not wait till 2012, that is just ridiculous. Americans are not stupid and come November 08, Clinton supporters will back Obama and the party will be united.

    May 11, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. ABC

    Exactly. Obama is a mistake.

    May 11, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Bucks County

    I'm a Hillary supporter with a master's degree who spent over thirty years in public education. I know Hillary will not be the nominee, but I need some hefty convincing to vote for your boy Obama. What can you say to convince me and others that he is right for the job. Also, please answer this question. If Barack was so sure that he was right about the war vote, why, when he gave his landmark speech at the 2004 convention, did he not condemn Kerry and Edwards for their affirmative votes the way he has hounded Hillary for hers? Looking forward to hearing from you. And please-specifics only. I've had it up to here with the warm and fuzzies.

    May 11, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Independent

    The previous comment frustrates me to no end. No one "stole" the election from anyone. Your threats are childless and petulant, and demean everything that feminism fought so hard to attain. I would ask that everyone put the party and the country's needs before your own desires, and work very hard to have the nominee elected. I, for one do not want to see a reversal of Roe v Wade, the continuance of the Iraq war, the continued dwindling economy, and healthcare issues ignored. Both ran a valiant race, however there is always a winner and a loser. Because you did not get the particular "win" you wanted is like a 3 yeard picking up their ball and going home because they made an out. Feminists rights were fought for so that we would have the right to do as each woman feels is right, it is not voting for a woman because she is a woman. It's to to grow up and move forward to the Democratic party being in the White House. It is your choice.

    May 11, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. not democratic

    It is not democratic to swiftboat your own best candidate.

    And to be so hateful and disgusting about it- gleeful and drooling all the way.

    People voted for Hillary Clinton because she was not only the best choice available- but she is the best democratic candidate in my voting lifetime.

    I will stand by my choice till the end- in Nov.

    May 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. pappu

    I'm quitting the Democratic party, and will vote for Obama over my dead body.

    May 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. Michael

    Whatever Fran, you're just a biased and bitter woman with delusions of grander if you think Hillary will even get a second chance in 2012. A good majority of the democratic party cannot stand Hillary so I very much doubt she'll have another chance.

    It was fun while it lasted, but it's time to move on.

    Obama 2008

    May 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. Isaac

    Gee, you think it might be possible that all these people saying an Obama-Clinton ticket is not likely are saying that because THEY might like to get on that ticket?

    I'm just saying.

    May 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. oletu from denmark

    It is not good to have her on the ticket, she is not for change while obama is for it. she brings nothing to the table that shows change, there are other women like the governor of arizona and other good women in the party to take the VP spot.
    no to Hillary.

    May 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. KATHY

    Heaven forbid if there were a joint ticket. Poor Obama would have to increase security, have a food taster and sleep with one eye open. Remember the dead guy in the park – the Clinton friend? I think the Clintons are capable of anything to get to the Presidency. She should just go home – wherever that is – and spend her time counting all her money. She has millions, yet identifies with the blue collar workers? Give me a break. The blue collar workers that are voting for her are a bunch of idiots. Her father or grandfather may have been a blue collar worker, but that has nothing to do with her. They are out of work because of NAFTA. Who loved NAFTA? it was the Clintons. Alot of our grief including 9/11 is the domino effect from the Clinton years. Wake up people. As far as West Va goes, they are so backwoods and bigoted, they won't vote for a black man, yet they are going to vote for a woman, when they won't take any lip or crap out of their own women at home..

    May 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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