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. pleez

    I am convinced that most of the dirty bloggers are republican trying to divide and conquer and the dems are falling for the bait. Why cant we just all get along if not for our sake let it be for the sake of our children.

    I am a Obama supporter but if Hillary gets the nomination i will vote for her, never McLame.

    Please Dems lets put hand and heart together and take back our White House.

    Thanks you and may God continue to bless us.

    May 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. tiffany jackson

    Fran, go vote for McCain so that your daughter won't get equal pay with men (MCcAin thinks we need more training) and let him repeal Roe Vs Wade and stay in Iraq a million more years, Hope that makes you feel great:)

    May 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Obi

    If Barack Obama finally wins the democratic nomination for president, it would be simply because the majority of democrats chose him as their candidate. Supporters of Hillary Clinton would do well to bear this in mind because at the end of the day, all democrats in all the states of the country save Michigan and Florida, would have contributed their votes towards the final delegate counts for each candidate. So which ever candidate is victorious in the end, cannot ask for greater legitimacy in carrying the party's flag in November.

    May 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. kari

    fran –

    As much as I understand your desire to see Hillary Clinton as president, I vehemently urge you to reconsider. A vote for McCain is a vote for four more years of a deepening recession, which the same Hoover-style trickle-down economics, a step backwards for civil rights, human-rights, and abortion rights in the Supreme Court, and the continued deaths of our brave men and women in Iraq. Hillary Clinton has and always will be an extraordinary woman, and her role as a leader in the Senate will go definitely go down in history. But please, even if it means holding your nose while you go in the voting booth, vote for Barack Obama. He isn´t perfect, but the worst Democrat is better than the best Republican.

    May 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Fedup

    I'm fed up with the comments of people like Ted Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi. There is no way this Hillary supporter will vote for BO. I'm voting McCain till Hillary can come back.

    May 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Mike in PA

    Why should he put her on the ticket after the way she treated him? So disrespectful.

    May 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Obama #1

    Fran, take a chill pill. Sounds like Hillary should just build a compound for her family and her supporters, cecede from the US and become prez of her own country. Geez!

    This was hers to lose...nobody did anything to shut her down. How many ways/times can this be said? She had the "experience", clout, money, connections, Bill, and so much more. Why didn't she win?

    Obama has had to work through major baggage and he did it with intelligence and general cool. CNN is still carrying a story dealing with Rev. Wright on this page why? Obama stayed consistent and didn't adapt (AKA pander) to the constituencies in each state. HRC on an Obama ticket? NIGHTMARE!!! I think the whole world is excited about working with a thoughtful President after dealing with Bush all these years.

    May 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. greg

    well I am glad you can predict the future...but the point of the presidential election is back up the person who represents you and your views the most...its not about picking the other guy just cause your person lost and now your all whiney about it. It clearly just isn't time for Hillary, thank god.

    May 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. unity now?

    Too late for unity now.

    We saw what you thought of us when we chose to vote for Hillary Clinton.

    We didn't appreciate all the hate and scorn and name-calling and betrayals and biased criticism and divisive labels.


    May 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. OSEKI EVANS, Norway

    Who needs Billary to push Obama around? She might just push him off a cliff!! She`s old Washington politics, we need "CHANGE". She does need money to refill her bank account after using some of her "ELITIST" millions. Hence her wanting to take from the blue collar folks to refill her wallet! Unfortunately, a lot of folks fell for her fooling!

    May 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. bigben

    Ok people goto Obama's web page and go to Hillary Clinton's web page. People on Hillary web page are nice and really no bad mouthing of BO.
    Now go to Obamas , people there are nasty and the things said about Hillary was just plain mean. I have seen like the Philly that got put to sleep , them saying the same should be done to Hillary.
    I will not join with them . They are full of to much hate.

    May 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Venus

    To poster Fran!

    Well Fran above – Please go to Mc Cain's website and let them know that you and some of Hillary's supporters will be voting for him and sending him money! It really doesn't matter that you will not vote for Obama – you haven't voted for him and as you can see (: he won without your lousy vote! (: It gives me pure pleasure to tout this in your face!

    Considering how nasty Hillary was to Obama – she will not be on his ticket – and some of Hillary supporters will not be joining us as we travel to Penn-Ave – White House 2009!

    Some of you Hillary supporters should put the blame on Hillary, her staff and mainly -–you lousy supporters of hers! How dare you let Hillary run out of money! How dare you not give Hillary more votes and states for her to win!!!

    Some of you Hillary supporter's sound and act just like Hillary!
    Ha,ha,ha,aha,ha,ha,ha.... I just love it! Eat your heart out! I know – you must be bitter!

    Two things: Hillary is losing and she will not be Obama's VP!

    Take your blames to Hillary's website!

    Can you say------------ President Obama?

    May 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. John Smith

    I am so pleased that some are calling for Hillary to run as an Independent candidate. This will be the BEST for the democrats. Given the history of the Clintons, it would be great for them to stay as far away from the democratic ticket as possible. Why?

    1. The Republicans are hungry to lay gloves on Hillary; they want their revenge.

    2. No 'fair-minded" American would want an "impeached family" to return to the White House. This is particularly the case in that the impeachment involved lying and sexual scandals!! So, let Hillary run as an Independent; She could also go back to being a Republican. This is not about women; it about the history of the Clintons!

    May 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Prayu

    Hillary has stated several times that she will support and campaign for the eventual nominee, no matter who it is.

    Not everyone is as childish and spiteful as you are, fran.

    May 11, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Kentucky

    Dear Fran,
    The process is called DEMOCRACY! You see, the person with all the popular vote, most states, delegates and super delegates wins the election. Now just how do you feel this was a flawed election? I believe anyone could beat your candidate on any given day. I think if its a gender problem that your having, you might pick a better woman in the years to come.

    May 11, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Cheryl L. Swaim

    Ditto. Hillary's party denigrated her. They picked right up where the Republican right wing left off. I won't vote for Obama-Clinton, or Obama-Strickland, or Obama-Richardson, or Obama-God.
    Nobama, NoKennedy, No Richardson, NoKerry, NoDaschle, No
    Wilhem, NoDodd., .. Get the message?

    May 11, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Venus

    Obama – do not put Hillary on your ticket!

    If she was so great – she would be ahead of you and she would win this race!!!

    It gives me pleasure to see a rookie bring down the powerful Slintons!

    May 11, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Kevin

    Gosh fran, that's a mature and constructive attitude, especially considering all the problems we face. Democrats of either camp who have this "my way or I'll take my ball and go home" approach to this election are hurting themselves just as much as anyone else. Grow up...

    May 11, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. you lose

    I will write in Hillary Clinton...

    then after 35 years I will leave the democratic party. It no longer stands for justice, freedom, respect for all.

    It is now full of slanderous, vitriolic extremist spewing the rhetoric of hate. Makes a mockery of all we have fought to achieve over the past 50 years.

    Yes, the Clintons were part of that movement to make America better. To chew Hillary up and spit her out- well it turned away more voters than it drew in.

    The Hillary hate you all exploited and reported and spun was a myth. The woman is loved and respected.

    May 11, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. s.positive

    HRC is bad news and should go and retire. WE WILL WIN the WHITE HOUSE without her and her baggage PERIOD. YOU HRC supporters can make all the noise you want but that is the clear fact and that is why she could not win the normination...

    May 11, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. JRC

    For goodness sake! HOW was Hillary betrayed by her own party? Because she wasn't handed the nomination?

    Also, what makes you think if Obama loses that HE won't run again in 2012? By then he'll have the experience you Clintonistas are claiming he doesn't have. (Personally, I think he is more than qualified)

    The Clinton brigade thinks this nomination and election is something HRC is entitled to, and that was her first mistake. She'd make that mistake in 2012 as well, if given the chance.....The Clintons, as a rule, DO NOT learn from their mistakes, if that were true, Bill never would have had an affair in the Oval Office and Hillary would have learned early on her embellishments would be proven false. They both lie with no effort whatsoever.

    People are tired of that type of politician, which is why Obama is the presumptive nominee and not HRC.

    May 11, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Marie

    Read Carl Bernstein today, you will understand why that ticket is not souhaitable..and too much hard...

    May 11, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. bhaskar

    I am a centrist democrat leaning more towards left for most issues. The right wing never made any sense to me. But I have been wondering why the left lose election after election?
    Now I know why, after watching this primary season. They have no regard for anybody else with an attitude I know all such as (Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Tim Russert, Campbell brown, Ronald Martin etc). And Yes, they hijacked the democratic party and betrayed Hillary Clinton. Let Obama have the nomination and lose the general election, which is going to happen anyway. History is repeating itself Kerry, Duckkakis, Mondale etc.

    I agree with fran above. Hillary will say I told you.
    Hilary 2012

    May 11, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. bos123

    Hillary has been betrayed? You are as delusional as her.You are getting the facts wrong! We the voters are supporting Senador Obama to be our next president. Anyway what make you think that I will vote for her in 2012? I will never vote for Miss Bosnia snipers Fire, I dont want that lying woman near the WH. She is a mentally sick woman who needs medical help. She does not belong in the White House.

    Soy Latina y voto por Senador Obama

    May 11, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. come on guys....

    fran, the simple notion of an "i told you so" campaign for Hillary is so repulsive that there is no way the average democrat would vote for her if indeed Obama is defeated by McCain in November. I hope for the sake of this country that most hillary supporters are not as closed minded and vengeful as you, as you are obviously hoping for Obama to lose the election even though he would clearly represent your values better as a Democrat, simply for revenge. Think broader picture, please! Are four years of John McCain as president really worth the small chance to rub a defeat in Obama's face, and further split the party apart? I think not, and I have enough faith in humanity to believe that most Hillary supporters agree, because honestly their policies aren't all that different, and both would be better than McCain in my humble opinion.

    May 11, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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