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. Roger

    That's right fran. But I'd also like to see Hillary go Independant in November. She wouldn't even need to campaign and she would win because a lot of Obama supporters have sobered up since February.

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

    Dear Senator Dodd,

    Please understand, Clinton supporters support Clinton because they feel she is the best and only choice for a democratic president. Should another democrat be put in that position, and he ruins the democratic support, it will be a long time before there is another chance. If a republican gets in, then, is wasn't a democrat who messed things up and the next election will have a democrat for president.
    The only way that I will vote for Obama, is if Clinton is on that ticket. I have talked to many people about this election and many, many of the Clinton supports feel the same way. If we do not see Clinton's name in some form, on the ballot, we will vote for McCain. Some of us have never voted for a republican in 30plus years and oh, by the way, we do vote every time.

    May 11, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Charles

    I really wish these elders would shut the hell up. They are not helping the situation at all. If democrats lose this election it's because the elders, and the media, not the candidates and the voters made mistakes. That being said, I implore all democrats out there, Obama voters and Clinton voters, look at the policies and ideas of your respective candidate. Realize they are almost identical. Obama has issues admittedly with Rev. Wright, but Hillary has quite a few issues as well. Neither is perfect. One gained more support than the other though. To vote against the ideas you believed in throughout this process is a vote against yourself. It's a vote against the future of your lives and the lives of your children.

    May 11, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. FrankSmith

    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 is about the history of the Clintons, they destroy just about anything they touch!

    May 11, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Wee



    May 11, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Trina

    Why not make it still a three horse race?..Hillary, go independant..your supporters will still vote for you.....

    May 11, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Larry

    Fran ,, Hillary has taken herself down without help from anyone, except for her husband of course. The American people wont stand for the Clinton style of politics or campaigning anymore. The queen was slain by her own hand. The my way or the highway approach just isn't going to work anymore, We have mostly grown up and can see for ourselves. The gas tax pandering and the racial overtones , plus the bogus sniper fire. It all comes home to roost. She has done more harm for women than will ever be measured. The set back will unfortunately be felt for many years to come. The next woman that comes along will have a tough battle to overcome.

    karma does exist ... she will be fortunate to keep that senate seat that was also undeserved in the first place....Hopefully the good folks of New York state will see her for what she really is and send her home
    as well ! ! !

    May 11, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Brian

    Fran, are you being serious? The democrats didn't turn their backs on her. SHE GOT LESS VOTES!! She won fewer states and fewer delegates.

    May 11, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Dems4Life

    Although I've heard some say expressing possibilty of a power house team if obama and clinton were on a ticket. I disagree. I am a democrat and have been a democrat since i was 18 years old. I think Hillary Clinton has ran a negative campaign which has turned off many voters. Americans are screaming for change and not looking for a leader who will bring down their party and the country. Senator Clinton has ran a great campaign and she is a "fighter". I think democrats will be turned off from voting for Obama in November if Clinton was on the ticket. Please Oboma, choose wisely. Thank you.

    Democrates 2008, 2012

    May 11, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. ulysses

    I would think the top choices for VP would be Russ Feingold, John Edwards, and Tom Richardson. They each have a lot to offer in terms of compatibility with Obama's politics, and helping him win some close states. And I have every confidence that the majority of Clinton supporters are nowhere near as vindictive and short-sighted as fran here. Clinton supporters are intelligent, thoughtful people who understand what a John McCain White House would mean for the Supreme Court, world peace, our economy, and the challenges our planet faces with regard to fossil fuel consumption. This is the most important election of our lifetimes, even more important than the last two because there is so much damage that needs to be repaired in order to recover from eight years of pretending to be a cowboy.

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

    I am so with you, Fran. I simply cannot vote for Obama...ever. I don't want to vote for McCain but will if my party insists on backing Obama. In my heart and mind, I know Senator Clinton would do the best job. Also, I know she loves this country with all her heart. She's amazingly smart, resilient, and strong. There is no other real choice for the Democratic party.

    May 11, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. OpChaos

    Thank you in advance for the McCain SCOTUS!

    May 11, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. John Smith

    I repeat, please read-
    I like those who are pushing Hillary to run as an Independent candidate:

    If Hillary, with all the large democratic base, Clinton name etc.. cannot
    –raise enough money to run the current campaign
    –maintain the large superdelegate number that she started out with
    –even win most of the "minority" votes
    –keep her campaign leaders together,
    –win over this "unknown" junior senatro– Obama, then let her run as an Independent candidate.

    I wait for the Republicans to lay hands on Hillary; they are quite ready for her. She needs to be away from the democratic party by the time Republicans get to Hillary. The Clintons destroy just about anything that they touch. Good luck Hillary, run as an Independent candidate!!!

    May 11, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. ne, Pa.

    Obama and Hillary are polar opposites of McCain on the issues, so if you vote for McCain because Hillary lost then you're cutting off your nose to spite your face.

    May 11, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Warner Robins


    Hillary's party didn't betray her, she betrayed her party. Throughout the primary season she has ran her campaign unjustifiably negative and fought as if she were the republican. That is a no no amongst fellow dems. It's not a surprise to me that her core base is uneducated. Intelligent people see through her facade. This was Hillary's contest to lose and she chose NOT tap into the mood of the people. So Let's just stop this foolishness already and focus on what's more important for our future.

    Democrats Unite 08'

    May 11, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Tony, Miami

    To Fran

    You got it wrong there was no betrayal and if there was your candidate would have denounced it. Hillary is famous for being very talkative. i.e. She is still talking despite the fact she nows Barack is going to be the nominee.
    You said :"Why should we support a party who did not support our choice for President" Because more people voted Obama.

    May 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Ken (Miami)


    Hillary 12'? Give me a break...

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

    You sound dumb!!! For one, Obama will not lose. Second he have won more state and more vote.Finally if Hillary were to run for office again she will face a block of voter, who feel if Obama was to lose, it would because she want him to. By not campaign for him and bring up the race issues.

    May 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    who in hell would want the Clintons as VP ? And yes I said CLINTONS.....
    Obama would have to be insane and he is NOT.

    Send Hillary back to the Senate.... I wouldn't trust her at all in ANY position in Obama's cabinet.

    OBAMA '08

    May 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. Viva Obama 08

    You not not sound very knowledgeable and you weren't a true Democrat. You were just a candidate fallower that was using the Democratics party. You must vote for the party nominee to get the house back. Bush is not deserve a third term to destroy this economy far more than he already did. Bush and McCain have enough money to live the rest of their lives and if they want they can retire now for live. You are the one that need a better economy. You are the one that live pay check to pay and it would be big shame all over your face to give McCain a third Change to spend a few more trillion on a war that at first was uneccesary.
    America give me a very good reason why you will not vote for Barack?You probably do not have one other than racial. America it is the 21st century and it is time to give a man respect by the contain of their character not the color of their skin. Barack is very capable to make us American a very good president. Please stop all the division a let us unify as one nation not as klans of race.
    Obama 08!

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

    I have been reading these blogs for some time and now I am finally forced to write. To ask some questions.

    I do not expect much in the way of rational answers but I feel obligated to provide the opportunity. It's simple – my son is in Iraq.

    If Hillary is not elected will you kill my son by voting for McCain?

    If Obama is not elected will you kill my son by voting for McCain?

    Will you say "I told you so" as I bury him? Nanner nanner nanner?

    Is there any reason I should not think you are all barking mad?

    What kind of witless fools trade the lives of others just to say I told you so?

    May 11, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. AVEMBE The sun

    Fran i presume the Obama fans do think exactly the same way you's just alright for Mc CAIN .It would just prove that the dem are probably the most stupid political party in the world(Former French president Mr Mitterand used to to say that about one of the biggest parties called RPR in france and he was soooo right ...Let's just see the Dem party sink!!yeehaa!!

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

    Its clear Obama is the winner here. I would like to propose Mark Warner for VP

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

    People like dodd ought to stay out of it. talking to a bunch at the coffee shop this morning they were saing that none of them would vote for Obama. as a southern democrat and 70 years old, i have many black friends but can not support Obama because i know nothing about him and dont trust him he has changed course too much.and yes he has lied to the people many times. i am afraid that he will be in for a rude awakening come november.

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

    Now it is time for Hillary Clinton to go testify in the lawsuit charges against her husband in California. That guy Peter Paul is really pissed off against the Clintons for what they did to him or didn't do for him. Can't wait the drama, I would like to see Rocky Balboa in action again, maybe this time she is going to knock someone out!!

    May 11, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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