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. matt

    If she run in 2012 we Obama supporters won't vote for her either .

    May 11, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. kevin from alaska

    fran: He's won more of the popular vote. Isn't that the will of the people?

    May 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. khomeini

    clinton and obama need to let it go clinton need to stop all the negative stuff that she sayin about him drop out the race and her and obama give it john in the fall because its a lot of racism going on with these races and all them racist people that voted for mrs clinton is not going to vote 4 obama in the fall is 2008 not the 1800s no more why yall cant let that stuff go its old it aint got yall no where it aint puttin yo kids threw school its not puttin any food on the table no money in your bank. go obama and the clintons 2008 they can change this counry

    May 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Amit

    fran is a loser!

    Go Obama '08!

    May 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. petra

    nice reasoning from you fran, so to say,,,thats ur extent of iQ,,,, but you never thought that even Obama wont be stupid enough to accept clinton as his vice president,,so that she doesnt affect his wise decision and mar the whole course of his administration,, with her wrong judgement,,lies and negativities,,,,stop deceiving yourselves all clintonians,,,the only thing they have in common is the dnc,,obama has better iq than hillary, hillary is only insidious,,,and note this today,,,obama will win without or with the support of hillary followers,,, so please stop riding cockroach as a horse,,clintonians,,, obama knows the right person that has the very good sense of judgment,,,to pair him up,, and i wish hillary would remember her trick few months ago offering the leader the second place,, but thank God ,,people that have foresight and good visionaries still exist in usa,,God bless Obama, God bless America,,,,,,,,concerned white european,

    May 11, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Henry Haider

    Fran, nobody expects the die-hard, uneducated and low-IQ Hillary supporters to fall behind the Democratic Party nominee. We live on a real-life world and not a immaginitive fantacy world.

    Please forget 2012, that will not happen, maybe on a Independent Ticket, try working on that angle (Independent) because by 2012, the uneducated voters will (hopefully) get more educated or loose interest in the foolish world they live in.

    May 11, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. AJ

    This is so funny!! You are all such sore losers...How was Hillary "betrayed by her own party". Because more people voted for Obama than her??? Was it becasue she agreed that MI and FL would not be counted at the start and she was ok with that because she thought she had this wrapped up because she is a Clinton?? I really dont understand how she was betrayed? Someone explain to me. I believe these people who post comments like this are Rush Limbaugh republicans. No sane american let alone a democrat would want McBush in office again. Higher healthcare cost, worst economy, further drop of the dollar value, $6 gas and bye bye roe vs.wade.

    I am a Hillary supporter. I voted for her. But she lost (or will lose) fair and square. She lost because she has less delagates. even if MI and FL counts as is, which i think is not fair cause its against the rules at the start of the game. I am an American first and Democrat second and Hillary supporter third. If my third doesnt work out, I am always a democrat and would want to see a democrat in office. Obama and Hillary have very similar plans anyway. This is not a basketball game, its our next 8 years.

    May 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. manny f

    It is very sad to here democrats who are going to vote republican because Hillary is not going to be the nominee. If Hillary was going to be the nominee she would have won the popular vote and won the majority of the superdelegates. If you are a true democrat you will vote along party lines and not be racist because someone who is of color wins the nomination.

    May 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Fred up north

    Hey Fran , Can you say President Obama ?

    May 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. exactly

    fran: you are so right.

    May 11, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. V

    Is Dodd backing Obama knowing that he will lose and Dodd will have a chance again at the nomination in 2012?

    May 11, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Serge the Dem

    To all the Hillary supporters... and everyone else too.

    Now we must choose between the warmonger or the peacebringer.

    Who's it going to be?

    May 11, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Hillary 08 or Hillary 12'

    I agree with everything you said fran. We will be together. We make up a large number of voters and will not get over how our candidate has been treated. We are not going away.

    May 11, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Debbie

    "Flawed Choice" – It looks to me like Clinton is the flawed one due to the fact that her chances of winning the nomination are zero to none. The democratic party did not betray Clinton. She lost because she chose to use dirty tactics in the hope to ruin Obama instead of concentrating on the issues, but the joke is on her. America has spoken and the best candidate has (just about) won. The rift in the democratic party was widened by Clinton's continued "kitchen sink" politics. So all you sore losers (Clinton supporters) have no one to blame except your candidate.

    Don't be surprised that Clinton has ruined her chances of any future bid for the presidency. The Clinton dynasty is tumbling down.

    OBAMA – White House here we come.

    May 11, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Karen

    Fran, I don't get what you mean when you say the party betrayed her. Before the elections started, she had the nomination won. It was her own arrogance that allowed everything to unravel. Obama knocked her back on her heals, after which she came out swinging in way reminiscent of Republicans.

    Honestly, I'm somewhat shocked that you're refering to Obama as if he's the only "flawed choice." NO ONE is perfect, and Clinton in particular is an incredibly divisive character. Have you not met any of the millions of people who are more than happy to vote for a female Democrat but will never vote for HER?? (I, for one, can't wait to see what the Democratic Governor of Kansas does in the next few years.)

    I hate to say this, because it's a sad truth, but, if McCain wins, it will be thanks to people like you. Don't let your resentment about Clinton's loss influence you so much that you choose McCain and his dangerous proposals over Obama.

    May 11, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Victory

    You speak as though the party leaders just gathered around a table and chose obama as the nominee.
    He has won the popular vote, pledged delegates and the most states plus he is the king of fundraising.
    Imagine hillary had the popular vote, pledged delegates, and the most states won, who the obama supporters to even attempt to take that nomination away from her? Ask youself that.
    Who are the party leaders to come in and decide, although she might have the pledged delegates, popular vote, and most states won, shes weak, lets give it to obama.
    Thats undemocratic. You hillary supporters have problems.
    You are betraying democracy

    May 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. dorothy

    Fran, What make you think we the Obama Prople will vote for Hillary Clinton If the Nomination is STOLEN from Him. I have been reading remarks by the clinton people for weeks about they not voting for Obama. Well we Feel the same way you do.
    Aparently whom ever the nominee is they are going to have problems with the other person people. Well good luck to them both because the democrates will not win this election

    May 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. granforchange

    Sounds Like Sour Grapes to Me Fran...If we are to defeat John Mc Cain in November, it is time for the Party to Unite with Obama, Plain and Simple... The Last I heard Obama had More Delegates and won More states than Hillary.. You are in the Minority, Obama will be Our President with or without your Help.. quit whining and get a reality check.... Obama Suporter 08

    May 11, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. lk


    so how exactly has the Democratic Party betrayed Clinton?

    May 11, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Jan from Boca Raton Fl


    You are right, we are not going to sit back, everyone I have been
    talking to is going to write her name in on the ballot if they steal the nomination from her. None of us are going down without a fight.

    I would love to tell that nappy headed Michelle Obama to keep her
    mouth shut about Hillary.

    May 11, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Maths Man

    fran are u behind the party or behind a candidate? If Hillary goes independent will you vote for Republican or Independent? It appears you are not a Democrat.

    May 11, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. greenfun

    Dodd and other Obama surrogates keep saying the democrats will unite.
    They have all underestimated the damage done by the good old boys in Washington, the reprehensible media bias, and vile behavior of Obama supporters. We have watched our candidate endure all of this with dignity, never losing her focus. The fact that they are compelled to keep repeating our party unity only reveals their lack of certainty. We all knew male dominated media and politicians were struggling to come to terms with a woman President. It is disheartening to know that they will destroy our chances in November rather than try to reconcile there need to prevent gender equality.

    May 11, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. Archaeopteryx

    I still believe Clinton would make a better nominee than Obama would; I have no doubt that if Obama becomes the nominee, the Democrats will lose the White House. And if that happens, I'm going to laugh my head off because I have no idea how the Democrats manage to screw everything up so many times (it's not like they weren't practically handed the Presidency on a silver platter, after eight years of Bush).

    May 11, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. Clayton Quad Cities Illinois

    First for all you pollsters I am a 29 year old white blue collar male.

    Fran what is it about Sen. Obama that makes him the "flawed choice?"
    And why did Democrats turn their backs" on Sen. Clinton

    Why is it so hard for Sen. Clinton supporters to understand that she is not the stronger canidate? If she was the stronger canidate she would be winning. Sen. Obama a virtual unknown to many in America a year ago has defeated her..

    Maybe Fran needs to understand that who she believes is the better canidate just might not be the best canidate. I know it can be hard to see your side lose, but really Fran what make Sen. Clinton such a superior canidate than Sen. Obama?(and if you say Experience I will throw up.)

    Is this what makes Sen. Clinton better? When things didn't go the way she planned(super tuesday) that she is willing to do anything, even cheat(Mich&Flor) to try to say she is the stronger canidate? As I stated earlier Sen. Clinton if you are the stronger canidate you would be winning. Do not blame the media, do not blame Sen. Obama for being a better choice, in the words of Dr. Phil "own it" He beat you now get out before you make race anymore of an issue than it already is.

    One last thing for Fran don't become a bitter old woman just because we didn't elect one.

    May 11, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. Dave in So. Colo

    Given the fact that the Clinton/Gore ticket was the only Democratic team to not only be elected , but also RE-ELECTED since the 1950's, I just don't see Hillary leaving the scene for the fall election.

    May 11, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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