March 10th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama rejects being Clinton's No. 2


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(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama Monday flatly rejected suggestions that he would be a vice presidential running mate for Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Both Clinton, Obama's rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, and her husband, former President Clinton, have suggested a joint Clinton-Obama ticket - with Obama in the second slot.

"Senator Clinton is fighting hard. She's tenacious. I respect her for that. She is working hard to win the nomination. But I want everybody to be absolutely clear. I'm not running for vice president. I'm running for president of the United States of America," Obama told supporters during a rally in Columbus, Mississippi.

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  1. Cheer

    Fight on, Obama! good way to go! This straight talk sets such a contrast with Clinton's double talking, nasty and negative politics. This is a fight for new ways of politics and finding solutions. I am with you all the way!

    March 10, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Edgar

    Danielle – Obama/Edwards that is your dream ticket! Please have some kool aid because it will be 2004 all over again.

    Freedom & Hope! Please give me one good reason why no one but Hillary just one!

    March 10, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Truth Please

    Thank you Sen. Obama for not accepting. This is too sick to be funny. Here is this man that is leading in votes and delegates and she wants him to be her V.P. and to make this even more insane. He has to be the good old boy and reqlinquish the top position to her for the sake of the party. Pleaseeeeeeee! . I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone. The reason the Republicans win is they stick together no matter what. Dems are so stupid they will bite off their nose to spite their face. That's why we will never win. Have a backbone for once and show that we can stand together no matter what. At least we can return to the party of principles.

    March 10, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Racewatcher

    Amazing how the youth of today preaches about the Clintons with pages from the 'Faux' news book of lies written during the reign of king Dubya. They choose to ignore the prosperity of the 90s, the balanced budget and the high regard which the US had on the international scene. Even the repub's worst efforts (which co$t the taxpayer$ million$) at 'exposing' crooked business dealings by the Clintons came up with nothing more than some hanky panky.
    Now we are stuck in an unpopular and losing war on two fronts that NOONE can end (not even Obie, by admission of his own top advisors) a collapsing economy, record ga$ prices, record deficit and americans are subjected to monstrous collective hatred even among our one-time allies. To fly the empty banner of 'change' as if to imply that the Bush disasters and the Clinton prosperity are somehow one and the same is a ridiculous lie created and perpetuated by the Obama campaign with the approval and consent of its figurehead. Wake up people and see the deception fo the Obama campaign for what it truly is!

    March 10, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. LC


    March 10, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. OBAMA 08


    March 10, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. The Freedom Gnome

    Way to go soon-to-be President Obama! Clinton has spread lies about you throughout the campaign while her surrogates have contacted Canadien offficials pertaining to Mrs. Clinton's false rhetoric about NAFTA. I am completely fed up with the spin machine and every Clinton supporters who refuses to acknowledge this women's dirty past. We can carry that sort of baggage into the nomination process when most republicans despise her, indepedents would vote McCain if Obama's not on the ticket, and new democrats would simply lose all ambitions to participate in the nomination process. Bill Richardson or John Edwards, you may receive a phone call from Barack soon!
    Si Se Puede!

    March 10, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Angel

    It's too early to really be talking about this there are still more contest out there. Obama O8 for pres enough said 🙂

    March 10, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Just a Thought

    Okay – it wasn't the Clintons asking for Obama to become VP. The press was asking a staff member if it was up for consideration. Ironically the press – CNN especially – is making this a HUGE deal to deceive the American public. Maybe because it is a slow news day. Even here folks have not completely red the news and truly listened or comprehended who said and did what. And when the public gets on forums (like this one) and starts attacking thier opponent on illegitimate grounds – this in turn causes an 'echo chamber effect' and all participating start believing the the din of thier own noise.

    Name calling isn't attractive from either camp and it confuses the issues. Hilliary isn't just grabbing power at any cost – she is campaigning. If she were a man she wouldn't be considered crazy or a (w)itch. Obama isn't a dim witted idiot, he's just using his strongest talent – public speaking – to try to get elected.

    Most on this board need to 'grow up' – Obama and Clinton supporters alike.

    Another question: Why do people use Hillary's first name and Barack's last name. Is there a mannerly way to refer to both of them that is equalizing?

    March 10, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Jon, Lantana

    Shows his arrogance clearly. If this was Hillary Clinton rejected, people would say "SEE SHE IS A DIVIDER OMG" she shows more traits of unity than the Barack character ever will.

    March 10, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Jacob

    I love all these Hillary supporters comments, they give me my daily dose of humor!

    Go Obama '08!

    March 10, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Mike, Houston

    They deserve each other. Those two pompous....well, you

    McCain 2008.......................................or anyone besides those two.

    March 10, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. AJ

    Hopefully when Obama looses, either the primary or the general election, he will crawl back under the rock from wence he came, never to be seen again. He is disgusting.

    March 10, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. Truth Please

    For all you women that won't vote for whomever the Dem.candidate is, you get what you deserve. If McCain gets in Roe V Wade is gone unless the Supreme Court judges don't die or retire for another 4 years and the worst are the latinos. The Republicans want 11 million or more of you gone. I guess you do too.

    March 10, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Dawn

    Good for you OBAMA!!

    America is not fooled.

    You wouldnt want to be on that sinking ship anyway once the republicans get a hold of all their scandal. Where are your tax returns Billary. What are you hiding?

    March 10, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Obama08

    For the people saying he's spoiled...why would he accept it? he's in first place right now the person in second can't offer that spot...It's a trick to voters to think a vote for Hillary is the same as a vote for Obama...quite frankly she seems to be the spoiled one thinking this nomination is her right...she doesn't have to earn it?....explain that to me...he has the popular vote

    March 10, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Elger Boer

    As for her wins in large states:

    whoever is the candidate.

    CATHEGORY 2: NY, NJ, CA, TX. These were won also because of the
    large population of immigrants, little knowledgeable
    of the US political past and therefore susceptible to
    Clintons propaganda organization and not reachable
    by OBAMA due to language problems
    FLA falls laso in this cathegory !!

    And even so and if FLA and MI would vote again, she will not reach the majority of popular vote


    March 10, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. EBC

    California –

    That's not factual. If Hillary loses the nomination. The BIG states will follow suit. It will be political suicide for these states to go against the voices of the people (red or black). She's won the big states, but big deal, she's still behind in overall numbers. She clearly won't win MS, NC, Puerto Rico, AND could possibly lose PA if she continues down the same path she's been on. So spin it any way you want, but until the FAT lady sings, and right now, it's not signing Hillary's name.

    If you are a politicians, YOU don't go against the vote of the people in your state. If you take Hillary off the Democratic ticket, then it would be ludicrus to vote against the popular vote. People are SICK of the same old crap and SICK of same business as usuall!! That's a fact.

    We need to move this country forward and stop focusing on the "PAST"... and Sen. Clinton needs to be reminded that THIS race is not about HER, it's about what's BEST for this country and right now that is clearly NOT her.

    Why should Obama settle for the past, when clearly he's looking to the future?

    March 10, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. franklahai

    Here are the numbers:

    Pledged Delegates: Hillary = 1,200; Obama = 1347 (+147 for Obama)
    SperDel: Hillary = 238 (dwon from 250; Obama = 206 (up from 50)

    (Note Obama is waiting for Texas Caucaus; he is ahead here: 2,3918 (vs. Hillary = 18,620; deficit of "5,298)

    Totals: Obama = 1,553; Hillary = 1438
    Deficit for Hillary = 115

    With all the BIG states Hillary has WON, how would she overcome these deficits? She will be luck to come in 3rd place!

    March 10, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. Lou

    Another political manuever by the Clinton machine. First try to damage your opponent then make the inference that in a few months you can be a great VP. What a crock. Don't the Clinton's realize that most americans are smart enought o see through this type of campaigning. She is in no position to make such an offer anyway. It's laughable. She will not have the most pledged delegates by the end of this process and she is doing everything she can to change the rules. Quite frankly I don't blame her.

    March 10, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Maxxim

    Clintons are dreaming again. She thinks she will be the nominee. Billary you can be the president only in your dream. and your husband as vice president.

    March 10, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. kiki

    Good. He should go far far away

    March 10, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Democrat/Baby

    Now I'm guessing that a story is going to be put out that Obama is somehow tied the N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer's prostitutions ring debacle.

    Why not?
    We've heard wilder stories coming out of the Clinton Campaign.

    Barack 08

    March 10, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. Jtomorrow

    Hillary has a lot more electoral votes and that's what gets a president elected. Hillary's health care program is the best, most comprehensive, and most fair. We will all have private insurance and the insurance companies can't deny us. We can get the same insurance as Congress has. She knows how to get things done, how to create jobs, how to keep our defense secure.

    March 10, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Obama supporters.....

    This is yet another example of Senator Obama's inexperience and being naive. He claims to be a uniter – geezzz – guess not!

    There are better ways to deal with this than the road Senator Obama has chosen. Bad judgment for sure!

    March 10, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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