March 11th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Pelosi: Joint ticket 'impossible'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Pelosi said Tuesday a so-called 'Dream Ticket' won't happen."]
(CNN) - A so-called "dream ticket" scenario – the idea that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama could join forces this fall - may have gripped the imaginations of Democrats nationwide – but you can list House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a skeptic.

"I think that ticket either way is impossible," Pelosi told a New England Cable News reporter Tuesday, pointing to comments from Clinton and her campaign that implied Republican John McCain would make a better commander-in-chief than Obama.

"I think that the Clinton administration has fairly ruled that out by proclaiming that Senator McCain would be a better commander-in-Chief than Obama," she said.

She spoke bluntly about her view that a joint ticket was not in the cards, she said, because "I wanted to be sure I didn't leave any ambiguity."

The California Democrat, who has remained neutral throughout the party's primary process, said she remains an uncommitted superdelegate.

Related: Does Clinton benefit from so-called 'dream ticket' talk?

- CNN Associate Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (352 Responses)
  1. Deana

    Guess she's not worried about winning.

    March 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Brett (Sacramento)

    Madam Speaker is correct! Either way it is not a dream but a nightmare! If Senator Clinton & Co. find a way to steal this nomination from Sen. Obama it will be the greatest political travesty in the history of our nation! Sen. Clinton has made it crystal clear that she feels Sen. Obama is not ready to be President and Commander-in-Chief yet she attempts to dupe voters into thinking she would select him as her running mate! THIS DEFINES DISINGENUOUS!!

    If Sen. Obama were to select Sen. Clinton (AN this is NOT likely) as his running mate, she would bring baggage from the past and from her ugly conduct of this election thus draining support from Sen. Obama and rallying the REPUBLICANS against the mislabeled "dream ticket!"

    Thank you Sen. Obama and Speaker Pelosi for ending this ridiculous fantasy! I am most grateful to know that Wolf Blitzer will no longer be speaking of the BAD "dream ticket!"

    March 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. fl

    Finally, a little honesty from a politician! Who knew?!

    March 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Margie Miller

    I think Nancy Pelosi needs to mind her own business. She has failed the party in not starting impeachment proceedings against Bush and Cheney. If ever there were two who deserved impeachment, it is them. If she wants to do that, I am with her 100% but otherwise, she needs to step back and let Clinton and Obama work these things out together.

    The junior Senator from Illinois has three year's experience in government and that is not enough to be president in these trying times. One novice president has been enough to nearly bankrupt the country.

    March 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Arun

    Hillary is very cunning and this was a cheap trick that she pulled out of her 'pant suit' suggesting a 'dream ticket'. How much lower will she go for votes?

    March 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Donna

    Thank you Nancy Pelosi for putting it out there. It ain't gonna happen. No way. No how. If the nomination gets pulled out from under him, he should run for Governor of Illinois or continue in the Senate. Under no circumstances should he align with HRC. All the "little people" and 'little states" that have supported him will remember this should she be the nominee.

    Los Angeles

    March 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Darnell

    I would like to thank Speaker Pelosi for speaking out about this issue. The Clintons need to stop floating this ignorance around because she will never be President or Vice President. She doesn't care about Americans only her hard self interest. Just petty on Billary to think someone as intelligent as Obama would think to be her running mate when he is clearly in the lead.

    Obama 08

    March 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Gary

    And the democratic merry-go-round contines to spin.

    we'll all be dizzy soon...

    March 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Slap Stick, FLORIDA

    Glad to see Pelosi has called Senator Clinton out on the comments of saying McCain is more a of a commander in chief than Obama. If that is the case then maybe Hillary needs to inform her Husband that she and McCain will be running mates in November.

    March 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Chris

    I think it's impossible too. Personally I'd liked to see either an Obama/Edwards ticket or an Obama/Sebelius ticket.

    March 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Lets Get Ready for Change!

    Even the House Speaker is realistic!!! How can the Clintons' expect anyone to believe a joint ticket is possible after they tried to tear down Obama. This negativitiy not only made it impossible to have a joint ticket, but if the DNC doesn't step in, it may also be impossible for any democratic candidate to win in November. The Democratic Party is getting too divided!!!!!!! Howard Dean, please address this immediately!

    March 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. Boston for Obama

    She's probably right. Neither Obama nor Clinton will see themselves as vice president now. Clinton will take a back seat to no one. The real dream ticket for me is Obama/Richardson. Richardson could still be Hillary's veep too if she comes back.

    March 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. TEE


    March 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Grif

    I Fully Concur Lady!!!

    Balls in your Court now???? Why??? You're a Woman also!!!

    Looks good on you............... Women bring Babies into the World!!!

    Not to an unsafe world..... Hillary's Home....

    March 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Alek

    A ticket with Clinton and Obama would have been a dream ticket, but Hillary has run far to negative of a campaign and created far too much bad blood for them to be able to team up.

    March 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. AJ

    Thank you Nancy Pelsoi! So Nancy doesn't like the idea of one Democrat candidate implying the Republican nominee is better suited to be president than the other Democratic candidate? At least she admits it! We don't like it either Nancy! I hope the other superdelegates are paying attention to this potential backstabbing situation here.

    March 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Democracy.

    thank you Senator Pelosi. Thank you for saying that. I could not agree more with you.

    March 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. carrie

    thats better,u can see the evil manipulator hillary is.u need to go with obama.hillary is confused and a sinking ship.
    u are a wise the right thing and get on the life boat
    obama 08,billary never

    March 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. John in PA


    Please keep your comments to yourself. You are not serving any purpose here.

    March 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Karen, TN

    I'm not a Nancy Pelosi fan, but I appreciate the fact that she stated her opinion unequivocally about this joint ticket idea. I think Obama has been very clear he is not interested in the idea, and to keep bringing it up as a possibility is dirty rotten politics, and I'm glad someone with Pelosi's standing spoke out.

    March 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. CLK from Houston

    I agree with Nancy Pelosi on this. There is NO WAY they could ever be on the same ticket. Unfortunately, for Clinton, all she wants to do is make sure that she wins even at the expense of her party. Unified Democratic Party - I just don't see that the way she is running her campaign.

    March 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. owl


    March 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. James

    The Super Delegate need to end this nomination now. Hillary Clinton has no chance of winning. Already this morning, the Obama campaign restated the fact Hillary has no foreign policy experience and her response was personal false attacks on Obama followed by Hillary's paid supporters condoning her lies. Democrats must stop this now. It is clear Hillary can no win so she is attempting to take down the party nominee and hope she can step into the void. Please stop this before this crazed idiot, Hillary Clinton, destroys the party's chances in November.

    March 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. debra

    Shes probably right. Even though 2/3rds of the democrates polled want it – it will never see the light of day. Democrates don't seem to be pushing this race. All those Republicans helping to support Obama will disapear if he gets the nomination. they will go over to the republican nominee. After all- they are republicans

    March 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Reality check #1

    Your right, Nancy. Hillary can find someone much more qualified.

    March 11, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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