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. Michael

    Interesting for her to make this "proclamation." Actually, its not her decision.

    March 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. maya

    This is a bit of a cheap blow, I think. And distorted what Hillary said about McCain vs. Obama regarding NATIONAL SECURITY. Hillary never said that McCain would be a better president. Or did the media distort Pelosi's comment as to why she didn't think a joint ticket was possible?...

    March 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. James

    How did Hillary Clinton imply John McCain was better? She outright stated that point in an interview.

    March 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. julie, pennsylvania

    after hearing HRC's supporter/donor Ferraro's comments this morning I am appalled. When did we as women become a part of the discrimination in our society by pointing fingers at other minorities??? So what if he is black – why doesn't anyone point to the fact that the only reason HRC is so far in this race to the presidency is because SHE WAS MARRIED TO A PRESIDENT. so to all you feminists willing to add racism to your desperate venomous arsenal: put that in your pipe and smoke it. If Hillary makes it to the white house as the first female president what will you say to those who insist it was only due to her marriage to bill???
    As a white female voter I will NOT stand for the hatemongering Clinton's campaign has been trying to inject into this election. Senator Obama I cannot wait to vote for you on April 22.

    March 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Nate

    Democrats nationwide? I have yet to find anyone who wants an Obama-Clinton ticket. Clinton is the past - Obama is the future. Now an Obama-Pelosi ticket would be much better.

    March 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Ronald, American living abroad

    What we see in Nancy Pelosi is a politician who is willing and ready to change the way things on done in Washington . . . witness her agreement and commitment to the stimulus package. It was the ya-yas in the Senate who started posturing and almost wrecked the whole thing. Pelosi shows great courage and I am proud that she is calling an end to the preposterous smoke screen HRC kept putting out there . . . no one was inhaling!

    March 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Desiree

    She sounds a little bitter to me.

    March 11, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Spirit of America

    And if Obama is the presidential nominee, a democratic victory won't happen either. It is either Clinton vs. McSame as Bush, or we have a third Bush term with a different label. That just may be why so many Republicans crossed-over to vote for Obama in Democratic primaries and gave him a string of victories in states which will likely go Republican this November. A fox in the henhouse? An elephant in the donkey corral?

    March 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. TJ

    Wait a minute! Clinton said that McCain would make a better president than Obama??? That is astonishing!!! I mean, Clinton and Obama's policy views are virtually identical so is she saying that McCain is the best candidate period? Wow if Clinton doesn't win the nomination and supports McCain then surely it'll snow in June this year!

    March 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Snarf, Atlanta

    All this joint ticket talk by Hillary is just a ploy to plant an idea that Obama is finished in the mind of voters. Obama did hip part: pointing out to all what a silly idea it is for the runner-up to offer a lesser crown to the soon-to-be king.

    March 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Matthijs Schatz

    I believe Obama is perhaps a more diplomatic choice for American politics, and as for wars, America needs to focus on its economic problems, and as far as Mrs. Clinton goes, I just have very little faith in her as a good person. She seems to be oddly obsessed with ruining Obama's campaign, and secondly I wouldn't want a woman who isn't strong enough to keep her husband in line during his presidential run, and I sure don't want to elect a candidate who I was first keen on voting for, but during her campaign turned out to be a sour old woman. America please realize that Obama does shed light on the US and that the rest of the world would look forward and differently towards the US with him as a positive leader. GO OBAMA!!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Sabine

    Finally a superdelegate who speaks with logic to the public!

    Obama '08

    March 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. maria


    March 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. molly

    i don't recommend the clinton/obama or obama/clinton. if clinton would be the nominee i think there are a lot of other democrats much much better than obama. obama is just so lucky on where he is now. it is because of the media. the media had done a great job of sensationalizing him, and that's it. in case he gets the nominee what next? please, media think about it. are you american who take concern of your country?
    i think clinton wouldn't also like to be the vp of obama because i think in my opinion if she wouldn't get the nominee i suggest that hillary would just lie low or do what al gore was doing. away from politics she could do nobel jobs better than anyone else in america.

    March 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. mervin

    Pelosi for Obama???

    March 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. New York expat in Santo Domingo

    Pelosi's remarks are candid and sure.

    Can she be so candid as a party leader who has also capitulated to giving Bush and Cheney a free ride (no Impeachment Hearings, letting the War go on and on) and still be candid about the necessary future of her Party? HRC is a true friend of her's, so who better to letter her know, first privately then publically, that she needs to stand down?

    The future leader of the Democratic Party is Barak Obama. He'll expand the base, increase turnout, and bring a ton of districts with him on his shirt-tails. He has not only a 50-state strategy, but a vision for the future of the country and the Party. Hillary carries the last few fumes of the corporate oil era. We'll need to coin a new phrase for the new era, but Pelosi, if she's plays her cards right and is smart about it, can be on the vanguard of ushering in a new Democratic generation that can right the wrongs of GW for the next 25 years (because that's what its going to take to make the U.S. a legitimate world leader again).

    March 11, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Julia

    It's true. It would hve been possible a month ago, but Senator Clinton flushed that possibility right down her kitchen sink.

    March 11, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Ben, MA

    Hillary made it this way by turning her campaign negative. She will lose the nomination, and there is nothing Obama would gain with her as a running mate. Obama is better off a VP who has less baggage.

    March 11, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. Patrick Murray , Atlanta

    I think the Speaker is right on this one. I think it is hypocratical for one democratic to make an effective endorsement of a Republican over another Democrat. This is even critical when Democrat being redicule as a real chance of being the party's nominee.

    Of all the things I heard over this extended process, the statement by Hillary about MCcain being ready over Barack tops the list. I will change by party affiliation from Democratic to Republican if Hillary is the nominee.

    March 11, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Brian

    Clealy Clinton is not making fellow democrats very happy with her little crusade to drag the party through the mud in her divisive quest for power. Good luck attracting superdelegates at the convention, Hillary... if you make it that far.

    C'mon democrats, let's sever the Clintons' stranglehold on our party! Cut this nasty, vindictive power-hungry duo loose once and for all!

    March 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. I agree Nancy

    A joint ticket will never work, however the biggest problem will be to get all the dem. voters to back the nominee. Obama supporters do not want to admit that their decision is highly being based on the fact the Obama is the first black candidate and not much else. I would vote for a black candidate if I thought he was the right person to fill the spot of the Presidency. All the young people that are supporting Obama are just wantng a black candidate and not looking at the reality of his lack of experience. The dem. party should have put up a more viable black candidate instead of a good speaker and crowd pleaser. He does well right now with that kind of forum, but he will fail as leader of the free world, and we just cannot make that mistake because our world is in too much trouble.

    March 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |

    Kudos to Nancy Pelosi for being objective and speaking the truth. No way could Senator Obama allow Hillary on his ticket as she would doom it to failure as she has her disgusting campaign of lies and deceit.

    Obama has more pledged delegates.
    Obama has more total delegates.
    Obama has won more states.
    Obama has gotten many more votes.
    Obama's wins count!
    Obama won ALL 11 primaries in February.
    Obama will have won more delegates and more states in March.

    And now? Hillary's campaign has gone negative and now even racial.


    If there was fairness in the media, there would be calls for the junior Senator from NY (who's been involved in her own family sex scandals way too often!) to get out of the race. This is shameful to the Democratic party and SHAME ON VOTERS who continue to buy this candidates lies and distortions.


    March 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. Margi

    I agree that it is an impossible ticket. Four weeks ago I would have been all for this but I can't stomach Hillary Clinton.

    Obama 08!

    March 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. Mike

    That is a brilliant observation, Pelosi.

    I am so glad you were able to pick that out of the sub-text of Obamas speech on Monday.

    March 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. John

    Who cares what Pelosi has to say...even if this is true. What has she done as Speaker of the House?

    March 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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