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. Liberty

    She's officially neutral, but she does support Obama, because she has said whoever has the most pledged delegates (Obama) should get the nomination.

    March 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Oracle 99

    Thank You Nancy Pelosi! Maybe the only sane voice of reason in the Democratic party. She knows that Hillary Clinton has written all of the attack ads for the Republicans in the fall election. She might be a good VP for Obama !

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

    The fact that she says it's impossible most likely proves that it's a bad idea as her judgment on most things (impeachment) has been terribly wrong.

    March 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Reine

    Msl Pelosi is to be commanded. Hillary Clinton is no match for Sen Obama. His message is too unique and inspiring for the nation.

    March 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Allan Horowitz

    Let me help you here. The dream ticket is Obama/Biden...and not just for the democrats – for the country. This ticket gives us the change we need, the courage to pursue it, the wisdom to make it right and the experience to get it done. I'm not any kind of activist, but I WILL be for OBAMA/BIDEN '08!

    March 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. grant

    Uncommitted but not exactly backing up or helping Hillary. Fine by me. Go Obama! Let's vote our Hopes not our fears.

    March 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. right on Pelosi!!

    The only person who would need a joint ticket is Clinton because she realizes there are not enough uneducated voters she can brainwash with her racist and desperate tactics.
    Obama – Clinton is like a rabid dog attacking everything you do or say or stand for – EVEN YOUR VOTERS. please put her out of her misery

    March 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Sean

    Well... there's no surprise that Pelosi is an 'uncommitted' superdelegate. That also sums up her career for the last 5 years or so.

    March 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Rob

    Pelosi for Obama!!!! Thanks Nancy!

    By the way, she is the most powerful woman in politics today. and can cick Hillary's butt anyday!

    March 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Jen, Gainesville

    I am glad there are still some smart ones left in the Party. Thank you, Ms. Pelosi!

    March 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. Cynthia

    Hopefully this means that Pelosi understands & agrees w/ other old-school Democrats like Gary Hart that Clinton was way out of line
    to place McCain above Obama. Clinton said a grizzled, old guy who kisses up to Bush and Rev. Hagee in the same week is better than Obama.

    Off with her head.

    March 11, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Sam Taveras

    She never states why... but I agree with her. Hillary represents the politcs of old. She has harshly criticized Barack for multiple things ranging from being inexperienced, no substance, and just speeches. She has even been rumored as leaking the photos of Obama in native clothing in a fear mongering attempt. Hillary has been very divisive in her campaign, and as a result I don't ever seen Obama and Hillary getting along together.

    After all this dirty campaigning, I don't see how Obama, who represents the politcs of new, could ever team up with the very same politicians that he claims are ruining this country.

    March 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Roger, AR

    I think that Hillary benifited because she was willing to try and that shows that she is more experienced and wise. Obama is so bent on making Hillary look bad and rallying up negative attitudes toward Clinton that it is making him look bad to a lot of democrats. So, in this way, it does benefit Hillary.

    March 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. DJJ

    I am glad that Nancy recognized Clinton's comment about John McCann being a more qualified president was inappropriate. Maybe us as everyday democratics may not exhibit party loyalty, but experienced politicians like Clinton should definitely commit to party loyalty. She exhibited bad judgement to make such a comment. Her democratic peers, the superdelegates may very well remember this when it comes time to cast votes.

    March 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. From the U.S. Virgin Islands

    I don't mean to insult anyone's intelligence but tell me something, if you think that a man is not ready to be a president, why in god's name do you think he can be vice-president?? That makes no sense! Zero Sense...none at all! You people sit and talk about race and ignore the real issues! She sit and blast the about how he has no experience then she invites him to run hand in hand with her? now tell me...if Mrs. Clinton didn't think that Obama is the man to bring about change, do u think she would really want him on a ticket with her? Ask yourselves this question!

    I feel sorry for America...... snap out of it!
    obama 08!

    March 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Maryland voter

    She should have spoken up along time ago about all this dirty campaigning. HIllary is a witch, monster, whatever. I wish she would just quit.

    March 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Shannon

    Can Hillary just please go away now?? I've always liked both her & Bill, but they are both starting to get on my nerves now.

    And also, thank you Nancy Pelosi! I am so sick and tired of hearing about this "dream ticket" I could just scream.

    March 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. Rodrigue

    She's telling the truth and she's totally right because Sen. H. Clinton trying to confuse certain Democrats. Now it's clear to understand that Sen. H Clinton can say anything just to win the primary.

    March 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. Stobie

    This wouldn't a good idea. Hillary has thrown the so called kitchen sink and it hit nothing. She has to to understand that the country is not in to thrown your sink garbage anymore we are looking for change and she has not.

    Belle Glade, Fl

    March 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. American Patriot

    What is impossible is PELOSI getting re-elected again.

    She has fialed at her job and her and the rest of the United States Congress are mostly crooks.

    This woman and congress have the worst approval rating in U.S. History.

    I hope you pull this up Pelosi to see what people are saying about you.

    Because the word is out, your a failure and will be removed from office in the nxt vote goaround.

    In the words of Doanld Trump.

    YOUR FIRED.......................................

    March 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. jacq

    No reasonalbe person would want to match up with a candidate such as Hillary Clinton that has been the center of controversey since Arkansas days and the whitehouse years of former president Bill Clinton. This week she has the nerve to suggest that Senator Obama be her VP. Last time I checked he is leading her in delegates. She needs him more than he needs her. I suspect he is leading her in the contest because she lacks organizational skill- look how her campaign is being run. He's right about her lack of judgement. She miscalculated her run for the presidency by just planning for the short term. Hillary reminds me of George Bush do something now and worry about the consequences later. In otherwords do whatever it takes to come out on top. We don't need a combination of Clinton/Bush mentality in the Whitehouse.

    March 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. ralph tyler

    HRC is never going to be President. If she is the nominee she will galvanize the Republican base and McCain will benefit greatly. Many Obama supporters will sit on their hands, or vote for Nader, or vote for McCain.

    Mrs. Clinton is on track to play Nader's role in the 2000 election.

    March 11, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. @americans

    The Billary Clintons are ready to destroy the democratic party for their selfish and self serving interest in winning the nomination by hook or crook.
    Billary thinks the democratic nomination is her BIRTH RIGHT and now that she is a SORE LOSEEEER, she is ready to throw the democratic party and Obama under the bus with her "kitchen sink" smear campaign strategy.

    Glad Nancy Pelosi is calling her on it!!!

    Democrats should be OUTRAGED at the Clintons for implying that Republican John McCain would make a better commander-in-chief than Obama!


    March 11, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. Domingo

    Perhaps the dream ticket should be Hillary and Spitzer, both from New York

    March 11, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. Jay

    Nancy Pelosi is an idiot! Isn't she the back stabbing little wench who went behind the governments back and did her own little unauthorized tour to consult with our enemies. Obama can keep this traitor and power hungry woman, who as the head of the democrats has done nothing since she was elected. She is useless.

    March 11, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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