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. Scott C

    I couldn't agree more.

    Clinton thinks that she can try and destroy Obama and then jump onto his team afterward.

    She isn't having a good spirited campaign against him, she is trying going way beyond that.

    The media also needs to note the notion that she thinks he would make an ineffectual leader and isn't ready for president, but is somehow ready to be Vice President. You need to be qualified to be President if you are going to be Vice President.

    She is giving conflicting ideas about Obama here.

    March 11, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Tom Baughn

    It's the same old partisan underhanded politics – it's okay to vote for me because I am implying that I will choose him to be my VP – then she picks someone else later and uses the rouse of her advisors compelled her to choose someone else. From this candidate I would not believe it even if it was put in writing. I thought she wanted to debate the issues, but for the last few weeks it is one attack from a surrogate after another that is getting most of the coverage. Before it was Bill, today it is Ferraro, tomorrow someone else. Like I said, same old partisan politics. I support Obama because he knows that the founders did not create a system in America completely like the partisan methodology of the British parliament where the goal of the contest is who will dominate policy making. Our party system was supposed to be a system for debate, compromise, and consensus – maybe Ms. Ferraro needs to brush up on that.

    March 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Gary

    I agree! The idea had crossed my mind–before her "kitchen sink" and scorched earth strategies. No matter, the joint ticket idea is obviously just a political ploy by the Clinton's to win the support of undecided voters, and in the unlikely event that she prevails, to woo the votes of Obama supporters in the general election. It might have resonated with me if Hillary had not gone so far negative.

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

    Of course Pelosi will side with Obama......

    Madame Speaker doesn't sound so impressive anymore once we have Madame President.........

    March 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Randy - Denver

    a worrd of intelligence is spoken, so rare and yet so needed, thank you Ms. Pelosi

    March 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Surprised

    From my perspective, Clinton P, Obama VP would be unbeatable against McCain. Would be good for Obama as a set up for his ultimate run 8 years later. Then we get our first women and first black. Good all around.

    March 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Fernandez

    Ms Pelosi
    The so-called dream ticket did not grip us. This is something that the press made a big deal about. I strongly feel that McCain will make a better Commander than Obama. This is not about electing a Democrat or Republican but who is the best man or woman to be President. Obama will divide this country further, what has he done on Congress to reach accross the aisle?

    March 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Idio


    March 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Every, Cleveland, OH

    I think Hillary Clinton tore her draws by saying John MCcain a republican would make a better commander and chief than Barack Obama. This kind of slash and burn politics is sickening. The fact either Hillary, her husband or campaign can make these kind of statements and go unchecked, by the media, and the DNC is astounding to my mind. It is obvious that if Hillary Clinton doesn't get the democratic nomination, she is going make sure Barack Obama doesn't, so she is aiding and abetting the republicans. I never trusted her before and now the democratic party shouldn't either. She is a selfish, spoiled, divisive, rich, hypocrite, who needs to now fade out the picture for good now. Hillary Clinton and her campaign is a disgrace to american politics, the mafia, terrorist, anarchist, racist and every gang member in america has a true idol to worship and use as a model. I would never vote for a joint ticket for president with Hillary Clinton on it. She is the epitome of special interest, division, partinship, the well connected, lobbyst, and sound bite politics.

    March 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Pat Huntington NY

    Am I the only one with a brain here today? Of course it's possible for a Clinton/Obama ticket....look at JFK and Johnson...they were worlds apart from each other, and said some nasty things of each other in their primary, worse than what's going on here, and they managed to team up.

    Pelosi, you need a good history lesson, yes, you do...

    March 11, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Doc Jerome

    Now the gutless democratic party leadership will just sit by and enable Hillary's whims, by allowing her campaign the extraordinary latitude of continuously redefining what the criteria for winning the nomination will be. HRC is burning her party and the country, by endorsing John McCain over Sen. Obama, who is leading in delegate count, popular votes, and states won.

    The democrats never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

    March 11, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Obama all the way...


    A voice of reason!

    Woosh! That is the sound of HIllary's last ditch effort being flushed down the toilet.

    March 11, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. clarity in FL

    what about all the florida voters who were told our vote didnt count??? Hillary now you are talking about Obama as VP?? DREAM ON he would never work with you you need him more than he needs you and your whiney voters know that thats why they are MAD!!! ha ha ha you guys are hilarious let all the drama play out Obama will be in teh White House come January 2009

    March 11, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. Lets Get Ready for Change!

    your comment doesn't even make sense. what is the point you are trying to make? yes, gov blagojecich is a super delegate for obama

    March 11, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Sam Hussein Bama

    One more thing that needs to happen is Al Gore should endorse Obama and refute all experience Hillary is brandishing. He was VP at the same time she is claiming her experience. He had more access and higher role in White house as compared to Hillary and he exactly knows what Hillary was doing at that time. Obama should be nominated as soon as possible to defeat John W Maccain in fall.

    March 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. charlie, philly


    March 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. aliou

    Speaker Pelosi has spoken like a leader.

    When you are a leader over many people, you should always be ready to stand up to tell it like it is. Some people are jsut plain spoilers, if they can't win.

    Hillary is sensing that she can't win. so she is trying to spoil it for the democrats.

    Don't forget that she is a friend of all the republicans from bush to Mccain.
    Either way, she wants to stay relevant by spoiling it for the democrats, so her friends at the republican party should win.

    Nancy Pelosi did a good job. I admire her for that.

    The way delegates can be sitted even though they were pig headed in FL an d MI is to divide the delegates from these states proportionally to the national delegate earnings. That way, it will reflect the will of the people nationally. We should remember that in this fight, hillary has sided with the rebel states. So, if there is a revote of any kind, she stands to benefit from her crime.

    March 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. From the U.S. Virgin Islands

    I support your 1 billion percent!! NO JOINT TICKET!! YOU ARE A LEADER, NOT A FOLLOWER!!

    P.S. Hillary is not Bill! She might be married to him but she is not him!!

    March 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. Alice

    I never thought I would say this, but I actually agree with Nancy Pelosi. Though the two candidates appear to be after each other's jugular, the biggest impediment would be Bill Clinton himself. I don't think any Hillary Presidency, regardless of who her VP would be, could be effective with that narcissist roaming the halls of the WH.

    March 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Jill K.

    Thank you, Madam Speaker, for saying what needed to be said. I am an Obama supporter and have been since BEFORE he even decided to run. I was part of the Draft Obama movement. But I was an Obama supporter who would have voted whichever Democrat who won the nomination. But after what Hillary has done to destroy the party, and taint the likely nominee, even if she were to squeak out the nomination, I would vote for Nader or just go and vote for Congress and leave the "for president" part blank on the ballot!! Hillary whines about being criticized by the press, and by other prominent pols, so harshly. Please! Her willingness to win-at-all-costs demonstrates a selfish smallness that is so obvious. I'm surprised she isn't criticized even MORE.

    March 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. paul

    I think that Obama is showing his true colored feathers by his reaction. I don't think that he's equiped to handle all the Republicans will throw at him should he win the nominee.

    March 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Diane in Texas

    Obama is proving that he cannot negotiate with his own party, let alone negotiate with the Republican party and every time something is said about him that is true but he doesn't like, he acts like a spoiled brat. Hillary is bringing out the true colors of this man, she has shown that he is not the good natured, inspirational candly man that he has tried to portray himself as.

    March 11, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Arkansas Undertaker

    I feel that at one time that scenario would have been a great idea, but given the last couple of weeks and the tactics used by the Clinton Campaign, that thought is completely out the door.

    Especially with the attack ads and the "McCain would be a better Commander in Chief" comment, and the win at all cost attitude Hillary has portrade. Now America will suffer because we had two very qualified and able historic candidates, that could have been a Political Powerhouse.

    Hillary and her campaign destroyed that notion period.


    March 11, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. Elly

    Do your Job Madam Speaker and *impeach* this war monger President and Vice president before they do more damage to the world by starting war with Iran!!!!
    The fact that Admiral Fallon is resigning and that he was for diplomatic tactics with Iran is a sure sign something is going on behind the scenes concerning Iran!!
    Please do the job the American people put you there to do before more damage to peace transpires and its too late!!!
    These two are the worst terrorists in the world!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. Rob

    Now Hillary will have to figure out a way to make Bill Speaker of the House if she can steal the nomination and fix the general election.

    March 11, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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