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. ABC = Anybody But Clinton

    WAIT! The Heavens are Opening Up!!! The Celestial Choir is Singing!!!! Praise the Lord! Finally...they're coming to their senses!!!!

    March 11, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. james

    in the begining i said i would vote for either or, but throwing a fellow dem under the bus and linking yourself with the REPUBLICAN, IS GOINING TO DAYUM FAR. I was a diehard HRC supporter, but i am more dem then HRC and aligning herself with john mcain b/c your losing have made allllllllllllll the clinton stories true.... NO I DO WANT TO KNOW WHATS IN THOSE DAYUM TAX RETURNS B4 THE REPUBS GET A CHANCE IN THE GENERAL.

    March 11, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Annamica, OH

    Guess what guys, NOT all the people have spoken. Reality check: 8 more states to go, 10 if you count MI and FL whose voices have not been heard.

    March 11, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. @americans

    As long as Billary Clinton remains in the campaign trail for the democratic nomination, John McCain doesn't need to do a thing!

    ...Hillary is campaigning for John McCain – free of charge!

    Billary's campaign mantra: it's either me or John McCain!

    This woman can't lose gracefully!!!

    March 11, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. melchg

    The funny thing about this whole thing is that I could see any other candidate (if they were hypothetically in the same tight race) being in a position where obama would say yes to being a VP to someone if they flat out won in the nomination process and didn't go negative or annouce to the public that obama should be just a VP........She is the sort of politician that he wants out of politics why would he dare join forces with her?

    March 11, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Jay

    HetyJohn in PA...Obama himself said the same thing yesterday. He most certainly does have a say.

    I'm no Nancy Pelosi fan either, but unlike many, I never found her to be the deluded type. This proves it.

    March 11, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. VJ

    maybe this was what hillary was thinking.......when she wins the nom. there will be allot of pressure for he to ask BO to be her running mate......she knew if she said something now he would say something without she will not need to worry about him.

    March 11, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. T.O.

    That's good for the democratic party. The supposed party of political correctedness, party of change, the party of opportunity seems to be the most racist. Racism is still alive in America and tolerated even more so. God forbid if Senator Obama call for change stir up some ole cob web thinking. He's as qualified if not more qualified than Senator Clinton. He has judgement and a level head whereas her claims to authority/experience only come from riding her husband coattails and the need to side with the popular vote in the most debated war of our time. Thanks Saturday Night Live and the rest of the fanatical Clinton fans for making a once cohesive and unified party a politcal pun.

    March 11, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. cristo

    Hilary sold us out, how can you say that McCain is ready and Obama is not. That automatically disqualifies him as a VP, unless you want to lose. Furthermore, how can now Obama pick her as VP, after she said that he is not qualified.

    Hilary did us in, she would sell her mother to get in the white house, and I thought this was the ticket. The more I think about it the more upset I get at her! Genius!

    Think about it she is qualified, she can't pick him because she will have someone that is not qualified; McCain who is qualified just needs to pick a qualified VP to till the election. The argument, If something happens to her he would be a none qualified president and the fact that she said it, how can she argue against that when she said it!

    I can't stand her!

    March 11, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Rebecca

    Hillary is not hated because she is a woman, she is hated because of her dirty tactics. There are plenty of women who would make great Presidents but not Hillary. She is too controversial and divisive!!!

    March 11, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Peter

    This is so true. But Obama will need the support of Clinton's supporters for November. I read my son a cartoon book called "Duck for President" last night. In the book, the duck campaigned with "Duck for Change" and won. I don't get why people are so fascinated by Obama's change, it's really an ancient idea. People will get tired of it soon. McCain will win against Obama. After all, American elected Bush twice.

    March 11, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Cheyenne Branham

    Nancy Pelosi hasn't shown me anything yet. Oh yes she will go however the wind blows. All you people who thinks Obama has it won may be in for a rude awakening. Yes he will win Mississipp! The reason : He is black and he talks well. tThat's it! Well if he is nominated then Mcain will be president and your"HOPe" will be greater than it has ever been. If you weren't so scared of Hillary you wouldn't be on here everyday trying to destroy her. It isn't working. Everyone isn't blind. All this big deal is not even based on the truth: Hillary said they might make a good ticket. She didn't ask him to be vice president. It isn't over. The media bashing is the worst I have ever seen. They need to report facts instead of bashing Hillary.

    March 11, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. aliou

    We should always remember that Edwards and all the other candidates could have done better if there was a campaign in these states. The race wasn't selled on these two candidates until florida.

    Are you sure that neither of those who didn't campaign in FL and MI is not going to sue, or that their voters are not going to sue? we better be careful. If we do something that is going to jeopardize these votes, and the nation's voice, the party may find itself spending the next months in court than on the campaign against the republicans.

    Moreover, those who voted nationally or didnt' vote because those votes were not supposed to count will be really pissed off and will stay home. Is that what the party wants?

    Find a way of getting the clintons off the campaign. We need to get this thing going but not with them.

    March 11, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Texas4Obama

    The higher-ups in the Democratic party need to talk to the Clintons and make them realize that they are hurting our party. The Clintons have thrown enough mud and spin and they are still behind in the national polls and pledged delegates – it is time for the Clintons to GO HOME before they divide our party even futher!

    The only reason Clinton got more votes in Texas in the primary is because of all the Republicans that voted for her so that she would get the nomination so they can switch and vote for McCain in the general election!

    The republicans and the Obama supporters are NOT going to vote for Clinton in the general election and then McCain will end up winning.

    VOTE OBAMA – the candidate with integrity.

    March 11, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Independent

    Hillary says McCain is a better CIC and then wants Obama to run as her VP...she is completely full of S** did she ever get a law degree peddling all this inconsistency?

    March 11, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. bigben

    With the states Obama has won , he will will the general election.

    The hardcore blue states , have all went to Clinton.

    March 11, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Tony

    Thank you Madame Speaker. I wish I lived in your district becasue you have spoken the truest words any DEM could at this stage in the game. I just wish you would have called Billary and told them that PRIOR to her going negative and trying kill the spirit of the DEM VOTERS?

    Well one thing for sure, if Billary wins the nomination, Republicans will get the WHITE HOUSE but at least we will still have the Congress.

    March 11, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. njman

    Hillery is very selfish and thoughtless to have said what she said last week, stating that she has 35 years experience McCain has a life time of experience and Obama just have a speech, That says she is just thinking of herself and not her party, she is too phony

    March 11, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |

    Pennsylvania please do not make the mistake Ohio did. wake up dont be duped. Clinton only cares about you until you vote for someone else. Then you dont matter
    CNN why arent you criticizing Clinton with all the questions floating around about her character on the internet? You are making it pretty obvious you are guning for the Clintons

    March 11, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. henry

    america should know that obama is the only man who will save them from all the mess, both internal and outside the world..

    March 11, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Rob

    Thank you Nancy for your candor. Thank you Barack for your hope and inspiration. Thank you Michelle for your pride. How I ever made it through these 30+ years without either one of you is still a mystery to me.

    Hillary is not destroying the Democratic Party. A party boss that is arrogant enough to say screw Florida and Michigan Dems because they want to exercise their collective rights to vote prior to Super Tuesday and then expect to win those vital states in November is killing the party. A bunch of feel goods that think this is negative campaigning but hope to go against the attack machine of the RNC and its surrogates that can turn Max Cleland into an unpatriotic American are killing the party. Whatever happen to the fighting Yellerdog Democrats that knew not only how to take a punch but more importantly, how to deliver one.

    March 11, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Morgan

    Nancy Pelosi is starting to show me maybe she should be the Speaker of the House with her take on the so-called Dream Ticket.

    It's slight amusing to see some of the fems turn on Pelosi for even suggesting that the Dream Ticket will play in November with all the negative comments Hillary has been making starting in the period leading up to Texas/Ohio Tuesday.

    I for one will NOT vote for any ticket that include Clinton and all the baggage of the past. Re Clinton's running mate, she should move Spitzer to to the top. Just think about all the fun parties Bill and Spitzer could have in the West Wing!

    March 11, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. Obama all the way...


    That is the reason you are voting for Hillary? What a great reason to support a candidate. Beacuse they are treated unfairly and they are the underdog. WOW!!!

    This isn't the SUPERBOWL!!! This is the election of the President!!

    How about making a educated decision based on facts!! Try might like it!

    March 11, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. Peggy

    "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,"

    What a disgrace to the party Hillary is!!

    March 11, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Andrew

    For the folks who say that Pelosi is just agreeing with what Obama already said, I think she is actually being quite a bit more specific and unequivocal in her pronouncement. Obama has not said the idea is dead. Rather, he has said he'll get to it later. If he would be as clear as Pelosi is, this really would be a dead matter. But, as usual, Obama is clear about very little.

    March 11, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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