March 13th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Pelosi again rules out joint ticket

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Pelosi again said a joint ticket with Obama and Clinton won't happen."](CNN) - The Democratic presidential ticket will be a "Dream Team," Nancy Pelosi said Thursday, it just won’t have both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's name on it.

Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, the House Speaker reiterated comments she made earlier in the week that the two presidential candidates will not end up sharing a ticket.

"I do think we will have a dream team, it just won't be those two names," She said. "Whoever our nominee is and whoever he or she is and whoever he or she chooses, will be a dream team as the Democrats go forward.”

When pressed further about the possibility of a joint ticket, Pelosi stated flatly, "Take it from me, that won't be the ticket."

The comments echoed remarks the Speaker made Tuesday, when she emphatically told a Boston television station that a joint ticket with Clinton and Obama is "impossible."

"I think that ticket either way is impossible," she said. "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."

Pelosi’s remarks came a day after Obama mocked Clinton and her campaign surrogates for raising the implication he would make a good vice president.

"With all due respect, I won twice as many states as Sen. Clinton. I've won more of the popular vote than Sen. Clinton. I have more delegates than Sen. Clinton. So, I don't know how somebody who's in second place is offering vice presidency to the person who's in first place," he said at a campaign event in Mississippi.

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

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    Obama can win the election without the Clinton party on the ticket.

    Also, Obama simply doesn't need to watch his back constantly if he can help himself to keep the Clintons away from him. In addition, Hillary is just too devisive, too deceitful and too dirty old fashion politics to add any attraction to Obama's voters.

    March 13, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Kristen

    Well what does Madame Speaker propose the Democrats do, when millions of Democrats will be upset if Barack or Hillary does not appear on the ballot. Once again the DNC has managed to mess up what should be a landslide election by alienating hugh blocks of voters if "thier" candidate doesn not appear on the ballot. I've been a Democrat all my life, but it does always seem Republicans are better at getting thier party unified!!!

    March 13, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Mon in PA

    I agree that a Obama-Clinton ticket is impossible and Hillaryi s to blame for that! She has run a negative campaign in resent weeks and if she was on the ticket with Obama, she would constatly have to explain what she has said. I was hopeful that the Democratic party would be able to have this ticket, but Hillary throw the kitchen sink and it hurt us all.

    NOW A NEW DREAM TICKET!!!!!!!!!!



    OBAMA- PELOSI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CHANGE is COMING!!!!

    March 13, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Terry

    why would she say that and why now? because she likes Obama-Pelosi ticket. she is ten times worse than Hillary Clinton. either jump in early, or don't comment.

    March 13, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Patrick

    I have lost all respect for Obama and will vote GOP if he wins the nomination!

    Stop playing the race card and accusing everyone who doesent support you of being racist!

    African AMericans have been racist voting 90% for Obama based on Identity politics!




    March 13, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Richard

    Good ! Obama can go back to doing what he does best. TALKING.
    Go Hillary 2008!

    March 13, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Audbrey, Florida

    Sounds like Pelosi is fishing to be the VP.

    Does this woman really believe that women will support her after she criticizes Hillary?

    And, she is a horrible speaker and it will really hurt womens chances of getting that spot again...way to represent Pelosi !!!

    March 13, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Kevin

    Pelosi doesn't want a spot on the ticket. Dick Cheney notwithstanding, Speaker of the House is a considerably more powerful position.

    She's just making it clear that Clinton's recent endorsement of McCain is totally unacceptable.

    March 13, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. Rachel, MA

    Nancy's just jealous because of the possibility that another woman might be higher than her in the line of succession.

    If I were her, I'd be more concerned about the Dems holding onto control of Congress. Congress, under HER leadership, has even worse approval ratings than Bush.

    March 13, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. pc

    Barak Obama is the most qualified for President. Hillary was "first lady," not President. Barak has shown that he is ready on day one.

    March 13, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Anastasia in Obamaha, NE

    Pelosi is right. Clinton's dream ticket is Obama's nightmare. I can't wait for Obama to win. Instead of worring about a VP, Clinton should wonder if Bill is Client #1.

    Obama 08'

    March 13, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. clarity

    Well you know what they say, 'a week is a long time in politics'.
    Pelosi may change her tune yet... unless of course she has a vested interest in the VP position. Crafty girl.

    March 13, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. NYC Native

    Who cares what she says? It's not like Pelosi is exactly a leader of anything in actual practice. She won't even consider impeaching the worst president in the history of the country.

    March 13, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Long-term Memory

    Nancy Pelosi is apparently out of touch with the Democractic voters. And her on the ticket would bring every far right-winger, moderate Republican, and independent voter out on November 4. She is reviled by so many.

    March 13, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Saad

    What is Pelosi trying to gain by making this statement again??? Is he looking to apply for a job at Nasa Space Station? That Obama and Hillary cannot be on a joint ticket is NO 'rocket science'....

    March 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. gregory ishimoto

    i've always had admiration and respect for the clintons and the statement she gave with the apoligy is how you win the people its never been a black or white thing when it comes to voting for a candidate we vote for who we feel will really make a change and make our country strong again lets not play the lesser of the evil game good look in the race and god bless. inglewood CA

    March 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Gary Williams, Signal Hill, CA

    It would be nice if she was worrying about her duties as Speaker of the House as she is about the dream ticket. When are her, Sen. Reid, and the White House going to take a responsible stand to secure our borders first then illegal aliens; they rather have the cart before the horse.

    March 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. korn

    Sorry to say but DEM is already divided. IF it's NOT joint ticket, we are going to have Mccain as a president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Abe

    After how nasty and personal the Clinton campaign has got, I don't know why anyone would think he would consider being on the same ticket with her.

    March 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Hussien Obama

    Why would I want to put up with Hillary on a day to day basis

    After I spit her out – she is going home to arkansaw to cook and clean for billy bob

    heil obama 08

    March 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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    March 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Independent

    Well at least the Clintons can't lie to the voters anymore! She actually said on NPR that she never offered him the VP position. We all heard it or read about it!

    I really can't see how her supporters are letting her get away with lying all the time. Don't they have any morals?

    March 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. tms

    While I may not agree with Speaker Pelosi on what she and the democrats have done since coming into "power", I wholeheartedly agree with her position on this joint ticket nonsense.

    Well said, Speaker Pelosi.

    OBAMA '08 & 12 any other nominee is not an option for me.

    March 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Debra

    I think that all the Obama supporters better wake up before it is too late. Michelle Obama worked for a hospital where she earned over 200,000.00 per year for working 20 hours a week. Great job right? Lets not forget to mention that she got the job 2 months after her husband was elected as a senator. this hospital turned people away if they could not pay and one man died

    March 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Lynne

    OBAMA & EDWARDS '08!!! That's the dream ticket. =-) Or OBAMA & BAYH =-)

    March 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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