March 13th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
10 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. Bill

    I agree with Pelosi that a ticket with the two is impossible. As VP, Clinton's statement undermines Obama as chief commander for purposes of a general election. As President, Clinton's statement undermines her statement that Obama is not ready and makes her look like a leader compromising her integrity. They can't share a ticket, but I don't think Pelosi will be the VP nominee, although she would be helpful with California, it is already a democratic state. If your Obama, you should take someone who appeals to the Texas, Florida or Ohio constitutencies.

    March 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Brian

    Madame Speaker knows where this is going!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    (With Clinton nowhere near the ticket. Take a hike, Hillary!)

    March 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Gini

    Amy in Iowa: I could not agree with you more. The old geezers on this blog are probably the same ones who voted for the "do-nothings" that got the U.S. to this point in the first place.

    March 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Peter

    In point of fact, won't Clinton's running mate be one of the dozen or so alternative personalities she has displayed in the past few months.

    Go Clinton/Weepy Clinton.
    Go Clinton/Angry Clinton.
    Go Clinton/Racist Clinton.

    Hard to believe that any thinking, breathing, rational human being would want to be VP to the Three Faces of Eve.

    March 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Bill

    How bout a Clinton/Clinton ticket? It probably will not happen but the reality is that Bill will be the de facto VP......

    March 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Diane, Buffalo, Wy.

    Dream ticket? Barack Obama Pres./John Edwards as VP and Joe Biden as Secretary of State.

    March 13, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Nan

    I'm getting W-A-A-A-Y-Y tired of Obama's whining! He likes to dish it out , but when it comes to taking it, he sounds like a spoiled little brat with his "they're not being fair to me" schitick!

    He talks a good game, but he sounds an awful lot like Prof. Harold Hill with his "TROUBLE! You've got TROUBLE my friends! Right here in" Washington, D.C. As far as I'm concerned he's just a flim-flam artist with a gift of gab!

    March 13, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. mike

    Obama once said, the Republican has a truck full of dirt waiting to pour on Hilary. Obama will be intellligent enough not to share in this heep of dirt, which he himself is cautious not to be the one to put on Hilary. Obama does not want to be part of Old Monica issue neither does the Democratic party. I thought by now the Media should have been fair enough to remind the Clintons to go home. By the way WHAT DID THE CLINTONS FOR GOODNESS SAKE FORGOT IN THE WHITE HOUSE?

    March 13, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Nancy S - Long Beach

    Madam Speaker is right: there is no way those two can be on the same ticket. This is sad, very sad for the Democrats, what should have been the most tremendous win for the Democrats is now circling the drain. The 2008 campaign will be remembered as the worst Crash and Burn in Dem history – bigger than 1968!

    March 13, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. dave in calgary

    Obama/Edwards. McCain/Clinton. Dobbs/Buffet

    March 13, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. jayBee Germany

    Madan Speaker is quite right. I am still waiting for HRC to appologise for that comment that McCain will make a better C-in-C. It is inappropriate to make such a statement.

    The whole world is watching with earnest.

    March 13, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Ric

    Pelosi needs to go away. She failed us all. Could have easily taken down Bush-Cheney Inc. Instead we're paying $4 a gallon, and she flies on a private jet WE pay for. Please, someone vote her out of office.

    March 13, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Mimi, PA

    Glad she's saying this to end this. A joint ticket's a bad idea. Barack and Hillary have 2 totally different styles, philosophies and approaches to the Presidency. And, who wants Bill hanging around the edges?

    March 13, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Oh No Way

    Who in their right mind is thinking about a joint ticket? Barack does not want fleas, so he's not going to join any ticket with Hillary.

    Please don't waste our time with this nonsense. No joint ticket.

    March 13, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Mike

    I feel like Obama really is a xerox man, now he talk and sounds like Hillary with a solution for judgement, if you work for me I will work hard for you? and all of his preach and talk about history of US is about black people.

    March 13, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Lee Johnson

    Senator Obama would be fortunate to have Senator Clinton ask him to become her running mate as Vice-President. I have seen too many
    campaigns in my life, and Senator Obama is making promises he can't keep. I'm just confused that the rest of this country cannot see it.

    Let's face it....the media is definately baised against Senator Clinton, and according to them Obama was born in a manager.

    March 13, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. len

    Perhaps Hillary is hedging her bets. Realising that she might not win, she would still like to grab a considerable slice of political power for her and Bill, by getting on the ticket any which way, even as vice-president. On the other hand, perhaps it is a bit of crude power politics, relegating Obama to second place. One never knows what people like that are up to.

    March 13, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Yeahwell

    What about Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright? ABC News and FOX are reporting on this. But you're avoiding.

    Easy to see why.

    March 13, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. NIC

    All these Cinton Haters are just ridiculous. All they want to do is spin and twist and voice their crude and rude opinions. Do us all a favor (speaking for all democratic) keep your opinions to yourself. Nobody wants to hear you bad mouth. If you want to speak, talk about the issues, or else say anyihing.

    March 13, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Independant

    How about Hillary and Jeb Bush.

    March 13, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. mike

    Please the Media, the world is listening and watching. You can spin your story to favour clintons, but remember you are writing and covering for an intelligent and educted public. The CLINTON INSECERITY IS NOTICEABLE EVEN BY 1-6 YEAR OLD KIDS.

    March 13, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Obama is not a uniter either. You cannot put the blame on Hillary alone. I was open to vote for Obama, but he is just as bad as the rest. I do hope that his skeletons will come out of the closet in time before he gets the nomination so that all those Obama praisers can see the truth about him.

    March 13, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Dave, Milwaukee WI

    By the way, how does that idiot, NEVEROBAMA, get his/her comments posted? Has that person ever said anything useful?

    March 13, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. f

    This really doesn't matter, since it will most likely be a Obama-Edwards ticket.

    March 13, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Darin Playle

    Does anyone doubt that Pelosi wants a weaker Obama in the White House in order to increase the influence and power of her own position?

    March 13, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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