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. Bob, Florida - RFO

    It's time for a serious third party that reflects the 65% of Americans whom occupy the middle!

    Unity '08!

    March 13, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Roger

    Personally, I think Obama Pelosi is the dream ticket. Best bet yet for McCain to win

    March 13, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. mary

    Thanks Mrs Pelosi to make that clear.. Forget it Hillary, again nice try but didn't work...

    March 13, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. stlouis

    Hillary supporters, get over it period. Obama will do just fine against McCain. The only really Hillary did well in certain states was because of the Republican vote. Obama will do just fine without you!!!

    March 13, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Jonathan

    "The DNC now has an easy way out of allowing Obama forward, just include both the MI and FL votes as is in the interest of fairness."

    I thought this was one of the dumbest comments I've ever read on CNN.

    "I don't want Obama anywhere near a Clinton ticket. He is the embodiment of hypocrisy, but I do believe Pelosi will come to eat her words."

    Then I read this even more imbecilic post.

    March 13, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Ben

    Pelosi, please shut up! Nobody wants to hear what you have to say about this anymore. The ticket that is chosen is the business of the nominee. For you to take a swipe at Clinton is out of line, and unprofessional.

    Enough of the Pundits and Enough of the Politicians! Lets focus on real issues CNN and stop this garbage,

    March 13, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Chris Mannoia

    I think that Barack Obama would do well to call on the Governor of Kansas for his running mate; she is intelligent, moderate, and doesn't seem to incite the kind of negative emotions that Hillary Clinton does.

    Chris Mannoia

    March 13, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Tom,des moines

    Hillary,doesn't need a muslim,drug user,flip flop and liar like Husseine to b her running mate. I think there r 2 very good candidate for her to choose from, someone like General Wesley Clark or Antonio r. Villaraigosa.

    March 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Grif

    If Obama gets the Ticket, the Democrats will go down as the.

    "All Black Democrats" That destroyed a Party, and disappear into Oblivion. History is being –

    Made maybe, but not the way Obama thinks.

    They'll never get of floor........

    March 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Ann

    And I see it as Obama being the sneak! I don't not trust the man!

    March 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Dem of NJ

    What is the point to say it again? To help Obama or help herself?
    Pelosi seems to have ego problem with Clinton.

    March 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Austin, Texas

    lol, Indepenent, you are so very very mistaken.

    Clinton supporters don't just vote for a Democrat. You forget, that the majority of Clinton supporters are the Reagan Democrats. We loyalist to Clinton are not caving into this talk of Hopes and Dreams. We understand, that during this time of War, and Economic recession, we need someone with the experience, and know how, to go into Washington, and fix it. We don't want a newbie walking into this.

    The majority of Clinton supporters would support McCain over Obama. reason? McCain can offer us change AND experience, just like Hillary offered us. Obama cannot offer us experience, and honestly, I doubt he can bring about change without it.

    March 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. mike


    March 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. xtina

    why do they need to push a joint ticket? – don't clinton and obama have the strength and ability by themselves without the "star power" of the other?

    March 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Maria F

    How the heck does AJ get his comments posted on here EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!!! ALL OVER CNN???

    But everyone else complains that 1 out of 20 of their comments get posted.

    AJ could write about his views on hamsters and it would get posted!!!

    While everyone else HOPES their comments get posted, his are on every topic everyday. WHAT A LUCKY GUY HE IS!!

    March 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. Marilyn from Ohio

    Doesn't matter what Pelosi says, I wouldn't vote for ANY ticket that includes Obama! Listen to his preacher's comments. Someone who has listened to that hate over the years, cannot be my president. We have had one in the White House who thought he was better than the rest of the world and look where that got us!

    March 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. John, VA

    Well...Pelosi got mad at Clinton about her saying Obama isn't qualified to be Commander in Chief, but McCain is. What about Obama praising Reagan and Republicans earlier on and ignoring great years of Clinton presidency?! Didn't Pelosi hear that or just she didn't want to hear it?

    March 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Terry, TX

    Hillary has sung so many praises of John McCain as Commander in chief that McCain can actually evaluate the possibility of having her as his Vice-president.

    March 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Jonathan

    "There are so many dinosaurs on here that simply hate Obama just because of who he is and that is sad. Obama is offering the best judgement to lead this nation in a generation. Only a hater who refuses to look at Obama's Blueprint for Change refuses to see this. I am voting and praying for Change for this nation. Obama '08."

    This is well-said.

    March 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Kenneth

    Obama doesn't need Hillary. This primary has proven that she is nothing more than a big boat anchor. She needs him, he doesn't need nor has any use for her.

    March 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. LeAnn

    Pelosi is right!
    Clinton just about endorsed John McCain by a comment she made a couple of days ago.
    Hilary is dividing the party. She is like cancer, and her negativity is spreading everywhere.

    DNC- save the party and kick Clinton to the curb!

    March 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. F. Lynn

    Everything Hillary touches becomes polarizing. Her attitude, demener, staff, husband all contribute to a negitive "I'll do it my way only" personna.

    March 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Tom,des moines

    If Obama get the nominee, he should get Osama 2 b his running mate.

    March 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. Paul

    Spoken like the true loser Pelosi is. She is supposed to be the leader of the Democratic party and she is the most pathetic person in politics today. Pelosi, as a life-long Democrat, you insult our party and I'm embarressed to be a Democrat because of you and Obama.

    March 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. JCL, Kentucky

    I will vote for the Dream Ticket and ONLY for the Dream Ticket!!!

    If the nominee is incapable of reaching out to their opponent for the sake of unity, then they will be incapable of reaching out to the Republicans for the sake of unity.

    The first challenge the nominee will face is to unify the party. If their ego interferes with that and they snub the other candidate, that will be PROOF that the nominee is NOT the real deal who will lead us into the future.

    March 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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