Skip to comments.Obama: "You Won't See Me as a VP Candidate"
Posted on 03/08/2008 9:41:20 AM PST by jdm
ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports: While in Casper, Wyo., today Sen. Barack Obama ruled out the possibility being a vice presidential candidate during an interview with CBS' Montana affiliate KTVQ.
Here is a transcript of what he said.
Q: Youve raised $55 million in February and in your speech today you said "I was against the war in 03, 04, 05 -- all the way on through 2010, and you specifically mentioned Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Could you ever see yourself on the same ticket as Senator Clinton?
A: Well, you know, I think its premature. You wont see me as a vice presidential candidate -- you know, Im running for president. We have won twice as many states as Senator Clinton, and have a higher popular vote, and I think we can maintain our delegate count -- but you know, what Im really focused on right now, because all that stuff is premature, is winning this nomination and changing the country. And I think thats what people here are concerned about. How are you going to provide health care to every American? So I spend a lot of time talking about the plan I wanted to put in place that would not only lower costs for those who already have health insurance, but also make sure people who dont have health insurance can get health care as good as the health care I have as a member of Congress. Those are the kinds of issues that really make a difference in peoples lives, and were going to keep on talking about them.
“You Won’t See Me as a VP Candidate” Yes indeed.
Obama has a 75% chance of winning right now.
By closing off the VP line of thinking, he is closing off one of the ‘compromises’ the Clintons would like to have - double-team with her on top. He wants to be top dog and he wont give her the breathing room to push this idea.
He would be crazy to pick the beast as his VP. Then again, maybe I’ll buy stock in that Food Tasting company I’m hearing about!
It worked for don vito
He feels so strongly about the war, don’t you think he’d want to be Hildy’s Secretary of Defense? Or Secretary of Veterans Affairs?
I haven’t listened to one word Newt has said since I learned he was responsible for earmarks. Besides, if Newt knew what was best for this country why didn’t he run? He doesn’t know squat.
An Obama/Clinton would not win as many Clinton supporters to his side, and would likely alienate many of his supporters who hate Clinton and do not want her anywhere near the White House.
Of course this is all a guessing games, as the dynamics of the race keep changing. We should'nt put our money on any one scenario. It will be far easier to build up McCain than try to guess what will become of the Democratic debacle.
And the supers will use this compromise as a way for them to avoid deciding the ticket.
Obama would not want to be the Beast’s VP.
But he would do it, if it came down to that.
They all do.
I think Obama will ask Al Gore to be his VP, if he’s not forced by the supers to accept the Beast-—or she refuses, which, in the end, would be unlikely.
One less thing to worry about...I guess."
I'm not comforted by his statement. Saying "You won't see me as a VP candidate", to me means that he is saying that he is not "running" for the VP slot. I'm not sure at all that he wouldn't accept the "honor" if asked. However, I'm still pulling for BO to knock Hillary out of the race. I don't think he would have someone with her high negatives as his Veep candidate.
In the end, they will all kiss and make up. They always do.
actually a Hillary Obama ticket would be very difficult as it would keep his organization from fleeing if he didn’t win ....not to mention being able to raise 55$ in a month...plus his orgainisation. Both I think will hope the other looses and they can take another shot in 2012. If Hillary looses she won’t help as she could really only run 4 years from now....he can run 4 yrs. or 8 yrs.
Once again, you read it first on a NewLand post! :)
I think a combined ticket would, paradoxically, be weaker but more likely to win.
Weaker because it would magnify the candidates’ weaknesses, which are substantial.
But more likely to win because each candidate can produce a turnout in their respective demographics-—especially Obama-—that would be hard for any Republican candidate to overcome.
Pandora, I think Michelle will surprise us—the depth of her unlikeability has been barely breeched.
[You know, I think hes catching her disease.]
You know, I think yer right!
“Newt said on Hannity & Colmes last night that there’s no way there will be an Obama/Clinton ticket. He said psychologically it just doesn’t work.”
Correct, but he left open the Clinton/Obama possibility.
It’s still out there. In fact, Clinton almost has to pick Obama to reach out. Obama doesnt though.
Why didn’t Ford pick Reagan as his VP guy in 1976?
But what about the high negatives BOTH have? The stats I’ve seen (and I do realize stats are notoriously unreliable)give HRC negatives of 47% nationwide-that’s people who say they WILL NOT vote for he, no matter what. BHO’s negs are 38%. Won’t combining both into one package (whether HRC + BHO, or BHO+ HRC) just exacerbate this? Wouldn’t either one have a better shot of taking the presidency if either candidate chooses an uncontroversial, barely known nationally white male governor, or somesuch? As for the feelings of “betrayal” the followers of whoever is passed over, the DNC counts on those people to ‘rally’ behind whoever’s on the ballot come November-I think the chances of that happening is at LEAST as likely as angry conservatives voting for John McCain, especially if either BHO or HRC is the nominee.
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