Skip to comments.Obama Says He Will Not Accept VP Spot
Posted on 03/08/2008 1:13:09 PM PST by Anti-Hillary
Campaigning in Casper, Wyo., Friday night for the 12 delegates to come out of Saturday's Democratic county caucuses, Sen. Barack Obama refused the notion of becoming the vice presidential candidate on this fall's party ticket. Obama was asked by a television reporter, "Can you ever see yourself on the same ticket as Sen. Clinton?" And the freshman Illinois senator replied: "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." Many Democrats have long thought of Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama as a dream ticket, offering both the first serious female candidate and the first serious African American candidate for the nation's top two political offices. Clinton surprisingly broached the idea Wednesday morning after she won the popular vote in Texas and Ohio to regain some momentum after 11 straight ... losses, though she still lags far behind in pledged delegates. She mentioned the possibility of a joint ticket again Friday morning during a campaign appearance in Mississippi. Last night was the first time Obama commented on the idea. It's political protocol when presidential candidates are asked about the vice presidency to twist the question back around to the top office and avoid a direct answer. But Obama's response last night was unusually direct and dismissive. The 46-year-old candidate is expected to do well in Wyoming today, as he has done in virtually every caucus state.
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He’s lying. He’d take it in a heartbeat.
Yeah, well this is the same B. Huseein who swore up and down that he would not ever run for President until after he completed his, still uncompleted, first Senate term.
I don't think he's lying. Why would any sane person want to be Hillary's vice-president? Hillary is an arrogant witch for stating the idea that way.
Maybe SHE would be the one needing a VP spot.
“The flag is up!”
No Michelle won’t accept it !
“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.”
Parse it carefully. He doesn’t say he won’t accept the vice presidency. He says it’s premature. He says he’s running for president. He says he’s ahead of hillary in the popular vote and number of states. He says he has more delegates than she does and thinks he can maintain that.
He does NOT say he will never accept a VP slot.
I’m not so sure about that. Although, for strategy he has to say he won’t take it.
Also, I wouldn’t put it past Billary to choose someone else if this ploy helps her get the nomination. What Billary says in a campaign has no bearing on what they really will do.
Agreed. He’d take it because the party would press him for it, as a shot at 16 years in power.
However, he is beating her, and polls still show him the stronger candidate. Sen. Clinton will be begging him for the slot.
“Hes lying. Hed take it in a heartbeat.”
I don’t think so. It would be a big mistake for him.
Have you read the entire recent New Yorker piece, where Michelle O is quoted as saying, in reference to Bill, that she, “wants to scratch his eyes out”.
Hes lying. Hed take it in a heartbeat.”
I don’t think so. I think Hillary would have a hard time finding anyone who would turn their back on Billary in a dark hallway.
Anybody who would put Hillary in the VP spot behind them has a death wish.
The VP position under Hillary will be the end of anyones political career. He’s smarter than I thought he was.
(...think it through, folks.)
HMMM lets see, VP or COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, round and round it goes where it stops no one knows. I know ask your spiritual advisor Oprah and her new age friends I’m sure they can whip out the ol crystal ball and give you a view of the future. Wizards and whiners
who would want to fight Bill Clinton for the last bagel every morning?
If Obama accepted the Beast's offer to be VP, his supporters would look at it as the biggest sell-out in the history of politics.
He's young. He has lots of races ahead if he doen't win this one. He doesn't need to play second-fiddle to Hillary.
people do strange things after landing in bed together...
Which is why I get a chill when folks compare them being on the same ticket with JFK and LBJ.
Not to mention the mischief he could cause her by staying in the senate.
True. Hillary would not be someone I’d want to work near, or for. (not totally hooked on McCain either for the Graciousness Award)
i don’t think Obama is so stupid as to forgo $5 to $15 million annual income for 4 years, while dealing Bill Clinton’s latest faux pas or undermining the VP office for 1,460 days nonstop.
Under Hillary it would be a Vice President in name only, her husband would be the unelected vice president.
I think McCain has a rotten temper and is a bit loopy, but at least there is not a Mysterious Deaths list associated with him . . . .
What if Hillary wins the nom and Mc Lain Picks Obama
Exactly. He’d be an idiot to say, at this point, Yes I would accept being second fiddle to Hillary. That would be a diminishing statement to make, at a point where he is ahead in the race. He did not see he would not accept the VP slot ever — he just said it’s premature to talk about that now. Nothing else to see here, folks, move along.
Bleh, I can’t type today.
“He did not SAY he...”
Wht? I can think of no job less relevant than VP in a dual Clinton Whitehouse. He'd probably be put in charge of maintaining Bill's humidor.
He has no relevant experience to even be considered as President. Everyone was surprised by him. He’d take a VP spot in a heartbeat. IMO.
Like who cares.
I think O'bama would rather stand in front of Michael Moore at a Dunkin' Donuts line than stand between HRC and the Oval Office.
He is not lying.
The headline should have read:
The woman who wears the pants in his family will not allow
her husband, Barack Obama, to play second fiddle to the woman who wears the pants in the Clinton family.
Get prepared. We are going to be the gleeful witnesses to the best cat fight in history before all is said and done.
This run is stepping stone. It gets his name out.
Then I will urge hillary to pick Fred.
About being the veep, his real religion, performing oral sex on a guy when he was doing drugs, or all of the above?
I’d comment, but extrapolation on that statement is sick.
Looks like a classic example of the white man trying to keep a brother down!
It would be suicide to take her on as VP. She'd drag him down at the polls, and would get him whacked later if they won.
Well, let’s not rush to judgment.If O’Bambino takes the VP spot, let’s wait for Rush to tell us whether or not we should vote for the Hillarious/Bambino ticket.
You have nailed it!!! Michelle who wants to “scratch Bill’s eyes out” will never let her man be relegated to second fiddle.
Wait until the black community calls the HillBilly’s racist for making a black man take second place. This thing is going to spin out of control real fast!
This is standard Clinton tactics. Bill Clinton said earlier today that a Clinton-Obama ticket would be hard to beat. They are trying to appeal to the super delegates and the voters that you can nominate Hillary and get Obama as a twofer. The only problem is that Hillary is trailing in delegates and the popular vote.
Nice of Hillary to offer Obama the VP spot when she isn’t even going to be the nominee.
I don’t think so. Can you imagine working for Bill and Hill? No one is that stupid.