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Pelosi Pooh-Poohs the 'Dream Ticket' (Again)

By Chris Cillizza
With the Democratic presidential contest showing no sign of ending any time soon, many within the party -- led by former New York governor Mario Cuomo -- believe the only way to solve the problem is for Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton to share the ticket this fall.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) disagrees.

In an interview with four student journalists as part of mtvU's "Editorial Board," Pelosi revisited comments she made roughly a month ago -- that there was no way that the so-called "Dream Ticket" would come to pass.

"I've just been involved in politics for a very long time and I just don't think that would be the ticket," Pelosi said told the student panel. "Whoever the person is that's running for president is his or her own person. The only time I saw something like this come together was when I was your age, when I was in college, and John F. Kennedy chose Lyndon Johnson."

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Elisabeth: Obama admitted to hearing statements that could be considered controversial. He also clearly stated that did not hear the sermon in the soundbite.

I actually listened to the sermon and in it's original context there is nothing hateful about it. Also, the accusation of the government introducing HIV to the blacks is (while untrue)is not that far fetched considering what the government did to them in Tuskegee.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I have been listening to Barack Obamas speech on race once again. It is performed in a skilful way. But it is a speech under the gallows. Four days earlier Barack Obama he denied that he had heard Rev. Wrights hate sermon on September 11th. Later on Barack Omaba told media - "if Rev. Wright had not left the church I would have done so". Please correct me if I am wrong.

Barack Obama since then has used the race-card in a tactical, skilful and wily way. On the very day when Martin Luther King died he campaigned in Indiana were primary is going to occur on May 6th. I dare say, his main goal wasn´t to honour the memory of Martin Luther King. His selfish goal was to be associated with MLK in the eyes of the voters in Indiana and to campaign for the primary at the same time. Hillary Clinton went to Memphis to honour the memory of MLK and she didn´t misuse that important day.

Barack Obama is not a reliable candidate and he would not be a good President!

Posted by: Elisabeth | April 9, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Mr Loudspeaker is entirely too self-centered and untrustworthy to be on any ticket.

Posted by: Elisabeth | April 9, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

You know, on one of the episodes of the old "Star Trek" series, Captain Kirk wound up in an alternate evil universe where officers on the Enterprise could move up in rank by assassinating their superior officers.

I think I should tape that episode off Nick at Nite and mail it to Sen. Obama. Y'know, just to be on the safe side...

(Anyone notice if Hillary seems to be trying to grow a beard lately...?)

Posted by: whatmeregister | April 9, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is a loser, and worse still, she is a liar. Why on earth would Obama choose her as his veep, knowing full well that the next time she runs for anything, there will be endless showings of her now infamous, and pathological tale of sniper fire. No sane person needs that kind of Albatross.

Yes we can (and we will, without the wicked witch of chicago/little rock/chappaqua).

Posted by: queenskid | April 9, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse


At least I can count on YOU to not vote for Hillary DIANE Clinton in November should she manage to steal the Democratic nomination : )

Posted by: JakeD | April 9, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

If O'Billary is a Dream Ticket-It would have to be called a "Bad" Dream!

The REAL Dream Ticket McRomney; WITH Giuliani, Tancredo, Thompson, Dr. Ron Paul and others in Cabinet Posts!

It is an ACTUAL Team, NOT a Legal Firm! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | April 9, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse


Agreed -- although he has taken money from oil company executives too -- will you join me in pledging to NOT vote for her in November if she manages to steal the Democratic nomination?


He hasn't won yet; it ain't over until the fat lady sings!!!

Posted by: JakeD | April 9, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Sure she offered it to him. She's also permanently in second place, unless the superdelegates override the vote. How would you feel if after winning a very hard fought contest you were offered #2 by the person you just beat?

Posted by: gmundenat | April 9, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I cannot imagine any candidate wanting Clinton on their ticket; they would have to have eyes in the back of their heads to make sure they weren't being stabbed in the back.
I wouldn't buy a used car off the Clintons; they are slick self-serving opportunists, who have sold themselves to the rich lobbyists.

Posted by: Patricia | April 9, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse


Will you join me in pledging to NOT vote for her in November if she manages to steal the Democratic nomination?

Posted by: JakeD | April 9, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

HRC has continued to alienate me throughout the campaign and I live in her state. She is entirely too self-centered and untrustworthy to be on any ticket; be it on the top or the bottom.

Posted by: jencm | April 9, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

While Pelosi is probably only trying to manage expectations, guided by her own experience, I think it would be more beneficial for the Party elite to be trying to sell a concilliatory ticket to the candidates themselves via the media! Of course, hate to say it, Hillary has waged a campaign where she puts most of the cards in Baracks favor. In giving Hillary a tap for the VP slot Barack would cement his magnanimous mythos but I don't think anyone will blame him if he doesn't do so. Hillary, on the other hand, almost has to offer it to Barack or risk (based again, on the campaign she's run) splitting the party. Hillary's supporters are loyal to her but not acrimonious to Barack. Contrary to spin, they WILL vote for him should he win the nomination. [See the latest Pennsylvania poll movement!] I don't see that happening the other way around due to the bed she and Bill have made for all Democrats this cycle.

Posted by: Othello | April 9, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse


Cindy LEE Sheehan is running for Nancy PATRICIA Pelosi's seat, so make sure you urge anyone you know who lives in most of San Francisco (8th Cong. District) to vote for Cindy!!! Even if Nancy "Impeachment's Off the Table" Pelosi left her post, and assuming the Democrats retain control of the House, there won't be a GOP replacement for Speaker.

Posted by: JakeD | April 9, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Nancy Pelosi, stepping in and saying that one candidate (Mrs. Clinton) really cannot bash the other candidate (Senator Obama) for almost an entire year and then expect to share the ticket with that person. Elisabeth, are you suggesting Speaker Pelosi should leave her position and give it up to the Republicans (how would you like to have Speaker Boehner presiding over the body that taxes you?) I would not, the Republicans have failed us, people should support Pelosi, her and her Party are the only chance of saving this country from the Far Right Wing.

Posted by: Marc Reynolds | April 9, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | April 9, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse


Perhaps, but didn't she basically try to offer the VP spot to him recently? All's fair in love, war, and politics.

Posted by: JakeD | April 9, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Powers of reasoning and FREE ADVERTISING!
Candy that tastes bad has to have a beautiful package if it´s supposed to be selling well! Think twice about bribes, cheating, advertising and misuse of power and money! Pelusi should be ashamed of herself and leave her post at once.
Vote for Hillary Clinton

Posted by: Elisabeth | April 9, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Hillary feels not only entitled, but betrayed by many that supported Bill. This is way, way beyond acrimonious.

Posted by: gmundenat | April 9, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Ronald WILSON Reagan choose George HURBERT WALKER Bush after an acrimonious primary fight as well?

Posted by: JakeD | April 9, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi - why don't you start working on your own promises to america?

Grow a spine and do something! Your support of the bush policies has been shameful!

Posted by: Remove Pelosi | April 9, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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