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Obama- "You Won't See Me as a VP Candidate"

Did the Illinois Senator really rule it out?

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 transcipt of what he said.

Q: You've 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 it's premature. You won't see me as a vice presidential candidate -- you know, I'm 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 I'm really focused on right now, because all that stuff is premature, is winning this nomination and changing the country.

From the transcript, it sounds like Obama is saying it is too early to be talking VP, especially since he has the lead. Feel free to disagree.

My take- It is many times more likely Obama would be Clinton's running mate than vice versa. Hillary doesn't want to be 2nd banana and then you got to factor in Bill. If Hillary loses, I predict she don't run for re-election to the Senate in 2012.


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Comments (3)

Say what you want about Oba... (Below threshold)

Say what you want about Obama, and I will agree to most.
but he is an intelligent SOB I seriously doubt we will ever see him with a Clinton standing one heartbeat away from taking his place as President.

Hillary needs Obama. Obama ... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Hillary needs Obama. Obama does not need Hillary.

If Hillary gets the nomination, she will need to ask Obama to be the first black VP because there will be a lot of resentment among the blacks and the rabid Obamaists. It would be better for her Administration if she had a VP with more experience than Obama, but she would piss off a large chunk of the Dem faithful and lose the general election.

If Obama gets the nom, he will need to NOT ask Hillary to be VP because half the country does not like her and she has nowhere near the experience necessary to be VP. Obama is so lacking in experience that he needs a VP that knows how to get things done on an executive level.

I agree that Hillary will b... (Below threshold)

I agree that Hillary will be under tremendous pressure to ask Obama to join her on the ticket, if she gets the nomination. But that would be painful for her, because he would be the star of the ticket. Poor Hillary the ice queen, upstaged again by an attractive, charismatic male. And poor Bill would really be a third leg -- a monumental sacrifice for the Clintons.

But what would Obama gain by being second banana to Hillary? There is room for only two leaders in the Clinton II White House, and those two leaders will be Bill and Hillary. What's more, Obama also doesn't need the career lift that a VP nomination usually gives a politician. Even if he doesn't win the nomination this time, he is already the top contender for 2012. Most importantly -- putting himself in any position where the Clintons will have the ability to control his future career in politics would be an incredibly stupid move.






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