No way, José – Obama rejects Clinton joint-ticket as VP

Sen Barack Obama, ahead of yesterday’s primaries in Mississippi which he won, effectively ended speculation he might drop out of the race to join rival Sen Hillary Clinton on a joint Presidential ticket as Sen Clinton’s Vice-President, stating clearly that he was in the lead in the delegate count and would therefore not consider the proposal, recently widely discussed by Sen Clinton’s supporters and campaign.

Speaking at a rally in Mississippi (Sen Clinton was out campaigning in Pennsylvania, the next big delegate-rich state), Mr Obama told the crowd, “I’m not running for vice president. I am running for president of the United States of America; I am running to be commander-in-chief.”

Obama quote

He also attacked the Clinton campaign over its consistent line that he is not ready to be president due to his lack of foreign policy experience (not helped by the fact a key foreign policy aide had to quit over remarks made), asking “I’m not ready, how is it that you think I would be such a great vice president?”

Sen Clinton’s campaign has hit back, saying Obama has yet to meet “the national security threshold”, but a spokesman said that the idea of a joint ticket “is not something that she would rule out at this point.”

Times Online article
BBC News article

He ended up winning nearly 61% of the popular vote in the state to Sen Clinton’s 37%, although Mississippi has the largest African-American population in the union and so this result was perhaps to be expected. Of the 33 delegates available, I’ve seen at least one projection that gives Sen Obama 19 and Sen Clinton 14.

Also: AP reports that the Texas Democratic caucus results will only be known on March 29.

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