Saturday, March 8, 2008

Obama: No VP

This is big news:
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. . . .
Q: 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. . . .
OK, candidates often say things they don't really mean. So there's the possibility that, if Hillary manages to win the nomination, Obama will change his mind about the No. 2 spot on the ticket.

However, consider the possibilities if Obama is serious about refusing the running-mate role. This is a Democrat who got 87 percent of the black vote in Ohio. So if Hillary wangles enough super-delegates and wins do-overs in Michigan and Florida, won't Obama's supporters -- and especially his black supporters -- feel that he's been cheated out of the nomination? And then, for him to refuse to run on the same ticket with her . . .

If ever there was a time for the GOP to call on The Man of Steele, that would be it.

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