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Dream Ticket or Democratic Nightmare?

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

March 6, 2008

The 2008 run for the White House seems to be historic in many ways and it's clear democrats remain divided on who should get the party's nomination. But some are raising the question why not please everyone.

With all the election back and forth between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama it was only a matter of time before someone said why not put both of them on the ballot in November. That someone who spoke up was Hillary Clinton.

On the CBS Early Show Wednesday Clinton actually recognized the idea and said she would consider being on the "dream ticket".
Some experts say this so called dream ticket may not be a match made in democratic heaven and could be a nightmare for the entire party.

“You would have candidates from two very blue states Clinton from New York and Obama from Illinois. It's unlikely that together they're going to be able to turn a whole lot of red states, red republican states, blue come the general election,” explained Matt Smyth, UVa Center for Politics.

Smyth says right now the likeliness of a joint run is about 50-50 and so are local opinions.

“It seems to me that it is not a very likely thing to come to pass,” said Fred Hudson, Chair of the Albemarle County Democratic Party.

“That's up to them, I don't have an opinion,” said Kristin Szakos, Co-Chair of Local Obama Campaign.

“I think it would absolutely phenomenal. I think it would bridge numerous gaps. It would certainly be a dream ticket, but it's going to be very difficult for these two teams to come together,” said Jonathan Blank, Charlottesville Democratic Committee Co-Chair.

Situations like this have happened before. Rivals John f. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson worked it out, but the most recent example was John Kerry and John Edwards.

Political insiders say if Hillary Clinton gets the nomination she'd be under more pressure to pick Barack Obama, but the same is not true for him.


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