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Question: Would a Clinton-Obama ticket be good for the Democratic Party?

Mo Rocca:I think an Obama-Clinton ticket would be a little too much to take. I think it would just . . . Regardless of whatever merits it might have . . . And it might have a lot of merits. It might make a lot of sense on substance. It just would . . . It just cries out to be mocked as the Democratic Party being so pleased with itself how far it’s come; the celebration of the gorgeous mosaic. And you know what? I say that, but then again who knows? We’ve already been really surprised by this. I will say that . . . to give myself credit, that when Obama entered the race, you know, the conventional wisdom on race has never held true. I mean people are very . . . This is a country that worships Oprah Winfrey. I mean the woman gets people to read books, which is a far harder thing to do than to get them to vote. I mean to actually read books . . . So you know and she’s a black woman . . . I think it was always more complicated than a lot of people said, “Oh, a black man can’t be elected president.” I mean even if he doesn’t get the nomination, it’s clear at this point that he could be elected president, that there are circumstances under which he could. I mean it’s . . . You know especially in these . . . in these . . . And by the way there is one conventional wisdom going around after Super Tuesday that, well, she won the important Democratic states; but he won the states that Democrats can’t win, so it doesn’t mean anything. Well that’s kind of silly. I think you could . . . You could flip it around and say all the states that she won – those Democratic states – if he were the nominee he’d win them anyway because the margins were close enough. It wasn’t like California, you know, ignored Obama. But in fact his winning these other states, a few of them are swing states and are incredibly important states.

Recorded on: 2/14/08



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