Barack Obama emphatically said no to running as Hillary Clinton's vice president. Speaking at a town hall campaign event in Mississippi, Obama said, "I don't know how somebody in second place is offering the vice presidency to a person who's in first place." Obama pointed out that he was ahead in popular vote and delegate count and had won twice as many states as Hillary Clinton.
Obama also exposed an inconsistency in the Clinton message. She has said that Obama would not be ready to be commander in chief on day one, yet would still be a responsible VP choice. He went on to say that Clinton was attempting to "hoodwink" voters, and that they should not be confused into thinking that they can have both Clinton and himself on a dream ticket. Voters, Obama said, must make a choice.