Today Mississippi votes in what is almost a guaranteed win for Barack Obama. Barack Obama used the last couple of days of campaigning to completely debunk any rumors of him joining any Hillary Clinton ticket. However, Hillary Clinton, may have hit her mark as is evidenced by the defensive tone in Barack Obama’s response:

COLUMBUS, Miss — Sen. Barack Obama delivered an animated rebuke today of suggestions from the Clintons in recent days that he could run as her vice president.

“Now first of all with all due respect, with all due respect,” he said here during a town hall meeting. “I won twice as many states as Sen. Clinton. I won more of the popular vote than Sen. Clinton. I have more delegates than Sen. Clinton. So I don’t’ know how someone in second place can offer the vice presidency to someone in first place. If I was in second place I could understand but I am in first place right now.

He referenced comments from Bill Clinton in 1992 that his “most important criteria” for vice president was that person must be ready to be commander in chief.

“They have been spending the last two or three weeks” arguing that he is not ready to be commander in chief, Obama said.

“I don’t understand. If I am not ready, how is it that you think I should be such a great vice president?” Obama asked the crowd, which gave him a standing ovation during his defense. “I don’t understand.”

“You can’t say he is not ready on day one, then you want him to be your vice president,” Obama continued. “I just want everybody to absolutely clear: I am not running for vice president. I am running to be president of the United States of America.”

I think Hillary Clinton finally found a way to goad Barack Obama. A rational response would have to offer Hillary Clinton the opportunity to be his vice president – an idea as preposterous as Barack Obama serving under Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton sought to show how similar their views are since offering Barack Obama the vice presidency negates his change platform. Barack Obama not offering her the vice presidency back put him on the defensive and casts doubt on his ability to assert himself in a tough situation.

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