Don't count Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts among Democrats hankering for the so-called dream ticket of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
"I don't think it's possible,'' Kennedy says in an interview on Bloomberg Television's "Political Capital With Al Hunt,'' airing this weekend.
Kennedy, a key early supporter of now likely nominee Obama, seemed to aim some rather biting words Clinton's way, according to Bloomberg. He didn't name names, but he said Obama should pick someone who "is in tune with his appeal for the nobler aspirations of the American people.''
"If we had real leadership -- as we do with Barack Obama -- in the No. 2 spot as well, it'd be enormously helpful,'' added Kennedy.
UPDATE: Kennedy's office disputed that he was referring to Clinton, saying he was asked one question about the possibility of an Obama-Clinton ticket, then responded to questions that were not related to Clinton.
"Senator Kennedy thinks Senator Clinton is more than qualified to be vice president, but doesn't think it's likely given the tenor of the campaign in recent weeks," spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement.
While some Democrats have looked at the demographic divide among Clinton and Obama voters and say the best way to unite the party is for both to be on the ticket, Kennedy has been among those who have been critical of Clinton's attacks on Obama during the primary campaign.
A running mate with national security credentials would be "useful'' though not necessary because Obama, an Illinois senator, has a good understanding of foreign policy, Kennedy said. "I think he's been eloquent; I think he's been incisive; and I think he's been right,'' he said, according to Bloomberg.
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