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BREAKING POLITICS 3pm 6-3-08 CNN: Hillary Clinton Willing to Take VP Slot on Obama Ticket
Tuesday, Jun 03, 2008 12:57pm

ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE From CNN (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town)  BREAKING POLITICS:  3pm  6-3-08  CNN is reporting that Hillary Clinton is willing to take the Vice-Presidential slot on a Barack Obama ticket. Today is the final day of state primaries for the Democrats: Montana and South Dakota.  A total of 31 delegates at stake.  

Already, tt's being reported that a number of superdelegates are ready to announce their support for Barack Obama, theoretically putting Obama over the top for the magic number of 2,118 needed for the nomination. 

So, what about the series of rumors: first, Hillary's campaign chair said Clinton is unwilling to concede defeat.  Now, CNN is reporting that New York Democratic lawmakers say that Clinton told them she's open to being Obama's running mate.

What's true, and what's rumor?  For sure, there's no getting around the fact both camps have polarized the electorate in the race for the presidential nominee.  Apparently, one can't win in November, without the other. That leaves the BIG QUESTION: What will Hillary Clinton do? 

On Monday night, a close friend and advisor of the former first lady told CNN that Clinton will say tonight "that she will do whatever it takes" to put a Democrat in the White House. Barack Obama insiders saw that as an indication she would accept an offer to be his running mate if asked.

"In her speech [Tuesday] night, she will convey the message that first and foremost she is committed to Democrats winning in November and will do whatever she's asked to do," the Clinton advisor said.

"She will do whatever it takes to bring the party together to win and whatever is asked of her to make sure the Republicans are defeated," the advisor added.

Even though she discussed being Obama's running mate, her campaign chairman earlier in the day said Clinton was "absolutely not" prepared to concede the race after the polls close tonight in Montana and South Dakota, the final two contests on the primary calendar Tuesday night.

Terry McAuliffe rejected as "100 percent" incorrect an Associated Press report that Clinton is preparing to acknowledge that Obama has the delegates to win the nomination Tuesday night as the five-month Democratic primary process comes to a close.

Obama "doesn't have the numbers today, and until someone has the numbers the race goes on," McAuliffe told CNN.

Clinton continues to fight Obama in the Democratic primary season. Some 61 contests over five months will end Tuesday as Montana and South Dakota hold primaries.  

Only 31 pledged delegates are at stake in those two contests.

Obama on Tuesday had 2,083 delegates, just 35 delegates shy of the 2,118 needed to clinch the nomination, after a number of superdelegates announced their support for the senator from Illinois.

There are 193 superdelegates who have not backed a candidate.

Former President Jimmy Carter and Rep. James Clyburn, the No. 3 Democrat in the House and the highest ranking African-American in Congress, were two of the most prominent superdelegate endorsements that Obama picked up.


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