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AP: Obama ‘Clinches’ – Hillary ‘Open’ To VP

The DNC’s Associated Press is now breathlessly declaring:

AP tally: Obama effectively clinches nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama has effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, based on an Associated Press tally of convention delegates.

The tally put Obama over the top Tuesday, ahead of the results from the day’s final primaries in Montana and South Dakota. The Illinois senator becomes the first black candidate ever to lead his party into a fall campaign for the White House. Obama outlasted former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in a historic contest and now faces Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona for the presidency.

“Effectively.”

And never mind that the AP’s last report just a couple of hours ago said the great man was still at least “40 delegates shy.”

They really want Mrs. Clinton to drop out.

And again, note that this “news” is being bruited while there are still two polls open.

But after all, this is an hysteric historic moment.

  Update!

An update from the Associated Press:

Clinton says she’s open to being Obama’s VP

By BETH FOUHY and DEVLIN BARRETT, The Associated Press
2008-06-03

WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton told colleagues Tuesday she would be consider joining Barack Obama as his running mate, and advisers said she was withholding a formal departure from the race partly to use her remaining leverage to press for a spot on the ticket.

On a conference call with other New York lawmakers, Clinton, a New York senator, said she was willing to become Obama’s vice presidential nominee if it would help Democrats win the White House, according to a participant who spoke on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to speak for Clinton.

Clinton’s remarks came in response to a question from Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who said she believed the best way for Obama to win key voting blocs, including Hispanics, would be for him to choose Clinton as his running mate.

“I am open to it,” Clinton replied, if it would help the party’s prospects in November.

Clinton also told colleagues the delegate math was not there for her to overtake Obama, but that she wanted to take time to determine how to leave the race in a way that would best help Democrats.

“I deserve some time to get this right,” she said, even as the other lawmakers forcefully argued for her to press Obama to choose her as his running mate.

Aides to the Illinois senator said he and Clinton had not spoken about the prospects of her joining the ticket…

How big of her.

How grand.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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