Obama Under Pressure to Choose Clinton as Running Mate

June 5, 2008

Barack Obama campaigns in Bristol, VA on Thursday. His campaign stop in Virginia starts just as Hillary Clinton drops out of the Democratic Primaries race on Saturday and endorses her former rival, Barack Obama will be under more pressure than ever to pick her as his running mate.

In an e-mail this morning, Clinton thanked her supporters saying "I have said throughout this campaign that I would strongly support Senator
Obama if he were the Democratic Party's nominee -- and I intend to deliver on that promise."

Clinton met again this morning with supporters at her Washington, DC home and examined her options. Many in Washington are speculating
about what role Hillary might want, but for now, her supporters are focused on the vice presidential spot. Supporters say Clinton can deliver the votes Obama will need to win in November.

News poll shows, an Obama-Clinton ticket would go over well with the party's voters. 59-percent of the Democrats polled said, he should choose her as his running mate.

But Obama's campaign reportedly isn't buying in, just yet. Top Democrats like former president Jimmy Carter and Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell believe Obama can unify the party on his own.

Obama has a team looking into possible Vice Presidential candidates. But, he's staying quiet about who's on the list -- as he campaigns in Virginia.


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