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Clinton vows to stay, maybe as VP / Agence – France Presse

Clinton vows to stay, but maybe as vice president

From correspondents in Shepherdstown and Steve Holland in Washington

May 08, 2008 05:25am

Article from: Agence France-Presse

US Democrat Hillary Clinton vowed to stay in the party’s bitter White House race, despite mounting pressure to hand the baton over to rival Barack Obama and talk that she might be the vice-presidential running mate.

“I am staying in this race until there is a nominee,” Senator Clinton said in West Virginia, which holds its presidential primary next Wednesday. “I am going to work as hard as I can to become that nominee.”

The former first lady had leapt straight back onto the campaign trail after being trounced by Senator Obama in yesterday’s North Carolina primary and winning by only a hair’s breadth in Indiana.

But the results triggered swift calls today for her to end the party’s agony, and step down to allow the healing process to begin ahead of the November presidential elections.

George McGovern, the Democrats’ defeated presidential candidate in 1972, urged the New York senator to step aside as he threw his support behind Senator Obama.

“I do not see how she has much chance of pulling out the nomination now, and I think it is important for Democrats to get united to win the general election in November,” Mr McGovern, who previously supported Senator Clinton, told Fox News.

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Some Democrats are now talking about the possibility of Senator Obama taking Senator Clinton on as his vice-presidential running mate.

“It’s something that this party is going to have to think very seriously about in the next few weeks,” Harold Ford, a former US congressman who is chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, told MSNBC after Senator Obama yesterday won easily in North Carolina and ran surprisingly strong in Indiana.

Some Democrats say Senator Obama could go a long way toward patching up differences in the party by picking his battle-hardened opponent to serve as his running mate for the campaign against Republican John McCain in the November election.

According to a CBS News/New York Times poll released last week, a majority of both Obama and Clinton voters say they would favour a so-called “Dream Ticket” involving both candidates.  Link to complete story>>

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