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Kennedy not for Clinton as Obama’s VP

Obama Unlikely to Pick Clinton as Running Mate, Kennedy Says
By Kristin Jensen

May 9 (Bloomberg) — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama isn’t likely to pick rival Hillary Clinton as a running mate, according to one of his most prominent supporters.

“I don’t think it’s possible,” Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital With Al Hunt,” airing this weekend.

Kennedy, 76, without naming names, 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,” Kennedy said.

A vice presidential candidate 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.

Kennedy, chairman of the Senate committee that oversees health, education and labor, criticized presumptive Republican nominee John McCain‘s health-care plan. The proposal, which includes a tax credit and federal assistance to states, doesn’t do enough to fix the U.S. system, he said.   Link to complete Bloomberg story>>>

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