Clinton To Acknowledge Obama As Nom, Hold Out For Leverage?
by Josh Orton, Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 07:33:44 AM EDT
Just posted, from the AP wire (via Smith):
The former first lady will stop short of formally suspending or ending her race in her speech in New York City. Obama is 40 delegates shy of clinching the nomination, but he is widely expected to make up the difference Tuesday with superdelegate support and votes in South Dakota and Montana. Once he reaches the magic number of 2,118, Clinton will acknowledge that he has secured the necessary delegates to be the nominee.
She will pledge to continue to speak out on issues like health care. But for all intents and purposes, the two senior officials said, the campaign is over.
Most campaign staff will be let go and will be paid through June 15, said the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge her plans.
The advisers said Clinton has made a strategic decision to not formally end her campaign, giving her leverage to negotiate with Obama on various matters including a possible vice presidential nomination for her. She also wants to press him on issues he should focus on in the fall, such as health care.
I see on a couple blogs, however, that Wolfson is already denying the report.
I will be covering Clinton's
victory speech concession event tonight in NYC - should be interesting to see how she walks this tightrope.
Update [2008-6-3 11:45:19 by Josh Orton]: Not so fast? The Clinton campaign, via email: "The AP story is incorrect. Senator Clinton will not concede the nomination this evening."
I'm starting to get dizzy.