The story is coming officially from Reuters and is confirming what I said a few days ago. It has clearly become a calculated position from the Clinton campaign to keep inferring that Obama would be Hillary Clinton’s choice for Vice President should she win the nomination.
Here’s the scoop from Reuters:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hillary and Bill Clinton are again teaming up on Barack Obama — this time saying the first-term U.S. lawmaker, whom they have derided as inexperienced, would be a strong running mate on a Democratic presidential ticket headed by the former first lady.
In talking up a joint ticket, the Clintons may be seeking the upper hand, attempting to put her in consideration for the top of the ticket when she so far has failed to win the votes necessary to assure that she would face Republican presidential candidate John McCain in the November election.
The maneuver may also be aimed at countering an image in voters’ minds of Obama as presidential material and at helping restore an aura of inevitability as the party’s nominee that Clinton had early in the campaign but lost.
“The Clintons are in a difficult position,” said Dennis Goldford, a political science professor at Drake University in Iowa, who has tracked the presidential race.
“If she wins the Democratic presidential nomination, she would need Obama’s supporters. But she needs to be careful. If this talk of him on the ticket is seen as a cynical maneuver, it could backfire and hurt her,” Goldford said.
I don’t think there’s much to lose here on the part of the Clinton’s. Clearly Obama has the upper hand at this point in delegates and the Clinton campaign needs pull out all the stops. Most Democratic voters like both candidates and want what they consider the “dream” ticket of Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton.
The Clinton’s are now wagering that more voters will pull the lever for Hillary Clinton in the primaries if they believe a Barack Obama will be attached to the general ticket come November. In a way, it’s a slap to Obama who has run a good campaign in terms of being able to bring in huge amounts of new donors and create excitement among college-age voters.
Still, team Clinton may see this as their last resort to capturing the nomination given the delegate math that now holds in Obama’s favor.
Video report from ABC News:
Obama hasn’t been very receptive to such talk and why should he? He leads in the delegate count.