Obama speaks with Clinton on party unification

The day after Barack Obama claimed the Democratic nomination and Hillary Clinton sort of insinuated she’s not quite ready to concede it, the two have spoke on the phone about party unification in the coming weeks. Not too many details other than a plan to “unify” the party in the coming weeks.

Video report from RNN:

Story from Breitbart:

WASHINGTON (AP) – Barack Obama spoke directly with his vanquished rival Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday and expressed optimism they could achieve party unity after their bruising battle for the Democratic presidential nomination. He also accused Republican rival John McCain over of supporting a “plan for staying, not a plan for victory” in Iraq.

As he traded jabs with McCain over national security policy, Obama visited the Senate where Democrats and Republicans shook his hand and congratulated him. The Illinois senator disclosed he had spoken with Clinton, who was not in the Senate, earlier on the day after he claimed the nomination and she stopped short of conceding.

“I just spoke to her today, and we’re going to be having a conversation in coming weeks. And I’m very confident how unified the Democratic party’s going to be to win in November,” Obama told reporters as he left the Senate.

Asked if Clinton indicated she planned to concede, Obama replied, “It wasn’t a detailed conversation. As I said, I’m very confident of how we’re going to be able to bring the party together.” He dismissed a question about her refusal to concede after the final two primaries Tuesday night by saying she was “understandably focused on her supporters.”

So no deal has been struck as of yet and it appears this process may drag on a bit longer. I think it’s quite clear that the Clinton campaign has some demands they want met before she’s willing to actually concede the race and suspend her campaign.

She has some leverage since she’s still part of the headlines until she concedes to Obama and settles the dispute.

My prediction is that since it was floated yesterday that she’s now open to the vice presidency, I’m thinking that is where she’s angling. She received more popular votes, including Michigan and Florida, so she has an argument to make that Obama needs her on the ticket.

She did, however, praise Obama on his stated support for Israel earlier today:

We shall see in the coming days..