The Clinton campaign has gotten rather cheeky – or is sneaky a better word? – with the Obama campaign, suggesting recently that Obama would be a great VP on a Clinton-led ticket. This was offered by Clinton herself as well as media surrogates, such as Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, as if Clinton were the presumptive nominee.
Obama countered by asking why the Clinton campaign would want him as VP when Clinton has said ad naseum that Obama is not ready to lead from “day one,” nor is he prepared to answer that dreaded “3 am” phone call. Furthermore, the Obama campaign dredged up a 1992 statement from Bill Clinton saying a presidential candidate's VP selection must be ready to step in at a moment's notice should something happen to the president.
Clinton campaign communication director Howard Wolfson had thus to backtrack a bit, saying that, of course, the VP offer is not a firm one and that there's a long way to go in the race. All of this adds up to a lot of blather between the two candidates that makes for entertaining inside-politics media coverage during something of a lull in the primary race.
Obama was expected to win the Mississippi primary on Tuesday, but would only take some proportion of a relatively miniscule 33 total delegates, thus not appreciably building on his slim lead.
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