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Clinton may no longer be Obama's running mate

world Updated: Jul 29, 2008 11:59 IST
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Former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, who engaged Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama in a tough nomination battle, may no longer be in the reckoning for his running mate, a media report has said.

There is mounting evidence that Obama's interest in Clinton for the post has faded considerably, said the New York Times, pointing out that his advisers have discussed Clinton's role at the Democratic convention next month in a way that suggests they are not thinking of her as the candidate.

When Obama appeared on NBC channel's "Meet the Press" on Sunday he offered a description of the kind of person he was looking for, hinting it would not be someone who was strongly identified with Washington -- a choice that appears to leave out Clinton, the Times said.

Meanwhile, Clinton has told associates in recent days that she thinks there is little chance Obama will pick her and that the public pronouncements made by some of his aides that she is under review were nothing more than a courtesy.

Clinton, the daily said, has not been asked to provide written documentation to the committee vetting background of candidates for Obama. Although she needs less flyspecking than anyone else considering how long she has been in public life.

The silence from that corner, however, is being taken by Clinton's advisers as evidence of her not being on the list.

But boosters of the New York senator have not given up.

"If he picks Hillary he gets her 18 million supporters and we would win in a cakewalk and control the White House for 16 years," Terry McAuliffe, who was chairman of her campaign, told the Times Sunday in an interview.

Yet McAuliffe, in a separate interview on MSNBC, seemed to acknowledge Clinton's diminished chances when he said he expected her role at the convention to consist of delivering a speech on Tuesday night.