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Hillary ready to run as Obama's deputy?

world Updated: Jun 03, 2008 11:37 IST

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With hopes of getting presidential nomination all but over, Hillary Clinton is poised to deliver a message "that she will do whatever it takes" to put a Democrat in the White House apparently signalling that she will accept an offer to be rival Barack Obama's running mate.

"In her speech (after South Dakota and Montana primaries), she (Clinton) will convey the message that first and foremost she is committed to Democrats winning in November and will do whatever she's asked to do," a close friend and adviser of the former first lady who speaks with her regularly and is privy to her deliberations told CNN.

"She will do whatever it takes to bring the party together to win and whatever is asked of her to make sure the Republicans are defeated."

That message has been conveyed to the Obama campaign via informal channels, according to Obama insiders who said the message is a signal that she would be willing to serve as his vice president.

Both the Clinton and Obama campaigns told CNN that there have been no formal discussions between the campaigns on offering the vice presidentship ticket to her.

Obama insiders are split over whether considering Clinton to be on the ticket is a good idea, the report said.

His campaign is on the verge of declaring a victory after the last two primaries are voted today.

Forty-year-old Obama who is on the verge of scripting history by becoming the African American Presidential nominee of a major US party is just 45 delegates short of the magic figure of 2,118. He now commands 2,073 delegates against Clinton's 1,915.5.