McGovern Flips to Obama, Urges Hillary to Drop Out

But camp reveals event on economy, signaling she'll stick around
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 10:42 AM CDT
With the pictures of former democratic presidents Kennedy and Johnson behind him, Sen. George McGovern introduces Sargent Shriver as his new vice presidential running mate.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Top Hillary Clinton backer and former Democratic nominee George McGovern is switching his endorsement to Barack Obama—and urging Hillary to step aside, the AP reports. McGovern said it was now all but impossible for Clinton to prevail; the party’s choice in 1972, he said he would call Bill to relay the news.

But the Clinton camp is signaling this morning it will continue to fight on, announcing an appearance at a public event in West Virginia today, despite earlier canceling all campaign stops, Talking Points Memo reports. The candidate will speak at a “Solutions for the American Economy" event in Shepherdstown.