Obama: It Ain't Over Til First Lady Sings

Says he's not nominee yet, calls VP talk 'presumptuous'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2008 5:30 PM CDT
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., smiles during an interview taping with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, left, on "The Situation Room" in Washington, Thursday, May 8, 2008.    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Just about every political bigwig is calling the race for Barack Obama—but not the Democrat himself. "We've still got some work to do," he told CNN today, making sure to heap praise on Hillary Clinton. Asked whether she could be his running mate, he said it would be "presumptuous" to answer but noted, "Obviously, she'd be on anybody's short list."

Obama said if he's "lucky enough" to become the nominee, he would look forward to the campaign against John McCain because of "stark contrasts" between the two. He equated McCain with the "failed policies of the Bush administration" and said one of his priorities would be to rebuild America's waning influence. "The world wants to see the US lead."