Hillary to Supporters: Back Joe

But Clinton backers see mockery in 3am announcement
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2008 6:40 PM CDT
In this Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, file photo, Hillary Rodham Clinton, comments on the weather as Chris Dodd, left, and Joseph Biden talk during a break in the presidential forum in Chicago.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton tried to rally her disappointed supporters behind an Obama-Biden ticket today, praising her “colleague and friend” in a statement. “Sen. Biden will be a purposeful and dynamic vice president,” Clinton said, adding that he was “an exceptionally strong, experienced leader.” Clinton had little realistic chance in the veepstakes, but supporters had held out hope anyway, Politico reports.

Clinton has reportedly been telling friends she wasn’t really interested in the job, but supporters were still angered over reports that she hadn’t even been vetted. Some now see mockery in Obama’s 3am announcement, which they think is a jab at Clinton’s infamous 3am ad. Recent polls have shown that only half of Clinton’s supporters have decided to vote for Obama, while 21% say they’ll back McCain.