Clinton Never Was in Running for Veep Slot

Already-strained relationship exploited by McCain ad
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 26, 2008 12:38 PM CDT
Clinton smiles as she campaigns for Obama Friday, August 8, 2008.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – In a meeting soon after Hillary Clinton conceded the nomination, Barack Obama told her he probably wouldn’t select her for the VP slot, sources close to the conversation told the Washington Post. She had requested that he not put her through a charade of vetting if she wasn't a serious candidate; he didn’t want to raise false hopes and knew after the rough primary season that the two wouldn’t make a good match.

With John McCain milking the dispute in a commercial criticizing Obama for not choosing her, the issue has renewed anger among already-sore Hillary partisans. Still, aides say she genuinely wants Obama to win, and she'll “go above and beyond” for Obama’s campaign, “both because she wants a Democrat in the White House and because she does not want to be blamed if we don't have one.”