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Friday, June 6, 2008

Clinton Obama Hold Secret Talks

From the AP:

Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton met rival Barack Obama face-to-face with no one else present, hours before her campaign formally announced she would endorse him Saturday at an event in Washington.

California Sen. Diane Feinstein said Friday the two Democratic presidential candidates arrived separately at her home for their Thursday night meeting. Feinstein said she took them to her living room, where they sat "in two comfortable chairs facing one another" and then she left the room. No one else was present during the meeting and nothing was served except water.

"There was a desire on both sides, I think, to have private meeting," Feinstein said.

Clinton and Obama went to great lengths to keep their meeting a secret from the media beforehand.

Feinstein, who had supported Clinton throughout the primaries, told reporters the former first lady called her Thursday afternoon and asked for the use of her house.

Obama "was very gracious," Feinstein said. "He said he would go wherever, whenever Sen. Clinton wanted."

"This is a deeply personal time, too, you know," Feinstein said. "Barack is trying to put things together for a major presidential campaign. There are a lot of decompression and nerve endings that need to come together."

One of Clinton's top supporters, fellow New York Sen. Charles Schumer, said Friday that Clinton would agree to be Obama's running mate if he offered the No. 2 spot to her.

"She has said if Sen. Obama should want her to be vice president and thinks it would be best for the ticket, she will serve, she will accept that. But on the other hand, if he chooses someone else she will work just as hard for the party in November," Schumer told ABC's "Good Morning America."

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