Report: Obama-Clinton ticket 'unlikely'

June 4, 2008 at 9:24 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) -- It is unlikely Hillary Clinton will join Barack Obama as the presumptive Democratic U.S. presidential nominee's running mate, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Citing sources in both the Obama and Clinton camps, the newspaper said Wednesday that former President Bill Clinton might be reluctant to release records of his business dealings and information on major donors to his presidential library. Close advisers to Obama, who claimed the nomination Tuesday, told the Journal an Obama-Clinton ticket was highly unlikely, and people in both campaigns said it would be "a deal-breaker" if Bill Clinton refuses to release business and donor records.

Hillary Clinton has indicated a willingness to be considered for vice president but her tenacious refusal to surrender the contest until now has engendered only mixed support for her within the Obama camp, CNN reported Wednesday.

The pairing, however, could produce a so-called dream ticket for Democrats, hoping to shore up Obama's support among white ethnic voters and women who strongly supported Clinton.

Other possibilities, analysts told CNN, include Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., whose strong points include service on the Senate armed services and intelligence committees; Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., whose foreign relations credentials are extensive; New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a former Republican who could help attract Jewish votes; and former NATO commander Gen. Wesley Clark, a staunch Clinton supporter who analysts say could help unite the party.

Other possibilities, CNN said, include Sens. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.; Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell; and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

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