Obama, Clinton Meet to Unify Democratic Party Ahead of November
By VOA News
06 June 2008
Sen. Barack Obama waves to supporters before speaking at a primary night rally in St. Paul, Minnesota, 3 June 2008
The presumed U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama held a private meeting with rival Hillary Clinton Thursday night, as the two seek to unify the party after their long and bruising nominating contest.
After successfully eluding the media, the two met in Washington at the home of a Senate colleague, Dianne Feinstein. Their campaigns issued a joint public statement saying Obama and Clinton had a "productive discussion" about the November general election, but revealed no further details.
Clinton supporters have launched an effort to convince Obama to select her as his vice presidential running mate. But her campaign says she is not seeking the position, saying the choice is Obama's alone to make.
Sen. Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in New York, 3 Jun 2008
The former first lady will officially suspend her bid for the Democratic nomination and support Obama in a public event in Washington on Saturday.
During a campaign stop Thursday in Virginia, the Illinois senator described Clinton as a "tough" and "outstanding" rival for the party nomination.
Separately, presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain campaigned Thursday in Florida. The Arizona senator told a group of newspaper editors that his policies will help return prosperity to the American people.