Election 2008

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Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks to the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee, Wednesday, June 4, 2008, in Washington (AP).

Hillary's Next Move

June 04, 2008 02:31 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Now that Obama has clinched the Democrat nomination, many, including Hillary Clinton herself, are wondering what she will do next.

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“Now the question is: Where do we go from here?" N.Y. Sen. Hillary Clinton asked supporters on Tuesday.

Clinton gave no public indication yesterday of her response to Democrats who are pushing for her to join presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama’s ticket as a vice presidential candidate. "I'll be consulting with supporters and party leaders to determine how to move forward with the best interests of our party and our country guiding my way," Clinton said.

But the Associated Press reported that Clinton told colleagues Tuesday that she would consider being Obama's running mate, and that she had chosen to not formally concede the race so that she could use her remaining leverage to push for a spot on his ticket.

It is unlikely that Clinton will run as an independent candidate, "as that would make her the Ralph Nader of 2008," says a blogger at AmericansDebate.com, who points out that Clinton's future hinges on whether the Obama campaign is willing to have Clinton on the ticket, or even in an eventual cabinet position.

In any case, most agree that Clinton will not fade from the political limelight. Blogs are imagining runs for senate majority leader, or governor of New York, among other options. "She won't be an 800-pound gorilla anymore, but she'll still be a 500-pound gorilla," a Democratic strategist said, according to the New York Daily News. "At a minimum she becomes a lioness of the Senate," the strategist predicted, "a dominant force behind every piece of progressive legislation."

Headline Links: 'Sen. Clinton, down but not out, bucking for VP bid'

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Reference: Recent statement from Clinton

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