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2008-05-22 08:28
Financial Times: Hillary pregateste ultimele negocieri inainte de a-si recunoaste infrangerea

Cu 2 obiective posibile:
a) Includerea pe "ticket"-ul lui Obama, in calitate de vicepresedinta;

b) Un ajutor financiar pentru acoperirea celor 20 de milioane de deficit in campanie.
FT: US elections 2008
Analysis: Clinton focuses on exit strategy
By Andrew Ward in Washington

Published: May 21 2008 04:54 | Last updated: May 21 2008 04:54

Millions of Americans made a choice on Tuesday evening between a fresh-faced rising star who appeals to young voters and a more experienced candidate whose support is concentrated among older people.

It sounds like Barack Obama versus Hillary Clinton. But while the Democratic rivals fought themselves to a score draw in the latest round of primary elections, many Americans were focused on the clash between teen heart-throb David Archuleta and gritty rocker David Cook in the final of American Idol, the popular TV talent contest.

In depth: US campaign 2008 - May-20Video: Clinton takes Kentucky - May-21McCain wary of close ties with Bush - May-20Obama sees prize within reach - May-21McCain ups pressure on Obama over Cuba - May-20Endgame brings out the best in Democrats - May-20For months, the Democratic presidential race could compete with any reality TV show for drama. But the suspense has steadily subsided since Mrs Clinton’s disappointing performance in the Indiana and North Carolina primaries a fortnight ago all but guaranteed Mr Obama the nomination.

Tuesday’s results - a landslide win for Mrs Clinton in Kentucky and a comfortable victory for Mr Obama in Oregon - appeared unlikely to make any difference to the outcome.

Mr Obama has now won a majority of the delegates available in the state contests and stands just over 100 short of the 2,026 delegates needed to end the race.

Mrs Clinton will continue the pretence that she is still fighting for the nomination. In reality, however, all that remains to be decided is the timing and terms of her defeat.

The former first lady says she intends to collect as many votes and delegates as possible in the remaining primaries in Puerto Rico, South Dakota and Montana and push for her disputed victories in Michigan and Florida to be counted.

But, barring an unexpected implosion by the Obama campaign, Mrs Clinton’s aim is no longer the nomination but instead to strengthen her bargaining position before exiting the race.

Many analysts believe she hopes to use her leverage to secure a place on the Democratic ticket as Mr Obama’s running mate. Others say she wants help clearing her $20m campaign debts in return for dropping out.

Clinton officials have made clear that they expect the nomination to be decided long before the Democratic convention in Denver in August – signalling that she intends to concede soon after the final primaries on June 3.

There have been numerous signs over recent days that the party is already unifying around Mr Obama – including Mrs Clinton’s swift defence of her rival after he came under attack from President George W. Bush over his policy towards Iran.

Both candidates and their surrogates have become markedly less hostile towards each other on the campaign trail, preparing the ground for their eventual reconciliation.

A fortnight ago, when Mrs Clinton still held out hope of prevailing, Paul Begala, a well-known Democratic strategist and Clinton loyalist, warned that the party could not hope to win the White House with Mr Obama’s coalition of “eggheads and African-Americans”. On Tuesday, in contrast, he could be heard on CNN speaking enthusiastically about Mr Obama and voicing confidence about the party’s ability to unite around him.

The results in Kentucky, however, revealed the deep divisions that must be healed among Democrats if Mr Obama is to win the White House.

Two-thirds of Clinton supporters told exit pollsters they would not vote for Mr Obama in November, with more than 40 per cent willing to support Mr McCain and 23 per cent planning to stay home if he is the nominee. Similar sentiment was found among Democrats in neighbouring West Virginia, another largely white, working class state where Mrs Clinton won by a landslide last week.

No president has won the White House without Kentucky since John F. Kennedy, reinforcing Mrs Clinton’s claim that she has the best chance of winning the crucial swing states that provide the key to the White House. Until a few weeks ago, Mrs Clinton made that argument in the genuine hope of persuading Democratic “superdelegates” to give her the nomination. Now, many believe the message is designed to convince Mr Obama that he cannot win without her on the ticket.

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