We were told earlier in the week by Gov. Steve Beshear’s spokesperson that it was the Governor’s prerogative to wait until the KY Democratic Party convention this Saturday to make his announcement on the Democratic presidential nomination. With Hillary all but conceding with her farewell letter, it’s safe for Gov. Beshear to endorse Sen. Barack Obama, but with he’s added a strange (not so subtle) caveat — pick Hillary as the Veep.
From Gov. Beshear:
“For the last several months Democrats across the nation have engaged in a spirited contest for our party’s presidential nomination. That contest is now over. Senator Obama now has enough delegates and will be the Democratic nominee for President…
We need to put forth the strongest possible ticket this fall. Therefore, I have written personal letters to both Senator Obama and Senator Clinton, urging Senator Obama to select Senator Clinton as his running mate and urging Senator Clinton to accept any such offer. In my opinion, such a ticket would be unbeatable.”
From ABC News:
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, one of Clinton’s most vocal surrogates, shot down this very idea in an interview Wednesday with NY1 News.
Rendell reminded Clinton and her supporters that the choice for vice president belongs solely to Obama.
“He has to make the choice, and it’s his choice to make,” said Rendell. “You don’t bargain with the Presidential nominee. Even if you’re Hillary Clinton and you have 18 million votes, you don’t bargain.”
What did Twain say about the Bluegrass again? (pb)