Signs point to Clinton not being VP

July 31, 2008 3:37:42 PM PDT
For supporters of Hillary Clinton who wanted her to be Barack Obama's running mate, the strongest sign yet tonight that won't happen. Sen. Clinton set to speak on the second night of the Democratic Convention next month where running mates traditionally speak on the third night.

Long before Obama captured the nomination,it was the speculation of the campaign.

There was even a website dedicated to putting both Obama and Clinton on the ticket but now that Hillary has accepted a prime speaking role at the convention, the odds of her becoming Obama's running mate seem more and more remote.

Thursday, halted its campaign writing to supporters, "We believe that continuing to ask Obama to pick Hillary is no longer helpful to our party."

"Primarily it seems clear from media reports that Senator Clinton has been asked to speak on Tuesday evening giving the keynote address which would indicate very strongly that sh'e not going to be the Vice-Presidential choice," said Jason Haber.

Insiders really aren't surprised that Clinton seems to be out as a VP pick. They say clinton's odds were never really that good.

"If he's talking about a new paradigm of politics, the Clintons and the Bushes are in essence the old paradigm. So to have them on the ticket together, them meaning both Hillary and Bill, that's a problem. It sort of flies in the face of change here," said Doug Muzzio.

Quite a few Clinton voters have refused to back Obama.

In Wisconsin John McCain met with one former Clinton delegate but Clinton herself has been clear, calling those efforts misguided. Thursday in San Francisco she thanked union supporters and urged them to vote for Obama.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Dave Evans