Clinton in the past tense? Almost with Obama
When asked on Saturday at a rally in Roseburg about party unity, the Illinois senator acknowledged people’s concerns about the length of the nominating process but assured them that Democrats would come out united in the end.
“It was pretty tough and hard fought,” he said about the primary season, describing the former first lady as a “formidable opponent.”
“She was relentless and very effective.”
Was? Note the use of the past tense.
Obama has not wrapped up the nomination and Clinton is still campaigning hard in the remaining primary states.
But the Obama campaign has shifted its focus, at least partly, onto a general election against Republican John McCain. Obama stopped in Michigan and Missouri this week and intends to campaign in Florida and Iowa next week, all of which are states that have already voted and will be crucial to a Democratic win in the fall.
Clinton is seen winning Kentucky on Tuesday while Obama is expected to take Oregon, at which point the campaign predicts he will have more than half of the pledged delegates needed to help secure the nomination. Superdelegates — party leaders and elected officials with the deciding vote in this close race — will follow from there, his camp believes.
Clinton has said she will stay in the race until there is a nominee. The last nominating contest is on June 3.
Photo credit: Reuters/Richard Clement (Obama waits to speak as he is introduced at a town hall campaign event)