The US is waiting for Hillary Clinton to throw her support behind Barack Obama for American president. He has already claimed the Democrat nomination, but she hasn’t renounced her campaign yet. The two have had secret discussions at the home of a US senator. Today it should become clear what was said.
“They had a meeting for about an hour,” confirmed Senator Dianne Feinstein. “I sat them in the living room in two comfortable chairs and I left. It was just the two of them, and it was a private meeting.”
Aides say Hillary would accept the role of Vice-President. But the Obama camp has not made any comment on that possibility so far.
“This election has been deeply personal for her,” said Feinstein. “She has found a constituency of people out there who have responded to her, and love and care about her, and in the life we lead this is a very big deal. She wants to see that their issues, their interests, are represented.”
The idea of having, Hillary, and probably husband Bill, over his shoulder may not best please Obama.
But he does want the votes of her supporters. How to achieve that will have been the crux of these negotiations. In the end it will come down to what the party needs to heal its wounds.