Almost... but Clinton keeps everyone waiting
Wednesday 04 June 2008
Hillary Clinton came close to admitting defeat this afternoon, telling the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee: "I know that Barack Obama will be a good friend to Israel."
She was reassuring members about the Democratic Party's stance on support for Israel, referring to the president's role. She said she was honoured to consider Mr Obama as a friend - but stopped short of conceding defeat formally in the battle for the nomination as Party leader.
She did say, however: ""I know that Senator Obama understands what is at stake here."
In an earlier speech, Barack Obama switched to election mode in his first speech as the Democratic presidential candidate today.
He used it to assure Jewish leaders he would steadfastly safeguard Israel's security if he is elected..
Hours after securing his party's nomination, Mr Obama told 7,000 people gathered in Washington that rumours and suggestions that he is unfriendly to Israel and to Jewish interests are unfounded.
He cited e-mails "filled with tall tales and dire warnings about a certain candidate for president."
Mr Obama told the gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to "let me know if you see this guy named Barack Obama, because he sounds pretty scary."
To applause, he said: "I will never compromise when it comes to Israel's security."
He also praised Mrs Clinton, who has still to announce publicly that she has accepted defeat and also to reveal what she intends to do next.
Her husband and former president Clinton made a public speech in New York but managed to avoid questions about his her presidential campaign.
Bill Clinton's appearance drew a lot of media attention but he left immediately after addressing the 2008 Corporate Philanthropy Summit.
Mrs Clinton said yesterday that she would consult with advisers in the coming days about the fate of her candidacy.
On a conference call with New York colleagues she said she would be willing to become Mr Obama's running mate if it would help Democrats win the White House.
For rolling comment on the US election visit: independent.co.uk/campaign08
- 1 The difference between a psychopath and a sociopath
- 2 It won’t work, Jeremy: The Health Secretary has lost the confidence of the medical profession in his attempt to reform the NHS
- 3 Kim Jong-un awarded global statesmanship prize by Indonesia
- 4 Bobbi Kristina Brown memorial service marred as bitter family row erupts in public
- 5 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
Labour rallies behind Flint as deputy leader to offset a Corbyn win
Kim Jong-un awarded global statesmanship prize by Indonesia
Bobbi Kristina Brown memorial service marred as bitter family row erupts in public
Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
RuPaul interview: The drag star on being inspired by Bowie, never fitting in, and saying the first thing that comes into your head
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality
£17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are a leading company in the field ...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£26041 - £34876 per annum: Recruitment Genius: There has never been a more exc...
£14000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing travel comp...