Hillary Clinton's and Barack Obama's campaigns today firmly knocked down reports that her people are in contact with his people about being his running mate.
UPDATE: Clinton, herself, told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader editorial board today that there have not been any V.P. talks and that she is not planning any such discussions, the Associated Press is reporting.
"It is flatly untrue and it is not anything I'm entertaining. It is nothing I have planned and it is nothing I am prepared to engage in. I am still vigorously campaigning."
Still, a citizens group is hoping for a repeat of 2004: It started an online petition for Senator John F. Kerry to pick John Edwards, and he did.
Now, Citizens Consent has a website for a petition calling on Obama to select Clinton.
"Barack Obama’s leadership has inspired a new generation to participate in politics. Hillary Clinton’s experience and perseverance will strengthen the ticket," the petition says. "We ask you to sign our petition calling for Barack Obama as President and Hillary Clinton as Vice President, a ticket that will be unbeatable this November."
Also, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, a staunch Clinton supporter, said today that she believes that if Obama becomes the nominee he should select Clinton as his running mate, the Associated Press reported.
"I think as this race has emerged each one of them has garnered a different constituency and different states, and therefore when you put the two of them together it forms, I believe, the strongest ticket," she told the AP. "Women feel very strongly about Hillary and African-Americans feel very strongly about Barack, and the election results show that, and the young versus old, the higher educated versus the working person ... All these things are sort of separated out into one or the other so there is a logic in combining the two constituences."
Public opinion polls and exit polls of voters have also shown support for the so-called dream ticket, but many pundits and Democrats don't think it will happen. That doesn't deter Citizens Consent.
"Citizen involvement is a cornerstone of Senator Obama's campaign, and frankly, a foundation of our democracy. We've seen millions of new voters get involved this campaign season. People believe their voices can make a difference, and that's what DraftObamaClinton.com is about," the group's co-founder Jim Spencer, a Boston-based political consultant, said in a statement.
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