Hillary Clinton made a triumphant return of sorts today to the US Senate, where she arrived for the first time since formally ending her presidential bid on June 7.
Walking into the Capitol, she was greeted with cheers and applause, and stopped to shake hands with interns. She was also honored by fellow Democratic senators at a closed luncheon.
When she emerged, according to MSNBC, she vowed to be "the very best senator I can be and to represent the greatest state in our country."
She told reporters that she's not seeking to be Barack Obama's running mate, saying, "I am not seeking any other position....It is not something that I think about. This is totally Senator Obama's decision and that's the way it should be."
Asked about attempts by Republican John McCain to attract her supporters, Clinton said, "Anyone who voted for me has very little in common with the Republican Party."
"If you care about the issues I care about and the future that I outlined in my campaign, then you really have to stay with us in the Democratic Party and vote Senator Obama to be our next president," she added, according to MSNBC.
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