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Hillary hints at end of race

The World Today - Tuesday, 3 June , 2008 12:30:00

Reporter: Kim Landers

ELEANOR HALL: Could the longest Democrat nomination race in US history finally be coming to an end?

There are signs today that Hillary Clinton may be preparing to bring her campaign to a close and
not take the fight against Barack Obama on to the convention floor in August.

The last of the Democratic presidential nomination races will be held tomorrow and even Bill
Clinton has been hinting that today could be his last day on the campaign trail as Washington
Correspondent Kim Landers reports.

KIM LANDERS: The marathon tussle for the Democratic presidential nomination is nearing its finale
with signs that Hillary Clinton is wrapping up her bid to claim that prize.

When the results come in tomorrow from the final two nominating primary contests, Hillary Clinton
will have taken a rare break from the campaign trail.

She'll be spending election night in her home state of New York, rather than in South Dakota or
Montana where people are going to the polls tomorrow.

But on the campaign trail in South Dakota today, Hillary Clinton was giving no sign she's about to
concede defeat.

HILLARY CLINTON: As to who would be the best President number one and number two, who would be the
stronger candidate against John McCain and I believe on both of those questions, I am the person
who should get the support.

KIM LANDERS: Yet even the former First Lady's husband, Bill Clinton, seems to be hinting the end is
near.

BILL CLINTON: I want to say also that this may be the last day I'm ever involved in a campaign of
this kind. I thought I was out of politics until Hillary decided to run but it has been one of the
greatest honours of my life to be able to go around and campaign for her for president.

KIM LANDERS: The Clinton campaign has told its advance staff, the people who organise her highly
choreographed public appearances, to take a few days off or to attend her election night
celebration in New York.

That's being interpreted by some political watchers as a sign that the campaign is wrapping up.

But a senior Clinton advisor Harold Ickes denies there's any political significance to it, saying
because there're no more primaries there's nowhere to send these people.

In Michigan, the Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama was again holding out an olive branch.

BARACK OBAMA: Senator Clinton has run an outstanding race. She is an outstanding public servant and
she and I will be working together in November.

KIM LANDERS: With Hillary Clinton spending election night on home ground in New York, Barack
Obama's choice is also loaded with political significance.

He's chosen to watch the results come in at the same conference centre in St Paul, Minnesota where
the Republican convention will be held in September.

Meanwhile Senator Obama has confirmed that he's asked Hillary Clinton for a meeting on her terms
quote "once the dust settles" from their competition.

He's told reporters that the sooner they can bring the party together, the better, so that
Democrats can focus on Republican rival John McCain and winning back the White House.

This is Kim Landers in Washington for The World Today.