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  Vilsack urges Obama to choose Hillary as running mate
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News DateThursday, June 5, 2008 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionDES MOINES — Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack is urging presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama to choose Hillary Clinton as his running mate, saying the move would help unite the Democratic Party for the coming general election.

Vilsack was Clinton’s most prominent supporter in Iowa ahead of the state’s presidential caucuses, and has campaigned extensively for her.

In an interview with the Quad-City Times, Vilsack said putting Obama and Clinton on the ticket would galvanize Democrats.

“First of all, I think if he believes, and I’m sure he does, that a unified Democratic Party is important to our chances of success and his chances of success, nothing would unify the party more quickly, in my view, than extending an offer to Sen. Clinton to join him. Certainly, this is going to be an historic election. This would make it without doubt, extraordinarily historic.”

He called Clinton a great partner in both campaigning and governing, as well as a help in expanding Obama’s base of support.

“There’s no question, she reaches out to women, that she reaches out to some other voters that were supportive of her — the 18 million people that voted for her, particularly in some of the important swing states,” Vilsack said.

Vilsack also argued that chemistry between the pair, if it doesn’t already exist, would develop over time.

“I suspect that despite the difficulties and challenges of the campaign, these are two individuals that I know personally are deeply committed to this country, and deeply committed to the same issues and deeply concerned about the future of our country,” Vilsack said.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa said Clinton is “always an asset,” but stopped short Wednesday of saying Obama should put her on his ticket.

“I will respect the time-honored tradition of the presidential nominee to pick his own running mate,” Harkin said.

Harkin, a superdelegate, had declined to endorse either candidate
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