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Clinton Thanks Edwards for 'Public Service'

Updated 2:15 p.m.
By Anne E. Kornblut
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton thanked former Sen. John Edwards and his wife "for their years of public service" following news that he had ended his bid for the presidency. But she said she had not asked him for his endorsement. "I think it is up to Sen. Edwards to decide how he's going to participate, if at all, in the upcoming campaign," Clinton told reporters during a media availability after an event at North Little Rock High School on Wednesday.

Clinton also declined to game the race now that it is just between her and Sen. Barack Obama, sidestepping a question about whether an Edwards endorsement could shift white voters in a meaningful way.

"That is not what this campaign is about. It's about reaching out to voters everywhere," Clinton said. "I'd be honored to have the support of those who supported Sen. Edwards."

Sen. John Edwards called Sen. Hillary Clinton this morning as he prepared to drop out of the race, advisers said, asking her to keep poverty at the top of her agenda as she continues to campaign.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 30, 2008; 2:19 PM ET
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