Lanny Davis Pushes Clinton for VP
By Shailagh Murray
It may be the surest sign yet that the Hillary Clinton for President campaign is over.
A group lobbying for an Obama-Clinton "unity ticket" has named a new senior adviser: Washington lawyer Lanny Davis, one of Clinton's most ardent allies and an outspoken critic of the presumptive nominee, Barack Obama.
Voteboth.com, an online advocacy group linked to the Clinton circle, announced this morning that Davis had launched a petition to urge Obama to select Clinton as his running mate, with the goal of creating "the strongest possible ticket for the Democratic Party."
Davis states in the petition, "With the greatest respect, we ask you to select Senator Clinton in recognition of the more than 17 million Democrats who supported her at the polls and who, in combination with your more than 17 million supporters, would for the base of a successful presidential campaign."
A former White House special counsel to then-President Clinton, Davis has been an outspoken advocate for Clinton throughout the primary season, as a frequent guest on cable news programs and "pundit" blogger for the Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill.
Here's a sample of headlines from recent Davis blog posts:
"The Final Argument for Hillary Clinton for President" (May 31)
"Four things...The Obama Campaign Couldn't Resist Doing to Anger Clinton Supporters Sen. Obama Needs in General Election If -- If -- He Is Nominee" (May 26)
"Why Clinton Should Be Nominated as Strongest General Election Candidate Against McCain" (May 19)
"Last night's results from Pennsylvania: The Top Ten List of Undisputed Facts Showing Barack Obama's Weakness in the General Election" (April 23)
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