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Clinton: Campaign 'Still Very Much Alive and Ongoing'

A man uses a camera phone to take a photo of Sen. Hillary Clinton following a "Solutions for Puerto Rico's Families" event May 31, 2008 in Caguas, Puerto Rico. (Getty Images)

By Anne E. Kornblut
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said in an interview that she has "no idea" whether she will appeal a Democratic Party decision on seating Michigan's delegates -- a move that would prolong the Democratic nominating battle for weeks and potentially take it to the national convention.

"I don't know yet, we'll consider that. And I'll talk to my supporters to try to determine that in the future," Clinton said late Sunday afternoon, when asked if she is planning to challenge the Democratic National Committee ruling (click here for audio). "We reserve the right to do it. But I haven't made a decision yet."

Clinton chose to be interviewed by phone rather than in person as she prepared to give a victory speech here.

During the eight-minute call, she spoke most extensively about the case she intends to make with renewed vigor over the next few days: That superdelegates should pay extra attention now to the fact that she has won so many popular votes and performed so well in recent contests.

If she was preparing an exit strategy, Clinton did not share it. She also knocked down reports that her husband is pushing for Sen. Barack Obama to make her his vice presidential pick. "I do not believe that is happening," she said. "It's not -- you know, I'm not aware of it."

Clinton declined to elaborate on earlier remarks she had made about some of the sexism she had encountered during the race, saying that while she had "a lot of thoughts on the subject" she would rather not discuss it at the moment.

"Let's come back to that another time," she said.

She also said she was unsure how much of her own money she had put into the race so far. "Oh, we can get to that number -- I don't have it off the top of my head," she said.

Asked what mistakes she has made in the course of the campaign and what lessons she had learned from them, Clinton demurred. "Oh, I have not had time to think about that," she said.

"I am focused on winning the nomination," she said. "I am thrilled by my big victory today in Puerto Rico. More people have woken up and gone to the polls and voted for me than anybody in the history of presidential nominating campaigns. So I'm going to stay focused on what is the business at hand, which is making my case to the delegates, and there'll be time, oh, way in the future to consider the campaign, because it's still very much alive and ongoing."

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 1, 2008; 5:30 PM ET
Categories:  Hillary Rodham Clinton  
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