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Obama Describes Sunday Call to Clinton

By Shailagh Murray
WATERFORD, Mich. -- Sen. Barack Obama held an impromptu news conference this afternoon in Waterford after talking to workers from a Rite Aid distribution plant in which he revealed more details of a conversation with rival Hillary Clinton Sunday.

"The only conversation I've had with Senator Clinton was yesterday to congratulate her on her victory in Puerto Rico," he said. "I apologized once again for the offensive remarks" of Rev. Michael Pfleger, he said, referring to the Catholic priest whose blistering remarks about Clinton in a guest sermon more than a week ago helped spur Obama to leave his longtime church.

"I emphasized to her what an extraordinary race that she's run and said that there aren't too many people who understand exactly how hard she's been working," he continued. "I'm one of 'em because she and I have been on this same journey together, and told her that once the dust settled I was looking forward to meeting with her at a time and place of her choosing. We've still got two more contests to go and I'm sure that there will be further conversations after Tuesday."

Asked if she had laid out a time and place of her choosing, Obama replied, "It was a very general conversation at this point and as I said we've got two more contests. I think she's focused on those as am I."

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 2, 2008; 5:57 PM ET
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