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Obama Praises Former Clinton Campaign Manager

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) talks to the media during a news conference on his campaign plane en route from Michigan to Washington, D.C., June 17, 2008. (Associated Press)

By Anne E. Kornblut
DULLES, Va. -- Patti Solis Doyle is "a terrific, experienced campaign hand" who will bring valuable experience to his campaign, Sen. Barack Obama said on Tuesday -- sidestepping the fact that Solis Doyle was fired from the Clinton campaign and is now on the outs with some Hillary Clinton loyalists.

Obama sparked fury from some Clinton insiders when he tapped Solis Doyle to serve as chief of staff to his as-yet-unpicked vice presidential runningmate. She is the first former Clinton loyalist to make the leap to Obama. Her selection for that role strongly suggests that Obama is not considering Clinton for the ticket, a move that one Clinton donor on Monday called a "slap in the face."

Obama, talking to reporters on his plane, said he had known Solis Doyle for years and organized with her brother on the southeast side of Chicago years ago.

"I've known the family for a very long time. I think that she will bring not only a set of skills that we're going to need as we put together our ticket, but she's going to be a terrific adviser and offer insight and judgment that will help us win in November," Obama said.

Asked whether he intends to meet with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton when he is in Washington this week, Obama said: "I think she's still on vacation. Or she deserves to be."

By Web Politics Editor  |  June 17, 2008; 4:44 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama  
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