Wary Rivals, Still
By Shailagh Murray
Lots of people are trying to fix them up. But they're not meeting yet.
Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke briefly by phone last night. Obama reached out first, leaving a message for his rival at 11:06 p.m. Clinton called back and got Obama's voicemail, but finally the two candidates talked minutes before Obama departed St. Paul, Minn., for a midnight flight to Washington D.C.
The conversation was brief. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said the Illinois senator congratulated Clinton on her South Dakota win and offered to "sit down when it makes sense to you." But that was as far as the meeting talk went. And Gibbs dismissed rampant speculation that Clinton and Obama were plotting a huddle sometime this week. "Not happening," he said.
The two candidates will cross paths this morning at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee meeting; their speeches are scheduled minutes apart. They also could meet on the Senate floor at around 11:45 am for a budget vote. But while Obama and his campaign aides offer polite words about Clinton in public, they are dismayed by her unwillingness to recognize his victory -- and wary of fueling more drama by engaging in summit fever.
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