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A Reid-Pelosi-Dean Endorsement?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) reiterated today a point he has made before: That the Democratic presidential nomination will be decided well before the party's August convention.

"Sometime in June or no later than the 1st of July. I still believe that's the case," Reid told reporters.

But Reid also suggested a possibility he hadn't before -- that after the primaries are over he, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean would likely work in concert to bring the race to an end.

"The three of us -- we may write a joint letter, we may write individual letters," Reid said. "We're in contact with each other. What we will do, unless something comes up, we'll do it together."

Reid did not specify whether the three would write a letter to one candidate or the other suggesting they drop out, or whether the letter might be to undecided superdelegates urging them in a particular direction. But Dean has already made the point that superdelegates will need to make their views known quickly after the primaries end. And Reid's comments today do indicate that the top three national Democratic leaders believe they will need to speak with one voice, something that hasn't always been the case on non-presidential campaign issues.

UPDATE 3 PM: A Reid spokesman says that if the three leaders do decide to take joint action after the primaries have concluded, it would not be in the form of an endorsement. More likely it would be a letter to undecided superdelegates urging them to make up their minds.

By Ben Pershing  |  April 24, 2008; 2:15 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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