Hillary scotches notion of a dream team

WASHINGTON - The notion of a Democratic "dream team" uniting to face Republican White House contender John McCain has resurfaced amid increasing calls for Hillary Clinton to abandon her presidential bid.

WASHINGTON - The notion of a Democratic "dream team" uniting to face Republican White House contender John McCain has resurfaced amid increasing calls for Hillary Clinton to abandon her presidential bid.

But though Clinton herself hinted at such a possibility two months ago, her campaign now insists she has no interest in being vice-president.

He said she would fight until she beats surging rival Barack Obama for the Democratic party nod.

"I have not heard her express any interest in such a ticket," said Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson this week.

"We have not had any talks with the Obama campaign about such a ticket. Clinton has said it is premature to discuss it."

A squadron of young political activists close to the Clinton camp has launched a campaign for a "dream ticket" with the website voteboth.com about the possibility.

"Originally my goal was to have a place for Clinton-Obama supporters (in that order) to organise," said founder Adam Parkhonenko.

"But over the last few weeks I have talked with Obama supporters who talk about an Obama-Clinton ticket."

A centrist Democratic party leader, former congressman Harold Ford, this week urged unity and floated the idea of a single ticket to heal the torn party.

"Does an Obama-Clinton ticket unite this party and erase concerns that Barack Obama has to have when it comes to attracting white middle-class, white working class voters?" he asked on MSNBC. - Sapa-AFP

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