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Beshear Promotes Clinton As VP Candidate

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear stayed out of the long Democratic presidential primary season but weighed in Friday with advice on whom Barack Obama should pick as his running mate - Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"In my opinion, such a ticket would be unbeatable," Beshear said in a statement.

Beshear said he had written to Obama and Clinton, urging the Illinois senator to select his long-running rival, and encouraging Clinton to accept any such offer.

Clinton trounced Obama by a more than 2-to-1 margin in Kentucky's primary election on May 20. Clinton carried 118 of Kentucky's 120 counties, some by gigantic margins.

Beshear stayed uncommitted during the campaign season, as did two other party superdelegates from Kentucky - state Democratic Party chairwoman Jennifer Moore and vice chairman Nathan Smith. Finally breaking their silence, Beshear said Friday the trio will vote for Obama at the Democratic National Convention.

It was an anticlimactic decision. Clinton's campaign has said she'll endorse Obama on Saturday - formally ending their epic run for the Democratic nomination.


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