WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton will concede Tuesday
night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic
nomination, campaign officials said, effectively ending her bid to
be the nation's first female president.
The former first lady will stop short of formally suspending or
ending her race in her speech in New York City. She will pledge to
continue to speak out on issues like health care. But for all
intents and purposes, the two senior officials said, the campaign
Most campaign staff will be let go and will be paid through June
15, said the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because
they were not authorized to divulge her plans.
The advisers said Clinton has made a strategic decision to not
formally end her campaign, giving her leverage to negotiate with
Obama on various matters including a possible vice presidential
nomination for her. She also wants to press him on issues he should
focus on in the fall, such as health care.
Universal health care, Clinton's signature issue as first lady
in the 1990s, was a point of dispute between Obama and the New York
senator during their epic nomination fight.