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Published:June 5th, 2008 06:29 EST
Mrs. Clinton quits

Mrs. Clinton quits

By SOP newswire

U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to end her bid for the White House and express support for her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama.

Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson says the New York senator will hold an event in Washington on Saturday to thank her supporters and express support for Obama and party unity.

On Tuesday, Obama secured enough pledged delegates (2,118) to lead the Democratic party into the November election against presumed Republican nominee, Arizona Senator John McCain.

Obama - a Senator from Illinois - is seeking to become the first African-American U.S. president, following a long and bruising campaign for the Democratic nomination against Clinton. For her part, the former first lady was trying to become the first woman U.S. president.

On Wednesday, Obama began his search for a vice presidential running mate.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee asked a three-person team to help screen potential vice presidential candidates. That team includes Caroline Kennedy - the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy and the niece of Obama supporter and fellow Senator Ted Kennedy.

Sources close to Clinton say the former first lady would consider joining Obama as his running mate if it would help Democrats win the White House in November.

McCain has sent a letter to Obama, proposing that they both take part in a series of town hall meetings prior to the election.

The Obama campaign says it is receptive to the idea, calling the proposal "appealing."

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.