June 6th, 2008 09:43 EST
Obama-Clinton meet but make no announcement
Presumptive U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has held a private meeting with rival Hillary Clinton, as the two seek to unify the party after their long and bruising nominating contest.
An Obama campaign spokesman says the two rivals met Thursday night in Washington, but denied earlier reports it took place at Clinton`s home. Their campaigns issued a joint public statement saying Obama and Clinton had a "productive discussion" about the November general election.
Supporters of the New York senator have launched an effort to convince Obama to select Clinton as his vice presidential running mate. But her campaign is disavowing those efforts, saying the choice is Obama`s alone to make.
The former first lady is expected to officially suspend her bid for the Democratic nomination and support Obama in a public event in Washington on Saturday.
During a campaign stop Thursday in Virginia, the Illinois senator described Clinton as a "tough" and "outstanding" rival for the party nomination.
Separately, presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain campaigned Thursday in Florida. The Arizona senator told a group of newspaper editors that his policies will help return prosperity to the American people.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.