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Key Clinton aide questions Obama's veep credentials

March 10, 2008 | 10:45 am

Barack Obama has some boning up to do, at least according to Hillary Clinton's chief spokesman, Howard Wolfson.

Even as Wolfson's boss, the presidential candidate, and her husband, the ex-president, have been doing their part to fuel speculation about a potential Clinton-Obama Democratic ticket (see here and here), the aide today -- making clear he was speaking for the campaign -- doused some cold water on the notion.

During a conference call with reporters, Wolfson said: “We do not believe at this point that Sen. Obama has passed that key commander-in-chief test” that Clinton would require for a running mate.

But the aide held out the prospect that Obama could buff up his resume and meet the threshold (whatever it is) between now and the party's national convention in Denver in late August.

Perhaps he has a reading list that he can provide Obama (who late last week sought to scotch the prospect that he would be willing to play second fiddle to Clinton).

More on Wolfson's comments can by found in this Chicago Tribune post.

--Don Frederick