Inside the Clinton-Obama meeting

There's not much detail on what the two discussed when they met Thursday, but the vice presidency was apparently not on the table.

By Alex Koppelman
Published June 6, 2008 5:11PM (EDT)

The meeting between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Thursday night was so private, kept so secret beforehand, that nobody knows many details of what actually went on. But some information is emerging.

The two talked at the home of California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Clinton supporter. Clinton had called Feinstein Thursday afternoon to ask if the two candidates could meet there. Feinstein's not giving out much about the meeting away, but it's likely she doesn't really know anything; she left the room, as did staffers for both candidates -- one from each campaign -- and even the Secret Service.

"I received them. Put them in the living room, two comfortable chairs facing one another and left," Feinstein told reporters. The meeting lasted about an hour.

Ben Smith has a little detail on what was said, attributed to an unnamed senior aide to one of the candidates. According to Smith, the possibility of Clinton running on Obama's ticket did not come up -- "the candidates laid the ground for a discussion of what each would commit to the other, but set up no more than a process for that discussion," Smith says.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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