Clinton tells colleagues she is open to joining Obama on Democratic ticket

Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told colleagues Tuesday she would consider joining rival Barack Obama as his running mate, and advisers said she was withholding a formal departure from the Democratic leadership race partly to use her remaining leverage to press for a spot on the ticket. On a conference call with other New York lawmakers, Clinton, a New York senator, said she was willing to become Obama's vice presidential nominee if it would help Democrats win the White House, according to a participant who spoke on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to speak for Clinton. Clinton's remarks came in response to a question from Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who said she believed the best way for Obama to win key voting blocs, including Hispanics, would be for him to choose Clinton as his running mate. "I am open to it," Clinton replied, if it would help the party's prospects in November.