Depends On What Your Definition Of “Concede” Is…

The AP’s Beth Fouhy reported this morning:



    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    will concede Tuesday night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, campaign officials said, effectively ending her bid to be the nation’s first female president.

The Clinton campaign says “not so much” :

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Mark Halperin
says Terry McAuliffe is doing damage control:

    CLINTON CAMPAIGN CHAIR CALLS CABLE NETWORKS TO SHOOT DOWN WIRE REPORTS THAT CLINTON PLANNED TO ALL BUT CONCEDE IN TUESDAY NIGHT’S SPEECH

Read the fine print in the AP story:

    The former first lady will stop short of formally suspending or ending her race in her speech in New York City. She will pledge to continue to speak out on issues like health care. But for all intents and purposes, the two senior officials said, the campaign is over.

    Most campaign staff will be let go and will be paid through June 15, said the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge her plans.

    The advisers said Clinton has made a strategic decision to not formally end her campaign, giving her leverage to negotiate with Obama on various matters including a possible vice presidential nomination for her. She also wants to press him on issues he should focus on in the fall, such as health care.