DENVER, Colorado (CNN) – Hillary Clinton learned Friday she would not be Barack Obama’s running mate by a close associate and later that day spoke directly to Obama, according to a senior Obama aide and a Democratic official.
The associate was asked by the Obama campaign to inform Clinton she was not his running mate before it was publicly announced. It is not clear what Clinton and Obama talked about in the private conversation that took place later.
The two senators-turned-rivals engaged in a bitter battle for the Democratic nomination, which ended when Clinton conceded in early June. An effort by some of Clinton’s supporters to have Obama choose her to be his running mate failed.
Obama announced Saturday he had chosen Joe Biden to join him on the ticket, and the two men will formally accept the party’s nominations this week.
The bitterness between the two campaigns has been well documented and even Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, jumped into the bickering.
The senior Obama campaign aide told CNN that Obama and Bill Clinton had “a long, wide-ranging conversation with President Clinton” on Thursday, but noted it did not focus on Obama’s vice presidential deliberations.
Hillary Clinton addresses the convention Tuesday and her husband speaks on Wednesday.