Obama Clinches, Offers to Talk to Clinton

After one of the longer and tighter presidential nominating contests in decades, Barack Obama has prevailed, but the big question: what's ahead for Hillary Clinton?

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RACHEL MARTIN, host:

Overlooking historic Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, live from NPR Studios, this is the Bryant Park Project from NPR News. News, information, and at last, folks, this time, we have finally run out of primary states.

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MARTIN: That's so sad, that sound. I'm Rachel Martin.

MIKE PESCA, host:

And I'm Mike Pesca. It's Wednesday, June 4th, 2008.

MARTIN: I think we should have had celebratory horns.

PESCA: No, that was pri - that is "The Price is Right," Showcase Showdown is all over. I guess some of the candidates, like, you know how dogs can hear certain sounds that we can't? I guess some of the candidates can't hear those sounds...

MARTIN: Ooh!

PESCA: When they're clearly playing. Joe Biden heard the sounds.

PESCA: Chris Dodd heard the sounds. I'm trying to cue the sounds again.

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PESCA: But no, you know what's funny about those sounds? Like, you know, our script, we have...

MARTIN: What's funny about them, Pesca?

PESCA: Whenever the sound effect is played, we have a little notation to describe the sound effect. Would you like to share with the audience what that sound effect notation is?

MARTIN: Loser horns.

PESCA: Loser horns!

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PESCA: And therefore, I think we should paint loser horns on the photos of all the candidates who've lost.

MARTIN: Aw...

PESCA: Hey, what's that peaking out? It's your loser horns.

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MARTIN: Coming up on the show, we're going to go through all the political machinations of the last 24 hours with John Harris of politico.com. He will dish up what is next in the presidential race.

PESCA: Wait, you mean there's more to this?

MARTIN: There's more. It's not over.

PESCA: I thought we were done.

MARTIN: Believe it or not, there's a general election coming up.

PESCA: Ah. We've got one more set of loser horns to paint on someone.

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PESCA: Got something on the tip of your tongue, but can't remember? That is because your brain is like a big, messy filing cabinet, and we will talk about a study about how your brain organizes and retrieves information, or in many cases, doesn't.

MARTIN: And we're talking with Liz Phair later this hour about the 15th-anniversary rerelease of her iconic indie-rock album, "Exile in Guyville." We'll also get the day's news headlines in just a minute, but first...

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Senator BARACK OBAMA (Democrat, Illinois): Tonight, I can stand here and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for the president of the United States of America.

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MARTIN: After one of the longer and tighter presidential nominating contest in decades, Barack Obama has claimed victory and made history.

PESCA: The victory? It took the final two primaries in the nation, Montana and South Dakota, plus 389 superdelegates, to give Obama the claim to the Democratic Party's nomination. Obama's overall delegate total is now 2154. It's 36 more delegates than he needed to win, which means he has, indeed, won.

MARTIN: As for the history, Barack Obama is the first African-American candidate to win a major party's nomination.

PESCA: Obama addressed nearly 20,000 jubilant supporters in St. Paul, Minnesota, last night.

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Sen. OBAMA: This is our time.

MARTIN: Doesn't that speech sound a little familiar?

PESCA: Hmm.

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Mr. SEAN ASTIN: (as Mikey Walsh) Goonies never say die! Our parents, they want the bestest stuff for us. But right now, they got to do what's right for them, 'cause it's their time. Their time, up there. Up there! Down here it's our time. It's our time down here!

Sen. OBAMA: Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past.

MARTIN: Yeah, I thought so.

PESCA: I knew he channeled MLK. I never knew "The Goonies."

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PESCA: Obama said he and the Democratic Party are better off, because of the stiff competition he faced from all the Democrats vying for the nomination, especially Senator Hillary Clinton.

Sen. OBAMA: She has made history, not - not just because she's a woman who has done what no woman has done before, but because she is a leader who inspires millions of Americans with her strength, her courage and her commitment to the causes that brought us here tonight.

PESCA: For her part, Clinton did not concede the victory to Obama.

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Senator HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON (Democrat, New York): This has been a long campaign and I will be making no decisions tonight.

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PESCA: Yesterday, Clinton said she is open to being Obama's vice-presidential running mate, and according to the New York Times, the two did speak on the phone late last night. An Obama staffer told the New York Times that Obama renewed his offer to "sit down when it makes sense for you." But there are no plans for that meeting yet.

MARTIN: We'll have more on the end of primary season in just a minute when we speak with John Harris from Politico.com. Now let's get more of the day's news headlines with the BPP's Mark Garrison.

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