June 08, 2008 12:00am
DEFEATED US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is urging her supporters to give their full backing to Barack Obama's bid for the White House.
Senator Clinton was due to address her supporters at a farewell rally in Washington DC overnight to formally end her campaign and endorse Senator Obama.
The Democrats have begun exploring ways to rebuild the fractured party after the five-month nominating battle.
Senator Obama and Senator Clinton began taking the steps to unite the party and bring their supporters together at a secret meeting on Friday.
Advisers for the pair said they did not discuss the possibility of Senator Clinton running as the vice-presidential candidate.
Senator Clinton has said she does not want to be the vice-presidential nominee and distanced herself from a campaign by her some of her backers to put her on the ticket.
But one of her top supporters, New York Senator Charles Schumer, said she would take the position if it was offered to her.
"She has said if Senator Obama should want her to be vice-president and thinks it would be best for the ticket, she will serve. She will accept that," he told ABC's Good Morning America.