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Obama Offers to Meet with Clinton "Once the Dust Settles"

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From CBS News' Maria Gavrilovic:

WATERFORD, MICH. -- In his congratulatory call to Hillary Clinton yesterday, Barack Obama said he offered to meet with her "once the dust settles" at a time and place of her choosing. "I emphasized to her what an extraordinary race that she's run and said that there aren't too many people who understand exactly how hard she's been working," Obama said, while campaigning at a Rite Aid distribution center here.

Obama also said he apologized to Clinton for Rev. Michael Pfleger's comments, calling them "offensive." Overall, he described the conversation with Clinton as "general" and said both candidates are still focused on the contests tomorrow. "The most important thing we can do right now is not only make sure we win Montana and South Dakota, but also that we show we're competitive in critical swing states like Michigan,'' Obama said. "And that's why we're here today, because we want to not only win the nomination, but we want the entire party to feel unified about the need to focus on states like Michigan that have been neglected during George Bush's tenure."

He promised to campaign in the state aggressively. "Tell your friends and family 'Obama's here and he's not going away until we win Michigan'," he told the Rite Aid employees.

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