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SPRINGFIELD, Ill–Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama gave his clearest signal yet that he has settled on a running mate when he announced Tuesday he would appear Saturday in this city where he launched his campaign. Presumably, the r

SPRINGFIELD, Ill–Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama gave his clearest signal yet that he has settled on a running mate when he announced Tuesday he would appear Saturday in this city where he launched his campaign. Presumably, the running mate will appear with Obama when he shows up in front of the former state Capitol where Abraham Lincoln once served.

The last time Obama appeared there, he announced he was running for president. The Obama campaign’s announcement said only that the Illinois senator would begin his trip to the party’s national convention at the Saturday event. The Democratic National Convention begins Monday in Denver, but the candidate and his aides said nothing explicit about his decision on a running mate.

Those believed to be on Obama’s short list also were keeping mum. The list of potential running mates is widely believed to have come down to Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden, former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh. Obama’s major rival for the nomination, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, was seen by some Democrats as a long shot pick.

Only Obama, his wife, Michelle, a handful of his most senior advisers and his two-member search committee know for certain who has been vetted and discussed. Campaign manager David Plouffe says Obama supporters will receive first word of Obama’s decision through a mass text message but has revealed little else about what to expect.

AP

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