From NBC's Ken Strickland
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein shored up her support for Clinton today, after yesterday saying the protracted Democratic campaign was producing "negative dividends ... in terms of strife within the party."
Feinstein talked with Clinton via phone this morning and erased any doubts about her own commitment to the campaign and that of the candidate. "I'm sticking with her, absolutely," she told reporters. "Her strategy is to win this. And she's entitled to her opportunity to try."
The California senator said she heard "conviction" in Clinton's voice during their conversation. "She feels she owes a deep debt of gratitude to the people that support her -- who support her intensely."
Feinstein said Clinton would drop out of the race "if the time comes. She doesn't believe it's the time. And she's going to continue on."
"I agree that she should take this for as long as she feels she has a chance to win it," Feinstein added. "And she says she will do nothing that causes the party any difficulty."