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HRC backer launching VP petition drive

From NBC/NJ's Matthew E. Berger
NEW YORK, NY -- Clinton friend and supporter Lanny Davis is announcing this evening a petition drive to make Hillary Clinton the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

Davis, holding court outside the Baruch College gym Tuesday night, said he was starting the petition drive without the coordination of the Clinton campaign, and without their endorsement. He said a Web site would launch at midnight at www.womenforfairpolitics.com.

"Obama can win without her, but he can't lose with her," Davis said, noting Clinton on the ticket would help the Democratic party win women and Hispanic voters in particular.

Davis served as special counsel during the Clinton administration.