(CNN) Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign rejected suggestions Sunday that Sen. Hillary Clinton is staying in the race in hopes of brokering some kind of agreement with the likely Democratic nominee.

“I don’t believe that Sen. Clinton is looking for a deal,” Obama’s chief campaign strategist, David Axelrod, told “Fox News Sunday,” when asked about suggestions she may want the Obama campaign’s help retiring her campaign debt.

“I don’t think that’s what this is about,” he said.

Last week, Obama sparked rumors that his campaign would pay off Clinton’s campaign debts once he secured the nomination.

“I’d want to have a broad range of discussions with Sen. Clinton about how I could make her feel good about the process and have her on the team moving forward,” Obama told reporters Friday.

Is it just me, or does that sound just a trifle odd? Reports I’m seeing place Camp Clinton about $20m in debt just now. Those reports are consistent with the long string of unpaid bills we’ve been hearing about on and off for months. It would also be directly online with the reason she’s still not removing herself from the race… she’s trying to keep the fund raising arm going to cover that debt.

But on what basis would Obama make such an offer?  Simple; She’s still a threat. Perhaps not from a standpoint of she can still win the nomination, though I still consider that arguable… there’s always the convention…. but from the standpoint of damaging Obama in the General election.

And that, to my mind, shows how very weak Obama is as a candidate.

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