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Clinton: ‘I Don’t Approve That Message’

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Hillary Clinton surrounded by the leaders of the New York Democratic Delegation after speaking to them, emphasizing party unity. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Hillary Clinton surrounded by the leaders of the New York Democratic Delegation after speaking to them, emphasizing party unity. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

DENVER–At her breakfast appearance in front of the New York Democratic Delegation, Hillary Clinton both lauded Barack Obama and attacked John McCain.

She heaped praise on Obama, emphasizing the need for the party to unify behind him and to “work as hard for Barack and Joe Biden as you worked for me.”

Though “we were not all on one side,” she said referring to the 16-month primary battle, “we are now.”

Later on, at a press conference she held in a nearby room in the Sheraton hotel, she addressed a lingering narrative that the convention is not focused on party unity and instead is on placating Clinton supporters.

“There is no doubt in anyone’s mind – this is Barack Obama’s convention, as it should be,” she said.

Clinton also used the speech to berate McCain for using footage of her attacking Obama during the primary season as the reason for her not being chosen – or even vetted – for vice president.

“I’m Hillary Clinton – and I do NOT approve that message!” she said, to loud applause from the delegation.

Update 12:03 p.m. MDT: Clinton issued the following statement regarding the McCain attacks:

Hillary Clinton delivered the following statement at the New York State delegation breakfast this morning in Denver, Colo.

“Every one of us could stand up and recite all the reasons why we must elect Barack. The Supreme Court is at stake; our educational system needs the right kind of change. We’ve got to become energy independent; we have to create millions of new green collar jobs. We’ve got so much work to do around the world.

“None of that will happen if John McCain is in the White House. I just want to make it absolutely clear we cannot afford four more years of George W. Bush’s failed policies in America and that’s what we would get with John McCain.

“Now I understand that the McCain campaign is running ads trying to divide us and let me state what I think about their tactics and these ads: I am Hillary Clinton and I do not approve that message.

“So let there be the no mistake about it, we are united. We are united for change.”

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Written by chroniclenews

August 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm

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