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Clinton Presses Supporters To Back Obama

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Hillary Clinton walks onstage in the Pepsi Center to a crowd so large, the Secret Service closed the hall. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Hillary Clinton walks onstage in the Pepsi Center to a crowd so large, the Secret Service closed the hall. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

DENVER–The Secret Service had to close down the convention hall for the most anticipated event of the night: the speech by Hillary Clinton.

Clinton did not disappoint the Democrats in attendance. Preceded by a video tribute and introduced by her daughter, Chelsea, Clinton endorsed Barack Obama’s candidacy and rationalized her own in an effort to unite the party.

“Whether you voted for me, or you voted for Barack, the time is now to unite as a single party with a single purpose. We are on the same team, and none of us can sit on the sidelines,” she said.

The primary season battle between Clinton and Obama lasted nearly 16 months, and passions ran high on both sides. Obama has sought to bring Clinton’s supporters into his fold, but he is doing it to mixed results, with only half of Clinton supporters saying they’d vote for Obama, according to a recent poll.

Clinton emphasized the historic nature of her campaign, which garnered 18 million votes but didn’t earn enough delegates to get the nomination, and directed many of her comments towards those supporters.

“To my supporters, my champions – my sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits – from the bottom of my heart: Thank you,” she said. “You never gave in. You never gave up. And together we made history.”

Attendees received white signs with Clinton’s signature “Hillary” on both sides, and they also got red signs with “McCain more of the same” in the Obama typeface.

It’s too early to tell whether the speech will have any impact on the ground, however. Walking out of the convention hall, some Clinton supporters still sounded unsure about voting for Obama.

Update: Video of Coloradan Clinton supporters unsure about Obama.

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Written by chroniclenews

August 27, 2008 at 1:09 am

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