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Obama Officially Becomes Democratic Presidential Nominee

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DENVER–There were reports of tears in the eyes of black leaders on the convention floor as Barack Obama, the son of a black Kenyan man and a white Kansan woman, officially became the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.

After the New York delegation cast its votes for Obama, at 4:48 p.m. local time, Hillary Clinton motioned for the roll call to end and for Obama to receive the nomination by acclamation, or voice vote.

“Let’s declare together in one voice, right here and right now, that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president,” Clinton said.

“I move that Senator Barack Obama of Illinois be selected by this convention by acclamation as the Democratic nominee for president of the United States,” she said, causing the hall to erupt and begin chanting “Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!”

The move comes after Clinton released her delegates earlier in the afternoon at an event in the Colorado Convention Center.

Update: Photos of the acclamation moment from Irene Jay Liu of The Albany Times-Union.


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August 27, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Hillary Clinton Releases Her Delegates

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By Samuel Rubenfeld


DENVER–Hillary Clinton formally released her delegates, allowing them to vote for Barack Obama during roll call, in a highly anticipated speech to delegates and supporters Wednesday at the Colorado Convention Center.

Her speech, which she called an attempt to get all of her “at last count, 1,920 delegates” together in a room, was a tearful affair for many of her most fervent supporters.

“I am here to release you as delegates,” she said to jeers and groans, adding later, “I am not telling you what to do…I signed my ballot for Senator Obama.”

She thanked her supporters for their work. “Yes, we didn’t make it but boy did we have a good time,” she said.

A Clinton delegate from Fort Greene, New York, Jane Galvin-Lewis, said she’ll vote for Obama in November after voting for Clinton during balloting this morning. “Who in the world would vote for McCain?” she said. “Bush is sickness, McCain is death.”

Update: Video of a Clinton supporter from Kentucky who signed the petition to get Clinton’s name in nomination:

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August 27, 2008 at 5:19 pm

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


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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August 27, 2008 at 1:09 am

VIDEO: Queens Delegates Discuss Their Support For Obama

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DENVER–Queens delegates from Flushing, Astoria and Fresh Meadows discuss their support for Barack Obama, their feelings about Hillary Clinton and the possibility of Obama winning the general election.

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August 25, 2008 at 8:48 pm

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


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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August 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm