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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

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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August 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm