Hillary Clinton: "Barack Obama Is My Candidate"

By: msnbc.com and NBC News
By: msnbc.com and NBC News

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton answered skeptics Tuesday night by issuing a ringing call for her supporters to rally behind Sen. Barack Obama, saying Democrats cannot afford to stay home in November and let another Republican administration ruin the economy.

“Barack Obama is my candidate,” Clinton said in the final speech of the second night of the convention that will nominate Obama for president.

“No way, no how, no McCain,” she declared in a speech that both blasted the presumed Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, and put forth Obama, her colleague from Illinois, as the man “who must be our president.”

Much of the speculation leading into the Democratic National Convention had centered on how firmly Clinton, the junior senator from New York, would go to bat for Obama, who narrowly edged her for the Democratic nomination in an extraordinarily contentious primary season.

Fire marshals closed the convention floor, which was packed to capacity with Clinton supporters who cheered long and loudly for their candidate. Clinton reserved special gratitude for them and the 18 million other voters who backed her in her primary campaign against Obama.

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

But she told those supporters that it was time to take all of their energy and enthusiasm and channel it into electing Obama.

“My friends, it is time to take back the country we love,” she said. “Whether you voted for me or 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 added. “This is a fight for the future. And it’s a fight we must win.”

The McCain campaign responded immediately, saying in a statement that “nowhere tonight did [Clinton] say that Barack Obama is ready to lead. Millions of Hillary Clinton supporters and millions of Americans remain concerned about whether Barack Obama is ready to be president.”

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 28, 2008 at 06:47 AM
    I guess when you don't have anything on a canidate like McCain, you fabricate one! Welcome to DNC trademarks. McCain is too old, more Bush policies...if this is all you have on the guy, wow, McCain must be really great.
  • by tell me Location: Bertie on Aug 28, 2008 at 02:14 AM
    Please tell me why Obama changed the American flag on his jet? Is he planning on "CHANGE"-ing that too if elected? tell me what else he is planning on changing?
  • by Rob Location: NC on Aug 27, 2008 at 10:03 PM
    I wouldn't vote for any of these corporate sell-outs.
  • by jack Location: NC on Aug 27, 2008 at 09:12 PM
    To CAPITALIST ,Just why in the H**l would we care what Hillary thinks of Obama. Come on get on the same page man, if we cared what Hillary though don't you think she would have got elected. WOW Man talk about Dumb and Dumber. By the way you need to learn how to spell CAPITALIST if you want to be one:)
  • by SGT. REMINTON on Aug 27, 2008 at 08:34 PM
    TO JOHN 8/27 9:56 If we went back in time to 1966. The United States Democrate PRES. Johnson did not care about your opinion. You got DRAFTED into to The ARMY OR THE MARINES CORP, and you will go to Viet Nam.
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Aug 27, 2008 at 08:34 PM
    Please excuse my cynicism, but I am of the opinion that our two parties are parties of special interests. The Republicans promote corporate welfare and the democrats promote socialist class warfare. Either way, it is a program designed to encourage division, not heal and bind a nation together. The only two presidents since 1960 to show the middle class any respect and honor for their hard work and honesty was Ronald Reagan and YES, George W. Bush. I have never seen such vitriol as that which has been heaped upon "Dubya" by such a cadre of narcissistic leftists whose only desire is to see a socialist system imposed on our country. The most hilarious thing that I can ever recall was watching those dimwits in Florida holding up ballots to look for "hanging" chads. May God grant us a leadership that honors truth and morality.
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Aug 27, 2008 at 08:17 PM
    It seems that the democrats sort of said the same thing to Hillary that she said about Mccain.
  • by Obama 08 4 Prez! on Aug 27, 2008 at 07:34 PM
    ??? just what are you qualified for using the word aint? I've never seen people so afraid in my life. You act as if Obama is hiding under you bed's with chainsaws. If your so sure McCain is going to win why do you keep protesting it? To convince the Obama supporters or yourself?
  • by John Location: NC on Aug 27, 2008 at 07:09 PM
    To??? How do you know that, do know Obama or have you ever talked to him? You telling US to listen to Rush Limbaugh is a good reason not to listen to you.My God do you hear yourself?????
  • by John Location: NC on Aug 27, 2008 at 06:56 PM
    To SGT. REMINGTON We don't except a war we don't believe in, WE have that right. To except it when we think it is wrong then we may as well be Iraqi. If you believe in what you are doing then that is good. I see people talking out of both sides of their face on this site so I do what is right for me and let them do the same.

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