Hours before the Democrats choose their candidate for November’s US presidential election, there was a plea for unity from former candidate hopeful Hillary Clinton at the party convention in Denver. Barack Obama, the man who crushed the former First Lady’s dream of becoming the first US woman president, watched her convention speech on television while campaigning in Montana.
Trying to convince her die-hard supporters that they must now fully back Obama, Clinton said: “It is time to take back the country we love. And whether you voted for me, or you voted for Barack, the time is now to unite as a single party with a single purpose.” The unification speech was enthusiastically greeted by vice presidential candidate Joe Biden and Bill Clinton also beamed down over the delegates.
In a symbolic gesture, Hillary Clinton will also be formally nominated to placate her supporters, some of whom remain convinced that the wrong candidate won the primaries: one wistfully said: “She would have made a great President.”
New York congressman Anthony Weiner summed up the Clinton speech: “Lots of people are leaving here wishing it was Hillary, but no one is leaving here with any impression that she is not supporting him, so it is a good moment, but a little melancholy for those of us who love Hillary.”
Vice presidential nominee Joe Biden will put forward Obama, but there will be no formal roll call of delegates on the convention floor, to prevent public protests from Clinton supporters.