By- Suzie-Q @ 10:30 PM MST
Clinton salutes Obama as Dems at convention cheer
DAVID ESPO | August 26, 2008 11:50 PM EST | AP
DENVER — Hillary Rodham Clinton summoned the millions of voters who supported her in the primaries to send Barack Obama to the White House Tuesday night, and drew thunderous applause at the Democratic National Convention when she declared her one-time rival is “my candidate and he must be our president.”
“We don’t have a moment to lose or a vote to spare,” said the former first lady, writing the final chapter in a quest for the White House every bit as pioneering as Obama’s own.
The packed convention floor became a sea of white “Hillary” signs as the New York senator _ Obama’s fiercest rival across 56 primaries and caucuses _ strode to the podium for her prime-time speech. The signs were soon replaced others that read simply, “Unity.”
While her remarks included a full-throated endorsement of Obama, Clinton did not say whether she would have her name placed in nomination or seek a formal roll call of the states when the party’s top prize is awarded by delegates on Wednesday night.
Clinton had been the prohibitive favorite for the nomination she launched her campaign last year, seeking to become the first female president. But she fell behind Obama after the leadoff Iowa caucuses in January, and he now is poised to become the first black nominee of a major party.
Obama turned the featured speaking slot of the convention’s second night over to Clinton, hoping she could nudge her disenchanted supporters toward his candidacy.
He called her after her speech to express his appreciation, aides said.
She followed others to the podium who ripped into Republican McCain as indifferent to the working class and cozy with big oil.