Clinton's Supporters React
By Kevin Merida
Some voices from Sen. Hillary Clinton's event endorsing Sen. Barack Obama today:
- Businessman Bob Johnson, who has been advocating for an Obama-Clinton ticket, is still advocating. "That's absolutely the only choice," he said as he was leaving the rally. "And if she was auditioning, she absolutely passed."
- Vernon Jordan, a longtime friend of the Clintons, said whatever lingering tensions there are from the epic battle will be resolved. "It's all about winning now. The primary campaign is about fighting. The general campaign is about winning."
- Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md), a big Clinton backer, said it was time to turn the page to the next phase of the campaign, but added: "As we turn it, there's a lingering tear."
She applauded Clinton for having "the grit" to give a speech like that one so quickly after her own campaign just barely came up short. She said she would "work hard" for Obama.
But when asked to talk about sexism during the contest, which Clinton alluded to yesterday and others have been even more outspoken about, Mikulski said: "Today's not a day for me to talk about that." Another day, she said. "I've got my own emotions."
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