Eight Senators Back Obama, Call for Unity
Eight previously undecided Democratic senators -- Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Tom Harkin (Iowa), Tom Carper (Del.), Ken Salazar (Colo.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Frank Lautenberg (N.J.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) -- today issued a collective statement pledging their support for Barack Obama's presidential bid and calling for party unity as the general election contest begins.
Here's their full statement:
The Democratic nominee for President has now been chosen after a breathtaking and historic race.
As Senators who remained neutral in this contest, we are proud of Senators Obama and Clinton for breaking down barriers that some believed were unbreakable and for inspiring millions in our country to participate in our political process, many for the first time.
Our focus now is on victory in November and on giving Barack Obama every ounce of our support, every bit of our energy, and our total commitment to do everything in our power to win the Presidency.
In order to do that, we are going to spend the next days and weeks leading up to the convention working toward one goal: UNITY IN NOVEMBER.
We want to say, to the Clinton supporters who worked their hearts out and whom we know are very disappointed, that their extraordinary effort on her behalf has strengthened our party and strengthened our nation. They should be proud of her groundbreaking candidacy and her tireless fight for America's families.
We look forward to bringing everyone together so that we can finally put an end of the destructive and devastating policies of the Bush years, which would continue under John McCain.
It is time for positive change in our nation, and nothing could bring about that change more than victory the November election.
June 4, 2008; 4:24 PM ET
Categories: 2008 Campaign , Senate
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