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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.

By Ben Pershing  |  June 4, 2008; 4:24 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Senate  
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barbra boxer said she would vote the way her state went. She told NPR on super tuesday she would cast her super delegate vote for clinton. Is the endorsement different than the sd vote?

Posted by: john | June 4, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

With SD and MT now counted, Hillary finished this race with 18,000
more votes than Obama - EXCLUDING Michigan. Toss it in, it's a
346,000 lead.

Ladies (and gentlemen), if you are ready to demand that Supers honor
that - or you will vote McCain - read and sign the Nobama Petition


Posted by: RG | June 4, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I do not like sentors' statement "UNITY IN NOVEMBER". It will be too late unity in November. Democratic Party should "UNITE NOW". D.P. has been torn by Hillary Clinton's persisting fight and denail of loser. D.P. needs to heal wounds now for a strong party.

Senators, please do not negotiate for Hillary Clinton's black mail of vice president. It will be a disaster for future president Obama.

Posted by: Judy | June 4, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse


BITTER HILLARY SUPPORTER for all those whining spoilers
DECENT HILLARY SUPPORTER for all rational and decent voters that had Hillary as a first choice.

A clear difference for unity.

Posted by: ES NYC | June 4, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I sincerely hope to you all give very little weight to Bob Johnson's letter. To the African American community, he is merely a minstrel show, who is willing to demean us and promote the worst of what our community has to offer. We have very little support for Mr. Johnson and even less respect for him as a man. He is really quite sad and lost.

Finally, I am very disappointed and embarrassed by Mrs/ Clinton's behavior over the last 24 hours. Why does it take until Saturday to concede something she should have been preparing for? In addition to the financial management of her campaign, it shows that she had not properly prepared for the next phase. I am disappointed because last night's speech lacked the integrity that I had hoped she possessed. Would she have given Barack and his campaign more respect had he been white? I am embarrassed because Hillary's behavior is the reason it is SO hard for women to advance in corporate America. Her choice to "wait until Saturday" perpetuates the feeling that women in power will hold a bitter grudge....even at the detriment of the company. She shows that we "Women" cannot pull together for the unity of our company (in this case party). This only makes it harder for women in my position.

Posted by: cmax | June 4, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Now all he needs to do is find a good VP. This site holds a Vice President Poll every week, so you can see what America thinks. Just visit:

and help your favorite candidate choose his/her running mate. They started a VP poll last week, and the results from that poll have just been posted. This poll is honest and represents all of America.

Posted by: votenic | June 5, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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