Hillary Clinton was on Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer today, and she is starting to sound an awful lot like a team player. Check out her response to a viewer question about why so many of her supporters say they would vote for McCain over Obama if she isn’t the nominee.
“Right that both his supporters and my supporters might stay home or not vote for the other, and I just have to say, as strongly as I can, that that would be a terrible mistake. Anybody who has ever voted for me or voted for Barack has much more in common, in terms of what we want to see happen in our country and in the world, with the other than they do with John McCain,” Clinton said.
She could have stopped there, but she also pledged to “work her heart out” for the Democratic nominee, “So I’m going to work my heart out for whoever our nominee is. Obviously, I’m still hoping to be that nominee. But I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that anyone who supported me, the 17 million people who have voted for me, understand what a grave error it would be not to vote for Senator McCain — Senator Obama, and against Senator McCain.”
Since there are still votes left to be cast, she is going to hold on to the pretext that she still has a chance, but if you look at what she said, Hillary is signaling that she is going to be a team player this fall, and that she would like her supporters to do the same. I think all the worry and consternation from the Obama supporters that Clinton would somehow try to sink Obama’s chances against McCain has been largely unfounded. Since Indiana and North Carolina, Clinton has stopped attacking Obama, and has changed the tone of her campaign.
Clinton is the key to unifying the Party. If she works hard and campaigns with her supporters for Obama, I don’t see how he can lose. Of course, in some ways it is too soon to talk about this because there are still hurt feelings on both sides, but Clinton seems to be slowly trying to ease her supporters into the Obama camp. If she is successful, she will have taken a big step towards relieving the ill will that has been built up towards her among many Democrats.
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