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Clinton Endorses Obama

June 8, 2008

The general election race for the presidency is on between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain as of Saturday night. Sen. Hillary Clinton formally ended her presidential campaign on Saturday, saying to a packed house of thousands of supporters, "I will continue to stand strong with you every time, every place and every way that I can."

Sen. Hillary Clinton thanked her supporters on Saturday in a speech delivered in Washington. Clinton also said that she endorsed Sen. Barack Obama.

She urged the cheering crowd to support Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in his bid for the White House, saying she and supporters should "take our energy, our passion and our strength and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama ... I ask all of you to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me."

Her endorsement was met with a scattering of boos and thumbs downs from the crowd at the National Building Museum in Washington.

Shortly after the speech, Obama released a statement praising Clinton's presidential run.

During her speech, Clinton encouraged party unity, acknowledging that the fight has been hard, but saying "the Democratic Party is a family, and now it's time to restore the ties that bind us together."

"To all those who voted for me, my commitment to you is unyielding. You have inspired and touched me. You have humbled me with your commitment," she said. "Eighteen million of you from all walks of life -- women, and men, young and old, Latino and Asian, African-American and Caucasian, rich and poor, middle-class, gay and straight ... you have stood with me," she said.

Clinton noted that both she and Obama had made history in their campaigns, citing her historic run as the closest female to reach the presidential nomination in American history.

"When I was asked what it means to be a woman running for president, I always gave the same answer: I was proud to be running as a women, but I was running because I thought I'd be the best president," she said. "But I am a woman, and like millions of women, I know that there are still barriers and biases out there, often unconscious. And I want to build an America that respects and embraces the potential of every last one of us.

Clinton was accompanied by her husband, former President Clinton; their daughter, Chelsea; and her mother, Dorothy Rodham.

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