Clinton makes the rounds

Before her big speech tonight, Hillary Clinton spent the afternoon addressing events organized by women's groups.

Published August 26, 2008 10:15PM (EDT)

DENVER -- Die-hard Hillary Clinton supporter Susie Tompkins Buell had said she wouldn't come to Denver, she was so upset that her friend lost the nomination to Barack Obama. But Buell changed her mind and on Tuesday she threw an event for, a group she's calling a for women. Clinton herself made a brief appearance to thank the group and rally them behind Democrats, but she didn't mention Obama by name.

"The Democratic Party represents a much better future for everything we care about. I will be making a strong case that we must stand behind our nominees," Clinton said, adding, "We can't afford four more years of a Republican in the White House."

There were a few "Nobama" buttons among the crowd, and the ever-present Clintons4McCain showed up too. But a lot of women were wearing buttons that said, "Hillary supports Obama and so do I."

Rep. Carolyn Mahoney said most of the women present "were still in mourning" but would support Obama. "Republicans are trying to separate us," Mahoney said, pointing to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's having said that Obama should have picked Clinton as V.P. "We can't let them."

Later, at an event sponsored by EMILY's List, Clinton was effusive when speaking about Obama and his new running mate. "We need in the White House on Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Barack and Joe will stand with us and fight for us ... I ask all of you who worked so hard for me to work as hard for Barack Obama." She also asked the crowd, "Wasn't Michelle Obama terrific last night?" Michelle Obama appeared at that event as well, but she and Clinton didn't overlap at the event, speaking a half-hour apart.

By Salon Staff

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