Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Obama Seals The Deal!


Barack Obama effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday, becoming the first black candidate to lead a major party into a campaign for the White House. Vanquished rival Hillary Rodham Clinton swiftly signaled an interest in joining the ticket as running mate.
Obama arranged a victory celebration at the site of this summer's Republican National Convention — an in-your-face gesture to Sen. John McCain, who will be his opponent in the race to become the nation's 44th president. The 46-year-old Obama outlasted Clinton in a historic campaign that sparked record turnouts in primary after primary, yet exposed deep racial and gender divisions within the party. In a campaign of surprises, Clinton's comments about joining the ticket rated high.

According to one participant in an afternoon conference call among Clinton and members of the New York congressional delegation, Rep. Lydia Velasquez said she believed the best way for Obama to win over Hispanics and members of other key voting blocs would be to take the former first lady as his running mate. "I am open to it," Clinton replied, if it would help the party's prospects in November, said the participant, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the call was a private matter.

Obama sealed his victory based on public declarations from delegates as well as from an additional 18 who had confirmed their intentions to the AP. The count also included five delegates Obama was guaranteed as long as he gained 15 percent of the vote in South Dakota and Montana later in the day. It takes 2,118 delegates to clinch the nomination.

8 comments:

The Rock Chick said...

One word.....YAY!!!!

I really like Barack Obama and I am hoping he is the next President. I do like Hillary, too and I'm curious to see if he does indeed ask her to join him on the ticket.

I'd like to see it, but I don't know how many share my opinion.

pjazzypar said...

Hey RC,

I knew you would find some joy in this. Hillary hinted that she would join the ticket if invited. I really think it would be wise to bring her along to consolidate the party. We will need all the help we can get to go up against that old fogy McCain.

Lori said...

Had it not been for Hill's and Bill's behavior during the nomination process, I might have agreed. She's smart, she's capable, she's experienced, bring her own board. But now, sadly, no. It really would lessen my respect for Obama and I'd dare saw he'd be slitting his own throat by bringing her on as VP. I wouldn't be opposed to him giving her a position, just not 2nd in command.

thrivingat30 said...

Hallelujah! We have our yard sign ready to go....but what do you think about the possibility of Hillary for VP? I don't know. In a way I think it might help, but it could also hurt him.

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thrivingat30 said...

oops. I just read the previous comments and I see you've already shared your opinion on this! LOL

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Sue said...

I'm a Canadian and I say Wooo Hoooo!!!! Yayyyy!!!! :)

pjazzypar said...

Lori,

I want him to win and I think he needs states like Texas, which she won, in order to win the whole enchilada. Her behavior during the process has been deplorable, no doubt, but it is time for the party to come together. I just wouldn't eat any food she prepared if I was Obama.

Thrivingat30,

I am just glad it's over. I was going to back which ever democratic who was victorious, but I am glad it's him.

Sue,

I didn't know you good people to the north even cared about our politics. Thanks for sharing your opinion.

X. Dell said...

At last, it ends.