This is tough to share with all my fellow Clinton supporters: ABC News reports that “Sen. Hillary Clinton will hold an event with supporters by Friday, likely ending her historic bid for the White House and ceding the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama.”
I can confirm, this is not a rumor, it’s not erroneously reported news as we’ve had over the past couple of days. The time has come…
The NY Times blog The Caucus adds:
Mrs. Clinton will be hosting an event in Washington on Friday to thank her supporters and to express support for Mr. Obama and party unity.
Her decision came after a day of telephone conversations with supporters on Capitol Hill about what she should do now that Mr. Obama had claimed enough delegates to be able to clinch the nomination. Mrs. Clinton had initially said she wanted to wait before making any decision, but her aides said that in conversations, some of her closest supporters said it was urgent that she step aside. The news was first reported by ABCNEWS.com.
Expressing what I think is the feeling of many Clinton supporters (including myself truth be known), former vice president Walter Mondale said:
“I was for Hillary – I wasn’t against Obama, who I think is very talented. I’m glad we made a decision and I hope we can unite our party and move forward.”
The fact is we had two immensely talented candidates in the primary season who both clearly had amazing support from voters across the country. In the light of this news, which I expected to hear, I want to reiterate what I said in my post below:
I plan to continue to support Hillary Clinton as one of our great Democratic leaders and my hope, as I have expressed here is that she may be tapped for VP, despite the protests of others. Regardless, whatever Hillary does from here on out, I will have her back.
Hillary Clinton has run an amazing race for the Democratic nomination all the way to the end. She has garnered the support of 18 million voters and she’s got platform on issues that matter to so many Democrats and Americans.
I think in the future, we’ll see Hillary take that support and platform and use it to the best extent possible for the good of the Democratic Party and our country. So again, I will stress, whatever Hillary does from here on out, I plan to continue to support her here on The Dem Daily, as one of our great Democratic leaders.