By
Kailani Koenig-Muenster
8/26/2008
 
Tonight
was Hillary’s night. She took the stage at the Pepsi Center in front
of a gigantic blue screen broadcasting her name. Senator Clinton faced
a thunderous ovation from thousands and a gigantic sea of Hillary
signs. But even though this was her night, Ms. Clinton switched focus
back to her former rival.
“Barack Obama is
my candidate and he must be our president,” she said to a roaring room
of applause. The New York sentator faced her supporters, many who were
still hesitant to jump on the Obama train. She reassured them that he
is the right candidate if they agree with her own
beliefs.
“The time is now to unite with a
single party and with a single purpose,” she said. Senator Clinton
went on to warn them that “We are on the same team and none of us can
afford to sit on the sidelines.”
These
remarks come on the heels of a recent USA Today/Gallup poll that shows
only 47% of Hillary Clinton supporters solidly back
Obama. 
During her primary and caucus fights, Senator
Clinton had gotten 18 million votes. She talked tonight about those
“18 million cracks in the glass ceiling” and her “Sisterhood of the
Traveling Pantsuits.”
  
But she went on
to challenge her staunchest supporters, hoping to sway them to support
Barack Obama saying, “I want you to ask yourselves, were you in this
campaign just for me?” She went on to ask if they were rallying for
her because of her, or because of the issues and the state of the
country. Senator Clinton also took on GOP presidential candidate
Senator John McCain, saying he was her friend but “No way, no how, no
McCain.”