Sen. Hillary Clinton
Sen. Barack Obama
INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday she had “no concern at all” that her ongoing battle with Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination would inflict lasting harm on her party.\
Mrs. Clinton of New York predicted Democrats would “unite behind our nominee” to run a “vigorous and successful” campaign against presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain. She further promised she would “shout that from the mountaintops” after June 3 when the nominee is decided, even if it’s not her.\
“I have pledged that I will do whatever I can to bring our party back together and to make that case no matter who our nominee is,” she told editors during a meeting with the editorial board of the Indianapolis Star newspaper.\
She brushed aside polls taken the day she won Pennsylvania’s primary that indicated nearly a quarter of Democrats would defect to the Republican Party should their chosen Democratic candidate not win the nomination.\
Mrs. Clinton called that mentality the “height of political foolishness to have voted for one of us and what we stand for,” and then to stay home or vote for Mr. McCain, Arizona Republican.
— Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times