The Washington Times - August 27, 2008, 09:58AM

DENVER When the Democratic National Convention gavels to order at 5 p.m. EDT, C-Span viewers will be treated to two hours of roll call festivities.



On its daily morning conference call, campaign and convention aides said there will be three short nominating speeches for Sen. Hillary Clinton, followed by a roll call vote.


Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive nominee, will get 4 nominating speeches. The campaign announced last night that Ken Salazar will do the first, but the others are still to be announced.


The state delegations will be filling out vote tally sheets that are due this afternoon, but will officially call each state during the block set aside for the vote until 7 p.m. EDT. The campaign wouldn’t say if perhaps Clinton will ask to cut off her nomination when the roll call gets to New York, but that’s the rumor.


Obama’s Bill Burton said the Clinton speech “leaves no question about where she stands,” and showcased “how united the party is.”


Here’s the start of my story on her unity speech:

DENVER — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton relished one final public embrace Tuesday from the millions who propelled her historic campaign, then rallied them behind the man who crushed her presidential aspirations in a rousing speech that declared it is time to take back the country from a failed Republican leadership.

Laying rest to a bitter primary battle that left many of her supporters — especially women — seething months later, Mrs. Clinton used her prime-time convention address to reassure her coalition of 18 million voters that Barack Obama and his running mate Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. would carry on her battle for universal health care, economic growth through green jobs and renewed American prestige abroad.

“You haven’t worked so hard over the last 18 months, or endured the last eight years, to suffer through more failed leadership. No way, no how, no McCain,” the first lady implored after being welcomed to the stage by her daughter Chelsea and an adoring, roaring crowd waving signs with her name on it. “Barack Obama is my candidate, and he must be our president.”

Read the full story here.


Obama loved the speech, calling her and Bill Clinton afterwards to thank them.


Here are portions of the pool report from the Obama trail in Montana:


Sen. Barack Obama arrived at the home of Eran Thompson, one of his local field organizers, and wife Carlee who were hosting a convention watching party with about a dozen friends.

He shook hands, made small talk and said he wants Montanans to know “we’re not planning to take their guns away.”

Obama grabbed a remote control to switch from MSNBC which had the camera on former President Clinton sitting in the Denver audience to CSPAN which was carrying Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s speech live. Some weird record message came on the TV screen and someone else finished switching the channel.  Obama and the house guests laughed their way through much of the speech and smiled broadly when President Clinton followed Schweitzer’s command to stand up and was laughing. That was great, that was good,” Obama said of the Hillary Clinton video before she came out.

Obama was sitting at the edge of the crowded brown sectional sofa closest to the TV in thre family’s small living room, leaning slightly forward, and as the video played he was watching intently with his hands folded together. “It’s a nice moment,” he said as Clinton came onstage. He also said Chelsea Clinton had “turned into such a wonderful young woman.”

Clinton began speaking and when she said she was “a proud suporter of Barack Obama” he smiled and softly shouted “yay” then straightened his face again. He clapped when she said “no way, no how, no McCain.”

Obama also smiled and laughed widely when she talked about her sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits. He nodded solemnly as she explained why she is supporting Obama and sat silent when she asked her supporters whether the were just in it “for me” or for various needy groups in America. He nodded and clapped when she talked of him signing expanded health care and when she praised Michelle Obama. He nodded and said “Yeah” as she criticized McCain and as her speech neared the end he leaned increasingly closer to the TV set.

After Clinton spoke: “That was excellent, that was a strong speech. She made the case for why we’re going to be unified in November and why we’re going to win this election. I thought she was outstanding.”


Also, per the campaign:


After leaving the house party, Senator Obama called and talked for several minutes with Senator Hillary Clinton saying how grateful he was for her support, that she gave a terrific speech and that all those he watched with in Billings, MT were moved by her video and introduction from Chelsea.  Also said he loved her line “No way, no how, no McCain.”

Senator Obama also called and spoke with President Bill Clinton for several minutes saying Senator Clinton could not have been better and made the case for change.  Obama said he knew how proud he must have been watching as he was last night watching Michelle speak and how grateful he was for their support


Obama adviser Anita Dunn also noted on the morning conference call that Obama told the former president they each have high bars to reach after such great speeches from their spouses.


Asked if the campaign was worried about what Bill Clinton may say tonight, Dunn said no way.


“We’re not nervous at all,” she said, adding she predicts the energy in the hall will be “electric” when the former president speaks.




Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times


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