Florida delegates insist party will unite

08/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

The Democratic Convention begins its second night in Denver and tonight the focus will be on Hillary Clinton’s speech, scheduled to begin at 10:30 eastern time.

Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, running for the U.S. Senate this year, will give the keynote address. But all eyes will be on the former first lady, who ran a historic primary race with almost as many votes as Barack Obama won, but lost out among the superdelegates who ultimately were slated to decide the nomination.

Clinton’s speech – as well as former President Bill Clinton’s tomorrow night – will carefully observed to see how much support they give presumptive nominee Barack Obama going into the general election.

Tension still exists among Clinton and Obama supporters.

A protest march by Clinton supporters was scheduled to take place in Denver today. The consternation among those voters has been well documented. But according to the Los Angeles Times, there is considerable animosity building among Obama supporters over the prominence the Clintons will have at this convention. After Hillary speaks tonight in prime time, Bill Clinton will do the same tomorrow before Joe Biden speaks.

The Times quoted a black congressman who requested anonymity saying, “We've only got four good prime-time hours at this convention, and we're using one of them for this? ….. "All I can say is, Obama's a bigger man than I am."

Alan Clendinen is a Clinton delegate who lives in Tampa but is attending the convention in Denver. He says he will proudly vote for Clinton when the roll is called on Wednesday.

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