Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) met with House Democrats on Wednesday morning, continuing her congressional outreach after suspending her presidential bid earlier this month.
Although there was a clear split within the caucus throughout the long Democratic primary season, several lawmakers interviewed after the meeting said Clinton was given a warm welcome and that there was no tension in the room.
"She won a lot of hearts in there," said Rep Peter Welch (D-Vt.), who endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) early on in the primary season.
According to a Democrat in the room, Clinton addressed the caucus for roughly 10 minutes, thanking her supporters and telling the group she would do all in her power to help the Democratic Party.
“This was a very difficult campaign, let’s be honest," Clinton said according to the Democrat. "It caused some heartburn…but we are a family; we are the Democratic Party and we are on the same team. So let’s go out and win and November!”
Clinton told the group that it was good to be back in the Senate as “just an ordinary, run-of-the-mill superdelegate,” according to the eyewitness.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Clinton said she was "100 percent committed to doing everything I possibly can" to elect Obama and to help elect more Democrats to both the House and Senate.
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said he had a brief conversation with Clinton after the meeting.
"Sen. Clinton is a big team player, she is going to get out and help our candidates," said Van Hollen. "We are looking forward to her continuing to work with our candidates. She is a big asset."
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