Top Democratic leaders held a rally for Barack Obama at Democratic National Committee headquarters on Tuesday, seeking to put the long and divisive primary battle behind them and focus on defeating Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
“I'm confident in the strength of our Party as we work to elect Barack Obama our next president…and win seats up and down the ticket,” said DNC Chairman Howard Dean.
Democrats turned out in full force to support their presumptive nominee, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Democratic Governors Association Chairman Joe Manchin of West Virginia and dozens of other top congressional Democrats appeared at the event.
Dean acknowledged there were some “ugly moments” throughout the primary campaign, twice mentioning “sexist comments by members of the media” but declined to offer any specifics.
The DNC chairman made a point of calling Clinton supporter Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) to the podium, to show that the party was united after a heated primary battle in which emotions ran high.
Stabenow predicted that many women voters who supported Clinton so enthusiastically in the primary, would “look directly at the U.S. Supreme Court” and shift their support to Obama.
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