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Former Hillary Supporters Wooed to Obama Camp

  • August 30, 2008
  • By Pamela Prah

DENVER - Party unity is a major theme here for the Democrats - some still smarting after a bruising primary season - but Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner (D), a former supporter of Hillary Clinton, is solidly on board. "I'm strongly behind the Biden-Obama ticket."

Minner had initially endorsed Joe Biden of her home state until he dropped out of the presidential race. Obama picked him as his running mate shortly before the convention began Aug. 25. "I think there are some (Clinton supporters) who are very upset over the Hillary thing," Minner said after her delegation's Aug. 25 breakfast.

"I think when Hillary speaks, she will probably explain to them that she appreciates their support. I have talked to her and told her she has my support any time in the future when she wants to do something, but it isn't this time. We should all support the Democrat ticket for president and vice president."

Clinton is expected to tell her pledged delegates that they can vote for Obama at this week's roll call during the convention.

Minner was one of 11 Democratic governors who had endorsed Clinton, the same number Obama had won before Clinton conceded the race June 7. Since then, Obama has received the official backing of all 28 Democratic governors.

Minner is term-limited and cannot run again. The state's primary is Sept. 9. She has endorsed Lt. Gov. John Carney, who is running against State Treasurer Jack Markell for the Democratic ticket. Republicans running are Dave Graham, an accountant; Bill Lee, a retired judge; and Mike Protack, an airline pilot.