Friday, July 12, 2024

Clinton calls on her Latino supporters to rally in favor of Obama

Hillary Rodham Clinton began campaigning in earnest for her former rival Thursday, urging some of her most passionate supporters to back Barack Obama and then introducing him to some of her key fundraisers.

“It is so important that we rally together,” Clinton said at a luncheon address to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). The group is officially non-partisan, but many of its members were staunch Clinton supporters in the Democratic presidential contest.

In her first major public speech since conceding the nomination contest to Obama, Clinton praised him for “his grit and his grace.”

She urged her Hispanic supporters to transfer their allegiance to him. “We all have to be united behind the values and ideals we believe in,” she said. “I believe firmly the best way to continue this fight is to elect Barack Obama.

The New York senator remains a powerful draw with Latino voters. She got a standing ovation at the NALEO conference, where the group’s president, Adolfo Carrion introduced her as “nuestra hermana” – “our sister.”

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