Hillary: 'Time Is Now to Unite'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2008 10:09 PM CDT
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., waves at the crowed after her daughter, Chelsea Carter, introduces her.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton delivered her long-awaited address tonight to the Democratic convention and drove home the point quickly and repeatedly: The party must unite and elect Barack Obama. Clinton, after a lengthy standing ovation, said she hasn't worked for the past 35 years on health care and women's rights only to have it all "squandered" by another Republican administration, CNN reports.

"Whether you voted for me, or you voted for Barack, the time is now to unite as a single party with a single purpose," said Clinton. She told her supporters to ask themselves: Did you work for me or the people we were trying to help? In a rousing finish, she invoked Harriet Tubman's advice to slaves in the pursuit of freedom: "If you hear the dogs, keep going. Don't ever stop, keep going." She told supporters the election was not about her, but about  making a choice that "honors the sacrifices of those who came before and builds a bridge for our children."