Aiming for unity, Clinton moves for Obama nomination
DENVER -- Hillary Clinton moved to nominate Barack Obama by acclimation at the Democratic convention.
The former presidential candidate moving to formally hand her onetime rive the party's nomination was done "in the spirit of unity with the goal of victory," Clinton said from the convention floor.
"Let's declare Barack Obama our candidate," she said, to raucous cheers and applause from thousands of assembled delegates.
Clinton's move cut short a roll call of the state delegates, which Obama was clearly slated to win. After Clinton released her delegates earlier Wednesday, many states that had backed her in the primaries cast their votes for Obama.
The former first lady assured delegates that all their votes would be counted as she moved to suspend the rules and nominate Obama by acclimation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is serving as the convention's chair, called for a voice vote of the assembled delegates. A massive swell of "yea" votes greeted her, although a RAW STORY reporter on the floor heard one or two "noes."
Obama was across town as the delegates he won in the primaries of winter and spring cast their votes. Aides left open the possibility that he would briefly visit the Pepsi Center to thank his supporters, a routine event at recent national conventions. His formal acceptance speech Thursday night was expected to draw a crowd of 75,000 at a nearby football stadium where an elaborate backdrop was under construction.
Fears of a contentious vote proved to be unfounded. Democrats on the convention floor seemed ecstatic about Obama becoming their nominee. Dancing delegates alternately chanted "Obama" and "Yes we can" after the nomination became official.
With wire reports
This video is from C-SPAN, broadcast August 27, 2008.