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Friday, June 13, 2008

 9:32 PM 

Baldwin urges Clinton supporters to back Obama

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who backed Clinton throughout the primary, implored Democrats to support Barack Obama.

She listed his positions on issues such as health care, the war in Iraq and abortion in trying to convince Clinton supporters that they must join her and Clinton in "enthusiastically endorsing the candidacy of Barack Obama and working our hearts out to assure his election as the next president of the United States."

She said that she and Clinton share an "unshakable" commitment to health care for all and the belief that a women becoming president is not only possible, but inevitable.

Baldwin quoted President Gerald Ford's first speech upon taking office, in which he said "our long national nightmare is over."

"Little did anyone know, the worst was yet to come," Baldwin said.

Baldwin called the last eight years on Bush and Cheney and the "most destructive, debilitating and demoralizing in memory, and perhaps even history."

"The next Jan. 20, this long national nightmare will be over," she said.

Listen to Baldwin's speech
-- By David Wise

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