Yesterday Hillary Clinton told a room full of Latino Elected Officials that we all should be united in backing Barack Obama. In acknowledging the help she received from the Latino community, she said, “I was very honored to have so much support in the Hispanic community. I believe this country is worth fighting for, and the best way to continue this fight is to elect Barack Obama as president of the United States.” While Senator Clinton put up a strong and aggressive fight for the nomination, I think that she has come full circle in supporting Barack Obama, especially since he reached into his own pocket yesterday to help her retire her campaign debt. Senator Obama has also asked his top contributors to assist Clinton in paying off her campaign bills.
I think that Hillary Clinton is intelligent and savvy enough to realize that supporting Barack Obama for the presidency will help advance her own agenda, which in reality is not that different from Senator Obama’s. Hillary Clinton kept telling us that she was fighting for women’s rights, children’s rights, and for comprehensive health care for all Americans. Electing Barack Obama will bring us closer to achieving those goals than will supporting Senator McCain or even opting to not vote for president because some are bitter that Clinton did not win the nomination. I really wonder how not supporting Senator Obama will help advance Senator Clinton’s agenda in the Senate for those folks who are angry that she did not win. Furthermore, what real alternative is there in the race that would help advance the causes that Senator Clinton supports?