Hillary Clinton gave one of her most forceful, impassioned endorsements of Barack Obama, telling activists today that she is "absolutely positive with every fiber of my being" that her one-time Democratic rival needs to be elected.
"I come today with a very clear, unequivocal message," she said at the 8th Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee Luncheon in New York City. "We are facing extremely difficult times in New York and America. It will be challenging for our nation and our state to navigate through these unchartered waters. We will need leaders who will understand what it takes to reassert our economic stability, create new jobs while at the same time remembering those who are most likely to be left out and left behind.
“As a woman, as a lifelong advocate for women, children and families, as a New Yorker, as a senator and as an American, this is not even a close choice. This must be approached with the same level of commitment and intensity that we have ever seen by any campaign and by any citizen movement," she added, citing Obama's differences with Republican John McCain on abortion, equal pay, family leave, and healthcare.
She quoted her predecessor as first lady, "A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she’s in hot water."
"Well, the same is true for America," Clinton said. "We’re in hot water. But we will with the right leadership show strength and resolve. We will roll up our sleeves and get to work. But the only way we will find our way forward is by electing a President and Vice President who understand what’s at stake, who share the values that America represents here at home and around the world that will come with solutions that work."
“We need a fresh start, and the Obama-Biden Administration will provide that. America can rise again as we have before from the ashes of the Bushes. And get back on a confident and optimistic path into the future."
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