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Party stresses unity
Local Democrats backing Obama, but praise Clinton
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Forsyth County News
Forsyth County Democrats, even those who once backed Hillary Clinton's bid for president, have gotten behind the party's nominee in waiting.
Earlier this week, Barack Obama earned enough delegates to secure the party’s presidential nomination, edging Clinton in one of the closest contests in recent history.
Clinton is not expected to concede the nomination until Saturday, though the consensus at Wednesday night's meeting of the Forsyth County Democratic Party was that she should have bowed out Tuesday.
"I thought that she maybe should have recognized the fact that he had gotten all the delegates that he needed to get," said Marie Anderson, adding that Obama "has worked very hard."
"I think he deserves the nomination, and I do hope that Hillary will come around and really work towards uniting the party," she said.
Anderson was less certain about Clinton's interest in the vice presidency.
"I think she’s very qualified, I just don’t know how the dynamic between the two of them would work," she said. "That’s the only thing that I worry about."
Kerry Rosewall said she voted for Clinton in Georgia's Feb. 15 primary, but is "very happy with Obama."
"I’m just very glad that a candidate is final, that there’s one candidate for the Democratic Party now," she said.
Vergilio Perez-Pascoe originally supported New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's bid for the Democratic nomination, then sided with Clinton because of her policies, which he found "more clear ... more detailed.”
"I thought that Obama was a very good speaker and brought people in, but didn’t seem to have an awful lot of depth, I thought, at least in the policy area," Perez-Pascoe said.
Still, he was disappointed in Clinton's speech Tuesday.
"In my mind, she was thinking more of herself and of her legacy rather than the Democratic Party winning in November," he said.
Marilyn Beverly said she and her husband at first each favored other candidates, before backing Obama, who she called "an exceptional young man."
"I think that coming from that glass ceiling era, I would have much rather have had [Clinton] gracefully bow out … but I think Obama is handling it with a lot of class.”