Sans Clinton, Democratic Senate Women Rally
Democratic Senate women met Tuesday morning at a historic building dedicated to womens suffrage to unveil their checklist for change as they sought to coalesce around one theme and agenda after the divisive presidential nominating contest.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) opened the rally, at the Sewall-Belmont House, acknowledging first that her female colleagues supported different candidates during the Democratic presidential race, but that they are now united around Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).
We may have supported different candidates, but we are united, shouted the fiery Maryland Senator, who supported Obamas opponent, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) during the race.
But that message may have been overshadowed by Clintons obvious absence.
Although the 10 Democratic women tried to focus the rally around the Democratic agenda, they largely took cues from Obamas campaign playbook, focusing on the desire for change.
Asked if Clintons absence presented any challenge for Obama, Mikulski was quick to note that the former first lady has thrown her weight behind the presumptive Democratic nominee and is united with her colleagues on the change agenda.
One of the Illinois Senators strongest backers, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), agreed, saying that she and her female colleagues, many of whom supported Clinton during the hard-fought presidential nominating race, are backing Obama and making the case for him.
The Democratic women of the Senate, including Sen. Clinton, are already coalesced around Sen. Obama. We are united in showing that there are stark differences between him and Sen. McCain, McCaskill said, referencing the Arizona Republican running for president.