Pelosi Urges Party Unity for Obama

Posted August 25, 2008 at 1:51pm

Speaker Nancy Pelosi encouraged fellow California Democrats during a delegation breakfast meeting today to work hard so that the state can “give Barack Obama and Joe Biden the biggest victory in U.S. history.”

To accomplish this goal, Pelosi said the delegation must be “ready to work hard for victory” and to come together as one party and support Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Joseph Biden (Del.) as the party’s presidential ticket.

Pelosi acknowledged disappointed supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), who lost the party nomination to Obama, but she said, “It’s not just about us and what our feelings are about campaigns … it’s about the American people.”

California delegates strongly applauded this message, and a delegate from Fresno said the Pelosi speech was “wonderful, and she’s right, we need to unite.”

Pelosi continued to distinguish between the platforms of Obama and his presidential rival, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). John Friedrich, a delegate from Midpines, Calif., said “she did a great job of pointing out the essential differences between Obama and McCain especially on issues like Iraq War, health care and the economy.”

Some delegates were not as easy to persuade. Julie Wong from the 15th district held a banner during the entire meeting that said “Teachers for Hillary.” Although she stood up when Pelosi asked for unity, she said she would keep her word as an elected official and stay strong for Clinton. She handed out Clinton buttons and stickers to anyone who promised to wear one.