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Clinton: ‘No way, no how, no McCain’

Rebecca Boyle,

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., addresses the delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

DENVER ” Any lingering doubts about the Clinton couple’s support for the presumptive nominee were silenced ” at least briefly ” by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton herself in a rousing speech Tuesday night, in which she unequivocally endorsed her onetime rival, Sen. Barack Obama.

Clinton said she took the stage as a proud mother, a proud Democrat and a proud supporter of Obama.

At that opening remark, the Pepsi Center, packed to the gills with delegates, media and Democratic dignitaries, rose for the second of several ovations Clinton was to receive throughout the night.

“Whether you voted for me, or voted for Barack, the time is now to unite as a single party with a single purpose,” she said. “We are on the same team, and none of us can afford to sit on the sidelines. This is a fight for the future, and it’s a fight we must win together.”

Nothing less than the future of the country is at stake, she said.

She said she’s worked too hard for 35 years ” and so have her supporters, over the last 18 months ” to see another Republican win the White House.

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“Barack Obama is my candidate, and he must be our president,” she said.

Delegates and supporters lofted thin signs reading “Hillary,” “Obama,” and “Unity”

In a roughly 23-minute speech, Clinton revisited stories she heard on the campaign trail, including a young wounded Marine who asked her to take care of his buddies and later, to take care of him, too.

She thanked her many supporters ” “my champions, my sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits” ” but also made it clear she wanted them to turn their focus to Obama now.

“I want you all to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me? Or were you in it for that young Marine and others like him? Were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids? … Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?”

But the speech was less an endorsement of Obama’s abilities and more a referendum on his rival, Arizona Sen. John McCain, who will accept the GOP nomination next week.

Clinton repeatedly attacked McCain on the economy, energy, the war and other issues, saying Obama had solutions to all of the above.

“It makes sense that John McCain and George Bush will be together next week in the Twin Cities, because they’re awfully hard to tell apart,” she said, eliciting laughter.