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Timing is Everything


It's no accident that some important dates coincide with the DNC. Today marks 88 years since the 19th amendment to the constitution took effect, giving women the right to vote, making August 26th Women's Equality Day.

 

And fittingly, women, and one woman in particular, are the focus of tonight's convention events, with Sen. Hillary Clinton set to speak. Her historic run for the nomination is getting well-deserved credit at the many Women's Caucus events today.

 

But that's not what many delegates here at the Pepsi Center want to hear her discuss. While most reports have noted that Clinton has urged her supporters to turn their votes to Obama full force, in an interview with Colorado Public Radio this morning, one delegate and one superdelegate who were originally for Clinton both said they needed the senator to actually say the words "I release my delegates to Barack Obama." But what does that mean? Why isn't just giving support enough?

 

A report from Slate in 2000, sums up the legalese:

 

"The two national parties set the rules for the selection and responsibilities of their delegates... Democrats dictate their policy from the top down: All delegates are pledged, but not bound, to reflect the conscience of the candidate they were chosen to represent."

 

Will Clinton help unify the party? Stay tuned to the NewsHour to watch Senator Clinton's speech.









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