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Hillary Clinton Nominates Obama on New York’s Behalf

With backers of Hillary Clinton still voicing their support for her presidential bid on the convention floor, the New York senator appeared during the roll call to move that Barack Obama become the Democratic nominee by acclamation. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks weigh in after Clinton's roll call speech.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Now Hillary Clinton will come to the floor.

    You can barely see her in the crowd.

  • SPEAKER:

    Thank you, Illinois. Thank you, Mayor Daley.

  • JIM LEHRER:

    We can barely see her there. There's Governor Paterson in front of her, and there's Sen. Clinton and Sen. Schumer behind her.

  • SPEAKER:

    Thank you, Illinois. Thank you, Mayor Daley.

    New York — New York, you have 282 votes. How do you cast them?

  • NEW YORK STATE REPRESENTATIVE:

    Madam Chairman, on behalf of the Empire State, the great state of New York, led by its great new governor, Gov. David Paterson…

    … the home of the senior senator, Sen. Charles Schumer…

    … the home of the Ways and Means chair of the House, Congressman Charlie Rangel…

    … and a great congressional delegation, the home of our great state Democratic chair, June O'Neill…

    … our great attorney general, Andrew Cuomo…

    … Controller Tom DiNapoli…

    … I am proud to call upon the great senator from New York to make the following presentation.

    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton!

    SEN. HILLARY CLINTON (D), New York: Madam Secretary, on behalf of the great state of New York, with appreciation for the spirit and dedication of all who are gathered here, with eyes firmly fixed on the future, in the spirit of unity, with the goal of victory, with faith in our party and our country, let's declare together in one voice, right here, right now, that Barack Obama is our candidate, and he will be our president!

    Madam Secretary, Madam Secretary, I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules and suspend the further conduct of the roll call vote, all votes cast by the delegates will be counted, and that I move Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois be selected by this convention, by acclamation, as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States!

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