Clinton Does Her Part to Unify Dems

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DENVER - The key goal this week at the Democratic National Convention has been to unify the party -- and Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton tried to do her part.

It's a speech Sen. Clinton would have preffered to deliver Thursday, the night her chief rival, Barack Obama will officially become the Democratic nominee for president. Instead, her goal Tuesday was unity.

Click play to view David Brody's report from Denver and Pat Robertson's comments on the convention.

"Barack Obama is my candidate. And he must be our President," Clinton told an audience of more than 20,000 Democrats.

"The time is now to unite as a single party with a single purpose. We are on the same team, and none of us can sit on the sidelines," she said.

Her speech was a delicate balancing act. She needed to praise Obama while making sure her supporters felt comforted too.

"To my supporters, my champions -- my sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits - from the bottom of my heart: Thank you. You never gave in. You never gave up. And together we made history," Clinton said.

And now Clinton is leading the charge against GOP rival John McCain:

"No way. No how. No McCain," she said. "We don't need four more years... of the last eight years."

Still, John McCain's campaign hopes ads released might peel off disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporters. But after this speech her supporters, for the most part, seemed ready to tow the party line.

"We are strong Hillary people, but we will support the platform," said Frieda Wilcox, a delegate from Owasso, Okla.

"I don't see that there's anything she could do more than what she said tonight to say we've got to support Barack. I'm happy with her now," said Dan Parham from Flagler County, Fla.

"It's just what the Democrats needed to pull us together," Robin Picketts, a Hillary supporter in Denver, Colo., told CBN News.

The Clinton drama isn't over quite yet. Former president Bill Clinton speaks Wednesday. The anticipation of what he says and how he says it will be high. Then vice presidential nominee Joe Biden will make the case for Obama. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani tells CBN News there's a problem with that.

"What Joe Biden said is that Barack Obama is not prepared to be President of the United States. Hillary Clinton said the same thing," he said.

And therein lies the problem for the Obama campaign. Who will make the case that Barack Obama is ready to be Commander in Chief?

It's a theme the McCain campaign has constantly hammered home and they believe they can win over some disgruntled Clinton supporters with a message of readiness to be president.

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