24 Mar

Hillary stresses party unity

CNN.com reports on comments Hillary made in Pennsylvania today when she responded to a question about whether Democrats can come together after the primaries. She said:

I think we will have a unified Democratic party once we have a nominee, we will go into fall election very committed to taking back the White House. None of the things I talk about will happen if Sen. McCain is elected.

I think that people that who would have voted for either me or Sen. Obama are going to ask themselves, “Wait a minute, there are really big differences between the Democrats and the Republicans.” And let’s have a unified party and elect a Democratic president.

This is not the first time she or Barack Obama have been asked this question, and the answer is always the same. We will be united one way or another, because we have to win. The only question is whether we take the easy way — which is to bring both candidates together, let them lead by example with a joint ticket and let their supporters follow — or whether we risk discouraging half the party and will need to work to rebuild that trust after the nominee is chosen.