DENVER, Colorado (CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton released her delegates Wednesday, allowing those who had pledged to vote for her to choose whomever they please, presumably Sen. Barack Obama, in a roll call vote later today.
"I am here today to release you as my delegates," Clinton told them in a packed ballroom at the Denver Convention Center. "What is so important is that at the end of today we will nominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden as the president and vice president of the United States."
Watch: Clinton releases her delegates
The mood in the ballroom was largely one of resignation, with a brief flash of emotion: when Clinton told the crowd of her decision, some in the audience shouted “No!” Others booed. The senator just smiled and waited for them to finish, then continued her speech.
While Clinton said she wasn't telling her delegates what to do, she reinforced her commitment: "I signed my ballot this morning for Senator Obama"
At the event, Clinton confirmed that her staff has been cooperating and discussing how to have a unified convention with the Obama campaign.
“This was such a competitive primary season,” Clinton told her delegates. “I want you to know this has been a joy. Yes we didn't make it but boy did we have a good time trying.”
Clinton engaged in a bitter primary battle with Obama until the last contest in June before conceding. On Tuesday night, she delivered a headline address to the party’s convention in Denver, which was intended to heal any rift that the contentious campaign had caused.
“I believe that as Democrats and as Americans we will leave Denver united,” she said on Wednesday.
Clinton told the delegation that she had waited to address them in one place so she could address them all before releasing them.
She also took the opportunity to take a swipe at the opposition party, telling her supporters that Republicans “should apologize to the country.”
people like John who quote Hillary, "No way, no how" and then replace the "No Mccain" with " No Obama", just show how closed minded some of her supporters are. She gave a powerful speech that was at many times directed at her supporters, and this idiot still doesn't get it. go ahead and keep your hopes raised for 2012, buddy.
I have never been more proud of 'my gender' nor of one of THE most important American women, in American history! Senator Clinton did ALL she needed to do to elect Barack Obama as our next President! I am a 'daughter of the South' (born in Georgia. raised in Arkansas, and called 'Southern' California 'home' for nearly a quarter century), and I am also in the same 'age group' of Senator Clinton, a group which has been unifed for 'Clinton for President'...I will always remain a fan, of this woman who has made history by (almost) becoming the first female nominee...that said, WE must do as Hillary said, in her historic speech last night...release the votes intended for her to Senator Obama! Our beloved nation CANNOT survive another 4 years of 'Republican Destruction'! We have endured the unthinkable, on our precious American soil...we have bled more than we can bear. Bush steadily drained our economy, the rich got richer, and the rest of us just got depressed, and felt we were/are drowning in the mire created by the current administraion...BUT, there is HOPE...we have the 'LIFE SUPPORT'....we have OBAMA!! Senator Clinton gave us her blessing, to support Barack Obama...we MUST, this nation needs to live again, to regain the respect we once had in the world, we must 'save face'...we MUST be Democrats...we MUST ELECT BARACK OBAMA!!!
God speed and God Bless (our) America!!
Hillary did this to unite the party!!!! As Democrats how can you vote for someone who is agaisnt everyhting this party stands for. Hillary adn Obamas ploiceis are 95% the same, the values of Demcrats are the same. Please dont throw away Roe V Wade just becasue of spite.
The next president will appoint 3 supreme court justices, if its McCain they will be conservative. Roe V Wade will no longer exist!! Please if you are a woman think about that, if you have a daughter or grandaughter think about that!!
UNITY PLEASE FOR OUR FUTURE!
Do you honestly believe that Hillary Clinton could even become a candidate after this messy ordeal? She still has only HER supporters. They weren't enough to win this time around. There are still many more turned off by her.
If Obama loses this, there's not a chance in hell the rest of us would support her in 2012. She's trash.
I am proud of Hillary Clinton, I think she pulled it off last night! I am glad that the Democrats are showing strong signs of unity. However, please let's not be naive, Hillary Clinton gave that speech for Hillary Clinton's political future as much as she did for Obama (if not more).
Also, the fact remains that Hillary ran a slimy campaign and she had to pick up after her mess. She did not do Obama any favors! Obama owes her nothing!
I AM PUMA HEAR ME ROAR!!! raaaaaaar
I really don't get it. Hillary lost the primary. Today she released her delegates. Even if they all continue to vote for her (yeah, right), Obama will win the nomination tonight. In what cuckoo, twisted world can someone possilby think Hillary still has a chance for 08?
Hillary lost the popular vote. Hillary lost the delegate count. Hillary lost the number of states. Yes, it was close. No, not close enough.
Give us all a friggin' BREAK.