Clinton bows out, endorses Obama

6/8/2008 WASHINGTON Before a packed crowd in Washington D.C. Saturday, Clinton thanked her supporters, while rallying voters to now focus their attention on Sen. Barack Obama.

"The way to continue our fight now to accomplish the goals for which we stand is to take our energy, our passion, our strength and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama, the next president of the United States," she said.

"Today as I suspend my campaign, I congratulate him on the victory he has won and the extraordinary race he has run. I endorse him and throw my full support behind him and I ask of you to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me," the New York senator continued, in her 28-minute-long address.

Clinton was joined by her mother, Dorothy Rodham, daughter Chelsea, as well as her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Barack Obama broke his silence regarding Clinton's run for the Democratic ticket: "I honor her today for the valiant and historic campaign she has run," he said. "She shattered barriers on behalf of my daughters and women everywhere, who now know that there are no limits to their dreams. And she inspired millions with her strength, courage and unyielding commitment to the cause of working Americans."

The race between the two nominees has been called both historical and groundbreaking. Obama, if elected, will be the first African-American president of the United States. Clinton's candidacy nearly took her all the way to the Democratic National Convention.

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