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Hillary Clinton Addresses Democratic National Convention

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Hillary Clinton has addressd the the U.S. Democratic National Convention, with a speech aimed at unifying the party behind Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential campaign.

Senator Clinton's speech began after a video tribute and a standing ovation from delegates, honoring her hard-fought but ultimately unsuccessful campaign to be the Democratic nominee for president.

Clinton urged her supporters to enthusiastically back her former rival during the primary campaign, Barack Obama. He will become the first African-American nominee of a major U. S. political party when he accepts the nomination Thursday on the final day of the convention in Denver, Colorado.

Before Clinton's speech, former Virginia governor and current Senate candidate Mark Warner delivered the convention's keynote address. He said this election is about the future versus the past, and he joined other speakers criticizing Republican candidate John McCain and the policies of President George Bush.

Democrats are urging unity after the long primary battle between Obama and Clinton. But polls indicate a significant number of Clinton supporters will vote for McCain as president.

Some of Clinton's backers remain upset she lost and that Obama did not select her to become his vice-presidential candidate.

The governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland, paid tribute at the top of his speech to the convention to Stephanie Tubbs Jones, an African-American congresswoman from Ohio who recently died of an aneurism.

Republicans take the spotlight next week, when the party holds its national convention in St. Paul, Minnesota to nominate McCain as its presidential nominee.

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