Pamela on Politics: BET Political Blog
By Pamela Gentry, BET Senior Political Producer
June 11, 2008 – On Tuesday, Democratic leaders gathered at party headquarters to rally behind their presidential candidate. This symbolic gesture was to show the American people the long and often divisive primary battle is over, and all attention is now on defeating Republican Sen. John McCain in November.
Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean said, “I’m confident in the strength of our party as we work to elect Barack Obama our next president…and win seats up and down the ticket.”
While Tuesday’s event featured all the party heavy-hitters including, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Democratic Governors Association Chairman Joe Manchin of West Virginia, more Democrats will gather on Capitol Hill today to discuss the troubled economy, an easy segue to Obama’s economic policy tour, which he launched on Monday.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, (D-Mich.), who joined her colleagues at the DNC Tuesday, will host the news conference to address the squeeze families are experiencing at the grocery store. Stabenow will be joined by two senators from states Obama will need to win in November: Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.
Democrats might be getting it. They’re showing some discipline, organization and discussing issues folks want to hear about.
All this party unity is starting to annoy folks on the other side of the aisle. The Republican National Committee circulated an e-mail Tuesday highlighting one Democrat who isn’t endorsing Obama for the White House.
Rep. Dan Boren, the only Democratic member of Congress from Oklahoma, said Tuesday he couldn’t give his endorsement for the first term senator because he is “the most liberal senator” in Congress.
But, The Associated Press reported, Boren also said he would cast his super-delegate vote for the senator at the August convention and vote for him in November. “I think this is an important time for our country,” Boren said.
”We’re facing a terrible economic downturn. We have high gasoline prices. We have problems in our foreign policy. That’s why I think it’s important,” he added.
The Republican National Committee didn’t include that part of the story.