Vermont's Clinton and Obama delegates have reached agreement on how they will vote when the state's turn comes toward the end of this evening's roll-call vote at the Democratic Convention. A statement of unity, drafted last night with the help of former Governor Madeleine Kunin, recognizes the historic achievement of Hillary Clinton's campaign as a prelude to a unanimous Vermont delegate vote for Barack Obama.
"My own view is that the angry Hillary woman has been hyped," Kunin told a breakfast meeting of the VT delegation on Weds. "We want to present our own delegation in a totally different vein. I feel very comfortable casting my vote for Obama."
Vermont may once again serve as a model for other states, Kunin added. She said she hopes the entire convention, including all Hillary supporters, acts on a tag line from Sen Clinton's speech last night:
"No way, no how, no McCain!"
The statement to be read out later today on the convention floor begins:
"The great Green Mountain State of Vermont, home of Ben & Jerry's, honors the historic accomplishment of Hillary Rodham Clinton and her support in this election from 18 million voters."
"Obama and Clinton delegates are united in saluting her candidacy that paved the way for other women. We salute and honor all those who worked tirelessly on her behalf."
And it concludes:
"We are proud to cast our votes for the next president of the United States, Barack Obama."
Congressman Peter Welch also spoke at the breakfast today. I asked him afterward what he thought of the challenge to his re-election by an Iraq veteran running with Progressive support. More on that in a little while.
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