Local Clinton supporters take the senator's lead

Hawaii Senate President Colleen Hanabusa
Hawaii Senate President Colleen Hanabusa
Yuma Tomes
Yuma Tomes
Tony Donald
Tony Donald

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Across Hawaii and the nation, democrats are banding together to build a united front in November's general election.

Now, local party leaders are taking Senator Clinton's lead, swinging their support behind Hawaii-born Senator Barack Obama.

With the field finally down to just two candidates for President, local democrats say it's time to throw aside their differences for their common cause of reclaiming the white house.

" We're moving forward this is where we are going to go," said Hawaii Senate President Colleen Hanabusa.

Local democrats say the only direction they're going is forward and they're going to do it together.

"Today we are proud to welcome all of the Clinton Supporters in Hawaii and across the nation into the Obama Ohana," said Obama State Director Andy Whiner.

The signs say it all. a pep rally of some sorts, Clinton supporters say with all eyes now on the November general election, it's all about unity.

"Pledge our unequivocal support for Senator Obama," said Hanabusa.

Many democrats predict an Obama/Clinton ticket will take the party to the top of November's general election. But it's not only a matter of talking the talk, it's also walking the walk.

" Its important that those voters that Hillary Clinton brings can also begin to support Barack Obama in a more invigorated fashion one we haven't seen yet," said Yuma Tomes.

"If that's where it's goes than that's great but there are a lot of other people too," said Tony Donald.

"There is no way we're going to let a Republican remain in the white house," said Hanabusa.

While it's still not known who Obama will chose as his running mate. Supporters say they're hopeful it's Hillary taking the party forward into the fall.

With the Barack Obama and John McCain matchup set, independents say they're likely to side with Obama. They say it's the Illinois Senator's broader perspective of issues that makes him more inclusive to voters than McCain.