ABC News' Eloise Harper reports: Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., spoke in front of a large Democratic Party dinner Friday night in Raleigh, N.C., where she had to endure cheers for Obama and boos for the governor of the state who has backed her. Toward the end of the speech, Clinton pointed out to the crowd that she thinks she is tough, saying to the crowd, “I am no shrinking violet.”
Clinton, attempting to show that there will be party unity, said, “If Sen. Obama is the nominee you better believe I'll work my heart out for him.” The crowd erupted into a chant for Obama, leaving Clinton speechless for a few seconds while she waited for them to finish. Clinton also mentioned Gov. Mike Easley in the speech, who has endorsed her candidacy, and the senator from New York was momentarily rendered speechless while the crowd booed the him.
Clinton also had some words to say about former Sen. John Edwards in his home state. “Let me say what a great fighter North Carolina and working Americans everywhere have in John Edwards. John ran with compassion and conviction. And his courageous fight to end poverty is a fight I will see to the finish. I will appoint a cabinet-level position that will be solely and fully devoted to ending poverty as we know it in America. So let¹s take a minute to express our gratitude to your former senator and a great American, John Edwards."Clinton then pointed out that Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, supports her health-care plan. “And I am the only candidate with the plan that does that. And I want to thank Elizabeth Edwards for her passion for ending discrimination by the insurance companies and for standing up against John McCain's inadequate and radical health-care plan. Elizabeth Edwards is a true champion for universal health care.”