WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton urged voters Saturday to support Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, saying the stakes of the election are high and the differences between Obama and Republican John McCain are stark.
"During our convention, we Democrats laid out clear, bold solutions to tackle the two biggest challenges confronting our nation — economic disarray at home and a decline in American strength and support around the world," she said in the Democrats' weekly radio address. "The contrasts between us and the Republicans could not be starker, especially on issues that matter to middle-class families."
Clinton echoed her support voiced at the Democratic National Convention for Obama, an Illinois senator, and running mate Joe Biden, a fellow senator from Delaware.
"With Barack Obama in the White House and Democrats leading in Congress, we will lead the charge to revitalize the economy, create jobs, make college affordable again and enable hardworking Americans to pay for gas, food, utilities and cover the monthly bills," said Clinton, a senator from New York. "Democrats will continue to fight to lower gas prices, as we are doing now in Congress, even as John McCain and the Republicans side with Big Oil."
And she repeated her pitch for a health care plan that covers every one.
"I, for one, can't wait to watch President Barack Obama, with the support of a Democratic Congress, sign into law universal health care that covers every single American."
She said McCain has said "our economy is fundamentally sound."
"John McCain doesn't think that 47 million people without health insurance is a crisis. John McCain wants to privatize Social Security and he's promised tax breaks for the biggest corporations instead of middle-class families. And in 2008, he still thinks it's OK that women aren't earning equal pay for equal work."
Clinton's criticism of McCain was sidestepped by Republicans, who are trying to win over disaffected Clinton voters after McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate. Instead, they seized on Clinton's earlier comments praising McCain during her primary battle.
"As Hillary Clinton aptly stated, 'Senator McCain has a lifetime of experience,"' said RNC spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson.
"He will use that experience as president to keep taxes low for American families and small businesses, grow the economy and reduce our nation's independence on foreign oil," Wilkerson said.