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Hillary Preparing 'Whip' Team for Convention

Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 09:51 AM

By Jim Meyers

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Hillary Clinton's staff is creating a 40-member "whip team" for the Democratic convention to prevent her supporters from launching embarrassing anti-Obama demonstrations during the floor vote on her nomination.

The team is working along with Obama's floor organizers to help present the appearance of a unified front during the roll-call process.

"If people get down there on the floor and want to start blowing kazoos and making a scene, we want to make sure we've got people who stand in front of them with Obama signs," a staffer involved in the planning told Politico.

"Is it typical for a losing candidate to have their own whip team? No. But it's also not usual for a losing candidate to get 18 million votes either.”

Clinton spokesperson Kathleen Strand said: “We have been and are working closely with the Obama campaign to make sure we have an exciting and unified convention.”

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