When asked on Saturday at a rally in Roseburg about party unity, the Illinois senator acknowledged people’s concerns about the length of the nominating process but assured them that Democrats would come out united in the end.
“It was pretty tough and hard fought,” he said about the primary season, describing the former first lady as a “formidable opponent.”
“She was relentless and very effective.”
Was? Note the use of the past tense.
Obama has not wrapped up the nomination and Clinton is still campaigning hard in the remaining primary states.
But the Obama campaign has shifted its focus, at least partly, onto a general election against Republican John McCain. Obama stopped in Michigan and Missouri this week and intends to campaign in Florida and Iowa next week, all of which are states that have already voted and will be crucial to a Democratic win in the fall.