Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a self-proclaimed "fairly staunch Hillary Clinton supporter" predicts Clinton backers will enthusiastically support Barack Obama after they get a chance to give Clinton her due at a roll call vote expected Wednesday night.
"The vast majority of Hillary supporters that are here are excited about the message on this button," she said, pointing to her lapel pin, "Hillary Clinton supporter for Obama."
"They've been saying we all need to come together," she said, adding, "They want to be able to celebrate her success and how far women have come and the history making candidacy she has had...It's a way for us to bring Hillary supporters behind Barack Obama and lock elbows and march forward together and celebrate two history making candidacies at one convention."
Wasserman Schultz joined several colleagues at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor at a downtown hotel. Asked by one reporter whether women would flock to John McCain if he selected a female running mate, Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., cast baffled looks at each other.
"Who?" Stabenow said, noting that names that have been floated such as McCain's economic adviser Carly Fiorina, "is not walking in the shoes of the women in Michigan, economically."
Quipped Wasserman Schultz of the former Hewlett-Packard chairman and chief executive, "She's walking in Jimmy Choos."