Hillary Clinton Suspends Campaign, Gives the Nod to Barack Obama

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KAIT) - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D - New York) announced today in front of thousands of supporters in the nation's capital that she would suspend her campaign, effectively ending her bid for President of the United States in 2008 and giving the nod to Barack Obama.

Clinton is not officially ending her campaign, but suspending it.  This allows her to continue receiving donations that are much needed by her campaign, which stands to be over $30 million in debt.

The audience was very pro-Hillary but also very aware of her message and in a regretful way.  Disappointment rippled through the crowd as Clinton went from grateful to conciliatory in her message.  "...I congratulate him on the victory he has won and the extraordinary race he has run.  I endorse him and throw my full support behind him," said Clinton.  Those words were followed by a mix of applause and boos from her devout supporters.

Ms. Clinton was accompanied on stage by former President Bill Clinton, her daughter Chelsea and her mother, Dorothy Howell Rodham.  The party was nearly 40 minutes late for the speech which was expected to begin at 12:00 p.m. eastern, 11:00 a.m. central.

Senator Barack Obama was said to be in Chicago with plans only to play golf today as his fiercest opponent in the Democratic primary conceded.