Clinton Teams to Keep Critics in Line

In years past, signage distribution at conventions was not coordinated with the precision of a ballet, as it is today, and convention floor whips held roles of significant power, influencing political factions and votes. But now the whips are more about the tone in the room and the visuals on the screen, and as Strand said, bettering "communication and accessibility on the floor."

Strand said the whip team, which first met Monday morning, includes "familiar faces" within Democratic circles, such as state delegation members who, in some cases, have been assigned to shepherd more than one state.

On Monday night, the whips also helped circulate petitions among the delegates allowing for both Clinton and Obama's names to be placed in nomination.

The Push for a Floor Vote

"There's no question there's been a changing of the guard," Matsunaka says, something that was reflected during the primaries and the caucuses.

And if you ask, most of them can recall with exacting precision how many votes in their respective states were cast for Hillary Clinton during one of the most hotly contested primary seasons in modern times.

Derick Hill, with the Guam delegation, is pushing for a floor vote that will allow Clinton voters to express their preference, even though the nomination is Obama's.

Clinton delegates "have to give their vote to represent those who voted for Clinton," Hill said. It is necessary to "be heard and be counted."

Open to Obama?

Still, most of the Clinton delegates said they are not standing in opposition to Obama. But there are some who are not so certain.

Wells said he's not sure if he'll vote for the Democratic ticket. in November. "It's not impossible," he said.

Wells said he's waiting to hear Obama speak to the convention Thursday. He wants to hear Obama say something that will "make me want to vote for him."

Per Colorado rules, Matsunaka plans on voting for Obama once Clinton releases her delegates tomorrow afternoon.

"Once she releases me from my commitment, I can vote for Obama," he says. "I'm hers until she says I'm not.

Texas delegate Ruby De LaGarza said Clinton's appearance at the Hispanic caucus Monday morning, where she encouraged her supporters to "do the same for Obama" made a difference and will yield true party unity.

A spokesman from the Clinton campaign has emphasized that in her speech tonight, the New York senator will express appreciation for her supporters but focus on the stakes in the November general election.

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