Why some Hillary supporters will vote for John McCain
By political editor John Tyler
The Democratic Party's Convention which is expected to nominated Barack Obama as the party's presidential contender opens in Denver on Monday. Obama has picked Delaware Senator Joseph R Biden as his running mate. Not all Democrats are happy about Obama's nomination, however.
Clinton's presidential campaign energized many people in the women's rights community. A woman had never climbed so high in American politics, and no presidential candidate had put such a priority on women's issues. An example from her Obama endorsement speech in June:"To build that future that I see, we must make sure that women and men alike understand the struggles of their grandmothers and their mothers and that women enjoy equal opportunities, equal pay and equal respect."
New York Congresswoman Caroline Maloney was an enthusiastic supporter of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. While Mrs Maloney now supports the Democratic Party's likely nominee, Barack Obama, she understands why so many women in the Democratic Party are still unhappy: "It showed a great level of sexism and when you saw the great hope and then the sexism and the misogyny in our culture, it was really upsetting to many people."
"That is precisely why I'm voting for John McCain. Well-behaved women rarely make history. I want to send a message to the Democratic Party from women. When you disrespect us, when you deny an overqualified candidate, there will be repercussions." The last two US presidential elections hinged on relatively few votes in crucial swing states. This year's election could turn on women who feel shut out by the Democratic Party. Then again, some still hope for a miracle. Hillary's name will be read out during the nominating process at the convention in Denver, and her votes will be counted. The delegates to the convention are not legally bound to vote for either candidate, they can change their mind at any time... We'll know more in a couple of days.