From NBC's Abby Livingston
Hear them roar.
At the DNC this afternoon, party leaders held a press conference to stress a message of post-primary party unity.
Flanked by Sen. Maj. Leader Harry Reid and DNC Chair Howard Dean, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "Women and blue-collar workers, whatever their race, have the most to gain by the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States and the most to lose by the election of John McCain."
Two Clinton primary supporters seized the opportunity to exhibit a consensus for Sen. Obama.
"We all worked hard," Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan said. "It takes a little while. You have to take a deep breath. But the reality is, there is no doubt in my mind that there is such a clear difference and so much at stake for our country, that people are going to rally around Sen. Barack Obama.
Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state jumped in as well, comparing the Clinton-Obama rivalry with that of her alma mater, Washington State University and the University of Washington.
"I'll tell you, when we fought each other, we fought really hard," she said. "But when one of our teams went to the Rose Bowl, we are all there. We are all on the same team here. And people across this country, men and women alike, understand what is at stake in November.
The RNC responded this way: "Congressional Democrats are clearly eager to raise taxes, and that's exactly what Barack Obama would do if elected. Democratic leaders are out-of-step with millions of rank-and-file Democrats who worry that Obama does not have the judgment or experience needed to be Commander in Chief. Obama is inheriting a Democratic party that's divided, disenfranchised millions of voters, and been badly out-raised by the RNC."