Langevin sees the first vote for Clinton as a sign of respect5:21 PM Thu, Aug 21, 2008 | Permalink
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Will disappointed backers of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign impair the progress of Sen. Barack Obama's historic run for the White House?
Not by Rep. James R. Langevin's lights. The Rhode Island congressman aims to cast a proud vote for Clinton to be his party's presidential nominee when the roll of 4,235 delegates is called on Wednesday night at the at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
The Democratic National Convention's floor vote for the runner-up -- unusual in modern times, but not unprecedented -- will be a way for the party to "show our respect and support for her, without it being divisive,'' Langevin said in an interview.
Then the congressman will turn around and join in what he expects to be a unanimous second-ballot vote to nominate the junior senator from Illinois for President.