Roll-call vote for Clinton prompts questions

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Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) may have lost the Democratic presidential primary, but she has been asked to place her name into nomination at the party's national convention.

The move is seen as a symbolic gesture by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) - the presumed Democratic presidential nominee - in an attempt to sow the seeds of party unity after a bitter and divisive primary battle. The decision was announced Thursday in a joint statement from both senators' camps.

"We are one party. We share one vision," says Clinton, a resident of Chappaqua.

Reginald Lafayette, the chairman of the Westchester County Democratic Committee, will be a Clinton delegate at the convention. Lafayette says putting Clinton's name into nomination is a way of recognizing her historic accomplishment. However, he thinks she'll decline the roll-call vote and praise Obama.

"It would be nothing strange to have Sen. Clinton get up and say that this convention should cast one unanimous ballot for Sen. Obama," he says.

Rockland County's Vincent Reda, a top New York Republican, says the roll-call vote should benefit the campaign of his party's presumed nominee, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

"They will not be united. They claim they're going to be, but you can see that Hillary can't get over the fact that she's out of it and she lost," Reda says.

At the Democratic National Convention, which begins Aug. 25, Clinton will have 1,600 pledged delegates.

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