WASHINGTON--Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) got a standing ovation at the AIPAC conference here Thursday before she started her speech. She has a longer, stronger relationshop with the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee than presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and she used it just now to vouch for Obama as a strong supporter of Israel.
"It is wonderful being here with all of you" among friends. I feel like this is a giant family union. …I feel like I am among family...and thank you for the warm welcome," she said at the beginning, her first public appearence since Obama clinched the nomination.
She did not mention that she has yet to suspend or conceed to Obama, but she made a point to vouch for him.
"And let me be very clear. I know that Sen. Obama will be a good friend to Israel," Clinton said.