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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Clinton, Obama folks trade accusations

The Hillary Clinton campaign today accused the Barack Obama campaign of potentially "troubling" and "innapropriate behavior."

The Obama campaign responded by accusing the Clinton campaign of trying to "depress turnout."

The Enquirer's Howard Wilkinson reports there's not much evidence locally for either claim.

Here are the dueling releases, in the order they were received:


Voters Can Call (888) 472-9470 To Report Irregularities At The Polls

COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio for Hillary State Director Robby Mook issued the following statement regarding Obama Campaign tactics:

As Ohioans head to the polls this morning, we're seeing high turnout across the state despite bad weather. It is inspiring to see so many Democrats turning out to vote today, and we encourage everyone to make their voice heard in this election.

While we expect voting to run smoothly, we have heard troubling reports of irregularities and inappropriate behavior by Sen. Obama's campaign across the state.

We continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure that all voters' rights are preserved.

In Akron, a certified Obama poll watcher was removed by the presiding judge from Akron's 4M precinct for aggressively challenging voters.

In Cincinnati, we have numerous reports that Obama poll watchers have been reprimanded after wearing campaign paraphernalia into polling places, in clear violation of election law.We encourage all of our supporters to head to the polls today, as we continue to work with local election officials and the Ohio Democratic Party to ensure that no voter is disenfranchised.

There is too much at stake in this election for Democrats to stay home.Voters who witness inappropriate behavior or other voting irregularities are asked to call (888) 472-9470 or log on to www.hillaryclinton.com and report their experiences


“Our campaign’s goal today is to ensure that any registered voter in the state of Ohio can go to the polls and cast their ballot for their candidate of choice without interference. We understand that the Clinton campaign may want to depress turnout because Barack Obama has closed a 20-point gap over the course of this month as voters across the state got to know him.”

“It has been the hallmark of the Democratic party to educate and protect the rights of voters. If the Clinton campaign disagrees with that principle, they should say so today.”

“We have received reports from around the state of independents and Republicans who chose to vote in the Democratic primary receiving issue only or Republican ballots instead of the Democratic ballot they were entitled to. We have also had reports that the voter ID requirements have been misstated at various locations, causing some voters to be turned away. “

“ We will take action when necessary to ensure that all eligible voters are able to cast their votes and to have their votes counted.”

“We will continue to monitor the polls to ensure that all Ohioans who choose to participate in today’s election are able to do so regardless of who they choose to vote for.”


at 3:44 PM, March 04, 2008 Blogger Chanda45227 said...

Oh Lord...here comes more of Hillary's whine!!!! But I do know for a fact, from someone it happened to, that some of the poll workers are very uneducated on the rules of the race. If you are an independent, DO NOT LET THEM GIVE YOU TWO BALLOTS! Some have been given a the democratic/or republican ballot, and the issues ballot. If you fill out both, it will be viewed as you voting twice, and neither ballot will be counted. Be smart people!!!

at 3:50 PM, March 04, 2008 Blogger Hope Lives!! said...

You can not blame the indvidual candidates for the actions of their supporters. I have heard and read a lot of racial and religious slurs thrown at Sen. Obama by Hillary supporters, but I can not blame her for their ignorance. If a supporter acted inappropriately, then that was on him...not Obama. The Hillary camp is going to whine until the end.

at 4:11 PM, March 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

“It has been the hallmark of the Democratic party to educate and protect the rights of voters. If the Clinton campaign disagrees with that principle, they should say so today.”

Since when? The Democrats didn't stand up for voters in Florida 2000 or in Ohio and New Mexico in 2004.

at 6:37 PM, March 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess what--everyone in Ohio is now a Democrat. Is the Republican Party worried?

at 8:50 PM, March 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What time was the Obama release sent out? They were planning to challenge disenfranchisement BS.

at 10:14 PM, March 04, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still a Republican and I'm proud of it!
I stay with the party that thinks you need to help yourselves in order to succeed and not rely on the government.
If and when the Democrats try to force wealth redistribution (Socialism), they will set up the Republican party for many years of future success.
Taking money from the educated, hard working people that make this country the best in the world and setting up more free give aways for those that prefer to sit on their rumps will be another disaster.
Wake up America! Work for what you want!

at 2:37 PM, March 07, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is why it's fun to watch libs eat each other. Resorting to undemocratic courts usually works for them, because they were packed years ago by liberals for liberals, but it won't work for Hussein. Why? Because they were packed by Clintons! Ted Strickland? Good freind of the Clintons! In this particular case, when Michelle OB says life's unfair, she's right, because of all the years she and her freinds spent rigging things for the Clintons is now backfiring on them. Go ahead, count again! This cannibalism would be great theatre, if only OH taxpayers didn't have to pick up the tab every time a commie has a hissy.

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