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Sunday, March 02, 2008

The final push

Howard Wilkinson reports: The stretch run in what is surely the most intense, most thrilling and, by far, most expensive Ohio presidential primary in history began Saturday with one of the most tried-and-true of campaign tactics - a good, old-fashioned ground war.

From Cincinnati to Ashtabula, in every big-city neighborhood and rural route in the state, thousands of volunteers for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton fanned out in search of every single vote they could find.

In campaign shorthand, it's called GOTV - Get Out The Vote.

Read the full story here

Also read interesting stories about black Republicans and crossover voting


15 Comments:

at 11:53 AM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama is being called out by the Sheet metal workers

March 1, 2008
Dear Senator Obama:
We were surprised and disappointed to learn that your top economic adviser reportedly had a secret meeting with a representative of the Canadian government where he dismissed your anti-NAFTA rhetoric.
...
Many Ohioans are concerned about the issue of trade and we want answers to some simple questions:
1) Did you direct your top economic adviser - Austan Goolsbee - to tell the Canadian government that your speeches railing against NAFTA are just political rhetoric? If so, why?
2) Are you aware that Mr. Goolsbee held a secret meeting with the Canadian Counsel General Georges Rioux? Have you spoken with Mr. Goolsbee about that meeting and will you repudiate his comments?
3) Why has Mr. Goolsbee been unwilling to deny that he discussed your positions on NAFTA with Mr. Rioux? Why won't your campaign disclose the full details about that meeting?

4) Given these reports, why should Ohioans believe that you will act on the campaign promises you have made about NAFTA?
5) Sen. Clinton has issued a comprehensive plan to fix NAFTA. Why haven't you done so as well?
...

http://www.hillaryclinton.com/news/release/view/?id=6285

 
at 12:10 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we move the convention to May, the election to June, and the inauguration of a presidential administration NOT plundering our country and ruining it from within by shredding the Constitutuion on a daily basis to July? the sooner we can clean up the Repug messes in the illegal war, the denial of health care, the striiping of Constitutional liberties, the destruction of the housing market, etc, the better.

 
at 12:20 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words and Change We can Count On!

Incase you missed it........................
During the Feb 19th debates in Ohio Senator Obama who also serves as Chair of the subcommittee that has oversight over NATO admitted he has not held one single substantive hearing to figure out what the U.S can do to have a stronger presence with Nato in Afghanistan.

Obama admitted it was true stating it was because his responsibilities as chair began at the same time he started running for President. So while hundreds of thousand of our young men and women are at great risk and being killed in Afghanistan Obama’s admission that he was too busy running for president clearly proves he is not only NOT ready to be president, but someone should question his position as a senator as well.

The day after Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee noted that Senator Clinton has introduced more legislation to address the problems facing wounded service members than any other Senator, including The Dignified Treatment of Wounded Warriors Act (accomplished while running her presidential race).

As Cher said on YouTube....for me it's a no brainer... it's Hillary!

 
at 4:02 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Can we move the convention to May, the election to June, and the inauguration of a presidential administration NOT plundering our country and ruining it from within by shredding the Constitutuion on a daily basis to July? the sooner we can clean up the Repug messes in the illegal war, the denial of health care, the striiping of Constitutional liberties, the destruction of the housing market, etc, the better.

12:10 PM, March 02, 2008

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WE CAN'T AND WE SHOULDN'T.

U.S. Supreme Court John Paul Stephens will turn 88 years of age 88 next month. He is in failing health and just might have to step down at the end of this court session - this June.

President Bush will then have one more appointment to the Supreme Court and we need one more solid conservative on the court for the next several years.

The next Supreme Court justice should be a combination of:

Alito
Scalia
Thomas
Roberts
Reqnuist.

The McCain appointees will not be as conservative as the country needs and demands.

Hopefully, they will not be as bad and horrible as:

Ginsburg
Stephens
Bryer
Souter

History will be very kind to President Bush.

 
at 4:07 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous anonymousincincinnati said...

who's being denied healthcare,anonymous 12:10?
what constitutional rights have you been stripped of?
it's the Reps fault that people signed a mortgage they couldn't afford?

hey...you forgot global warming...thats the Reps fault as well.

 
at 4:11 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares what Cher says? Activists are calling out Hillary for being a liar and a hypocrite. She's always supported NAFTA except when campaigning in Ohio.

She didn't do anything for workers rights during her years on the board of Wal-mart.

Three Arrested Protesting Peru Trade Deal at Clinton Office
Three activists were arrested Tuesday after they shut down a New York building containing one of Senator Hillary Clinton’s offices. The activists chained themselves to the building’s doors. They denounced Clinton for supporting the Peru free trade agreement while campaigning as an opponent of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. Adam Weissman of the Wetlands’ Activist Collective spoke while chained to a door.

Adam Weissman: “Hillary Clinton is a hypocrite. She’s telling us that NAFTA needs to be reformed at the same time she supported a free trade agreement that is just as bad as NAFTA and in many ways worse—for workers, for the environment, for family farmers, for people with AIDS. Hillary Clinton now thinks it’s a good soundbite to oppose NAFTA when it helps her in the primaries. But when it really mattered, she stood in support of a free trade agreement that will doom the Amazon rainforest, that will kill people with AIDS by denying them access to life-saving medications.”

In December, the Democratic Senate approved the Peru free trade deal by a vote of seventy-seven to eighteen. Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama missed the vote but expressed their support for the deal. Last week in Peru, farmers held a two-day national strike to protest the pending trade deal. Four farmers died, and 700 were arrested.

She should apologize for getting us into the war with her irresponible votes to authorize and fund it.

 
at 4:52 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama: The Unacceptable Choice

For you were once darkness, but now you are light….Live as children of light — for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.
-- Ephesians 5:8-9


Until quite recently, before I went the Web site of the so-called church that Mr. Obama attends, I had thought that the contradictions of his campaign, career, and character required finely honed and nuanced political argument. I was very mistaken. On reading the statement of beliefs of the Trinity United Church of Christ [http://www.tucc.org/black_value_system.html], I was appalled to discover the dark language of ethnocentric bigotry, class prejudice, and paranoid racial stereotyping. This shameful, toxic brew can simply be called what it in fact is: racism. And because of their attendance at and support for this organization, Mr. Obama and his wife, and the campaign they have run, can simply be called what it has been: racist.

--This is why as far back as his vaunted “good judgment” speech of October 2002 in opposition to war in Iraq, then State Senator Obama singled out two Jewish neo-conservatives by name -- Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz -- as those parties who wanted “to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats,” which in language and assignment of blame echo the views of Louis Farrakhan. [1]

And it is why the names of the real architects and propagandists for the war: his relative, Vice President Dick Cheney; Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; then National Security Advisor Condolezza Rice; or Secretary of State Colin Powell, are conspicuously absent from Obama’s speech.

--This is why Minister Farrakhan supports Obama, and why the church, in its turn, recently awarded one of its highest honors on Farrakhan.

--This explains why Mr. Obama found Senator Clinton only “Likable enough” and why he resorted to the tangled knot of racial stereotyping when he replied that he would have to see Bill dance before he could decide if he was a brother in answer to a debate question about Mr. Clinton’s unofficial honorific as the “first black president.”

--This why Mrs. Obama, for her part, could not even say the name of Hillary during one interview and why she refused to say that she would support Clinton as nominee, a mere formality of party etiquette. And it is why it was not a matter of a lack of patriotism, as the McCains suggested, when she said she could finally feel proud of her country after her husband’s success in the Wisconsin primary, but a matter of racism.

--This is why the Obama campaign was content to have its co-chair Jesse Jackson, Jr. to throw a racially tinged light on the so-called crying jag in New Hampshire because the senator was not crying about the black tragedy of New Orleans, as if she were some Marie Antoinette of the Old South. And it is why Obama campaign representative, New York State Senator Bill Perkins used quite explicit racial stereotyping in a speech aimed at discouraging his constituents from voting for Clinton by saying, Harlem "is not Bill Clinton's backyard or his plantation. Underscore, plantation.” [2]

--It is the reason for the willfully malicious spin put on President Clinton’s lucid debunking of Obama’s claim to superior judgment about the war that he gave at Dartmouth and for the intentionally slanderous misinterpretation of Senator Clinton’s central argument on the importance of experienced leadership when she alluded to the role of President Johnson in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

--And that is why anyone who does not support Obama looks the same to his campaign, with individuals as different as Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and Black Entertainment Television billionaire Robert Johnson having been targeted with the same ugly racist smear attacks.

--In short, this is why both of Mr. and Mrs. Obama were so ready, willing, and able to use the "nuclear option," to launch a preemptive first strike against both Clintons and to attack them as racists despite the facts, despite the costs to the reputation of the only Democrat who has managed to win two terms in the Oval Office since Franklin Roosevelt, despite the costs to the party, and despite the profound contradiction it represented for someone who has been selling himself as the candidate of unity and reconciliation.


To paraphrase the simple wisdom of Forest Gump, “Racism is as racism does.” It reveals itself in the pattern of what is done and said, in what and whom is honored. The hate speech of Republican George Allen quickly and quite rightly ended his presidential aspirations and the association of Republican Trent Lott with Strom Thurmond quickly and quite rightly ended his career as Senate Majority Leader because in today‘s America no one can or should call themselves a national leader who cannot reject the divisive scandal of racism as a tool of political policy or practice or of personal belief.

The question before you, my brothers and sisters in Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, is whether Democrats can hold their would-be leaders to the same standard as Republicans have. I pray that you will.

Yours in solidarity from New York,
CitizenK


[1] Speech before the National Press Club, Washington, DC, May 3, 2004.
[2} Reported on the New Brooklyn Network, Feb. 4, 2008.

 
at 7:14 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama’s Smear Tactics Flier on NAFTA proven to be misleading and untrue:

Source: Huffington Post
Did Hillary Clinton Really Support NAFTA?
Aides, Biographers Say No

February 14, 2008 01:13 PM
Read More: 2008 Campaign And NAFTA, Clinton Opposition, Clinton Opposition To NAFTA, Democratic Primary And NAFTA, Hillary Clinton And NAFTA, Obama Mailer And NAFTA, Trade Politics, Breaking Politics News
Politics

As the 2008 campaign shifts to economically hard-hit states like Ohio, so too do the topics of political debate. This week, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign has attacked Sen. Hillary Clinton on trade, arguing that she was once a supporter of the North American Free Trade Agreement that contributed to the loss hundreds of thousands of American jobs.
"A little more than a year ago," an Obama mailer reads, "Hillary Clinton thought NAFTA was a 'boon' to the economy." The piece goes on to argue that the New York Senator is "changing her tune" now that she's campaigning in the Buckeye State.
The attack is, most observers say, misleading. The "boon" line, a paraphrase lifted from a September 2006 Newsday article, has yet to be confirmed as an authentic quote. But, more importantly, the mailer misrepresents what former Clinton administration officials and biographers say was Hillary Clinton's long-held opposition to the legislation.
"In August in 92, we had to make a decision," Mickey Kantor the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Clinton adviser, and free trade advocate recalled for the Huffington Post. "President Clinton had to make a decision as governor, whether or not he would support [George H.W. Bush's] NAFTA, and of course he did... Hillary Clinton was one of the great skeptics in the discussion as to whether he should do. So she was always skeptical beginning in 1992 and onward."
Indeed, as Kantor went on to note, Hillary Clinton long held reservations over the labor and environmental fallouts of the free trade agreement. In addition, she was, at the time, eager to see her health care reform (not NAFTA) pushed through Congress. As such, Clinton biographer Sally Bedell Smith writes in her book "For Love of Politics," her disapproval of the trade agreement was both political and philosophical.

Entire article found here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/02/14/did-hillary-clinton-reall_n_86674.html

 
at 8:00 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liberalism is a mental disease. Your candidates promise EVERYTHING and you fall for it. Please seek mental health help.

 
at 8:05 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

CitizenK - YOU ROCK! Well put!

Race Man - How Barack Obama played the race card and blamed Hillary Clinton.

http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=aa0cd21b-0ff2-4329-88a1-69c6c268b304

 
at 9:06 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama campaign mum on NAFTA contact with Canada
Updated Fri. Feb. 29 2008 12:32 PM ET

Despite repeated requests, Barack Obama's campaign is still neither verifying nor denying a CTV report that a senior member of the team made contact with the Canadian government -- via the Chicago consulate general -- regarding comments Obama made about NAFTA.

Allegations of double talk on the North American Free Trade Agreement from both the Obama and Clinton campaigns dominated the U.S. political landscape on Thursday.

On Wednesday, CTV reported that a senior member of Obama's campaign called the Canadian government within the last month -- saying that when Senator Obama talks about opting out of the free trade deal, the Canadian government shouldn't worry. The operative said it was just campaign rhetoric not to be taken seriously.

Entire article:
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080228/turkey_Gates_080228/20080229?hub=TopStories

 
at 9:06 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama campaign mum on NAFTA contact with Canada
Updated Fri. Feb. 29 2008 12:32 PM ET

Despite repeated requests, Barack Obama's campaign is still neither verifying nor denying a CTV report that a senior member of the team made contact with the Canadian government -- via the Chicago consulate general -- regarding comments Obama made about NAFTA.

Allegations of double talk on the North American Free Trade Agreement from both the Obama and Clinton campaigns dominated the U.S. political landscape on Thursday.

On Wednesday, CTV reported that a senior member of Obama's campaign called the Canadian government within the last month -- saying that when Senator Obama talks about opting out of the free trade deal, the Canadian government shouldn't worry. The operative said it was just campaign rhetoric not to be taken seriously.

Entire article:
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080228/turkey_Gates_080228/20080229?hub=TopStories

 
at 12:49 PM, March 03, 2008 Blogger Hope Lives!! said...

To anonymous 7:14,

Hillary Clinton Pretends She Never Praised NAFTA
Posted February 14, 2008 | 06:20 PM (EST)


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Read More: Hillary Clinton Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton NAFTA, Hillary NAFTA, Mark Penn, Mark Penn Peru Free Trade Agreement, Nafta, Obama NAFTA, Breaking Politics News

Buzz up!


In response to Barack Obama's attack on NAFTA, the Hillary Clinton campaign has gone into meltdown mode. Here's Dow Jones' Marketwatch:

"Clinton's campaign fired back at Obama, charging the Illinois senator with misrepresenting Clinton's position on trade...'Recently [Obama] falsely claimed that Hillary said that NAFTA was a 'boon' to the economy. Now, Obama is resting his argument on a single paraphrase from an article written twelve years ago,' Clinton's campaign said in an emailed statement."
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Buzz up!on Yahoo!The Huffington Post has followed along with a laugh-out-loud piece in which the chief architects of NAFTA (many who are now wealthy corporate lawyers and lobbyists) are now saying, no, no, Hillary Clinton was really opposed to it. These are the same people, of course, who are looking for jobs in the Hillary Clinton White House.

What a total joke, really. This campaign clearly thinks we are all just a bunch of fools.

Hillary Clinton has made statements unequivocally trumpeting NAFTA as the greatest thing since sliced bread. The Buffalo News reports that back in 1998, Clinton attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and thanked praised corporations for mounting "a very effective business effort in the U.S. on behalf of NAFTA." Yes, you read that right: She traveled to Davos to thank corporate interests for their campaign ramming NAFTA through Congress.

On November 1, 1996, United Press International reported that on a trip to Brownsville, Texas, Clinton "touted the president's support for the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying it would reap widespread benefits in the region."

The Associated Press followed up the next day noting that Hillary Clinton touted the fact that "the president would continue to support economic growth in South Texas through initiatives such as the North American Free Trade Agreement."

In her memoir, Clinton wrote, "Senator Dole was genuinely interested in health care reform but wanted to run for president in 1996. He couldn't hand incumbent Bill Clinton any more legislative victories, particularly after Bill's successes on the budget, the Brady bill and NAFTA."

Yes, we are all expected to just forget that, so that Hillary Clinton's campaign can manufacture supposed "outrage" that anyone would say she supported NAFTA - all at a time her chief strategist, Mark Penn, simultaneously heads a firm that is right now pushing to expand NAFTA into South America.

What a total insult to America's intelligence.

So now who's telling lies? She is just as decitful and underhanded as George W. Who would want her anwering the phone at 3am, we would not know which one of her personalities would show up!!

 
at 5:06 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barrack Hussein Obama.

Uh-oh, here come the democRAT thought police to take me away to a re-education camp...

 
at 5:27 PM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous WomenForObama2008 said...

Well all you Repugs and Hilary-ites, I'll be happy to buy you all a beer after Senator Obama wins the primary tomorrow.
Sunday, I had someone knock on my door asking me if I was voting for Barack, later having dinner at a friend's house across town someone knocked on her door and asked the same thing. Where are all Hill's supporters? Playing the sax with her philandering hubby?
Her nitpicking about having the first question and over-talking Brian Williams in last week's debate prove that she is irrational, petty and hyper-emotional....NONE of the things we want in a president. And Methuselah McCain is not even an option. We want someone who will actually be around for the next 4 years.
GO OBAMA GO!!!

 
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