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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Ohio is center of attention once again

With less than 48 hours to go until the primary, both Democratic candidates for president were in Westerville today, underscoring the importance of Ohio in Tuesday's election.

“The last days leading up to Tuesday are the ones we really need you. . . .This election is going to be one of the most consequential in our nation’s history,’’ Sen. Hillary Clinton said to about 3,000 supporters at Westerville North High School.

“This is a wartime election. We have two wars going on. We have to end the war in Iraq and win the war in Afghanistan,’’ Clinton said.

“Ohio is once again the center of attention for a reason,” she said.

Clinton also spoke at rallies today in Akron, Cleveland and Youngstown. She plans to be back in Ohio Monday at a rally in Toledo.

“Change is going to happen whether we do anything or not,'' Clinton said. "The question is, 'Are we going to make progress together?' "

Sen. Barack Obama spoke about four hours later, two miles away, at Westerville Central High School after a campaign stop in Athens County. (The crowd is warming up to chants of "We will, we will Barack you. We will, we will Barack you." There are about 2,500 supporters here now, although hundreds had to be turned away for lack of space.)

Obama was introduced by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who said the senator from Illinois understands both foreign policy and military policy. “This country has been crying out for somebody who could bring us together,’’ the West Virginia Democrat said.

We’ve vastly neglected homeland security, Rockefeller said, “which he will not do. . . I want him to be our president. We need him to be our president.”

Shortly after Obama walked in to rousing cheers, someone shouted, "We love you."

"I love you, too," Obama said.



at 7:25 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


From one Muslem to another !

Obama Sucks!


at 7:57 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pssssssst I Couldn't agree with you more I just hope others are catching on ...

As Thomas V. DiBacco of the Orlando Sentinel writes:

"Obama's resume is thin -- and that's obvious when supporters have to talk about his record at law school, a strategy appropriate for first-year job seekers but scarcely for presidential candidates. His eight-year career in the Illinois Senate is lackluster, marred by voting "present" 129 times, thereby avoiding the difficult choice of "yes" or "no" on proposed legislation.

Even his 70 percent vote margin in his 2004 U. S. Senate bid cries for a downgrade. He defeated a GOP nobody, perennial candidate for public office, Alan Keyes, who took over the candidacy after the real winner of the primary stepped aside as a result of a sex scandal.

Obama's speaking ability is exceptional only if the denominator of expectation is low. Shouting is scarcely an oratorical plus, nor are the "ands" and "uhs" that punctuate Obama's often rambling extemporaneous remarks.

Nor do campaign stops provide concise specifics about his proposals, more akin as they are to celebrity, touchy-feely, anything-I-say-is-OK performances. His safe-harbor, oratorical retreat ("and that's why I'm running for president of the United States of America") is overused and overvalued. As for Obama's lifting sentences from other speakers, at a minimum that illustrates laziness."


at 9:04 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:

at 9:28 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Canadian government verified that the Obama camp contacted them and asked that they not take what he says about NAFTA seriously = they said it was just POLITICAL RHETORIC. And this is the man who promises change.Please give Sen Clinton a huge win on Tues.

at 10:01 PM, March 02, 2008 Blogger Richard said...

In contrast to the silly, phony "Muslim" remarks, here's a very intelligent comment from the neutral and highly-esteemed British publication, The Economist (2/23-29):

"On February 19th Mr. Obama's tenth consecutive win over Hillary Clinton made it yet more likely that he will be the Democratic nominee. This is bad news for Mr. McCain, since Mrs. Clinton would surely be easier for him to beat. Half the country already dislikes her. And although Mrs. Clinton would out-wonk Mr. McCain in any debate, he could crush her simply by asking voters whose character they admire more.

He is a war hero; she is not. He freely admits mistakes; she is bizarrely incapable of doing so. He often takes brave and unpopular stands; she is cautious and poll-driven. He has a reputation for telling the truth; she, to put it mildly does not. And the best thing, from Mr. McCain's point of view, is that he would not need to make any of these charges himself, because a legion of freelance Hillary-haters would do it for him.

Devising a strategy to shoot down Mr. Obama is much harder. He is plainly nice, intelligent and almost scandal-free."

at 10:36 PM, March 02, 2008 Blogger John said...

If experience, wisdom and judgment may be relied upon to judge a presidential candidate's abilities to solve problems, then let's look at the records of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

In the Illinois legislature, Barack Obama secured bipartisan support for health-care reform and passage of low-income tax credits and child care subsidies.

In 2002, Barack Obama cautioned that without clear rationale an invasion of Iraq would encourage the worst impluses of the Arab world and strengthen the recruitment arm of Al Qaeda.

In the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama promoted a restoration of balance between work and wealth, criticized special interests for distorting U.S. tax codes and fought in a bipartisan effort to establish independent oversight of Senate ethics.

When did Hillary Clinton demonstrate her economic wisdom and foresight while Alan Greenspan was warning of irrational exuberance as the subprime housing loans were created and pandered during her husband's administration and her husband supported China's entry into the World Trade Organization without any conditions such as protecting the environment or labor and property rights to levels that are comparable to western standards?

Today China is not only a leading contributor to environmental pollution and global warming (thank you very much Mr. Nobel Laureate, Al Gore), it's also pushing up oil and other commodity prices, taking our jobs and stealing our intellectual property.

When did Hillary Clinton deliver health-care reform? In Hillary Clinton's eight (8) years in the Senate, the Congressional Record (www.thomas.gov) shows she "sponsored" only two (2) pieces of legislation that were presented to the president for signature. The first piece of legislation (S. 1241) was to establish a historic site in New York state, the second (S. 3613) was to name a U.S. Postal Service building.

At 3:00 AM who is Hillary Clinton gonna call in a national crisis? GHOSTBUSTERS? Without any attachment to a position and no leadership qualities or principles to guide her in a time of national crisis, Hillary Clinton like her husband, would need to first conduct a poll to determine what is in her political interest before committing to any national decision.

It's refreshingly nice to see the better angels of America's character prevailing as voters reject the racial, religious and ethnic slurs being spewed by the divisive Clinton, Limbaugh and Hannity supporters.

As a Republican-leaning independent, I will vote for Barack Obama if he is the Democratic nominee running against John McCain but I will not vote for Hillary Clinton.

at 11:57 PM, March 02, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are pathetic. Hillary's toast. Now what?

at 12:33 AM, March 03, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without knocking Obama too much, I do feel that Senator Clinton has much more substance to her plans and is better suited for the rigors of the presidency. She has been a hard worker on the various committeees on which she serves, including the Armed Services committee. If the US faces a threat, or if George Bush causes confrontation between the US and another country before the Nov. election, the nation would consider McCain stronger than Obama; with her knowledge and experience Senator Clinton could match McCain in that area and surpass him in all others.

Because McCain's age would rule out his running for a second term, if he were elected he would be a lame duck the day he was inaugurated.

at 1:13 AM, March 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clinton is a throwback to the corruption that is so divisive and to this day has poisoned the process, while the rich elitists on both sides of the aisle get paid.

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