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Dem hopefuls rush Bay Area - Obama leads parade of candidates seeking to hit up local donors
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/1/7 | Carla Marinucci

Posted on 02/01/2007 12:38:40 PM PST by SmithL

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama -- showing strength as a leading attraction in the 2008 Democratic presidential parade -- hits California this month to star at two major San Francisco fundraisers for one of the nation's most liberal senators, Barbara Boxer.

The two Feb. 19 appearances by Obama for Boxer, D-Calif., and a separate, exclusive Atherton event to introduce Obama to top Silicon Valley decisionmakers come within days of California visits by a string of big-name Democratic presidential candidates searching for campaign cash.

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is expected in the Bay Area on Feb. 15, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to be the headliner Feb. 23 at a San Francisco fundraiser organized by Democratic donor Susie Tompkins.

Obama, Edwards and Clinton are among at least eight Democrats who have announced plans to run for their party's 2008 presidential nomination.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean also has a Bay Area party fundraiser planned for Feb. 16.

"We are so excited Barack is coming,'' Boxer said Wednesday from her office in Washington, regarding the fundraisers in San Francisco for her 2010 Senate campaign. She stressed that she has not made an endorsement in the 2008 presidential race and is hoping for fundraising visits from other potential candidates, including Clinton.

Boxer said the events with Obama will dramatically boost her campaign fund for 2010 -- when Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has hinted he might challenge her.

"I'm lifting weights,'' she joked when asked about her preparation for such a race. "I'm up to 6 pounds.''

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: electionpresident; limousineliberals; obama; sanfranciscovalues
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1 posted on 02/01/2007 12:38:44 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Did someone say "Bay Area Parade?"

2 posted on 02/01/2007 12:42:11 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (McCain / Feingold - 2008 ... "Shut Up or Go To Prison")
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To: SmithL

Sodomcisco.


3 posted on 02/01/2007 12:42:42 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: Brad Cloven

Ouch


4 posted on 02/01/2007 12:43:47 PM PST by wastedyears ( "Gun control is hitting your target accurately." - Richard Marcinko)
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To: Brad Cloven

So what do they do at the Bay Area meet and greets ? Press the flesh or pack the fudge ?


5 posted on 02/01/2007 12:44:00 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Hahaha


6 posted on 02/01/2007 12:44:14 PM PST by wastedyears ( "Gun control is hitting your target accurately." - Richard Marcinko)
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To: SmithL

For a bunch who claim to care so much about the "little guy" and "the working poor" and all that guff, these people spend a heck of a lot more time with the super-rich - and so many of them are super-rich themselves. I do believe they view politics largely as a scam to fill their own pockets.


7 posted on 02/01/2007 12:44:27 PM PST by Argus
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To: wastedyears

That one dude looks like Stallone.


8 posted on 02/01/2007 12:44:53 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: SmithL

What great timing for the Mayor of San Francisco to take the attention away from him and his problems.


9 posted on 02/01/2007 1:06:12 PM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: SmithL

This article should be paired with the Newsome--trist article for a good sequence of reading.


10 posted on 02/01/2007 1:44:08 PM PST by rod1
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