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Obama makes history; Clinton refuses to concede Democratic nomination
Canadian Press ^ | June 3, 2008

Posted on 06/03/2008 10:02:07 PM PDT by Red Steel

20 minutes ago

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama became the first black presidential nominee in U.S. history on Tuesday, declaring victory over Hillary Clinton and lifting the curtain on an epic struggle for the White House against Republican John McCain.

Clinton, credited by Obama as an inspiration to millions, refused to concede defeat and sparked a buzz early in the day about the possibility of a dream team by saying she's open to joining the ticket as his running mate.

"Tonight, we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another," Obama told nearly 20,000 cheering supporters in a soaring speech that capped an amazing political ascendancy.

"America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past," said Obama, who depicted McCain as the antithesis of change.

"We must again have the courage and conviction to lead the free world. That's what Americans demand. That's what change is."

Obama reached the winning delegate figure of 2,118 from the final two primaries and new support from party officials and legislators.

He won Montana and Clinton took South Dakota on the closing day of a spellbinding, see-saw race that drew record turnouts and divided Democrats into intensely emotional camps.

Obama now has five months to make his case in what promises to be a tumultuous election in a war-weary country with a fragile economy where Americans are deeply unhappy about the status quo.

His first job will be dealing with Clinton, who didn't acknowledge Obama had reached the delegate milestone and said she'd consult party leaders and supporters before deciding what's next.

"I am committed to uniting our party so we move forward stronger and more ready than ever to take back the White House in November," Clinton said in New York.

But she defiantly continued to emphasize her widespread appeal during 54 contests in five months of voting.

And supporters chanted "Denver, Denver, Denver" as she spoke, signalling she should contest the nomination all the way to the party's national convention in August.

"I want the 18 million Americans who voted for me to be respected, to be heard and no longer be invisible," she said.

"The question is where to do we go from here - and given how far we've come and where we need to go as a party, it is a question I do not take lightly."

"This has been a long campaign and I will be making no decisions tonight."

Yet she also praised Obama and his ability to pull in so many young voters.

"Our party and our democracy is stronger and more vibrant as a result. And we are grateful."

The 46-year-old first-term Illinois senator couldn't be more different from his rival for the presidency, a Vietnam War hero who's 71 and ardently supports the Iraq war.

McCain was quick off the mark in laying out his own battle plan, painting Obama as a naive, free-spending newcomer and accusing him of denying funds to U.S. soldiers who've done a "brilliant and brave" job.

"This is, indeed, a change election," McCain said in New Orleans. "No matter who wins this election, the direction of this country is going to change dramatically. But, the choice is between the right change and the wrong change; between going forward and going backward.

Obama swung back hard in his victory speech, delivered at an evening rally in St. Paul, Minn. in the same hall where McCain will accept the Republican nomination at his party's national convention in September

"It's not change when John McCain decided to stand with George Bush 95 per cent of the time, as he did in the Senate last year," said Obama, who suggested his rival should spend more time visiting small-town Americans and less time in Iraq.

Obama was just 30-odd delegates short of the nomination as the day began, and aides scrambled to bring superdelegates on board to meet the quota so he could celebrate his remarkable breakthrough.

Clinton's camp, meantime, tried to convince them to hold off.

His campaign was already gearing up to recruit many of Clinton's top fundraisers, a move that could add $75 million to the record totals he's getting from small donors over the Internet.

Important endorsements for Obama flooded in throughout the day, including former president Jimmy Carter and Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina, who urged Clinton to bow out.

Even ardent Clinton supporters said there should be an end to the bitter, bruising battle for the good of the party.

"It is, in fact, a moment of truth," said California Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Obama didn't need victories in both final primaries to take the nomination.

But he had hoped to avoid ending on a bad note that might reinforce concerns about the trouble he's had attracting white working-class voters in the second half of the primaries dominated by Clinton.

She told New York legislators on a conference call early Tuesday that she's "open" to becoming Obama's vice-presidential running mate if it would help the party's prospects in the general election.

Some party luminaries have backed the ticket as an unbeatable union blending his popularity among blacks, the young and well-educated, affluent Americans with Clinton's draw among women, Hispanics seniors and average, white, male Joes.

Obama has already asked Clinton for a meeting on her terms "when the dust settles."

Joining the ticket would make sense for Clinton, setting her up for a run in 2012 if Obama loses to McCain, as long as the party doesn't blame her, and making her the heir apparent in 2016 if Obama serves two terms.

But it's an open question whether he would ask her and if the two could possibly make a good match. Clinton also carries a lot of baggage.

Some in the party are ardently opposed, and analysts say the identity of the vice-president holds little sway for voters anyway.

During the nomination race, Obama repeatedly pegged Clinton as part of the old school of divisive politics who will say anything to get elected - the opposite of his message of hope and changing the way politics are conducted.

And her husband Bill, after some inflammatory, hurtful comments on the campaign trail, is a wild card. Just this week he accused Obama of getting "other people to slime her."

Uncertainty about Clinton's next steps and what Obama will do to placate her provided the backdrop to his stunning achievement as the next part of the presidential race began to unfold.

Obama is facing some tough terrain in his fight against McCain, despite the unprecedented unpopularity of President George W. Bush, the tanking economy and widespread antipathy toward the Iraq war.

The 17-month Democratic battle has given McCain a lot of breathing room even as it revealed a host of difficult problems Obama will have to address to marshall a winning coalition, overcome his inexperience and cope with lingering bigotry.

And signs are pointing to a presidential race perhaps as close as the last two.

The latest Gallup poll released Tuesday had Obama only narrowly beating McCain in a November matchup at 47 per cent to 44 per cent. The lead is within the poll's four-point margin of error.

The poll also indicated that 58 per cent of Americans have a positive image of Obama, while 56 view McCain favourably.

McCain's compelling personal story - the longtime Arizona senator spent more than five years in captivity in Vietnam - and his reputation at a maverick who's repudiated some top party policies could help him blunt some of Obama's criticism that he's running for a third Bush term.

Despite his fresh appeal, rhetorical skills that have attracted crowds as large as 75,000 and his historic candidacy, Obama has been losing key constituencies to Clinton by alarming amounts in big battleground states this spring.

It was a strong start for Obama, with a surprise win in Iowa on Jan. 3 that launched his political fortunes into the stratosphere, followed by successive victories in February.

But she's been thumping him among white, blue-collar voters in key states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia where many think the White House race will be won.

Obama also needs to win back women who are angry that Clinton won't fulfil their cherished dream of breaking the glass ceiling in the Oval Office.

A substantial number of those Democrats are threatening to penalize Obama by voting for McCain, who's been trying to sway them to the Republican side by effusively praising Clinton.

Obama has also faced his share of trouble coping with racial issues that have dented his popularity among more conservative Democrats and independents.

He needs to address doubts about his personal beliefs and patriotism, sparked by incendiary comments from his longtime relationship with ex-pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Obama recently announced he had left the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago that Wright once led - a move that could help him change the perceptions of some who view him with suspicion.

A visiting Roman Catholic clergyman who spoke at the church added to the controversy last week after he said he intended to expose "white entitlement and supremacy wherever it raises its head" and mimicked Clinton weeping over "a black man stealing my show."


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008dncconvention; demprimary; dinsenfranchisedvote; hillary; howtostealanelection; mt2008; obama; obama2008; sd2008; selectednotelected
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1 posted on 06/03/2008 10:02:07 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

i heard him thank michelle and his brothers and sisters, did anyone hear him thank his grandma (the one who raised him, not step-grandma in africa)?


2 posted on 06/03/2008 10:17:05 PM PDT by machogirl
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To: Red Steel

He won with the manufactured delegates from Michigan. If Clinton cannot fight that one in court, they have really lost their touch. She actually ended up with more elected delegates than he did. There is no way I would quit in her position. Super Delegates have shown how fickle they are.


3 posted on 06/03/2008 10:18:36 PM PDT by Ingtar (Haley Barbour 2012, Because he has experience in Disaster Recovery. - ejonesie22)
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To: Red Steel

Reminds me of the freak shows in England...Obama and Clinton could have been circus freaks...maybe their current popularity is because our young people never learned anything about history because their liberal professors were more interested in promoting liberalism instead of substance. Snake oil politics never delivers positive change. I wonder if Obama’s ego is so stroked that he doesn’t have a clue to the fact that he could not deliver a millionth of what he has said.


4 posted on 06/03/2008 10:19:53 PM PDT by Stayfree (**********************************************FLUSH HILLARY!!)
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To: Red Steel
"This has been a long campaign and I will be making no decisions tonight."

When those tapes are released tomorrow morning, well.. oh wait, I meant when those polling numbers are released... oh never mind. I have to return to the bunker.

5 posted on 06/03/2008 10:20:42 PM PDT by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: Red Steel
Barack Obama became the first black presidential nominee in U.S. history

WRONG.

US News: A Look At Other Black Presidential Candidates Before Obama

Lenora Fulani. In 1988, Fulani—a psychologist—ran as an independent and was the first black woman to appear on presidential ballots in all 50 states. She also ran in 1992.

First black Democrat presidential nominee. An amazing turn of events for the party that gave us the KKK, has a Klansman third in line of ascendency for the presidency, and opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in greater numbers than the GOP.

6 posted on 06/03/2008 10:25:54 PM PDT by weegee (Obama 2008 motto; Get on the bus, or prepare to be thrown under it.)
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To: Ingtar

None of the delegates were even supposed to count. Michagan was not supposed to count and Clinton herself said that. If the DNC had stuck by their guns, then neither candidate would have one any delegates from Michigan.


7 posted on 06/03/2008 10:27:22 PM PDT by gingerky
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To: gingerky

one should be won - too late to type.


8 posted on 06/03/2008 10:27:51 PM PDT by gingerky
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To: Mark
"This has been a long campaign and I will be making no decisions tonight."

I thought she was the one who could make a decision when the phone rang in the middle of the night.

9 posted on 06/03/2008 10:29:14 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Mark

Hillary’s speech tonight was pathetic. She gave some honor to Obama in general terms about how he had run a good campaign, but did not address the fact that he’s over the number of delegates needed for nomination. Nor did she concede, instead, saying she was making no decisions tonight. What the heck decision is there for her to make? She lost the nomination (barring unforeseen circumstances).

She’s going to meet with party leaders and check her e-mail as she asked people to e-mail her with suggestions going forward. Is she really going to read her e-mail where people suggest she shoot for the VP job, or run as a 3rd party candidate in the general election? I can’t believe some of the nonsense out of her mouth.


10 posted on 06/03/2008 10:29:15 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Ingtar
Darn right!

Obama stole half of Hillary's votes in Michigan, and the black racist never received a vote from the people.

It's really disgusting how the Democrats treat their own: No loyalty or fairness at all.

Heaven help us all if they run everything.

11 posted on 06/03/2008 10:35:01 PM PDT by Prole (Pray for the families of Chris and Channon.)
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To: Red Steel

I saw a tiny bit of Obama’s speech, talking about a war that never should have been authorized (talk to your pals in the senate, mate!) and saying that the gas prices keep the unemployed from finding work, and to solve this, we need more caps on energy and pollution! Is this the kind of ignorant change that his voters support? Such appalling ignorance couldn’t possibly be serious!


12 posted on 06/03/2008 10:37:49 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Gun-free zones aren't. Visit ConcealedCampus.com for more)
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To: weegee
Lenora Fulani. In 1988, Fulani—a psychologist—ran as an independent and was the first black woman to appear on presidential ballots in all 50 states. She also ran in 1992.

Keep posting it, only bigger and bolder !

13 posted on 06/03/2008 10:41:08 PM PDT by taraytarah
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To: Ingtar

Even if it is just for our sake (LOL) she should take it all the way to the convention. There is no way I would give up now especially with the amount of stuff that’s come out about obama after many of the primaries were already done. I think the race is not necessarily over for her and that also she is still after VP if she can’t get POTUS.

Give the superdelegates a chance to have their say and rip the democrats to apart!

Mel


14 posted on 06/03/2008 10:41:22 PM PDT by melsec (A Proud Aussie)
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To: Red Steel
Barack Obama became the first black bi-racial presidential nominee in U.S. history on Tuesday...
16 posted on 06/03/2008 10:45:30 PM PDT by taraytarah
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To: Red Steel

One week from now: OBAMA BECOMES FIRST MIXED RACE CANDIDATE TO MAKE THE COVER OF NEWSWEEK THREE TIMES OVER.


17 posted on 06/03/2008 10:46:07 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: melsec

new tagline


18 posted on 06/03/2008 10:46:30 PM PDT by weegee (Barack H. Obama has been selected, not elected. Way to go Deanocrats.)
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To: Red Steel

“...Clinton refuses to concede Democratic nomination”

should read

Clinton tells entire nation...”Not tonight, I have a headache!”


19 posted on 06/03/2008 10:48:11 PM PDT by fishhound (Boycott the Olympics in China.)
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To: Red Steel

A year ago I did not think such a headline was possible. Politics is indeed very strange.


20 posted on 06/03/2008 11:01:04 PM PDT by Kevmo (SURFRINAGWIASS : Shut Up RINOs. Free Republic is not a GOP Website. It's a SOCON Site.)
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To: Ingtar

“He won with the manufactured delegates from Michigan. If Clinton cannot fight that one in court, they have really lost”

Bingo. The wheels are probably already in motion. No, never sell the Clinton machine short.


21 posted on 06/03/2008 11:06:54 PM PDT by llandres (I'd rather be alive and bankrupt than dead and solvent)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

“I thought she was the one who could make a decision when the phone rang in the middle of the night.”

Not so much....all we saw is her ANSWERING the phone (after how many rings???) :-)))


22 posted on 06/03/2008 11:12:09 PM PDT by llandres (I'd rather be alive and bankrupt than dead and solvent)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I was VERY surprised at her speech tonight, what I could stand to listen to, anyway. Many of the ratz over at the DU are going nuts over it.

The woman just won’t quit. Not that I mind the turmoil she’s causing!


23 posted on 06/03/2008 11:14:49 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (..."I just said some things that weren't in keeping with what I knew to be the case." - HRC)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“She lost the nomination (barring unforeseen circumstances).”

The last three words are KEY.


24 posted on 06/03/2008 11:20:33 PM PDT by llandres (I'd rather be alive and bankrupt than dead and solvent)
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To: Prole

“It’s really disgusting how the Democrats treat their own: No loyalty or fairness at all.”

DUH - that’s why they’re Democrats.


25 posted on 06/03/2008 11:22:30 PM PDT by llandres (I'd rather be alive and bankrupt than dead and solvent)
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To: Red Steel
Time to drop the house before she burns it...


26 posted on 06/03/2008 11:23:07 PM PDT by Earthdweller
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To: Prole

“Heaven help us all if they run everything. “

yes, look at the horrendous disaster of them (already) running Congress!!!!!


27 posted on 06/03/2008 11:23:58 PM PDT by llandres (I'd rather be alive and bankrupt than dead and solvent)
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To: llandres
LOL.


28 posted on 06/03/2008 11:25:33 PM PDT by Prole (Pray for the families of Chris and Channon.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

“Is this the kind of ignorant change that his voters support? Such appalling ignorance couldn’t possibly be serious!”

to your first question - they’re in love with the face and the voice; to your second statement - yes, it IS serious.


29 posted on 06/03/2008 11:27:43 PM PDT by llandres (I'd rather be alive and bankrupt than dead and solvent)
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To: Theresawithanh
Hillary needs to stay in, and distract the media's gunsights for as long as possible.

Think about how much destruction the media will bring to McCain once Hillary is gone.

It will be like the arctic battle scene in the Empire Strikes Back.

Obama's media will concentrate all their efforts on destroying McCain just like the Empire focused their big guns on the ill-fated power generator.

"Target sighted! Maximum firepower!"


30 posted on 06/03/2008 11:33:17 PM PDT by Prole (Pray for the families of Chris and Channon.)
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To: Red Steel

They can’t do this to Hillary. Don’t they know who she is?


31 posted on 06/03/2008 11:33:18 PM PDT by microgood
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To: llandres
I know.

I am still astonished at Pelosi's abandonment of Hillary.

You would think that these old democrat folks would stick together, but there is clearly no room for loyalty in that sick bunch.

32 posted on 06/03/2008 11:34:33 PM PDT by Prole (Pray for the families of Chris and Channon.)
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To: machogirl

Yes, he thanked her and gave her credit for raising him.


33 posted on 06/04/2008 12:02:14 AM PDT by beethoven
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I was wondering how he help contain the spread of nuclear weapons as a street activivist in Chicago as he said in his sermon tonight!


34 posted on 06/04/2008 12:10:45 AM PDT by Always Independent
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To: The_Media_never_lie
"This has been a long campaign and I will be making no decisions tonight."
I thought she was the one who could make a decision when the phone rang in the middle of the night.
Yeah . . .

35 posted on 06/04/2008 12:30:13 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The conceit of journalistic objectivity is profoundly subversive of democratic principle.)
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To: Red Steel
Where the hell is algore? Both sides should try to hire him for his expertise in arranging recounts and lawsuits over election results.
36 posted on 06/04/2008 3:25:31 AM PDT by tdscpa
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To: taraytarah

You’re quite right. Obama is a dark mulatto and he took Clinton’s BLACK base....something she took for granted. So much for being the wife of the “first black president”.


37 posted on 06/04/2008 3:34:46 AM PDT by Sacajaweau ("The Cracker" will be renamed "The Crapper")
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To: Red Steel

38 posted on 06/04/2008 3:52:03 AM PDT by IPWGOP (I'm Linda Eddy... I'm the cartoonist for iowapresidentialwatch.com)
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To: Prole
Maybe it is because the Clintons have no loyalty to anyone except themselves.

The primaries have pointed out that there is no lie too small or too big for Hillary. Only a fool would trust her.

39 posted on 06/04/2008 3:57:44 AM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Bahamas!)
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To: Red Steel
This has been a long campaign and I will be making no decisions tonight."

How very Presidential of her.

40 posted on 06/04/2008 5:59:13 AM PDT by coloradan (The US is becoming a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Earthdweller

Ding Dong...
the witch is dead...

41 posted on 06/04/2008 8:17:41 AM PDT by xtinct (I was the next door neighbor kid's imaginary friend.)
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To: Prole

42 posted on 06/04/2008 8:25:32 AM PDT by xtinct (I was the next door neighbor kid's imaginary friend.)
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To: taraytarah

How about a new tagline...


43 posted on 06/04/2008 8:32:49 AM PDT by weegee (In 1988 Lenora Fulani was the 1st black woman to appear on presidential ballots in all 50 states)
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To: Prole
“It’s really disgusting how the Democrats treat their own: No loyalty or fairness at all.”

DA!


44 posted on 06/04/2008 8:40:39 AM PDT by weegee (In 1988 Lenora Fulani was the 1st black woman to appear on presidential ballots in all 50 states)
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To: weegee

Are you the official “tagline inspector”?? lol


45 posted on 06/04/2008 8:47:37 AM PDT by taraytarah (This tagline just returned from Trinity Church. Give me your 401 fund whitey !! Amen.)
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To: taraytarah

I meant “how about I reference this in a new tagline” (for me).


46 posted on 06/04/2008 10:14:28 AM PDT by weegee (In 1988 Lenora Fulani was the 1st black woman to appear on presidential ballots in all 50 states)
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To: weegee
Oh.........lol

Great idea!
(thanks for the unintentional reminder anyway)

47 posted on 06/04/2008 10:25:30 AM PDT by taraytarah (This tagline just returned from Trinity Church. Give me your 401 fund, whitey! ! Amen.)
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To: Earthdweller

This morning, its apparent her feet are still moving!


48 posted on 06/04/2008 11:00:14 AM PDT by CedarDave (Obama dissing God and country: campaign won't use "religion as a wedge and patriotism as a bludgeon")
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To: machogirl

He did. She actually got the longest thank you of anyone.


49 posted on 06/04/2008 12:12:41 PM PDT by MinnesotaLibertarian
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To: Ingtar

Except that the party rules demanded that all the candidates remove themselves from the ballot. Obama complied, Hillary did not. Party rules also stated candidates couldn’t campaign in Florida. She sent Bill as her proxy, and did end up going there herself before the primary. She shouldn’t be able to win because broke the rules. I know some people on here want Hillary to win or at least be a thorn for Obama, but I just want her to go away.


50 posted on 06/04/2008 12:16:30 PM PDT by MinnesotaLibertarian
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