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A Taste of Texas, and Memories of 1972

Supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton cheer as she makes a campaign stop at St. Marys University in San Antonio Texas., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. (AP.)

By Anne E. Kornblut
SAN ANTONIO -- In a mobile society, people have an easy time claiming multiple home towns -- and no one does so more than candidates seeking national office in an election year. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton laid claim to yet another one on Wednesday, recalling the 90 days in 1972 when she worked on a voter registration drive in South Texas.

"I lived here in San Antonio for three months. It's where I became addicted to Mexican food and mango ice cream," Clinton said, relaying that to this day she eats "a lot of hot peppers."

"They keep me healthy," Clinton said. "They keep me going, and they remind me of South Texas." The crowd in an auditorium at St. Mary's here roared.

Clinton also hails from Park Ridge, Ill.; Wellesley, Mass., where she went to school; Arkansas, where she lived with her husband; and New York. She has not bragged as much about her D.C. roots, despite having lived there for 15 years. On Tuesday, she was badly beaten in the D.C. primary.

Sen. Barack Obama has another hometown primary coming up on Feb. 19, when Hawaii, where he was raised, votes. He has also invoked his ties to South Carolina (where his wife summered as a child); New York (where he went to college); and Cambridge, Mass. (where he went to law school).

Clinton went door-to-door in San Antonio before appearing at the rally, meeting with residents and children and encouraging them to vote for her in the primary here on March 4. It was a strange "trick-or-treat" kind of scene, with dozens of reporters and camera crews crushing Clinton as neighbors rushed her for autographs. Her motorcade blocked the street while news helicopters circled overhead.

After the photo op, the Obama campaign countered with news of an endorsement from former San Antonio mayor Ed Garza -- who lives in the neighborhood Clinton canvassed.

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 13, 2008; 9:18 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Hillary Rodham Clinton  
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