In Patriot Country, Clinton Hopes For a Win
By Perry Bacon Jr.
WORCESTER, Mass. -- In a speech at Clark University here, Sen. Hillary Clinton appealed for a dÃ©tente, but not with her rival, Barack Obama.
"I want to congratulate the Patriots on an historic season. In the last decade they have redefined the definition of winning," the Illinois-born New York senator said to loud applause in the heart of Patriot country. "But I have an idea, tomorrow we have another super contest and tomorrow people of New York and Massachusetts can be on the same team. And I pledge to you whether you're a Patriots fan or a Giants fan, if you vote for me, we will be on the winning team in November."
Clinton drew an enthusiastic crowd of several hundred at the school, even though she appeared more than an hour late and sounded as if she were losing her voice at times during the speech.
Earlier in the day, Clinton shared an emotional moment with women gathered for a roundtable discussion in New Haven. At the event, a former colleague from her time working at the Yale Child Study Center during law school there praised her work on behalf of children.
"I said I would not tear up. Already we're not exactly on that path," Clinton said, according to CBS News.
Targeting early primary states where she is in a close race with Obama, Clinton appeared in Connecticut and Massachusetts before she is scheduled to fly to New York for a taping of the "Late Show with David Letterman" and host a national town hall that will be aired on the Hallmark Channel and XM radio.
Without mentioning Obama by name, she continued to rip him for his health-care plan, which she says is inadequate because it does not include a requirement for people to purchase health insurance. A health plan without such a requirement is unlikely to achieve universal coverage, although Massachusetts, which recently created a plan with such a mandate, is struggling to find ways to make health care affordable for all its residents.
"We have four major candidates running on the Democratic and Republican side. I am the only candidate with a universal health-care plan," Clinton said.
Her events, particularly the roundtable at Yale and the appearance on Hallmark, seemed design to court women, who have helped provide the winning margins in her primary victories.
Meanwhile, in the bizarre expectations game Obama and Clinton's campaigns are playing, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe wrote in a message to supporters "Senator Clinton is certainly the favorite on Feb. 5, given the huge leads she has held in many of these contests throughout the course of the campaign and the political, historical and geographic advantages she enjoys in many of these states."
He then detailed polling numbers from a few weeks ago that showed Clinton far ahead of Obama in several states, even though Obama is now effectively tied with her in many of these places.
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