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Kerrey Appears in New Clinton Ad

By Anne E. Kornblut
After watching her rival rack up high-profile endorsements, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton unleashed a popular surrogate of her own on Thursday, airing a new ad featuring former senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska -- two days ahead of his home state's caucuses.

In the ad, Kerrey says: "I support Hillary because I like her, trust her, and have confidence in her as commander in chief, as a leader to get our economy back on the right track and to strengthen our rural communities, expand access to affordable health care, and improve the quality of our schools. At the caucus this Saturday, give your support to Hillary. She'll never let you down."

Kerrey, a decorated Vietnam veteran and frequent maverick who now lives in New York and is president of the New School university, is still a powerful voice in Nebraska and could potentially help Clinton among veterans. He campaigned for Jim Webb during his 2006 Senate race in Virginia, and considered running for president himself.

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Kerrey isn't from Nebraska anymore, he just gave up a bodypart for it in Vietnam ... right??? ... was your Governor, Senator ... grow up little kid and take that 1 EV vote and plant in the ground until it has the same power of states like Calif., NY, NJ, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Penn. Arizona, New Mexio and yes Mr.(s) K/K's Mass. etc. that support Mrs. Clinton - because in the end Obama is gonna need every 12 caucus delegates he can get after Hillary sweeps the `BIG STATES' for that matter ... Ben Nelson indeed ... he votes so often with the GOP he even beats Obamarama's `Not Present/Present' votes for GOP leader Senator Mitch McConnell!

Posted by: JohnOsborneNY | February 9, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

So Hillary Clinton, whom voted for the Iraq war, voted against the Levin amendment which would have delayed the war, and voted lasted fall for the Kyl-Lieberman Iran resolution, leading Michael Moore to comment yesterday that to vote for Hillary would be an "immoral" act...

is now endorsed by Bob Kerrey, the same Bob Kerrey that led a seven-member team of Navy Seals into Thanh Phong village in February 1969, and murdered in cold blood more than a dozen women and children.

It seems Michael Moore had it right...

Posted by: filmex | February 9, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Bob Kerrey, was the surrogate that most people hated for his bringing up Obama's middle name controversy. Think about it, you are a newborn, your parents decide to give you a middle name, and you scream out saying 'oh, dont give me that middle name because 50 years down the road, when I run for the presidency, they will associate that name as something bad.'. That is the intelligence of Bob Kerrey who has the wisdom and intelligence of the backend of the democratic partys mascot.

Now Hillary had a choice to dump him after he made the comments standing next to her in Iowa. Hillary lost Iowa partly because of Bob Kerrey's comments. Now she is using him again in ads in Nebraska. That shows Hillary is not going to change anything for this country. If she can't change her surrogates, the same surrogates are going to be in her cabinet. The old politicians will still do the same old things. There is no hope for this country with kerrey, Sheehan and others running the white house for Hillary.

Posted by: ChunkyMonkey1 | February 8, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

people everything maq1 in an earlier post said is spot on the issues. we cannot de-evolve as a society because the familiar seems appealing to some. I would like an HRC supporter to give an example of any progressive, democratic, first-world, nation where they could potentially have 4 consecutive presidents from 2 immediate families.
what's more not only will some democrats stay home rather than vote for clinton, some will cross over and vote for mccain, to stop this assault on our democratic republic represented by the bush/clinton dynasty. but also this primary season has shown that obama will turn red states like GA and AL blue (look at the vote totals compared against the R's) CO, and MO go blue and he grows the party, and he does not hurt down-ticket D's in the general election. get onboard people, go obama !

Posted by: jacade | February 8, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"After watching her rival rack up high-profile endorsements, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton unleashed a popular surrogate of her own..."

This is baseless characterization and novelization, and it's stupid. But, hey, it's what we've come to expect from The Washington Post's Trail.

Posted by: zukermand | February 8, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I started out an Obama supporter, but the more I listened to his broken record speech of change, the more I realized I had no idea what he was going to change. He is as vague as can be and never really addresses any of the issues. Bush claimed he was going to make a bunch of changes when he got elected, well he sure did and now look where we are... Change can be good, but it can also be bad. I believe Clinton has the experience and knowledge necessary to make the appropriate changes for our country.

Posted by: calebcs | February 8, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

To be frank, I would vote for any of Clinton's democratic opponents over her, and will not vote at all in the general election should she get the Democratic nomination. I respect Sen. Clinton's accomplishments and intellect, and the ground-breaking nature of her candidacy, but I can not vote her into the Presidency for two primary reasons. First, I don't believe our Constitution nor the body of law surrounding it contemplates the presence of a presidential spouse (Bill Clinton) as a policy-maker. At worst, he will effectively operate as a co-president and at best a vice-president, but regardless of his role, it will not be defined or bound by an existing body of law. Regardless of what you think about President Clinton, this is VERY DANGEROUS GROUND to enter onto. With the Bush Presidency, we saw that the bounds of executive power are flexible and ripe for abuse. we saw that the VP, Cheney, when empowered by the president, can operate under a veil of nearly impenetrable secrecy. Now imagine placing a former president in the mix in an ad hoc role for which there is NO LEGAL OVERSIGHT. this is a legal black hole of massive proportions, and it threatens the integrity of the checks and balances outlined in the Constitution. Voters should be concerned.

Secondly, I don't believe its in the spirit of our nation and our American values to have the same two families in the presidency for twenty some odd years, or thirty two if you count Bush I's 8 years as VP. At best, we are condoning a soft form of nepotism both to our next generation, and in the eyes of the world. At worst, this could be considered unAmerican.

Posted by: maq1 | February 7, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I live in Omaha, Nebraska and just returned home from the Obama rally. Here is the problem with Kerrey's endorsement: He isn't really a Nebraskan anymore. He lives in New York. He works in New York. Bob Kerrey is a New Yorker. Bob Kerrey recently had an opportunity to renew his Nebraska roots and he decided to abandon the state. (With Chuck Hagel retiring, the Democrats could use him to win the seat). The True Nebraskans - Senator Ben Nelson and Mayor Mike Fahey are supporting Barack Obama. The thing most Nebraskans dislike about Hillary Clinton is that you have no idea where her true convictions lie. She seems to seek power, simply for the sake of power. Hillary Clinton would lose Nebraska in a general election. Barack Obama would have a fighting chance. Nebraska is one of the few states that has proportional voting in the Electoral College. Barack Obama would gain at least one electoral college vote from Nebraska.

Posted by: owherald | February 7, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

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