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NY: Clinton, McCain Start Early

By Spencer S. Hsu
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) began Super Tuesday in the Empire State. Clinton voted near her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., McCain rallied at Rockefeller Center with former mayor Rudy Giuliani, and all four major candidates hit the morning talk shows early today.

"People are figuring out that Governor Romney had a terrible record as governor, and they're figuring out that he's not good on national security," McCain said in an interview aired on CBS' "Early Show" that was recorded yesterday at Grand Central Station, where he was endorsed by former governor George Pataki.

On the same program, Clinton said from her home: "We need someone who is ready to run against the Republicans, who can talk about the future with confidence and optimism, and to take care of people again." Clinton also gave a told a correspondent for CNN's "American Morning" at a Manhattan polling station: "Say hello to everybody in Harlem."

Supporters of Barack Obama (D-Ill.) also were hard at work in liberal precincts of New York City and especially Brooklyn, hoping to snatch delegates in Clinton's backyard.

Obama brushed off comments by Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe in New York, who told a reporter that a Clinton-Obama ticket would be a good idea.

"Sure it would be, absolutely. How could you deny consideration of someone who has excited so many people?" McAuliffe said during a taping of NY1's Inside City Hall, to be aired tonight.

Obama told ABC's Diane Sawyer, "Here would be my suggestion to Terry McAuliffe, and that is, I'm running for president, and I don't think that Senator Clinton would be willing to accept the vice presidency, I think it would be presumptuous for me."

Asked if he took McAuliffe's remark as a compliment, Obama coolly replied, "Let me put it this way: If I were 20 points down, then we probably wouldn't be hearing that. I think it's a sign that we're doing pretty well."

Far from Gotham, former Massachusetts Republican governor Mitt Romney also got into the mix. Speaking from West Virginia, he said he was gaining in faraway California, and that McCain's attack showed that the race was tightening. Conservatives "are not at all comfortable with Senator McCain leading us" and taking "such a sharp left turn," Romney said. "He's so making up facts that it's really quite extraordinary."

By Post Editor  |  February 5, 2008; 11:20 AM ET
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