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To compete with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama's campaign is reaching out to Latino voters ahead of Super Tuesday. But some observers say that the Illinois senator faces a tough challenge because of Clinton's strong and long-standing ties with Hispanics. ( video / Ben de la Cruz)

By Editors  |  February 4, 2008; 12:22 PM ET
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Tidbits in the news.....
"The overall portrait of Hillary Clinton is of a lifelong, selfless do-gooder. The whole story is more complicated -- and less flattering.
Clinton worked at the Children's Defense Fund for less than a year, and that's the only full-time job in the nonprofit sector she's ever had. She also worked only briefly as a law professor.
Clinton spent the bulk of her career -- 15 of those 35 years -- at one of Arkansas' most prestigious corporate law firms, where she represented big companies and served on corporate boards.
Neither she nor her surrogates, however, ever mention that on the campaign trail. Her campaign Web site biography devotes six paragraphs to her pro bono legal work for the poor but sums up the bulk of her experience in one sentence: ``She also continued her legal career as a partner in a law firm.'' 405158.html

Cluster bombs and landmines are particularly terrifying weapons that wreak havoc on communities trying to recover from war. They are fatal impediments to reconstruction and rehabilitation of agricultural land; they destroy valuable livestock; they disable otherwise productive members of society; they maim or kill children trying to salvage them for scrap metal.

Over 150 nations have signed the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. It pains me that our great nation has not. But in the autumn of 2006, there was a chance to take a step in the right direction: Senate Amendment No. 4882, an amendment to a Pentagon appropriations bill that would have banned the use of cluster bombs in civilian areas.

Senator Obama of Illinois voted IN FAVOR of the ban.

Senator Clinton of New York voted AGAINST the ban.

Analysts say Clinton did not want to risk appearing "soft on terror," as it would have harmed her electability. David Rees, Huffington Post February 4, 2008

LOS ANGELES - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a national co-chair of Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, banked at least $7,500 in political donations linked to an indicted Chicago businessman Antoin Rezko, idenfitied as chairman of Rezmar Corp. of Chicago, contributed $1,000 to Villaraigosa's mayoral campaign in May 2001. Those records show Rezko also donated $500 to another Villaraigosa political committee in March 2003.
Records show Villaraigosa received at least another $6,000 from people or businesses with connections to Rezko.

Posted by: Katy7540 | February 5, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Senator Clinton has based her campaign on an erroneous claim to greater legislative and administrative experience. Former President Clinton talks up her role in his administration on the campaign trail but pointedly refuses to release any documents that would provide greater details on her actual activities there. It is broadly understood that Hillary spearheaded the response team that staved off Republican attacks and spun the many scandals of the Clinton years. As to her Senate record, no one in the press has had the diligence to lay out her record for the public to assess.

Senator Clinton, who has served only one full term (6yrs.), and another year campaigning, has managed to author and pass into law, (20) twenty pieces of legislation in her first six years.
These bills can be found on the website of the Library of Congress (, but to save you trouble, I'll post them here for you.

1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site.
2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month.
3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall.
5. Name courthouse after James L. Watson.
6. Name post office after Jonn A. O'Shea.
7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death.
10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program.
13. Name post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda.
14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death.
15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty.

Only five of Clinton's bills are more substantive.

16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11.
17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11
18. Assist landmine victims in other countries.
19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care.
20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness preservation system.

There you have it, the facts straight from the Senate Record.

Now, I would post those of Obama's, but the list is too substantive, so I'll mainly categorize. During the first (8) eight years of his elected service he sponsored over 820 bills. He introduced

233 regarding healthcare reform,
125 on poverty and public assistance,
112 crime fighting bills,
97 economic bills,
60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills,
21 ethics reform bills,
15 gun control,
6 veterans affairs and many others.

His first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427. These included:
**the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 (became law),
**The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, (became law),
**The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate,
**The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, (became law),
**The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, (In committee), and many more.

In all since enter the U.S. Senate, Senator Obama has written 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096. An impressive record for someone who supposedly has no record according to the spin meisters and mindless twits. I challenge Clinton supporters to name a single legislative accomplishment that demonstrates her superior experience.

Posted by: mgoodwin_04 | February 4, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Si se puede, solo ...

There is no incentive for Sen. Obama to accept an offer of the vice presidency from Hillary Clinton, as unlikely a prospect as that is anyway.
Hillary Clinton in the White House means a co-presidency with Bill.
Why would anyone what to take a position that, while it may be a heartbeat from the presidency, is also third fiddle in influence and power?
Who with any self-respect would accept being second-guessed and undercut by Bill Clinton?
The Clinton-Obama ticket idea is being floated by Hillary's trained seals in part to create a sense of moral equivalency between the two candidates--to the enormous detriment of Barack Obama.
The Clintons have nothing to say to a generation of young people looking for authenticity, honesty and transparency in their leaders and in their government.
That's why more and more, young people are turning to Barack Obama.

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | February 4, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Hay un refran muy conocido que dice; el que muere por su propia mano la muerte le save a Gloria.
Esto es lo que los hispanos estan haciendo votando por traidores como bush y hilary Clinton.
Cuando bush nesesitaba los votos de los hispanos prometio tantas cosas
Pero cuando se hiso presidente nos dio la espalda y se holvido de nosotros
Ahora hilari se esta chupando los votos de los hispanos y no lo puedo creer
Que despues de que ella voto para que no les den licencias a los ilegales,ahora pide los votos de los hispano,pero si ella se hase presidente va ha a afectatarnos si hace health insurance mandatoria pues si alguien no puede pagarla va a ser multado como paso con aseguransas de carro,sabian ustedes que las asuguransas estan patronisando a hilari,si no huviera un proposito porque le darian tanto dinero, enterense que ella no es tan dulce como se cree.
Tambien en 1996 ella y bill Clinton pasaron the Immigrant's Rights and Responsibilities act.
Leyes que nos perjudican alos hispanos. Aqui mando una copia por favor leanla,esta en ingles porque es original pero pueden traducir lo mas importante. Yo creo que devemos abrir los hojos y darnos cuenta que si nos unimos a los afroamericanos con Barack obama que nos ofrece ayudarnos a los hispanos podemos hacer un cambio especial mente cuando los kenedy y john kerry estan con obama, esta es la oportunidad para demostrar que SI SE PUEDE
Y que los afroamericanos y los hispanos si se pueden unir, y solo tenemos una oportunidad y si no la aprovechamos tal ves no tengamos otra,vamos a hacer el cambio e historia,ayudenme a mandar esta info. a otras estaciones del pais y ha todos los conocidos, gracias.


Posted by: laplumelefirmament | February 4, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

My feeling? I believe that Latino voters are no different than the rest of us who research, read, think, and then make up our own minds.

Personally? I did my research, listened to debates, read where they stand on the issues, etc., and my vote goes to Obama!

Posted by: ndolan622 | February 4, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

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