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Off the Trail for a Day, Senate Life Resumes

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) heads to the Senate floor for a vote today on Capitol Hill. (AP.)

By Shailagh Murray
Marathon budget votes in the Senate, stretching from late morning until late tonight, mean lots of quality floor time for Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

They've already had one tete-a-tete. Obama and Clinton chatted alone for about five minutes, seated in chairs in the front row of the chamber while their colleagues moved about, pretending not to notice. At the end of the discussion, Obama put his arm around Clinton and gave her a friendly squeeze.

Earlier, Obama held a lengthy discussion with Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Bill Nelson, whose home states of Michigan and Florida have become the sudden wildcards in the nominating contest. The Democratic National Committee stripped both states of their convention delegates for jumping in line on the primary calendar, but now the states are determined to be counted, either through revotes or some other negotiated settlement.

"We'll work something out," Obama said casually as he walked away.

By Web Politics Editor  |  March 13, 2008; 2:59 PM ET
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ABC NEWS Story about Barry Hussien's 20 years friendship with his MENTOR, FREIND, PASTOR, and "UNCLE"... I hope, Barry is finished after this

He is a FRAUD


God Help US

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 14, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

ABC NEWS Story about Barry Hussien's 20 years friendship with his MENTOR, FREIND, PASTOR, and "UNCLE"... I hope, Barry is finished after this

He is a FRAUD


God Help US

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 14, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

If you happen to accept Hannity and Colmes as a news source more reliable and honest news source than the washington post, I think that pretty much sums up your world view on how you might think about a mixed race non republican presidential candidate. (Not that we're going to see a non-white or woman republican presidential candidate anytime soon, in either case..)

Posted by: perryair | March 14, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I am a democrat who has stopped watching MSNBC and NBC for its bias towards Clinton and their sucking up to Obama. These days Chris Matthews at MSNBC talks like he is a fag*ot in love with Obama and protects him like he is his wh*re. That sickens me and I urge people to BOYCOTT GE ( parent company)

Posted by: vs_sv | March 14, 2008 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Why is Washington Post not reporting on Obama's pastor problem. I was impressed with the way FOX news covered this topic yesterday.The pastor link will confirm that Obama's inner circle thinks like Osama, like taking the "b" out and replacing with "s" which is just a lot of BS to me....

Posted by: vs_sv | March 14, 2008 5:55 AM | Report abuse

In American politics there are no rules. Rules in Washington D.C. are suggestions for your opinionated considerations. In the Democratic Party rules are made to be broken. These states were not honored in the primary process because they did not submit nor comply to the rules. What is it that the media and Hillary don't get?

Posted by: unteal | March 13, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Both the Clintons and McCain have proved to be not good for the American economy. Bill Clinton made deals with Mexico and Canada with NAFTA that has since hurt the economy of this country. The winners in that deal are US big corporations who can get the job done outside the country. They pay less in taxes since they get to write off almost everything they can think off. The American people lost jobs, again the government lost tax revenue from the average Joe who doesn't have a good paying job anymore.

McCain goes one step further. He sides with the lobbyists who want to give our military contracts worth $50 Billion to a Frenc company. That deal will not only impact the engineering work force of this country but also impact the overall security as well.

I wonder what jobs the Clintons and McCain think the American people will have left to do. The funny thing is McCain's wife is a wealthy business woman selling beer. He has every reason to reduce the taxation of the wealthy. The Clinton's have amassed millions and kept them away from US tax laws in Cayman islands. These are two of the three choices we have for electing as the president of the United States.

Posted by: MelanieTurner | March 13, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

When Obama beats McCain in November, I bet he doesn't give away defense contracts to other countries in the middle of a recession like McCain did with the Airbus deal.

Posted by: jwendland | March 13, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse


Large numbers of Republicans have been voting for Barack Obama in the DEMOCRATIC primaries, and caucuses. Because they feel he would be a weaker opponent against John McCain. And because they feel that a Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ticket would be unbeatable. And also because with a Clinton and Obama ticket you are almost 100% certain to get quality, affordable universal health care very soon.

But first, all of you have to make certain that Hillary Clinton takes the democratic nomination and then the Whitehouse. NOW! is the time. THIS! is the moment you have all been working, and waiting for. You can do this America. "Carpe diem" (harvest the day).

I think Hillary Clinton see's a beautiful world of plenty, and comfort for all. She is a woman, and a mother. And it's time America. Do this for your-self, and your children's future. You will have to work together on this and be aggressive, relentless, and creative. Americans face an even worse catastrophe ahead than the one you are living through now.

You see, the medical and insurance industry mostly support the republicans with the money they ripped off from you. And they don't want you to have quality, affordable universal health care. They want to be able to continue to rip you off, and kill you and your children by continuing to deny you life saving medical care that you have already paid for. So they can continue to make more immoral profits for them-self.

Hillary Clinton has actually won by much larger margins than the vote totals showed. And lost by much smaller vote margins than the vote totals showed. Her delegate count is actually much higher than it shows. And higher than Obama's. HILLARY CLINTON IS ALREADY THE TRUE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE!

As much as 30% of Obama's primary, and caucus votes are Republicans trying to choose the weakest democratic candidate for McCain to run against. These Republicans have been gaming the caucuses where it is easier to vote cheat. This is why Obama has not been able to win the BIG! states primaries. Even with Republican vote cheating help.

Hillary Clinton has been out manned, out gunned, and out spent 2 and 3 to 1. Yet Obama has only been able to manage a very tenuous, and questionable tie with Hillary Clinton.

If Obama is the democratic nominee for the national election in November he will be slaughtered. Because the Republican vote cheating help will suddenly evaporate. All of this vote fraud and republican manipulation has made Obama falsely look like a much stronger candidate than he really is. YOUNG PEOPLE. DON'T BE DUPED! Think about it. You have the most to lose.

The democratic party needs to fix this outrage. I suggest a Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ticket now! Everyone needs to throw all your support to Hillary Clinton NOW! So you can end this outrage against YOU the voter, and against democracy.

I think Barack Obama has a once in a life time chance to make the ultimate historic gesture for unity, and change in America by accepting Hillary Clinton's offer as running mate. Such an act now would for ever seal Barack Obama's place at the top of the list of Americas all time great leaders, and unifiers for all of history. But the time to act is soon.

The democratic party, and the super-delegates have a decision to make. Are the democrats, and the democratic party going to choose the DEMOCRATIC party nominee to fight for the American people. Or are the republicans going to choose the DEMOCRATIC party nominee through vote fraud, and gaming the DEMOCRATIC party primaries, and caucuses.

Fortunately the Clinton's have been able to hold on against this fraudulent outrage with those repeated dramatic comebacks of Hillary Clinton's. Only the Clinton's are that resourceful, and strong. Hillary Clinton is your NOMINEE. They are the best I have ever seen.

"This is not a game" (Hillary Clinton)



Posted by: JackSmith1 | March 13, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

This is an interesting solution to the MI/FL problem that it seems like both candidates would support:

Posted by: MAB4 | March 13, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

bn1123-Now, THAT, is a Freudian Slip!


It really would go a long ways towards summing up my feelings of being in the US after such an event! :-(

Amnesty International, HELP!!!!! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 13, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Hope that Clinton and Obama agree(d) on a cease fire and that they and their respective camps observe it. Otherwise, they both harm their party's chance to recapture the White House and help McCain to succeed his soul brother Bush.
Having said that, negative campaigning on the part of Hillary and Barack may have different consequences for the general election campaign in fall as one of my colleagues figured out at:

Posted by: bn1123 | March 13, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

If I lived in Michigan or Florida, I would be hoping McCain chooses Mitt Romney for MY Vice President. THEY, accepted OUR decisions, our Votes, and could actually come together for the GOOD! ;~)

Fortunately, when Billary and Obasama are put BACK in the Senate, they will NOT be representing either State! :-)

Unfortunately, They, WILL be back in the Senate! :-(

Posted by: rat-the | March 13, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

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