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Clinton Disappears From Obama's Script

By Matthew Mosk
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Remember that whole debate over the gas tax holiday? Sen. Hillary Clinton proposed it to offer relief to commuters feeling the squeeze. Sen. John McCain agreed with the approach. And Sen. Barack Obama called the whole thing a political gimmick.

Well, in Obama's speech this evening to a packed arena at Montana State University, one of those characters has been airbrushed out of the picture.

As he now recalls it, Obama's beef was with McCain. At a point in his speech where he was talking about honest government, Obama told the crowd of 7,000, "That's what this argument between myself and John McCain was all about on the gas tax holiday."

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Racism exists everywhere, not just the U.S. LOOK AT THE WORLD PEOPLE!!! Americans are going to elect a president for their leadership abilities and in my opinion, B/O lacks that very important quality, not because of the color of his skin. There are many Blacks, or as I like to say "mixed" who have many leadership abilities, i.e Colin Powell, who, in my opinion would make a great president. What a statesman!!!! Where are B.O's credentials???? He has been the darling of the media since his speech at the 2004 convention. Sure it was a good speech, he is eloquent. However we cannot afford to elect a person who can give a good speech to lead our country during these very troubled and trying times!! Even I am shocked at the numbers of Blacks who are voting for him because he is half black!!!! Surely, they are much smarter than that!!!

Posted by: rheanell day | May 22, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Hey, whats with all of the people who think that Obama has not done anything. He has a lifetime of achievments equal to that of Clinton (with the exception of First Lady experience). If the only people that are qualified to be in the White House are those that have been there allready we have a system based upon nepotism, not democracy.

Posted by: Thinking Person | May 21, 2008 3:13 AM | Report abuse

Change we can believe in???

How the hell can you believe in that crap if the guy came from nowhere, and has never done anything , befor and has no deeds behind him to speak for .
At least we know that America had the strongest economy in history of America under Clintons

Posted by: farbo | May 20, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Well Obama only knows how to point his finger and give a onesided silly woopy do speach

good luck america with a pilot who never flu the plain nor has idea how to

Posted by: barto | May 20, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton is an embarrassment to the whole world, delusional and evidently has nothing better to do than traipse across America talking the rhetoric that she believes everyone wants to hear. She will continue to be dishonest, maniacal and totally out for herself and the rich. She is a total disgrace. She is utterly disliked by the majority of Americans. I think more TVs are switched off when they hear that whiney voice because it is sheer torture. She needs to pack up all her pantsuits and head back to NY.

Posted by: Jim Hanes | May 20, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Voter noted that Obama has gotten the Global Poverty Act passed to give .7% of GDP to developing nations. This is not new to Obama, however. Gerald Ford began this promise and it has been promised ever since.

Posted by: the dude | May 20, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Voters should be aware that Senator Obama had a bill passed on Feb. 14,2008 called the Global Poverty Act, S.2433 wherein the taxpayers are committed to spend 0.7% of our Gross Domestic Product on foreign handouts, around $30 Billion per year over and above the wasted billions we are already sending that wind up in corrupt leaders pockets. Look the bill up for more outrageous gifts.

Posted by: Voter | May 20, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

In the beginning of the primary when Obama had a majority of the votes and Clinton had a majority of super delegates Obama stated that the candidate with the majority of the voters should be the candidate chosen. It now apperas he has once again changed his mind now that he has the super delegate majority and wants their endorsement. What a hypocrite.

Posted by: Joe American | May 20, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Clinton is hundred times an American Candidate than Obama who is not fully American and is one by accident that that for a few years, with no pedigree.

Posted by: Thomas | May 20, 2008 1:06 PM

are you what they call "white working-class" ?

Posted by: Shabshalowitz | May 20, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Clinton is hundred times an American Candidate than Obama who is not fully American and is one by accident that that for a few years, with no pedigree.

Posted by: Thomas | May 20, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I think Democrats and independents have spoken and decided to nominate such a great candidate who can easily beat John MaCcine in the General election. but just want to say here; Congratulation to the American people; Republican, Independent and the Democrats why? because nominating the son African Immigrant, for just his capabilities without looking into his origin; can only happen in the Land of opportunities -AMERICA. I hope that others follow the bath of such great people - America.

Posted by: Hussein Soyan | May 20, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Dear Concerned - be very concerned!!(Nice Fear Mongering Name by the way!) I'm pretty sure Obama is fearful of Clinton. I like it though!

Posted by: Shannon, Michigan | May 20, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

America will not be ignored! American voters will not be ignored and their right to vote! The military overseas and here in the United States that are fighting day and night to protect this country and to fight for our freedom will not be ignored. We will not have a President that is willing to "talk" to the very enemy that has killed and injured our fellow soldiers and is jeorpardizing our very way of life in America for our families across this great nation! The very enemy that is trying to blow us up with backpack suicide bombers! Obama has never been in the military, has never fought for this country and is DEFINITELY NOT OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF! Hillary, the military of this great nation is telling you to tell Obama, "BRING IT ON!" WE, THE MILITARY WANT A FIGHTER, YOU ARE OUR NEXT COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND WE SALUTE YOU WITH OUR HEARTS AND SOULS!

Posted by: THE AMERICAN MILITARY SPEAKS OUT! | May 20, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

In response of Obama ignoring Hillary Clinton as a running mate, is it fear, fear that she may win the this election by such a large margin with the American voters? How many Americans will Obama ignore? How can he run this country if he decides to ignore policies and procedures? He has already jumped the gambit, has shown how impulsive and unreliable he is. And most of all he has no respect or dignity for the American people and the democratic process. His inexperience and being naive his outspoken, misplaced politics have no place as a canidate for the President of these United States!

Posted by: AMERICA BE CONCERNED, BE VERY CONCERNED! | May 20, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Ignoring a presidential canidate does not mean you have or will win the votes of the American voters. Or wishing her to go away because you are frightened and know that the American voters want her for President because she is best qualified. Hillary Clinton is alive and well and she is winning this country over, one vote at a time until millions upon millions of voters have made their voices heard-LOUD AND CLEAR-HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

A permanently angry, narcissistic wanna be we do not need in the White House or anywhere else.

As Rahm Emanuel has observed (not verbatim): How losers lose determines whether winners win in November.

Ask not for whom the bell tolls, Hillary.

Posted by: gmundenat | May 20, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I still thinks senator Clinton is the most experienced candidate.
Obama is a mystery,words,words... the butter... but where is the beef? Money, unfortunly, wil play a too great role in electing a president.

Posted by: Pierre | May 20, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Obama is shifting into general election mode. By going on the offensive against McCain and Bush, Obama forces them to play towards him. Meanwhile Hillary is left on the side line in which she is forced to choose betweeen McCain and Bush or Obama in her public statements.

Very interesting how the Obama campaign has orchestrated Obama's phenomenal primary strategy. It's brilliant that Obama will be in Iowa (a 2008 swing state) tonight to thank the people of Iowa when he gains a majority of the pledged delegates after Hillary wins the Kentucky primary and the final results are in. The Obama camp knows that even if Obama wins Oregon, the final results won't be know until near midnight, thereby keeping Obama in the news tonight until the Oregon results.

Posted by: AJ | May 20, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I think it is time for democrats to unite and expell the war mongers out of the stage.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

The landscape is becoming a shambles of rhetoric, vitriol and division. We have two democratic candidates that draw support from distinct segments/groups of our society. There is not unity here but rather a devisive migration to demographic camps where everyone will batten down and become easily disenfranchised. As a Democrat with many friends/voters in the "D" column I am extremely dismayed at how the strong majority (I guess 80%) despise either Obama or Clinton. In more than 30 years of political involvement it's sad that I am witnessing such hate, anger, misinformation and unfortunately, character assassination, misogyny and rascism.

Posted by: Don in Maine | May 20, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I have to laugh all comments from desperate Clintonists and from Republicans who wants to believe grandpa McSame has a chance in the fall. At least here they have a feelings of winners...:)
Btw Hillary Rocky Clinton is not woman...LOL

Posted by: Jarda1 | May 20, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

For your Obama haters and racists. Join Clinton as she signs herself into a mental institution where she is going to under go treatment for lying, cheating, paying Rev. Wright for his help, and letting this campaign go to her head. She is going to be rehabilitated from her thinking that because her name was Clinton, she was entitled to the nomination. The people have spoke and told her she is not. God bless Obama.

Posted by: Eddie D. | May 20, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Airbrushed? Doesn't anybody have a heavy-duty sander?

Posted by: Jim Kelly | May 20, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Hillary deserves some respect for the way she's toned down the anti-Obama rhetoric in recent days. She knows the writing's on the wall, and will probably concede after the last of the contests on June 3. That's fine by me. Now if supporters on both sides can also learn to get along, then the Democrats will be in great shape to take on McCain in November. President Obama - has a nice ring to it, don't you think?

Posted by: Mark O | May 20, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

MYTH: Barack Obama is running a positive campaign that will unite Americans.

FACT: Barack Obama and his advisers have conducted a divisive "full assault" on Hillary's character.
While talking a lot about the politics of hope, change and unity, Sen. Obama and his campaign have been conducting a relentless and singularly personal assault on Hillary's character. They have blanketed big states with false negative mailers and radio ads and have described Hillary and her campaign as "disingenuous," "divisive," "untruthful," "dishonest," "polarizing," "calculating," "saying whatever it takes to win," "attempting to deceive the American people," "one of the most secretive in America," "deliberately misleading," "literally willing to do anything to win," and "playing politics with war."
This "full assault" on Hillary's integrity and character has reached a new peak since Hillary's victories on March 4th. One of Sen. Obama's top surrogates equated President Clinton with Joe McCarthy; another called Hillary a "monster;" and his campaign manager held an angry conference call claiming that Hillary is "deeply flawed" and has "character issues." That's neither unifying nor hopeful. If Sen. Obama really is the prohibitive favorite some say he is, these negative attacks make absolutely no sense. Why would a frontrunner seek to attack and divide? If Sen. Obama can't unify Democrats in a primary, how can he unify Americans in a general election?
Obama's inability to persuade working-class white voters to back him points to serious problem for him in the presidential election. A large percentage of voters who backed Mrs Clinton said they would not vote for Obama in the presidential race if he becomes the nominee. Disrespecting the nearly 17 million who have supported Clinton is politically unwise, but turning them into "the enemy" is insane

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse



Posted by: OBAMAS HAVE GREATLY EMBARRASSED THIS ENTIRE COUNTRY | May 20, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Lost in all the talk of the inevitability of Barack Obama's nomination is the fact that Hillary Clinton has a very compelling case of her own. The contorted Democratic primary significantly differs from an actual presidential election. Caucuses, which is proportionately favor young, vocal enthusiasts who are willing to stay up late in the night; superdelegates; unelected party officials who are free to ignore the
will of the people and proportional representation of delegates are all electoral processes that have no parallel in November.

If the Democratic primary were a winner-take-all contest based on electoral votes like the general election, Clinton would lead Obama 290-214. The fact that Obama has won the majority of states, most of which are small, or has a slight lead in the popular vote does not mitigate the fact that Clinton is by a large margin the more competitive candidate in a national election

It is a fact that no Democrat has won the White House since 1916 without winning West Virginia, Obama lost West Virginia by more than 40 points, an enormous fall, voters who went against Obama -- white, rural, older, low-income and without college degrees -- don't just live in West Virginia. They live everywhere in the country, in places Obama needs to win in a general election. In anticipation of the West Virginia primary, college students for Obama were hurling insults at farmers and truck drivers. Now we hear pained remarks from the Obama camp that many white men won't vote for any black. Oh really? No one was complaining during the early races in Iowa, Maryland, Virginia and Wisconsin, when most of the white male participants backed Obama. That was before the Rev. Jeremiah Wright ugliness became public. Obama's inability to persuade working-class white voters to back him points to serious problem for him in the presidential election. A large percentage of voters who backed Mrs Clinton said they would not vote for Obama in the presidential race if he becomes the nominee. Disrespecting the nearly 17 million who have supported Clinton is politically unwise, but turning them into "the enemy" is insane

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Yiannis | May 20, 2008 2:45 AM:

Bingo! Here's hoping your words reach Obama's eyes.

Posted by: FirstMouse | May 20, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Racism, self-hatred is a really sick disease.
It's been around for a long time, and for those who carry the thoughts that gave them clout in the past, it's a new day.

Hillary Clinton has embarrassed the country, women, blacks and other people of color who supported her. As she panders to the poorer, racist (I can't do better because a black person took my job), she should be ashamed of herself, and she should consider what she says before she comes home to where her consituents live. They are not all white, blue-collar Pennsylvania racist types.

Her "white" comment was totally out of line. Her racist tactics are embarrassing to America, white women, white people and others who supported her and tried to see beyond the historical cancer of this country. That did it for John Edwards, she went to far. She keeps helping when she intends to hurt.

Barack is an intelligent, articulate, omnipotent and accomplished human being. His campaign manager, David Plouffe is brilliant. Thank God David is inside the room, he's white, he knows the rules of the game that has held this country behind for so long, and he is playing them like a champion.

As I embarrassingly read the post of Peter Carlton, an anti-christ, bigot shows how much he hates black people by every word he has written. He is another embarrassment that Michelle speaks of when she says she is proud of her country for the first time.

It's time to get past race, it's time to try and heal wounds. IT's a new day, and Barack Obama will be our next president, so for all of you racist, bigots that hate yourselves, limitations, get over it, go out there and vote for our next president.

Posted by: Scheduler | May 20, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Hey Peter Carlton

"Consider his sexual rockstar status among young voters "?? Sounds very much like Bill Clinton.. Didnt see you then telling he is Anti Christ...?

Posted by: Padachon | May 20, 2008 4:17 AM | Report abuse

And the Democrats disappear from MY script in November....big deal.

"Clinton Disappears from Obama's Script"

Posted by: Not Voting for Obama | May 20, 2008 3:35 AM | Report abuse




Posted by: pubichaironmycokecan | May 20, 2008 2:50 AM | Report abuse

If Obama acknowledges Hillary as the first woman capable and qualified to have broken the last glass ceiling he will win more votes than he has in any single event since Iowa.

He should say:

"...Senator Clinton and I, have each shattered all records in primary votes and most importantly we have both broken the final glass ceilings of American politics. Our campaigns have actively engaged and mobilized millions of voters and by that mere fact Senator Clinton and I have both, separately as well as together, initiated the meaningful change that America can believe in. The change that the rural voter in Idaho and the blue collar voter in West Virginia, the environmentalists in Oregon and Colorado and the steel worker in Ohio and Pennsylvania can believe in. The 35 million primary voters have carried both of us, separately as well as together, to the mountain top so far so as to see the promise land. Democrats, as this primary season comes to a close, let us all remember that in this general election the stakes between our democratic nominee and John McCain could not be higher: The democratic nominee offers to maintain a woman's right to privacy, promote education, pass healthcare reform and end the 12 billion dollar per month Bush/McCain war in Iraq that has made us poorer in life and treasure and has failed to capture Osama bin Laden. Running for the 3rd term of George W. Bush's presidency, John McCain proposes more wars, fewer jobs, more foreclosures and deeper recession. That is the choice Democrats and the entire country will face in 24 weeks from today. We must be united to defeat the onslaught of fear-mongering and distortions the republicans and their lobbyists are preparing. Because although this primary season has produced a winner, it is far more important that we Democrats work together and win this next historic election so as to carry forward this compelling mandate of change from Iowa and Michigan, New Mexico and Florida all the way to the White House."

Posted by: Yiannis | May 20, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

You are going to fall on your face so hard come GE time. You are the worst "uniter" i've ever witnessed. Lots of rookie mistakes you're making. Too many of us aren't going to vote for empty slogans and corny rhetoric. This year dems aren't falling in line, we're turning down Obama in record numbers. Operation turn down is in effect.

Posted by: Nobama | May 20, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

If this is such a smart stance Carlos then why does he say that it isn't a good strategy or policy to use on our enemies or Rogue State leaders? He can De-legitimize Clinton by Ignoring her but wants to Legitimise our enemies or rivals by setting down and talking with them?

Posted by: 4_nubbs | May 20, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Clinton has said she will drop out of the race if Sen. Obama gains the required number of delegates (including superdelegates).

Sen. Clinton has also said that she will work to unite the Democratic Party against John McCain, and she will endorse - and campaign for - Sen. Obama, if he is the nominee.

If Sen Clinton can get her supporters to vote in November for Sen. Obama after this tough campaign, that would be a particularly good indication of her leadership abilities.

I'd like to say, "YES SHE CAN!"

Certainly a good leader will have a great majority of supporters who trust her judgement when she makes the seemingly inevitable decision to endorse Barack Obama.

Posted by: Alice | May 20, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

hold on a sec.: I agree with your assessment of Obama's strategy of minimizing Clinton. But it was McCain who first introduced the gas tax holiday, on April 15; Clinton unveiled her version on April 25. See

Posted by: along | May 20, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

This is a clever stance Obama is taking. This pretty much dismisses Clinton as a force in this political race and leaves her as an afterthought. She is done and has been for a while now. Her involvement in the race is nothing more than stubborness on her part but also to inflict as much damage to him as possible.

Posted by: Carlos | May 20, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

"The art of leadership ... consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention.... The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category."

- Adolf Hitler

Posted by: John HITLER McCain | May 20, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Who is this "Clinton"? ;)

Posted by: Sally | May 19, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

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