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Kennedy, O'Malley Push For Candidates In MoCo

Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley today took their case for their presidential candidates to a gathering of 500 Montgomery County Democratic activists.

A hoarse Kennedy invoked the memory of his slain brothers as he urged them to get on the Obama bandwagon, saying the Illinois senator, like John and Robert Kennedy, "could call us to our highest ideals," while at the same time ably manage the rough and tumble of politics to ensure they achieved their goals.

Kennedy, who spoke for more than 10 minutes before he mentioned Obama's name, also took time to praise Sen. Hillary Clinton, who has substantial support among Montgomery activists and elected leaders, many of whom were in the audience at the county Democrats' annual winter brunch.

He said that above all he was eager to restore the Democrats to the White House.

"The Democratic Party can be and should be, and when it is at is best, an instrument of change in the nation," he said.

Obama best embodies that, Kennedy said, but he assured those attending the midday gathering at the county's Rockville conference center that he "will be out there if Sen. Clinton gets the nomination working as hard as I possibly can."

Kennedy, whose voice cracked at several points - he said he had "left my voice behind in Maine" where he had been stumping for Obama - cited Obama for his early opposition to the war in Iraq and his ability to galvanize young voters.

He said it was important for Democrats to try to cultivate the youth vote, crediting the younger generationfor playing a pivotal role in drastically altering the political landscape in the 1960s and early 1970s, a time when "this country was on the move...young people were involved knocking down the walls of discrimination."

Before Kennedy spoke, O'Malley, a longtime Clinton backer, took the stage to extoll the New York Democrat, whom he described as " a person who will fight for the American people, who will advance the common good, who believes that each of us matters. There is no such thing as a spare American," he said.

Pointing to an issue of particular concern in Maryland, where the condition of the Chesapeake Bay continues to decline, O'Malley said Clinton " will be a president who will let the Environmental Protection Agency protect the environment again."

While many Democratic politicians in Montgomery have taken sides in Tuesday's contest - over the weekend the top prosecutor John McCarthy came out for Obama - County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) yesterday renewed his pledge to stay neutral, saying he had no plans to endorse before Tuesday.

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 10, 2008; 4:19 PM ET
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At least Ike Leggett had the good sense to endorse Al Wynn.

Posted by: Leggett for Wynn | February 10, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Bottom Line:

It looks like you got some vote fraud hankypanky, and selling of votes going on in the democratic caucuses. Obama seems to be doing disproportionately well in the caucuses where it is easier to commit vote fraud, and sell votes. Obama has not been doing as well in the non caucus primary's where you can't cheat the vote as easily.

I smell a pole cat. I smell the Karl Rove vote fraud machine at work. This looks like past presidential elections where most voters leaving the poles said they voted for the other guy. But Bush still won. No wonder Obama thinks the republicans have some good ideas. Apparently a lot of republicans are voting for Obama in the democratic caucuses.

The insurance companies, and medical industry that have been ripping you off, and killing you are determined to keep you, the American people from having good universal health care. So it seems they are supporting Obama. Along with the republican vote fraud machine.

This looks like a great story for a team of aggressive investigative reporters. Or maybe some good documentary film makers like Michael Moore, or Oliver Stone.

If I were the Clinton's, I would focus like a laser bean on what has been going on in the democratic caucuses. No wonder the Republicans like Obama so much. Looks like he's their man in the democratic caucuses.

I'm absolutely convinced now that Hillary Clinton is your best choice for good universal health care coverage. And HR 676 (Medicare For All). "Single payer, Tax Supported, Not For Profit, True Universal Health Care" free for all as a right. Like every other developed country in the world has. See: http://www.house.gov/conyers/news_hr676.htm

"HR 676:
For church goers: less money to insur. companies and more to the church- lots more.
Srs on Medicare: save way over $100/wk. Because no more medigap, long term care & dental insur. needed. No more drug bills."

They really think you are all stupid, inattentive cash cows... It may be time to bring back Bad Bill.

Posted by: jacksmith | February 11, 2008 4:50 AM | Report abuse

Obama opposes special interest campaigns. He opposes "independent," TV campaigns like the nasty, scummy one being run against Al
Wynn by Donna Edwards. She quotes extensively the leader of this "independent" campaign in her literature which is "Paid for and Authorized by Donna Edwards for Congress." The Post reported that 85% of Edward's contributors are from outside Maryland. They contribute because they know Edwards will represent them over the Fourth District. Obama rejects special interest campaigns like the the one being run against Al Wynn by Donna Edwards.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | February 11, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

jacksmith has a great imagination. You should write a mystery.

Posted by: CD | February 11, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Every right thinking man and woman in the rest of the world realizes something that many Americans don't.
A polician of the magnetism, idealism and promise as Obama comes around once in a generation, if not a lifetime. To pick Clinton over Obama would not be surprising for a country that chose to reelect George Bush when the rest of the watching world new it was a bad call.

guess what happened: America became less safe, lost it's moral and economic leadership, and its military is now emboiled in a war which cannot be won.

Posted by: Rupert | February 11, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

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