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Obama's Closing Statement to Texas

"Leader" is Barack Obama's two-minute closing statement to Texas voters, airing statewide tonight:

In lieu of such an ad, Hillary Clinton will host a "Texas-Sized Town Hall" tonight at 6:30 CT on Fox Sports Southwest, and at HillaryClinton.com.

By Ed O'Keefe |  March 3, 2008; 6:15 PM ET Barack Obama
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Posted by: JIM IN COLUMBIA | March 3, 2008 9:09 PM

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Posted by: votenic | March 3, 2008 9:36 PM

Government is not a one-man band. Obama reminds me of two other Democrats who were inspirational speakers and became president. Neither could inspire Congress to do much to support their programs, so they could not get their programs enacted. The first (Kennedy) had his programs enacted through the skills and knowledge exercised by his successor (LBJ). The second (Carter) had his programs dumped by his successor (Reagan).

Posted by: bjbprice | March 3, 2008 9:50 PM

Obama hasn't proven he can reform himself out of a wet paper bag.

If Obama didn't stand against the corruption in Illinois, how do you people think he can stop it in Congress?

THINK people, THINK !

Posted by: Julie in Georgia | March 3, 2008 9:58 PM

I hope that Texans use wisdom in voting tomorrow and she the importance for change, we have one candidate that offers this to us, and opportunity does not knock often, so Texas let's vote for change, let vote OBAMA!!!

Posted by: Eunece | March 3, 2008 10:02 PM

Texas Primary Prediction Time!

Who do you predict will win the Texas Democratic Presidential Primary?



Ohio Primary Prediction Time!

Who do you predict will win the Ohio Democratic Presidential Primary?



Posted by: Jeff | March 3, 2008 10:58 PM

this is is response to julie in Georgia --

Barack Obama DID stand against corruption in Illinois. For a long time, the state senate had such low ethical standards that it was legal for a lobbyist to give a car to a state senator. Obama pushed for and passed legislation that were closed these loopholes -- substantial ethics reform for Illinois.

Also, may I point out that Obama, unlike Hilary Clinton, is NOT accepting money from corporate lobbyists for his campaign.

Posted by: dave in brooklyn | March 3, 2008 11:58 PM

So now Hillary has arranged for the blocking of her phone records while she was First Lady. Asking a judge to block then for one to two years. Why? Something to hide? Lets hope they do release her tax records for last year and this year, as well as her complete records as First Lady. She has brought up the aspect of more experience, let the records prove her statements. It would only cement her stated comments, wouldn't it? She should be proud to have this information available for the press and public to peruse, if what she says is true. Is it true? I hope that the block is denied. Hillary supporters, you demand that Obama come clean on Rezko, well we demand she come clean on her so called experience!

Posted by: Moeger | March 4, 2008 1:41 AM

That was pretty lame. Tell me Obama, why are you payng off superdelegates? Ducking the memo question? Church? Ayers? Etc.....
The elusive Obama once again fails to have his rhetoric coincide with his actions.

The only thing I see when I look at Obama is a tightly mangaged man. Underneath the thin facade: arrogance, elitism, racisism, sleaziness, cowardice. Take your pick.

On a final vote, as a minority it is not my duty to support Obama merely on his skin color. That would be racist.

Posted by: Lynn | March 4, 2008 2:43 AM

Excellent! I wish the voters in Ohio could have seen this too.

Posted by: Karen | March 4, 2008 2:55 AM

Well done commercial. He should win. Dunno if he will.

Posted by: Bill | March 4, 2008 3:05 AM


If you think Barack Obama with little or no experience would be better than Hillary Clinton with 35 years experience.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience can fix an economy on the verge of collapse better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) led the greatest economic expansion, and prosperity in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience fighting for universal health care can get it for you better than Hillary Clinton. Who anticipated this current health care crisis back in 1993, and fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds to get universal health care for all the American people.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience can manage, and get us out of two wars better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) went to war only when he was convinced that he absolutely had to. Then completed the mission in record time against a nuclear power. AND DID NOT LOSE THE LIFE OF A SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER. NOT ONE!

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience saving the environment is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) left office with the greatest amount of environmental cleanup, and protections in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with little or no education experience is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) made higher education affordable for every American. And created higher job demand and starting salary's than they had ever been before or since.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that Obama with no experience will be better than Hillary Clinton who spent 8 years at the right hand of President Bill Clinton. Who is already on record as one of the greatest Presidents in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think that you can change the way Washington works with pretty speeches from Obama, rather than with the experience, and political expertise of two master politicians ON YOUR SIDE like Hillary and Bill Clinton..

You Might Be An Idiot!

If you think all those Republicans voting for Obama in the Democratic primaries, and caucuses are doing so because they think he is a stronger Democratic candidate than Hillary Clinton. :-)

Best regards


Posted by: jacksmith | March 4, 2008 4:45 AM

Let's hope that the nomination is decided on the voice of the people, and not by a "kitchen sink" strategy of insinuation and distortion, or by a handful of superdelgates.

We all agree that this election should be about unity, progress, and change--something the nation has lacked for this past 7 years. We should carry this message of unity into the general election.

Obama is a man of substance and conviction. Merely the fact that we would nominate and elect such a man after the past 8 years cannot fail to have positive effects on a world made cynical and disillusioned by the choices and acts of the Administration during that period.

The enthusiasm we see at rallies is more than ephemeral excitement. For many, Obama represents the desire for a transformation towards a politics grounded in truth, genuine compassion, and substantive efforts to benefit the many, rather than the few. This is more true than ever today.

Ohio, Texas--get out and vote. Ignore "kitchen sink" politics. Rally together for your future.

If you haven't been to a rally, or have, and want to take it with you, you can get the entire Obama rally setlist--all the way from U2's "City of Blinding Lights", to which Obama takes the stage, to the Obama victory anthem "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" at ITunes, here:


Posted by: Cara Prado | March 4, 2008 5:50 AM


Enough of experience talks. Who has most experience than Dick Cheney and Rumsfeld? Where did experience take us to? $12B a month for experience in waging war in Iraq? Enough of this experience talks.


Posted by: Dick Cheney | March 4, 2008 8:03 AM


Posted by: Don Rumsfeld | March 4, 2008 8:06 AM

I really am tired of all of this...Someone wake me in November...

Posted by: KraziJoe | March 4, 2008 8:54 AM

If experience is more important than judgement or intelligence, we need to ratify the 22nd Amendment and allow President Bush to serve a 3rd term. He has experience!

Posted by: Go Experience | March 4, 2008 9:38 AM

I am still trying to figure out what 'experience" that Billory is talking about. One of the greatest presidents we have had was "lincoln" and he had virtually no experience. Go figure......

Posted by: woody7 | March 4, 2008 10:04 AM

These front running canidates are insulting your intelligence. Americas gone...

Posted by: Youguyssuck | March 4, 2008 10:49 AM

I don't care that Obama lied about NAFTA for political gain. If thats what it takes.. He has my vote!

Obama in '08

Change is in the air..

Posted by: Sheena Baird | March 4, 2008 10:50 AM

Even with best of intentions, no President has the power to face the vested interests and bring about fundamental change without substantial support across party lines. Gridlock always favors the status quo, and so the vested interests love a divided electorate.

Which campaign has shown it can best energize and unite the electorate? There is no guarantee of fundamental change, ever. BUT, it is for sure true that fundamental change cannot happen unless we elect someone with the power to bring the electorate together for a common purpose.

In our dark time, leadership, including the ability to inspire, is all important.

Posted by: dsolo802 | March 4, 2008 10:55 AM

I am the "flip flopper" who would vote for Obama over McCain then flip and vote for McCain over Clinton.

There are policies which Obama supports that hurt my sensibilities. As a father I fell in love with my son long before his birth. I would give my life over his. Sorry, just can't help feeling that way.

But I also know that Barack was 100% right on the Iraq war. As a hunter I know what guns can and can't accomplish. Terrorism is a spiritual (not religious) war. We must win the hearts of the hopeless.

The rhetoric of evil enemy is misguided. We can't fight our way to victory. As much as Bush/McCain use Germany and Korea as their guiding examples... they are simply wrong. Terrorism is not a state... it is a state of mind. Persuasion is the only strategy. In this war... words do matter!

Hillary and McCain don't get it. I don't fault them. They are just politicians.

McCain is an American hero. I deeply respect his service. If the Soviet Union attacks us I hope to God we call on him for guidance (and I am sure he'd be there). But they won't because there is no "Soviet Union".

Hillary and Bill do know how to manage. And they certainly thrive on politics. It is the "fun part" for them.

However, terrorism is emotional. Words are sacred. You don't blow yourself up as a technical matter. You don't memorize the sacred text for fun.

Obama has shown the capacity for understanding the human spirit. Might sound simple and even ridiculous, but in reality it is the highest level of leadership. He is our greatest hope to alter the internal dialog of the hopeless. And that is where this battle plays out.

Posted by: david | March 4, 2008 10:55 AM

This is a message from Barack Obama:

"Platitude, hyperbolic superlative, unite, reform, change and platitude. Raise the bar, hope, change, platitude. Yes we can. Meaningless jargon, platitude; Hope. End this needless war, hope, pander, platitude. Cancel NAFTA, pander, distort, evade, hope, change, platitute; out."

I am Barack Obama and I approved this message.

Posted by: Don | March 4, 2008 11:01 AM

Jack Smith -- you ARE an idiot if you think the country can afford to be run like the Hillary Clintoon campaign.

She mismanaged the financials, couldn't control bill, and hired cronies to important positions.

Her slim track record outside the Bill Clinton machine is miserable and gives a good indication of future performance.

Break with the past. Bring integrity to the Whitehouse.

Obama 08

Posted by: Mr Judgment | March 4, 2008 11:02 AM

As a minority, I would vote for the one that is capable to run the office, not just the skin color. I strongly believe Hillary can do a great job. For Obama, yes he is a fresh guy, fresh ideas but not battle test yet. I know a lot of people vote for him, just because he is black or they dont like a woman in the office. Be more mature and think deep.

Posted by: Brandon | March 4, 2008 11:03 AM

you might be an idiot-----

if you believe the republicans will sit back and let hillary run the country with no prodding around for more scandals, one of which they are about to be into with that deal in california. no idea why the media has not latched onto that one yet, i guess they are too busy trying to catch up on grilling obama for one thing or the other. scandal is the clintons middle name, and bill already disgraced the white house one time, why are the democrats even considering hillary in the first place is beyond my comprehension. with the dawn of the computer revolution and the tremendous increase in international commerce the economic climate of the ninety's would have happened whoever was in the white house at that time. thanks to bill we reduced our military and have 9/11 to thank for it. more to come if your lucky, i've got work to do

Posted by: clif | March 4, 2008 11:35 AM

I am an Independent, voted to stop the dynasty Bush-Clinton-Bush -Clintons then vote for the better candidate in November. Certainly, I will vote for Rep. if Clintons get the nomination. Clintons mean: Bill & Hillary => copresidency. Who will answer the 3AM phone call to WH, the WH operator and this person will connect to Hillary & BIll. I want to know which Hillary will answer the phone since she has multi-persona, I surely don't know which one of her the next day.

I don't know it was a coincident or dirty campaign game why all of the sudden,
The NAFTA thing, memo from Canadian, the trial of Rezko happened just a day before "Super Tuesday II" primary election? Is it one of Clintons dirty tactics, Bill signed the NAFTA law making Canada richer; now he asked for favor from them? If it is true, think about when the Clintons are back to the WH, will they remember the people they courted their votes and fight for them, or they will take whatever left of America's wealth to pay their debts to their rich foreigners, CEO friends and countries like Saudi, China, India that pay big $$ to Bill & Hillary?

Hillary runs a negative, dirty attack campaign, she does the work for Republican. They don't have to dig more dirty against Obama (if he wins the nomination) in general election. She divides the Dem. I lost respect for her more and more every day.

American need to wake up and use their head instead of their heart and wishing for the past golden days; what were golden days under the Clintons. Time is moving forward, you can't move backward or turning the clock back.

It is time to move forward and regain America reputation and respect from the world.

Posted by: Katy | March 4, 2008 11:52 AM


you have conveyed perfectly what I think. Although I'm far from being a hunter and would not even hold a gun in my life, I couldn't agree more with what you wrote.

The biggest problem that US (govt) has is not that it lacks military capabilities. It lacks the will to use its power for the weak and oppressed.

Posted by: ash | March 4, 2008 2:43 PM

Posted by a sHillary plant:


If you think Barack Obama with little or no experience would be better than Hillary Clinton with 35 years experience."


I WOULD be an idiot if I believed a word spoken by Clinton. She is as crooked and self-centered as they come.

She talks about her solutions, and that speeches are all talk, yet she says nothing but negative smears against Sen. Obama. She is of the America that should be left behind. It is a new world. It is a new time.

She is not change, but only new wrapping on an old present.

Posted by: CitizenXX | March 4, 2008 10:48 PM

What about Hillary's TAXES?????

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2008 8:47 PM

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