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Camp Obama, Camp Clinton in Indiana

Camp Clinton: Tom Smith

updated: 1: 40 p.m.

Monday, May 5...

Both candidates appeared last night at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, the annual fundraising event for the Indiana Democratic Party. Sandwiched around a speech by Howard Dean, both candidates showed signs of being tired and weary after what must be a grueling experience these last few days before the primary. As one volunteer said to me, "If we're tired, can you imagine what it's like for them."

Hillary Clinton spent nearly 30 minutes outlining a detailed policy agenda that she would tackle as president. She was received well, but this clearly was an Obama crowd. When the Illinois senator was introduced, about half the crowd erupted like he was a rock star. Yet, his low-key

Camp Obama: Jason Berry

Monday, May 5

Hi Washington!

In the last few months I heard repeatedly that what Barack is running is more than a campaign but rather a movement. It sounded cliché at first, but the more I'm involved the more I think they're right.

In past political campaigns of rich candidates would cater expensive lunches for the volunteers. In the Obama campaign this is unnecessary since we are inundated with tons of food from local people - meatloaf, trays of sandwiches, fresh baked brownies,

Camp Clinton: Tom Smith

Today (May 4, Sunday afternoon) on the campaign trail, I met an eloquent 20-year-old named Lisa who is voting for the first time. She told me she was leaning toward Hillary Clinton. Her primary concern was where the candidates stood on gay issues. She had been "outed" when she was 13 and still is struggling to gain her family's acceptance. Though this has taken a toll, she was determined to live her own life, she said. Despite working several jobs, she has been active as a volunteer at a local center for gay youth. She talked openly with me about the discrimination she has faced. She expressed some concern that neither candidate is talking much about specific gay-related issues on the campaign trail.

Camp Clinton: Tom Smith

Monday, May 5...

Both candidates appeared last night at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, the annual fundraising event for the Indiana Democratic Party. Sandwiched around a speech by Howard Dean, both candidates showed signs of being tired and weary after what must be a grueling experience these last few days before the primary. As one volunteer said to me, "If we're tired, can you imagine what it's like for them."

Hillary Clinton spent nearly 30 minutes outlining a detailed policy agenda that she would tackle as president. She was received well, but this clearly was an Obama crowd. When the Illinois senator was introduced, about half the crowd erupted like he was a rock star. Yet, his low-key remarks were interrupted by applause on fewer instances than Clinton's. That may be because he had nothing substantive to say.

I stayed at the dinner after Clinton spoke to hear and see for myself all the fuss about Obama.

But, like many other Clinton supporters who gathered in small groups after the event, I left empty and perplexed. How can this man be capturing the interest of so many Democrats, I wondered? He said nothing other than a general diatribe about his commitment to changing the world and how the politics of Washington have contributed to the nation's decline.

He peppered his remarks with a heavy dose of criticism of Clinton that made him look condescending and a purveyor of the "politics of old" that he so quickly condemns. I left feeling cheated - that a Democratic ticket led by Obama would mean another loss to the Republicans.

This may be Indiana, but Dean's appearance also generated many calls from the audience to count the votes in Michigan and Florida. When asked along a rope line about the controversy, Dean responded the Florida controversy would be resolved by the end of the month.

Obama and Dean seemed to have one thing in common last night in the eyes of Clinton supporters - neither could be trusted.

Tom

Camp Obama: Jason Berry

Hi Washington!

In the last few months I heard repeatedly that what Barack is running is more than a campaign but rather a movement. It sounded cliché at first, but the more I'm involved the more I think they're right.

In past political campaigns of rich candidates would cater expensive lunches for the volunteers. In the Obama campaign this is unnecessary since we are inundated with tons of food from local people - meatloaf, trays of sandwiches, fresh baked brownies, baskets of fruit, even an entire barbecued pig over the weekend. But it isn't limited to food.

The outpouring is most evident by the hundreds of volunteers from all walks of life that pour into the office on a daily basis. White people, black people, young people, old people, rich people and yes, poor people. Everyone working to get the man who inspires them elected. I hear people talking not only about what Barack is doing on the campaign trail, but what they are doing in their neighborhoods, church groups and civic associations.

One lady told me that "never before in Indianapolis have I've seen so many black and white and poor and rich people together in a room working in harmony for anything." She was 68 years old and told me she remembers the "old days" in the south and started to choke up when discussing it.

In any case, I got to get going to the office and keep knocking on doors and help with preparations for a big rally downtown tonight. But as people keep working on this campaign we all have begun to see this as not only Barack's work, but our work. He wouldn't be where he is without us, and together we are all working to change this country. That's why I now have come to believe this is more than a campaign - this truly is a movement of concerned citizens working tirelessly to create the America we want to live in.

Jason

Camp Clinton: Tom Smith

Today (May 4, Sunday afternoon) on the campaign trail, I met an eloquent 20-year-old named Lisa who is voting for the first time. She told me she was leaning toward Hillary Clinton. Her primary concern was where the candidates stood on gay issues. She had been "outed" when she was 13 and still is struggling to gain her family's acceptance. Though this has taken a toll, she was determined to live her own life, she said. Despite working several jobs, she has been active as a volunteer at a local center for gay youth. She talked openly with me about the discrimination she has faced. She expressed some concern that neither candidate is talking much about specific gay-related issues on the campaign trail.

Though stands out, it is not what I've heard most from people in Indianapolis. The issue on most people's minds as I canvassed throughout parts of Indianapolis today is the economy - the loss of jobs, the cost of gasoline and access to quality health care. I have not yet met a single Indiana voter who has complained the Democratic contest has gone on too long or that any candidate should withdraw. "This country is in very bad shape," said one middle-aged male voter to me this morning. "We need somebody who knows what it means to fight for the little guy." He couldn't have made me happier when he told me that he plans to vote for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.

Like this man, people talk candidly about how the economy is affecting their lives - almost as if you are a part of their family. One woman told me she is reducing expenses anyway she can. One man told me he was worried he wouldn't be able to send his children to college.

This election is very personal for the voters I met today. They sense a close election and feel their vote is important. They acknowledge that the Indiana primary may not change the delegate count for their favored candidates, but they are emphatic in saying they want to make a statement and have their voices heard.

Tom

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Facts are a stubborn thing. Obama cannot close his 20 year old relationship with Wright because there is so much video evidence against it. On the TV program THE VIEW, Obama declared that Reverend Wright accepted that his views of America were inappropriate and mischaracterized, that his words had offended many people. Then weeks later Wright goes on a national Hate America Tour? This was either a blatant lie; Obama using clever semantics to avoid the main issue. Or worse, Obama was fooled by Wright which is kind of scary. That a possible next president can be played by a character such as Wright. Check the video evidence yourselves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6J7yJ9R5p0

And if the video is not enough: Read this in politico.com which calls on Obama to state the truth.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0508/10043.html

Posted by: Leanza Cornett | May 5, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Dont you see he needs that church environment to develop his political career?

As to his character, no much to praise too.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/133557/page/4


said Davis, who was friendly with Palmer at the time.
"She went out and recruited Barack."
...................
She filed petitions to get on the ballot for the spring 1996 primary,
but Obama took steps to make sure voters wouldn't get a chance to pick her.
...................

Posted by: jy2008 | May 5, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

MY FELLOW "BITTER", STUPID, WORKING CLASS PEOPLE :-)

If you think like Barack Obama, that WORKING CLASS PEOPLE are just a bunch of "BITTER"!, STUPID, PEASANTS, Cash COWS!, and CANNON FODDER. :-(

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

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

jacksmith... Working Class :-)

p.s. You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you don't know that the huge amounts of money funding the Obama campaign to try and defeat Hillary Clinton is coming in from the insurance, and medical industry, that has been ripping you off, and killing you and your children. And denying you, and your loved ones the life saving medical care you needed. All just so they can make more huge immoral profits for them-selves off of your suffering...

You see, back in 1993 Hillary Clinton had the audacity, and nerve to try and get quality, affordable universal health care for everyone to prevent the suffering and needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of you each year. :-)

Approx. 100,000 of you die each year from medical accidents from a rush to profit by the insurance, and medical industry. Another 120,000 of you die each year from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don't die from. And I could go on, and on...

OBAMA AIDE: "WORKING-CLASS VOTERS NOT KEY FOR DEMOCRATS" :o

Posted by: jacksmith | May 5, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Obama's not perfect, but his associations are far better than HRC or McCain, plus he's not promising to nuke anybody, plus he was against the idiotic decision to go to war against Iraq from the start, plus he's got a better chance to win in the fall, plus he's got the best chance to end gridlock and actually govern and actually lead, plus America's prestige in the world will triple the day he's elected. The short-term terror threat is equally high no matter who we elect, but the long-term terror threat to our children and grandchildren will be reduced significantly if Obama is elected, stay the same if HRC is elected, and increase dramatically if McCain is elected.

Posted by: stan | May 5, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

HILLARY CLINTON CAN BEST WIN IN NOVEMBER:

It's time for everyone to face the truth. Barack Obama has no real chance of winning the national election in November at this time. His crushing defeat in Pennsylvania makes that fact crystal clear. His best, and only real chance of winning in November is on a ticket with Hillary Clinton as her VP.

Hillary Clinton seemed almost somber at her Pennsylvania victory speech. As if part of her was hoping Obama could have proved he had some chance of winning against the republican attack machine, and their unlimited money, and resources.

But it is absolutely essential that the democrats take back the Whitehouse in November. America, and the American people are in a very desperate condition now. And the whole World has been doing all that they can to help keep us propped up.

Hillary Clinton say's that the heat, and decisions in the Whitehouse are much tougher than the ones on the campaign trail. But I think Mr. Obama faces a test of whether he has what it takes to be a commander and chief by facing the difficult facts, and the truth before him. And by doing what is best for the American people by dropping out of the race, and offering his whole hearted assistance to Hillary Clinton to help her take back the Whitehouse for the American people, and the World.

Mr. Obama is a great speaker. And I am confident he can explain to the American people the need, and wisdom of such a personal sacrifice for them. It should be clear to everyone by now that Hillary Clinton is fighting her heart out for the American people. She has known for a long time that Mr. Obama can not win this November. You have to remember that the Clinton's have won the Whitehouse twice before. They know what it takes.

If Mr. Obama fails his test of commander and chief we can only hope that Hillary Clinton can continue her heroic fight for the American people. And that she prevails. She will need all the continual support and help we can give her. She may fight like a superhuman. But she is only human.

Sen. Hillary Clinton: "You know, more people have now voted for me than have voted for my opponent. In fact, I now have more votes than anybody has ever had in a primary contest for a nomination. And it's also clear that we've got nine more important contests to go."

Sincerely

Jacksmith... Working Class :-)

Posted by: jacksmith | May 5, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Can we keep the campaign coverage to a different blog?

DC Wire should be, well, about things happening in DC.

Am I crazy?

Posted by: DCFirst | May 5, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

You might be an Idiot :-)
if you don't listen to former high ranking officials from the former Clinton Administration that have been offering their support to Obama in droves:

"Although Hillary Clinton has offered solid and sensible policy proposals, Obama's strike me as even more so. His plans for reforming Social Security and health care have a better chance of succeeding. His approaches to the housing crisis and the failures of our financial markets are sounder than hers. His ideas for improving our public schools and confronting the problems of poverty and inequality are more coherent and compelling. He has put forward the more enlightened foreign policy and the more thoughtful plan for controlling global warming."

- Quote from former Clinton Administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich who has endorsed Obama

Posted by: Factory Worker, Fort Wayne, Indiana | May 5, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

TO YOU MIGHT BE AN IDIOT:

It goes without saying that you must be one yourself. Hillary is George W. Bush in drag....rattling sabers, fear mongering, not backing down on one damn thing even if she's proven to be wrong. Factory Worker is right: Look at the Clinton defectors. There have been from Obama's camp.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Can Clinton clinch North Carolina? She IS supposed to be catching up, you know...

They will want to throw the bumbs out given the economy and the wars, no more clintons, no more bush, no more dynasties' dirty looks.

Posted by: eljefejesus | May 6, 2008 2:39 AM | Report abuse

"He has put forward the more enlightened foreign policy and the more thoughtful plan for controlling global warming."

- Quote from former Clinton Administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich who has endorsed Obama

Oh.. you silly goose.. Didn't you know that Global Warming is a big freakin scam. And the whole Carbon tax is crazy talk. And that goes for Obama's Global tax.

Look.. I like Obama, but him being a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, I can't really trust him like I want to.

I don't want a "New World Order" but a "Free World Order" would make more cents.

If we would've have listened to Ron Paul over 20 years ago, a system like Egold would be as big as Paypal is today in the US. And we would all be good in da hood.

Posted by: bwahms | May 6, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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