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Clinton, Obama To Appear at JJ Dinner Sat.

Tim Craig

Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton have both decided to speak at the Virginia Democratic Party's annual Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner on Saturday night.

The annual fundraising dinner, which is sold out, is expected to draw thousands to the Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond.

Obama was the keynote speaker at last year's dinner, which was billed as the largest sit down dinner in Richmond history.

STUART C. SIEGEL CENTER

By Tim Craig  |  February 6, 2008; 3:43 PM ET
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I still do not understand why no one has challenged Hilliary to the fact that she was a self proclaimed Goldwater girl and worked for his election....a man who actively sought to squash the civil rights act in the early 60's why the free pass on this?????

Posted by: roryrelihan | February 6, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Maybe because she was 17 years old at the time, and it was 44 years ago.

That's like the GOP still trying to brand Bob Byrd as a KKK'er.

But, it would still be nice to hear her address it.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

In defense of Goldwater.

He was actually fairly progressive on Civil Rights, especially for the era. Remember that it was democratic senators filibustering the act in the senate, not republicans.

But back to goldwater. He was a founding member of the AZ NAACP, desegregated the AZ Natl Guard before truman desegregated the army, voted to end the poll tax and supported the 1957 and 1960 civil rights acts. His opposition to the 1964 act had to do solely with some of its expansions of powers of the federal government which he thought were unconstitutional. Later in life he admitted regret at voting aginst the act however.

Goldwater was definitely and unabashedly sympathetic to the civil rights movement even if he may have disagreed with some of the mechanisms (legislation).

Now he remains one of the idols of the republican party, so perhaps its fair to criticize hillary for her youthful support of him...I don't really think so despite being an obama fan.

But criticize her for supporting a republican, not a racist.

Posted by: jay | February 7, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

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