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Boucher Sticking with Obama

Tim Craig

Despite the uproar of Sen. Barack Obama's pastor and his poor showing in communities along the Appalachian Mountains, U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) said today he's convinced Obama is still more electable than Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)

Boucher, who represents rural Southwest Virginia, endorsed Obama (D-Ill) in January. Since then, it's become apparent that Obama is struggling to win over working class white voters like the ones who make up Boucher's district.

In the Feb. 12 primary, Obama failed to get 15 percent of the vote in several counties in southwest Virginia, even though he beat Clinton statewide by almost 30 points. Obama's trouble connecting with voters in the Appalachian Mountain region was verified in last week's Pennsylvania primary.

But Boucher said he's sticking with Obama, despite his constituents' reservations about him.

"He is the most compelling candidate who has sought the Democratic nomination since Bobby Kennedy sought the Democratic nomination in 1968," Boucher said in an interview today. "Senator Obama is bringing millions of younger participants into the Democratic Party, rejuvenating the party in my view. He is clearly best positioned to win the general election."

Boucher said Obama is just experiencing "some adversity" that is normal for a candidate engaged in a protracted campaign.

But Boucher hedged when asked if he thinks Obama can improve his standing in southwest Virginia in time for the general election if he is the nominee.

"At the end of the day, what matters is who is best positioned to win the general election," Boucher said. "There are parts of the country where he shows greater strength and there are parts of the country where Senator Clinton shows a stronger position, but in that equation he is still stronger and better positioned to win nationwide."

By Tim Craig  |  April 28, 2008; 4:23 PM ET
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Comments

The Democrats will rally behind Obama if he gets the nomination.

When America hears Obama speak without the noise of the media, Hillary and the GOP drowning him out, I think Americans will be uplifted and united in getting this country back on the rails.

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | April 29, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Dear Fellow Americans,

Our Great-grand Nation, the United States of America
is and will face very critical "Challenges" in coming
years and decades.

The Problems will be tough and solutions would not
easy.

The key will the cool, calm, and collectedness of our
next President[ What I call Presidential Temperament'
The one remaining candidate who has consistently that
Presidential Temperament is Senator Obama.

His message of change makes sense. We have to stop
doing business in Washington old ways. The new ways of
lifting each other up and stopping tearing each other
down will not held our Great grand Nation. The
Terrorists around the world[real] and inadvertently
assisted by some shortsighted media [Who are party to
this perpetuation of psychological terrorism of
mis-information, dis-information, and duplicity], that
is what we do not need.

In order to send the message around the world that
America is get Senator Obama our next president. At
least on thing he has shown consistently is the
presidential Temperament. The Temperament of our next
president is very critical address internal and
internal challenges. Let us defeat real external
terrorists snd internal psychological terrorists once
for all.

God Bless out Great grand Nation, its diverse people,
and Senator Obama. He is the ans her to our future
stability, security, safety, and regain our status in
the world.

Yours truly,

COL.[retd] A.M.Khajawall
Disables American Veteran.
Las Vegas Nevada.

Posted by: COl.[retd]A.M.Khajawall | April 29, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

People who have time to look at Obama's pastor, should at least have time to at Obama's own record - a man who gave up high paying jobs after graduating Magna-Cu*-Laude to fight for blue-collar folks, for $12K per year.

** 800+ bills from 8 years in the Illinois senate. Barrack is the ONLY candidate to pass Healthcare reform.
http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2007/07/29/us/politics/20070730_OBAMA_GRAPHIC.html
From the US Senate --
**the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 (became law),
**The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, (became law),
**The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate,
**The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, (became law),
**The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, (In committee), and many more.
** Honest Leadership and Open Govt. Act (became law)
** Sponsorship with John McCain (R-AZ) of a climate change bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two-thirds by 2050
** joined Chuck Hagel (R-NE) in introducing legislation to reduce risks of nuclear terrorism (partial passage)
http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/04/obamas-outreach.html

Posted by: Young Atheart | April 29, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

It takes guts to back a guy that constituents do not support. And Obama never even gave him any cushy jobs previously!
Hope the idealism holds up once the Clintons really REALLY turn on the mud machine.

Posted by: Charles from FL | April 29, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Why are all the OLDER Jewish citizens so anti-OBAMA

Posted by: don | April 29, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey, there's nothing wrong with going to a racist church, having no record to speak of, and obtaining bribes through my wife's inflated salary.

Posted by: Barack Hussein Obama | April 29, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the future of the Democratic party. Clinton and McCain are the past. The culture wars are over. both sides lost. we need to unite the country to solve real and serious problems. End the Drama, Vote Obama!

Posted by: thebob.bob | April 29, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I think people have to remember that it takes a majority of the population to win the position of nominee, and to win the Presidency. It does not take a majority of only certain people or groups of people, such as for example those that Hillary is more able to attract. There is nothing special about this group or that group, which may be more attracted in the main to Hillary versus Obama -- the reverse is also true in other places; in fact, more so because Obama has a majority in the race for nominee and has only to do the same to win the Presidency.

This is the United States. It requires a simple majority of the people -- each one created equal and treated equal and counted equally. To make any suggestions that somehow the votes that Hillary gets which, as mentioned are fewer than a majority, are better votes than those that Obama is getting is simply ridiculous and have no place in democracy and this country.

All it does, somehow is fuel the concept of how Obama can't get the "right" votes from the "right" [read white] people and he's somehow deficient. When, he is in fact not deficient, but the leader and getting those white folks too as the majority overall, despite resistance in certain pockets of the population. If there's a discussion it should be in the reverse way with a question about why is Hillary not able to get the kinds of votes that overall is giving a majority such as Obama is achieving.

Similarly to get a vast majority of one group or another by either one is of interest but not significant in and of itself unless the sum total of all those different groups gives an overall majority such as Obama has achieved.

I guess it would be too simple for the press and others to focus on this in a way that is based on the fundamental democratic and other principles of the Constitution and American human rights and freedoms. And why are we being dragged away from those? And by whom? And to what end?

Posted by: Paul Stewart | April 29, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I am the future. I am your saviour.

Posted by: Barack Hussein Obama | April 30, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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