Hillary Clinton – Experience The Change

When Barack Obama and John Edwards decide during this presidential campaign to start a musical group we know the song they will both sing. Their country-western song will be “Me and Bobby McGee” with its declaration “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.” Both Obama and Edwards have the freedom to say or do anything they choose because they truly have nothing left to lose –for them this presidential race is over except for the counting.

In New Hampshire this weekend, and across the United States, Hillary is singing her own inspiring anthem “Change is just a word without the strength and experience to make it happen.”

Bill Clinton campaigning with Hillary in New Hampshire mentioned another song that gets played:

“…”it’s easy to get isolated” when you’re “flying around in your own, big important plane,” or working in “America’s best public housing,” or getting a certain song played “every time you walk in the room.” “You forget that you’re a person just like everybody else — if you’re not careful,” former President Bill Clinton confided to thousands of people. But then he dropped his tone, sharpened his eyes and said his wife, the presidential candidate, will be the one who “thinks about you, and who knows what you’re going through and doesn’t forget it no matter how many times they play that song.”

Hillary then spoke to the many thousands of people gathered in New Hampshire.

Change is just a word without the strength and experience to make it happen,” she said. “Now, I know some people think you have to choose between change and experience. Well, with me, you don’t have to choose. I have spent my whole life fighting for change.”

She outlined her upbringing in a middle-class family and life as a “citizen activist,” first lady and now as a New York senator before distinguishing herself from another opponent, former Sen. John Edwards, whose portrayed himself as a Washington outsider committed to taking on a corrupt system.

Hillary spoke about why EXPERIENCE will be needed to bring about the CHANGE Americans want.

“From my time in the White House and in the Senate, I’ve learned that you bring change by working the system established by our Constitution — not by pretending the system doesn’t exist,” she said. [snip]

She spoke of restoring America’s global standing by ending the war in Iraq in a “carefully and responsibly way,” combating terrorism and treating returning veterans with dignity.

She said the country’s middle class needs to be strengthened with “quality, affordable health care for every American,” a “world class” education system and jobs that will improve infrastructure and use new energy sources. She said she wants to empower workers’ organizing and collective bargaining rights.

She called for government reform, in part through public campaign financing. She said it’s time America “reclaims the future for our children.”

Americans are responding to Hillary’s message of Experience and Change:

Many voters interviewed at the end of Hillary Clinton’s half-hour remarks said they came to the event already in her corner.

But Barbara Collier, a city resident and magazine copy editor, said she arrived not “definitively” supportive, but left thinking “she’s pretty amazing.”

“She speaks so well, she’s so clear … she’s hitting all the right buttons,” she said.

Max Miller of Nashua said he left undecided but “90 percent” ready to commit to Clinton. “She talks about the things that are important to me,” especially health care and ending the Iraq war, he said.

Miller said Clinton showed presidential timber.

“She speaks very well. She speaks firmly. She speaks with a large amount of commitment. She’s well thought, she knows what she’s talking about,” he said. “Some of the biggest things — taking back the respect of the rest of the world, getting the friendships and alliances back in order — that takes somebody who’s commanding.”

Todd McCloy of Pelham was one of the undecided, but he said he appreciated her talk on the middle class.

“As somebody in the middle class, that’s what I’m looking for right now,” he said. “If we can get somebody in there with that type of mentality, I think it’s going to be good for everybody.”

Happy Labor Day Hillary.


39 thoughts on “Hillary Clinton – Experience The Change

  1. Hey y’all, It was a fantastic speech. More like an inaugural speech than your usual “stump.” Our girl did a truly wonderful job. Took my breath away. Looked like a huge crowd. The paper said 5,000, but I’m thinking it was ever bigger than that. Hope everybody has the day off. –mollyj

  2. SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Democrat Hillary Clinton courted labor activists with a sharply populist theme, making the argument that the party needs to focus on results not rhetoric and that she’s the candidate best able to change the nation’s course.

    Drawing a clear distinction with her Democratic rivals, Clinton brought her former president husband along for a Labor Day swing underscoring her experience.

    “Change is just a word if you don’t have the strength and experience to make it happen,” Clinton said. “I bring 35 years of experience to make the changes I think we need to make in America.”

    She sounded her theme before more than 2,000 activists at a Labor Day picnic in Sioux City.

    Clinton said she would hit the ground running, acting even before sworn into office. The day after winning election, Clinton said “I’m going to ask distinguished Americans of both parties, including my husband” to begin traveling the globe with the message “America is back.”

    The fight for the Democratic nomination has focused on which candidate is most likely to bring fundamental change to a country that all argue is off course. Rivals Barack Obama and John Edwards make the case that Clinton is a creature of Washington who ultimately will bring business as usual to the White House.

    In what she billed as the formal opening of her fall campaign, Clinton sought to turn that argument on its ear, saying her experience means she is best qualified to bring about that change.

    “We need to focus on results, not rhetoric, people not process,” said Clinton. “You have to go into the Oval Office on day one and start making change. I want to start even before I’m inaugurated.”

    In seeking distinction with rivals like Edwards and Obama, Clinton and her backers argue that Obama is in his first term in the Senate, and Edwards served only a single term before leaving office. They see her two terms as first lady as well as two terms representing New York in the Senate as building the experience need to actually pushing her plans through Congress.

    “We are now living with a government that doesn’t work, that none of us believe in, that has demonstrated time and time again they put cronyism above competence, ideology above true leadership,” said Clinton.

    She mixed her theme of experience with sharply populist message aimed at energizing union voters key to winning the Democratic nomination.

    “Our country is great because of people like you,” Clinton said. “We’re out of balance right now. We’re not paying enough attention to what made us great. It is not rich people who made America great, it is hard-working people like you.”

    The holiday swing was the second time former President Bill Clinton has joined his wife on the campaign trail in key early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire. Clinton’s record with labor is mixed, largely because he pushed trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement, which unions argue is a ticket to exporting American jobs.

    In introducing his wife, Clinton focused on the economic gains made during his tenure in office.

    “When I was elected president, inequality in America decreased,” Clinton said. “We had six years of manufacturing job growth.”

  3. HC was amazing in New Hampshire! I had goosebumps. Get this…Daily Kooks has a diary up criticizing her for having an event in Portsmouth that was “too organized and too controlled”, I guess intimating that the Clintons are elitist. What a bunch of morons.

  4. kitforhill, that diary is nothing but a veiled insult at Hillary. Obama has done coordinated events as well. And, Hillary has done smaller events. Just last week she did a backyard bbq in NH, and yesterday she went to the state fair, as well. Obama needs smaller events in NH and Iowa because he isn’t connecting with the voters. Gee, she had the last Democratic president with her, of course such an event took organization. Also, if the press isn’t showing much interest in Obama’s event’s that should tell everyone how he’s doing.

  5. guys im confused about that new carolinas poll. what the heck? can u read the poll. polling a county plus rest of the state? south carolina.

  6. Well duh, on MJ’s point, don’t ya have to be controlled and coordinated when you have a small army of secret service agents with you…I mean get real…those people.

  7. y’all out on a picnic, I need some help on KOS if anybody’s there. Hey MJ, just in case you didn’t get me right, I was agreeing with you…i think it’s absurd that people would complain about bein’ controlled and coordinated for godssake. Lord have mercy.

  8. molly, i recommended ya diary. the slings and arrows are comin. be careful to dodge and weave on daily bogus. LOL.

  9. yeah, molly. the name calling is in fever pitch. they are more nervous and angry. they know hillary is winning so they trash her even more. stick it right back in their faces. HA!!!

  10. u know what kills me on daily kooks? when a hater asks me us hillary supporters on why we support hillary, then we respond on our reasons for supporting her, they trash the reasons. wtf. as anybody else find themselves defending our support for hillary?

  11. MJ- I totally agree…and said on Kooks that of course it’s controlled..a former Pres and 4,000 people? What do you think? They are idiots. I am KitsapDem on Kooks by the way. I uprated and recommended Molly’s diary along with Masslib and DCDEM and others. i have been asked on there why I support hillary, and then I say and they don’t respond. Alegre has tons of links on her tag which points them to voting records and tons of info. It’s not like the info’s not out there, but the haters just like to keep saying she’s unelectable or divisive. total BS.

  12. Thanks for all the support! You know, it’s all we can do is just keep the positive message out there and well, the naysayers, as terrondt says, WTF, you know, they will always find somethin’ wrong with our girl…but I do think we help the cause by stayin’ positive and on message.

  13. mj wrote:

    “if the press isn’t showing much interest in Obama’s events that should tell everyone how he’s doing.”

    Ain’t that the truth.

    I saw a blog on Huffington Post the other day profiling the Camp Obama goings on. Just as I reported on here about a month ago (maybe 3 weeks)… a lot of self-congratulatory hoo-ha that isn’t influencing any polls.

    Clinton has come up with a wonderful sound bite, too… the “change is just a word…” riff.

    What I’m sensing is that Edwards (the candidate with the least amount of relevant experience of ANYONE running, Repug or Dem) is getting some traction – at least enough to begin to make O-Bomb-A sweat. O-Bomb-a in turn doesn’t realize he’s being flanked by the narcissit, Edwards, as O-Bomb-A continues to pillory Hillary with the “return to divisive, special interest politics” (as reported on FOX today).

    But it’s coming at a time that the Clinton campaign is beginning to turn up the volume, too. I mean, look at what Bill Clinton is doing, hammering home the same thing for months now – the experience / competance / ready on day one thing! He wouldn’t be doing that if their internals weren’t showing that it’s a winning thing (especially compared to the disastrous puer in the White House today). The “change is just a word” riff is but an extension of this same thing. Add to that Clinton’s financial advantage and Edwards begins to get smoked.

    Finally, with O-Bomb-A, of necessity, turning all negative – which you can’t do if you haven’t established yourself in the first place (NOBODY thinks O-Bomb-A has the necessary experience for the White House) – and the picture starts to become clearer every day.

  14. ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, CNN News, and Faux News have all aired reports or discussions on Norman Hsu, the Democratic donor known for being a top contributor and fundraiser to the campaign of Senator Clinton.

    What NONE of those networks have reported is that Mitt Romney’s national finance committee co-chairman, Alan B. Fabian, was “charged in a 23-count indictment unsealed last Thursday with MAIL FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING, BANKRUPTCY FRAUD, PERJURY, AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE”, according to an August 9th Associated Press article.

    The AP reported that Fabian “allegedly ran a scheme to make $32 million in false purchases of computer equipment, spending the money instead on beach real estate and private jet travel”. Fabian resigned from Romney’s finance committee shortly after being indicted, and the Romney campaign said it would return Fabian’s $2,300 contribution, but not, however, “contributions from donors who were recruited by or have ties to Fabian”.

    Fabian, a former Bush Pioneer, has also made donations to other Republican candidates and committees, including to Rudy Giuliani, according to the Federal Election Commission’s searchable donor database.



  15. Guys, I tried to post this earlier, but it didn’t work. Molly, I knew exactly what you meant. Kit, I am masslib. LA, HuffPo is an arm of the Obama campaign, IMO.

    Hillary posted an entry on her blog today at hillaryclinton.com. I doubt she’ll respond. It’s not that sort of blog. But if you have a minute stop by and give her some mojo.

  16. Sioux City, Ia. — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tried during a Labor Day swing through Iowa today to tamp down criticisms that she cannot win a general election and is too connected inside Washington, D.C., to usher in change.

    With her husband former President Bill Clinton at her side, the New York senator and former first lady said her experience trumps her rivals’ and can overcome concerns about her electability.

    “I want to say, let’s look at the person. Let’s look at the person’s qualifications, experiences, ideas and vision for the future,” Sen. Clinton told more than 500 Democratic activists at a Sioux City labor picnic at a park along the Missouri River.
    Sen. Clinton was making her second campaign trip with her husband in Iowa, the state scheduled to host the leadoff presidential nominating caucuses next year.

    The former president stressed in introducing the senator that Democrats must choose whom they feel is best experienced in order to bring about change in the nation’s economic, foreign policy and national security policies.

    “The decision the Democrats have to make is who the best person is to lead that change,” the ex-president said.

    He touted the health care policy credentials of his wife, who led the unsuccessful effort early in his administration to establish universal health care. “She knows more about that than anybody running, probably more than anybody in America,” former President Clinton said.

    Sen. Clinton leads among the party’s presidential field in national polls of Democratic voters. But she has trailed in Iowa, where former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina has led in most recent polls.

    A Time Magazine poll published Friday also showed Clinton trailing Edwards and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in Iowa on the question of who will take on special interests in Washington, D.C. The same poll showed Clinton leading in Iowa on the question of who would be the strongest leader.

    Edwards has said recently that Clinton remains too close to Washington, D.C., lobbyists while Obama has criticized Clinton as representing the past in her foreign policy positions.

    National polls show roughly 40 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Clinton, higher than ratings for any other candidate.

    Clinton said change was impossible with hope alone, a jab at Obama, whose campaign signs include simply the word “hope” in capital letters.

    “I know we can set these goals and reach them and I know too that you don’t just do it by making a speech. You don’t just do it by hoping it happens,” she said.

    Sioux City Democrat Shirley McArdle was leaning toward backing Obama in the caucuses, but was impressed by Clinton, whom she had never seen in person.

    “She was much better than I expected,” said McArdle, who is undecided. “I like what I heard today. She came across as passionate.”

    Appearing at a labor event later in Des Moines, Clinton confronted questions of her electability directly.

    She added that she has won re-election in Republican areas of New York state and that she has shown she can work with Republicans in the Senate.

    In Des Moines later Monday, Clinton and her husband drew more than a thousand people to the 4-H Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The crowd was about double what her rival, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, drew to the same spot earlier in the afternoon, and Clinton spoke for more than twice as long.

    Clinton said she was heartened by young girls whose parents say her candidacy shows women can achieve anything. She also said she was inspired by women in their 90s who have told her they were born before women won the right to vote, and now they want to live long enough to see a woman win the presidency. “I say, ‘Hang on, I’m coming. I’m coming.”

  17. mollyjrichards: I had pretty much checked out of almost everything the last two days. I came across your post here late, but I rush over to the party. Sorry I wasn’t there to support you in your moment of need.

  18. Molly,

    I’ve just read your diary. I love it very much!

    You’re so very brave to post over there. Great job and keep up the good work! 🙂

  19. Tomorrow’s WSJ article I’d love to share with you guys:

    Two-for-One Deal, Take Two
    Hillary Clinton Eases Her Husband
    Into the Campaign Limelight

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Hillary and Bill Clinton kicked off her fall campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, a rare joint effort calling to mind the uncharted waters of a White House with an ex-president in residence. Many voters in their audiences, even some nonsupporters, saw the potential precedent as a plus.

    The Clintons’ Labor Day weekend of stumping in New Hampshire and Iowa, the states with the first nominating contests in four months, was the third time they have publicly campaigned together this year. The campaign has focused on letting the New York senator make her case independently of her husband.

    “I’m here today in a very different role,” the former president said Sunday in Portsmouth, N.H., as he introduced his wife.

    Yesterday, before hundreds of union members and their families at a Labor Day picnic in Sioux City, Iowa, Mrs. Clinton suggested one role for her husband should she be elected: repairing the country’s reputation in the world after what the Clintons and other critics charge is the damage done during the Bush years.

    “The day I’m elected,” she said, “I’m going to be asking distinguished Americans — including my husband — of both parties, to start traveling around the world, and not just talking to governments and leaders, but talking directly to people and telling them that America is back.”

    Mrs. Clinton has said she would take advantage of her husband’s experience. Beyond that, she says, the couple hasn’t addressed issues that might be raised, because Mrs. Clinton is a long way from being the nominee, let alone president.

    Mr. Clinton has said he would continue as head of his Clinton Foundation, although that could raise a variety of foreign-policy issues or conflicts, given its global work on AIDS, poverty and global warming.

    When Mr. Clinton first ran for president, in 1992, his suggestion that his wife would be a sort of co-president sparked controversy. So far, the idea of them returning as president and ex-president seems to have caused relatively little.

    “To me, it’s a nonissue,” said John Sweeney, 74 years old, a Democratic-leaning independent at the Clintons’ Sunday rally on the State House grounds in Concord, N.H., who hasn’t decided whether to support her. “Better than having Cheney in there.”

    “I’m wondering if it would be hard for him to be just an adviser, and bite his tongue and let her make decisions that she needs to make,” said teacher Susan Huppi, 47, who is uncommitted to any candidate.

    Another teacher, Maureen Wheeler, 59, a Clinton backer, said if the Clintons did have differences, “I think she’d be her own person.”

    Voters said they didn’t fear a repeat of the Monica Lewinsky scandal that led to Mr. Clinton’s impeachment, although one man teased a woman who’d just shaken the former president’s hand, “Did you ask him about Monica?”

    Ms. Huppi said, “He’s, hopefully, grown up, and I really think that his experience was excellent. So I’m hoping we can count on the positives.”

    As the Clintons separately walked through the Hopkinton State Fair in New Hampshire, Kelley Teunessen, 41, a Republican-leaning independent who volunteered on the Bush campaigns, said she might vote for Mrs. Clinton “because she’s a female. It’s time for a change.” And, she added, Mr. Clinton “would be able to help her.” Her husband, Mike, 47, while no fan of the Clintons, agreed, saying, “His expertise at handling high-pressure situations is an asset she can use.”

    Several thousand people turned out at each stop, many undecided and some committed to others. At the Portsmouth rally, Jon Wyckoff, a construction-company owner who supports a rival Democrat, former Sen. John Edwards, said the prospect of both Clintons in the White House doesn’t bother him so much as “the idea of Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton,” with the two families taking turns in power. “What kind of message does that send to the rest of the world?” he said. “It’s as if we’re a monarchy.”

    Mr. Clinton’s introductions for his wife’s speeches reflected the campaign’s central themes of change and experience. “Hillary is the best-prepared to be president of any nonincumbent I have ever had a chance to vote for” in 40 years, he said repeatedly. “You want to restore America’s standing in the world overnight? Elect Hillary Clinton.”

    Mrs. Clinton unveiled a new stump speech for the primary’s final stretch. It outlined four goals: “restore leadership,” “rebuild the middle class,” “reform government” and “reclaim the future for our children.” That includes, she said, “quality, affordable health care for every American.”

    Without naming her chief rivals, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and Mr. Edwards, she took aim at both. Mr. Obama has been a Clinton target for his relative inexperience and vague talk of “hope” for big changes. “You don’t just do it by hoping it happens. You do it by hard work,” she said in Sioux City at a picnic before a union rally in Des Moines. “‘Change’ is just a word if you don’t have the strength and experience to make it happen.”

    Suggesting her differences with Mr. Edwards’ more combatively liberal rhetoric, she said, “Ultimately, to bring change, you have to know when to stand your ground and when to find common ground….You can’t always demand everything your own way or you’ll never get anything done in America.”

  20. Washington post article…

    Hillary and Bill Clinton brought their traveling political road show to Iowa on Labor Day. The former first lady and the former president, by now long practiced as a political duo, continued the process of role reversal in the pursuit of a history-making presidency .

    Sherry Gregg from nearby Elk Point, S.D., was standing on a picnic tables toward the back of the crowd. “I am a Democrat,” she declared. “I am for Hillary. If Bill could run again I’d vote for Bill too.” In fact, she did for Bill Clinton in 2004, writing in his name.

    Why is she for Hillary Clinton? “Because she’s for the working class,” Gregg said. “She’s very strong for a woman and I think she could make more changes in what the Republicans have done and haven’t done in the last eight years.

    Gregg said she does not like any of Clinton’s male Democratic rivals. “She’s the better man, so to speak, even though she’s the woman . . . . I believe she’s got a good backbone. She’s got Bill to back her up.”

  21. gazetteonline

    DES MOINES – Democrat Hillary Clinton promised Monday to change the nation’s direction as president by rebuilding the middle class while turning out “the cronies and ending the corruption” that have gripped Washington during the Bush-Cheney years.

    Appearing at a Labor Day rally with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, the New York senator said she believed she is best equipped among the 2008 presidential candidates from both political parties to address the domestic and foreign policy challenges facing America.

    “I know that real change takes hard work, it takes preparation and it takes a lot of perspiration,” she said. “We’ve got to start focusing on results, not rhetoric; on people, not process; because change is just a word if you don’t have the strength and experience to make it happen.

    “I wish it were as simple as standing up here and giving a speech and telling you I’m going to do all of this, but I want to level with you, you’ve got to get the votes in Congress for a president to get the job done,” Clinton told more than 2,000 people attending the South Central Iowa Federation of Labor’s Solidarity Fest.

    Bill Clinton backed up his wife’s credentials, noting that she drew strong GOP support in winning two U.S. senatorial elections in New York state as a tireless worker for her constituents who won’t forget average people once she becomes president.

    The former president said 2008 will be a “profoundly” important election because the nation faces some big challenges that will require “serious, serious changes.” He said an economic rebound he ushered in during his two-term administration has stalled under Bush.

    “This is a serious problem and you see this inequality in income, in education and in health care,” he said. “The next president has got to restore the middle class in income, education and health care.”

    Bill Clinton also noted that under Bush’s foreign policy approach, “we’re finding out we’re not very good when we tell the rest of the world it’s our way or the highway. We need friends and partners and allies in the world.”

    Hillary Clinton said her goals are to restore America’s leadership around the world, rebuild the U.S. middle class and economy, reform the federal government and reclaim the future for America’s children.

    “Yes we will take on the terrorists. I have dedicated and committed to going after anybody who puts any American at harm anywhere, and doing it effectively,” she said. “Not just with military power, but with diplomacy, economic, political, cultural power as well

  22. This seems to be a few good days of press for Hill, many great lines are quoted a lot, which is greatly deserved.

    Just wanted to post a link to a short video of Hillary speaking, there is a funny moment about one minute in it, where Hillary makes a comparison of herself to a car, relating to Iowa voters taking their time and processing whether to ‘buy’ or not. It’s rather funny as seeing Hillary speaking of cars is rather a rare event.

    And the look/expression on Bill Clinton is priceless!! 🙂

    Check it out:

  23. good morning hillfans. paula if u found that new carolinas poll it is a weird one. like one county poll from north carolina, then another poll from south carolina county.

  24. A campaign phrase team Clinton has used in the past has been that ‘we wish we could just hit the reset button on the 21st century’ which is a good line in my view.
    But I would love it if Hillary went out and used the theme of were
    ‘Going Back to the Future’ instead.
    Obama certainly can’t sh*t up about change, and old policies, I loved Bill’s comeback to him one time, that things were going pretty well back in the 90’s.
    Obama used a weird rhetoric to get out of that one, Bill kind of erased the Obama efficiency on that line with his response, hehe.

  25. Hey y’all, Mornin’… lots of good stuff here. I love that video, Gorto! Kicking her tires, huh! That WAS a great look on Pres. Clinton’s face with Hillary said that. Shows they both have a good sense of humor and perspective on this. I also loved the interviews with the woman and the little girl.

    What I know about the Carolinas poll is that it is just the Charlotte area. Which is the major metropolitan area in NC, and I would expect it to be a very sophistocated upscale area. Lots of corporations there–banking is huge. A branch of the university of NC is there (UNC-Charlotte). Not surprised that Clinton would show well there as I think it is a YUPPIE and Boomer demographic as well. A strong African American population there too, don’t know what percentage. I would’ve thought that would have gotten some of obama’s support, financially. Anyhow, that’s the Charlotte area. She might poll similarly in the research triangle, in Greensboro-Winston Salem (the triad), although the triad is more diverse.

    Mydd has had some great Hillary diaries there tha tI am sure some of you participated in last night. Way to go, gang! We will prevail, we will prevail –mollyj

  26. Hey again, One thing that seems to be gettin lots of buzz among the nutcases is that one poll where Guligagme polls higher than Hillary for the general election. I know that can’t be the only poll on the general. It’s helpin fuel the Edwards debate that he’s the only electable candidate in the general. I think somebody ought to diary other numbers or newer numbers if they are available and/or appropriate to introduce some doubt about that. Also see folks saying that dems are likely to nominate a white male (that would have to be Edwards). I’m working on another diary for one of the big blogs, so any suggestions welcome, but those are a couple of things I want to talk about. Thanks everybody! IT’s good to have likeminded folks to have my mornin’ cup of coffee with! mollyj

  27. With respect to the poll saying they think dems are more likely to nominate a white male, I don’t believe those kinds of polls carry much weight.
    And I think people need to think higher of their friends and neighbors, as polls have in the past said they THEMSELVES are willing to both vote for a black candidate or a woman, and those numbers were much higher.

    Now, I have a question, and I’m hoping someone can help me out on
    this one.
    I can’t really figure out why Iowa and NH are that important.
    I mean, people pick their candidate, and are ready to go vote for that person.
    Since this is just the primary, why is it that one state matters so much, I know I am not going to change my mind about supporting Hillary, so what if Edwards comes out of Iowa with a big lead, I’m still going for Hillary.
    Why would people change their minds based on what other people vote? In a GE we know Texas is not gonna go blue just because California does, or maybe Arkansas. They will vote what they want.

    So can someone clear something up for me, because I just don’t GET it.

  28. I ran across an interview of Teamster President Jim Hoffa, in a right wing rag, which explains his perspective on the upcoming presidnetial race. First, he is emphatic that the Republican Party has destroyed itself, and he says that as a one time suitor for their support. Second, at this point, he has not decided who his 1.3 million (?) member union will support. Third, he says positive things about John Edwards, but is also mindful, I suspect, of the risks of throwing union support behind a losing candidate ala Gepardt, especially since his breakaway from the AFL-CIO. Fourth, he seems to sprinkle fairy dust on the Obama campaign, all sweetness and light. Fifth, he compliments Hillary on her campaign, but then offers the big disconnect–says he wishes she would speak more to the issues that resonate with average Americans, including trade, affordable health care, etc. Jim is a politically saavy guy, and for him to say something like that was a real surprise to me. Hillary is the strongest candidate in the field on those issues, and has been speaking directly to them. I
    suspect this is posturing and marking time, but if not then perhaps copies of Hillary’s Labor Day and other speeches should sent to 25 Louisana Ave, to prove that she is in fact the champion of working people. In case anyone is interested, the source is http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/hoffa_/2007/09/03/29500.html?s=al&promo_code=39

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