ABOARD THE CNN ELECTION EXPRESS IN LOS ANGELES, California - On Monday, once the Super Bowl is history and the nation can focus its attention again, Barack Obama and Ted Kennedy are scheduled to appear at a rally together in Hartford, Connecticut.
I don't know exactly what will transpire. But I have a pretty good idea what won't.
Because I once traveled with Sen. Kennedy as he campaigned in support of another presidential candidate who had pledged to change the tone of American life and to end a war. The two of them flew around the country, standing side-by-side on platforms before screaming, adoring fans.
And the candidate could barely get a word in. The candidate was the anticlimax.
That's what won't happen Monday. And that's the measure - or at least a measure - of what the passage of time will inevitably do.
"When we beat Richard Nixon in November. . . .," Kennedy thundered in city after city. The words that followed could not be heard. The crowds, ecstatic, some people in tears, drowned him out, would not let him speak until they had called his name for long minutes.
And meanwhile, behind him on all of those stages, waiting to be introduced by Kennedy, was the Democratic candidate for president: George McGovern.
(CNN) - Is Super Tuesday the end?
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, it is not the end, but it is more than the end of the beginning. It is perhaps the beginning of the end.
But with only two or three major candidates left in each party, and with more than half of the country voting, surely both races will be decided on February 5.
Maybe. Maybe not.
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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton entered the final weekend before Tuesday’s mega primaries offering up what her campaign called a “sharpened” closing argument - one that takes on both primary rival Barack Obama and potential general election opponent John McCain.
“My opponent will not commit to universal health care,” she told a packed rally at Cal State in East Los Angeles. “I do not believe we should nominate any Democrat who will not proudly stand here today, tomorrow and the next day and say universal health care is the goal.”
Clinton argues Barack Obama’s health care proposal will leave out 15 million Americans because he does not mandate coverage – a point that has become one of the most discussed policy differences of the primary season.
“I want you to know when you vote for me that I will get up everyday and try to do exactly what I told you I would do,” she said, urging voters to get out and work the phones and knock on doors this weekend across California, a delegate-rich state where she and surrogates have invested heavy amounts of time. “There will be no guesswork. I’m not asking you to take a leap of faith, I’m asking you to hire me to do the hardest job in the entire world.”
The New York senator also looked past Tuesday to November’s general election, and how the ongoing war in Iraq may play out between the two parties’ nominees.