February 6th, 2008
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No rest for Clinton, Obama; 7 more contests fast approach

 Sen. Hillary Clinton celebrates with her supporters Tuesday night in New York.
Sen. Hillary Clinton celebrates with her supporters Tuesday night in New York.

(CNN) - With Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton almost even in delegate counts, the two Democratic presidential candidates will focus on several weekend contests and then a trio of primaries in the Washington area next Tuesday.

Super Tuesday delivered a split decision for the Democrats. CNN estimates showed Clinton earned a handful more delegates than Obama, who surprised observers by taking states where the senator from New York had large polling leads until recently.

The latest estimate gave Clinton 582 of the 1,681 delegates at stake Tuesday, compared with 562 for Obama. It will take time to determine the final distribution because of complicated formulas.

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  1. Peter Damoah-Afari

    Hillary is not the best in all aspects. Somebody who is claiming to be more experienced, and that she is the best among the two Democratic candidates, could not even sell her own ideas to the electorate.

    Everybody is praising her for winning majority of the votes in California; which I think is not something she should boast of as she could not even use such chance to knock out Senator Obama.

    Hillary won California because of the votes from Asians and Latinos. She won their votes because of racial biasness. One thing that we don't have to forget is that these same people can vote for a republican presidential candidate in the situation when the competition is between Hillary and a caucasian.

    February 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Ande

    Both Hillary & Obama did great. Congratulations to both!!

    February 6, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Quinn

    Even if she wins she loses. If she wins the nomination I am voting for McCain. I lot of people are going to do the same.

    February 6, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. JA Cook

    Dan, NJ writes "Open question to Dems:

    Do you want the candidate that expands the party by attracting new voters or the candidate that mobilizies the Republican base and could consolidate conservatives behind John McCain?"

    I'll answer for one Michigan Dem. I was mad to have our delegates discounted by the DNC. Per the rules all the candidates removed their names from the Michigan ballot, save one, Hillary. She barely won with over 40% of us choosing to vote un-committed, but many others choosing to vote in the Republican primary.

    Now Hillary wants our delegates – and Florida's – to count. That would make me even madder at the DNC since there was never a real contest in the voters' minds.

    This is simply one demonstration of the character issue that turns me off to the Clintons. I can't bear the idea of a rogue co-president in Bill Clinton either. I simply do not trust these people.

    This Dem has a very hard time knowing how to vote in November if the Clintons are on the ballot. And yes, it is the Clintons, not Hillary that are running. Make no mistake about it.

    So the question is, do we want a candidate who could consolidate VOTERS from BOTH parties behind John McCain?

    Not me!

    February 6, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Chris

    When Democrats vote with their HEADS?

    1. All Republican commentators say they fear Obama more and relish the thought of running against Hillary.

    2. Hillary won strong Democratic states that Dems will carry anyway. Look at how well Barack does in contested states.

    3. Hillary is pandering with her promises. If you look at votes by income level you can see that she is pandering to the poor. I respect both McCain and Barack for straight talk.

    And Finally, to learn more about Hillary's leadership style and ideas on healthcare – read David Gergen's book, "Eyewitness to Leadership" – – – Hillary is not liked, will be devicive and will be a LIGHTENING ROD for the Republicans.

    February 6, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. goClinton

    CNN never reports when OBAMA negatively attacks Clinton

    February 6, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. seyi

    Let the games begin. Hillary should be very very worried. 20 days ago, it seemed as if she owned super tuesday. For those who thought she did. Think again. Whne Clinton was fighting with Al Gore in the white house and nursing her hopes of being president for obvious reasons, Obama wouldnt get an appointment to speak with her if he wanted to. Now its different, I bet she has nightmares of Obama. Its ony fair Hillary has dreams of another guy after all these years.
    Obama came from the bottm to the top. The story of a true american, inegrated his background and has succeeded so far. Everyone thought he wouldnt make it this far. Now he has time to do what he does best; meeting and connecting with people. Once again, Hillary, view this as a flood about to turn to Katrina. She is really really in trouble. Holding Steady will not help. She wants to focus on Texas and Ohio. Goodluck and debates wont work now. Tears, maybe.

    February 6, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Zoe

    Obama is the darling of the media and has a lot of good qualities, but I'm for Hillary because of her experience and good solid well-thought out plans for health care, helping the economy, ending the war and a variety of other issues. And BTW I am really tired of hearing that women only vote for Hillary because she shows some emotion!

    February 6, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. James

    Remember these facts:

    1) Bill Clinton lost Congress to the Republicans.
    2) Hillary Clinton has some of the highest negatives outside of her base states since Dukakis.
    3) She will have NO coat-tails! Congress will go back to the Republicans.

    Here in the Midwest, she has very little support amongst independents and moderate Republicans. McCain does. If Dems are foolish enough to bring a Hillary match-up with McCain, she is the best hope for a Republican majority in Congress.

    February 6, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Wiselectorate

    Opinion:

    As a democrat I will vote for who ever has the best chance of beating the Republicans and that is Obama.

    Facts:

    HIlary won in Democrat stonghold such as New York, California and New Jersey.

    Obama won in many swing states for example Misouri.

    As Democrats, I must admit that there are not much differences between Clinton and Obama on the major issues. But the question we have to ask ourselves is who can bring Republicans and Indedependents to form a ruling majority – Again Obama has proven he is capable of doing that.

    So my vote goes to Obama

    February 6, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Jean N. McGuane

    Those Democrats, like myself, that have lived through McGovern and McCarthy know one thing: Obama is the idol of the left which controls the Democrats in the primary (like the right controls the Republicans in the primary). Having said that, they do not have the majority of influence in the general election and Hillary, to her credit, has kept her eye on the prize. Not one commentator has brought up the front page article in the NY Times about Obama caving to the nuclear power industry and then taking campaign donations from the same company. Not one commentator has noted the "margin of victory" where Hillary won. All we have to have is one national security incident before November 2008 (and the Republicans may be willing to oblige), and McCain can walk in the White House backwards and the Democrats will have blown it again (no surprise). Now is not the time for "feel good" politics. If Obama wins the nomination, I will be staying home because I do not think he is ready for prime time and he has shown that in his performances. The Republicans like Brit Hume and Bill Kristol are pushing Obama. You know why? Because it would be easier to defeat him and they know it. When you see praise from the Republican pundits, watch closely. People need to stop and look at the bottom line, not the rhetoric. The NY Times published their first negative article about Obama, but wait until the Republicans get a hold of his biography in November. Obama has not been vetted and the article in the NYT bears that out. What else don't we know?

    February 6, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. spencer

    I am getting tired of the media blackout of Hilary Clinton. Give credit where it is due. You people in the media are suppose to be impartial. Well, I am telling you get that way real quick. This lady is Afterall a former first lady and a sitting Senator. I just want you Guys to give equal coverage and quit this biast coverage. Thank you.

    February 6, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. JA Cook

    To John, NH "Typical Obama arrogance……."

    Not really. There's enough name calling and ill advised dialog from both sides. There are many on both sides with good, valid arguments. There are also plenty who have little to offer to an intelligent debate.

    This is a good and healthy dialog and campaign for us all as long as we can speak and listen with intelligence and not our biases.

    February 6, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Golden Chica

    Now let 's start the real debates between Clinton and McCain, the rest of the candidates sit back and watch tas the two most qualified candidates debate the issues that matters to americans.

    February 6, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. HC

    Obama- Won 13/22 States and won more delegates on Super Tuesday

    Clinton- Was able to repulse Obama's momo in key, delegate rich blue states and took some important victories

    Outcome: Both sides can claim victories

    Look, for those who are whining about media bias, just remember the poll numbers a month ago were indicating that Hillary would have this wrapped up.

    Media is ultimately about managing expectations, and Hillary brought this mess upon herself by creating an aura of invincibility when we started this in the summer.

    February 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. David Dearth

    1. Obama is the greatest political talent since Kennedy and greatest speaker since
    M. L. King.
    2. Obama can win RED states.
    3. Obama can raise more money.
    4. Obama has more effective arguments against McCain.
    5. Obama is the leader of a movement.
    6. HIlliary is getting by on name recognition.
    7. Hilliary is LOATHED by the Republicans and will mobilize their base.

    February 6, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Linda

    Let's see. BO arm chair quarterbacked Iraq. He wasn't in the position to cast a 'real' vote, he was 'present' in Illinois pushing the wrong buttons declaring himself a 'bonehead'. No paper trail.

    BO has gotten sucked in by his ego. If anyone wants to question Hillary on her war vote they just need to play the video clip of Powell at the UN.

    Powell is a man of integrity but was lead astray by HIS OWN LEADER... BUT we are to punish Hillary? Get real. A man of military might and experience was duped but forget him....go after the woman. The one running for President.

    Let's bring Powell into the discussion. He was who I listened to during the run up to war. I trusted him and see where it got us all. Based on Powell's spiel at the UN I would have voted to give W the right IF NEEDED. It was Bush that betrayed all Americans, not those that voted for what Powell justified.

    BO will Change Washington?? I haven't heard him say he will completely do away with ALL lobbying. Period. You want change in Washington. That is what it will take. Matter of fact I have not heard ANYTHING concrete on BO's plan to change Washington.

    Is BO going to make all Republicans like him?? Even a majority of them? No. I haven't seen any endorsements from them for him. Change Washington? Ya gotta change BOTH parties.

    Change? Where were all these new voters in 2006 when real change meant getting out to vote to solidify a LARGE Democrat MAJORITY in Congress? Oh yea....there wasn't a rock star running in each Republican District.

    It is exciting to see all the new voters. Now if they were informed on the issues. I wish they would share with me the clearly defined plans he has to make this monumentous Change.

    February 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Lourdes

    enomisa said:

    Hillary's plan is the only one that will work. Most intellegent people can figure that out ( so lets not denigrade the intelligence of those who DO NOT support Obama).
    The rest of Hillary's ideas and plans are just as realistic and viable.
    Lets vote for the person with the best platform, and stop the insults, okay?

    Don't you think it's bit hypocritical to say we shouldn't denigraTe the intelligence of those who don't support Obama but also say that intelligent (with an 'i' in the middle) people support Hillary.

    I point out your spelling errors not because I'm an intellectual elitist, but because you set yourself up to have your argument turned on you. It's actually ridiculous for anyone to use education/intelligence/IQ/salary/WHATEVER against anyone else in this political debate. Both Obama and Hillary have educated and non-educated supporters. It's ignorance about the issues and about the other side that really bothers me. It's getting quite irritating to hear from Hillary supporters that Obama supporters are somehow blinded by his charisma. Give us a little more credit than that. Most of us are just as educated as anyone else, and more than happy to articulate the various rational, practical, factual reasons we support him. Enough with the brain games.

    February 6, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. hkitty

    Hillary supporters, let's make this week our goal to put our posting power to fundraising power. Tell 3 Hillary supporters to send anything they can afford this week and to tell 3 more. I pledge to do so! HK

    February 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. daisy

    The old war horses in the democratic party don't want Hillary to win because she is a woman, plain and simple. Obama cozied up to Daschle, Kennedy, Leahy and played to big daddy card. You help me get elected and I'll take your advice. They know that Hillary is seasoned and strong, she is her own woman. I love how Obama is always saying he doesn't take pac money, isn't in with the lobbyists. His campaign is filled with all of that and more.

    February 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Sean McM

    How about a debate on the factual record of roll call votes in the US Senate during 2007……..Obama has not instituted a single change as he sits and collects a handsome salary…….and, as the following list inndicates, he has not been showing up to work (i.e., casting his vote)

    Record shows "NOT VOTING" by Obama on the following:

    :
    5/7/2007 FDA Drug Import Certification Amendment
    7/26/2007 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act
    7/26/2007 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
    7/26/2007 Border Fence and Customs Appropriations
    7/26/2007 REAL ID Funding
    7/20/2007 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants
    12/4/2007 United States-Peru Trade Agreement
    12/18/2007 Iraq Withdrawal Amendment
    12/18/2007 Inclusion of Iraq Operations Funding with the Consolidated Appropriations
    12/18/2007 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations
    12/14/2007 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
    12/13/2007 Energy Act of 2007
    12/13/2007 Cap on Income to Qualify for Farm Subsidies
    12/11/2007 Government Sponsored Farm Insurance Policies
    12/6/2007 Temporary Tax Adjustments Act of 2007
    12/6/2007 Temporary Alternative Minimum Tax Adjustment Act of 2007
    11/8/2007 Water Resources Development Act of 2007
    11/7/2007 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
    11/1/2007 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP)
    10/30/2007 Amtrak Reauthorization
    10/25/2007 Amtrak Federal Subsidy Limits
    10/23/2007 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
    10/18/2007 Prohibiting Funds for Groups that Perform Abortions
    10/16/2007 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2008
    10/3/2007 Border Fence and Customs Appropriations
    10/1/2007 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008
    9/27/2007 State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization
    9/10/2007 Bridge Repair Funding
    9/7/2007 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants

    February 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. jayur patel

    Being an Indian american its bettter to support clinton asclinton has a positive thinking about india
    support clinton

    February 6, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. Rich

    ...And just think how much better Barack Obama could have done if early voting did not take place in California. He gained a lot of momentum in a short period of time, and I wonder if any of the voters in California regret voting early.

    February 6, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. gene

    Prior comment from a fellow Texan. I live in Texas and the Dallas Morning news is a right wing rag. Every poll in Texas has Hillary way ahead, but we can see that most polls are worthless. Witness the Zogby poll on Ca. tuesday morning (released to have an effect on the national and Ca. vot) had Obama up by 13 points. Hillary wins big in Ca. We have a very large hispanic population and the labor unions here are not the SEIU and Culinary workers. They only have a hand full of memebers. United Farm workers have more. Check tuesday results. ( 8) of his winning states were red states and some of these states have not voted democratic since joining the uion of states ant the others have not voted democractic since the civil rights act of 1964. There was some states in the south that did vote for Carter in 1978, but never voted democractic again.Hillary will win Texas, Ohio, Indiana and Pa. Game over. Obama retires and becomes a preacher at his radical Chicgo church.

    February 6, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Candido

    The Clintons have a proven record of success. The next administration will have a mess to clean up. Although, I've always been a fan of JFK, in hindsight Richard Nixon was more experienced and probably accomplished alot more in his five years as President even though he was forced to resign. Go Hillary Go.

    February 6, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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