When it comes to the Anit-War crowd, One thing they agree on, though, is mistrust of Hillary Clinton. Everett Fell, a former sportswriter from New Jersey who moved to Iowa as an organizer for AAEI, reflects a common view when he says, “I like all the other candidates, but I have a problem with Hillary.” “At least in Iowa, the peace community is thoroughly disillusioned with her,” says Jeremy Jansen, a young organizer from Wisconsin who moved to Iowa as part of AAEI’s Iraq campaign. On November 8 nine war protesters, led by Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, occupied Clinton’s campaign office in Des Moines for more than seven hours, placing Support the Troops, End the War signs out front and, once inside, reading the names of dead American soldiers and Iraqi civilians. It’s telling that they initially chose to target Clinton, along with the office of Rudy Giuliani. “We did this because Hillary voted for the war in Iraq and refuses to apologize for it, because her rhetoric…is not only imprecise but also contradicts her public comments that she won’t withdraw all the troops before 2013, because she voted for pro-war with Iran measures…and for her general hawkish foreign policy stances,” wrote David Goodner, a senior at the University of Iowa and a member of its antiwar committee. “She floats so quickly, vacillates so often, that I don’t think people have any confidence that she will expedite the end of the war,” says Ed Fallon, a former state representative and candidate for governor who has endorsed Edwards.
Hillary doesn’t like being compared to Richard Nixon, but when it comes to dirty tricks, she’s a good, maybe better than Dick.
. . . . .. Dick Morris, a Republican strategist who formerly advised President Bill Clinton, said the debate appearance by the general was a Nixon-style “dirty trick” orchestrated by Sen. Clinton.
“You know, listen, let’s put the blame where it’s due — this is a dirty trick by the Hillary Clinton campaign,” said Morris. The former consultant also said he believed Clinton was behind the recent story, broken by Politico, that Rudy Giuliani obscured security expenses to disguise an extra-marital affair during his tenure as New York mayor.
Will Hillary point her finger and say, “I never told that gay General Kerr to call CNN with that question”? At least this takes the focus off Hillary for a few days, and now with the writers strike, no more Democratic debates until the Iowa caucus. Could they have planned it any better?
Hillary honcho Howard Wolfson has stated, “Keith Kerr is not a campaign employee and was not acting on behalf of the campaign.”Chris Matthews, a guest during the segment at the time, was unimpressed.CHRIS MATTHEWS: Well “employee” could be a weasel word, too. I mean, he’s not being paid? Well that’s not the question that was asked.Note also what Wolfson didn’t say. He didn’t claim the Clinton campaign was unaware of what Kerr was up to, nor did he say that the campaign hadn’t encouraged him to do this. “Not acting on behalf of the campaign” is a meaningless non-denial denial.
Editor’s Note (Ken Shepherd 08:18): It should be noted that CNN’s Anderson Cooper quipped in a recent interview with Townhall’s Mary Katharine Ham that “campaign operatives are people too,” justifying political hacks posing questions at debate forums.
This fits in with Novak’s reference to “Agents” of Hillary Clinton.
The following artile, “Good Bill vs. Bad Bill” by RON FOURNIER, Associated Press Writer Wed Nov 28, 11:09 AM ET, is excellent, and begs the question, “Just WHO does Bill Clinton think is running for president? Bill or Hillary? Bill believes that getting Hillary elected will in effect give him eight more years in the White House. This will make up for the fact that he was “Impeached” by the US House of Representatives. But I have a tip for Bill, if elected, Hillary isn’t going to let him stay in the White House. DES MOINES, Iowa – As only he can do, Bill Clinton packed campaign venues across eastern Iowa and awed Democratic voters with a compelling case for his wife’s candidacy. He was unscripted, in-depth and generous. He also was long-winded, misleading and self-absorbed.“Good Bill” and “Bad Bill” (his nickname among some aides) returned to the public arena Tuesday as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton brandished her double-edged sword of a husband to fend off rivals in the Jan. 3 caucus fight.“Ladies and gentlemen,” Clinton told 400 Iowans at the start of his three-city swing, “I have had a great couple of days out working for Hillary.”In the next 10 minutes, he used the word “I” a total of 94 times and mentioned “Hillary” just seven times in an address that was as much about his legacy as it was about his wife’s candidacy. He told the crowd where he bought coffee that morning and where he ate breakfast. He detailed his Thanksgiving Day guest list, and menu. He defended his record as president, rewriting history along the way.And he explained why his endorsement of a certain senator from New York should matter to people. “I know what it takes to be president,” he said, “and because of the life I’ve led since I’ve left office.” I, me and my. Oh, my. Late in his 50-minute address, Clinton told the crowd that wealthy people like he and his wife should pay more taxes in times of war. “Even though I approved of Afghanistan and opposed Iraq from the beginning, I still resent that I was not asked or given the opportunity to support those soldiers,” he said. In truth, Clinton did not oppose the Iraq war from the start — at least not publicly.If the former president secretly opposed the war but did not want to speak against a sitting president (as some of his aides now claim), what moral authority does he have now? And did he share his objections with his wife? She started out as a hawkish Democrat but is now appealing to anti-war voters.The former president also put his own spin on the history of free-trade agreements under his watch, blaming President Bush for turning the accords into job-drainers. “Say want you want about my trade deals,” he said, “but I enforced them.”Sen. Clinton benefited from her husband’s verbal sleight of hand when he told a long story about a man who credited the former first lady for playing “an independent role in the Irish peace process.” While that may technically be true (Hillary Clinton did travel to Ireland and played host to the region’s political players), an “independent role” is not the same as a “critical role,” and Clinton didn’t bother to explain the distinction.You might be wondering — so what? Clinton won two presidential elections (and five terms as Arkansas governor) despite his “Slick Willy” reputation and habit of self-aggrandizement. He’s not on the ballot next year. His wife is. And she benefits from his popularity and rhetorical skills. Clinton‘s stump speeches have always been remarkably accessible despite their length and complexity. One reason is that, while he talks without notes, Clinton’s remarks are organized like a neat classroom outline. For example, on Tuesday he had four big reasons why Democrats should back her: • She has the best policy plans; • She works well with Republicans; • She’s a problem solver; • And she has the best range of experience. For each of those reasons, he had a half dozen or so facts, anecdotes or arguments to support them — and each of those categories had several bullet points of their own. Clinton navigated this mental outline with the same rhetorical crutches he used in Arkansas and Washington. He would mention something in passing and promise to get back to it (“I’ll say more about that in a minute”), and he always did. He would “show” people what he meant rather than just “tell” them (“I’ll give you just one example,” he said before giving two or three). He gave any impatient crowd members hope that the speech would soon end (“And, finally, let me say … ,” he said at least twice before launching into another topic). What he left the crowds with was the assurance that his wife understands their plight. For a man who convinced so many voters that he felt their pain, this may be his most powerful calling card Clinton can leave to Iowa crowds and his wife. “You need somebody who is strong, competent and has good vision, and never forgets what it’s like to be you,” Clinton said. And, no, he wasn’t talking about himself.
Hillary is quoted as saying, “As we do bring our troops home, we cannot lose sight of our very real strategic national interests in this region”. If, in the future, Iraq becomes a breeding ground for exporting terrorists, as it appears it already is … that is a great worry for our country.
So, Hillary believes Iraq is now a breeding ground for exporting terrorists and that causes us to have very real strategic national interests in the region. Where does Hillary believe the terrorists will be exported to, the USA, or some European country?
Hillary is quoted as saying, “So as we redeploy our troops from Iraq, I will not let down my guard against terrorism. I will devote the resources we need to fight it and fight it smartly. I will order specialized units to engage in narrow and targeted operations against al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in the region.”
Hillary will redeploy our troops, but does not say where. If she means Afghanistan, check a map, it’s not in the “region”. She will order specialized units to engage al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in the region. Where, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, where? Why not Iraq where al Qaeda is still operating?
Hillary has publicly challenged the president to promise to bring all American troops out of Iraq, and this contradicts a remark she made to Ted Koppel in which Hillary is quoted as saying, if she were elected president, and then re-elected four years later, she would still expect U.S. troops to be in Iraq at the end of her second term. That’s almost 10 years, is beginning to sound a lot like LBJ.
This conflicts with numerous statements by Hillary that she will bring the troops home in her first year in office.
In an interview with the New York Times Hillary stated, “ there is a ‘remaining military as well as political mission’ in Iraq, and, if elected president, she would keep a reduced military force there to fight Al Qaeda, deter Iranian aggression, protect the Kurds and possibly support the Iraqi military.”
Again, another conflicting statement from Hillary on Iraq.
When asked how many troops she would leave in Iraq, Hillary replied by, “saying she would draw on the advice of military officers.”
i.e., she doesn’t have a clue.
In the MSNBC Democratic candidates’ debate on September 26, Hillary made statements that implied that even by 2012, a full four years after next November’s presidential election, there may be a continued need for American troops in Iraq and that, if elected, she would give White House blessing to that presence.
Another conflicting statement. Depends on the meaning of “may”.
“I will immediately move to begin bringing our troops home when I am inaugurated. It is my goal to have all troops out by the end of my first term,” Hillary stated.
This conflicts with her statements to have all troops out by the end of her first year in office.
She went on to said, “ there may be a continuing counterterrorism mission, which, if it still exists, will be aimed at al Qaeda in Iraq. It may require combat, Special Operations Forces or some other form of that, but the vast majority of our combat troops should be out.”
Still more conflicting statements. Just what is Hillary position on troops in Iraq, and will anyone force her to give a specific answer?
Mark Penn: Buckling Under the Pressure of an Unfavorable Poll
All is fair in love and war, the centuries–old proverb states. Politics is not included, but given the way the game is played in modern–day America, maybe it should be. That’s the sense I had again this morning watching Mark Penn, the chief political strategist for Democrat Hillary Clinton, denigrate our latest Zogby Interactive survey simply because it showed his client in a bad light (Link to Latest Poll Number). Penn made the contention on the MSNBC morning news program hosted by Joe Scarborough (Link to Video)
Penn mischaracterized this latest online Zogby poll as our first interactive survey ever – a bizarre contention, since we have been developing and perfecting our Internet polling methodology for nearly a decade (Zogby Intreractive Methodology), and since Penn’s company has been quietly requesting the results of such polls from Zogby for years. We always comply as part of our pledge to give public Zogby polling results to any and every candidate and campaign that asks for them. What is interesting is that no other campaign has made as many requests for Zogby polling data over the years than Penn has made on behalf of Clinton.
Because Mark Penn is a quality pollster himself, we chalk up his contention that our poll is “meaningless” as a knee–jerk reaction by a campaign under pressure coming down the stretch. Several other polls – Zogby surveys and others – have shown her national lead and her leads in early–voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire have shrunk. This is not unusual. These presidential contests usually tighten as the primaries and caucuses approach.
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Is This Hillary’s “Linda Tripp, I’m One of You” Moment?
November 26, 2007 2:38 PM
ABC News’s Eloise Harper, Sarah Amos and Sunlen Miller report: Sen. Hillary Clinton’s Democratic rivals are taking issue with her characterization of herself as the “face of America” during her husband’s presidency.
It all started last week when Clinton’s chief surrogate in Iowa, former Governor Tom Vilsack, said Clinton was the “face of the Administration on foreign affairs,” under former President Bill Clinton.
Vilsack discussed Clinton’s foreign policy experience on a news program, after a week of back-and-forth jabs between Clinton and Obama on several issues including foreign policy. Clinton had chided Obama for saying that he had gained foreign policy experience living abroad in Indonesia when he was ten years old, arguing that she was the one with the foreign policy experience after spending eight years in the White House as First Lady.
Speaking to reporters Sunday in Perry, Iowa, Clinton, D-N.Y., defended the characterization, saying, “There are lots of ways in which what I did that was the face of America when I was there when I was representing not just my husband but the country.”
Gingrich Predicts Obama in Iowa
November 27, 2007 9:03 AM
ABC News’ Ed O’Keefe Reports: Newt Gingrich predicts Barack Obama will win the hotly contested vote in Iowa, saying the junior Senator from Illinois will motivate more energized supported than the former First Lady.
Look for Hillary to go negative big time, with attacks on Edwards to take away from Obama.
This was so good I had to post it. My thanks to spacemonkey.
Top Ten Ways To Tell You Might Be Hillary Clinton
Someone out there is Hillary Clinton. Who is it? It could be you. Here’s ten ways to tell if you might be the PIAPS.
10) You want to run on your record, a record that is so impressive it can’t be released to the public until after you get reelected.
9) You know absolutely everything about absolutely everything unless it’s happens to have something to do with your campaign.
8) Your greatest political success was a by anyone else’s standards a spectacular failure of Biblical proportions.
7) You want to take take things away from people for their own good, and then occasionally have Norman Hsu pay them back.
6) Frost is something you’re used to seeing on your windows. On the inside.
5) You took diction lessons from Roseann Barr, and etiquette from Sasquatch.
4) You have a very simple and logical stances on the issues, and are flabbergasted when people try to pin you down to any one stance on any issue,
3) You tell women they don’t need a man to take care of them or to ride a man’s coat tails. Yet your entire success comes from being married to a man who took care of you while you rode his coat tails.
2) Your approach is marked by a stampede of woodland creatures, large and small.
And the number one way to tell you might be Hillary Clinton….
Obama heir to the civil rights greats? Obama couldn’t carry their jock straps. Senator Obama, I knew the last great civil rights leader, Hosa Williams, though I would not consider him a friend, but Senator Obama, you’re no Hosa Williams. DES MOINES — Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) cast himself Sunday as a natural and necessary heir to the civil rights greats, appealing to black worshippers to show the courage of their forerunners and back his candidacy for president.
In an unannounced appearance that startled most in the African-American congregation, Obama cast his campaign in historic and even divine terms.
He said that, like Moses, the civil rights pioneers had been to the mountaintop but did not reach the promised land, leaving it to today’s generation to finish the job, much as Joshua succeeded Moses.
“We have inherited this opportunity from the Moses generation … who have teed it up for us,” he said.
“I didn’t have to go to jail. I haven’t had my head beat in — haven’t had dogs and fire hoses set on me. So I’m benefiting from what the Moses generation did. … The question is whether the Joshuas among us are willing to stand up, are willing to be counted, are willing to vote, are willing to organize, are willing to mobilize, are willing to get going.” “When I hear folks in our community say, ‘Yeah, I like Obama — he can talk good, but I don’t think folks are ready for him,’ I say: Be strong, and have courage, because God is walking with us,” Obama said amid rising cheers and applause.
“When they’re saying, ‘I’m worried about Barack’s safety — I don’t know whether you’ll be all right,’ I say: First of all, I got Secret Service — they’re good. But I also say: Be strong, and have courage, because God is walking with us, every step of the way.”
Obama said society’s disparities “between black and white remain as large as ever,” creating an atmosphere where “you are seeing people pay attention in this election in a way they haven’t paid attention in a long time.” http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1107/7026.html
The following statement by Michelle Obama is quoted from an interview her husband, Senator Obama gave in Iowa this past weekend. “Boy, it’s really pretty up here,’ but she said, ‘But you know, I can see why if I was living out here, I’d want a gun.” This comment by the Senator’s wife was not widely reported in any media sources. Makes you wonder, if this statement had been made, Harlem, by the wife of any Republican candidate, Sharpton would be branding her a racist.
The Zogby International poll was the latest sign that withering attacks on the former first lady were chipping away at her opinion poll leads just 38 days before the Iowa caucuses, the first party nominating contests.
In the new survey, Clinton trailed Senator John McCain 42 percent to 38 percent, former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani by 43 percent to 40 percent and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney by 43 percent to 40 percent. She also lagged behind former Arkansas Republican governor Mike Huckabee by 44 to 39 percent, and former Senator Fred Thompson by 44 to 40 percent in hypothetical general election matchups. Clinton‘s top Democratic challengers Barack Obama and John Edwards however would still beat their hypothetical Republican rivals in potential 2008 contests. In July, Clinton held a five point lead in the same poll over Giuliani, edged out McCain by two points and had a clear lead over other contenders. A Rasmussen poll last week had Clinton also falling behind Giuliani in a hypothetical matchup of the November 2008 general election, and narrowly beaten by McCain. An average of all previous similar polls gives Clinton a narrow lead over possible Republican candidates. While the US political system of awarding delegates by state in a general election would not necessarily translate into a Clinton election defeat on the basis of the poll, it may provide more fodder for her opponents. Clinton has repeatedly portrayed herself as the most electable Democratic candidate who could stand up to Republican assaults in a general election. But Obama and Edwards are increasingly starting to challenge that claim, as the race heats up, as other polls suggest that Clinton’s clear lead in the Democratic White House race may be narrowing. The Zogby poll was conducted online among 9,150 likely voters across the United States between November 21 and 26, and carried a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point. http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=071126191523.oorozvs5&show_article=1
Is Spitzer Anti-Nuclear? Is Hillary? Spitzer most likely would not take an anti-nuclear stand if he did not have Hillary’s backing. So, there’s your answer, Hillary Clinton is anti NuclearNYPost Questions Spitzer’s Stand Against Nuclear Energy. In an editorial, the New York Post (11/23, 648K) chided Gov. Eliot Spitzer for his “unseemly obeisance to over-the-top environmentalism,” in forcing power plants to “pay for the right to emit carbon dioxide” by joining the “10 northeastern states in a Kyoto-style project called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), meant to combat global warming.” The Post added, “There’s more to Spitzer’s attack on energy: This year, he asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to perform (yet another) environmental review of Indian Point, the Westchester nuclear plant that’s up for re-licensing. So far the NRC has refused, but Spitzer has made his point: He is anti-nuclear. Yet, if Spitzer opposes conventional plants, which produce CO2, and nuclear ones, which don’t, exactly what kind of energy does he favor?”
But it’s not just Republicans who are pushing the story. Will Folks, a well-known blogger in South Carolina, reported yesterday that he’d “heard from sources at rival Democratic presidential campaigns who claim that they ‘know it to be true’ that Hill and Huma are romantically-involved.” I called Folks, and he said that two different Democratic campaigns had told him about the alleged affair, but neither had “presented anything remotely resembling proof.” Folks said he couldn’t identify which campaigns were spreading the story, so I called Rod Shealy, a top GOP consultant. Shealy told me he had no idea of who was talking up the story—but that the only Democrats with active staffs and organizations in South Carolina were Barack Obama, John Edwards, and Bill Richardson. (On an entirely separate note, Shealy had an interesting observation about Ron Paul’s stunning announcement that he had raised several million dollars in a single day. “That shows that his supporters are not just fringe loonies,” he said. “These are people with checking accounts.”)
Hillary Clinton’s lesbian scandal comes into public eye again
Here’s a smapling of what bloggers are saying about Hillary’s lesbian affair, rumors of which go back to Arkansas when it was reported that Vince Foster covered for her at the Rose Law Firm, then again at the White House.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was said to have a lesbian relationship with her aide, Huma Abedin.
Aide Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton Lesbian Love Affair Rumors Explode So is happily Hillary hopping in the sack with Muslim female aide Huma Abedin? My guess is yes. Note the following blog entries and stories that have been following the story:Thursday, November 01, 2007 Hillary’s Lesbian Affair with Muslim Aide? I saw this tease tease teaser at Ace yesterday (no not this one) and knew it was just a matter of time before the bomb dropped. A sex scandal (woo hoo) of a top presidential candidate. Sounds salacious. Well it is. Check this out. No, no not this sex scandal, this one.This is from Michael Musto. I used to read him religiously when he was at Paper a zillion lifetimes ago — his stuff is legit. Nothing has been confirmed (!) but this is as juicy as juicy gets in the sordid sex scandal department. Who’d a thunk that Hiillary could have out sex scandaled the old hound dog. Ouch! Looks like Obama ’08. Boy those Democrats sure have been busy.And if anyone would know, wouldn’t it be the king – er, queen – of the Village Voice:“As I recently said on Monica Crowley’s radio show, whisper campaigns are claiming that is Gayle King-ing her aide de camp, the glamorous Huma Abedin, an Indian/Pakistani goddess from Kalamazoo, Michigan.“In other words, Hillary may be putting Huma out there in the press and purposely making her more visible as a pre-emptive strike that amounts to her hiding in plain sight. This way, no can later say, “Who is this gorgeous babe who spends so much intimate time with Hillary that the Observer called her Hill’s ‘body person’? Was Gennifer Flowers’ book right about Hillary’s sexual taste?”And does either of this couple have the balls to bottom?”http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_212113634.shtmlIs Hillary GAYLE KING-ing Huma Abedin?As I recently said on MONICA CROWLEY’s radio show, whisper campaigns are claiming that HILLARY CLINTON is GAYLE KING–ing her aide de camp, the glamorous HUMA ABEDIN, an Indian/Pakistani goddess from Kalamazoo, Michigan. In other words, Hillary may be putting Huma out there in the press and purposely making her more visible as a pre-emptive strike that amounts to her hiding in plain sight. This way, no Republican can later say, “Who is this gorgeous babe who spends so much intimate time with Hillary that the Observer called her Hill’s ‘body person’? Was GENNIFER FLOWERS’s book right about Hillary’s sexual taste?” And does either of this couple have the balls to bottom?BigHeadDC posts a picture of “Abedin trailing Clinton and gay talk show host Ellen DeGeneres during a recent “girl’s only” trip to NYC.”We’re still a bit incredulous on this one, but a top level U.S. Department of Justice official is telling Big Head DC that Michael Musto’s rumor about Hillary Clinton fooling around with one of her top female aides Huma Abedin is based in reality!“I am close enough to Hillary and Huma to tell you that this ‘rumor’ is true,” the official says. “It is well known inside her campaign that Hillary and Huma are an item.
America Hates Hillary Clinton
And this from the Telegraph, Mrs Clinton might be the frontrunner in the polls, but almost everywhere we went people questioned her candidacy. Many stated bluntly that they did not want a woman in charge. “She couldn’t keep her own home together, so how can we trust her to manage America?” asked Micki Martinson, a housewife in Somerset, Pennsylvania. While we found many people who hated Mrs Clinton, those who loved her were few and far between. “I’m always amazed how we can screw things up,” said Steve Ayers, a coffee-shop owner in Hannibal. “Maybe the way we screw it up this time is by nominating Hillary – across the Midwest that would be the only way of unifying Republicans.”Although Mr Clinton is no longer the villain he was for many in the late 1990s, there was precious little evidence of nostalgia for the Clinton years – another alarm bell for the Hillary campaign.Apart from the war on terror, the issue we were confronted by again and again was illegal immigration – a preoccupation of Democratic as well as Republican voters. “We did everything legally and so should they,” said Ljiljana Zezelj, 38, a new citizen from Croatia. “Nothing will work in this country until we secure our borders,” said Laura Dietz, a retiree in Phoenix, Arizona.Is this what the polls are NOT telling us?http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=HXOG5ZDB4KFEHQFIQMFSFGGAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/news/2007/11/24/wamerica124.xml&page=2
Drudgereport DON'T GO THERE: BRIT PAPER STARTS 'UGLIEST MONTH'
Sun Nov 25 2007 20:45:12 ETThe TIMES of London starts 'The Ugliest Month' with a full page photo takeout on Hillary Clinton and her beautiful aide.
"Hillary Clinton has been accused of having an affair with Huma Abedin," reads the caption.
The splash stunned British readers and angered campaign insiders.
"This does not even qualify as tabloid trash... it's ridiculous and reckless," a Hillary confidante explained over the weekend.
The paper made no claims to knowing the truth of the relationship between Hillary and Huma, in its story headlined: "Snarls, smears and innuendo as attack dogs get ready for the fray." Matt Drudge promises more . . . Is this the “Bombshell”? Will another Clinton say, "I did not have sex with that woman . . ."
DUNLAP, IA — At an event here today, Obama said that Hillary Clinton “didn’t have enough confidence in the American people” when she was trying to pass health care in 1993.
Obama frequently criticizes Clinton for trying to pass health care behind closed doors in 1993. To demonstrate a contrast with her, he often says he’ll put the entire process on C-SPAN. This is the first time, though, he has used the word “confidence” to describe Clinton’s effort in 1993. He also placed as much blame on Clinton for failure in passing health care reform as he did the health industry.
Obama also returned to the issue of drivers’ licenses for illegal immigrants, after a voter asked him about his support for a bill that provided licenses to illegal immigrants in Illinois. Obama turned the issue into one of public safety, saying that he supported the issue because he wanted to protect American citizens.
“When I was in Illinois,” he told the man who asked the question, “I voted for a provision that would require them to get drivers licenses because they were running around without insurance, without paperwork… So if they hit you there was no recourse, so I want to protect you.”
In a reference to Hillary, Obama said, “This election is about the judgment and the character of the next president,” Obama told the crowd, adding, “We have a bunch of folks like that in Washington, who don’t tell the America people what they really believe.”
Obama also said jokingly as he took questions, “These questions have not been pre-screened or pre-recorded.”
It has been reported that Obama’s wife has a chip on her shoulder for whites. Does the following fit, and is Michelle sterotyping Iowans? Guns in Iowa are OK, but not in Chicago?
HARLAN, Iowa — From his days of campaigning in Downstate Illinois, Sen. Barack Obama has been asked plenty of times about his views on gun ownership. But the Illinois Democrat and presidential candidate added a new wrinkle Saturday night while campaigning in conservative-leaning western Iowa, when he said his Chicago-native wife, Michelle, recently commented that she could see why rural folks might want to own guns.Here was Obama’s discussion of gun ownership and his wife’s thoughts during a campaign stop at a middle school:“We should be able to combine respect for those traditions with our concern for kids who are being shot down. This is a classic example of us just applying some common sense, just being reasonable, right? And reasonable would say that lawful gun owners – I respect the Second Amendment. I think lawful gun owners should be able to hunt, be sportsmen, protect their families.“And by the way, Michelle, my wife, she was traveling up, I think, in eastern Iowa, she was driving through this nice, beautiful area, going through all this farmland and hills and rivers and she said ‘Boy, it’s really pretty up here,’ but she said, ‘But you know, I can see why if I was living out here, I’d want a gun. Because, you know, 911 is going to take some time before somebody responds. You know what I mean? You know, it’s like five miles between every house.’ “So the point is, though, we should be able to do that, and we should be able to enforce laws that keep guns off the streets in inner cities because some unscrupulous gun dealer is, you know, letting somebody load up a van with a bunch of cheap handguns or sawed-off shotguns and dumping them and selling them for a profit in the streets.”http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/politics/blog/2007/11/obama_my_wife_sees_need_for_ru.html