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Obama camp to superdelegates: “Read the newspapers”

May 7, 2008

CHICAGO – As Barack Obama celebrated his compelling win in North Carolina and the unexpected closeness of the Indiana race on Tuesday night, his senior strategist said one of the campaign’s top tasks now is to court influential Democratic Party figures.
 
The Democratic senator from Illinois was seen as showing resilience after a bumpy ride in which he has struggled with questions about his former pastor’s fiery sermons and efforts by Clinton to paint him as an “out of touch” elitist.
 
Analysts said his rival Hillary Clinton, who won only narrowly in Indiana where she had been favored to do well, was likely to face increased pressure to exit the race because her showing did little to advance her argument that she would be more electable than Obama in a matchup against Republican Sen. John McCain.
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Asked by reporters whether there would be a slew of new endorsements from the party stalwarts and officials known as the “superdelegates,” Obama’s chief strategist, David Axelrod, was careful not to reveal too much.
 
“We’re going to be reaching out to them,” Axelrod told reporters as Obama, who would be the first black U.S. president, flew back home to Chicago from his evening rally in North Carolina.
 
The Obama strategist said the message in these conversations would be a simple one: “Read the newspapers.”

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Photo credit: Reuters/Chris Keane (Obama waves to supporters at his North Carolina and Indiana primary election night rally in Raleigh.)

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hey, Obama, save your time trying to reach out to me. I will vote for Hillary or McCain based on them paying their dues.

Posted by Glenn | Report as abusive
 

Yes, Change! We belive in seems to be working out not because of a racial lopsidedeness but because there is a lot of real change needed here and there, not only in America but in the whole worlld because of the wrong steps America taken which really caused evil reactions.
May God be with you Barack Obama that you may bring the change that we need.
Yared

Posted by Yared | Report as abusive
 

Senator Clinton’s action to continue the race is in my opinion very diabolic. This attitude is very alien to the democratic party I grew up to know and adore. She knows she has little or no chance of getting the nomination; whatever deal she has cut with d republicans will not work. I expect her to honorably throw in the towel; continuing the race will only make her loose whatever respect she has left and it has the potential of destroying her political carrer for life as she might be seen as a traitor by those who have the capacity to advance her career in the years to come.

My advise to superdelegates is to draw d curtain before more serious damage is done. In my opinion Obama is most electable of all 3 candidates. McCain has little or no chance against him. He is too old and Inspite their much taunted experience, both McCain and Clinton goofed in relation to the gas cut. This will continue to haunt them in the days to come; it shall raise a serious question about their sincerity and capacity to give effective leadership without playing on the emotions of Americans.

Posted by odj4real | Report as abusive
 

When did it become customary in this country to cut short the political process and not allow others to vote and have a voice, this is an old political tool to intimidate and manipulate HRC into stepping aside and handing the nomination to B.Obama, this is not how it works! Everyone gets their vote!

Posted by Terri | Report as abusive
 

Hillary should keep running, why shouldn’t she? That said, however, I think she has destroyed a place on the ticket by the polarizing and divisive tone her campaign has taken. Aside from Obama’s candidacy of change losing credibility as a result, the presidency is difficult enough without having 2 Clintons constantly breathing down one’s neck. In addition, people seem to forget that Republicans despise Clinton so much, that even the ones who may have sat this one out, knowing we need change, would rally to the polls to defeat her.

Be that as it may, Obama himself,insists she should run to June 3, and if one’s opponent has no objection, everyone else should remain silent.

Posted by Carolyn | Report as abusive
 

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