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Obama and Clinton Pulling back from the Brink

Finally cooler heads seem to be prevailing:

At a time when the Democratic candidates have not been showing each other much neighborly goodwill, Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) started it. He called a press conference Monday afternoon in Reno, Nevada, to say kind things about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and her husband Bill.

The Clintons, he said, "have historically and consistently been on the right side of civil rights issues."

Eighty-two minutes later, the Clinton campaign followed suit.

A statement issued in Hillary Clinton's name said, "When it comes to civil rights and our commitment to diversity, when it comes to our heroes -- President John F. Kennedy and Dr. King -- Senator Obama and I are on the same page."

Russell Berman of the Sun has a possible explanation for this possible ceasefire:

The truce declared last night between senators Clinton and Obama over a racial flare-up in the presidential campaign signals that neither candidate wants to eliminate the other as a possible pick for the second spot on the Democratic ticket.

Whatever the motivation, let's hope this is the beginning of a trend that gets us back to debating the real issues of the campaign. We have two good candidates in Obama and Clinton; let's hear them out and then decide which one is best qualified to lead us in November.

I also sincerely hope that Hillary puts a cork in her husband's mouth from here on out. I don't think that Bill Clinton is helping her at all, and in fact I believe his constant presence at the forefront of her campaign is beginning to overshadow her. It may be leading people to rightly ask the question of who is actually going to be the president if she is elected. Bill Clinton was a great president in my view but I still don't want to see a third Clinton term. We need to move forward into the future and not back into the past.

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Comments (4)


I would preface this by saying I honestly hope neither wins the presidency, if they win the primaries.

That having been said, I hope this "truce" does stick. There is no way this could end nicely if things kept up between those two. I may not care for the Democratic Party as it stands right now, but a rift with the potential of this one could really screw that party over. And I think we'd be worse off for it.

Steve Crickmore[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Bill Clinton deriding Obama as a "kid" when he himself became the governor of Arkansas at the tender age of 32 and president of the USA at the age of 46, (Obama is 47 now) is pretty rich. The Clinton campaign better put "big dog" as they call him on a shorter leash or send him on 3 week goodwill ambassador trip to...(you fill in the blanks) preferably with Andrew Young.

Lee Ward:

It's becoming painfully obvious that Young Senator Obama just isn't ready for prime-time politics, and his inability to keep his attack dogs on a reasonable leash is only the tip of the iceberg.

Lee Ward:

I haven't looked closely at SC, but when I sniffed around Nevada last weekend I was beginning to think it could swing to Clinton.

That was before Obama claimed he knew nothing about the attacks being launched in his behalf against Clinton by JJ,Jr, of course.


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