The Washington Times - March 11, 2008, 10:12AM
Sen. Barack Obama
JACKSON, Miss. — Sen. Barack Obama yesterday charged that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is trying to “hoodwink” voters by calling him inexperienced and questioning his qualifications to be commander in chief, while hinting they might share a ticket.\ \ \ “If I’m not ready, how is it that you think I should be such a great vice president?” Mr. Obama said, to resounding response from the packed auditorium he spoke to in Columbus, Miss.\ \ \ Democratic voters here head to the polls today to choose between the two, and although some say they would salivate with such a “dream ticket,” they also shouted agreement when Mr. Obama thundered against Mrs. Clinton.\ \ \ “You all know the okidoke,” he said. “They are trying to hoodwink you. You can’t say that he is not ready on Day One, unless he is willing to be your vice president, then he is ready on Day One.”\ \ \ Speculation of a joint ticket has circulated for more than a week, especially since the former first lady told voters in this state Friday they might have the opportunity to vote for them together.\ \ \ “I’ve had people say, ‘Well I wish I could vote for both of you.’ Well, that might be possible some day,” she said.\ \ \ The remarks were replayed all weekend, becoming fodder for Sunday political talk shows.\ \ \ Voters who had lined up since 2 p.m. for the 7:15 Obama rally here loved the idea.
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“I was a little worried about it in Iowa because the attacks on her were so personal coming out of their campaign.”
big endorsementChristina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times