The Washington Times - March 12, 2008, 12:56AM
Sen. Barack Obama
It’s tough to think of two states more different than Wyoming and Mississippi.\ \ But we won Wyoming on Saturday, and we just learned that we won Mississippi by a large margin tonight.\ \ Between those two states, we picked up enough delegates to erase the gains by Senator Clinton last Tuesday and add to our substantial lead in earned delegates. And in doing so we showed the strength and breadth of this movement.\ \ But just turn on the news and you’ll see that Senator Clinton continues to run an expensive, negative campaign against us. Each day her campaign launches a new set of desperate attacks.\ \ They’re not just attacking me; they’re attacking you.\ \ Over the weekend, an aide to Senator Clinton attempted to diminish the overwhelming number of contests we’ve won by referring to places we’ve prevailed as “boutique” states and our supporters as the “latte-sipping crowd.”\ \ I’m not sure how those terms apply to Mississippi and Wyoming — or Virginia, Iowa, Louisiana, or Idaho for that matter.\ \ I know that our victories in all of these states demonstrate a rejection of this kind of petty, divisive campaigning.\ \ But the fact remains that Senator Clinton’s campaign will continue to attack us using the same old Washington playbook. And now that John McCain is the Republican nominee, we are forced to campaign on two fronts.\ \ It’s up to you to fight back. Please make a donation of $25 today:\ \ https://donate.barackobama.com/math\ \ Thank you,\ \ Barack
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BILOXI, Miss. — Sen. Barack Obama scored another double-digit victory over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in a Southern state last night, winning Mississippi’s primary as the candidates traded political shots and signaled that the bitterness between them will continue for weeks.\ \ The win was 59 percent to Mrs. Clinton’s 39 percent with 92 percent of precincts reporting. Based on the incomplete results, it appeared Mr. Obama would win 18 delegates to Mrs. Clinton’s 12, helping the senator from Illinois strengthen his delegate advantage over the former first lady, but putting neither Democrat much closer to securing the party’s nomination.\ \ Both candidates were already looking ahead, spending the day campaigning in Pennsylvania before that state’s April 22 primary and sparring over remarks that Clinton supporter Geraldine Ferraro made about Mr. Obama’s race — the latest episode in which surrogates for the candidates caused controversy.\ \ “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position,” Mrs. Ferraro, the 1984 vice-presidential nominee and women’s rights icon, told the Daily Breeze newspaper in California.\ \ “If he was a woman [of any color], he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”\ \ The Obama campaign called the remarks “completely out of line,” and Mrs. Clinton of New York told reporters that she disagreed with them. Mrs. Ferraro herself told Fox News that she does not consider the remarks racist and was “sorry” if others felt they were.\ \ “I am absolutely offended by the e-mails, the phone calls and all the threats I have been getting. It’s really terrible, and it’s come out of the Obama campaign,” she said.\ \ She also suggested yesterday, “They’re attacking me because I’m white.”
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Ferraro (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that because of his “radical” views, “if Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn’t be in the race.”
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Diners, Drive-Ins and DivesJazzeppi’sChristina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times