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The survey of 1,004 adults was conducted Aug. 1-4 and has a margin of error of three percentage points.

Cultural moment

Bill Clinton made a plea yesterday for a new emphasis on monogamy as a key element in the battle against AIDS. The former U.S. president, not noted for his ability to keep his own marriage vows, said it was very important to change people’s attitudes to sex,” said Britain’s Independent newspaper Wednesday.

“In an interview with the BBC, recorded in Africa, Clinton told his interviewer that increasing support for monogamy was not just a problem for the continent worst hit by AIDS, but for the world.”

“‘To pretend we can ever get hold of this without dealing with that — the idea of unprotected sexual relations with unlimited numbers of partners — I think would be naive,’ Mr. Clinton said.”

Shalom — or not

Sen. John McCain’s flirtation with Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia as a possible vice presidential running mate is “wildly out of step” with the Jewish community at large, according to Ira Forman, executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council.

“Cantor is clearly from the right of the right wing of the Republican Party. If McCain thinks that Cantor will help him with the Jewish community because he’s Jewish, McCain is sorely mistaken. In summary, Cantor is an unknown in the Jewish community, but the more the community gets to know him, the less of him it will like,” Mr. Forman noted at the Huffington Post, where he has penned the top 10 reasons why Mr. Cantor is not a contender for vice president.

Hillary catharsis

Well, they just won’t give up. A group of women who insist that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is still a contender in the White House race plan to stage a parade in Denver for the New York lawmaker outside the Democratic convention.

Will there be floats, a marching band? The mind reels.

Colorado Women Count/Women Vote will stage its extravaganza Aug. 26, the second day of the convention, when Mrs. Clinton is rumored to be given a prime-time speaking slot. The date is also the 88th anniversary of female suffrage in the U.S. The group said it would “press home its demand for Clinton supporters to have a chance to vote for her on the first ballot with Obama,” according to Agence France-Presse.

Other pro-Clinton groups such as PUMA (Party Unity My [backside]) claim that she could still win the nomination if enough Obama delegates can be persuaded to switch sides at the Denver convention, and are lobbying to that end.

“That is not going to happen,” Mrs. Clinton insisted to a group of rabid female supporters recently.

She appeared, the press account said, “to back the efforts to get her name on the first ballot as a cathartic exercise for the sake of Democratic unity.”

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