The presidential campaigns today are scrambling to register Pennsylvania Democrats over the next few hours before tonight’s deadline, and worked through the holiday weekend to add thousands of new voters to the state’s total.\
The campaigns have until midnight to register new Democrats — or to convince Republicans and Independents to become Democrats — and volunteers for each were out in full force to drive up the numbers.\
“Even if you’re going out to bars, grab a few extra clipboards,” and register more voters, Sasha, a coordinator for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton told volunteers in Philadelphia Saturday night. “Hit the pavement for another hour and make sure we get every last Hillary Clinton supporter.”\
Sen. Barack Obama’s supporters had their own stack of clipboards and registration forms Saturday, cruising Philadelphia’s South Street as residents shopped and ate lunch in the bustling neighborhood.
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CHICAGO, IL — The Clinton campaign claimed today that Senator Clinton “misspoke” when she described a supposedly harrowing landing in Tuzla, Bosnia as First Lady in 1996 — despite the fact that the claim appeared in her prepared remarks. The Tuzla story, now thoroughly debunked, joins a growing list of instances in which Senator Clinton has exaggerated her role in foreign and domestic policymaking.\
On the campaign trail, Clinton has frequently touted her role in “helping to pass” the Family and Medical Leave Act, claimed to be “a critic of NAFTA from the very beginning,” and says she played a leadership role in the passage of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. All of these claims have been disproved, raising questions about Senator Clinton’s willingness to misrepresent her experience for political gain.\
“Senator Clinton said that a planned welcoming ceremony was cancelled because they needed to avoid sniper fire, but news footage shows that she was met by a small child who read her a poem. Contrary to the latest spin from the Clinton campaign, when you make a false claim that’s in your prepared remarks, it’s not misspeaking, it’s misleading, and it’s part of a troubling pattern of Senator Clinton inflating her foreign policy experience,” said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor.\
Clinton’s account of the Bosnia landing, repeated most recently in a speech on March 17, earned four Pinocchios from the Washington Post’s Fact Checker, and has been discounted by several other accounts, both in the press and by the comedian Sinbad, who accompanied her on the supposedly death-defying trip.
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— Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times