Posted: January 18, 2008 7:26 PM
Vegas Papers Split Their Calls in Democratic Race
While all the presidential candidates seem to be talking about these days is change, Sen. Hillary Clinton appears to be shifting her message to touch on middle class and economic issues, the Washington Post reported.
“In swings across Nevada and California over the past few days, the senator from New York has returned to one of her favorite subjects — the economy — while her advisers have been mounting a fierce behind-the-scenes effort to undercut [Sen. Barack] Obama and lower expectations for Clinton. She did rounds of interviews about the economy, took questions from pastors, traveled to the San Fernando Valley to meet college students and took questions again from voters, concentrating on California, the biggest prize of Super Tuesday on Feb. 5, even as the Nevada caucuses loom this weekend.”
Meanwhile, Obama picked up an endorsement from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada’s biggest newspaper. The editorial focused more on attacking Clinton, rather than supporting, Obama, Editor & Publisher reported.
“As state Democrats prepare to hold their Saturday caucuses, cynical Republicans might well encourage them to choose Sen. Hillary Clinton, figuring her high ‘negatives’ — the unusual number of Americans who tell pollsters they’d never vote for her under any circumstances — would virtually guarantee a GOP victory in the fall,” the editorial reads.
But Clinton did pick up an endorsement from the Las Vegas Sun.
“Clinton has a long and substantial record of leadership fighting on behalf of working Americans and children, and it is this experience and her passion for creating a better country that would serve this nation so well,” their editorial read.
After the Nevada contest, the next Democratic battleground is South Carolina where campaigns for Obama and Clinton are aggressively courting black voters, the New York Times pointed out.
“Across the South, a fierce competition is afoot for black voters, who are expected to constitute 20 percent to 50 percent of voters in the South Carolina Democratic primary on Jan. 26 and in the four Southern states with primaries on Feb. 5: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee.
Whether to support Obama or Clinton has even split one family with multiple superdelegates.
With the Democratic front-runners polling fairly close to one another in Nevada headed into Saturday’s caucuses there, two new national polls show Clinton with a sizable lead over Obama.
If Clinton manages to translate those poll numbers into the Democratic nomination, she ” sorta, kinda, maybe suggested” that she hasn’t ruled out the possibility of asking Obama to be her running mate, The Swamp reported.