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Edwards asks Obama to focus on Poverty Issue / Obama hopes for an Endorsement

from The Washington Post “The Trail” post: Obama Praises Edwards, Hopes for His Backing

By Alec MacGillis
DENVER — Barack Obama showered John Edwards with praise today at the outset of a huge rally here, saying his former rival for the Democratic nomination’s “campaign may have ended, but his cause lives on for those who believe we can achieve one America.”

“John has spent a lifetime fighting to give a voice to the voiceless and hope for the struggling,” Obama told a crowd of 9,000 gathered inside the University of Denver basketball arena, with several thousands more gathered in overflow areas elsewhere on the campus. “At a time when our politics is too focused on who’s up and who’s down he’s consistently made us focus on who matters — the New Orleans child without a home, the West Virginia miner without a job, the families who live in that other America that is not seen or heard or talked about in Washington. John and Elizabeth Edwards believe deeply that two Americans can become one.”

Not surprisingly, Obama made no mention the criticisms he has leveled at Edwards over the course of the campaign — most notably, his charge that Edwards came to his liberal presidential campaign platform only after voting differently on a slew of issues in the Senate, from Iraq to bankruptcy reform to the Patriot Act. Obama is hoping to win Edwards’s endorsement, banking on the overlap in their anti-establishment message and critique of Hillary Clinton. But Edwards has so far signaled that he will be making no immediate endorsement.

Obama campaign officials say Edwards called twice in the past day — first, last night, to say that he was considering leaving the race and to encourage Obama to speak more about Edwards’ favorite topic, poverty. He then called Obama again this morning to confirm his departure.

Obama officials say their emphasis now is not just on winning Edwards’ backing but on winning over supporters, both prominent and rank and file, who were behind the former North Carolina senator. They dispute the suggestion that Edwards’ departure will help Clinton in southern states where white men who were leaning toward Edwards will now swing toward Clinton; Obama officials note that Obama did nearly as well as Clinton among white men in the South Carolina primary, according to the exit polls.

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Congratulations President Obama and VP Biden!

Let me be the first to congratulate President elect Barack Obama and Vice President elect Senator Joseph Biden. Since it is January 4th 2008 tonight, some of you might be a bit sceptical. But just remember, you heard it here first. But with Obama’s solid finish in Iowa, and his outstanding victory speech, that has set him up to only pick up steam in New Hampshire. I will narrowly win New Hampshire, and with the question of electibility quickly fading, he will get the democratic nomination, as Hillary fades away from inevitability to missed opportunity. She has become representative of the old guard of Washington, in spite of being a woman, and Obama has become the candidate of change and hope. Few would have anticipated this some months back, when nearly everyone agreed “Obama is Presidential material. Just not YET.”

As for the republicans, well, Giuliani is out, and Mitt is going to fade fast. Fred Thompson was strongest before he announced he was running. That leaves Huc and McCain to fight it out. Huc will be seen as too extreme in some ways and too liberal in others. McCain will as well, and like it or not his age will be an issue. But Huc won’t stand up to the scrutiny, leaving McCain to get the nomination with Huc as VP for some fresh juice, and leaving 20 other republican leaders wishing they had run.

So McCain and Obama will be an interesting match up, but McCain (with Romney as VP) just won’t be able to compete with the swelling of grass roots support and impassioned backing of Obama. He’ll be the President, with VP Gore backing him up for experience. Oh, wait, Gore’s been there done that. And Hillary wouldn’t stoop to such a low office. Bill Clinton? Um, no that’s not really common practice, the big P to VP. Joe Biden is the voice of experience and is the democrats’ answer to McCain. Bill Richardson? Just not quite popular enough, or in spite of all his experience, not quite perceived as seasoned enough. Edwards? He already ran as VP once. Strange for him to do it again. Obama and Wesley Clark? Hmm. Tempting, but not enough deep political experience on the ticket. It’s gotta be Biden.

So, on January 4th 2008, I’d like to be the first to congratulate Obama and Biden for their victory and for becoming the next President and Vice President of the United States.

Page topic: Predicting Barack Obama will win the nonimation, will choose Senator Joseph Biden as vp, and they will win the election. Congratulations President Obama!

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