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WASHINGTON--Barack Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe is sending out a call Monday for supporters to be on the alert for, and to report, anything they see that can be construed as a negative hit from chief rival Hillary Clinton. New Hillary Clinton Obama site. LINK

" We're asking all of you to be vigilant and notify us immediately of any attacks from Senator Clinton or her supporters as soon as you see them so that we can respond with the truth swiftly and forcefully," Plouffe writes.

"This attacks could be phone calls, literature drops, blog posts mail pieces as well as radio and TV ads. Some could even be anonymous or designed to be. Please email us at hillaryattacks@barackobama.com the moment you see something that concerns you."

The Obama campaign created a new website to chronicle these attacks from Clinton (the Clinton camp would use a word other than attacks) called...Hillaryattacks.

The Clinton campaign earlier created its own FactHub site for "reality checks."

From Plouffe.....

New Hillary Attacks website: http://hillaryattacks.barackobama.com/

Post on the Obama campaign blog from campaign manager David Plouffe below.

Hillary Attacks

By David Plouffe - Dec 3rd, 2007 at 7:39 am EST

Saturday night, the Des Moines Register came out with a poll that shows Barack Obama has pulled ahead of the Democratic frontrunner and is now leading in Iowa.

The poll also showed that by a wide margin, Iowans believe that Senator Clinton is running the most negative campaign in this race.

Yesterday we found out why.

Less than twelve hours after that poll came out, the Clinton campaign launched a series of baseless attacks against Senator Obama. Panicked by the poll numbers, they even attacked Barack for telling his kindergarten teacher what he wanted to be when he grew up.

I wish I were joking.

The American people find these kinds of attacks tiring and unproductive, but today Senator Clinton promised that this was just the beginning, saying that attacking other Democrats is "the fun part" of campaigning for the presidency.

We disagree. Barack Obama believes that this presidential campaign isn't about attacking people for fun, it's about solving people's problems, like ending this war and creating a universal health care system. Washington insiders might think throwing mud is fun, but the America people are looking for a President who can unite this country around a common purpose, and that's the kind of leadership Barack will continue to offer in this campaign.

But we need your help.

Today we're launching a website that will keep track of all the attacks Senator Clinton has launched since she said she wasn't interested in attacking other Democrats at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on November 10th. We're asking all of you to be vigilant and notify us immediately of any attacks from Senator Clinton or her supporters as soon as you see them so that we can respond with the truth swiftly and forcefully.

This attacks could be phone calls, literature drops, blog posts mail pieces as well as radio and TV ads. Some could even be anonymous or designed to be. Please email us at hillaryattacks@barackobama.com the moment you see something that concerns you.

Senator Clinton has said her idea of fun is to attack Barack each day from here on out, and that's why we need you to help us stop those attacks and make sure that Barack can continue to talk with voters and caucus-goers about the struggles they face and their hope for America.

The post can be found on our blog at: LINK


2 Comments

You know, I like Obama. He's stylish, urbane, witty and intelligent. He is a privilege child. Oh, I would say that many would disagree with my statement - but the fact is Obama managed to avoid the necessity of being black in America. He was able to skip out on qualities such as perseverance, determination, a belief of principle, and the art of living that principle. He took as much discrimination as my neighbor who is white. He is an intellectual African American who lived in an elite world, the ivory tower or upper middle class. That is what concerns me.

Although I regret to say, I did not walk with Dr. King in Selma. I walked in Berwyn and Cicero, the cities just outside of Chi-Town (Chicago), amongst white hostiles who reviled us and pelted us with dung and urine. I saw the hearts of bigots and racists, and I know that our nation is still populated with such ideology.

I was young, and a teacher trying to teach in the inner city with history books whose final copyright was 1933. History ended with Hoover on the South Side of the city. We mimeographed pages that brought current events to our students. Earlier, I worked in the school during the race riots, and often dodged a bullet either from a white man or black man. I walked through a city with military presence and smelt the burning of human flesh, or the shrieks of drunk men – both black and white – among the background of guns and flaming wine bottles.

At that time, Obama was a pubescent adolescent in Hawaii, Kenya and Indonesia - raised predominately white - with a father who only knew acceptance for the color of his skin. Obama doesn't recognize the hate of discrimination - he's never had to face it - thus he rationalizes and theorizes upon it. We all have felt discriminated at times in our lives, all of us whether we are black, white, red, yellow, or brown. Obama is the product of what we wanted to see – urbane, cultured, intelligent and savvy – oddly enough he benefited from the gift of our determination. Yet he resides in his ivory tower, and rarely ventures far from his world of acceptance.

Obama is not a brave man, usually ambitious people aren't. When criticizes he runs toward others - Like Oprah, or Bill Cosby, or even Sen. Durbin. In his speeches I hear the words of a great man, Sen Paul Douglas, a big man with even a bigger heart, snowy hair with twinkling blue eyes that saw beneath the sham and the tawdry and moved this country together - not apart – and stood in Congress and shamed the members for their bias and discrimination. Oddly enough, I hear too much of Paul Douglas's words issued out of Obama’s mouth, and not enough of Obama words - Obama does that - lifts the words of hope off of other people and shifts it a bit and sends it out into the crowd who wolf it up. Yet the bare facts - it is not his words - it is plagiarized. More than that – it is deceitful because it is not the real heart of Obama. The real heart of Obama is an ambitious intellectual. Therein is his flaw.

I think of Obama sitting in the Oval office, and it is not nice. He has not been tempered by life’s challenges, he has been indulged by life’s benefits. To me, a man, or woman, must have tempered steel that forms his backbone. Obama’s backbone is made of plastic.

What Senator Clinton reported about Obama's votes in Illinois is true. Many of us were very disappointed by his 'present' votes on issues regarding women's lives. His excuse about strategy and protecting senator's ability to be re-elected just don't seem right. When he takes a pass on women's lives it is not a joke and the fact that Obama's campaign folks want to make it one speaks to his character. Many of us believe he has let us down. It seems during his IL Senate tenure he did vote to prepare for his senate and president runs.

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