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Sweet: At Clinton press conference with Valerie Plame, Joe Wilson and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. UPDATE-11,000 pages of first lady skeds to be released.


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PHILADELPHIA, PA.--UPDATES--1. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) said the National Archives will be releasing possibly on Wednesday11,000 pages of schedules from her days as first lady.

2. She addressed the speech on race and his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) made here Tuesday morning. She said, "I did not have a chance to see or to read yet Sen. Obama’s speech, but I’m very glad that he gave it. It’s an important topic," she said. "Issues of race and gender in America have been complicated throughout our history, and they have been complicated in this primary campaign. There have been detours and pitfalls along the way."

"It is totally unfair," said former Amb. Joe Wilson, to characterize President Bush's war as "Hillary Clinton's war.'

I am in the glorious mayoral conference room in the Philadelphia City Hall. An interesting line-up just came out with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), in the city of Brotherly Love the same day as rival Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) The Obama campaign has accused Clinton of embellishing her foreign policy experience.

Here to testify to the contrary is former CIA agent Valerie Plame, of Plamegate fame; her husband, former Amb. Joe Wilson and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. Plame and Wilson--he disputed the Bush claim of WMD want to bolster Clinton's creditionals as commander-in-chief.

The Pennsylvania primary is April 22.

Clinton is speaking flanked by six U.S. flags. Obama was flanked by eight flags when he delivered a speech earlier Tuesday at The Constitution Center here about race and his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.


Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame are partisan Democrat hacks that play the victim role. John Kerry fired him from his campaign for lying but, Sen Schumer picked him up dusted him off and stood with him at a press conference in Campaign 06 to use him to bash President Bush. Valerie Plame was not a covert CIA agent and no law was broken which even Patrick Fitzgerald said when he indicted Scooter Libby for perjury to salvage his reputation as a special prosecutor run amok.
All Wilson and Plame want is their 15 minutes of fame hoping to get a Democrat elected to get back in the political game.

As usual, Obama gets a live broadcast to help him with damage control over the Wright affair, while Clinton gets a 15 second soundbite when addressing the Iraq War or the economy. Even with that disproportionate allocation, the only time she's usually quoted at all is when she's saying something about Barack Obama. The entire political news cycle is set up around this candidate, a political novice with little grasp of the issues who nevertheless is lauded as "brilliant" every time he utters a sound. Is he brilliant because he knows how to read a teleprompter? Clinton outlined her plan for dealing comprehensively with an Iraq withdrawal yesterday and also spoke pointedly about the foreclosure/sub-prime crisis at a news conference. But if not for CSPAN, you would have missed it. For an article I've posted on what's going on behind the scenes in this election, in particular how folks like Karl Rove are manipulating the Democratic primaries, click on my screen name.

This is a powerful statement from a woman and her husband for whom I have profound respect---and I'm not just talking about Bill and Hilary. Obama KEEPS VOTING for funding the war in Iraq. How can he say he's against this war?

I admire Plame and Wilson so much. True patriots, both of them.
Clinton discusses the issues (and moves up in the polls) and politicians and pundits say she needs to drop out of the race. Obama does damage control (and, IMO, a pretty pathetic attempt at damage control) and he's "brilliant" and "inspirational." Like Jerry White said above, "Is he brilliant because he knows how to read a teleprompter?"


The comment above about unfair balance of media coverage is true- that Hilary is being dissed by the media.
Many of her supporters do see this and realize there is no real news anymore. There is just unfair coverage and biased reporting.
If there is ANYTHING they can slant towards Obama it happens. If they can slant anything against Hillary even if it is untrue or just gossip - that is what happens.
I thank everyone who comes forward to support this brave competent woman who has braved so many assults on her but keeps on fighting courageously.
Her supporters will not just fall in line behind whoever is foisted upon us by unfair tactics - ignoring MI and FL and too the strong arm tactic caucuses in Texas.
We are fighters too and that is the reason we love Hillary so much. It will be impossible for us to submit to the DNC cruelties.
The Republicans will win in a landslide.

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