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Sweet: Obama downplays Clinton attacks. Says primary is like "training camp."


EN ROUTE SAN ANTONIO--Aboard his campaign plane--and with wife Michelle beside him--Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he does not expect the results from Tuesday's balloting in four states, including the giant Ohio and Texas to clinch the nomination for him or Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.)

"It is very, very tight," he said, downplaying expectations.

"We started 20 points behind in Texas and Ohio. We've closed the gap. But, you know, whether it's going to be enough to actually win is going to depend on what the turnout looks like in both states. We know that there's not going to be a huge shift in delegates, one way or the other, just given the math, which means that, you know, either way we'll go on to Mississippi and Wyoming next week."

"...What my head tells me is that we have a very sizable delegate lead that is going to be hard to overcome...
When we were winning those 11 races in a row, the theory was they had to blow us out in Texas and Ohio and I don't think that is going to happen. But look, she is a tenacious and determined candidate and so, you know, we're just going to make sure that we work as hard as we can as long as it takes."

Obama spoke flying from Houston to San Antonio.


What this headline should have read was this. What would you and all the other press members have said if Obama had lost 11 straight victories. And then if he stayed in the race and went on to what was suppose to be his firewalls and was down by atleast 20 points and that was cut down to virtually neck and neck and she was ahead in delegates and there was no way that he could ever catch up. What would the headlines have been. I only have to imagine those headlines because no one is brave enough to write them. It is funny though no one ever thought to write that story. I know why because the press is so sweat on him.

She is in this race now because she is helping out her friend John McCain. She wants to be able to say if I would have won the nominee that I would have beat John McCain. This lady does not care about the American citizens. This is all about power and ego for her. And her campaign has been a mess and totally disorganized since day one and that is exactly how her white house would be.

you haven't seen nothing yet....

Training camp. You're a senator, sir. You have an obligation to discuss this stuff that, had we KNOWN it, could have meant Kucinich and Edwards may have faced off WITH Hilary, not you. Why should HIlary release her tax records, when you don't come clean on Rezko, don't come clean on earmarks (will we see 'clean coal', or coal gassification or nukes in there?) or, apparently on NAFTA promises. Shame on you, sir.

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Lynn Sweet is a columnist and the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times.

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