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Sweet: On conference call, superD Sen. Klobuchar says it was "awkward" to stay silent.

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WASHINGTON--Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Mn.), a superdelegate, in throwing her support to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is not asking Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) to quit the race.

"I thinks Sen. Clinton should remain in the race," she said in a conference call on Monday.

Klobuchar--who did not endorse earlier--said she was breaking her silence now because, in the words of her daughter, to stay silent was "awkward Mom, awkward."

Clinton is under pressure to fold for the sake of Democratic unity and to avoid giving presumptive GOP nominee Sen. John McCain (D-Az.) a pass for now.

Clinton "has every right to continue her campaign. ...I don't agree with those who have said things to the contrary," Klobuchar said.

She predicted, this "will come to a conclusion in early summer." She told Obama of her decision two days ago and only asked in return--joking--that the Obamas employ her daughter as a baby sitter when they are in the White House.

Klobuchar did not feel comfortable remaining uncommitted. She was, she joked between "Barack and a hard place."

"My best friends are the women in the Senate."

In backing Obama, she cited the excitement he has generated and the work they have done together in the Senate.

"it was important for me not to remain silent."

She said she did not feel pressured and signaled to the Clinton campaign the way she was leaning.

"Nothing like being in Costco and getting a call from a presidential candidate," she said, not offering which one.

Obama's win in Minnesota was a big factor for her. There was "not a lot of hand wringing on this," she said.

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I question Klobuchar's judgment. It's too early for any super delegate to be committing to anybody.
I also question the judgment of attracting attention to support for Obama from any of the Weathermen jerks who harmed the vietnam veterans' anti-war movement.
Thanks for nothing.

MORE SUPER DELEGATES WILL MAKE THEIR COMMITTMENTS KNOWN, IT'S LIKE
DANCING AT A PARTY, NO ONE LIKES TO GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR FIRST!
TODAY IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT 28 MILLION PEOPLE ARE ON FOOD STAMPS,
IF MCCAIN GETS IN OFFICE, YOU CAN DOUBLE THAT FIGURE, GAS IS HIGH
WE ARE IN A RECESSION REGARDLESS OF WHAT BUSH AND CHENEY SAY, THESE GUYS ARE GETTING RICH OFF THAT HORRIBLE WAR.
CAN YOU SAY KBR, CAN YOU SAY HALLIBURTON.
BARACK OBAMA WILL CANCEL THOSE CONTRACTS REAL FAST, BY ENDING
A WAR THAT SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN FOUGHT ANYWAY!
WAKE UP AMERICA, WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA THE ECONOMY WILL IMPROVE,
AND THOSE NOT WORKING NOW, SOON YOU WILL BE EMPLOYED!

I am uneasy with the fact that Senators Klobuchar and McCaskill both received a lot of money from Emily's List. (Sen.Claire McCaskill recieved from EMILY’s List $518,938 for her election bid in 2006, Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) $357,400 in 2006)

Now let me get this straight: Emily's List purpose is to get female pro-choice candidates into office. So, why are these two women backing Obama?

When Obama even voted to confirm Thomas Roberts to the US Circuit Court in Utah...Griffith is a vehement opponent of Title IX and tried to weaken it.
http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=18100

And, Senator Casey (anti-choice) is endorsing Obama?

This is disturbing at best.

I didn't mean "Thomas Roberts." I meant Obama voted to confirm Thomas Griffith - an opponent of Title IX.

More below:

In 2005 why did Obama vote "yes" on Thomas Griffith for the US Court of Appeals in Utah?

Hillary voted "no."

Senator Leahy was vehemently against Griffith because he practiced law without a license and tried to weaken Title IX.

Read more here:

http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200506/061305b.html

http://www.votesmart.org/issue_keyvo...hp?cs_id=V3535

Feminist.org on Griffith
http://feminist.org/news/newsbyte/us...ry.asp?id=8943
Over 30 women's and civil rights groups joined to get the Senate not to confirm Griffith.

Some of these super delegates are jumping on what they think is the winning side. It's all about what's in it for them. Integrity seems to mean nothing in politics.
Phil,you're dreaming. Obama will do nothing as president. He's just another politician who's in it to win.

GIVE THE MAN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVE YOU WRONG!
YOU DON'T BELIEVE MCCAIN CAN GET IT DONE, DO YOU?
OBAMA PICKED UP ANOTHER SUPER-DELEGATE!
HILLARY IS BROKE AND THAT'S NO JOKE!
HEY HILLARY WHERE ARE THOSE TAX RETURNS!
PAY YOUR BILLS AND GO ON VACATION!

Phil - enough with the all caps, man. It only highlights the fact that your arguments are weak.

You immediately assume that the food stamp numbers will double due to McCain? Why's that?

I honestly don't believe Obama can save the economy. Nor do I think the economy needs saving. It's a cyclical issue. The economy goes up, and it goes down. Happens all the time, man.

Then again, being a political shill, like yourself, means never having to deal with facts.

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