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Indiana And Campaign ’08 – They Like Us, They Really (sorta) Like Us

May 3, 2008

Indianapolis Star Endorses Clinton

In this extraordinary election year, Indiana’s Democratic voters have been presented with an extraordinary opportunity: Choose for their party’s presidential nominee between a gifted senator from Illinois who has enthused millions of new voters and an equally talented senator from New York with years of high-level experience. [skip]

Clinton offers a clear-eyed view of the way things are. She offers nuanced positions on how to address the war in Iraq, trade with China and economic expansion. Her depth of knowledge is remarkable.

As impressive as Obama appears, he is still in his first term in the U.S. Senate, and only four years ago was serving as an Illinois state senator. His inexperience in high office is a liability.

Clinton, in contrast, is well prepared for the rigors of the White House. She is tough, experienced and realistic about what can and cannot be accomplished on the world stage.

Clinton regrettably has pandered more to voters, particularly on gas prices, than Obama. Both have taken stands on free trade that give in to protectionism. [skip]

Yet, one thing is clear: The next commander in chief will take office at a time of extraordinary risk for this nation, both at home and abroad. The challenges — including those posed by a sagging economy, rising energy and food costs, the gap in health care, wars in two countries and threats from Iran — are complex.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is the better choice, based on her experience and grasp of major issues, to confront those challenges. She earns The Star’s endorsement in Tuesday’s primary. Continue reading… link

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Star/WTHR Poll: Obama edges Clinton

Sen. Barack Obama holds a narrow lead over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Indiana, with the outcome of the May 6 primary likely in the hands of a large number of undecided voters, according to a new Indianapolis Star-WTHR poll.

The poll showed that Obama — helped in particular by strong backing from black voters — is leading Clinton 41 percent to 38 percent among likely Democratic primary voters. But given the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points, this race is either candidate’s to win or lose.

That’s especially true because 21 percent of the respondents remain unsure of how they’ll vote — a high number of undecided voters for an election less than two weeks away. Continue reading… link

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Indiana campaign stops

Map of towns and cities in Indiana visited by presidential candidates. link

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Indystar.com’s Election ’08 Voter Guide.

See the candidates running in your community, read their answers to The Star’s questions and print out your own guide to take to the polls. link

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Blacks in Indy bemoan lack of candidate visits

Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton have visited dozens of communities as they crisscross the state but have spent little time in Indianapolis’ black neighborhoods.

Obama’s absence, in particular, has been galling to some blacks, community leaders say.

“With 42 percent of the state’s black voting population in Marion County, it does raise some eyebrows,” said Amos Brown, host of the “Afternoons With Amos” show on WTLC-AM (1310).

As of Friday, Brown said Obama’s only appearances in the city have been unannounced visits Sunday to a predominantly white Far-Northside church followed by a walk-through at the Country Kitchen, a black-owned soul food restaurant, and an invitation-only event Wednesday at Garfield Park.

“I just think it would have been nice to have had an event in Indianapolis, not necessarily in a black neighborhood, per se, but where more people could have come to see him,” Brown said. Continue reading… link

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Video that slurs Hoosiers is a hoax

A video showing a longtime supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton using slurs to describe Hoosiers spread through the Web like a virus Friday, triggering a firestorm of protest before the video was finally exposed as a hoax.

It was just the latest example of how the Internet is changing politics.

The video clip, uploaded to the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube and spread via blogs and e-mail, showed former Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor describing Hoosiers using profanity and a racial epithet. Continue reading… link

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Now, go vote on May 6 and make those who have died to protect our rights and freedoms very proud and all who worked so hard to strip them from us, very upset.

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