Clinton stages late San Francisco campaign stop
ahead of Super Tuesday election
Latest Poll: Obama, Clinton in virtual tie in
Senator Hillary Clinton continued efforts Friday at the Orpheum
Theater in San Francisco
to help stave off a loss to Senator Barack Obama in delegate-rich
before the Super Tuesday primary election.
Photos by John
By Laura Dudnick
February 2, 2008
Supporters of presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton rocked out
to Tom Petty's "American Girl" not long before the Democratic
senator plunked on stage Friday tonight at San Francisco's Orpheum
Clinton addressed a crowd of about 2,300 people, mostly women,
at her latest campaign stop. Her supporters cheered wildly when
she called the role of U.S. president "the hardest job in
the world ... even harder following (President) Bush and (Vice
President Dick) Cheney."
Clinton said, "I can make those tough decisions. I can lead
from that very first day."
U.S. soldiers in Iraq would return home immediately, and their
needs, "both visible and invisible," would be met, Clinton
There were some mixed reactions on this topic.
"As a mother of five, I don't think Hillary would send my
boys off to war," said Janice Linver, of Alameda.
But another supporter, San Mateo resident Leslie Rosenberg, said
she is skeptical of Clinton's promise to take care of war veterans
and that Clinton's guarantee to do so "concerns me."
Rosenberg said for more than 40 years she does not believe there
has been adequate attention spent on veterans, even when Hillary
Clinton's husband was president for eight years.
Rosenberg still supports the New York senator, saying she is
thrilled with how Clinton has encouraged the country's women.
"As a woman, when I was in high school, I had to petition
to be able to take physics and calculus," Rosenberg said.
"(Clinton) is a woman who has dedicated her entire adult
life to trail blaze opportunities for every woman in this country."
Two Bay Area mayors, San Francisco's Gavin Newsom and Oakland's
Ron Dellums, came out to support Clinton at the historical theater.
"I am honored to be standing here with the person who will
go down in history as the greatest president of our time,"
Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums
The campaign stop was Clinton's third public appearance Friday
in California and her second in the Bay Area before Tuesday's
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has reportedly trailed Clinton
by double digits in recent California polls. One poll taken by
public opinion research company Rasmussen Reports on Tuesday showed
Clinton's lead down to 3 percent, at 43 percent to 40 percent.
Poll released today, however, shows Clinton and Obama in a
virtual tie in delegate-rich California.
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