Hillary campaigns in CA, AZ, NJ, drawing big crowds, tons of support

A couple of days ahead of the SC vote, Hillary Clinton did a whirlwind of visits to Feb. 5 states, drawing packed houses, tons of support.  She seems clearly energized.  Here a bit of a potpourri what has been going on with Hillary over the last few days:

1. Clinton draws huge crowds in Arizona


Tucson, Arizona | Published: 01.23.2008

LAVEEN -- Hillary Clinton took the stage here Tuesday night, rallying a crowd of thousands with promises to bolster the economy, pull troops out of Iraq, and end Washington corruption if elected president.

In what was a brief campaign stop, the Democratic presidential candidate addressed an estimated 2,500 people in an auditorium at Cesar Chavez High School in this community just southwest of Phoenix. But thousands -- 10,000, the campaign estimated -- lined up outside and were turned away due to space constraints.

That is huge turnout for Clinton, anyway one looks at it.  Her message clearly resonates out west.

Saying the Bush administration has taken "a detour from our destiny," Clinton said she wants us to "get back to acting like Americans again." The New York senator promised investments in alternative energy and a "pay-as-you-go" policy on federal spending.
"On day one, we're going to tackle globe warming," Clinton said. "We can do it and create jobs and give our children a future they can count on."
Clinton said as president she would work for every American, "not just the wealthy," pointing to the mortgage crisis and trouble in the stock market as proof of what she called failed Bush administration policies.
Clinton also repeated her goal of offering Americans the same health-care plan that members of Congress receive.
"This is not government-run health care," she said. "At the end of the day, I figure if it's good enough for Congress, it's good enough for the American people."

You know, that is substantive talk, and very convincing.  The word HOPE does not appear here, but it is all over these substantive comments rather than a concept for its own sake.

2. Clinton with commanding lead in Arizona

http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/p resident/articles/0123elect-poll0123.htm l

On the Democratic side, Clinton claimed 45 percent of the voters polled, putting her well ahead of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, who drew just 24 percent. Obama gained little ground since the last poll, even after winning the endorsement of Gov. Janet Napolitano.
Merrill said one reason McCain and Clinton have built such a wide lead in Arizona is because they have attracted a broader base of support among voters, while other candidates seemed to appeal to narrower constituencies.

3. Clinton takes her campaign to NJ

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/01 /hillary_clinton_campaigns_in_n.html

VIDEO of the energetic appearance:

http://videos.nj.com/star-ledger/2008/01 /hillary_clinton_visits_bergen.html

Hillary Clinton arrived to a roaring welcome at two campaign rallies in New Jersey tonight, urging voters to back her as the presidential candidate who will "set some big goals for our country."

"New Jersey, on February 5, make it clear we are going to take our country back," Clinton told the crowd at the first rally in Hackensack. "We have to have leadership again that believes in America."

About 1,000 people filled the Bergen Tech high school gym, and another 800 spilled over into the school auditorium to watch Clinton on a live feed. After finishing the rally on the Bergen County Academies campus, Clinton arrived at a rally for Latino voters at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, where 1,000 supporters packed the ballroom and another 200 watched on video screens.

The candidate walked onto the stage at 8:25 p.m. to chants of "Hill-ar-y! Hill-ar-y! Hill-ar-y!" Clinton spoke for about 25 minutes, then lingered for another 10 minutes shaking hands.

Earlier today, Clinton was in Philadelphia, where Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell endorsed her candidacy at a midday news conference in city hall. Rendell is a former mayor of Philadelphia.

4. Quinnipiac New Jersey poll

http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1299.xml?Rele aseID=1135

Among Democratic likely primary voters, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton leads Illinois Sen. Barack Obama 49 - 32 percent, with 10 percent for former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards.
Sen. Obama leads among black Democratic likely primary voters 62 - 27 percent, while Sen. Clinton leads among whites 54 - 23 percent. Clinton also leads 54 - 28 percent among women and 44 - 36 percent among men.

Although Sen. Obama has picked up some strength in New Jersey, Sen. Clinton appears to be maintaining the sizable lead she needs for a Super Tuesday string of victories in her Northeast strongholds," Richards added.

NJ and AZ appear to be going for Clinton big-time.  I don't see how Obama cuts into Clinton's lead here.  In the case of NJ it looks as if Obama's 62 to 27 share of the AA vote is already at high levels that are more likely to come down in favor of Clinton rather than increasing, IMO.  

5. Clinton in California to pick up United Farm Worker's endorsement

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/story.p hp?sid=65103&storySection=Top+Storie s

SALINAS -- Sen. Hillary Clinton basked in the glory of her newly won United Farm Workers endorsement Tuesday, choosing to celebrate the moment in the city that's home to some of the labor union's most profound battles.

"We'll solve the problems facing agriculture," she told a noisy crowd of more than 2,000 at Hartnell Community College, many wearing red shirts emblazoned with the union's Aztec eagle and hoisting Spanish-language campaign signs.

The New York senator was not only thousands of miles from South Carolina, where the night before she had engaged in a testy televised debate with Democratic rival Barack Obama, but was far removed from the prior day's wrangle over legislative records and campaign ethics.

Instead, standing in the gym that's home court to the Hartnell Panthers, Clinton evoked an almost populist message. She pledged universal health care, new jobs for the middle class and greater access to education.

"We know that the economy is beginning to slide into recession," Clinton said, commiserating with the crowd over the rising cost of health care, energy and mortgages.

Her nearly 45-minute message, which focused largely on economic issues ripe for a city hit as hard as any by the downturn, struck a balance between hope and policy details.

also see:

http://blogs.reuters.com/trail08/2008/01 /23/united-farm-workers-say-viva-hillary /

http://www.mercurynews.com/nationworld/c i_8052093?nclick_check=1

The link above is from an article titled: "Clinton slams Bush for economic policies"

NO chance whatsoever to see that headline from an Obama campaign appearance.  NONE.  EVER.  That, in a nutshell, is the biggest difference between Obama and Clinton.

6. Roundup of latest polls

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/ 2008/latestpolls/index.html

In addition to the aforementioned large Clinton leads in Arizona and New Jersey, these following polls have come through since Sunday:


LA Times - Clinton +9%

Rasmussen - Clinton +12%


SC: Zogby - Obama +15%

FL: Miami Herald/St. Pete Times -  Clinton +19%

CA: Field poll -  Clinton +12%

NY: Quinnipiac - Clinton +26%

FL: Survey USA - Clinton +33%

NY: Zogby - Clinton +21%

NY: Siena - Clinton +25%

Alabama: Press Register - Clinton +3%

CT: Hartford Courant -  Clinton +14%

Tags: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards (all tags)



Re: Hillary campaigns in CA, AZ, NJ,

Thanks for the diary. I can't wait until she all but wraps this things up on Super Tuesday. Go Hillary!

by Christopher Lib 2008-01-24 06:12AM | 0 recs
This makes me proud to be a Californian...

I'm just so excited that our state, along with all the other states voting on Feb. 5, will be the states that help put Hillary over the top! Hill truly is the real deal. She doesn't just talk about "hope" and "change" as if they're abstract concepts, but she really gives us hope with a clear agenda of change that she's willing to work with us to make it happen. We have an economy in peril, a war to end, a climate in crisis, and a broken health care system... We need a President who's ready to work with us to bring about the real change we need.

That's why I'm excited to see Hillary win on Feb. 5! :-)

by atdleft 2008-01-24 06:26AM | 0 recs
Re: This makes me proud to be a Californian...

We are counting on you tireless people to bring a big victory home for Hillary in CA.  If the turnout is such that Obama's support can be kept below 30%, that would be a crusher.  

by georgep 2008-01-24 07:58AM | 0 recs
Don't worry, george...

Ever since the campaign office opened here in Orange County this week, I've been visiting and making calls. And between now and the 5th, I will be going to Hillary's office EVERY DAY to make calls and do whatever I can to ensure Hill wins BIG here.

Btw, my dad and I already mailed in our absentee ballots about 10 days ago... Our votes can already be counted for Hillary! ;-)

by atdleft 2008-01-24 09:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary campaigns drawing big crowds

I'm glad you diaried this georgep. I was going to do it, but your diary is much better than what I could have produced. Fantastic work!

by lonnette33 2008-01-24 06:22AM | 0 recs
Gosh, I just love that suit.

I wish I knew the designer.

by masslib1 2008-01-24 06:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Gosh, I just love that suit.

hee hee. I was thinking the same thing. Hill's been looking gorgeous here lately. The color of the suit really shows off her blue eyes. If you find out who the designer is masslib, let me know.

by lonnette33 2008-01-24 08:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Gosh, I just love that suit.

You shallow b*tch!  :)  

Hillary is such a beautiful woman.  

by FilbertSF 2008-01-24 10:51AM | 0 recs
You are already on HillHub!

by masslib1 2008-01-24 07:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Will be the Star of FEB 5

I agree.  I don't see less than 18 of the states go for Clinton.  I am optimistic about TN and also Alabama.  If what we have seen so far (post-Iowa) the women vote turnout will be above poll expectations pretty much across the board.  

by georgep 2008-01-24 08:00AM | 0 recs

A couple of potentially important endorsements she picked up today:

Ohio Lt. Governor Lee Fisher endorses Clinton for president

http://www.wtol.com/Global/story.asp?S=7 762512

Connecticut Attorney General Blumenthal Backs Hillary

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/c onnecticut/ny-bc-ct--clinton-blumentha01 24jan24,0,7128576.story

by georgep 2008-01-24 08:45AM | 0 recs
Re: She's a ROCK STAR

Nah, thqat's her husband's job.

by spirowasright 2008-01-24 11:08AM | 0 recs
Clemson University SC Dem Primary Poll

A new Clemson University SC survey has the race as follows:

27 Obama
20 Clinton
17 Edwards
36 Undecided

Note: respondents were chosen for the samply in they voted at least on the past four DEM primaries.

http://www.clemson.edu/newsroom/articles /2008/january/Summary_CU_Palmetto_Poll.p df

by lonnette33 2008-01-24 12:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Clemson University SC Dem Primary Poll

Although, I must say that I hate polls.

by lonnette33 2008-01-24 12:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Clemson University SC Dem Primary Poll

Wow.  This has the feel of NH all over again.  This is going to be tighter than many people may think.

by georgep 2008-01-24 01:02PM | 0 recs


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