Hillary Clinton Gets Her First Major Endorsement In New Hampshire
by robliberal, Tue Dec 05, 2006 at 11:55:38 AM EST
Veteran New Hampshire political operative Rep. Jim Splaine, state represenative of Portsmoth and Newington, strongly endorsed a Hillary Clinton candidacy in his NH Insider blog today. Splaine, sponsor of New Hampshire's First In The Nation primary legislation, has been involved in the presidential campaigns of a number of candidates over the years including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Bobby Kennedy, George McGovern, Sargent Shriver, Ted Kennedy, Walter Mondale, Jessie Jackson, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Howard Dean.
I have been involved in one way or another in every presidential primary campaign since 1960, when I was a little pup. Sometimes I've been more up front, others sometimes more on the back seat, but I've always had my "preference" and did some work helping him out. "Him" is the accurate operative word, because it happens to always have been one of those. Let's see if I can remember: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Bobby Kennedy, George McGovern, Sargent Shriver, Ted Kennedy, Walter Mondale, Jessie Jackson, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Howard Dean, although I waited until almost the final week before our primary in 2004 because I was looking closely at Wesley Clark, John Kerry, and John Edwards. Tough choices there. . But if Hillary Clinton runs in 2008, I'm for her. When I first met this incredible woman in 1991, after she spoke I told her SHE should be the candidate for President. It wasn't an intentional slight at her husband. But after hearing her speak and answer a barrage of questions, it was clear to me that she was in her league. . She laughed at my comment. I don't think she will next time we meet. . No, Hillary Clinton isn't perfect. But she is a perfect fit for what we need in 2008: someone who can lead us on important issues like health care, national security, and economic stability. Sure, she's made mistakes - - like supporting the Iraq War. But she like many other Democratic Senators and Congresspeople were lied to about Weapons Of Mass Destruction. Fool her once, shame on them. She won't be fooled again. . In the United States Senate, Hillary Clinton has shown a passion and a vision that should impress anyone. Take a look at her WEBSITE: http://clinton.senat.... I've checked it often. She's all there. . So while I have seldom supported a candidate this early -- part of my passion in preserving the New Hampshire First-In-The-Nation Presidential Primary all these years is my appreciation for the process that allows us to see candidates close-up and personal -- I do think that Hillary Clinton has the known qualities our nation needs. . There are other great potential candidates for 2008, some of whom I've seen and been impressed with. . Nationally and statewide, Democrats are rich in that we have a strong bench of excellent potential candidates for higher office-in-waiting. Compared with just a few years ago, we should all be happy dancing penguins right now. . But in my view, Hillary Clinton should be our President. In all my time seeing potential Presidents close up -- including a few of both parties who made it -- Hillary Clinton is in a league of her own now. . For Democrats in 2008, Hillary Clinton can win. For the American people, she can lead.