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Vote 08: Candidates make final push

February 4, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
On the eve of Super Tuesday, the Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama are making one last push for the nomination.The candidates are criss-crossing the country, hitting several states each.

An exclusive Eyewitness News poll conducted by Survey U.S.A. shows Sen. Clinton has a strong lead in California. Fifty-three percent of those interviewed said they would vote for Clinton, with 41 percent supporting Obama.

A new ABC News poll, released Monday morning, shows Clinton and Obama very close on a national level.

As the clock ticks down to Super Tuesday, the race for the White House is heating up. The candidates are making one appearance after the next to drum up votes and so are their supporters.

"The reason I want California to be there for Hillary tomorrow is you know we have always been there for you," said Bill Clinton during a rally Monday.

In Santa Ana, former President Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife and most of those in the room liked what they heard.

"Even though Obama says you need to be right day one and leadership is number one, she has both in spades. And Obama should just wait, eight years down the line is not too much to wait," said Andy Garzon, supporter of Hillary Clinton.

The Clintons continue to push experience in the race.

Obama supporters are quick to point out that experience did not stop Sen. Clinton from voting for the war in Iraq. It's something Obama has always been against.

"He was against the war, he has a better immigration reform package, he's not taking PAC money. If we want power to the people, the people have got to fund a candidate and the people have been funding Obama," said Fernando Chavaria, a Barack Obama supporter.

Over the weekend Obama got another boost from Oprah Winfrey, who rallied supporters at UCLA. Joining her on stage were Michelle Obama, Caroline Kennedy, and California First Lady Maria Shriver. Obama continues to push his message for change.

"I have always been convinced that change in America does not happen from the top down, change happens from the bottom up," said Obama at a rally.

A couple of weeks ago former President Clinton was criticized for what some were calling negative campaigning toward Obama. At his event Monday, Clinton stayed very positive and never mentioned Barack Obama's name during his speech. He focused on his wife's qualities and why she should be the nominee.

 

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