After publicly saying I would not vote for Hillary Clinton I ended up voting for her in the California Democratic Party Primary.
The reasons why were:
- my mother told me to
- I was reminded by my mother of Barack’s comments at the January 3rd New Hampshire debate about how he would unilaterally attack Pakistan if they did not agree with the U.S.
- I was also reminded by my mother about Barack’s snide comment to Hillary, “You’re likable enough.”
- Hillary in my opinion is more experienced, more intelligent, and more prepared to lead
- though Bill Clinton is unethical many past Presidents have had to deal with unsavory relatives, admittedly not their spouses
I also voted no on all the propositions.
No on Proposition 91 because the Yes group asked everyone to vote No.
No on Proposition 92 because though in theory it sounds like a good idea, I suspect changing the term limits currently in effect is not for term limits but rather to help the current politicians stay in office longer.
No on Proposition 93 because I am not convinced community colleges should have separate funding and guaranteed increases with no oversight especially in the wake of cuts to K-12 funding.
No on Proposition 94 through 97 because I don’t believe we expand gambling in California and have casinos that are larger than the ones in Las Vegas. Gambling is a tax on the poor and does not help the state’s economy.
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Obama Calls for Military Shift in U.S. Focus on Terrorism
By JEFF ZELENY
Published: August 2, 2007
Senator Barack Obama said that the United States should shift its military focus away from the Iraq war to a broader fight against Islamic extremism.
Mr. Obama, an Illinois Democrat who is seeking his party’s presidential nomination, said he would order strikes on Al Qaeda targets and withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid if the Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, did not blunt a resurging Taliban presence in the country’s tribal areas. This, he said, is the “right battlefield” to make the United States safer.
“If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act,” Mr. Obama said, “we will.”
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At Debate, Two Rivals Go After Defiant Clinton
By PATRICK HEALY and JEFF ZELENY
Published: January 6, 2008
John Edwards and Senator Barack Obama attacked Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as never before.
In the second half of the debate, which was sponsored by ABC News and Facebook, Mrs. Clinton was asked to explain why voters found her less likable than some of her rivals.
“Well, that hurts my feelings, but I’ll try to go on,” she said in a soft voice, her smile widening. “He’s very likable, I agree with that. But I don’t think I’m that bad.”
Looking her way, Mr. Obama deadpanned, “You’re likable enough.”