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Thursday, February 14, 2008

 

ah, my vote matters! http://blogs.jsonline.com/allpoliticswatch/archive/2008/02/14/the-rundown-flurry-of-candidates-mixes-with-more-snow.aspx

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, February 14, 2008 permalink View blog reactions
Having spent 9 years in Texas, I am unused to the idea that my vote will actually count for much. But now that I live in Wisconsin, which votes next Tuesday, it seems that my vote has real power - practically every candidate running for President is here this week:

With less than a week to go before Wisconsin's primary on Tuesday, candidates from both parties were on the ground Wednesday. The Republican field made its first stop in Wisconsin, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee asking a crowd in Waukesha to help boost his bid for the presidency and saying he would maintain the party's core principles in a way front-runner John McCain, a U.S. senator from Arizona, could not. For his part, McCain will campaign in Wisconsin on Friday.

Meanwhile, Democratic U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois visited Janesville, Waukesha and Racine, talking about inequality in the global economy and his plan to address it. In Racine, Obama's campaign pumped some dollars into the local economy, the Racine Journal Times reports, although some local African-American political leaders were upset about being left out of planning for the event. His Democratic opponent, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, was campaigning in Texas and will come to Wisconsin this weekend, although she's running an ad to push Obama to debate her here.


Now, if only Marshfield was closer to the beaten track. Would be nice if the candidates tried going north on I-39 for a change. It's not like they couldn't fly in and out of CWA, and hit Wausau and Stevens Point at least. Or maybe do the Green Bay to Eau Claire circuit.

UPDATE: Obama hears, Obama delivers!

Democrat Barak Obama will hold a rally at UW-Eau Claire's Zorn Arena Saturday, his campaign announced. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Obama has three rallies scheduled for tomorrow. For the Milwaukee rally, at the Midwest Airlines Center, doors open at 8:30 a.m. He has stops later Friday in Oshkosh and Green Bay.


You know, Stevens Point is on the way from Green Bay to Eau Claire...

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