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I can only speak for myself, not other contributors to this blog, on this issu.
When I got today’s paper and saw the story about Clinton doing an event in Sunland Park, NM, which is an easy drive from here (about half an hour/45 minutes?–many people commute to work there) at the same time McCain has his event in Mesilla Plaza, I was really steamed. Bad enough she glowed about Obama after the last debate…now she shows up as a direct counter to a McCain event!
Then, I went to the website of the Las Cruces Sun-News and got MORE information…apparently, the Obama team is doing a double punch, much like last weekend’s efforts with Biden, Richardson and the start of early voting at sites around the area. (See my post on On the Ground in NM: Biden/Richardson/Endorsement Punch Hits So. NM; Big Early Voting Turnout; BREAKING: McCain May Be Here on Saturday (UPDATE 1X–McCain CONFIRMED for Sat. Rally, S. NM) ).
So, now we see Hillary Clinton actually working in TANDEM with Obama here in NM…
As far as I’m concerned, there are no more excuses about her actions. If she had simply spoken for down-ticket candidates and not GLOWED for Obama in direct terms, I may have lived with it. But, her actions over the last week, culminating in this support for Obama in my own backyard while he is in Albuquerque the same day…frankly, it makes me feel pretty cynical at this point about her.
Here is the text of the website report up today (accompanied by a bad photo of McCain for some reason):
Presidential campaigns focus on New MexicoArticle Launched: 10/23/2008 12:28:01 AM MDT
For more information on municipal, county, state and national elections, visit Election 2008.
LAS CRUCES — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s southern New Mexico rally will be held in Sunland Park, the Barack Obama campaign has announced.
Also, further details are available about Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s scheduled visit to Mesilla on Saturday.
According to the Obama campaign, Clinton will host an event at Elena Memorial Plaza, 101 Meadow Vista Blvd., in Sunland Park.
Gates open at 1 p.m., and the program begins at 2:30 p.m.
Admission is free, and no tickets are required. Still, the Obama campaign is encouraging attendees to RSVP at http://www.barackobama.com.
According to the McCain campaign, tickets will be required to attend, but won’t guarantee entry into the event.
Tickets are available on a first-come basis at four locations, including the Las Cruces McCain office and the Doña Ana County Republican Party headquarters. They’ll be distributed at those two offices today through Saturday.
Gates to event, set for the Mesilla plaza, open at 2 p.m., and the program begins at 3:30 p.m.
In addition to McCain and Clinton, Obama plans a visit to Albuquerque on Saturday.
Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden was in Mesilla last week, and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin paid a visit to Roswell on Sunday.
Note: The paper’s story on the Palin visit had the wrong address for McCain headquarters as I reported previously.