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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Which Clinton do the Voters Support?

As the start of the primary elections for Democrats become ever so much closer, the influence of popular former President William Jefferson Clinton continues to be strong.

His wife, Senator Hillary Clinton (NY) although leading the Polls nationwide by large double digits margins is now facing a tough battle with Senator Barack Obama (Illinois) and former Vice-President candidate John Edwards in the Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries. The primaries in these three states precede the Super Tuesday primary date of February 5, 2008 when close to half of the states will hold their primary election.

The candidates all realize they must do well in the primaries of the first several states or their campaigns will lose momentum when voters tune into politics as the primary election day becomes closer in their state.

The twisted logic of the Political Parties to push all the primaries to an earlier date in order to have a nominee determined sooner has created an incredible long campaign calendar with insane levels of funds being spent by each candidate. It is entirely possible several Democratic Presidential candidates will spend over 50 million prior to the Iowa caucuses to be held on January 3, 2008. All of this shows why serious discussion leading to public funded elections must occur prior to the 2012 election.

The closeness of the first three primaries has prompted Senator Clinton to ask her husband to stump for her in these states. His popularity is envied by every politician so at first glance, this seems like a good idea for him to campaign for his wife. Hillary continues to be burdened with poll results showing fifty per cent of the voters do not like or trust her.

Senator Clinton is banking on her husband's popularity and political skills to help her get elected. However as voters go to the caucuses or enter the polling booth, they will know the constitution prohibits Bill Clinton from running for President again. As much as many Democrats would like to have Bill Clinton in the White House again, they will realize Hillary is not him.

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