Clinton, Obama making last 'super' push

February 4, 2008 4:24:36 AM PST
T-minus-24 hours and counting. With just one day to go before millions of Democratic voters go to the polls on Tuesday in 22 different states from Alaska to Alabama, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will make one last mad dash for votes on Monday. Clinton will hit three states: two safe, one a bit more unstable. Clinton is campaigning in Connecticut and New York, where she holds sizeable leads in the polls.

But the New York senator is also making two stops in Massachusetts -- where a win could be in jeopardy. With the recent endorsement of Barack Obama by longtime Massachusetts icon Sen. Ted Kennedy and many other influential Kennedy family members, Clinton may be less popular than she once was in Worchester and Boston.

Obama, meantime, is boldly entering the lion's den.

The Illinois senator will hold a rally today at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., -- right next door to Giants stadium and just across the river from Clinton's home state.

Obama advisors are hoping that even if he does not win New Jersey outright, he will be able to collect some delegates there, because the state -- like many Super Tuesday states -- does not have a "winner-take-all" prize. Instead delegates are awarded proportionately, by congressional district.

He, too, will will take the fight to Connecticut and Boston today -- but with Sen. Kennedy at his side.

Ever since his win in South Carolina, Obama has been making the argument to voters that he would be a vote for the future, not for the past.

"I can offer a clear and clean break from the failed policies of George W. Bush. I won't have to explain my votes in the past," Obama said Sunday in Delaware.

Clinton, meantime, has been making her closing argument from California to New York with an uplifting message, devoid of many attacks on her one remaining rival. In recent days she has taken to whipping through her stump speech, repeating a catch phrase about "the America she sees" in the future.

"I see an America where the tax code works for everyone again," she said in Minneapolis on Sunday. "I see an America where everyone has quality affordable health care, where every single person is part of a universal health care system, no exceptions, no excuses."

Clinton's husband has also been pushing a positive image across the country, hoping that reinforcing the message that his wife has made change throughout her life will persuade voters to come her way. Gone is the combative Bill Clinton of South Carolina. This former President Clinton is subdued, calm and focused.

On Sunday, Bill Clinton watched the Superbowl with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. No word on what they talked about privately over chips and dip, but many are wondering if an endorsement might be coming.

The former President will spend the day today traveling throughout California -- from Santa Ana to Sacramento, Stockton to San Francisco.

Clinton's campaign is hoping to hold onto the Golden State on Tuesday?the largest cache of delegates up for grabs. She has consistently held the lead in California polls, but recent polls have shows Obama making gains.

And Obama has had powerful surrogates in California, too.

On Sunday, Oprah Winfrey returned to the campaign trail for Obama in Los Angeles -- and she brought some friends. She was joined by Michelle Obama, Stevie Wonder and Maria Shriver, wife of California's governor and another Kennedy family name.

In an exclusive interview with Good Morning America, Michelle Obama said they were focused on California for a reason.

"We wanted to do a big event here in California because it's a big state. We think we can do well here," she said. "We could have held this event anywhere. but California was critical to us because we think that we can do well."

Both campaigns are looking for female voters in these remaining hours.

Clinton's final day of campaigning before Super Tuesday will culminate with a virtual townhall meeting in New York, where she will be taking questions from viewers across the county. Her campaign has purchased one hour of time on the Hallmark Channel -- appealing to women viewers. Voters in 22 cities will participate in the townhall forum.