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Friday, May 16, 2008

Obama: How He Learned to Win

By MICHAEL WEISSKOPF/CHICAGO

.....It fell to Bill Clinton to deliver the coup de grace. The President broke his policy of staying neutral in primaries and endorsed Rush in a glowing radio spot. When it was over, Rush piled up 61% of the vote, compared with 30% for Obama. He lost the most heavily black wards by more than 4 to 1. The race was called before Obama could even make his way to a would-be victory party at the Ramada Inn in Hyde Park.....

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Here is the ad Bill Clinton made for Bobby Rush in his 2000 race against Barack Obama. The ad doesn't mention Obama, but it was fairly unusual for President Clinton to jump into a primary.



(h/t: Ben Smith)

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