Sunday, December 16, 2007

Des Moines Register Endorses Hillary

Dear Mike,
I wanted to make sure you saw the news. The Des Moines Register, Iowa's largest newspaper, just announced that it is endorsing Hillary for president. Here's what they had to say about Hillary: "The times demand results. We believe as president she'll do what she's always done in her life: Throw herself into the job and work hard. We believe Hillary Rodham Clinton can do great things for our country." With Hillary's strong showing in the last debate, big endorsements like Iowa's Rep. Leonard Boswell, and now this great news, the momentum in Iowa is with Hillary! Excerpts from the Register's endorsement are below. Patti Solis DoyleCampaign ManagerHillary for President P.S. You can help us keep this momentum going by making a contribution today!

Democratic endorsement editorial: Why Clinton The choice, then, comes down to preparedness: Who is best prepared to confront the enormous challenges the nation faces -- from ending the Iraq war to shoring up America’s middle class to confronting global climate change? The job requires a president who not only understands the changes needed to move the country forward but also possesses the discipline and skill to navigate the reality of the resistant Washington power structure to get things done. That candidate is New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. From working for children’s rights as a young lawyer, to meeting with leaders around the world as first lady, to emerging as an effective legislator in her service as a senator, every stage of her life has prepared her for the presidency. That readiness to lead sets her apart from a constellation of possible stars in her party, particularly Barack Obama, who also demonstrates the potential to be a fine president. When Obama speaks before a crowd, he can be more inspirational than Clinton. Yet, with his relative inexperience, it’s hard to feel as confident he could accomplish the daunting agenda that lies ahead. ... Determination to succeed and learning from her mistakes have been hallmarks of Clinton’s life. She grew up in Park Ridge, Ill., graduated from Wellesley College and earned a law degree from Yale. As first lady in Arkansas, she was both strategist and idealist, borne out by her commitment to children and families. As the nation’s first lady, she in essence spent eight years as a diplomat, traveling to more than 80 countries and advocating for human rights. In the Senate, she has earned a reputation as a workhorse who does not seek the limelight. She honed knowledge of defense on the Senate Armed Services Committee. She has proactively served rural and urban New York and worked in the national interest, strengthening the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Clinton is tough. Tested by rough politics and personal trials, she’s demonstrated strength, resolve and resilience. ... Indeed, Obama, her chief rival, inspired our imaginations. But it was Clinton who inspired our confidence. Each time we met, she impressed us with her knowledge and her competence. The times demand results. We believe as president she’ll do what she’s always done in her life: Throw herself into the job and work hard. We believe Hillary Rodham Clinton can do great things for our country. Read more here.

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