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Clinton campaigns for Obama in Colorado

Steven K. Paulson
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., waves before she speaks during an appearance to promote the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in the east Denver suburb of Aurora, Colo., on Friday, Oct. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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AURORA, Colo. ” Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton asked her supporters to get out and campaign for former rival Barack Obama with the same fervor they showed for her campaign, telling them Friday that electing GOP presidential candidate John McCain was unacceptable.

“We need to do everything necessary to make sure Barack Obama is the next president of the United States of America. …Work as hard for Barack as you worked for me,” Clinton said at an evening outdoor rally.

Clinton said the goal now is for Democrats to get the nation back on the right track after the party picked Obama to be their candidate in August at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

“We left Denver united as a party, determined we would do all we could to make the case for change,” she said.

Clinton said if Obama is elected, he will face major challenges including a major economic crisis, echoing statements made by his running mate, Joe Biden.

“This is not going to be easy. We’re asking the next president of the United States entering the Oval Office to face difficult challenges we haven’t had in a generation, at least,” she said.

“America will rise from the ashes of the Bushes if we have the leadership Barack Obama will provide,” she said.

Obama himself plans campaign stops in Denver and Fort Collins on Sunday.

Clinton’s visit came just hours after McCain campaigned in Denver, telling supporters if Obama is elected along with a Democratic Congress, the middle class is “going to be put through the wringer.”

Clinton said Obama is offering a tax cut to 95 percent of working families. She said Obama will also stabilize the financial system, provide relief to families and communities, and put the country on the path to energy independence.

Peg Young, a retired nurse from Boulder, said she supported Obama from the beginning of the campaign, but she believes Clinton is sincere in throwing her support to Obama because she believes the alternative is unacceptable.

“It’s just so apparent that she’s for Obama,” Young said.


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