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Spin Control archive for Feb. 8, 2008

FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2008

Michelle Obama: He's ready

The question isn't if Barack Obama is ready, Michelle Obama said. "The question is if we're ready," she said.Change happens from the bottom up, she said."It is not just about getting someone new sitting in the Oval Office," she said. "We've had that."Michelle Obama said…

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The Obama family tree

Michelle Obama noted that her husband's mom was an 18-year white woman when Barack Obama was born."Now you know she was a dreamer," she said.She noted that her husband's family history, including his Kansan grandparents and the other side of his family, who are from…

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Applause line

Big applause line:"I will remember coming to spokane, driving down the streets and seeing there's a lot of work to be done here."She might have meant infrastructure, the crowd probably was thinking of snow removal

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Cheney trust fund

Michelle Obama said the cost of college has become too high."We just paid off our educational debt three years ago," Obama said. "I'm still waiting for Barack's trust fund."She joked that she thought that maybe he had one since it was recently revealed that he…

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No Child Left Behind

Michelle Obama talked about her parents, who sent two kids to Princeton.Most folks are like her parents: "They don't want much," she said.But they want to be able to make a decent living and they want they're kids to have access to quality schools, she…

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'I'm going to make it happen'

Hillary Clinton explains her health care plan:Open up the Congressional Health plan to let people who don't have insurance or don't like their insurance get coverage."If it's good enough for Congress, it's good enough for the American people."Regulate insurance companies differently, get rid of exclusions…

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Notes from the stump speech

Clips from the stump speech that get a hand:"This election's going to be between more of the same and a new path."Blasts McCain for saying the nation could have troops in Iraq for 100 years.Calls for creating new jobs with "clean energy," and a "Strategic…

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Marr warms up Fox

State Sen. Chris Marr pointed to his election in 2006 to a seat that had been dominated by Republicans that change already is happening in Spokane.He said he endorsed Obama more than a year ago because "he emodied the politics of possiblity, not the politics…

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Hillary Clinton arrives

To the strains of "Takin' Care of Business" accompanied by Rep. Jay Inslee and Sen. Maria Cantwell.Inslee points out he used to represent part of Eastern Washington, and wants to get something off his chest. Not ready to elect a woman president? he asks. It…

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Did somebody say change?

In case no one's been paying attention to the 2008 presidential race, Michelle Obama will be standing in front of a banner that says "Change we can believe in." The word change is bigger than the Fox theater lettering in front.And the word "change" is…

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Marr will warm up Obama supporters

Gov. Chris Gregoire, the most recent high-profile Obama endorser, warmed up today's Seattle crowd for Barrack Obama.In Spokane, state Sen. Chris Marr will get the honors for the Michelle Obama rally.AFTER THE FACT UPDATE: Marr actually introduced state Sen. Lisa Brown, who welcomed Obama to…

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Clinton running late

Clinton is now set to arrive about 3:30 or 3:45 p.m. Organizers at the center are encouraging people to move around and relax. They are playing music, including "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees, "Takin' Care of Business" and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by…

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Last person enters community center

Organizers stopped letting people in the community center at 2:15 p.m. The last person in was Joanne Bailey, a part-time nurse and retired teacher. "I just feel very fortunate," she said.Bailey waited outside for one hour and 45 minutes. "I thought that would be plenty…

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Overflow location is Girl Scout office

The overflow location is the Girl Scouts office at 1404 N. Ash St., about three blocks from the West Central Community Center. Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams says the community center has a capacity of 675 people. “There’s more out there than that,” Williams said.…

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Verner won't endorse (at least not yet)

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner plans to attend today's rally with Michelle Obama, but that shouldn't be seen as an endorsement, said city spokeswoman Marlene Feist.Verner received invitations from the Clinton and Obama campaigns to attend their Friday afternoon events, Feist said. Michelle Obama's event fit…

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Gregoire backs Obama

Gov. Chris Gregoire held her endorsement cards close to the vest as long as possible, but this morning was time to show 'em.She's endorsing Barack Obama for president while both Democratic presidential candidates are in the state campaigning.More than just a boost before Saturday's caucuses,…

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