Democratic superdelegate supporting Barack Obama's presidential candidacy, and student at Marquette University in Wisconsin
GOP strategist Ed Rollins raises some important questions about Senator Barack Obama, writing in an earlier blog on this site: Who is Barack Obama ? What does he really believe?
Ed is completely correct that Senator Obama is extremely articulate and extremely ambitious. He is extremely bright. But what Ed doesn’t tell you is just how much Senator Obama cares about this country.
Instead of getting a high-paying job after law school, like his classmates, Senator Obama returned to his home of Chicago and worked as a community organizer. He helped communities struggling in a weakening economy. He helped families who need extra assistance. Sure, he could have been out in the courtroom making millions, but instead he focused on helping people, something he will do as president. That is why he has already proposed the “Making Work Pay” tax credit of up to $500 for American workers, and $1,000 for working families. This will cut taxes for 150 million Americans. Senator Obama is committed to fighting for working class families.
But in case Ed isn’t satisified with knowing that, there are other things that Senator Obama has done during his distinguished career. He has repeatedly brought Democrats and Republicans together to make progress on important issues, like healthcare. Thanks to Senator Obama’s leadership we were able to expand health care coverage for 150,000 families. Thanks to Senator Obama’s leadership we were able to cut taxes for working families by $100 million dollars. And thanks to Senator Obama, Congress enacted the farthest-reaching ethics reform in Washington since Watergate. If that doesn’t tell you that he stands for working families, Ed, then I don’t know what will.
There are some who suggest that he cannot win this nomination and to those I say he already has. Senator Obama is ahead in the pledged delegate count, having putting important new states into play for Democrats like Colorado, North Dakota, Iowa, and Montana. He is narrowing his gap in terms of superdelegate endorsements, showing that leaders and party activists in Washington and around the country support his judgment and character.
This latest round of polling shows that Senator Obama is maintaining—if not improving—his position against Senator Clinton. Sure, she has done well in large states like California and New York, but those are states that are going to go Democratic in November regardless of who the nominee is. Senator Obama meanwhile is showing strength in America’s heartland and in other places where Democrats haven’t competed in years.
The race for the nomination is tight, as is the general election matchup, and the fact that Senator Obama is holding his ground while coming under attack shows just what a durable and competitive nominee he’ll be. Senator Obama has repeatedly denounced the remarks of Reverend Wright and has vehemently stated that those comments stand in direct opposition to everything he believes in and has spent his life fighting for. Certainly the remarks by Reverend Wright make for great television, but they don’t speak for Senator Obama. The media may continue to focus on these controversial comments – but I don’t think the American people will be distracted by them. I think we have already seen Senator Obama’s lead grow in national polls since this remarks and I think it is a sign that he is someone who is committed to moving beyond this racial divide and moving this country forward.
So, I guess Ed, I hope that helps answer your question about who Senator Obama is. He is someone who came from nothing, who gave his life to making this country a better place, and he is going to be the next President of the United States.
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