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Former President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama talked by phone Monday morning, the Obama campaign and a Clinton spokesman said.
Clinton said he is prepared to campaign for Obama after the hard-fought primary campaign between Obama and Hillary Clinton, the Obama campaign said...
Obama "had a terrific conversation with President Clinton and is honored to have his support in this campaign," said campaign spokesman Bill Burton.
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Detroit Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick has never lost an election. In fact, she's never received less than 78% of the vote. But that was before her son, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, was indicted for perjury; for lying about an alleged sexual affair with his chief of staff, and about whether he fired a police officer in an act of political retaliation. The evidence against him includes some very graphic text messages.
In Democratic Detroit, the primary is the only contest that really counts. Last time up, Rep. Kilpatrick coasted: this time she has two opponents, one of whom has already produced a savage ad that uses an old defense of her son against her. Despite the filial baggage, Kilpatrick is still expected to win the August primary, but as she herself acknowledged in an interview with CSPAN this weekend, her son's troubles haven't helped.
A bit of good news for Congresswoman Kilpatrick, her son's trial isn't set to start until late September, well after the primary. The Mayor, for the record, maintains his innocence.
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This just in...former President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama plan to FINALLY talk TODAY and discuss Clinton's role in the election...what will Bill's role be? The two have been playing phone tag, and there was lots of speculation when Bill did NOT show up at Friday's "unity" event in New Hampshire....Candy Crowley will hopefully have some insight...
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