Democrats: ‘We’re electable’

The Democratic presidential contenders appealed to party leaders for support on Friday, with Barack Obama touting his ability to attract new voters and John Edwards promising to reclaim Washington from special interests.

Barely a month before Iowa kicks off the state-by-state battle to pick candidates in the November 2008 general election, the Democratic contenders emphasized their ability to beat the Republicans and win the White House.

“I will eat him alive,” Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden said of Republican front-runner Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, in a speech to about 400 Democratic National Committee members and hundreds of other activists gathered in a northern Virginia hotel ballroom.

Front-runner Hillary Clinton, who leads national polls but is in a tight three-way race in Iowa with Obama and Edwards, canceled her afternoon speech after news of a hostage-taking at one of her New Hampshire campaign offices.

But five other contenders appeared at the meeting, and during a rousing morning session Obama touted his ability to draw Republicans and independents to his presidential campaign and said he could compete in states where Democrats have lost badly in past elections.

“I’m attracting more independents and Republicans to our cause than anyone else in this campaign,” said Obama, an Illinois senator. “I don’t want to pit red America against blue America. I want to be the president of the United States of America.”

He returned fire at Clinton’s campaign for criticizing his health care plan. Before the hostage incident, Clinton officials demanded he take down an advertisement touting his plan’s universal coverage because they said under it about 15 million Americans would remain without health insurance.


Obama’s campaign refused to stop airing the ad and said Clinton, a senator from New York, was lashing out because she was losing ground to Obama in some polls.

“If you can’t afford health insurance right now, you will be able to afford it when I’m president,” Obama said. “Anybody who tells you otherwise is scoring political points.”

He made reference to the bitter partisan battles during the administration of former President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton’s husband.

“I don’t want to spend 2008 refighting the same fights that we had in the 1990s,” he said.

Edwards, a former North Carolina senator, told the Democratic crowd that special interests had built a wall around Washington and Democrats had helped them build it. He said he was the candidate who could knock it down.

“You have a choice in this election,” he said. “Do you want someone who is going to pretend that wall around Washington isn’t there … or do you want someone who is going to lead with conviction and tell you the truth and have a little backbone?”

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson took a shot at the Democratic-controlled Congress, saying they needed to do a better job of accomplishing Democratic priorities.

“We’re slipping into a recession. There are millions of Americans who are worried about keeping their jobs, their homes, their pensions and their quality of life, and we can’t even reject an attorney general who refuses to condemn torture,” he said.

“If we expect to win the presidency, hold on to the country and change the Congress, we’re going to have to do a lot better than that,” he said.

Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich also said he could win the White House, adding he had attended a morning prayer breakfast to assure everyone “I have a prayer.”


  1. Sandra Price

    We are back to1964 again with the Democrats promising free stuff to all Americans and the GOP running on a more efficient government and limiting the authority over Americans. Well the Democrats won and were we better off? I don’t think so! We simply quit trying to make our lives better and we stood in line for welfare checks.

    The problem in 2008 is we have only one candidate running on a more efficient government and America is used to their handouts and only a very few will back him. The Democrats have not changed their agenda and with the reduction of American workers, and the outsourcing of our manufacturing companies, we do not have the ability to pay for all the goodies the Clinton/Obama lists contain.

    Until we can get our overseas corporations to return home and employ our American workers, we are doomed. We have no working Republican Party at this time as they have become global workers for the world. Watching all the debates on my television made me nearly suicidal with the false promises coming from some of the most despicable creatures on both sides of the aisle. Who the hell do they think we are to believe the crap they hand out?

    The only advantage to voting for any Democrat for president would be to send the religious right running home. This group of holy rollers has taken us into a religious war that we cannot win. Many Americans are questioning the slaughter of so many Americans and Muslims just for oil. We can see through this Bush Administration and his using religion to inspire American terrorism against Islam that has turned into abusing the American people’s freedoms.

    Only a very sick mind could have pulled this war off. It has exposed the evil of the GOP more clearly than any action in American history. One snap of Bush’s finger turned his political party into a group of terrorists looking for world power.

    It is time we took our nation back and return our laws protecting our citizens from the government which is basis for our U.S. Constitution. No matter who planned and executed 9/11, we were totally unprepared. We had no one other than President Bush to lead us; as our own Congress melted under this attack. It was a plan made in the bowels of hell. Bush has acted like a cancer in our American body and he must not be allowed to take us into another war.