To the Contrary

Obama endorsements

Democrats in South Carolina go to the polls Saturday to pick their candidate in this state's presidential primary, one that follows by a week the Republicans' selection of John McCain in that party's primary contest. The Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary took their toll on some second-tier candidates and the two viable candidates remaining on Saturday's ticket are Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York and Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards could do reasonably well in South Carolina Saturday given this is his home state. But Edwards' 2008 campaign lacks the vibrancy of his effort four years ago. ...

In this race that's ultimately about giving the Democratic Party its strongest candidate for the November general election, Barack Obama has emerged as one of the most attractive candidates on the political scene in decades. He has a refreshing lack of political guile and he inspires with his words and with his life's story. ...

Obama's approach to governing would be based on openness, inclusiveness and transparency. That approach would serve our country well.

Ready to lead

The Democratic primary in South Carolina this year offers voters an unusual choice. Earlier votes have winnowed out the most experienced candidates, leaving a field with fewer accomplishments and differences on policy, but including two candidates who come with the promise to make history just because of who they are. ...

Hillary Clinton has been a policy wonk most of her life, a trait she has carried into the U.S. Senate. As her debate performances have shown, she has intelligence and a deep understanding of many issues. Her efforts in New York focused first on learning her adopted state's issues in detail and pursuing legislation that would not necessarily grab headlines.

But we also have a good idea what a Clinton presidency would look like. The restoration of the Clintons to the White House would trigger a new wave of all-out political warfare. ...

Sen. Obama's campaign is an argument for a more unifying style of leadership. In a time of great partisanship, he is careful to talk about winning over independents and even Republicans. ...

Sen. Obama would also have the best chance to repair the damage to America's global reputation. ...

From terrorism and climate change to runaway federal entitlement spending, there are big challenges to be faced. ...

He would be a groundbreaking nominee. More to the point, he makes a solid case that he is ready to lead the whole country. We see Sen. Barack Obama as the best choice in Saturday's Democratic primary.

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