Hillary Clinton campaigns in the Bay Area

February 1, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Four days until Super Tuesday and the Bay Area's become a prime target for the Democrats. Hillary Clinton made two stops in the Bay Area, while Barack Obama sent in a high profile campaign surrogate.

"This is the hardest job in the world. It will be even harder following Bush and Cheney and that is why I am thrilled to have your support," says Clinton.

Clinton was at San Diego State University for a town hall meeting earlier in the day. She later traveled to the Bay Area, making a campaign rally appearance in San Jose.

"Lets set some big goals. Let's make the economy work for every American again. It wasn't so long ago when we had shared prosperity."

Approximately 4,000 people turned for the event in San Jose, which also has a large Latino turnout.

"We have to help the communities like San Jose to get the resources that you deserve to have for law enforcement, health care, and education. You don't set immigration policy. The government has failed to fix the broken program," says Clinton.

Before beginning her speech, Clinton was joined on stage by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Walnut Creek, and United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huertan as well as a number of local South Bay leaders.

Undecided voters

The "Solutions for America" rally was similar to the one held in San Diego earlier on Friday. With just days until Super Tuesday, there are still undecided voters.

"I like some of the things she's saying. I like some of her initiatives, some of the things she's talking about doing, but I want to hear her in person... and give them both a fair shot," says Lynda Jones, a San Jose voter.

Voters did see a different side of the two remaining candidates last night in Hollywood. In their first one on one debate, Senators Clinton and Obama toned down their criticism of each other and focused their attacks on the Republicans.

Support from Latinos

In the South Bay, Clinton is getting the applause of the Latino vote. An influential Latino organization came out today, supporting Clinton for president.

"We endorse Hillary Clinton for president. We believe that she is a person that we need to have in this country to create change... and stay away from status quo," says Victor Garza, chair of La Raza Roundtable de California.

Even though change is Obama's mantra, ABC7's political analyst says Clinton does seem to have the Latino support she needs to carry California.

"The Latinos are going to be somewhere in the range of about 14-percent to maybe 17-percent of the Democratic primary. If they're breaking 2-to-1 for Hillary Clinton, that will make it very hard for Barack Obama to win in California," says Prof. Bruce Cain.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Oprah Winfrey will be campaigning with Caroline Kennedy and Michele Obama in Los Angeles.