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01/21/06 - East Texas

Hillary or Obama for East Texas Voters?

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) are currently the top contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) are currently the top contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

by Larry Little

Hillary Clinton wants to be the next President of the United States, and it's creating a buzz in East Texas.

"I'm not in favor of it. I don't think we are ready for her and her politics. I have no problem with a female being president, but we are not ready for her," says Farrar Bentley.

"I'm pleased that she is running. I'm glad," says Jane Childress. Childress says who opposes Hillary in 2008 would determine if she would vote for the former first lady.

The opposition Jane is talking about is another 2008 presidential hopeful, Barack Obama.

"I like him very much also. In a primary, if it were between Hillary and Barack Obama, I would probably vote for Barack Obama because Hillary is so divisive," says Childress.

"I don't know anything about him, yet. I'm willing to listen," says Bentley.

If Clinton or Obama won, it would be the first time a black person or a female held the high office, but some folks in East Texas say, when they decide who should lead the country, race or gender will not be the qualities considered in their decision.

"I don't think it makes a difference what color somebody is," says Childress.

"Somebody with integrity - a President Ford kind of person - somebody that's got a lot of integrity, that's what we need," says Bentley.

A poll in Sunday's Washington Post shows Hillary is ahead of Obama 41% to 17%.  

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