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Democratic Candidates Back On Campaign Trail Following Debate

April 17, 2008

The Prime Minister of Great Britain met Thursday with the next President of
the United States, whoever that will be.

Gordon Brown sat down for 45-minutes with each candidate this morning, one of whom will be an important ally in coming years.

Wednesday night, after 7 weeks of trading charges in the media, the two
Democratic rivals tried to narrow it down, debating face-to-face, now with
only 5 days to go before the Pennsylvania Primary. It was supposed to be an
all-important confrontation.

Whether it figures dramatically into the final outcome remains to be seen because in substance - there was little new revealed about the candidates.

"Last night we set a new record. It took 45-minutes before we talked about a
single issue that matters to the American people," said Barack Obama.

One certainty emerged, neither embraced the other as a running mate. Their silence said it all.

With Senator Obama growing stronger in all polls, Senator Clinton attacked
the frontrunner whereever he was vulnerable, over his comments about the
bitterness of small town voters; about his membership in a controversial
Chicago church; and about his relationship with a former 60's radical.

"You take one person's statement, if it's not properly phrased, and you
just beat it to death. And that's what Senator Clinton's been doing over the
last four days," said Obama.

Back out on the campaign trail Thursday at a conference focusing on families
Senator Clinton, flanked by her own mother and daughter, made no mention
of Senator Obama, the debate, or the primaries leaving politics to her
daughter Chelsea:

"I need to have a president who understands that my children not only need
a good grandmother, but need a strong leader," said Chelsea Clinton.

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