Clinton Jabs Obama in California
From CBS News' Fernando Suarez:
LOS ANGELES -- During her final rally in California before Super Tuesday Hillary Clinton knocked Barack Obama on health care.
Repeating the phrase "In the America I see" Clinton took a jab at Obama, without naming him, saying, "In the America I see we will finally have universal health care."
"We will not leave anyone out because in the America I see it is no longer acceptable to tell somebody that the only health care they can get is through the emergency door, that there is no room for them because they can't pay for what they need," said Clinton to the predominantly Hispanic crowd of around 5,000 at Cal State University.
Clinton added, "This is a fight worth having. My opponent will not commit to universal health care. I do not believe we should nominate any Democrat who will not proudly, stand here today, tomorrow and the next day and say 'Universal health care is the goal!'"
She began her speech by referencing the work of Robert F. Kennedy, which was interesting as just minutes before she spoke, the Obama campaign announced RFK's widow, Ethel Kennedy, endorsed Barack Obama. Clinton said RFK brought, "not just the promise of hope but the promise of help" and added she was "very proud" that his campaign engendered passion and excitement.
On the day after her campaign released a TV ad featuring RFK's son Robert F. Kennedy Jr, she said. "I was so honored when Bobby Kennedy, Jr. and Caesar Chavez's grandson decided they not only wanted to support me but they wanted to speak out and make clear that what we need today is what Bobby's father, Caesar's grandfather knew had to be part of the promise of change. That is we need a doer, we need a fighter and we need a champion again to get up everyday in the White House to make sure the people of our country are in charge, who are taken care of!"
Clinton wasn't alone at the rally as she was joined on stage both by politicians like the mayor of Los Angeles and the mayor of Oakland and celebrity supporters like Sally Field, Ted Danson, America Ferrera and Magic Johnson.
One of Clinton's most recent endorsers, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., took the microphone and the opportunity to slam Obama and his campaign theme of "hope."
"I didn't learn about hope yesterday, I've had hope my whole life. It's not hope that we need, its help!" said Waters.
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