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Obama Needs Jews, Hispanics To Win Florida


Barack Obama said Saturday that he takes Hillary Clinton at her word. That she intended no offense by her remark about the assassination of Robert Kennedy.

Also, a new poll out Saturday suggests Obama would face a tough fight if he's the nominee this fall.

The Newsweek survey shows Obama tied with John McCain overall, but running well behind among white voters.

For Obama, reaching out to voters who've been cool to him so far is a top priority, as CBS News Correspondent Priya David reports.


As senator Barack Obama moves within striking distance of winning the Democratic nomination, today in Puerto Rico he focused not on senator Hillary Clinton, but on his Republican presidential rival.

"I don't understand how John McCain could side with George Bush," the candidate said at a rally in Puerto Rico Saturday May 24, 2008.

Senator Hillary Clinton is heavily favored in the American territory's June 1st contest. But she's still unlikely to overcome Obama's delegate lead. So in recent weeks Obama's been aggressively pursuing her core supporters. Those are voters he'll need come the general election.

"Senator Clinton has shattered myths and broken barriers," Obama said.

He's wooing her brigade of women and blue collar workers. And re-introducing himself to Jewish voters. And he's making inroads into Florida's Republican leaning Cuban American community.

"It's time to let Cuban Americans see their mothers and fathers," Obama said.

"He can't win the general election without winning Florida, and he cant win Florida without winning the Jewish vote and a substantial stake in the Cuban vote," Political Analyst Michael Fauntroy, with George Mason University, told David.

The key, according to Fauntroy, is keeping Clinton close. But Clinton's comments yesterday as to why she's still in the race, in which she referenced the assassination of presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, could ice over her already chilly relationship with the Obama camp. Politico's Gebe Martinez says the pair must come together if the democrats are to win over swing voters -- especially Latinos.

"He needs to have Hillary Clinton, not necessarily as a VP nominee, but as a key surrogate in the Hispanic community," Martinez told CBS News.

For now, Barack Obama is making the pitch on his own.

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