Just before the election on Super Tuesday, Senator Hillary Clinton was accompanied by Congresswoman Maxine Waters to the Inglewood home of Tony Wafford, local HIV/AIDS, community leader and activist, for an informal conversation about many of the issues that face members of our community.
The intimate, hour-long visit by the former first lady afforded Wafford, his wife, children and a few personal friends an opportunity to share their views, converse with the potential, democratic presidential nominee on a variety of topics, and listen to the vision that Clinton has established to succeed George Bush as president of the United States.
For the few that were allowed to witness the exchange between Clinton, Wafford, and his guests, an image of Clinton emerged that can only be observed when someone is informally seated on the couch in your family room. Unlike the televised debates between the candidates where one is only able to see the interaction that is captured by the cameras; when someone is in your house, the feeling, mood and ambiance is entirely different.
This reporter observed a warm, congenial, and down-to-earth presidential candidate who appeared as genuinely, interested and concerned about the people asking the questions as the answers she provided and the issues themselves.
As busy as she must have been, as she and Congresswoman Waters later proceeded to cover much of Los Angeles County seeking support for the Tuesday election, Clinton was relaxed in her delivery and even took some time to visit with 20-30 neighbors who waited outside for the meeting to end. Many, with cameras and autograph pads, sought to get her attention and she graciously obliged.
While rival candidate Barack Obama continues to gain momentum across the nation, with his big win in 14 states on Super Tuesday, by narrowing the number of electoral votes, and being favored to win the Potomac primaries, Clinton and her supporters have vowed to continue to spread her message to the voters in an effort to win their vote by demonstrating that she will be more effective, faster than her rival.
At the same time, and for the first time in a long time, democratic voters are in a position where they have an opportunity to choose between, what most believe are two outstanding candidates, whose platform on the most critical issues is remarkably similar.
Clinton beat Obama in California. As he gains momentum across the nation however, by winning 14 states on Super Tuesday, narrowing the gap in electoral votes and, being favored to win the Potomoc States, Clinton continues to share her message with voters in hopes of convincing them that she would be the most effective president from day one.
At the same time, democratic voters are in the position where they have two outstanding candidates from which to choose and political observers predict that the race will remain close up until the very end.