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    LEXINGTON, Ky. — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, facing a likely defeat in next Tuesday's primary election, won't travel to Kentucky before the voting, but said he hopes to have much more time to win over Kentucky voters before the November general election.

    He also blamed Fox News for disseminating "rumors" about him and said that that and e-mails filled with misinformation that have been "systematically" dispersed have hurt him in Kentucky.

    "When we're able to campaign in a place like Iowa for several months and I can visit and talk to people individually, I do very well. That's harder to do at this stage in the campaign," Obama said in a brief telephone interview Friday. "And once we get past the primary, we'll ble to focus more on those states where we need to make sure people know my track record."

    In contrast, Obama's rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, will make five stops in Kentucky over the weekend, including appearances at two university campuses.

    Obama spoke to more than 8,000 supporters in Louisville Monday night — his first time in the state since August. He said he had hoped to spend more time in Kentucky earlier this week but was called back to Washington, D.C. for votes on Tuesday.

    Since then, he’s stumped in Oregon, which will hold its primary by mail on Tuesday, and South Dakota, where Democrats vote June 3, as well as in states that have already held their primary elections, such as Michigan and Missouri.

    “We’re having to campaign in a lot of different places,” Obama said. “Obviously we think Kentucky is important. People in Kentucky are concerned about the same things people are concerned about all across the country — declining wages and incomes combined with the rising costs of everything from gas to health care.”

    Obama’s wife, Michelle, is slated to campaign in Kentucky on Monday.

    Obama conceded that he has a steep challenge to get his message and background to voters in states such as Kentucky — where he trails Sen. Hillary Clinton by 27 points, according to a poll published earlier this week — and West Virginia, where voters chose Clinton over Obama by 40 points on Tuesday.

    "What it says is that I'm not very well known in that part of the country," Obama said. "Sen. Clinton, I think, is much better known, coming from a nearby state of Arkansas. So it's not surprising that she would have an advantage in some of those states in the middle."

    Obama has been trying to introduce himself to Kentuckians using a series of biographical TV ads, as well as fliers, including one that shows him at a pulpit in front of a church’s cross and pipe organ.

    He acknowledged that he’s trying to “reverse a lot of misconceptions” about his background. He is a Christian, although some e-mail chains have said he is a Muslim.

    “Part of it is because there have been these e-mails that have been sent out very systematically, presumably by various political opponents, although I don’t know who,” he said. “And there are a lot of voters who get their news from Fox News. Fox has been pumping up rumors about my religious beliefs or my patriotism or what have you since the beginning of the campaign.”

    As Clinton continues to argue that she is better suited to win in key, large swing states such as Pennsylvania and Ohio, Obama countered that he has performed better among independents.

    And he said he and Clinton match up similarly against Republican nominee John McCain. Both trail McCain, the U.S. Senator from Arizona, by double digits in a Herald-Leader/WKYT poll of 600 likely general election voters. McCain leads Clinton by 12 points and Obama by 25 points.

    “I think whoever the Democratic is we’re going to have some work to do in a state like Kentucky,” Obama said.

    Republican National Committee Spokeswoman Katie Wright dismissed Obama’s contention that he’ll be competitive in Kentucky this fall.

    "The more voters in Kentucky get to know Senator Obama, the more they will realize that he doesn't understand the economy or their values,” Wright said in a statement. “Higher taxes, threatening Second Amendment rights, taxing 'dirty energy' and taking choice out of healthcare won't benefit our country much less the hard working families of Kentucky."

    Obama Blames Fox News, Email Smears For Likely Kentucky Loss - Politics on The Huffington Post
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    He's right, FOX news (being the mouthpiece it is) is constantly relaying that falsity over and over.. along with the whole "Osama" thing.

    Dunno if that translates into causing him to lose that state though
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    Roger Ailes is such a douchebag

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    Please. Fox News can't make anyone vote for a specific candidate. Individual people in that state considered the candidates and apparently they prefer Hillary. Pointing fingers at news stations is immature and idiotic.

    If you're going to blame Fox News or other stations when you lose, you make the argument that the result of the election is dependent upon people simply voting for who they are told to support without educating themselves or considering your actual campaigning and positions.

    By that reasoning, you might as well attribute all of your success to idiots like Kim Kardashian and Scarlett Johnasson telling people to vote for you instead of taking credit for good campaigning when you have a victory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southernbelle View Post
    If you're going to blame Fox News or other stations when you lose, you make the argument that the result of the election is dependent upon people simply voting for who they are told to support without educating themselves or considering your actual campaigning and positions.
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    Seriously, I just think it's ridiculous to point fingers like that. Be a man and just admit that you've been defeated instead of making snarky comments and blaming the news station for influencing people not to like you. I think it's tacky when people are so quick to blame others for their failure, but when the tables are turned, take credit for their success.

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    Roger Ailes is still a douchebag.

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    Man up sissy.... stop laying blame. If he doesn't win in November they're going to blame Clinton for it. They'll say she weakened him. Excuses.....

    I got a kick out of this part:

    "What it says is that I'm not very well known in that part of the country," Obama said. "Sen. Clinton, I think, is much better known, coming from a nearby state of Arkansas. So it's not surprising that she would have an advantage in some of those states in the middle."

    Illinois, his state, borders Kentucky......

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    How much do they have in common, socially and politically though compared to Kentucky and Arkansas? lol
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    This guy is the biggest crybaby I've ever seen- outside of Mike Huckabee.

    Hey SB, yeah, its kinda like voting for someone based on gender, or race, or religion.

    Obama may have his hands full if the rumors I've read are true about what his wife has said... last I heard, Hillary's camp has a tape of Michelle Obama rallying her church against 'whitey'.

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    Typical Obama behavior, blaming everyone and everything else he can. Does this man ever take responsibility for anything? He's barely even campaigned in Kentucky. But of course, that's not his fault. And of course, Clinton is supposed to be the one who doesn't care about the little states.

    I can't wait to hear all his lame excuses when he loses in the fall, or when he gets overwhelmed if he somehow does win. This guy is a real piece of work, one that I'm already sick to death of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkdgirl View Post
    This guy is the biggest crybaby I've ever seen- outside of Mike Huckabee.

    Hey SB, yeah, its kinda like voting for someone based on gender, or race, or religion.

    Obama may have his hands full if the rumors I've read are true about what his wife has said... last I heard, Hillary's camp has a tape of Michelle Obama rallying her church against 'whitey'.

    I've seen that story going around on the web. I'll find the link and post it.
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    I can't wait to hear all his whining if he loses in the general. No doubt Hillary will still be blamed for his failures.

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    it's so cute to see Hillbots get their panties in a twist
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    it's so cute to see Hillbots get their panties in a twist
    Yep, its funny to me to see so many bitter Democrats who are now slagging Obama more than even McCain. Its so dumb, and it plays right into the Republican hands. Talk about a unified party, its ridiculous. More and more I realize why I'm Independent. All of the Hillbots who get their panties in a twist and want to complain about anything and everything Obama related while McCain gets off scot-free. Look at how many articles are posted here bashing Obama! Now take a look at how many are posted bashing McCain (although I do praise Grimm, he's the only one who seems to post anything negative about McCain). And all this by Hillary supporters. This is going to tank their party, because they can't get their heads wrapped around the fact that Obama is their frontrunner, they just want to slag off on him any chance they get. Its actually amusing to watch (except for the fact that they're bringing down their own frontrunner and making McCain even stronger). And all the Republicans love these threads as well, they know all this shit is only making their candidate stronger. Its great for everyone - I've never seen so many Democrats and Republicans united. So dumb.
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