Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Wife Touts Obama's 'Moral Compass' - washingtonpost.com

Wife Touts Obama's 'Moral Compass' - washingtonpost.com: "Michelle Obama, making an early campaign foray for her husband in the state with the nation's first presidential primary, praised her husband Monday for having a 'moral compass' and contended that quality counts more than the 'experience' on which many of his Democratic rivals are basing their campaigns.

Challengers have pointed to the relative inexperience of the senator from Illinois in national politics as a liability in his bid for the White House, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has attempted to undercut her main opponent by stressing her years in Washington. But Michelle Obama, a Harvard-educated lawyer who works in a management position at the University of Chicago Hospitals, said her husband has a more rounded r�sum�.

'I know that experience is important, right? But experience without the sort of moral compass is not enough,' she said at a house party not far from Manchester, where she also appeared on Monday. 'And it's not just enough to check off a bunch of boxes and say, 'I've spent so many years in Washington,' because Barack has those experiences. He doesn't have the checked-box experiences, but he has experience that makes a difference.'"


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