Friday, September 5, 2008

Obama camp to deploy high-profile female surrogates

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Obama campaign is planning to send out some high-profile female supporters, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, to blunt Sarah Palin's potential to draw women's support to the Republican ticket.

Besides Clinton, Governors Janet Napolitano of Arizona and Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas are also scheduled to campaign for Obama in the coming weeks.

Obama's chief strategist says the campaign respects John McCain's V.P. pick. David Axelrod calls Palin "a skilled politician" who's "deft at going on the attack."

Sebelius got things started yesterday, saying of Palin's acceptance speech that she had "mastered the words written by the Bush speechwriters" but didn't address the issues voters speak about every day.

Clinton is set to arrive Monday in Florida.

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