The Final Push

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. (AP) - Speaking to voters in several
Kentucky towns, Bill Clinton insisted Monday that his wife still
has a shot at winning the Democratic presidential nomination.

The former president told about 400 cheering supporters in Mount
Sterling that a win in Kentucky in Tuesday's primary election would
add momentum to Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign.

She is expected to rack up a sizable victory in Kentucky over
front-runner Barack Obama, who is hoping to counter with a same-day
win of his of own in Oregon.

The New York senator is running behind Obama in the delegate
count with few primaries remaining.

But Bill Clinton said that if she wins in Kentucky his wife
still has a chance of swaying party leaders and elected officials
known as superdelegates, whose support is critical to determining
the nominee.

"We'll be able to give people something to think about for a
while if you just vote," he said.

While Obama campaigned in Montana, his wife, Michelle Obama,
made stops in Hopkinsville in southwestern Kentucky and in
Louisville, where she read books to patients at Kosair Children's
Hospital.

Flanked by U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, a Louisville Democrat who has
endorsed her husband, Michelle Obama read "The Runaway Bunny" and "Green Eggs and Ham." She was later scheduled to attend a meeting at her husband's campaign office in Lexington.

Hillary Clinton, campaigning in several stops across Kentucky,
touted herself as the stronger candidate to face presumed GOP
nominee John McCain. She told voters she expects the race to
continue beyond the Kentucky and Oregon primaries.

Campaigning outside a private home in Prestonsburg in eastern
Kentucky, she told about 500 supporters there "is no way that this
is going to end anytime soon, because we're going to keep fighting
for the nomination."

Bill Clinton kicked off the day of campaigning in the
northeastern Kentucky town of Grayson. He later rallied supporters
at the Madison County courthouse in Richmond and planned a stop in
Danville in central Kentucky. Later he was to join up with his wife
for rallies in Lexington and Louisville.

"If you get her a big victory, it'll be harder to continue with
this fiction that the people in Florida and Michigan are invisible
and therefore we should disenfranchise them," Bill Clinton said
during his stop at a Grayson high school.

Florida and Michigan had their delegates stripped by the
Democratic National Committee after moving up their primary dates.
The candidates agreed not to campaign in the states, but Hillary
Clinton won both.

During his stops, Bill Clinton called for Kentucky voters to
ignore political pundits who he said have tried to discourage them
from voting.

"All those people telling you not to vote have several things
in common - they all have a good job, college education, affordable
health care, and they can afford to fill up their gas tank," he
said.

Bill Clinton also tried to pitch his wife as a better change
candidate than Obama, who has campaigned against Washington
insiders.

"She's the best change maker, and she has proven that she is
certainly no quitter, hasn't she?" Clinton said.

Roselyn Goodpaster of Mount Sterling agreed, saying that's why
she plans to vote for Hillary Clinton.

"She doesn't give up," said Goodpaster, 70. "She doesn't take
no for an answer. That's what I want in my White House, someone who
won't quit."

Jim Hensley, a retired teacher from Mount Sterling, said he
misses the strong economy the country enjoyed during Bill Clinton's
presidency.

"Our economy needs a big kick, and I think Hillary can do
that," he said.

Hillary Clinton will conclude her Kentucky campaign with a
postelection event at the Marriott Hotel Downtown in Louisville on
Tuesday night. Daughter Chelsea Clinton has campaign stops planned
for Lexington and Louisville earlier on Tuesday.

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Associated Press writers Sara Kugler in Prestonsburg, Jeffrey
McMurray in Grayson and Will Graves in Louisville contributed to
this report.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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