Hoping to halt the flow of momentum to Barack Obama in the wake of his South Carolina victory and Senator Ted Kennedy's endorsement, Hillary Clinton today gets to tout the support of a high-profile African-American leader, California Congressman Maxine Waters.
Waters may not be related to JFK, but she is a big deal, and she helps blunt criticism that the Clinton campaign has tried to play white and Latino voters against black voters -- for example when Bill Clinton connected Obama's South Carolina victory to Jesse Jackson having also won the Palmetto State in 1984 and 1988.
In a conference call with reporters a few minutes ago, Waters took up Clinton's argument that she's a doer, "committed to concrete proposals and projects aimed at solving problems."
She said Clinton understand the need of underserved rural and urban Americans as well as "soccer moms."
Clinton was effusive about what Waters' endorsement meant to her, but in response to a question about Kennedy's endorsement of Obama, she said voters make up their own minds.
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