Democratic candidates campaigning coast to coast

February 2, 2008 4:13:05 PM PST
Democratic candidates campaigning coast to coast The weekend before Super Tuesday, the candidates are on the campaign trail--coast to coast.Eyewitness News political reporter Dave Evans begins our coverage with the democrats.

Hillary Clinton's campaign this morning began in Los Angeles for good reason. California has 15 million voters. A mother-lode of delegates at stake, 370.

And with a huge Hispanic population, immigration is a big issue.

"You know, instead of hearing all this mean-spirited demagoguery let's fix the immigration system," said presidential candidate, Sen. Hillary Clinton. "Let's make sure we have comprehensive immigration reform."

When it comes to whether illegal immigrants should get a driver's license, an issue that was a killer for Governor Spitzer, Hillary Clinton is against the idea but Barack Obama favors it.

Saturday, Obama said if he's the nominee, he'll be able to contain any damage.

"I think they will pounce on any issue that has to do with immigration," said presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama. "But as I said my position has been very similar to John McCain's."

While the candidates campaigned out west, New Yorkers rallied for their candidate of choice here in Central Park. For Obama, organizers objected to calling New York as Clinton country.

"I think this campaign is about and what we're here about is about making the impossible possible," said Obama supporter, Helen Folster. "I absolutely think it's possible to win New York."

That may be wishful thinking. The latest polling gives Clinton a big lead in New York. But her supporters said Saturday they're taking nothing for granted.

"I'm excited about Hillary. My friends are excited about Hillary. Hillary is going to win," said Clinton supporter, Jon Winkleman. "But, of course you're worried about Tuesday."

There's been so much time, money and effort spent focused on February 5th. But just about everybody agrees this probably won't be over next week. It'll go on until at least when Texas and Ohio vote--that's not until March 4th.