Obama moves ahead; Passaic mayor resigns...

Behind The News
May 9, 2008 1:01:39 PM PDT
There was a fascinating moment during last Tuesday night's primary elections. Sen. Hillary Clinton, in Indiana, gave her acceptance speech two hours or so before the race was officially called in her favor. (Only CBS went so far as to say she had won at that point.) In fact, her once 14 point lead had been eroding steadily as more returns came in, and, when she declared victory, she was up by only 4 points. She would eventually win by 2 points, and the victory was deemed unimpressive and seemed to many to signal the official unofficial end to her campaign. But her incredibly determined personality appeared to take over. It was as if declaring victory would somehow will it to be.

Barack Obama is taking some of that determination today, in his new-found campaign themes. He's not mentioning Clinton at all - instead, concentrating on John McCain and their possible - or probable -- campaign against each other in the fall.

It's as if by not mentioning her, by assuming the mantle of the presumptive candidate, he will become the candidate of the Democrats.

We'll have the latest on the race for the White House, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, more political scandal in our area today, with the Mayor of Passaic, New Jersey, turning himself in this morning and pleading guilty to federal charges of corruption.

Samuel Rivera admitted that he accepted a $5,000 bribe and the promise of another $50,000, in exchange for lucrative insurance contracts with the City.

And, with the economy in such bad shape, bill collectors are becoming more familiar characters to a lot of people. And some of their tactics can be, how do you say? -- shady. Tonight Tappy Phillips and 7 On Your Side come to the rescue of some local folks who have been the victims of rather unscrupulous bill collector behavior. And, yes, there are laws to protect you against this.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's weekend AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.

BILL RITTER


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