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Big Names Make Party Push in California



    Big Names Make Party Push in California
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    Some of the biggest political names in the country are in California for a party push two weeks before the election.

    On Sunday, former President Bill Clinton is continuing his swing through California to mobilize Democrats on behalf of vulnerable candidates.    

    Clinton started Sunday in Napa and will end it with a fundraising dinner in Los Altos.   The big event is at San Jose State University at 7 p.m.  There he will rile up the troops alongside gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown and candidate for lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom. Clinton was in Los Angeles on Friday night with the pair as well.

    "He was the first governor in America to have green building standards, green appliance standards," Clinton said Friday in Los Angeles. "He knew it was good economics when most people thought it was a fool's errand."

    Clinton is telling young people like those he will talk to on the San Jose campus Sunday,  to follow through on their 2008 vote for President Barack Obama by turning up at the polls for Democrats again this year.

    Senator John McCain is also here. He was in San Diego Saturday, stumping for GOP Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina.


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    "My friends, I know what a quality and outstanding individual this is," McCain said. "And this person will never wave the white flag of surrender the way Barbara Boxer has tried to do every single time we have been in a conflict."

    Fiorina's opponent, Senator Barbara Boxer, knows the importance of political support. Later this week, President Obama will continue his campaign support tour by backing Boxer during a trip to California.

    "Show me who you walk with and I'll tell you who you are," Boxer said earlier this week.

    Now to the GOP candidate for governor Meg Whitman.  She is tapping into the far-right popularity of Sarah Palin to rally support.

    "Your next governor will have to make tough choices about spending and certainly she will be working in a bipartisan manner," said Palin.

    Whitman is continuing her culinary tour of California eateries this weekend.

    With the debates behind her and the election less than three weeks away, the billionaire former eBay CEO is concentrating on getting out the Republican vote with a bus tour through friendly areas of the state.

    She snacked on a beef-dip sandwich in Los Angeles, a chili dog in Bakersfield and a chocolate shake in Sacramento this week before continuing north to Chico and Redding.