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January 30, 2008

'Irish Voice' Backs Hillary Clinton

Updated: 30/01/2008 01:23

'Irish Voice' backs Hillary Clinton

The Irish-American newspaper Irish Voice endorsed
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton today,
saying no other candidate matches her "sterling record" on
Irish issues.

The New York-based newspaper said the former First Lady,
whose main rival Barack Obama was endorsed by Senator Ted
Kennedy this week, supported the peace process and was a
strong advocate for immigration reform.

It also said it was a pity "that both come along in the
same election" as there were "many extraordinary attributes
in both candidates".

The endorsement read: "Her record on issues of importance
to the Irish American community is crystal clear.

"She was with her husband every step of the way during his
intervention in the Irish peace process, without which
there would never have been the successful resolution that
we're currently witnessing in Northern Ireland.

"In her own right she played a significant role, visiting
Ireland seven times and creating cross community goodwill
which lasted long after her trips were over.

"Clinton is also a clear advocate for immigration reform
and attended three different rallies held by the Irish
Lobby for Immigration Reform, and spoke passionately on the

It went on: "For his part Obama has obviously had far less
sustained contact with the activist Irish American
community and its issues, but there is little doubt he is
fully committed to immigration reform and would continue to
be so if elected to the White House.

"However, it would be impossible for him to match the
sterling record of Hillary Clinton on Irish issues. She has
our complete support and endorsement."
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