Suitors Keep Lines Open to Superdelegates

From Michelle to Chelsea, big names get on the horn
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2008 1:20 PM CST
In this file photo, Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., takes the microphone from former Vice President Walter Mondale, a Minnesota superdelegate, after he introduced...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Sometimes superdelegates respond to politics, ideology, or longstanding alliances. Other times, they're won by girl talk. For one Philadelphia party official, a morning call from Michelle Obama sealed the deal, the LA Times reports. The would-be first lady covered everything from strategy to motherhood. “She was talking to me like you would your girlfriend,” says Carol Campbell. “No pretense. Just real.”

Calls like that are a hot commodity. Each of the nearly 800 superdelegates merits special attention, usually in the form of a carefully calculated call from a campaign heavyweight. Chelsea Clinton was enlisted to woo one college student superdelegate; Madeleine Albright makes other calls. Michelle Obama spent weeks trying to reach Campbell, which in itself impressed: “That’s not your normal candidate.”