Clinton Bombs in Liberal Straw Poll

By Nathan Burchfiel | July 7, 2008 | 8:32pm EDT

( - In an unscientific poll released Thursday, the liberal activist group revealed that its members believe Sen. Barack Obama is the best choice to lead the country out of Iraq. Presumed Democratic 2008 frontrunner Sen. Hillary Clinton lagged far behind.

The Illinois Democrat earned 28 percent of members' support in the organization's "virtual town hall vote" held online this week.

Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio) took second and third place with 25 percent and 17 percent, respectively. Clinton (N.Y.), with almost 11 percent, came in fourth.

"These candidates' views differed in quite a few areas, but they all rejected President Bush's plan and agreed that it's time to start bringing the troops home," MoveOn leaders said in an email to members.

"Imagine what it would mean to have an anti-war candidate in the White House. Think about it."

As Cybercast News Service previously reported, MoveOn on April 10 hosted a "virtual town hall meeting" with seven contenders for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

The meeting, which beamed candidates' responses into more than 1,000 homes via the Internet and telephone, allowed members to question candidates specifically on the Iraq war.

Among MoveOn members who actually participated in the town hall meeting, 25 percent voted that Edwards was best equipped to lead the country out of Iraq. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson took second with 21 percent, while Obama came in third with 19 percent.

In its email announcing the poll results, MoveOn stressed that the straw poll result "does not imply a MoveOn endorsement" but said "ensuring that Obama or Edwards -- or another progressive -- wins the presidency will be a huge fight, and we have to start today."

The email encourages members to donate to the candidates' campaigns and encouraged them to continue contributing to MoveOn's efforts for "Victory 2008," which it calls "an ambitious drive to win the White House."

MoveOn has plans to host similar town halls meetings in the coming months that will allow members to question candidates on health care and global warming.

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