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Breaking Ranks

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), left, is to get the endorsement of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), left, is to get the endorsement of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000. (By Susan Walsh -- Associated Press)

At the podium Sunday morning, Kerrey touted Clinton's years of experience in public life and asserted that she would become "a strong, reliable and compassionate commander in chief."

After the event, he mused about her chief rival, Sen. Barack Obama.

"The fact that he's African American is a big deal. I do expect and hope that Hillary is the nominee of the party. But I hope he's used in some way. If he happens to be the nominee of the party and ends up being president, I think his capacity to influence in a positive way . . . the behavior of a lot of underperforming black youth today is very important, and he's the only one who can reach them."

Kerrey continued: "It's probably not something that appeals to him, but I like the fact that his name is Barack Hussein Obama, and that his father was a Muslim and that his paternal grandmother is a Muslim. There's a billion people on the planet that are Muslims, and I think that experience is a big deal."

He returned to Clinton: "She does inspire my confidence. She can do the job. In my view, she's the complete package."

-- Shailagh Murray

CLICKING FOR DOLLARS

Paul's Money Web

Rep. Ron Paul, whose rock-star status on the Internet has fueled his campaign almost by itself, appears to have broken another online fundraising record.

His own.

On Nov. 5, which was Guy Fawkes Day, a symbol of rebellion in British history, Paul hauled in $4.3 million in 24 hours -- the most money raised online by a candidate in a single day.

And Sunday, on the 234th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, which helped spark the American Revolution, Paul's supporters planned another "money-bomb."

By 9 p.m., the Texas Republican had raised $5 million from more than 30,000 donors, bringing his fundraising total for this quarter to nearly $17 million. And counting.

-- Jose Antonio Vargas


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