About 300 backers of Illinois Senator Barack Obama gathered in Dallas this week to boost his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. The candidate was nowhere in sight.
He didn't need to be. The group, with no help from the Obama campaign, organized the Feb. 19 event on its own through the Web site Meetup.com.
The impromptu rally is exactly what Obama's campaign is counting on to help counter the fundraising prowess of the party's front-runner, Senator Hillary Clinton. Hearing about the event, at the Wyndham Dallas North hotel, Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe called in and someone held a cell phone to a microphone so he could address the crowd.
Friday, February 23, 2007
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