Ed. Note.  Allegiances shift and campaigns are quick to point out those changes as this exchange of releases shows.

PRESS RELEASE from Hillary Clinton for President (sent 11:01 a.m.)


December 26, 2007

Contact: Iowa Press Office


Muscatine County Ironworker and Former Barack Obama Labor Steering Committee Member Switches Support to Hillary as Momentum on the Ground Continues to Grow

DES MOINES, IA — As the Clinton campaign’s momentum continues to build in Iowa, the campaign spotlighted Bob McFadden of Muscatine County, an ironworker and former Barack Obama campaign labor steering committee member, who has switched his support to Hillary Clinton.

McFadden switched to Hillary because he wants a candidate who has the strength and experience to enact real solutions to the country’s big challenges.

“Hillary Clinton won’t just talk the talk – she cares about the issues important to all of us and will work to change the direction of our country,” McFadden said. “I support Hillary because she has the strength and experience to enact universal health care and deliver the real solutions our country needs.”

As momentum continues to grow for Hillary’s candidacy, more and more Iowans are deciding to caucus for her on January 3rd. Hillary will launch the “Big Challenges, Real Solutions Tour – Time to Pick a President Tour” on December 26th. During the tour, Hillary Clinton will outline the challenges that Americans face at home and around the world and how her unique background makes her the most qualified person to be the next President of the United States.


PRESS RELEASE from Obama for America (sent 2:02 p.m.)


December 26, 2007


Josh Earnest
Tommy Vietor

Former Co-Chair of Clinton’s Iowa Veterans Committee Now Backs Obama

DES MOINES – Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign today announced that United States Army veteran Kent Sovern, who was announced just last week as the statewide Co-Chair of Senator Clinton’s Veterans Committee, has now decided to caucus for Senator Obama and is encouraging other Iowa veterans to caucus for Obama on Thursday, January 3rd. Sovern also serves on the Iowa Democratic Party Veterans Caucus and is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War.

“I believe Senator Obama has the judgment and courage to stand up for America’s veterans and find a responsible way to get our combat troops out of Iraq,” said Sovern of Des Moines.  “We can trust him to tell us the truth on the tough issues – even when it’s not convenient.  That’s why I’ll be standing for him on Thursday, January 3rd and encouraging veterans across Iowa to do the same.”

Obama, who kicked off his “Stand for Change” tour today in Mason City, said he was pleased to have earned Sovern’s support and the support of military veterans across Iowa.

“I am grateful to have Kent’s support and look forward to working with him to build the kind of statewide, grassroots movement that we’ll need to succeed on Caucus Night,” said Obama.

Last week, a nationwide Zogby poll showed that Senator Obama is the only Democratic candidate for president who is currently leading every top Republican candidate in hypothetical general election match-ups.