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Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Clinton refuses to cede 'home turf'

Watch Clinton's comments in Chicago Monday

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Even though Sen. Barack Obama represents the Windy City back here in the nation's capital, Sen. Hillary Clinton made it clear Monday that she will fight for every vote in her birth state when it comes to the Democratic presidential nomination.

"I want the people of Chicago to know that I want to earn their vote and their support," Clinton said Monday after meeting with Pastors United for Change in Chicago. "I am not ceding any voter, anywhere, to anyone."

Clinton was born and raised in Park Ridge, Illinois, but now lives in New York and represents the state in the Senate. She along with Obama and six other Democrats are vying for their party's presidential nomination.

The Democratic presidential frontrunner was asked how she deals with criticism that she is cold and not likable.

"I know I am maybe not the most charismatic person in this race," she said. "I may not be the person somebody immediately knows and understands is on their side. But I think that my track record and my lifetime of work and experience demonstrates that conclusively."

The group of pastors standing beside Clinton scoffed at the question when it was asked and said it was not true.

-- CNN's Lauren Kornreich and Steve Brusk

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