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Tonight: Clash Of The Titans

by @ 5:25 pm on January 31, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Politics

Tonight in Los Angeles, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will meet in a debate that could very well turn Obama’s surge into a tidal wave:

It’s fitting that tonight’s Democratic presidential debate will be held at Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre, home of the Oscars and one of Hollywood’s most hallowed monuments to the stars.

Star power rocks on the campaign trail these days, with an unprecedented number of actors, entertainers and sports figures stumping for candidates

And it’s not only the phalanx of celebrities attempting to influence the primary races; it’s also what they’re doing. In years past, most stars have been content to endorse and bankroll candidates and make high-profile appearances. But this year, with the race still open and 22 states up for grabs on Super Tuesday next week, celebrities have been working in key states earlier, in greater numbers and more extensively than ever.

Ron Howard, Quincy Jones, Ted Danson and wife Mary Steenburgen, America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn and sport legends Magic Johnson and Billie Jean King have stumped for Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama’s celebrity campaigners include Scarlett Johansson, Chris Tucker, Kerry Washington and singer Usher.

I’m not a celebrity, or even a Democrat, but I’ll be watching tonight and, as always, back with roundup later tonight.

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