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Hillary’s Mystery Endorser Is… Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.

Just got back from Hillary’s press conference on Capitol Hill, announcing her endorsement by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J..
The endorsement of Menendez was essentially one she should have had sewn up, so not having Menendez on board would have hurt Hillary more than having him helps. Still, he’ll make a fine addition to her surrogates for outreach to Hispanic voters, as today’s event had a healthy number of Spanish-language media. (The camera guys flipped through the Washington Post as Hillary went through her umpteenth variation of, “I’m not running because I’m a woman, I’m running because I feel I’m the best qualified and most experienced for the job.”)
Asked at the closing about what it would mean if Obama beat her in second-quarter fundraising, Hillary answered, with a fair amount of vigor, “Absolutely nothing… When I first ran in 2000, I was outraised 2 to 1.” (I have to check that; I can’t help but suspect she’s counting Rudy Giuliani’s Senate fundraising, which wasn’t used because he left the race for health reasons.)

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