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Jul 13,2007
Obama's wife hails his experience
by UPI

AUSTIN, Texas -- Michelle Obama, wife of presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., pushed aside criticism of her husband's inexperience during a visit to Austin, Texas.

Obama said that in addition to his U.S. Senate term, her husband had a great deal of experience in politics including 25 years as a Chicago community activist, civil rights lawyer and Illinois state senator, the Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday.

"Everybody in this race brings a different set of experiences," she said. "What I'm saying: It's not a question of experience ... That issue is off the table. The question is: Who's going to take this country to the next step? Who's going to be able to connect with people?"

She said the senator has also fulfilled a personal promise -- he has given up smoking cigarettes.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign has formed multiple book clubs in the early primary state of New Hampshire and online to encourage voters to read the senator's memoir, "Dreams from My Father," the Chicago Tribune reported.

Book club participants are treated to conference calls and visits from important figures in Obama's life, including Mike Kruglik, an associate of Obama from his days as a community organizer in Chicago.

Copyright © 2007, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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