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Villaraigosa Gets into the Election Commentary Game

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This is Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes last night talking up the election. Local issues were not even discussed. The closest to home was them asking about his transition from supporting Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama, and that's a stretch to call it local...

COLMES: You've been a Clinton supporter. Now, of course, people like you and me -- you supported Hillary Clinton, realized on the issues we're much closer to Barack Obama than John McCain, obviously. Does he, as Dick Morris suggests, need to reach out, for example, not just to the Hillary voters, but to the Hispanic community and put someone like Bill Richardson on the ticket. VILLARAIGOSA: I saw a University of Washington poll, a Gallup poll, and I think an NBC (ph) poll, all of which have Senator Obama up by 35 points over Senator McCain.

The fact of the matter is the people who voted for Senator Clinton voted for her because of their relationship over a ten-year period of time, at least since the mid-1990s. They didn't vote against Senator Obama. Now, because he is right on the issues with Hispanics, you're seeing the overwhelming majority supporting Senator Obama in this campaign.