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Did Clinton get bad news in Florida?



Sen. Hillary Clinton's demeanor and mood appeared to sour between the two press conferences she gave following speeches first at Florida Atlantic University and later at the King's Point condo community on Thursday.

In the earlier press conference, held around 2:30 p.m., Clinton spoke forcefully, with a quicker, more energetic cadence. She even blurted out a laugh, as a response to a question. Listen to it here.

During her later press conference close to 5 p.m., her eyes appeared sad and glossy, almost on the verge of tears. She spoke more slowly and plaintively and didn't crack much of a smile. Listen to it here.

So what happened between the two events? Does she miss being the Democratic star in a state that adores her? Or did she get final word about Sen. Barack Obama's veep pick?

Read more analysis below. (Or tell Buzz she's imagining things!)

In the earlier press conference, Clinton began by saying: "I’m very happy to be back here at FAU and looking forward to the convention next week.

When asked whether Obama has enough  experience, she answered with a strong: “Absolutely…This election is one of those historic moments. . .”

When asked about her campaign efforts for Sen. Obama she said: “I’m doing everything I can to campaign for Sen. Obama. . I think it’s fair to say I’ve done more in a relatively short period of time on behalf of my opponent. That’s because I know what’s at stake in this election.”

Later in the day, Clinton began her began her press conference with: "I’m very glad I could come down here. See a lot of old friends and make a strong case for for Sen. Obama. I’m happy to take a few questions."

When asked if she'd come back to Florida to campaign, Clinton's answer was curt and defensive: "We are doing what the Obama campaign asked us to. I was asked to come here and I came. We have said we will do what we can and what we're asked to do. That's really in their hands as well."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:08am]


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