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Obama's "got a fish hand shake"



Barack Gravel_2008_dccd107 Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, a leading candidate for Buzz's Profile in Courage Award for being the only Democratic presidential hopeful not boycotting Florida's Jan. 29 primary, shared some insight with us while campaigning in Tampa Bay Wednesday. At a "Political Connections" taping that will air Sunday on Bay News 9, he informed us that Barack Obama is the least friendly candidate at the debates.

"He's just not a warm person. And he's got a fish handshake,'' said Gravel, depicting a flaccid grip. He offered up John Edwards and Joe Biden as the most friendly.

The 77-year-old longshot hopes ignoring the Fl boycott demanded by party leaders in IA, NH, NV, and SC will work to his advantage: "If I'm exercising some courage here I hope there's a return for that...If I get up in the polls in Florida, mainstream media has to start paying attention to what I'm talking about."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:21am]


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