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Clinton Spends Time with Northwest Indiana Family

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Hillary Clinton shares a laugh Tuesday with a young member of the Parker family of Hobart. (Photo by Michael McArdle/Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana)

With less than a week to go before the Indiana primary, Hillary Clinton is using the personal touch to try garner Northwest Indiana votes in the presidential race.

New York U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton acted less like a presidential candidate Tuesday and more like a visiting aunt as she sat at the dining room table in the home of a Hobart family.

There, she spoke with Johnny Parker and his family about how the slumping economy is eating away the household income. She also learned that Parker lost his job and insurance coverage at a time when his wife, Peggy, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

CLINTON: That’s why we’ve got to have a universal healthcare plan that doesn’t leave anybody out. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a chronic illness like you’ve got now. Everybody’s insured seamlessly.

Polls show Illinois U.S. Senator Barack Obama and Clinton in a virtual dead heat in the Democratic primary in Indiana. Political observers say Clinton needs to win more than 50 percent of the vote in heavily Democratic Northwest Indiana to have a shot at winning the entire state.

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late president, will be visiting Hammond this week to campaign for Obama.

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