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Hoosiers and Tar Heels: It's May Madness

   MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - No game of free association would lead one to link Hillary Clinton and firetrucks, but there she was on Monday, standing in front of the ruby-red beauty that the local volunteer firefighters rely on every day.

   No, she didn't do a Full Dukakis and get behind the wheel. She just stood there with a dozen uniformed firefighters up above her on the truck, basking in the applause of the huge crowd of folks in work clothes and jeans and t-shirts that had gathered to see her.

   There she was: Hillary Clinton, working-class hero.

   Meanwhile, 268 miles to the south, Barack Obama mixed with a bunch of brick-layers, aching to prove that he, too, had a lot more in common with the working folks than he had with, say ... the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

   So this is what this campaign has come to. Hillary swigs a shot of whiskey at a bar in Pennsylvania and drops the "g"'s from every blinkin' word that ends with "ing" here in Indiana. And Obama throws gutter balls in a Pennsylvania bowling alley and fusses over the locally baked biscuits in the Hoosier State.

   So, workers of the world, what do you make of it all?

   --- Jerry Zremski

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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