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Paul Barkla, right, standing in line while waiting to go the inauguration. Even though the lines were long, everyone was in a good mood, he said. Submitted photos

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Paul Barkla has seen enough of the political world to recognize the tricks of the trade.

"I've been around politics long enough to realize that, if a politician is looking at you, they are actually looking over your shoulder," the Pierce County Board Chairman said.

However, Barkla saw something different with a candidate who entered the 2008 Presidential race.

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