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Secret Service tags Obama 'Renegade'

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Secret Service agents have tagged Sen. Barack Obama with the code name "Renegade."

Obama, an Illinois Democrat and seeker of his party's 2008 presidential nomination, received the name in the time-honored tradition of giving "secret" code names to protected high-level dignitaries.

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Obama's presidential rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., retains the code name "Evergreen" -- given to her when her husband, and former president, Bill Clinton became a protectee and was named "Eagle."

Sen. John F. Kerry of Massachusetts was named "Minuteman" after winning the 2004 Democratic nomination, while former vice president Al Gore started out as "Sawhorse" but became "Sundance," though the reason for the change was unclear, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

President George Bush, a protectee dating back to when his father was president, is "Tumbler" while former president Jimmy Carter is "Deacon." The president's father, former president George H.W. Bush, is "Timberwolf" and Ronald Reagan was "Rawhide."

The code names are chosen for the Secret Service by military officials, the Post reported.

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