Hillary and Obama are nose to nose, gloves off and trying to wack each other. Hillary attacks Obama, Obama lashes back… Stay tuned for the next round… I guess Hillary is feeling a bit threatened now that her lead is slipping, I wonder if Obama takes the lead and Hillary and Edwards attack him, will he call the Race Card.. or if some freak of events happens and Edwards takes Hillary’s point, will he call the Gay Card….
On a serious not, it does worry me that Obama’s claim that his living in Indonesia as what qualifies him to understand Foreign Policy better, considering the extensive ties and control by Islamic Terrorists…
(CNN) — Trying to establish herself in the minds of voters as the more experienced candidate and facing a shrinking lead in New Hampshire, Sen. Hillary Clinton took a sharp dig Tuesday at her closest Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama.
Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week.
“Now voters will judge whether living in a foreign country at the age of 10 prepares one to face the big, complex international challenges the next president will face,” Clinton said in a speech to an audience in Iowa.
“I think we need a president with more experience that that — someone the rest of the world knows, looks up to and has confidence in.”
Clinton also said she had “traveled the world on behalf of our country — first in the White House with my husband and now as a senator. I’ve met with countless world leaders and know many of them personally.”
Clinton’s verbal broadside came a day after Obama told an audience in Iowa that his four years in Southeast Asia, and the fact that his father was from Kenya, gave him the knowledge “of how ordinary people in these other countries live.” Watch a report on the Democratic race getting ugly »
Clinton’s jab also came as the senator from New York saw a 23-point lead over Obama in September fall to 14 points in a new CNN/WMUR New Hampshire presidential primary poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire.
In Iowa, 30 percent of those questioned in an ABC/Washington Post poll supported Obama. Clinton was at 26 percent, Edwards at 22 percent and Richardson at 11 percent.
The Iowa caucuses, which will be held January 3, kick off the presidential primary season.
New Hampshire traditionally goes second. The primary is expected to take place January 8, although the date is not set.
One reason for Clinton’s shrinking lead may be voter perceptions of her as a candidate.
Thirteen percent of those polled in New Hampshire said Clinton is the candidate who is most honest and trustworthy, and 27 percent said Obama is. Clinton also trails Edwards and Richardson in that category.
Responding to Clinton’s criticism during a stop in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Obama said the point he was making was that his time overseas gave him “some judgment and perspective around what other people think about America and how they might react or respond when we make some of the decisions that we make.” Watch Obama’s response »
The senator from Illinois then proceeded to take his own dig at Clinton over her comment that she has met many world leaders.
“I was wondering which world leader told her that we needed to invade Iraq, because that is the conventional thinking that we’re going to have to break,” he said.
The campaign of another Clinton rival, former Sen. John Edwards, also inserted itself into the fray over her comments about Obama, accusing Clinton of mud-slinging.
“Now we know what Senator Clinton meant when she talked about ‘throwing mud’ in the last debate,” said Edwards spokesman Chris Kofinis.
“Like so many other things, when it comes to mud, Hillary Clinton says one thing and throws another.”