FORT DODGE, IOWA — Amid new polling that points to a shift in momentum in this crucial state, Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama made arguments Monday that electing the other would prove a costly mistake. (NOTE: ‘Both are correct’)
In a morning campaign stop, the New York senator suggested that her colleague from Illinois was not fit to oversee a U.S. economy where more families are struggling to keep their homes and pay medical bills.
He (Obama) also questioned whether Clinton, a former first lady, had done anything in life to make her a better option for voters worried about an economic slump. “My understanding was she wasn’t Treasury secretary in the Clinton administration. I don’t know exactly what experience she’s claiming.”
The quarrel came as a new poll showed that Clinton, despite her large national lead, had yet to pull ahead in Iowa, the first test in the 2008 campaign. A Washington Post/ABC News poll showed a tight three-way race, with Obama supported by 30% of likely caucus-goers, Clinton by 26%, and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards by 22%.