Mailers and Photo Heat Up Democratic Race

February 26, 2008 05:20 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The primaries in Texas and Ohio could decide the Democratic nomination. As March 4 approaches, the gloves are coming off.

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With Hillary Clinton trailing in national polls and delegate counts after Barack Obama’s 11 consecutive victories, Texas and Ohio have become especially important to the New York senator.

Sharp comments from both candidates and their staffs have dominated election coverage this week, even as the two prepare for their final scheduled debate tonight at Cleveland State College, which is airing on MSNBC.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, Clinton ended a speech with the words “Shame on you Barack Obama,” admonishing him for a pair of mailers his campaign sent to voters in Ohio attacking the former first lady’s stances on health care and trade.

Sunday saw Clinton attack her opponent by “sarcastically portraying his message of hope as naïve,” reports The New York Times.

On Monday, Feb. 25, she continued the offensive with a blistering speech at George Washington University, comparing her opponent’s foreign policy experience with that of President George W. Bush.

The Obama campaign offered a strongly worded response to the emergence of a photo of the senator in traditional African garb on a visit to Kenya, a story covered below by The Washington Post. Political news Web site the Drudge Report said the picture could be traced to a Clinton staffer.

The photo was taken during a five-country tour of Africa in 2006 and, according to Talking Points Memo, the Obama camp called its release “the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election.”

Headline Link: ‘Candidates Get Ready to Rumble in Ohio’

Background: Recent campaign clashes

Reactions: Will Clinton survive March 4?

Analysis: The facts behind the mailers

Historical Context: ‘Dems' Ohio Debate Comes at Key Moment’

Reference: Keeping track of delegates, polls


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