July 18, 2007

Obama's strategy

Barack Obama says people are sure to love him once they get to know him. For now, though, Democrats seem to love Hillary Rodham Clinton more, so Obama is trying to turn heads with select jabs at his chief rival. Obama's criticisms of the two-term senator and former first lady have been regular but subtle reminders that for all his campaign money and promises of hope, he still trails her in most national and early state polls. And when you're No. 2, the only option is to chip away at the front-runner. The heart of Obama's campaign is convincing voters that Clinton is a Washington establishment candidate while he will bring fresh views for voters tired of politics as usual. But he has to walk a fine line when it comes to criticizing his opponents so voters don't see him as just another politician on the attack.

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