A final showdown for Clinton, Obama

With time running out on her flagging campaign, Hillary Clinton this week stepped up her criticism of Barack Obama, mocking his soaring oratory, likening his foreign-policy experience to George W. Bush

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With time running out on her flagging campaign, Hillary Clinton this week stepped up her criticism of Barack Obama, mocking his soaring oratory, likening his foreign-policy experience to George W. Bush’s in 2000, and denouncing his campaign literature as misleading. With next week’s crucial nominating contests in Texas and Ohio looming, the two Democratic candidates campaigned frenetically, and engaged in a final, testy debate in Cleveland in which they clashed on free trade, health care, and Iraq. Clinton said Obama’s talk of uniting the country was unrealistic, and would not be enough to bring about change. “I do think we need a fighter back in the White House,” she said. Obama conceded that “hope is not enough,” but said that “if the American people are activated, that’s how change is going to happen.” By opposing the war in Iraq that Clinton voted to approve, he said, he’d already demonstrated superior judgment.

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