Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Barack said, Hillary said

Barack Obama calls it a smear tactic while Hillary Clinton insists she had nothing to do with it. I’m talking, of course, of the photo of Obama dressed in attire from Kenya (where, coincidentally, he has ancestry). Obama, who’s pulling away from Clinton in the Democratic presidential nomination race, gave his thoughts on the photo and its recent origins on San Antonio’s News Radio 1200 WOAI: “Everybody knows that whether it’s me or Sen. Clinton or Bill Clinton, that when you travel to other countries, oftentimes they ask you to try on traditional garb that you have been given as a gift.”

Clinton denied on Channel 8 WFAA in Dallas that the photo came from her campaign, pointing out that when traveling to foreign countries, it’s a sign of respect to wear their outfits.

The real issue, Clinton added, is whether or not Obama has the experience to serve as president.

“This is one more attempt by my opponent’s campaign to change the subject,” she told the television station. She added: “You know, this is one more attempt by my opponent’s campaign to change the subject from his health care plan that won’t cover everybody, from an economic plan that won’t produce jobs and from, you know, a record that’s pretty thin when it comes to national security and standing up for our country around the world…You’ve got to ask yourself who do you want answering that phone at 3 a.m. in the White House when some crisis breaks out somewhere in the world. And if I think people ask themselves that question, I’m going to do well in Texas.”

The Texas primary is rapidly approaching, and if Senator Clinton doesn’t win Texas after having lost many states to Obama, many think her campaign will be over.

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