Clinton Regroups in New Hampshire
Posted on Jan 4, 2008
Acknowledging a setback in her campaign following Barack Obama’s victory in Iowa, Sen. Hillary Clinton switched gears in New Hampshire, reasserting her readiness for office and urging voters to take a close look at Obama’s policies before embracing his message of hope.
Clinton said she wasn’t suggesting anything in particular about Obama, but simply “drawing contrasts.”
“I’m running on my record. ... I’m running on my plans,” Clinton told reporters. “I think everybody needs to be vetted and tested. That’s the way elections are supposed to operate. The last thing the Democrats need is to just move quickly through this process.”
While the senator was vague, her campaign pointed out to ABC News examples of Obama’s liberal positions, including his 2004 statement to abolish mandatory minimum sentences for federal crimes. They also pointed out a statement Obama made in 2003 that he was “a proponent of a single payer health care program,” which he no longer seems to support today.
Clinton said voters need to ask Obama more questions about his health-care plan to find out “where he stands.”
AP photo / Stephan Savoia
Hillary Clinton addresses the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual 100 Club dinner in Milford on Friday.