Clinton Opens Up as Obama Clams Up

Falling behind, candidate adopts new playbook
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2008 12:22 PM CST

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton is loosening up, taking questions, and (gasp!) showing emotion as her campaign falls behind in New Hampshire, the New York Times reports. Barack Obama, meanwhile, has become a classic cautious frontrunner. Never a freewheeling, off-the-cuff McCain type anyway, the Illinois senator has now stopped taking questions at rallies or from reporters.  

Clinton, meanwhile, had a sit-down with the press right before Christmas, signaling a shift to greater accessibility. The farther she has fallen, the more open she’s become, sharing beers with reporters, taking questions after stump speeches, even getting teary-eyed. And she still loves talking policy, something frontrunner Obama is leery of.