No More Mr., Mrs. Nice Dems

Staid debate aside, Nevada's dogfight sets the stage for a nasty campaign
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 20, 2008 12:09 PM CST
A supporter of Barack Obama, left, talks to people seated in the Hillary Clinton section before the start of the Nevada Democratic caucus at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Saturday, Jan. 19,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Despite measured tones at Tuesday’s debate, the Nevada race was a dirty one for the leading Dems, Politico reports. The mudslinging began when Hillary Clinton said the Culinary Workers Union was scaring its members into supporting Barack Obama. The Illinois senator, for his part, did not prevent a union-backed Spanish-language ad which said “Hillary Clinton does not respect our people.”

“I guess this is how the West was won," Clinton told cheering supporters after the caucus results became clear. Obama's campaign manager issued a pointed statement that accused the Clinton campaign of "an entire week's worth of false, divisive attacks designed to mislead caucus-goers and discredit the caucus itself."