Obama Team Tries Walk In Reagan’s Shoes

Sunshine campaign must come from behind, advisers say
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 25, 2007 2:53 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., left, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., are pictured during a break at the Democratic presidential debate sponsored by CNN, YouTube and...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – It’s not just GOP hopefuls who are looking to Reagan’s electoral model: A Barack Obama pollster admits it’s “heresy,” but his campaign wants to ride charisma and good feeling to the presidency—just like the Gipper. Politico says Obama can win if his hopeful message shines; his advisers admit that if the debate centers on finding strong leadership, Hillary Clinton will benefit.

As Clinton conducts a national campaign, the underdog is banking on early-state primary momentum, putting more money into Iowa (twice as much as Clinton) and South Carolina (three times Clinton’s stake). But Obama must also be careful with his attacks; any appearance of combativeness compromises his sunshine personality.