Hillary & Barack 'Barely Speak'

Tensions tell on the campaign trail
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2007 5:12 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopefuls, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, applauds with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., after they participated in the Yearly Kos Convention's Presidential Leadership Forum...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – White House hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are no longer on speaking terms after months of increasingly glacial rivalry on the campaign trail, the Times reports. With another half a year until the first primary, the public tension—the pair carefully avoid contact whenever possible—may bode ill for a future partnership.

The two hopefuls were once close: After Hurricane Katrina, Obama joined Clinton and her husband as they visited evacuees in Houston. After he announced his White House bid, however, she ignored him on the Senate floor. "She's said hello a couple of times," Obama responded when asked about their tense relationship. "It's been fine."