Obama Needs to Try On a Blue Collar

Dem struggles to overcome ‘arugula’ rep
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 13, 2007 12:35 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during town hall meeting, Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, in Le Mars, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama is having trouble appealing to the more downscale wing of the Democratic Party, a problem on display in a recent Iowa farm appearance in which the Chicagoan complained about the price of arugula at Whole Foods. More a “wine track” than a “beer track” candidate, Obama must find a way to bond with blue collar voters—or Clinton will own them, Newsweek reports.

Hillary scores 12 points higher among voters without college degrees than those with them; her rival’s polls are reversed. The frontrunner knows how to work a rural crowd, making regular reference to being “born into a middle class family in the middle of America.” Still, there are signs of hope for Obama among low-income voters in South Carolina, where the two marquee Dems are tied.