Hillary's Lead Forces Hopefuls to Get Tough

Obama, Edwards adjust strategy, take aim at lead candidate
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2007 4:23 PM CDT
Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., left, talks with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Sen. Hilary Rodham Clinton, D-NY prior to the start of the Democratic presidential primary debate of the 2008 election hosted by...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Polls are putting Hillary in first place among the Dems, forcing other hopefuls to campaign aggressively against her. She has allayed credibility doubts and can stay the course on health care, education, and energy, the New York Times reports. Obama and Edwards, meanwhile, each hope to be the other half of a two-person race with the New York senator.

Obama and Edwards fear that attacks on each other would only aid Hillary. “You bump someone, you never know who else might drive past you," says an adviser — as Clinton gains momentum with her health care plan and other new policies. “I think they’ve run a great campaign,” says an Obama advisor. “The question is whether people buy her as an agent of change.”