Obama Shifts Strategy, Takes Aim at Iowa

Falling behind Clinton in polls, Illinois senator steps up campaign
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2007 6:53 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Il., meets with voters during a campaign stop in Concord, N.H., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama will skip Senate voting this week to get in some quality time with voters in Iowa on a trip his camp is calling the "Judgement and Experience Tour." This surge in campaigning is likely to be the first of several as the Illinois senator tries to regain ground on Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, reports the Washington Post.

A recent survey indicated that Clinton has been pulling ahead in the primary race, though a Newsweek poll has Obama as the favorite of Democrats who will be attending the Iowa caucus. Obama has begun taking more direct aim at Clinton, calling her out for dodging recent questions on Social Security reform and—more jokingly—baseball.