Obama, Edwards Take Aim

Hillary counters accusation of a 'poll-driven' campaign
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2007 6:56 PM CST
Presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., listens to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. speak at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Obama accused Hillary of dodging questions and running a "poll-driven" campaign before a crowd of thousands at an Iowa fundraising dinner yesterday, the New York Times reports. “Not answering questions because we’re afraid our answers won’t be popular just won’t do it,” Obama said. “Triangulating and poll-driven positions because we’re worried about what Mitt or Rudy might say about us just won’t do it.”

Hillary countered by implying that Obama lacked the background to support his drive for change. “Change is just a word if you don’t have the strength and experience to make it happen," she said. Earlier, Edwards blasted her for planting a question about global warming with a student, the Washington Post reports. A Clinton spokesman conceded the point, saying, "It's not something we'll do moving forward." (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)