Sniping Heats Up as Obama Calls Clinton a 'Step Back'

Invokes White House rerun as negative
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2008 10:04 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., laughs with press staffer Jay Carson at the end of an interview with the Associated Press in Atlanta, Ga., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – He claims he didn't snub her at the State of the Union, but Barack Obama was definitely on offense against Hillary Clinton yesterday, arguing that another Clinton in the White House would be a step backward, AP reports. "I know it is tempting, after another presidency by a man named George Bush, to simply turn back the clock, and build a bridge back to the 20th century," said Obama, speaking to a crowd of 10,000 in Denver.

Obama's dig invoked Bill Clinton's 1990s promise to build a bridge to the 21st century; he also turned Hillary's rhetoric around, vowing to be not only ready but "right from Day One." "That certainly sounds audacious, but not hopeful," Hillary Clinton shot back, riffing on Obama's book, The Audacity of Hope. She urged her rival to "get back to talking about the issues" while he claimed to be more electable against likely GOP candidate John McCain."When I am the nominee, the Republicans won't be able to make this election about the past." (Read more Barack Obama stories.)