DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton claimed on Tuesday the momentum is shifting to her in Iowa, as rival Barack Obama fought back against her claims that he lacks experience.
Clinton, a New York senator seeking to become the first female U.S. president, is locked in a three-way fight in Iowa with Illinois Sen. Obama, who would be the first black president, and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards.
Iowa on January 3 starts the state-by-state votes to pick the Democratic and Republican candidates who will face off in the presidential election on November 4, 2008. A win in Iowa can generate momentum for the battles to come rapidly afterward.
Clinton told reporters an endorsement of her candidacy by the Des Moines Register, the state’s largest newspaper, gave her a boost.
“I just sense the momentum and the energy that my campaign is generating,” she said in Des Moines, appearing with former National Basketball Association star Magic Johnson as part of an effort to warm up her image with testimonials from friends and loyalists.
Clinton’s optimism aside, opinion polls in Iowa show the race remains essentially tied between her, Obama and Edwards.
Maybe someone should have told Hillary merely making claims doesn’t actually make them so. I’m sure this was a purposeful comment. Hillary is most likely trying to use the media to steer things her direction by this so called “claim” that is completely baseless. While political tactics such as these never really amaze me anymore, what does is…that people…will buy into it rather than see right through it for the media stunt that it is.
Don’t look for this false claim to do much for her in Iowa. She must think she has the “force” and can will the people to vote for her by making false media claims. Nice try Darth Hideous, but I’m not buyin’ .
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two weeks before the Iowa contest in the presidential election, Democratic Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama remained deadlocked in a new state poll, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
Thirty-three percent of Iowa Democrats likely to participate in the caucuses support Obama, 29 percent back Clinton and 20 percent support former North Carolina senator John Edwards, according to the Washington Post-ABC News poll.
A month ago, Clinton, of New York, had 30 percent support compared to 26 percent for Obama, of Illinois, the Post said.
Case in point. Her “momentum” actually went down a notch, which equates to LOSS of momentum, not gain.