HOOKSETT, N.H. -- Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, a Democratic candidate for president, said in New Hampshire today the presidency wasn't a place for on the job training.
"We need leadership and we need it now," said Dodd.
The comment might have been a subtle dig to Illinois Senator Barack Obama who was also campaigning in the state on Friday. Obama has been criticized by his rivals for not being experienced enough to be an effective president.
Dodd's speech to the World Affairs Council at Southern New Hampshire University kicked off three days of campaigning.
He will visit the state's North Country and western border of Vermont on Saturday and Sunday.
During his speech, Dodd repeated his support for a timetable to get troops out of Iraq in one year. He also said he supports alternative energy.
"Getting energy right is about the future," said Dodd.