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Clinton attacks Obama over mailings to voters

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February 24, 2008

Hillary Clinton angrily accused her Democratic rival yesterday of deliberately misrepresenting her positions on trade and healthcare in mass mailings to voters, adding, "Shame on you, Barack Obama."

Holding two of Obama's campaign mailings in her hand for emphasis, the former first lady said at a stop in Cincinnati: "Enough with the speeches and the big rallies and then using tactics that are right out of Karl Rove's playbook."

Obama defended the mailings as accurate and rejected Clinton's complaint as a political ploy.

He said that despite her criticism of North American Free Trade Agreement, she supported the agreement when it passed during her husband's administration.

"You can't be for something and take credit for an administration . . . and then when you run for president say that you didn't really mean what you said way back then," he said to cheers at a rally in Akron, Ohio. The Obama campaign's mailings both went out in the last several days.

The NAFTA mailing quotes a 2006 Newsday article suggesting Clinton believed the agreement had been a "boon" to the economy. She said the newspaper has corrected its account of her views.

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Obama says lobbyists run

business on McCain's bus

Senator Barack Obama said yesterday that the likely Republican presidential nominee, Senator John McCain, has lobbyists as top aides and "many of them have been running their business on the campaign bus while they've been helping him."

A staffer said Obama was referring to Charlie Black, and pointed to a recent published report that said the McCain strategist, who is a registered lobbyist, does a lot of work by phone from the candidate's bus.

Campaigning in Ohio, the Democratic presidential hopeful also said McCain's healthcare plans reflect "the agenda of the drug and insurance lobbyists, who back his campaign and use money and influence to block real healthcare reform."

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