It seems pretty clear now that the Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton rivalry will remain white hot for the rest of the year as the two jostle for the Democratic nomination. First they tangled over foreign policy, then over the influence of lobbyists and special interests. Now, in a high-profile interview with the Washington Post's Dan Balz, Obama contends that he would unite the divided country more "effectively" than Clinton could.
"I think it is fair to say that I believe I can bring the country together more effectively than she can," Obama told the Post. "I will add, by the way, that is not entirely a problem of her making. Some of those battles in the '90s that she went through were the result of some pretty unfair attacks on the Clintons. But that history exists, and so, yes, I believe I can bring the country together in a way she cannot do. If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't be running."
Read the whole piece here.
Obama, meanwhile, is up with a new radio ad in Spanish in Nevada, a key early primary state this cycle. Narrators describe Obama as the "son of a foreign father who came to this country looking for a better life" and "a Christian man committed to our community, his wife and his daughters." Listen to the ad here.