Hillary Clinton, in danger tonight of losing 10 straight contests heading into do-or-die primaries in Ohio and Texas in two weeks, plans more tough words for Barack Obama at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio.
She suggests that he isn't ready to be president.
"One of us is ready to be commander in chief in a dangerous world," she said in excerpts provided by the Clinton campaign. "One of us has a plan to provide healthcare for every single American -- no one left out. Finally, one of us has faced serious Republican opposition in the past. And one of us is ready to do it again."
"Both Senator Obama and I would make history," Clinton added. "But only one of us is ready on day one to be commander in chief, ready to manage our economy, and ready to defeat the Republicans. Only one of us has spent 35 years being a doer, a fighter and a champion for those who need a voice. That is what I would bring to the White House. That is the choice in this election."
The Obama campaign responded to the excerpts of Clinton's planned remarks with this counterattack.
"We agree with Senator Clinton that there is a choice in this campaign. It's a choice between a candidate whoís taken more money from Washington lobbyists than any Democrat or Republican running for president and a candidate who hasnít taken a dime of their money in this election. It's a choice between a candidate who's called NAFTA a victory and supported permanent trade with China and a candidate who will end tax breaks for companies who ship our jobs overseas and give them to companies who create good jobs in America. It's a choice between a candidate who voted for the war in Iraq and one who opposed it from the very beginning. It's a choice between going into this election with Republicans and Independents already united against us, or going against John McCain with a campaign that has already united Americans of all parties around a common purpose.
"The choice in this election is between more of the same divisive, say-or-do-anything-to-win politics of the past and real change that we can believe in," Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said in the statement. "That's the change that Barack Obama offers, and thatís why more and more voters across America are choosing him as our next president."
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