PHILADELPHIA -- Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama each addressed the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee Jefferson-Jackson Dinner tonight, but they approached their latest spat differently.
Clinton ignored it completely, striking her ain't-it-cool-we-are-both-running-for-president tone as the Democratic rank-and-file of Philadelphia munched on Philly cheese steak, Italian sausage, deep-friend jalapeno poppers, and other heart-healthy fare.
"Neither Senator Obama nor myself could have dreamed we would be right here asking you for your votes," Clinton said, praising the pioneers of the civil rights and women's rights movements. "We are the beneficiaries of the work and sacrifice that so many of you and countless Americans have done over so many generations."
But Obama did talk about it, asking supporters to stand by him "if you understand that people really are angry, they really are fed up, some of them are really bitter, because Washington has forgotten them."
"It's not me who's out of touch," he continued. "It's folks that think that somehow folks are happy when they're out of a job and they lost a pension and they don't have heath care and their schools are underfunded. I know exactly what folks are going through."
"And," Obama added for good measure, "I go to church."
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