Obama Says Clinton Is Attacking Him Because He's the Frontrunner

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From CBS News' Maria Gavrilovic:

AKRON, OHIO -- Barack Obama continued his spat with Hillary Clinton at a rally in Akron, where he suggested that her recent attacks are related to his success in the election.

"I gotta say she really liked me when I was 20 points down. So she said today that she actually compared our campaign to Karl Rove's and that's one I have not heard before," Obama said in front of a crowd of over 5,000.

Obama explained that Clinton is upset because his campaign "pointed out" that she supported NAFTA in the 1990s.

"Senator Clinton took offense to that but you can't be for something or take credit for an administration and 35 years of experience, and then when you run for president suggest somehow that you really didn't mean what you said back then. It doesn't work that way."

Obama also suggested that Clinton's argument that Democrats shouldn't attack each on health care is hypocritical, because she went after his no-mandate plan first.

"Senator Clinton also said today 'since when did Democrats attack one and other on universal health care?' Well, since she started to say that I'm against universal health care, that's when it started."

During the same stump, Obama said he doesn't like negative attacks; "I don't like to spend all of my time just attacking folks, I don't like spending all of my time arguing." However, just minutes after showing his disdain for negativity, Obama criticized John McCain.

"John McCain, he has decided to take the George Bush economic policies and those are his policies, and he wants to take George Bush's foreign policy and that's his policy."
  • Maria Gavrilovic

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